David Cook Backstage with Carly Smithson – Viva Elvis – Las Vegas


Photo: Viva Elvis Facebook

David Cook backstage to visit fellow Season 7 Idol Alum, Carly Smithson (check out hre red wig!) who is a performer in the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis.

David  tweeted last night, “Love seeing friends kicking ass and happy. @CarlySmithson and co. were awesome in Viva Elvis! Everyone should go see it if given the chance.”

Season 7 Top 24 contestant Luke Menard was also in the audience.

David is in Vegas to play an acoustic set with his band at the 94.1 Pet-a-Palooza concert at Star Nursery Fields.

Photo after the JUMP…

Luke Menard, Carly Smithson & David Cook via @Carly Smithson

  • suenigma

    Those are some tight jeans there Mr. Cook. You look GREAT!

    Edited to delete my own embarrassing in retrospect comment. LOL.

  • Trina

    Ok I think he can eat a couple of deep fried oreos. He’s gotten so thin! Carly looks gorgeous!

  • Indigobunting

    That must be a wig on Carly?

  • Incipit

    OOps – This thread snuck up on me.

    suenigma, great picture – and Carly’s “gold as fvck” costume is very flattering – the red hair is – different? But I like the bangs.

    David looks rather fit – all those runs getting ready to do the Race for Hope are paying off!

    The actor playing Colonel Parker was so excited to get a picture w/David backstage that he touted the Pet-a-Palooza show on his timeline. That’s cool.

  • Valentin432

    I know it’s silly but seeing the AI contestants keeping their friendship after the show is part of the things I enjoy about it.
    Even friendships accross seasons are fun.

    It’s not all a big family but there’s a bound among people who have been through the idol experience.

  • prd9601

    Is that Jacob Lusk on Cook’s left? Werk it!!

  • unidentified

    David Cook standing with sparkly shiny women, and one of them is Carly. I wouldn’t have recognized her in that red wig. So used to seeing her dark hair. Nice they all can get together.

  • suenigma

    great picture – and Carly’s “gold as fvck” costume is very flattering – the red hair is – different? But I like the bangs.

    Carly is “hot as fvck”, and like I said in the other thread, she’s looks like an Irish Cleopatra. And yes Incipit, David is looking VERY fit indeed.

    I agree about the lasting friendship sentiments Valentin432. The twitter conversation last night included Jason Castro, Anoop, Kris Allen, David Cook, Carly, Brooke White, Luke Menard, etc. So cute.

  • alxsavage

    This is a first for me, I didn’t know that Carly was in Vegas…what ever happened to We Are The Fallen?

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Carly is “hot as fvck”, and like I said in the other thread, she’s looks like an Irish Cleopatra.

    And makes a splendid argument for why Egypt should have expanded its borders… That Cirque thing is such a weird gig, but she seems to be having fun with it, which is all to the good.

  • Incipit

    what ever happened to We Are The Fallen?

    alxsavage, WaTF is not on tour right now – although they were noting on their twitter feed that for some reason they keep getting listed as the opener for Apocalyptica by mistake – and if it keeps happening, maybe they should just show up! *chuckle*

    Valentin432, I agree, and for some reason, I enjoy seeing the Idol veterans from any season giving the lie to Simon’s cynical take on friends…and many of them do.

  • CindyM

    From RCA promo, David meeting fan today:

    http://twitpic.com/4ivnur

  • jeff2683

    Valentin432 says:
    04/09/2011 at 3:34 pm
    I know it’s silly but seeing the AI contestants keeping their friendship after the show is part of the things I enjoy about it.
    Even friendships accross seasons are fun.

    It’s not all a big family but there’s a bound among people who have been through the idol experience.

    Not silly at all. They all went through the same experience, so that creates a bond.

  • pattycake

    suenigma says:
    04/09/2011 at 3:16 pm
    Those are some tight jeans there Mr. Cook. You look GREAT!

    Edited to delete my own embarrassing in retrospect comment. LOL.

    He is wearing those same pants today at the concert. I guess no time to change. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.. :)

  • artemis

    Just heard on twitter-David Cook’s album will be out in June.

  • Incipit

    Is this the thread to post about the Pet-a-Palooza too?

    David is on stage doing The Cars. (I think – cellcast )

  • ilovekrisallen39

    His sounding so awesome on Drive the sound really fits him. And we got to see the Dubs.

  • Incipit

    Is Dublin onstage? Something about CBTM is causing a lot of hilarity in the audience – the vids on this ought to be good. *wink*

  • cheese

    David is singing “Rolling in the Deep.” Holy shit.

