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David Cook at the Tabernacle

David Cook was relaxed between songs, intensely emoting during them. ALL PHOTOS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com
David Cook was relaxed between songs, intensely emoting during them. ALL PHOTOS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Long before Adam Lambert had become the spectacle, “American Idol” had crowned its first true modern-day rocker the crown all the way back in May of 2008: David Cook.

He had his first solo paid concert last night in Atlanta at the Tabernacle and showed what an unpretentious person he is. He gabbed about football, complimented a poster someone made in which he made David look tan and teased folks in the audience. He’s self assured, to be sure, but he doesn’t have a trace of arrogance. He also dispensed with the heavy eyeliner he often wore on the show and at the “Idols Live” tour last year. 

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 Cook, despite reasonable prices ($26.50 to $32.50), did not sell out. I think it was about 75% to 80% full (1,800 to 2,000 people). I guess you have to take into consideration that it’s Thanksgiving week on a Monday. My friend Lara (photo below) didn’t think the marketing was all that great. I do recall Taylor Hicks selling out the same venue in March 2007, ten months after he won “Idol.”

He's not talking about anything dirty. He just likes to use his hands when he's gabbing!

He's not talking about anything dirty. He just likes to use his hands when he's gabbing!

Besides cuts from his album (including the two hits “Light On” and “Come Back To Me” during the encores), he threw in a new song “Make Believe,” which I liked a lot, and “Souvenir,” a cut that didn’t make the first record. He also brought up Danny Grady, a former member of an Atlanta band Injected, to sing during the encore.

While he has been doing Cutting Crew’s “(I Just Died) In Your Arms Tonight” as the cover song in his set recently, he decided to go back to Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher,” which he has played numerous times earlier on the tour.

And here is his song “Declaration,” which should have been a single. He jumps into the area for security and hangs with the crowd near the end. He first says he’s going to sing “Come Back to Me.” But he realizes his error and cracked: “I lied to you. I never learned to read.” He had just talked about how the Kansas City Chiefs had lost Tony Gonzalez to the Falcons and how pained he was about it - thus, the Gonzalez reference.

Here’s Lara Thompson, a long-time poster and reader of the blog who is a big Bo Bice and Cook fan, with her mom Lynne (and me, on the left). We ended up sitting next to each other, purely by coincidence.

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I loved this shot. And we're at a converted church!

I loved this shot. And we're at a converted church!

-MTV gave a review of reactions to Adam Lambert’s jaw-dropping appearance on the American Music Awards Sunday night.

55 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
12:55 am

Thanks Rodney, good video and it captured the audio nicely.

Nana

November 24th, 2009
6:17 am

Good Morning Everybody! :)

Today’s Quote “A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.”

Rickster, I sincerely hope we DO hear from you this morning in a postive way. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family regardless of what may happen. A big group hug to you.

I saw a portion of Adam’s performance from the AMA’s and certainly wasn’t impressed one bit. IMHO, he went way overboard, and, yes he did offend people. Me personally, I wasn’t offended, but as I have stated earlier in another thread, there are those who will never accept homosexuality under any circumstances and find it disgusting. Face it folks, Adam is esprit de corps.

Deirdre

November 24th, 2009
7:26 am

Morning!

Thanks for the David Cook videos, Rodney. You just can’t help but like Cookie. He’s a good performer and a really great guy. I’m looking forward to hearing what else you have to say about the show.

Lara

November 24th, 2009
7:59 am

LOVED the show! I think I like DC even better now!!!
Guess who was accross the aisle from us!!?!?

Deirdre

November 24th, 2009
8:02 am

Hey Lara! I’m happy to hear you got to the show. Looking forward to reading your review.

Swami

November 24th, 2009
8:35 am

Swami predict David Cook out sell.

Rickster

November 24th, 2009
8:46 am

Morning, all.

S-i-l made it through the night (at least at this point, we’ve heard nothing to the contrary.)

Last day of the week for me! :-)

Thanks, Rodney for getting a new thread up so quickly so we can go back to ignoring Adam.

kelly&carriefan

November 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Good mornin’, y’all!

