David Cook – Six Flags New Jersey – VIDEO


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Anticipating the release of his album on Tuesday, David Cook and his band performed at the Six Flags Amusement Park in New Jersey on Saturday.

The set opened with the beautiful “Circadian” the first track on his new album This Loud Morning. Watch the performance below. “Take Me As I Am” another new track from the album, and the Idol boot song, “Don’t You Forget About Me” are also posted below.

Check out these photos from ReallyCookin Photo #1, Photo #2, Photo #3 Photo #4, Photo #5

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Circadian

Take Me As I Am

Don’t You Forget About Me

  • Nh29

    Wow. great quality.
    I’m not sure if I like the live version of Circadian – He sings it in a lower key than the original recording, and it sounds kinda weird.

  • enilemme

    i just looooooooooooveeeee his smile *dies and goes to DAVID COOK heaven* :P

  • offside

    These are great videos!
    I hope when they tour, they incorporate the beginning of Circadian into their show instead of using it as set up music. I think it would be a pity to waste it.

  • spanishfan

    The brilliant Circadian and Take Me As I Am. He is such a charming guy. Love the reaction of the crowd. I was in on the conversation and the love sprinkled around was fabulous.

  • sunchick

    Circadian sounds fantastic live. When I listen to the album version I think I prefer it, then when I hear another live version it’s like, no, live is where it’s at. With the last record I almost always preferred the live versions, so that’s new. Take Me As I Am is a great tune, but I probably like it the least of all the TLM songs he’s played live thus far.

  • Sassycatz

    I’ve only watched the first video, but it looks like you got great quality. Thank you. Someone who I was with attempted to take videos, but security was on her in a minute.

  • ninam

    Love the richness in Cook’s voice in Circadian. Great video footage. Wish I went.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    Circadian <3

  • Listening

    I love the live version it’s raw and passionate super polished has it’s place but not on a tour. On a CD I want polished on a tour I want raw passion churning w/ life. I like this performance of Circadian better than the Walmart Soundcheck. I thought he sung Take Me As I Am better than at the Concert for Hope as time marches : P on he’s getting better and better singing these songs life.

    Oh yeah David sounds great and looks adorable that is all.

    I’m so excited I can’t wait for the Best Buy release party i’m sure we’re gonna get songs he hasn’t sung before come on GTTG and REM

  • Suzanne

    hmmm . . . Band uniforms? Well they got an unusually cool day, so that must have been more comfortable.

    I liked Circadian but I couldn’t understand the lyrics so I might check those out online to understand the song. He looks pretty pained on the highest notes. Chris Daughtry does this same thing–forces at the top of his range when he could move song down a key–they both have deep baritones to use too.

    And this will sound hypocritical, but I wish the arrangement on Don’t You included a few high notes. It’s a haunting song, but kinda depressing. I read that he was encouraged to record it as a straight cover but in concert he could change it up to put more life in it.

  • nk1219

    I love these new songs. Cannot wait until he comes closer to Boston. I think “Don’t you forget about me” is a perfect match for his voice. Glad most everyone likes that song except for AI Season 10 contestants. He is always so charming.. I love Neal’s hat too. Good choice for him.

  • Sassycatz

    hmmm . . . Band uniforms? Well they got an unusually cool day, so that must have been more comfortable.

    The official temperature might have been lower than what it was at Busch Gardens, but there was no shade at Six Flags. You were basically baking in the sun, and many people got burnt. That park has a serious need of trees and canopies.

  • Incipit

    Someone who I was with attempted to take videos, but security was on her in a minute.

    Aww, Sassycatz, that’s a shame. But there are lots more videos, and these are great – some excellent sound here!

    I just checked the Brazilian Word Nerd‘s page – w/everything. a real Rabbit Hole! *snerk* …and I loved the “Light On” singalong, and the comments to the fans that David made after the song. I *heart* that obvious artist/fan connection – and this was particularly sweet.

  • nhd

    Thanks for the thread, MJ. Love, love, love Circadian. David looked and sounded GREAT. It is so good to see him on stage again.

    I love his banter before Come Back To Me…haha he’s funny…

    ETA This video is much better quality

  • unidentified

    Thank you for the wonderful videos. I love Circadian so much, great song, great. David puts so much of himself in these new songs. I really love this album.

