David Cook – Mr. Sensitive – Lupos, Providence RI

I saw David Cook, with opener Ryan Star at Lupos in Providence tonight. David and the Anthemic (heh) opened with “Mr. Sensitive”.

Enjoy the first of my videos! I’ll have more tomorrow, plus a longer recap.

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  1. Goodness, he was feeling Mr. Sensitive’s pain tonight, wasn’t he?

    Is that the leather jacket from the Time of My Life cover and the AI tour posters?

  2. I’m so glad I stayed up late! That’s awesome MJ! Gah I’m loving the jacket! Dayum he needs to wear that more often.

  3. I was waiting for this before I went to bed. THANK YOU SO MUCH MJ. I know you did not have the smoothest of evenings and came back to a lot of clutter filled Aisles ;-) so very much appreciate you took the time to do this for us. You Must be Exhausted! Gets some sleep.

    David Amazing!!!

  4. David Cook opened with Mr. Sensitive at my first DC headlining concert in Sacramento, CA too. I was soooo happy at that moment when I finally saw him on stage and sang that song. Since then, Mr. Sensitive became my favorite song of the album. I am so glad that this song is one of MJ’s favorites too. Great video, great performance. Thank you so much MJ.

  5. Were there lyrics involved with with this song and I just missed them completely…like David did?

    But really, thanks for the video and seems very involved in the whole rock concert, so cool! Can’t wait to hear of your recaps, because I expect that Cookie puts on a good show. Though from that clip I couldn’t understand 1 word in 12 of the song, but hey, it’s rock and roll and I don’t expect to understand beyond one word in six.

  6. I love how he performs Mr. Sensitive! It’s one of my favorites. And yes, he was definitely feeling the pain!
    LOL Truthiness..Cook has been known to forget the lyrics and make stuff up, but I think he got all the lyrics right this time. I can generally tell when Cook has a strong hand in writing a song because he doen’t write in simple sentences and the Mr. Sensitive lyrics are hard to follow if you’re not familiar with the song. My favorite verse is the one below, but I’m not entirely sure what it means!

    This city feels low against the gleam and the glow
    Of his diligence, to their elegance
    Just feel anger, feel pain, feel the sun and the rain
    Just feel something, oh feel something
    Hear him scream your name

    ETA: Nice jacket.

  7. I find when going to rock concerts, you’re always well served to know the songs and the lyrics beforehand. I’ve seen The Stones 3 times. There were times I couldn’t even tell what song they were singing…and I’m a huge fan.

    LOL Truthiness, your comments reminded me of http://bit.ly/OECXX which is an homage to Louie Louie, the ultimate WTF lyrics song.

  8. I like him with his guitar on this song. Before they rocked up the live version of IDIFY (I Did It For You), this was the song on which all four guitars were off the leash at the bridge, which was an arrrrrghsome sight (and symphony) to behold.

    Like this one in Columbus.

    Didn’t he beat that guitar too on other occasions? I guess the mike got the brunt of his frustration this time!

  9. Ouch! Talk about taking one for the team. Poor chick.

    Yeah, daenarys, I think the guitar beating (or guitar spanking, as I like to say…that naughty naughty Firebird needs to punished apparently *cough*) has moved on to IDIFY. I can’t decide if I like Mr. S with or without guitar. Losing the guitar adds a bit of vulnerability. Also, the chest thumping is kinda hawt. Thanks for the vid, MJ, btw. The vids I usually stumble upon are the ones that zoom in from a closer vantage point so it’s cool to see a different perspective.

    Re: the lyrics (which are there I think, the sound is a bit funky as tubey vids tend to be and the lyrics are wordy if you don’t know them)… So David has said it’s a tale of a fictional boy who is kind of all raw emmotion and misunderstood by a village devoid of feeling. My interpretation, fwiw: I’ve always thought it was an allegory for the artist’s perspective. When you create something (like a song, for example) and dump a lot of yourself into it and then put it out there in the world, there’s some amount of both joy and pain in that as people respond to this kind of raw exposed extension of yourself that you’ve created. And, IMO, anyway, the absolute worst response would be indifference. Just feel something, oh feel something…hear him scream your name….

    Deep thoughts by Jack Handey. This is what happens when your dog decides he wants to go out at 4 am and you can’t fall back asleep.

