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Danny Gokey at Best Buy at Mall of Georgia

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Danny Gokey is on a whirlwind promotion tour to boost his new country album “My Best Days.”

Digital advance sales have been very strong in metro Atlanta so Best Buy at Mall of Georgia in Buford got Gokey on opening day of the album.

Unfortunately, the weather was dicey and it clearly affected attendance. Maybe 100 people were there. I’m sure it would have been double under normal circumstances. The good news for me is traffic up I-85 was actually not bad and it took me only about 50 minutes from downtown. Bill Celler, former mid-day host and now on-line editor for Kicks 101.5, was there to chronicle the event and introduce Gokey.

Gokey sang a six-song set, including his most popular “Idol” song “What Hurts the Most” and his top 40 country hit “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” He looked a little tired, wearing a bit of scruff and his signature glasses. But he was in good spirits, joking with the crowd about buying 100 copies and promising to kiss babies galore.

You’ll be able to check him out Thursday on the “Idol” results show.

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Photo credits: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Photo credits: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Below is video of him singing “My Best Days.”

50 comments Add your comment

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Thanks Rodney, Danny is a good guy. However his keyboardist appears to be having a little too much fun :)

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

I was thinking the keyboardist looks like the villian in Terminator 2.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Just watched the video.

Boy…. they sure do amazing work in recording studios, don’t they?

Rodney Ho

March 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Unfortunately, when Danny asked folks to sing along, there was one guy singing really loudly next to me. You can hear him, too. Annoying! (The song isn’t familiar enough for many others to know it to sing along…)

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

Wait… A guy sang along loudly? Hmmm

Hopefully after his appearance on Idol (this week?) he will be playing some bigger gigs.

wreckedpizza

March 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

Here’s hoping Danny has a lot of success. I happen to think he sounded pretty good live in that video. I can see bigger gigs in his future.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

I didn’t evn get to the part where the guy started singly loudly.

beth5343

March 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

I was there last night and I agree, Rodney, he looked tired. They’ve got him criss-crossing the country the last few weeks and its got to wear you out eventually. He told me they had a 4:45am leave time this morning to fly to CA – ouch! In spite of that, he sang well and was super friendly to everyone – stayed late until everyone had gotten their autographs and pics. I’m hoping he has lots of success….

JC

March 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Danny you sound great!- Keep on!

Mike S

March 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

Good news on Elliot Yamin for those who have been wondering. For those who don’t know, Elliot was performing in Chile at a festival when the Earthquake hit, he is a type-1 diabetic and had only brought a few days worth of supplies with him. As a result he was in danger of running out of insulin.

his is from ABC news this morning:
“Yamin said he has been able to get a six-day restock for his insulin pump through the U.S. Embassy and the manufacturer of the pump that he hopes will last him until he is able to get a flight.”

sam

March 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Just a bit of trivia – the villian from Term 2 (the “liquid mercury” one) is from Atlanta. Also appeared on X-Files replacing Muldar (yeah, right!) when David D left.

Nana

March 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

Dierdre, on the previous thread, I forgot to tell you how sorry I am about your neighbor’s passing. My condolences to her family and friends.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

and now he is playing keyboards for Danny Gokey.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Deirdre, I’d like to add my condolences… “never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee” – John Donne

KPH

March 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

I saw Danny do two songs on Fox 5 yesterday morning and they were great tunes that were performed well. He has a really good band. I wish him all the best and think he will do just fine in the music biz.

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Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

Sam, that would be Robert Patrick, T-1000 from “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”. He got the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

He’ll get the 2010 MTV award for best keyboardist. (Good call Rickster)

Harm

March 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

Deirdre, sorry for the loss of your friend, happy that she is no longer suffering.

kelly&carriefan

March 3rd, 2010
2:37 pm

D, really sorry for you loss as well.

Did y’all here the latest on Crystal? Seems she’s a maybe as far as singing tonight. There’s rumblings that she might be DQ’d or they might show rehearsal footage and have people vote on that….

Sidenote: I did not remember that Cook also had some serious health issues during the show. Wow. Yes, he is quickly turning into my fave Idol guy.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

there is still major concern that Crystal Bowersox will not be able to perform tonight. If she can’t, they will have to disqualify her.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

The following is a video from Joe’s Place of Ryan interviewing Ken Warrick about Crystal. Although he does not go into details, he makes it pretty clear that there is a serious proble:

http://www.joesplaceblog.com/2010/03/idol-executive-producer-gives-details-on-sick-contestant-crystal-bowersoxs-status-video/

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

So, if Bowersox is disqualified, that means only one girl gets kicked out tomorrow?

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
3:58 pm

Yes, Mercedes, if Crystal is DQ’d then only one girl will be eliminated.

Rumors are flying on the forums about Crystal O.D.ing If that was the case, I’m pretty sure that she would already be disqualified.

ugaaccountant

March 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

I can’t see how this isn’t covered in the paperwork they all sign. You can’t tell me they never considered a scenario where someone would be to ill to perform. Remember this is a televised contest so the rules from the whole “quiz show” scandal apply. Esentially no cheating/ making up rules as you go.

