Just a little more than nine years ago, rocker David Cook took the title of American Idol and with a ton of votes, captured the heart of America. Cook is currently touring in support of his latest EP and single "Gimme Heartbreak". Performing in the Au Rene Theater in Fort Lauderdale, the nearly sold out show began with a VIP met & greet for some fortunate fans. Cook only had a very specific amount of time to take photos and sign some autographs. When Cook was notified to move it along because he only had twelve minutes left for the M&G and still had sixteen people left in line, he took his time and went over the time limit to interact and indulge his fans. This is the first time in a long time I have seen an artist show so much attention to his fans. You can clearly see that he is grateful for his followers. In addition, David Cook was honored to sign a guitar that we provided, to benefit charity.
Before he took the stage, Cook gave way for an amazing new talent by the name of Kathryn Dean. Dean is a beautiful, light-haired brunette with an amazing voice. Sultry sounds emitted from this talent and surprised the crowd with her style. Dean was very comfortable with the audience last night and by the end of her set, was on a first-name basis with a few in the front row. Dean chatted between her songs and gave a truly fantastic performance along side her guitarist and tour manager, Dario. Leaving the audience with a standing ovation at the end, it was now time to pass the torch to tonight's headliner, David Cook.
Never seeing Cook in concert before, I did not know what I was in for or what to expect. I did discover by the end of his performance tonight that he is a master entertainer. Starting the show off with "Kiss and Tell" which got the audience up and out of their seats and stayed there for most of the night. "Heroes", "Declaration", and "Laying me Low" followed. Cook played sever selections from his new EP and they were all well received.
Cook's banter in between songs was both hilarious and welcomed. His comradery with the band members was fun and genuine and even gave the spotlight to his guitarist/keyboardist for a moment to shine. The guitarist went on to play a shortened version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin".
A couple of cover songs were introduced into the set list tonight. An impressive version of Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain" was played with an amazing bass line by Cook's bass player. Phil Collin's "Another Day In Paradise came off amazingly as well. A tribute to the late Chris Cornell of Soundgarden was delivered via the song "Light On" which was put forth in a very emotional fashion. For his encore, Cook finished the night with "Ghost Magnetic" and "Gimme Heartbreak", the latest release from his new EP.
All in all, a really great and entertaining night of music, both from Kathryn Dean and David Cook. This is my first time in concert with David Cook and I am already looking forward to his next time around here in South Florida.