  10. Thanks a lot for posting the video MJ. You had a good view.

    Mr. Sensitive is one of my favorite, and I like that now he’s not playing guitar in that one cause I feel like he emotes more.
    Pretty great performace, I have to agree with the “Raw rock. Raspy, edgy.” comment. I guess that’s why I love this one so much.

    My favorite verse is the one below, but I’m not entirely sure what it means!

    My favorite is the

    They throw their stones at bricks and bones
    He didn’t stand a chance, they said
    A little boy, the world in tow
    But ignorance is bliss

  11. Love Mr Sensitive. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when the album first came out, but it grew on me. After seeing several concert videos, it’s become one of my favourites off the album.

    Oddly, some of my early favs have gone down, whilst others have gone up, with (far too many!) multiple listenings.

    I love the album from Mr Sensitive forward, including the extras from various releases (and minus ToML, which I just don’t count)…That part of DCTR, plus WOHWWS, Souvenir and Anodyne would be my perfect DCTR album.

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the videos and the full recap. It sounds like a great concert (again). Question is, will DC ever come to the UK or have an album properly released here?

  12. Anodyne! My pony, my preciousssss lol. I hope they brings it back, yesssss.

    But that MakeMe – oy! Skibby is hawt. And Kyle is hawt. And Neal’s back is hawt lol. And Monty is….adorable (sorry, Monty, you look like my dad lol). And David is beyond sweeeeeeet for giving up his mike and making Andy take the spotlight *sigh*.

  13. Nice to hear you enjoyed the show MJ. Can’t wait to read your re-cap.
    He sounds amazing in the vid of Mr. Sensitive, looks yummy and the crowd was into him as well.

  14. Interesting to see Mr Sensitive sans guitar. It wasn’t in my “top tier” of songs on the album when it first came out, but after seeing David rip it to shreds live a couple times, I love it now.

    I’ve always found the lyrics to be really poignant knowing that this was the one song Dave started writing during his Idol run (he had the primary riff and the lyrics jotted in his notebook originally as “I would like to introduce you to Mr. Sincere”). Along with “Life on the Moon” I think it’s one of the few post-Idol songs that really tries to convey the conflicting emotions that the contestants feel standing on that stage and in front of the judges and millions of people week after week to get to the confetti.

    I would like to introduce Mr. Sensitive
    The one who never let the words get the best of him
    They throw the stones and bricks and bones
    He didn’t stand a chance, they said
    A little boy, the world in tow, but ignorance is bliss

    It’s why personally, I really like Cook’s debut album. I think overall it is one of the most personal and revealing set of songs ever put out there by a former Idol. I know that mileage varies greatly on that.

  15. IMHO David Cook is a really good example for me of what happens when an AI season is over.

    I REALLY wanted him to win (I loved his singing and I did not enjoy Archie at all)

    Today is the first day since that final show that I have listened or watched anything from Cook (this video). I am starting to wonder if I really enjoyed him that much or if I just didn’t want to see Archie win. Now when I listen to him it is very meh…

    ETA: How big are the venues that he is playing?

  16. David Cook has to be my all time fave of the male Idols (winners and runner ups). I just like the guy and I love his passion for lyrics and performance and his sense of humor.

    Thanks for the video, mj.

  17. It’s why personally, I really like Cook’s debut album. I think overall it is one of the most personal and revealing set of songs ever put out there by a former Idol. I’m very aware that mileage varies greatly on that.

    I absolutely agree with this.
    I was afraid he’d put an album with 12 songs about his broken heart and angsty love. But we got something a lot more personal than that and with different themes. I wish the album had a title, but I think this one really is some sort of bio, so the title “David Cook” is not that far off.
    And imo the live performances bring even more meaning to those songs.

  18. Thanks mj. Wish I’d been able to go. Had to work, unfortunately. Hopefully he comes back to this area soon.

  19. I’m sure I’m the odd man out here..but I would go to see Ryan Star. MJ, just curious as to your impressions of Ryan.

  20. Somebody broke their foot rushing the front row! I’m glad she’s ok ‘“ he signed her cast!

    So, this is the second time someone has been injured at his shows? Someone was tweeting last night about falling down the stairs & possibly breaking an ankle. She, however, did not leave the show to get aid because she was doing the cellcast so it can’t be the same person.

