Surveying the crowd at the Delaware State fair last evening, I had my doubts that it would be a good audience. Mom and Pop types everywhere, perhaps expecting the Dave that won American Idol a year ago. While that’s not out of bounds to expect, anyone who has been to one of his shows knows he’s got a harder edge to his stuff. (Not Metallica, by any means, but not sunshine and magic rainbows either.)
The Gin Blossoms lead off and perhaps they weren’t happy to be the opening act after having been pretty popular back in the ’90s but there was definitely something missing in their show. It was like four dudes just met up and decided to play a few songs. No spark, no showmanship … just blah. I felt bad for them. (And this from a chick who likes a lot of their songs too.) When we saw Matt Nathanson open in Virginia Beach, I wondered how David was going to follow him – he was THAT good. This time, I turned to the SIL-of-love and said “Yeah, Cook’s band is going to wipe the floor with these guys.”
It was definitely the best of the three shows I’ve seen. While I loved how up close and personal the Towson show was and the added surprise of “Straight Ahead” to the set list, the band sounded so tight and so good last night that even *I* was taken aback. David looked gorgeous (see SIL’s photo above), was in a happy mood, laughing and joking with the crowd who, amazingly enough, fully came alive and on their feet for the entire set. (Well, except the two peeps behind me who watched it on the big screens but I think they were making out or something. I don’t know. I was busy watching the show and singing.)
It really was a great show, I’m so glad I went even if it was so humid I had my own personal afro at the end of the night! hehe We ate fried dough and I had a root beer float and just had big fun! And yes, SIL is officially “Cookified”. heh
Oh Gal, I know I must release sekrit boyfriend … but I love him. That is all.