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I had the good fortune of pulling some old strings from myAmericanidol.com days, and I was able to speak with David Cook on the phone this weekend.  I couldn’t wait to ask him about his surprising stage presence that I noticed when I caught his recent show in Del Mar, CA.  It’s not that I was shocked that it was such a great show (as I explained to him), but was more intrigued by how much the seemingly subdued singer really came out of his shell and engaged the audience.  As David explained, he has a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stage persona, and it’s something that has evolved further over the last few years.  As he so eloquently put it, the “on stage David” is a bit “more of a pain in the ass!”  I also had to ask him about the cover song that he did, as it’s been bugging me that I couldn’t remember, and was holding my one-year-old, which presents some challenges when you’re trying to take notes.  He said that it was the one-hit-wonder “Shattered Dreams” by a band calledJohnny Hates Jazz.  David said that has some other covers up his sleeve, but his band hasn’t pulled them out yet, like a hard rock version of “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Every Day Is Exactly The Same”.

David explained to me the reasoning behind his recent decision to extend his tour, as he said that there were a lot of places that they felt like they didn’t hit, and they also feel that they are not the same band now as they were when they started.  He’s enjoyed seeing them evolve, as he admits they were fairly green at the onset.  As he put it, “The record still has a lot of legs left,” so he wants people to have the full experience.  He’s played in a lot of different venues as well, with the inital part of his tour being mainly in college towns.  As far as a dream venue from David, he basically asks “Where do I start?”  He loves the big arenas, and would love to play Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks, The Forum, Arrowhead, Stonehenge, Wembley, and many more.

As does tend to occur when someone acquires a lot of fame, such as David, he hits the media circuit.  I couldn’t help but ask him about his experience(s) with the iconic Larry King, who makes me laugh, whether he’s trying to or not.  David said he’s been on the show three times now, and he has an absolutely blast, as Larry tells him lots of “cool stories” during the commercial breaks.  I asked him about his comment during the last interview that he’s been surprised by how much people ask him about his love life or what he likes to eat, etc., over his music.  He went to say that he’s saddened that it used to be “music first, pop culture second,” but now it’s the other way around.

Because I see David as being a pretty profound guy, I asked him for his take on the music scene today, and he said that he is a bit disheartened by some of it.  As he explained, so many artists today just go for the singles, where as his band really wanted to release an actual album, complete with a cohesive sound to it.  He “didn’t want to make a collection of singles,” and he thinks that this “concise idea from start to finish” is the reason they have seen the numbers they have.  As he put it, “We pride ourselves on being a rock band, and you don’t see as much of that anymore.”  I asked him if anyone had contacted him about the passing of Michael Jackson due to his memorable rendition of “Billie Jean” on Idol, and he said that they had.  David does admit, however, that his success with that performance was a bit of “dumb luck!”  As far as Michael Jackson goes, David said that he thinks thatQuincy Jones put it best when he said that a great musician comes along once in a lifetime, but an artist like Michael Jackson only comes along once.

I’ve heard David mention in a few interviews that he wants to pursue acting at some point as well, so I asked him to talk a bit more about what kind of acting he’s referring to, and he said that he’d like to do whatever comes his way, and that he even read for something recently that he hopes he gets.  He did joke that we’re probably not going to see him in High School Musical any time soon, but didn’t rule out the possiblity of a role in that either!  David got a bit of acting experience in his video for “Come Back To Me,” in which his love interest is played by Disturbia‘s Sarah Roemer.  He was up front with Sarah about this kind of thing being new to him, and said that she was great to work with.  David also touched on how honored he was to be the only former Idol winner to be featured in a promo for the upcoming season, and he said that the commercial was “shot amazingly.”  He joked that nothing beats acting when you don’t having any lines, and called the whole thing a “cool experience.”  David also said he doesn’t plan on distancing himself from the popular show any time soon, as it’s plain and simply biting the hand that feeds you.

David was lucky enough to get a two week break from his hectic tour schedule recently, and during his time off he took his younger brother, Andrew, to a Bryan Adams acoustic show, and was able to hang out with the veteran singer after the show.  He said he got a great bit of advice from Bryan, who told him to make sure he records the music he want to make, and not to stop until he wants to stop.  David plans on doing just that, and will most likely follow up his debut effort with a sophomore album shortly after his current tour wraps.  As David explained, he wants to “take the ideals on this record and expand them.”  As far as writing a song about the extremely devastating recent passing of his brother, Adam, David said he’s not sure about that.  Only time will tell.

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Heroes

Life On The Moon

I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight

Avalanche

Declaration

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David Cook at Fox31

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David Cook visits Fuse’s No. 1 Countdown at Fuse Studios on Thursday (June 25) in New York City.