    I see David has his handkerchief/scarf tail. The guys were all dressed up. They looked nice. Monty and Neal with matching hats is cute.

  • HappyDaisy

    David looks very serious just before Circadian starts — of course the long scarf tail certainly adds some levity. :)

    As Circadian concludes, David looks relieved and quite pleased with things. Excellent performance of an excellent song.

    The videos are great, thanks to the videographers and MJ for this thread.

    Excited for Tuesday, This Loud Morning album release day!

  • nhd

    Photos – Meet & Greet

  • CindyM

    That’s a nice picture of Cook :)

  • lifeisgood

    Cook looking and sounding great!

  • cookmerized

    I love waking up to new cookie videos. He looked so relieved after circadian. Kind of like the look after declaration on Saturday Night Live, way back when. Kind of like, we CAN still do this and, look, they still like me. Damn I love him and am sooo excited for the next few days/weeks/months. Round tew. Bring it on boys. We are ready!

  • katymac

    He sounds great! And his mouth on the “la la la la la” on DYFAM was delicious. (had to re-look a couple times) But I am tired of the dressed-up look that he’s now imposing on his band, too. I miss the crazy tee shirts and rock band look in general.

  • nhd

    Here’s some more pictures of David. He is so handsome, charming & hawt!!
    (Photo credit: @jalyn0484)
    Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4, Picture 5, Picture 6, Picture 7, Picture 8, Picture 9, Picture 10, Picture 11

  • Incipit

    But I am tired of the dressed-up look that he’s now imposing on his band, too.

    Katymac, “Imposing” is a heavy word – the three old friends have been wearing the Vests of Solidarity for quite some time – This is March 27, 2009, Pemberton, NJ – and “Straight Ahead” – see what I mean?

    They all dress up when they think the occasion warrants it – hard to know what they will choose to wear on Tour – until they get on Tour…

    IMO. Of Course.

  • tierbee

    They all dress up when they think the occasion warrants it – hard to know what they will choose to wear on Tour – until they get on Tour…

    I vote black t-shirt at some point like at Richmond last year. Not like there’s an election. Just sayin’.

    I was sick yesterday and didn’t get to go to the show :( *sadface* Thank you for the thread, though, MJ! I’m enjoying the videos!

  • Incipit

    I was sick yesterday and didn’t get to go to the show *sadface*

    Oh Noes, Tierbee! That bites bricks. I know you were anticipating this, sorry to read you were ill.

    Here – try this – it’s a full show playlist of each performance, w/banter – close as you can get to being there without being there!

    On the ¿light? side – you didn’t have to ride the Kingda Ka to become ill, if that’s any consolation?

  • tierbee

    On the ¿light? side – you didn’t have to ride the Kingda Ka to become ill, if that’s any consolation?

    Haha, there’s that! I haven’t ridden a roller coaster in ages, I was a little skeered.

    Oh well. Since the man loves to tour and tour and tour I’ll save my pennies for next time :) I’m not going to count on so many shows in Virginia but a little road trip now and then… I’m down with that.

  • spanishfan

    I love the way they are dressing – classy. They will be streaming internationally on Tuesday and I think class is very important. The hats were a neat trick. I hate the way they used to dress i.e. the check shirts.

  • unidentified

    I love technology. I am able to see David Cook perform in NJ. A state I have never been to, while he was doing it on the stream. Then couple hours later fans are putting up these great videos.

    Love the hand to heart gesture during Light On. He looked so happy. Sweet.

  • Pam

    Incipit thanks for the playlist! All of the guys looked very spiffy in those pictures especially Dave. :)

  • Incipit

    Very welcome, Pam – although the videographer deserves the thanks.

    ~Le Sigh~ Next stop, NYC – and the Album Drop Day Celebrations!

    Can’t be there – but Congrats to whoever is able to be there – and I’m sure you all know the words already – just because that so confounds David, when everyone knows the words and sings along to a song he hasn’t yet released. *snerk*

    Looking forward to seeing all the details – it’s been a long, long wait. (But it’s not Chinese Democracy, David – not to worry. *wink*)

  • Made

    Just wanted to say, Thank You, MJ, for posting constantly about David Cook’s whereabouts, interviews and concerts :) We’ll have a “streamer” at the Paramount event as well. It will all depend on the venue’s rules. Check the WNH for a link. Just sayin’ If you think this is something inappropriate to post here, just delete my post.

