Who: David Cook
What: Digital Vein Tour
When: September 17, 2016
Where: Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
If you know me, you know I’ve seen a lot of David Cook shows. (Spoiler alert: this is the first set of a handful from David Cook’s continued touring efforts behind Digital Vein (iTunes / Spotify / PledgeMusic) this past summer/fall.) The internet doesn’t particularly need to know how many, but you can trust that there is an overriding sense of familiarity with the show for me.
That familiarity provides a different sort of photography experience. Unlike other shows for artists that I’ve never seen before, or have only seen a few times on past tours with completely different staging and setlists, you start to learn when to expect the “opportune moments” for photos during the set. The guitar solos, the big notes, the points where band members tend to interact on stage, the songs with lighting cues that are camera-friendly…the list goes on. It becomes a game of trying to improve over yourself in a consistent environment as opposed to working with what you’re given, production-wise, literally as it is happening.
That being said, this tour presented the challenge of seeing mostly built-in venue lighting rigs, as opposed to a traveling rig like the last tour (fun fact: though I surely don’t hope that he quits his day job anytime soon, David Cook proved to be a pretty good lighting designer himself on the earlier leg of the Digital Vein Tour). Venue rigs, in my experience, tend to favor reds and orangey yellows, which are not usually a camera’s best friend. It gave me an opportunity to learn how to edit within those color palettes though, which is always a good thing!
I don’t travel all the way out west too often, but Denver proved to be a great Saturday night crowd that was on par with many of the loud and rowdy east coast shows that are my standard bearers. This was my second show that featured David Cook’s new band lineup, and the vibe was good. I was originally situated just right of dead center, but I ended up ceding my spot to two young girls who knew every word of the songs–the next generation gets a clear view, and I was able to get photos without the microphone stand blocking everything–it’s not often that the people in front of me are also shorter than me. Win-win.
Enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for more from David Cooks’s summer/fall tour. As always, please do not reupload the photos or remove watermarks! 🙂