Rickster, so sorry to read the latest on your sister in law. Thinking about you and hoping for the best.

David definitely seems like a really nice guy. Can’t watch embedded clips at the office, so will have to check it out at home.

Lara

November 24th, 2009
8:59 am

I think I have figured out why I wasn’t able to post here for so long…they put me on the Belgium server….weird!
Well, I will post my views of the show later, once I have some more caffeine into my system.
It was great running into Mr. and Mrs. Ho!!!
Rickster, I am sorry about your SiL, my prayers go out to her and your family.

Harriett

November 24th, 2009
9:04 am

Morning all. Good to see you here this morning, Rickster. After the news yesterday I did not expect it. No news is good news, maybe. But, your request for prayer for what is best for your s-i-l and the strength for the rest of you to handle whatever comes is an easy one to honor. We all feel the hurt and will help you pray.

Rodney, thanks for the videos. Cookie continues to be one of my favorite past Idol winners, and the videos remind me of why.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

November 24th, 2009
9:12 am

Still praying for your SiL, Rick, and for your whole family.

Thanks Rodney for the videos and report! DC has become one of my most favorite AI alum, just because he IS so real.

Happy TDay to all of you if i don’t get by again soon — college kid will be home, so computer may well be tied in knots for a few days!

Rodney Ho

November 24th, 2009
9:22 am

I just added a bunch of photos on top of the video.

Deirdre

November 24th, 2009
9:24 am

If y’all haven’t noticed, Rodney has added text and more pictures to the blog.

Lara!!!! So nice to finally put a face with the name! I hope you gave Rodney a big hug for all of us blogsters.

Swami

November 24th, 2009
9:26 am

Swami looking for textile repair who can rethread magic carpet. Getting ready for new American Idol season.

kelly&carriefan

November 24th, 2009
9:35 am

Rodney, awesome pictures!

Lara, glad you got to enjoy the show. Can’t wait for the “fan review.” Not that Rodney’s not a gret reviewer, but fans get so excited to share. They make for a fun read. :)

Harriett

November 24th, 2009
9:40 am

Uh, oh. Kid alert: school will be out in many for areas most of the week. Expect posts accordingly.

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
9:51 am

Great pictures. Nice to see you Lara!

Harriett

November 24th, 2009
9:57 am

Thanks for the photos! Really nice to see a face for a blog friend, Lara.

Nana

November 24th, 2009
10:07 am

Nice pictures, Rodney. I can’t see the videos till I get home, but will plan to watch them then. And, Lara nice to see you. It’s always pleasant when we can put a face to a name.

The season finale to DWTS is tonight! What a fast season that one was. I have been hearing predictions that Kelly Osbourne will win. Has anyone hear anything of a different winner?I was glad to see Donnie O get a perfect score last night for his free style. Anyone of the three could walk away the winner tonight. Whitney will be the quest star.

Rickster, so very glad to see you here this morning. Hope things continue to go well and the family has a blessed Thanksgiving.

Kimmie

November 24th, 2009
10:11 am

Awesome blawesome!!! David Cook is sick!!

Harriett

November 24th, 2009
10:22 am

RoHo Fan

November 24th, 2009
10:51 am

Wait a minute, the pic of RoHo, Laura and mom was not taken by Mr. Rodney Ho! That fabulous picture was taken by his better half. :) The concert was incredible, his voice never wavered and I actually loved his new songs that haven’t gotten any radio time vs. the hits at the end. I think he’s going to be the next (male) Kelly Clarkson in terms of hits and staying power!

Nana

November 24th, 2009
10:56 am

Let the games began!!! :(

Lara

November 24th, 2009
11:33 am

It was very nice to meet you RoHo fan!!!
And yup, that is me and my mom – she is a big DC fan!
I will write up something later.
Rodney – so glad you mentioned Danny! He is one awesome guitar player and now plays in a band here called Dirty Pollyanna. My friends, Bevan and Nico are in that band with him – pretty good stuff!! (Yes, I am biased, but it is still good!)

