David Cook – National Anthem – Kansas City Chief’s Opener

Video: ignoranomus, angelangiekc

David Cook sang the National Anthem today as part of a special 9/11 remembrance ceremony before the Kansas City Chiefs home opener.

Listen to his beautiful and stunning rendition of the anthem below. One of the best Idol anthems ever, and definitely a personal best for David!

When a HQ version of the performance is available, I’ll post it here.

Closeup filmed in the stadium

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  • unidentified

    So very pretty. Goosebumps.

  • suenigma

    Proud to be a Cook fan! Simple yet stunning!

  • Zastine4974

    What no Cook hair snark? I’m shocked. Someone always comments on the hair.

    I think he killed it and looked wonderful

  • aga


  • 123abc456

    He did a great job on the anthem. I loved it.

  • RaincityMama

    Wow. Just perfect.

  • pattycake

    That was his best SSB by far! Awesome job.

  • mzbet

    That was beautifully done, Mr. Cook.

  • hoodathunk

    Very nice job. I remember David struggled with the NA a bit at first, but this was beautifully done. Such a difficult song to sing, especially for the men.

  • Listening

    I thought it was his best SSB too he nailed the vocals and sounded confident.During interviews he’d mentioned he was nervous and had wanted to do it justice not only b/c it was the SSB but b/c it was 9/11, he done himself proud I say.

    Oh and Zastine4974 now that you mentioned it….I just realized his hair isn’t any longer than usual. I guess he decided not to grow it out long.

  • Incipit

    Beautiful, heartfelt, respectful rendition – taking ‘the flag was still there’ up an octave was a lovely change-up. Each time he does this, there is something individual about it – Thanks, MJ.

  • sagi

    Aww, have tears in my eyes! I am overly sentimental today, watched some footage of 9/11, and Mr. Cook just did me proud! He sounded awesome, but that hair! O_o (j/k! I couldn’t resist after reading a post above ;) )

  • Sydia

    Oh David Cook how I miss you! This was beautiful and flawless.

  • suenigma

    Haha Sagi. Lord knows I love Cook, but yeah, his hair…keeps him humble.

  • SybilTrelawney

    I had fears for the hair based on rehearsal photos, but he looked fine. More to the point, he sounded amazing. That was everything a rendition of the SSB should be: simple, dignified, soaring, melodic without unnecessary ornamentation. The octave change for “that our flag was still there” was breathtaking.

  • Incipit

    Love that this video caught the Flag on the field – and the flyover – such a well made tribute.

    he sounded amazing.

    Yes to everything you said about this, SybilTrelawney. David has a well-developed sense for the fitness of an occasion. Also impressed with no breath taken between the phrases “red glare” and “the bombs bursting”- they flowed seamlessly into each other. Dude can sure sang.

  • karenc

    Wow, he sounded amazing. Proud to be his fan.

  • heidijoy

    David sang this better than he ever has! Loved the whole scene with the flag,all the fans dressed in red and the flyover.

    Proud to be an American! God Bless the USA and the world for that matter.

    Good performance David!!

  • cmom

    As a fan of both Davids, I can not say strongly enough how happy I am to hear this great rendition of the NA by Cook. I think he has been listening to his buddy Archie and other great versions especially in going up the scale in the “that our flag was still there” part of the song and the way he holds out his notes longer and stronger (one of Archie’s versions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhd3h-qp7qA shows you what I mean). I am happy to finally be able to talk about Cooks NA and Archie’s NA in a positive light together. I think that the NA is, of course right up Archie’s alley since he has been singing serious, difficult songs since he was a boy singing acapella, and for Cook, a rocker-guy to come into his own and allow himself to really shine like he does in this NA attests to his maturity as a musician and his ability to really allow himself to relax into a song that is not the type that he would normally sing and look comfortable doing it. Great job!!

  • girlygirl

    Very very nice. Too bad the Chiefs couldn’t follow up by playing well.

  • fadetowhite

    Great job Mr Cook!

  • Incipit

    cmom, good to read that you enjoyed David’s rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” today. I think this one may have eclipsed the one he did for the Chiefs on his birthday in 2009, or the one he did with his brother Andrew in September of 2008, among others – although that version was so professionally blended, one just felt they had sung that arrangement together before. I kinda sorta have a soft spot for that one, because it was the two brothers harmonizing, and David, with his gift for harmonies, took most of the low parts.

    I usually prefer the unornamented versions, but that octave jump on “Flag was still there” today just emphasized what the song is all about, to me. And, he nailed it.