  21. Spring2009: I really like Mr. Sensitive live, but I don’t think that it is the song that I would choose to introduce DC to someone who hasn’t been listening to him. It sounds like MJ has some of the songs that I would choose—Lie and Bar Ba Sol are among them. [Actually, if I could only choose three songs, they would probably be Lie, Bar Ba Sol, and Permanent.]

    I’d also like to hear MJ’s impressions of Ryan.

  22. spring2009
    October 11, 2009 at 9:05 am
    IMHO David Cook is a really good example for me of what happens when an AI season is over.

    I REALLY wanted him to win (I loved his singing and I did not enjoy Archie at all)

    Today is the first day since that final show that I have listened or watched anything from Cook (this video). I am starting to wonder if I really enjoyed him that much or if I just didn’t want to see Archie win. Now when I listen to him it is very meh’ ¦

    Spring, it’s funny that you should say that. When I was making my post above, I was thinking of the various contestants I had backed and were on my short list of favourites while they were on the show. That would often change as a season progressed. Some who I didn’t like at the start of a season for purely shallow reasons ended up being favourites.

    David Cook is an example of my shallow – I hated his emo hair and thought he was a poser when I first saw him. He won me over.

    Kris Allen is another example. I hated that he was the ‘cute teen heartthrob’ type – or was being presented that way and I have a tendency to dislike anybody who gets the ‘religion’ tag attached to them. He also was so unassuming that despite great musical performances I’d forget him until I heard a song or watched a repeat of what he did.

    Call me a ‘fickle fan’ or an ‘average viewer’, but once the show is done, I’m not invested in the characters of the show. I may follow them for a while and if they show up in a news article or on the radio or TV, I’ll perk up and read/listen/watch. If they put out something I love (or like immensely), I’ll buy it regardless of how I felt about them on the show.

    I like Cook. I don’t love everything he’s put out, but that is true of just about every major or small time artist I’ve ever followed or enjoyed at one time or the other.

  23. Good point Spring 2009. It just goes to show that AI is not the golden ticket. A lot of people just watch the show for the competition factor. Or they just watch the show and never plan to follow any of the idols in the real world. The idols still have to make music that appeals to listeners outside the show. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

    I like Cook. Think he is a pretty great entertainer who is still learning and growing. I don’t think he is the be all end all of singers. But he has something I like. I also have grown to appreciate his band. It’s kind of cool following this group of friends find their way in the industry.

    Thanks for the video MJ. Can’t wait to read your recap.

  24. It’s why personally, I really like Cook’s debut album. I think overall it is one of the most personal and revealing set of songs ever put out there by a former Idol.

    Ditto ladym. I think one reason Cook is the only AI person I’ve really kept up with is that I appreciate his efforts to maintain a kind of personal, organic grassroots pre-AI vibe to his post AI career, with his album and his band and the tour. Since I liked his pre-AI stuff and also dig Andy and Neal’s stuff as well Cook’s musical influences like OLP and AIC and Collective Soul, it works for me, and I enjoy following the musical evolution as he navigates his career. Although my interpretation of Mr. Sensitive isn’t as Idol centric as your interpretation, when you think about it, the Idol process itself is in a lot of ways a reality TV artistic trial by fire, so there’s a similar theme there. I kinda consider Mr. Sensitive to be David’s Hotel California* in that by virtue of the largely metaphorical lyrics you can read any number of things into the song, and I kinda hope he leaves a bit of mystery there and never fully explains what he was thinking when he wrote it. I’ve always thought the chorus was “who never let the worst get the best of him…” One of these days, he needs to release some official lyrics. Or at least proofread the half assed ones linked at DCO. :D

    Actually, if I could only choose three songs, they would probably be Lie, Bar Ba Sol, and Permanent.

    From the current disc, I’d probably choose Kiss On The Neck, A Daily AntheM, and Permanent.

    *not saying he’s bigger than or comparable to the Eagles yada yada standard disclaimers apply

  25. Me three, would like to hear your impression of Ryan Star, if you want to talk lyrics, you should see some of his, but not to be OT, I tried to watch video, I really did, but just couldnt quite understand it. I liked David C, that is, on the show, but have never seen any of his concerts, I am glad you got to go and enjoyed it.

  26. Aww, I love Mr. Sensitive. I never did get to see David a on this tour, but I watch the occasional tour video, I’m still a fan and I’m looking forward to his second CD more than I’m looking forward to anything from this year’s crop of Idols. I hope he starts previewing some new songs before the tour is over.