  • Curlin

    Tierbee, sorry you had to miss the concert. I live in NJ and couldn’t make it so I was bummed too. Hope you’re feeling better though!

    Off to watch some videos…

  • MollyAnnMay

    Oh dear, tierbee, I’m sorry you weren’t able to go to the concert. Hope you are feeling better.

    I am glad a subset of those who made it to the concert have such good videographing skills though! Thanks for posting, MJ.

    I think the band still needs to work on the new songs a bit (Circadian, for me, for you, was awesome all the way up to the end (and I love the lower key), but the ending was a little awkward and I think they need more time to make that backing track work live). But otoh, these are gorgeous songs and I am going to really enjoy listening to the band explore the corners and edges of the new music and settle into a groove.

    This has been a fun week. I like the way this rollout has gone so far and I’ve loved getting some time to get to know the music before the inevitable bean counting starts. (I know that’s fun for many people, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I may need a bunker pass next week. Heh.)

    I’m… kind of hesitant to say this, because it could sound like concern trolling, but I actually see this as a fascinating point in Cook’s career. It wouldn’t be nearly so fascinating if the music he’s created this time around weren’t, frankly, so unexpected. There were so many ways he could have chosen to go here. And which way did he go? Concept (ish) album — in an age of standalone singles. Huh.

    Sure, some of the songs are safe, and some of them are pretty commercial, but some of them are neither, and so I hope the record finds an appreciative audience. I have a feeling that may be a bit of a slog, even though IMO most of the music on TLM itself is extremely, immediately accessible — much more so than the some of the music on DCTR and AH, in fact — and also extremely interesting.

    But the concept may be difficult to sell to those not already inclined to listen to what Cook has to say. To bring this ramble back on topic, I hope the band is able to book lots of gigs through the summer, because I think they’ll very quickly figure out the best way to sell the music live. Should be an interesting ride.

  • gigglesmo3

    *RUMOR ALERT*
    Cook may have another single coming soon.

    @TheExies: Yo so everyone ! David cooks next single ” take me as I am ” I co wrote so … Pick it up and
    @TheExies: Help a brother out ! It goes on sale Tuesday!!!!!!

    That’s the twitter account for Scott Steven’s, one of the co-writers for Take Me As I Am. It could be true. Will have to wait & see.

  • MollyAnnMay

    Take Me As I Am? Erm. That’s a beautiful song, but I hope the songwriter is mistaken.

    I thought using Fade Into Me on the dance show was a big clue — FIM wouldn’t be my 1st choice either (my (probably utterly doomed and hopeless) choices for singles are Paper Heart and/or Circadian) but I think it has much more commercial appeal than Take Me As I Am.

  • sunchick

    Take Me As I Am? Erm. That’s a beautiful song, but I hope the songwriter is mistaken.

    Considering I just called it my least favorite in his live TLM repertoire thus far, I’m guessing it’s a done deal. Singles jinx here. My choices would have been TMO, Paper Heart, Goodbye to the Girl, and Circadian. Or the version of Right Here With You from TQN. Or the bonus track, Let Me Fall For You, which I think is friggin awesome. Or Fade Into Me. We Believe and Take Me As I Am at this point would be towards the bottom of my list.

    Tierbee, sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. (And hoping you disinfected the bunker, cuz I’m on my way LOL.)

    Molly Ann May, I have to confess that I kinda felt like the whole questionmark surrounding Cook’s career crossroad thing that you just touched on is reflected in the lyrical vibe/repeated imagery of TLM. Falling stars, oceans of anonymity, dying lights, it’s out of my hands, time marches on, winner’s distant memory, holding on until it’s over, and all that. Just one of the feelings I got when I listened to the album. I do hope they figure out the logistics to tour on this album because it will be a killer live experience.

  • MollyAnnMay

    RCA, you will never be my boo.

    Heh. Also, *sigh*. I was really hoping not to have this deja vu all over again feeling. Pleeeeease let the writer be wrong.

    Or the bonus track, Let Me Fall For You, which I think is friggin awesome.

    ITTT*T*A. And would have mentioned it, but I keep forgetting its title. Which is stupid, because the bridge is so fantastic as to be completely unforgettable and half the the damn title is repeated in it one meellion times.

