David Cook performs Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011) night at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, Ca.

It was nearly 2 a.m. Friday (Oct. 21, 2011) inSanta Rosa. Late even by rock stars’ standards.

But there stood David Cook and his touring compadre Gavin DeGraw in the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts posing, signing, cajoling adoring fans who had lined up for a “Meet ‘n Greet” function after the duos tour stop in Santa Rosa.

That’s when the girl in her mid-20s walked up to DeGraw for the obligatory photo op and an autograph.

“Who should I make this out to?” DeGraw asked as he had done about 200 times already.

“Oh,” she said, “just sign It to ‘Sexy b—–!”

DeGraw was stunned and looked over to Cook. “Did you hear that?” he asked.

“Sure did,” Cook answered.

So it went following a 4 ½-hour concert that featured three bands, about 1,200 fans in the facility that seats approximately 1,500. There was plenty of elbow-room.

Asking me to technically review a music concert in general and a Cook effort in particular is fruitless. I wouldn’t know a flat note from a flat tire. I’m just a guy with a set of headphones and an IPod. No more, no less. Probably the best type of consumer for Cook and DeGraw.

And I’ll make no bones about it – I’m a Cook apologist. Musically, as an entertainer, as a human being I haven’t come across much that I don’t like. Ran into him first from my couch when I stumbled on to his act in Season 7 of American Idol and I haven’t let go since.

I enjoy his voice, the songs he writes, the lyrics, the melodies, the band … oh, have I mentioned that I think his drummer is the unsung hero of the group.

And Thursday night gave me little reason to deviate from my enjoyment of his talent. He sang 14 songs as the concluding act of the concert and none disappointed me.

Here’s the list (or at least I think it’s mostly accurate): Circadian, Kiss On The Neck, The Last Goodbye, Hard to Believe, Heroes, Champagne SuperNova, We Believe, Paper Heart, Come Back To Me, Right Here With You, Movin’ Out, Goodbye To The Girl, Light On, Fade Into Me.

Of course, there are other songs I wish he would have, could have done but I can wait for those.

I can see myself becoming a fan of Mr. DeGraw and the opening act Carolina Liar (I did ask he lead singer of CL how they got the group’s name and he told because no one has ever believed anything he has ever said!). Both groups of musicians are talented, stage saavy and fan friendly.

At intermission between acts I wondered through the lobby to the obligatory souvenir booth. There was a $45 special listed for a poster, T-shirt and CD (I think). And the vendor had a “Tip Jar” so, as the sign proclaimed, “I can get drunk too tonight.”

A couple of thoughts on that: the economy has hit even the souvenir stand, and you have to embrace honesty.

And honestly, I’m hooked on Cook.



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  1. Vin

    Ahhh, smart man! But they say that David Cook is the smart man’s rocker.

    Nothing else to say except I completely agree. This guy is incredibly talented and just seems to continue to fine-tune those talents. His voice has never been better, his songs have never been better. I suppose I could say wish he’d work the stage more, but that obviously wouldn’t be him as he’s working the stage now the way he wants to. But I’m willing to bet, that if he worked it a bit more, he’d get even a bigger response than he’s already getting. I give Cook 6 starts out of 5 :-)

    October 21st, 2011 11:54 am

  2. Safroniamay

    Love your honest write up. Wish I had been there!

    October 21st, 2011 1:18 pm

  3. Olive Juice

    Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Now can you blame us for being cookified? And we are not complaining. More power to you!

    October 21st, 2011 4:37 pm

  4. Vicki

    Great review. Love it! And I totally relate to be hooked on Cook. Never disappointed. Always satisfied even satiated :)

    October 21st, 2011 4:42 pm

  5. Vicki

    ps: got any more gorgeous photos you could share? :)

    October 21st, 2011 4:45 pm

  6. Theresa

    Great review. Yes I firmly believe that Cook is the smart man’s (and woman’s) rocker. He never fails to disappoint and always leaves you feeling like you underpaid for your ticket. He is a great musician, singer and person. Also, love that he is touring with Gavin. He’s awesome too.

    October 21st, 2011 4:46 pm

  7. Suenee

    Great review. I concur Mr Cook is an entertainer extraordinaire. He is also a genuine, real, and decent man. My rock star of choice.

    Being a baby boomer myself I have seen a lot come and go. He is the real deal and it does not bother me at all that he is half my age. I am just excited that there is still true rock talent out there. It gives me hope that rock and roll will live on.

    October 21st, 2011 7:38 pm

  8. Bonnie

    Great review. Going to York show in Nov. Wish more people would have given This Loud Morning a listen. Does not get the credit he so greatly deserves

    October 21st, 2011 8:55 pm

  9. MsElaineous

    Definitely one of the best Cook concerts I’ve attended – and I’ve attended quite a few. Loved everything about it – Goodbye To The Girl was simply stunning. Dave continues to be number 1 on my list. Oh, and you have a very nice venue there in Santa Rosa!

    October 22nd, 2011 10:26 pm

  10. Debbie Mahnke

    Could not agree with you more…great review! He does not get enough credit for his talents. He is so humble and treats his fans amazing. Gavin was funny too. I had never saw him in concert. It was a great trio of bands. I enjoyed every minute of it. I got VIP’s and got to meet my favorite guy in the world …DAVID COOK! I then waited after and talked to him some more. I cannot get enough of him!!!

    May 27th, 2012 5:41 pm

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