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