The 26-year-old American Idol winner just scored his 3rd Top 10 Single on Adult Radio. His introductory single, “Time of My Life,” reached No. 7, its follow-up, “Light On,” peaked at No. 4., and his latest single “Come Back to Me” moved into No. 10 this week. Cookannounced plans to extend his first ever solo tour, “The Declaration Tour – 2009,” through October 2009.

Earlier this month, JustJared.comreported Cook getting a little cozy with scene queen Lana Jade.

Photos: Bryan Bedder/Getty

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By Tracy Crain, Managing Editor
Thursday, 25 June 2009
New Information Added

Review: David Cook played to a standing room only crowd at Cain’s Ballroom on Tuesday night, where there was a warm and romantic welcome.
A proposal was made moments before Cook was scheduled to perform.

Out of nowhere, a gentleman came to the microphone.  He called out to his girlfriend, who was standing in the crowd and asked her to the front. He then proposed.  It was sweet and she said “yes” as the sound of cheers filled the room.

Security then tightened around the stage where photographers and media stood to the side and in front of the barricades, waiting with an ever growing crowd, for Cook.
Suddenly, lights came on and flickered, applause echoed and he came bursting onto the stage. The first song was “Heroes.”

His voice was strong. Dressed in black jeans, a black t-shirt and a pair of black boots, he looked great and comfortable. Overall, he had firm control of his stage performance, which did not disappoint.
Throughout his hour and 15 minute set, such hits as “Declaration,” and “Come Back to Me,” were heard.
He frequently addressed the audience.  He spoke of his early days in Tulsa as the crowd interacted and communicated back.
“I remember three years ago, I was harassing Phil to let me book a show here. Tonight we sold out,” he said. The crowd cheered enthusiastically.
Cook gave a performance of “Shattered Dreams,” and “Til I’m Blue.” He spoke of a couch at 41st and Yale Streets, where he spent some time songwriting.  His two closing songs, “Light On,” and “A Daily Anthem,” drew significant crowd reaction.

As one Tulsa Today reader, Cori Griswold, of Connecticut, wrote in to say, “My favorite thing about seeing David Cook in concert is that he really connects with the audience and makes each person feel a part of the show.  His band is incredibly tight with great chemistry.  It isn’t often that you can say a band sounds better live than on a produced album but it is 100% accurate in this case.”
She continued, “After seeing them live, I immediately went looking for tickets to future shows so I could witness it all again!
Ryan Star, currently promoting his “Last Train Home,” EP, was Cook’s opening act. For more information on Star, visitwww.rstar.net. For information on future David Cook tour dates, please visit: www.davidcookoffical.com

Editor’s Post Script:  Tulsa Today was proud to be a part of welcoming David Cook back home to Cain‘s Ballroom.

Kevin Pyle, Tulsa Today photographer, members of DCF and the promoters graciously provided my show accommodations and it was appreciated.

Thanks to security at Cain’s and Kevin,  I did have one of the best seats in the house.  Positioned about two feet from the stage, I was able to see his Cook’s performance and gauge the fan reaction.  It was touching.  So heart-felt, compliments filled the air about this Tulsan they so dearly love.
After the show, I went to the newspaper, where publisher David Arnett and I discussed the overwhelming reaction we received to the David Cook article.
Cooks fans far and wide made their presence known and we experienced a tremendous hit count to our website.  Your support was overflowing and we thank you so much.
Moments after leaving the paper, I ran into David Cook unexpectedly.  Out of the blue, I heard this voice. I turned to look and he was standing right behind me!!!

I was so surprised. We shook hands and I told him of the reaction we had to the interview he gave Tulsa Today.  We also spoke of his remaining tour as he posed for a picture and gave an autograph to a passerby that had recognized him.  He is every bit the way so many describe him–authentic, genuine and kind.

Cook indicated he was looking forward to his upcoming performances.  Then, we spoke of Kris Allen and an upcoming interview.  Cook offered a few comments for the upcoming article on Allen, another Tulsa Today exclusive.  Look for that to be posted in the following weeks.
Overall, Cook appeared happy and was among friends.

New Information

We wanted to comment on a recent story that posted today by the Oklahoman on NewsOK.

It states that Cook performed at the Grey Snail Saloon in Tulsa after his show at Cain’s. I had heard that rumor myself from our photographer Kevin Pyle. When I saw David that night after the show,  I did ask if he had performed there.  He said that he had not and that he didn’t know where all these rumors were coming from about him. Hmmm??? Makes you wonder.

We’re going to let all you Cook fans battle that one out as we move forward with our Kris Allen interview. Look for that in the upcoming weeks. http://vodpod.com/watch/1640130-kris-allen-aint-no-sunshine-final-encore


Concert Photos at Cain’s Ballroom by Kevin Pyle


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