  • movin2thabeet

    Dave doing an Adele song. Now that clearly qualifies as a WTF moment.

  • Incipit

    Heh. Beat me to it, Cheese – I wasn’t quite sure at first – even on the cellcast this sounds awesome! He said something about ‘outside of their box’.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    When David was introducing everyone, Couldn’t tell if it was his brother or who brought Dublin up on stages. His sounding so awesome on Rolling in the Deep. I hope someone makes MP3’s.

  • Incipit

    ilovekrisallen39, Here’s on the spot video

    He closed w/ “Light On” – Eight songs.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    That was fantastic, he sound’s hot. But it was too short.

  • CindyM

    Did he sing his new single?

  • ilovekrisallen39

    I know it wasn’t but it seem like it was, probably because I was enjoying it so much.

  • Incipit

    Did he sing his new single?

    No, CindyM, he did “Paper Heart” – and said it would be on the album – it’s trending now!

    mp3’s coming

    Cooksongrl FYI guys I recorded the 2 covers and Paper Heart! :)

  • artemis

    Paper Heart is trending on twitter.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Cool can’t wait to have it on my I-Pod. And can’t wait until June for the CD, I already preordered it.

  • IndyMuse

    I am so excited Paper Heart is on the album! I love, love, love that song. I deliberately only listened to it a few times so it would stay new for me, but I still remember the chorus all these months later!

  • IndyMuse

    Whoever was asking about the single, doesn’t look like he did it. Keeping it under wraps till the streaming, I guess.

    I wonder what would happen if Paper Heart got a lot of buzz?

  • sma11ie

    OMG, he sounded so amazing on Rolling in The Deep. I always thought David had a really soulful voice– I can’t believe it, it’s like one of my dreams to have David cover Adele and he rocked it!

    I was bummed that I missed the whole ustream but I hopped on JUST as he started the Adele cover. I was like, are you F-ing kidding me?! I was in shock. Man, that just made my day. I hope he does it at the Race for Hope show! I’ll be flailing, lol.

    So June, huh? That’s kinda far, I guess they want a long time to work the single? I just hope the single kicks ass.

    Can’t wait to see all the vids of the other songs (especially the Cars cover and acoustic Paper Heart) and of course, the banter.

  • Incipit

    IndyMuse, it’s an earworm. *wink*

    The cellcaster says David is only signing for an hour? half hour? – and there’s an enormous line for autographs.
    One person said they are about a hundred people back.

    The place was crowded, all ages and genders – and dogs everywhere.

  • leome

    I’m really curious to hear his take on Rolling in The Deep. Was it the same but like acoustic?

  • ladymadonna

    Heh. Paper Heart is now trending at #4 worldwide. Funny.

    The set today was insanely good. Can’t wait for some quality video because even over the muddy Ustream, everything sounded killer. The arrangements of the DCTR songs were fantastic – very pretty, delicate guitar work and some nice vocal changes too. “Paper Heart” is still a crazy earworm. It will be stuck in my head, stuck in my head for days. “Drive” was simply stunning, and the 3-part harmony on “Rolling in the Deep” was amazeballs.

    Love having him back on stage.

  • Incipit

    Can not wait for these videos –

    Kristen8108 I got video of everything except CBTM and Light On :)

    Sorry, I’m not going to be able to upload until I get home tmrw night. Have to pay for Internet at hotel and we’re flying out late tonight.

  • sma11ie

    Holy crap, I didn’t know the ustream’s recorded! Gonna go watch the whole thing now, lol. Kthxbai!

  • Trina

    OMG my current fave song! Dying here,

    Everything RCAEd said about all the red tape and RCA, 19, Fox, etc all needing to be on the same page about the single rollout pretty much guaranteed it wasn’t gonna be premiered at an acoustic show.

  • weareallinnocent

    Holy crap, I didn’t know the ustream’s recorded! Gonna go watch the whole thing now, lol. Kthxbai!

    Er, would someone PLEASE point me in the direction of Dave?! Thx!!

  • Incipit

    weareallinnocent – here –

    BlogTV Link

  • TwigLA

    Great that David did Petapalooza. Kris was great at it last year and came away with many new fans. I hear it’s a pretty big deal to play that.

    I’m glad MJ pointed out that Carly was in the red wig. My eyes went right to the black haired woman next to her. I thought she had some major ‘work’ done. :)

  • Buffynut

    Incipit says:
    04/09/2011 at 6:45 pm
    weareallinnocent – here –

    BlogTV Link

    There’s just some woman talking here! :(

  • Trina

    Aw Neal’s tweet about Paper Heart is so nice. Once in a while under all that badassness is a real sweetheart lol

    @nealfingtiemann
    Paper heart is trending. I’m happy for my boy @thedavidcook and proud to be apart of it.

