David Cook’s performance at Jakarta on July 17 was AWESOME … I couldn’t say that the whole concert was awesome but at least I was having a blast with his awesome performance.
I am a bit unsure how to best share this live report, the disappointing part first or the best part first. I don’t want to give impression that I didn’t like David Cook’s concert but I am in a way disappointed with the promoter and the audience. Since the first time I received the confirmation of my ticket (you can read it here) I was not convinced that this new promoter will do great things toward my favorite American Idol.
When I arrived at the venue I was shocked with so lack of David Cook’s attribute around the venue…It was the opposite of L’arc~en~Ciel’s concert where the banner can be seen 200 meters before the venue. The promoter is so damn stingy. It was the first time I went to a concert that felt so quite. They didn’t promote David Cook’s concert enough. They almost had no sponsor.
I knew that there will be an opening act by Indonesian Idol top-6 but what I was expecting to see was different with what I saw. I thought it was only going to be like 30 minutes performance but it extended to almost 2 freakin hours!! IT WAS TERRIBLY BORING!! I DIDN’T COME THERE TO SEE THEM!! I was quite happy with some of Regina’s performances, she was the winner of this year’s Indonesian Idol, and also with Judika’s performance (I think he was from second season)…the two were worth seeing…but somehow the runner up sang more than the winner and I really don’t like her voice which is nothing special at all. I WAS SO BORED AND SCREAMED WE WANT DAVID COOK!!
Fortunately…when I was almost losing my mind, the opening act finally over. Thank God!!
Sadly…I have to report that the venue was not full . Festival class (standing) was only 1/3 full, Tribune also had many empty seats and so did VIP class. I guess David hasn’t got many fans in Indonesia yet. But I met a man who came from Bandung just to see him. There were also fans from Malaysia and Philippine. To my surprise, when David had started singing, no one in Tribune class even bothered to stand up…it was a rock concert for crying out loud!!! What are you guys doing sitting??? I couldn’t just sit seeing a rock concert. I asked my friend, Anggy, to stand up near the edge or the Tribune class. I remembered when I saw Muse in 2007, almost half of audience in tribune class stood up and jumped along the song. I really am disappointed with the audience last night. I didn’t even care if they thought I was weird or overreact when I decided to stand up, dancing, jumping and sang along with David Cook. I wanted to enjoy a ROCK concert like it was supposed to be. The audience in the festival near the barrier were also as hysteric as I am…I was happy to see them.
I had this moment where I wanted to move down to festival class by flirting at the security to let me get inside but I thought it would be too much hassle and decided to just enjoy myself on tribune class. Good thing did come from this decision, my friend and I are so sure that David Cook often looked at us as we were the only one standing and dancing along to his songs. At the last song, he even looked at our direction for a long time…maybe we are just being a bit too satisfied with ourselves but the truth remains that DC rarely looked at the other side of tribune class (we were on his right side tribune)
Let’s move on to the concert now
DC opened the show with Circadian. I really like this song and sang as loud as I could even though I know my voice is not good and I am a terrible singer. He then sang Heroes and I began recording…however I didn’t record it while looking at the camera, my hand was holding the camera but my eyes are on him all the time…that’s why my recording is shaky He continued Heroes with Champagne Supernova, a song by Oasis.
Mr. Sensitive came next. Although it wasn’t one of my favorite I was still singing along with him. He said hi and talked a bit with us before he started singing The Last Goodbye…I love this song!! The tune is really catchy. He took his acoustic guitar to sing another song I like, From Here To Zero. Hard to Believe and I Did It For You followed afterward. During I did it for you, I always directed my hands at him and sang on top of my lung.
David reminded us of a song he sang on American Idol recently, The Last Song I’ll Write For You…which I hope doesn’t have literal meaning cause I still want to hear more songs by him When he sang Paper Heart, I was so sure I recorded it even though the recording is most definitely would be terribly shaky because I was jumping along is some parts of the song but I couldn’t find the record. I probably forgot to push the button. I really like Paper Heart. I was somehow in dilemma whether to record or to dance and jump. The same thing happened to Come Back To Me. I finally didn’t record the whole song because I wanted to sing along with him.
Then he grabbed the microphone and started telling his story during Idol moment when he had to sing Mariah Carey’s song. To be honest, I like his version better than Mariah’s (well after all I always like Rock more than Pop ). I quoted him a bit here:
“My Management told me that David you know that Mariah Carey song you did and I was yeah. It’s kinda a big deal over in Asia. So I said then we should do it. It was an excuse to go around the world. But still, 4 years later, we still made the loudest respond out of this song. We gonna sing it”
We sang Always Be My Baby as a duet with the winner of Indonesian Idol, Regina Ivanova. I am glad she is the winner (tho I don’t follow Indonesian Idol at all) because she can keep up with DC…tho DC still outshone her.
David once again chose to sing a song I love so much for both its lyric and music… also his amazing voice was shown bet here. The song I meant was Light On.
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night, a naked light
A fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone
DC was truly spoiling me when he continued with songs which who wished he had played in Idol…songs by my favorite bands which was disbanded before I was even born, songs by the amazing Led Zeppelin. He sang Rock and Roll and Whole Lotta Love with great high voice…not as amazing as Robert Plant but it was still great and because I will never going to see Zeppelin Live, I enjoyed it as if it was Zeppelin show…and DC really delivered it well. I was ecstatic…jumping, dancing, waving, singing throughout the songs.
I was just telling my friend before the Zeppelin hype started that I wanted to hear him sing Bar Ba Sol, another favorite of mine from his first album, and right after Whole Lotta Love, without taking any break, he gave me Bar Ba Sol…whuaaaaaaaaa THANK YOU DAVID COOK!!! Was I ecstatic or was I???? Loving every seconds of this song.
David went inside and we started shouting “We Want More!”
He came out carrying an acoustic guitar and telling us story of where the video of his next song was taken. He sang Fade Into Me beautifully. We could see that he really has amazing voice, the best American Idol ever produce.
When he said that the next song would be the last…I was so not willing to let the night ended…but still, he sang Rapid Eye Movement as the closing song.
I couldn’t believe it was over so soon…his performance was shorter than the boring opening act. It was about one and a half hour…but it was an amazing one and a half an hour.
As a whole, David Cook was amazing but throughout the concert I was –again- disappointed with the audience on both tribune and VIP class and some who were just sitting on the floor on Festival class…but glad to see those who were letting them self loose down there at the festival class. I think it was much better if the venue was smaller than Tennis Indoor, the audience could have been a lot livelier. When I saw Life House, the venue was small but everyone was standing and jumping along the songs. I hope when DC comes back, it would be a smaller venue that can make both singer and audience enjoy the show to the fullest.
“It took long enough to finally get here. Thanks so much for comin’ out, thanks for having us.”
Thank you for coming DC…and please come back again. I enjoyed last night very much, you are amazing!
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