  27. I love the album from Mr Sensitive forward, including the extras from various releases (and minus ToML, which I just don’t count)’ ¦That part of DCTR, plus WOHWWS, Souvenir and Anodyne would be my perfect DCTR album.

    You and me both, fadetowhite! I’ve read complaints from fans that the second half of DCTR is too ballad-heavy, but it isn’t really if you include “Mr. Sensitive,” “Kiss on the Neck,” and “Breathe Tonight” (though I’m not as crazy about BT as some) – and with the additional songs you mention, esp. WOHWWS, it would be close to perfect.

    On DCTR as is, “Mr. Sensitive” has always been in my top tier – still resting comfortably at #3 after “A Daily AntheM” and “Lie.” To me, it shows the most continuity from his pre-AI music – and yes, the lyrics are very David.

    I think one reason Cook is the only AI person I’ve really kept up with is that I appreciate his efforts to maintain a kind of personal, organic grassroots pre-AI vibe to his post AI career, with his album and his band and the tour.

    Word to that. I really admire how he tries to keep it real.

  28. sunchick, this:

    I think one reason Cook is the only AI person I’ve really kept up with is that I appreciate his efforts to maintain a kind of personal, organic grassroots pre-AI vibe to his post AI career, with his album and his band and the tour. Since I liked his pre-AI stuff and also dig Andy and Neal’s stuff as well Cook’s musical influences like OLP and AIC and Collective Soul, it works for me, and I enjoy following the musical evolution as he navigates his career.

    I think I’m in the same boat… I started finding some of his pre-Idol stuff early on, found Andy’s To Have Heroes, and it just feels, like you said, a musical evolution and it has been exciting to follow it. Plus it helps that he’s a heart on his sleeve sort of guy (and I like soggy Dave, heh), and the charity stuff just seals the deal :)

  29. Karaokequeen

    I’ve read complaints from fans that the second half of DCTR is too ballad-heavy, but it isn’t really if you include ‘Mr. Sensitive,’  ‘Kiss on the Neck,’  and ‘Breathe Tonight’  (though I’m not as crazy about BT as some) ‘“ and with the additional songs you mention, esp. WOHWWS, it would be close to perfect.

    Yeah, I guess that would be ballad heavy, come to think of it – though if Lie, Avalanche, IDIFY and Permenant didn’t follow each other, that wouldn’t be quite so obvious. And it would help if IDIFY were done in the concert arrangement too.

    I just find Declaration and Heroes to be too poppy, don’t like Come Back To Me and am indifferent to Light On. Life On The Moon I could include on the list, but that might weigh things too heavily to the slower numbers. Ba-ba-sol, I loved originally, because it showed that the man can do loud rock, but I find it a bit repetitive now.

    The songs I picked out generally are more interesting to me – though Avalanche goes on a bit too long and is repetitive – and would have a better mix, to avoid that ‘they all sound the same’ criticism. Plus, WOHWWS and Anodyne would strenghten ADAM’s ties back through Analogue Heart and MWK to Axium.

    I’m hoping to see that balance between harder, louder rock driven songs and gentler, quieter rock ballad type songs strengthen on DCTR2 – it’s something that seemed in better balance on both Analogue Heart and the Axium albums, IMO. And I’m also hoping that most of the songs won’t follow the same format on DCTR2.

  30. spring2009
    October 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

    IMHO David Cook is a really good example for me of what happens when an AI season is over.

    I REALLY wanted him to win (I loved his singing and I did not enjoy Archie at all)

    Today is the first day since that final show that I have listened or watched anything from Cook (this video). I am starting to wonder if I really enjoyed him that much or if I just didn’t want to see Archie win. Now when I listen to him it is very meh’ ¦

    ETA: How big are the venues that he is playing?

    This has happened to me every year except for Season 7. I actually didn’t vote before Season 7 except for a handful for Ruben during Season 2. I am still very fangirly for David Cook. I love his songwriting, he’s such a mensch, his voice is to die for. It just does things to me. Anyhow, just for you, I dug up an old post to answer your question:

    ladymadonna
    October 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    (quoted) My impression is that Cook has been playing smaller venues than the standard 2000 seat venue itinerary.(quote)

    According to venue data compiled by Idol Stages, the average venue capacity on the Declaration tour thus far has been 2,696. That does not include the Manila show with Archie or the private Arbonne event in Vegas, nor does it include about 10 dates where the venue capacity is unknown (including several of the festivals and fairs where the crowds were likely in the 6-10K range).

