Sunday, July 15, 2012

Coverage of David Cook In Manila Concert July 2012

The actual concert set list of David Cook Live in Manila 2012

David Cook Live in Manila!  David rocked the Smart Araneta Coliseum crowd when he played the above set list for his Filipino fans last July 14, 2012.

I got invited to the David Cook Live in Manila Bloggers event at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  The Big Dome is currently promoting their new ticketing system, TicketNet Online.

Tickets can now be secured in these easy steps
  1. Log on to
  2. Choose your show and click on “Order Tickets Now”. Click on “View Seating Chart”. Indicate the number of tickets.
  3. Pay thru your credit card and print your tickets.

I have not been to the Big Dome for decades since I was in the Middle East for the last 25 years.  I'm really impressed to feel the "Arena" atmosphere of the Big Dome. They are currently undergoing "Extereme Transformation".  While keeping the historic architecture and features of the Big Dome, facilities are being modernized.

There is no better way to experience the Big Dome than attending a live concert.  It has been the concert venue for top music acts like Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Lifehouse, and Incubus to name a few.

Up-coming Concert Events at the Big Dome

The Concert

The main concert started almost 8:50 pm.   Since I have an all access stamp, I decided to go to the front of the stage a bit off the center to get a better angle of the concert and camped there before fans build up at the front of the stage.

David performed mostly numbers from his David Cook and This Loud Morning albums.

One of the unexpected surprise for me is when they played 2 Led Zeppelin numbers back to back: Rock & Roll and Whole Lotta Love.  It just shows how versatile and talented David is.

Kudos to Dayly Entertainment as well for bringing great talents to perform here in the Philippines.


The following videos contains the song and in the between footage to  give a more complete feel of the concert.  Most of the videos were sliced as a single song but some were grouped for continuity.  Apologies for a few partially incomplete songs. 

Opening Number: Circadian  (HD)

Heroes (with Champagne Supernova) (HD)

Mr. Sensitive (HD)

Declaration (HD)

Free Bird(a line sang for 30 bucks) and Last Goodbye (HD)

I noticed the Cebu set list did not include the song Declaration.

New Song: From Here to Zero (HD)(Partial Only)

Hard to Believe (HD)

I Did It For You (HD)

In the next video he talks about his last concert in Manila back in 2009 with David Archuleta and how he appreciates how his Filipinos fans love him.

The Last Song I'll Write For You (HD)(Partial Only)

Paper Heart (HD) (Partial)

Come Back to Me (HD)

Goodbye To The Girl (HD) (Partial)

Light On (HD)

One of my favorite part of the set list.  David even played the drums with drummer Nick Adams!
This next 3 songs where not in the Cebu set list but Here We Go Again was played instead.

Led Zeppelin Songs Rock & Roll and Whole Lotta Love back to back with Bar Ba Sol (HD)

The Encore

The most awaited song of the night, David sings Always Be My Baby duet with Yeng Constantino (HD)

Fade into Me (HD)

Closing Number: Rapid Eye Movement (HD)

After Concert Fan Reactions and Comments

I really had a very good time!  My Big Dome experience was fantastic. Great venue for great artists like David Cook.

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  1. ang lapit nyo sa stage!!!!!

    ako na ang inggit!

    btw, san galing yung set list ?

  2. popazrael, we had an all access pass. we stayed and camped just right in front of the stage. The set list was from a fan who requested the stage crew for it after the concert, I just took a photo of it. They even requested for David's water bottle :)

  3. very nice vids Thank you so much for sharing. David Cook is amazing in a live concert. I really appreciate the reception he go in Manilla.

  4. Nice recap and thanks for the videos!! I was also there in Araneta last night, it was definitely an amazing show. David and his band sounded really great.

  5. Sunee, Filipinos love David and really got a very warm reception here in the Philippines. He gave back by giving an excellent performance at the concert!

  6. Katrina, thanks. I agree with you that they were amazing! Looking forward to his next concert in Manila in the future.

  7. thank you so, so much for sharing these amazing features of David ! :)

  8. Pinky, you are welcome. It was so amazing to be at the concert.

  9. david,,,u r awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  10. Yes Rose, he is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  11. complete coverage tpos HD pa.. lupet sir!