American Idol Winners Feud? David Cook Calls Out Caleb Johnson On His “Real Rocker” Remark (VIDEO)

American Idol winners feud?

During his encore at a concert in Kokomo, Indiana Saturday night (Aug 16), David Cook responded to comments made by current American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson. In a recent interview with Yahoo Music, Caleb said that the the American Idol season 7 winner wasn’t really a rocker.

“David Cook…he’s like pop rock. He never really did stuff like Zeppelin or Rush,” Caleb said to Yahoo.

Of course, those who follow David know that while he can do a straight up theatrical version of “Music Of the Night” from the Broadway musical,  Phantom of the Opera, (as he did brilliantly on the show) he is, at heart, a committed rocker. And, in fact, Led Zeppelin covers have been part of his concert repertoire for years.

Check out the video below, beginning at the 9:17 mark. David never calls out Caleb by name, but make no mistake. David calls him out.

“…I read somewhere that somebody said that I wasn’t really rock. I read that. So, we’re going to do this next song in an attempt to prove him wrong.”

“Because I would like to think that we are not any one thing!” David says before he noodles  a bit of the guitar riff from Bill Withers “Use Me.”

“That’s the only part of the song we know,” jokes the singer before declaring that “We CAN play the entire part of this next song.”

Here, David and his band launch into a blistering cover of “Rock ‘n’ Roll/Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, proving that he’s no stranger to “HEAVY, SOULFUL POWERFUL AND CONVICTED” rock and roll. Heh.

After ripping through the cover, David chuckles, “So, if you see that person…I guess let him know.”

BOOM! Your turn, Caleb!

As an aside, also part of the encore, David dedicates “Heroes” to his good friend and fellow season 7 Idol, Michael Johns, who passed away two weeks ago from a blood clot to his ankle.

The intro begins at the 4:41 mark.

“I do want to say before we play these last few songs,” says David, “The Idol family lost one of our own…I want do want to say…Rest In Peace to my good friend, Mr. Michael Johns. We miss you. We love you.”

David continues with the tribute. “I honestly would not have made it through whatever that process was without him. I’m going to miss him a lot.”

Video via Kristen8108

Rock n Roll/Whole Lotta Love

David dedicates “Heroes” to Michael Johns

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