    Ah well. RCA, if this is true, here is my “What are you smoking, exactly? And thanks, but please keep it away from me” face.

  • MollyAnnMay

    Oh, I didn’t see your second third paragraph, sunchick. I feel much smarter now! *g* I didn’t think how much the music was feeding those thoughts, but it does, you’re right.

    And I totally agree — the subtext is becoming more clear with every listen. Along with the symbols you mention, there’s a lot of implied geometry here — paths and thoughts that cross, that circle around, that come to a standstill. <– That's the one that makes me nervous, but also impressed that it's addressed at all.

  • iani

    If it’s true, RCA continues to annoy me choosing singles. For me is the most musically annoying song from the album, not WB, 4LW but this one. It is in the same category with “All By Myself” song and the only one I skip it from AOL stream. Hope it sells well, seems like many people love it, I felt almost the same for LO, so, it is a “millionaire” single.

  • MollyAnnMay

    Hmm. I don’t find the song annoying at all (I think the lyrics are off-puttingly simplistic on first listen, but I think there’s a reason for that — one that’s too late to get into right now). I just don’t get its appeal other than as an album cut. I guess it has a big glory note like Light On? So… where would that fit on the radio right now?

    Eh. I’ll stop now. It may not even be true and I refuse to get bent over something I have no control of. I’m just going to go back to laughing over Monty in a blue feather boa and anticipating another good show on Tuesday.

  • justic

    i have come to realise dc will never have his breakthrough hit single.
    what makes a song popular is a driving melody, a unique beat to grab the listeners ear and set you apart from the pack. but RCA went yet again for a snoozefest. such a shame this record will never ever get it’s due. sorry for dc.

  • sunchick

    Editing is my attempt not to appear a post ho, you know. ;)

    RCA, you will never be my boo.

    Heh. Also, *sigh*. I was really hoping not to have this deja vu all over again feeling. Pleeeeease let the writer be wrong.

    Ha, I took that back out, since it seems this rumor is unconfirmed. But yeah, pretty likely RCA will never be my boo. The upside is that I find TLM does not quite have a CBTM moment where I’m all hellls no. Even We Believe is growing on me a little because it has it’s place in the album arc. Had you seen RCA Ed’s Choosing Singles 101 lesson on DCO awhile back? Paraphrasing from memory, according to Ed, the casual fan, when listening to radio, is more inclined to like and remember a catchy simple song, while the more invested fans get bored with catchy simple songs and that’s why they gravitate towards the deeper album cuts. And it’s also important that singles sound as much like everyone else on the radio as possible to sweeten the deal. So the catchiest, simplest songs that sound the most like what’s already being played are the ones considered for singles. Sadly, not as romantic a notion as the antithetical advice the record dude gave JC in Walk the Line: “if you were dying in a gutter and you had time to sing one song to sum you up, what song would you sing, that’s the kind of song people want to hear…” I think if I ever had the chance to ask Cook one question, I’d just read that quote from WTL verbatim and see what song he’d pick.

    I don’t find the song annoying at all. I just don’t get its appeal other than as an album cut.

    Ditto. I like TMAIA, and in context it does get me a little choked up. When I listen to the album I kind of feel like on that song he breaks the fourth(not third, duh sunchick LOL) wall and is speaking directly to the listener. And my first reaction is all “Don’t be so lost and broken, I care about the words unspoken!” LOL Out of context, I’m not sure how it will come across and if the song is as stand alone special as some of the other tracks. Could be wrong.

  • gigglesmo3

    I love TMAIA, loved it when I first heard it through the livestream for CFH, even more than TMO. Not sure if it’s top tier for me yet, but I love it. If the rumor is true, I would be impressed with the single choice. I certainly think there are worse single choices on the album, and I was certain RCA would pick them. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about picking singles, because I don’t. There are other songs I would have liked as the next single. But I’m happy it’s TMAIA, a song that they have performed a number of times, so clearly they enjoy performing it. Plus it’s on the WM Soundcheck and the acoustic EP, so if it is the next single, it already has some exposure out there.

    I know some were hoping Fade Into ME would be the next single, since it was just performed on SYTYCD. But I also know some fans would be very unhappy if that was the next single. It just goes to show that all the fans feel differently about DC’s songs, and what one may love, others hate. Personally, I like the FIM, but I think it has it’s weaknesses. But I wouldn’t be pissed if it was next single.