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
11:33 am

Yeah Rodney! Maybe next time you should take the picture and let someone else stand in. Not that I don’t want to look at you, but umm well I’ll leave it at that. ;)

Like the brown hat, but I think the blue one works better.

kelly&carriefan

November 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

RoHo Fan, welcome…and I hope you’re right about David. Out of all the male contestants, I think he’s probably my fave. Or at the very least, top 3.

So, not to stir the pot, but while I was “cheating” (shame, shame), found out that apparently Good Morning America has cancelled Adam’s appearance tomorrow…wow.

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

That surprises me.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

November 24th, 2009
12:38 pm

so Kimmie, is that “David Cook is sick” comment meant in the old-fashioned sense, as in “not well” or is that in the somehow weird modern sense meaning “wonderful, cool, great, awesome, outstanding” or whatever particular adjective you choose to mean? Please…. elucidate and educate us!!!

Rickster

November 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

Glad today is my last day of the week. But trying to cram three days of work into two is a pain!

My wife called the hospital and actually talked to the doctor, and it’s not good. The doctor said she’s surprised that s-i-l has made it this long. Most people wouldn’t. Says there’s a fine line between seven different issues that s-i-l is fighting – all of which could wind up killing her. But the doc says that s-i-l is one of the hardest fighters she’s seen in a long time.

We’re still trying to figure out if we’re going up rather than go spend Thanksgiving here. (Gotta get an oil change and a couple of tires first. And good luck trying to find a hotel and a place where we can board our dogs Thanksgiving weekend!)

Thanks to everyone for your prayers.

Rickster

November 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

As for Taylor Hicks selling out the Tabernacle v. David Cook not.. the economy was a whole lot different in 2007 v. now.

KPH

November 24th, 2009
1:04 pm

Linny in youngster slang “sick” means good these day’s.

LS

November 24th, 2009
1:17 pm

DC rocked the house last night. He gets better with each performance. This was my 3rd time seeing him.

KarenLovesTheCookie

November 24th, 2009
1:29 pm

I didn’t get to come to the concert, but saw David when he was in Perry, GA at the state fair last month. He is an amazing performer and a class act. He is sooooooooooo easy on the eyes. I was devastated that I couldn’t go to the show last night, but I will be seeing him again. I am a die hard fan. I just wish he got more airplay in Atlanta.

Judy

November 24th, 2009
1:38 pm

I hope the comment about Adam is accurate. Only to teach the young “whipper snapper” a valuable lesson. He needs to actually build his fan base and career first, then try making a statement. That to me is one of the big differences between Madonna’s antics and his.

Judy

November 24th, 2009
1:38 pm

gonna go search now.

Judy

November 24th, 2009
1:41 pm

ABC said no show, but it seems the Early Show will have an appearance by him. Wonder where Kris, Kat, Taylor, Carrie, Kellie, Kelly, the two Davids, Chris D. or even Justin will be on Wednesday? Anyone know?

kelly&carriefan

November 24th, 2009
1:49 pm

Kelly is out touring and has a show in Seattle tonight…not sure on the others.

Judy

November 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

kelly fan does kelly have a beau right now? Saw a pic of Carrie’s. All the best to her, but he was kind of yuck to me.

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Yeah, let’s teach them young whipper snappers not to take a stand for something they believe in! CONFORM! CONFORM!

Otherwise, how’s it going Judy? Hopefully most of those people will be able to get home to their families, espeicially Justin with his new family.

DC Fan

November 24th, 2009
1:57 pm

I attended the show last night. I voted for David during his AI run, but haven’t gotten to see him live until now. He was AMAZING. So talented and humble. His band is fantastic as well – you can tell they are having a blast with each other. I really enjoyed it. I also give David kudos for spending at least 30 minutes signing autographs for everyone who waited after the show. He’s a class act all the way and I’m happy to support him.

kelly&carriefan

November 24th, 2009
2:31 pm

Judy, as far as I know, Kelly is publicly single, i.e. (per her interviews). As open as she is about things, I don’t see her broadcasting it if she were in a relationship. I really have never heard her talk about them until after they were over. So… there you have it: A non-answer answer. :)

As far as Carrie, I’ve only really seen that one pic of Mike Fisher…my hope is he doesn’t photograph well. Though, really, she seems really happy. That’s what matters. Clearly the “pretty boys” didn’t quite work out…

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2009
2:45 pm

Rickster, continued good thougths and hopes and prayers for your sister-in-law and your family.