    However, since the night of April 22, 2008, and “The Music of the Night”, there has been no doubt in my mind that David could nail all sorts of music. The power in his voice, the range, and the incredible breath control are the tools he brings to the respectful and heartfelt way he sings the National Anthem.

    But I have immense regard for anyone who puts it on the line with the SSB. It’s been noted before – do it well, and people clap and get on with the game. Mess w/the melody, or make any mistakes, and it’s news fodder for a week. Fraught enough to perform it on an ordinary occasion, in front of a stadium full of people, but on this Ten Year Anniversary, even more so. Kudos to all the SSB singers today!

  • Brisblondie

    Simply beautiful. The octave jump was poignant. Excellent job Mr. Cook on a very meaningful day to hear the national anthem.

  • Long Kiss Goodnight

    That is not a pretty photo…

  • Incipit

    Quite true, Long Kiss Goodnight, it looks like it was taken from a TV screen – and there are already, and will be much better ones to come.

    Besides, I don’t even know what key it sings in, or if it can harmonize with the hair… *snerk*

  • Ratna12

    That was a great rendition of the NA.

  • jumpstart

    Absolutely stunning.

  • Grammie Kari

    What a terific job David did with the NA! I actually liked it better than Jordin’s version. However, I admire anyone who would sing this in front of a national audience. Great job, David!

  • nk1219

    David did do a terrific job. He never disappoints and does get
    better each time he sings.

  • sr4mjc

    Excellent job, really good. Too bad the Chiefs lost.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Here’s a nice video clip (close-up) from a fan in the stands.


  • aga

    Love the close-up stadium version. <3333 David Cook.

  • Pam

    Oh well. Good hair, bad hair…hee I can forgive the hair after that gorgeous version of the NA. Big thumbs up from me Dave! :) Thanks mj.

  • wordnerdarchie

    What’s wrong with me, I think the “beatle” hair is growing on me. Hee!

    As a side note, I can’t stop listening to that Cook/Hodges Co-write of “Stars” that was played on KCRadio last night. It just sounds so ….. Cookiean, if that’s a word. Hearing it without Cook’s voice on it is mind blowing.

    ETA: Close-up of David as he was talking with a fan. (I can’t help but smile at that face.)

  • shirley6700

    MJ, thanks for posting this moving version of David’s rendition of our anthem. Today, I remember one of our nation’s saddest days. And, I am proud of David’s powerful vocal tribute to that day.

  • butterbean

    Lovely job.

    Agree with preferring the song the way David did it, without the unnecessary runs and stuff (looking at you, Christina A.).

    Also loved him in the suit. He did the NA proud.

  • suenigma

    Holy crap! The sound on that fan filmed close-up is UNBELIEVABLE. David sounds flawless, and the fact that you can hear the crowd singing along somehow makes it even more poignant. I want her camera.

  • tinawina

    Sounds great :)

  • cookmerized

    LOVE. all of it. I’m embarrassed to say how many times I have watched it.

  • listen

    Cook sounded really good!

    (Not sorry the Chiefs lost though, since I am a Charger fan, heh)

  • offside

    Stunning rendition.

  • karenc


    As a side note, I can’t stop listening to that Cook/Hodges Co-write of “Stars” that was played on KCRadio last night. It just sounds so ….. Cookiean, if that’s a word. Hearing it without Cook’s voice on it is mind blowing.

    I loved it too, plus the other song Andrew played yesterday, I think it’s Arrows to Athens? I didn’t even know David Cook cowrote it until after I heard it and liked it :)

  • karenc

    Wow, just saw the video the fan took, it was even better than on tv.

  • iluvai

    Very nice. Dang, love that guy!

  • Incipit

    Ya know – on the umpteenth listen to the up-close video – something occurred to me. You could really hear the crowd singing along – and when David got to the heart of the song “…That our flag was Still THERE” – and opted to take it WAY up – the whole Arrowhead Stadium was singing the melody line – they were all singing harmony with him – just gives chills.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I finally saw a good quality video of the televised coverage, complete with the taps at PA.


  • steph6449

    Very nice version and suitable for the occasion.

  • hoosiermama

    Absolutely lovely, David! I liked how the NFL had the full flag on the field for all their NA’s yesterday. Very moving.

    I hadn’t seen the soldier playing taps in PA so thank you for posting that. That song is soooo sad. Tough day yesterday. My heart still goes out to all the 9/11 families.

  • k4dc

    That was simply lovely. David’s NA has come a long way since his deer-in-the-headlights rendition during the NBA playoffs!

  • deegeegd2

    Love the video from inside the stadium. Like someone said above, with the crowd singing along it is very poignant.