    32 out of 131 reported venues (24%) have had a capacity below 1000. 17% have had capacities of more than 5000. The vast majority have been mid-size theaters in the 1-3K range.

    Total known capacity of the venues he’s headlined since February? 353,137. (This is obviously potential audience only, though reported sell-through on this tour has been above 90%).

  31. I guess I’m not really an AI fan. I hooked up to it on season 7 mainly becoz of the screenwriters’ strike that year and Cook had me at Hello! I didn’t know they had rockers on the show. I knew Kelly only because I loooooooved that song – Miss Independent, and she had a hard pop sound like my favourite singer evah- PINK. I liked Bo before that because I remember my mom made me watch that acapella song he did at the finals of his season. I fell into Daughtry backwards, because i heard What About Now on the radio (somehow his earlier singles didn’t do it for me).

    So, AI the show is not really relevant in whether I like a singer or not. Because of Cook I began following the show, hee. After season 7, I tried to watch season 8 and enjoyed the show for what it was. But although they are an enormously talented bunch, I didn’t really get a sense of what their musical direction was gonna be like after the show, and couldn’t get hooked up on any of them (yet). I hope Allison is gonna be the next Pink but to be honest her 1st single doesn’t do it for me.

    For me, Cook represented himself totally accurately on the show – a grungy (screamy for some LOL, hey I’m into grunge rock, whatever’s your poison of choice!), rock (I don’t care what the so-called experts say. Anyone who’s seen his performances / goes to Cook’s shows and think he’s a pop artist is a**-talking. Heh), singer-songwriter who likes his music balls to the wall. The fact that he has his head screwed on straight and has a dorky sense of humour is a hyooooooge bonus (I’m not delusional coz a lot of my musical heroes don’t – I love Soundgarden and Chris Cornell and Kings of Leon’s music, whatever their crappy personality shoot me lol). I like Cook’s music on the show, he totally put his musical identity out there in his performances bad or good, ya like it or not, so be it. Today, he’s still that same musician-performer, evolving and engaging, just confirming and showing me (us) more of what his sound is beyond the staged confines of AI.

    I follow mjs blog mainly coz of Cook, but I also love the fact that she’ll introduce me to stuff that I maybe might never have found or think to check out on my own.

    Whew, that was a lil longwinded! What I’m trying to say is: I watch AI not really coz I’m a fan of realitytv or singing competitions but because I just like the music that I like – wherever I can get it. Yeah, even cheesy tv shows can occasionally give me gold lol.

  32. but not to be OT, I tried to watch video, I really did, but just couldnt quite understand it.

    To be honest, I’ve always thought of Cook as one of the better rockers in terms of enunciating and singing his lyrics clearly. No mushmouth Bob Dylan here, heh. And even in the Mr. Sensitive video above, the words — at least the chorus — seem clear, but of course, I’ve heard the song a number of times on his album, where it’s much clearer (and cleaner) as well as in concert. So, familiarity breeds familiarity. What these fan-made Youtube videos are best at is to give you a vibe, a feeling as to what these shows are like, the interaction with the audience, the intensity or lack thereof and even then, it doesn’t really get it exactly right because when you’re there — as with any live performance — you are swept up, participating, interacting … or not. But, it’s different.

    I’m hoping to see that balance between harder, louder rock driven songs and gentler, quieter rock ballad type songs strengthen on DCTR2 ‘“ it’s something that seemed in better balance on both Analogue Heart and the Axium albums, IMO. And I’m also hoping that most of the songs won’t follow the same format on DCTR2.

    I am very much looking forward to the second album, but I do so wish they’d put out another single from DCtR in the meantime. That being said, I am wondering what Cavallo’s input was in making DCtR what it is and I’m not sure I want him to be the producer of the next one. I like the idea of ONE producer, but I’m not sure he’s the right person for David on the basis of the critiques of DCtR. I want someone who won’t take the edge off because that’s what we’ve seen in the live performances and that’s what people are falling in love with.

  33. Well, I wrote a review (I was there!) and it disappeared (gah), so I’ll just say briefly:

    Ryan Star was amazing, and my friend, who did not know Cook except for LO and CBTM, liked him better!

