So, in short… yesterday was the greatest day ever. I would seriously go back and live it over and over again like… forever. Absolutely everything turned out perfect in the end and I really don't think I would have changed a thing. We arrived at Irving Plaza around 2:15 and got in line. I talked with some really cool people while standing there for a while. Then Andrew came out and he moved us all into one line and stood right in front of us. When he was holding the VIP passes, he looked at my brother and was like, "Hey, you guys want to be front of the line for everything?" So of course, we said yes. I helped him hand out all the VIP passes and helped him pronounce the names he was butchering off the list. So he brought us to the front of the line so that we were first in line for the M&G, which actually made me really nervous because I was the first to go in and meet the band. I was standing in line behind my brother who was going to meet the band first, and then once Dave and the guys came out, he pushed me in front of him and made me go first. I went to Dave and he was like, "Hi! What's your name?" So I told him, and he was like, "It's nice to meet you, Mallory. How are you doing?" After I answered, I gave him the shirt (which said 'Keep Calm and Carry Duct Tape') and told him that as long as he had duct tape, he would be safe from any wardrobe malefactions. He sighed as the other guys teased him about it and he was all like, "Thanks for the reminder'. Basically… David has the most gorgeous eyes… well, the most gorgeous everything that I have ever seen on a human being and I really doubt that any picture truly does that justice. On top of that, I don't think any interview or song will ever do justice to how much of a sweetheart he is. I'm probably one of the most awkward and weird people out there, but he was seriously, just so sweet to me, as he had been the last time I met him as well. After being a fan for almost four years now, I was shocked beyond belief at how absolutely genuine and kind he really is. I just, I don't understand how anyone could say anything bad about the guy. Whether someone likes his music or not, he's got to be one of the most real, sweet, and incredible people out there. He signed my pass and told me that my gift was really hilarious and great and that it was awesome to meet me. As I was walking away, my dad was chatting with Monty and he was like, "Hey! Are you Monty?" And Monty, being the champ that he is, was like, "Well, yep. That's me, alright," and went on to sign my dad's pass for him. The only bad thing about the night was the fact that my memory card for my new Canon Rebel was not in the camera, so all the pictures my dad took of David and I didn't save and I was going to have to use my small, less nice camera for the show since we couldn't run out to grab a memory card before the show started. So then we waited for a while since there were a ton of VIPs for this show. Andrew chatted with us for a while and got to know my dad on a first name basis, which was pretty hilarious. They talked about football for a while and it was just so funny to watch them really have intense discussions about sports. It felt like it took forever for us to finally get up to soundcheck, but it wasn't all that bad because Andrew kept entertaining us since we were at the front of the line to get in. He was like, "I have no power in this family because I'm the little brother! There's all these fans waiting and David just keeps doing stupid things with his guitar that aren't even songs! You're done in there! Stop being dumb!" and kicking trash cans because David kept telling them that they weren't ready for soundcheck yet. We finally got in, and I was front row center in front of David. They played Circadian and Stockholm Syndrome. While watching soundcheck, I realized how great of a guitar player David really is. I mean, Devin is a friggen beast, but David is really great too. I'd never really been too close to notice it before this show, so I was impressed. Then we went out and we waited for a while. I spent most of my cash on merch outside. And then they let us in. There was a mad rush for the front of the stage, but I made it to second row in front of David. My brother and I had great spots, and then this one lady shoved us over so she could have our spot, which made us really cramped, so I had to teach my brother how to be defensive and push people when they got out of line. The show started with Zander, who I didn't think was completely awful, but he definitely wasn't my cup of tea. He was like Constantine on crack, which wasn't really a great thing, and his pants were a bit too shiny. His songs weren't terrible and some of them were kind of catchy, but I have a feeling that in like twenty years, he's going to be the new Rick Roll. Then David came on, and everyone was just flipping out. Circadian was awesome to open and he was clearly in a great mood. Hearing these songs live was like… a surreal experience to me… seeing him live was really an experience to me. I hadn't been to a show of his in over two years, so it was like shell shock to be at a concert again, especially one where I was so close. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Life on the Moon because I'd only heard it once on the Declaration Tour, so I thought it was cool that he was playing it again on this tour. During Come Back to Me, everyone was singing so loud and it was really incredible. The crowd for this show was absolutely insane. They just would not stop cheering and it was just amazing. I hadn't had the chance to watch any of the Dogman performances he's done, so I really had no clue how the song was going to be, but it was awesome, and it was super neat that the drummer was so cool with playing with the band. The lighting that they had for that song was perfect and almost all of my pictures from that song came out awesome. Dave joked before GTTG that he had made the set list, so it was a bit inconsistent, and then went from a heavy metal song to a ballad, which was adorable. GTTG is gorgeous live. I had made it a point to not watch many videos from the tour because I really wanted to have that first live experience with the songs myself, and I'm glad I opted for that because it made hearing them live for the first time that much more awesome. Bar-ba-sol and LO were awesome, and by the end of Light On, I saw Ryan standing by the side of the stage, and started freaking out because I figured he had to be coming on to sing with them, and then Stevie was there too. When they both came out to do 8 Days a Week, the crowd was pretty much flipping their shit. I loved the cover, which was really an interesting choice that I think Stevie came up with. They were all having such a good time. Rock N Roll was epic too. I'd watched video before, but it didn't do justice to how awesome Dave was. He's really got some of the best vocals I have ever heard, if not the best. He can seriously scream, which I didn't really know he could do so well. Fade Into Me… gah… this song is gorgeous. It was just David and his guitar on stage and he sang it so flawlessly. The crowd reacted so well and I had chills just listening to them sing the song back to him. They were so loud and you could hear every single word they were saying through the whole song. It was just so surreal, and David was just so humbled by the fact that all these people cared so much about what he was doing. I think that the after banter from Fade Into Me was probably some of the best of the whole tour. To me, that moment was just paramount. It made me realize how much I really idolized David and how much respect and admiration I have for him. The entire night, I had been in awe of watching him perform, not even aware of how truly incredible he was. And now, looking back, it seems surreal to watch him do what he loves and see how passionate he is about performing. I can't really put into words how big of an impression it leaves on me to watch him perform. More than the M&G, more than all the waiting and crap and drama that goes on in the fandom sometimes, it's moments like watching him tear up when the audience sings back to him that really emphasize why we're all here as fans and how much it means to him that we spend all this money, travel all these miles just to see him perform. And I think that no matter how happy and amazing it feels for us to watch him perform, it doesn't even begin to compare to happy he feels seeing us respond and seeing how happy he's making us. Just before REM, the woman in front of me, grabbed me and put me in her spot up against the barricade, telling me, "You will never ever see a concert this great in your entire life again. Enjoy this." I was right front row in front of David. For that song, I put away my camera, put away my phone and just watched the show because she was right… being here and watching this song, which even the recorded version just moves me so much, live was something that I would never forget and it was probably one of the most special and perfect moments of my life, thus far… and probably forever too. He came into the crowd and stood up on the barricades right in front of me and was letting people grab at him and hold his hand and such and he was pretty much on top of me, which was probably one of the greatest things ever. By the time the show was over, I don't think anyone in the crowd knew what they were supposed to do. They were all just speechless and in awe of what they had just seen. I went to Stacy and Jaime, who were both unable to really speak. Stacy just squeezed me for a little while because we were all unable to really do anything else. I think it was a general consensus that nothing would ever beat this concert. I seriously think it was the best show Dave has ever put on. I have actually never been prouder to be a David Cook fan than I was last night. Seeing a show like that puts everything in perspective for me and it was seriously the single greatest night I think I've ever had.