  • LaraC

    re TMAIA as the next single: that song is 14th on my “best idea for a second single from TLM Deluxe version” list, right behind re-releasing TLG.
    This is such a random/bad decision, especially with TLG’s lack of buzz, I can’t help but think career sabotage.

    ETA: Not to be all gloomy, his voice is so much richer this time around. I was hoping for a better lower register for the second cycle and I’m not disappointed.

  • tierbee

    Tierbee, sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. (And hoping you disinfected the bunker, cuz I’m on my way LOL.)

    Come on down! I have Lysol, we’re good :) Still wiped out, sigh, but probably staying up way too many hours doing rescue stuff is more the cause of that than any illness. I’m a germaphobe so I’ll keep the bunker all cleanly-like heh. You can probably tell from my infrequent appearances here that I’m at least semi-bunkered at this point…

  • tierbee

    I love TMAIA, loved it when I first heard it through the livestream for CFH, even more than TMO.

    I love it, too, it hurts my heart.

  • tinawina

    I like it okay. The more I listened to the stream the less it stood out for me. It’s not a horrible song, and I can think of some that would have been worse choices, but to me there is nothing distinctive about this. But then again I hated Light On and found Come Back To Me pretty but not particularly exciting, and both those charted well. So obviously I am not the one who should be picking singles.

    Had you seen RCA Ed’s Choosing Singles 101 lesson on DCO awhile back? Paraphrasing from memory, according to Ed, the casual fan, when listening to radio, is more inclined to like and remember a catchy simple song, while the more invested fans get bored with catchy simple songs and that’s why they gravitate towards the deeper album cuts. And it’s also important that singles sound as much like everyone else on the radio as possible to sweeten the deal. So the catchiest, simplest songs that sound the most like what’s already being played are the ones considered for singles.

    Well, this goes with the oft repeated theory that RCA is a conservative label prone to go with the safest choice.

  • MollyAnnMay

    sunchick: The upside is that I find TLM does not quite have a CBTM moment where I’m all hellls no.

    Yes! That’s where I’m at, too. I’m sooo impressed with how strong this music is as a whole.

    Had you seen RCA Ed’s Choosing Singles 101 lesson on DCO awhile back?

    No, I don’t read at DCO unless somebody links something there, for no particular reason other than message board formats drive me batty. I find them unintuitive to navigate and I hate reading backwards.

    But your paraphrase does make perfect sense for how, as tinawina says, a conservative record company approaches single selection. I totally get that. I don’t like it, but I get it.

    gigglesmo3: I love TMAIA, loved it when I first heard it through the livestream for CFH, even more than TMO.

    I felt exactly the same way, believe it or not. I took to TMAIA immediately, much faster than I did to TMO, for all the reasons sunchick mentions about breaking the 4th wall. It chokes me up too. But I also agree that I don’t know how it will play out of context. It’s perfect as a crossroads point for the story the album is telling — I just have no idea how it will play outside that context, other than to people who are already fans.

    I certainly think there are worse single choices on the album

    I do agree with that.

    Aaaannd, that’s enough blather from me about hypotheticals for one post!

  • Curlin

    The more I listen to TMAIA, the more I like it. I think it’s definitely a better single choice than CBTM was but that didn’t stop me from squeeing just a little bit when I heard it in Home Depot yesterday! LOL

  • fadetowhite

    I really like Take Me As I Am: before hearing the album stream I liked it even more, it’s just that now I’d place other songs far above it.

    I’m just not sure how much of a single it is: especially since I. like.it. something unheard of in my Cook – single – release – history. :lol

    But actually, I am totally, 100% convinced that the best single release would be Goodbye To The Girl – and not because it’s a home grown band written song (though I do love that it is).

    a) It is a beautiful, beautiful song;

    b) It’s very catchy;

    c) It seems to be the stand out song for fans; non-fans and naysayers alike….

    What more could you want?

    Oh and I love Circadian and REM as much, but cannot see them as singles at all.

  • May

    Thanks for the videos MJ! I didn’t realize “Last Goodbye” had been out that long. I’d be surprised if they switched to a new single so quickly. I’m predicting another month or two….I never thought I’d ever say this, but I think “Last Goodbye” was a good pick for a single, regardless of the slow radio climb (which I kind of expected).