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

Did anyone catch Adam and his “Sleepwalker” on Leno last night? I had recorded it; fast-forwarded new stand-up comedian Sarah Palin and long interview with The Flying Tomato… and got about 30 seconds of Adam before the machine cut him off! Boy looked good in purple eyeshadow and blue crystal glue-ons.

kelly&carriefan

March 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

D, had not heard those rumors…and I agree. Terrible that they would speculate in that way. Ah, the internet, where anonymity and stupidity can go hand in hand.

Mercedes, I don’t watch Leno. He’s not really funny (to me) and I won’t endorse his “new” show. Team Conan! Sorry, just had to say it. But I’m glad Adam was just being Adam.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
4:56 pm

Mercedes, I’m not anti-Adam, but please do not tell me what “blue crystal glue-ons” are… I don’t want to know.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

I’m just going to wait until tonight at 5 to find out what is going on with Crystal. . Someone make a post for me, I don’t want to hog a coveritlive slot.

Rickster

March 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Hope everyone has a great evening. Enjoy the show. I’m honest-to-goodness thinking about not watching tonight. I’ll DVR it… and then maybe look at it another time. But there’s nobody on the show that I really care to watch.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
5:13 pm

the producers are meeting right now re Crystal which tells me that she probably cannot sing tonight.

BigBam

March 3rd, 2010
5:15 pm

This year is not as good as past season’s and it is hard to believe that out of millions of auditions, these are the best?

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

c&cfan – did I say I watched Leno? NO!
JT – the blue crystals were glued on top of the purple eyeshadow. Thought you needed to know.

Mercedes S.

March 3rd, 2010
5:18 pm

Today’s my last chance to see the Oscar-nominated shorts… so I’ll have to watch Girl Idols later.

BigBam

March 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

@Mercedes
I take it that you really like Adam Lambert

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
5:24 pm

From what I’ve heard every year is not as good as the prior years. Am I the only one that thinks we’ve been hearing that since Season 2?

Thanks Mercedes, I was thinking they might be something else.

I am starting to think that I’m the only one that likes the judging this year. The voice in my head that is still raging against four judges has even quieted a bit. I’m sure he’ll turn it up once we are to the top 5 show.

Deirdre

March 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

You’re not alone, JT. I think the judges are a nice mix. The everyday fan represented by Ellen, the former performer, Randy, the song writer, Kara and the brutally honest guy, Simon. They are keeping their critiques short and mostly interesting. It isn’t nearly as bad as I expected especially since Kara is actually saying something this year.

And yes…EVERY year isn’t as good as the previous years.

BigBam

March 3rd, 2010
5:41 pm

I dont think this is a very good year, however I do like the judges panel. I think Ellen adds something very genuine to it.

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

BigBam, I’m with you. The year is not great so far, but there is still hope. I wasn’t sure about Ellen, I was ready to bash her. However, she has been nice yet honest, especially last night. I don’t mind someone saying “I like you as a person, but you can’t sing.”

I think I used up my quota of “am I the only one…” statements for the year.

BigBam

March 3rd, 2010
5:52 pm

JT
We are on the same page. I just knew Ellen was gonna make me bash her too, however she does have a way of saying you suck in such a respectful manner. Lol But I guess I missed what happened. I see earlier they were talking about Chrystal. What is her deal?

ugaaccountant

March 3rd, 2010
6:06 pm

“I like you as a person, but you can’t sing.”

I’d prefer them to simplify the judging process. “You can’t sing” are the only words necessary in that sentence.

Janice Godwin

March 3rd, 2010
7:01 pm

Danny will do good…he has a great voice. Too bad he wasn’t on this seasons American Idol…he would be the winner! This season not doing a whole lot for me. I haven’t seen anybody worth listening to…

JTesla

March 3rd, 2010
7:15 pm

It’s too bad that Danny wasn’t on last seasons American Idol. If you could pair his looks and voice with a great backstory he’d win for sure. Or so I was told… last year.

Hank Williams Jr.

March 3rd, 2010
9:11 pm

What a geek–

Lynn

March 3rd, 2010
9:58 pm

Saw Danny at a very similar event in northern Virginia Monday night. He sounded great, did six songs for a crowd I’d guess was easily 200 people. Seemed to be quite a number of folks interested to hear him and pick up a copy of his CD. I didn’t stay for the autograph session as I had a fair drive to get back home, but he is working hard to be signing for that many people after a full day of tv and other performances.

Jamie Lloyd

March 3rd, 2010
11:20 pm

Too bad the weather was bad yesterday in Atlanta. Danny rocked the WKSJ radio station when he visited Mobile in January. He sounded just like he does on his CD. He has an incredible voice. One of my favorite songs is I Will Not Say Goodbye. I am looking forward to seeing him in concert real soon.

S. anderson

March 4th, 2010
4:38 pm

Danny’s voice sounded great, the surrounding acoustics in the Best Buy could of made it tough, It is not a sound studio that is a given and a lame opinion……. Danny did a good job, is he tired sure but he loves doing this to meet as many people as he can, especially those who truly support him. The radio tour has been a huge success like it or not. RCA has him on a run but he loves it. Hope he comes back to Omaha soon we loved him here, any time Danny. S/Omaha Danny knows who this it…….

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leena

March 8th, 2010
7:58 pm

i don’t know about you all of the above but adam lambert was the best that AI had produced.