Sorry though, that we can’t ignore Adam. I missed the show Sunday night, being busy driving 540 miles from Little Rock to Atlanta, and in retrospect I’m glad I forgot to record the Adam debacle. I don’t understand why the guy has to come out every time he’s on stage. I mean, we know he’s gay, it’s official and all, so why not get on with what most of us are interested in, his MUSIC! I hope getting kicked off the morning show will make Adam step back a bit and consider his career.

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2009
2:50 pm

just checking – nothing I’ve tried to post the last 2 days has been accepted.

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

Spoke too soon…

For anyone interested in Little Rock, Arkansas, the area between it and Memphis is flat and uninteresting. No trees, just shrubs. People very friendly though. Isn’t Kris from L.R.??

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

While I have the floor, LOVED our stop at Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Miss! Well-worth the side trip.

JTesla

November 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

I’ve driven that stretch between Little Rock and Memphis. People are very friendly

Deirdre

November 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

Hey RoHo Fan! Glad to hear from you again!

Canceling Lambert was silly. He wasn’t going to go S & M on GMA. Very different vibe!

Rickster, you know we all pray that whatever is best for your s-i-l will come to pass.

Rodney Ho

November 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

I never got a copy of Adam’s album (though I guess I could have listened to it on his fan page. I’m being old school!). I did get Allison’s CD today. I’ll have to write about it next week or later this week. It comes out Dec. 1. Anyway, thanks for the compliments. And yes, the wifey took the photo — as she did the video of Ryan Seacrest a few weeks back. And yes JTesla, she’s far easier on the eyes than I am. She and I will have to reverse roles one of these days! :)

Harriett

November 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Mercedes, that stretch of country is beautiful at night, going toward Memphis from Little Rock. The city of Memphis is lit up for miles, along with the bridges.

I agree about GMA. I think it was a knee-jerk reaction on ABC’s part to the complaints. I can’t see Adam disrespecting the good folks on GMA.

Rickster

November 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

Afternoon, everyone.

We’re heading to KY at some point tomorrow. Amazingly enough… we got our dogs taken care of. (Someone in our church has a son who runs a kennel in the Athens area that just happened to have room.)

Still have to get the tires & oil change in the AM, but since I have to drop the dogs off tomorrow anyway, we’ll use the SUV for that. (I’m planning on leaving the car tonight so they can start first thing in the AM tomorrow.)

We’re taking our “just in case” wardrobe. Hopefully we can find a hotel in the area that has rooms available. Our two sons, and daughters-in-law are currently planning on going with us. So at least the whole family will be together on Thanksgiving… whatever happens.

Thanks to everyone for their heartfelt prayers. If you wouldn’t mind, add a safe trip up and back to your list.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

November 24th, 2009
4:49 pm

Traveling Mercies, Rick….our prayers both follow you and lead you on the road.

Rickster

November 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

And sorry I’ve been falling down lately on my duties as court jester. But I know you all understand. :-)

Harriett

November 24th, 2009
5:03 pm

Thanksgiving blessings to you Rickster, and safe travels for all. Going home.

Rodney Ho

November 24th, 2009
5:43 pm

Gotta catch up with all the Adam Lambert brouhaha. It’s up on the new blog entry!

MoondancerMN

December 5th, 2009
11:28 am

I was lucky enough to be in Atlanta the week of David Cook’s show at the Tabernacle. This was my 5th time seeing him, and I can’t get enough. It’s the first time I saw him sit on a security rail and get into the mosh pit area. I had a balcony seat which allowed for another POV from my previous shows. The Tabernacle is one of the coolest venues ever!