  • Incipit

    Buffynut, Grace recorded it, it ought to be there on her page – lemme see if there’s another source.

    Here you are –

    @YaminaC Listen to the recorded ustream here: http://bit.ly/erUqmo @GraceC4David recorded the cellcast, too. less than 1 minute ago

  • Joyed

    Here is the ustream link of the entire concert recorded. It includes video and audio :)

  • Buffynut

    Joyed says:
    04/09/2011 at 6:58 pm
    Here is the ustream link of the entire concert recorded. It includes video and audio

    Thanks! Much better! :)

  • weareallinnocent

    Thank You, Incipit!! And, Joyed!! :-)

  • Garnetstar

    Wow in love with the new song Paper Heart and in love with the new covers. Rolling in the Deep is perfectly perfect for a cover. Great song and paired with that raspy voice it is kick ass.

  • batgirl478

    OMG he covered Adele and Drive by the Cars? That is my favorite Cars song! And of course Adele is amazing. Damn I really wish I had gone to this show now. Thanks for posting the ustream link. Off to watch!

  • progression

    Even on Ustream Drive was a great vocal showcase for Dave. Loved the Rolling in the Deep cover, it’s nice to see them do something current. The acoustic version of Paper Heart really shows what good *bones* that song has, it’s by far my favorite of the the post-DCTR songs we’ve gotten to hear. Praying for a some high quaility audio of these to turn up.

    So great to have Dave and the boys back out playing. So, so great.

  • mermichelle

    Here is the ustream link of the entire concert recorded. It includes video and audio

    Thank You for the link!!! Oh, how I have missed that voice :-)

    CANNOT wait for the new album.

  • unidentified

    Wow, Ustream is way better than a cell-cast. Really great, so clear. David sounds so great. Really enjoyed hearing Paper Heart along with songs from CD 1. Also enjoyed the covers he did.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Here’s Rolling in the Deep that was covered by David Cook today.

  • BootStar

    Damn, how did I miss this? Please tell me somebody was there to videotape his set.

    OMG, he sounded so amazing on Rolling in The Deep. I always thought David had a really soulful voice– I can’t believe it, it’s like one of my dreams to have David cover Adele and he rocked it!

    One of my dreams, too, and I absolutely LOVE that song!

  • ladymadonna

    Listening to Drive and Rolling in the Deep again on the Ustream recording, I mean seriously, is there any question why this man won American Idol? He is the king of covers. He and Kris Allen just have that innate ability to pick the right song and do it the right way. Don’t You (Forget About Me), Just Died in Your Arms, Man in the Box, Hot for Teacher, Little Lies, Hunger Strike, High and Dry, now these two additions to the arsenal? They’re all amazing.

    Sounds like some more videos are nearing completion and should surface soon. Hoping we get some further back from the monitors so there’s not such a vortex of distortion on the audio.

  • Trina

    I may need to listen a couple of more times to fully reach maximum flail but Rolling In The Deep just may be at Billie Jean levels of perfection gah.

  • BootStar

    I may need to listen a couple of more times to fully reach maximum flail but Rolling In The Deep just may be at Billie Jean levels of perfection gah.

    OMG, that may be the BEST Cook cover EVER! I’m kinda speechless.

  • ladymadonna

    Here’s Drive. Insane.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm0DtbBfEdw&feature=youtu.be

    And the bit with the dog is hilarious.

  • hypertwink

    I love the Adele cover but they have to tighten the middle part. Maybe, I love how Adele does it live but the whole clapping thing needs work. Still, this is like a fangasm for me since I both love David & Adele so much.

  • IndyMuse

    MJ has a dedicated thread up now! thanks, MJ!

  • Joyed

    Aww, here’s a photo of Carly and Cook with Luke Menard! <3

    Haha, David and Luke look like bookends.

  • iluvai

    Aww, here’s a photo of Carly and Cook with Luke Menard! <3

    Haha, David and Luke look like bookends.

    Cute pic!

  • Curlin

    Yeah 3 yrs later and they’re still supporting each other. Love it!

  • iluvai

    ok guys… This could so totally be an Adam pic. :)

  • Yvonne13

    I like the cover tunes. Paper Heart, not so much.

  • standtotheright

    Haha, David and Luke look like bookends.

    Heh. Matte.SHINY!Matte.

    Smithson looks great. I’m glad she’s having so much fun with that show.