    I thought his voice was raspy, more so than usual, probably due to his being sick this week. But he had ton of energy, and his acoustic version (my fave song on album) was beautiful. The band rocks hard!!! I actually like the 2nd half of his album better–he sang bonus track My Last Request, and I jumped up and down. And it was so cute when he signed the girl’s cast. He also told the story of meeting Chris Cornell in the doctor’s office this week and being starstruck. He was in the pub I ate at before the show, and I felt the same way! I told him to have a good show and he thanked me (HE IS HOT) and wished I could have sat down and chatted, but srsly, what would I have said? You’re my favorite Idol winner (which he is)? And I thought of Kris with his plaid. ;)

    He was as always fun and involved the audience with sing-a-longs. His band rocks HARD, as I said, and so does he. I would have liked to have him have brought it down a bit, but he’s a rocker, so what can you say? I cannot wait to see him again (hopefully with better seats–I was up in the balcony, so I could see EVERYTHING, but the sound was muffled at times, particularly when he bantered with the crowd).

    THIS is a true American Idol and I am happy he won and cannot wait for his next album and next Tour (since he said he won’t be coming back to the Northeast this round, pout).

    It was a great evening.

  34. Sometimes i wonder who I would go to see if the tickets were free —
    Kelly, Clay, Carrie, Taylor, Elliott, Melinda and Adam. That’s about it.

  35. I’m a post-ho today: I just hafta say word to ladyM, because whatever the naysayers, I agree that David totally put out the album that he wanted to make – from Declaration to Heroes to LO to CBTM, MrS, LOTM, IDidItForYou, Avalanche, Permanent, ADailyAnthem, Kiss – every single word lyrically rings true and personal (even Magic Rainbow, no matter how much he hates it, haha, David is authentic to the bone). Musically, the hardcore fans may want a harder sound, but seeing his live performances, I still think he was true to himself because the live shows captures how he hears (and wants fans to hear) his music. The album production may have missed some of that because Cavallo wanted to “split the difference” in wanting to keep the AI fans without alienating potential non-AI fans. David sure ain’t “splitting the difference” in his shows.

  36. suebrody, so glad you had a good time! And you got to meet him, too? Lucky you :) !! I got to meet him back in April very briefly and he is even cuter up close. And gave me skin envy because his skin is ridiculous. Boys don’t need skin like that. Ha!

    I was jealous of your setlist… I love My Last Request. We’ll see what he has in store for us in Charlottesville!!

  37. I guess I’m odd and I don’t view watching AI as watching “characters”. Or maybe I’ve just been lucky where the ones who became my favorites during each season ended up making the exact type of music I expected them to make. David, Chris, Carrie, Kelly and Melinda are my very favorites and once AI ended their music didn’t make me go HUH? WTF is this? I feel cheated!” The only person coming off AI I was a huge fan of and lost interest was Clay and that was mostly because his music ended up being total crap and he was an asshole when I met him LOL I do think for many it’s more that they like these people singing cover songs but out in the real world they might necessarily like their music.

    I got to meet him back in April very briefly and he is even cuter up close. And gave me skin envy because his skin is ridiculous. Boys don’t need skin like that. Ha!

    I know right? His skin is to die for. It’s just not right that a man has skin like that. I met him 3 times but I crack up when I think of this young fan who met him for the first time at the Skechers/JC Penny event. She and her sister stood near me on the line so I chatted with them for a while and I watched when they met him. This girl was in such a daze after walking away from him and she was all starry eyed mumbling “oh my god his eyyyyess are so prettyyyy his smile oh my god” lol.

  38. lurksalot, for me for you for me: Adam, Cook, Kris, Matt, Daughtry (don’t kill me, I really like his music), Carrie, Kelly, Michael Johns, Blake, and Elliot.

    There’s my American Idol Tour. ;)

    tierbee, I wish I knew the “non-Idol songs” a little more (my fault), but there were only a few of them. He didn’t do Avalanche (sigh), and of course he wouldn’t sing Permanent or Billie Jean (would he?), but otherwise I was totally satisfied. I walked around the pub to see him (lol–it was small, I didn’t expect to see him, but only said my one little line at the end) and he is so bloody CUTE in his plaid (he had a hat on, but not during the show), but that was it. He said no to two tweens who wanted him to sign something or take a picture–he was very polite about it, tho, and I’m sure he was hungry and maybe sick–but mostly sat in a booth with his posse and ate and played dice! (Or they were bored and just needed to kill time. ;)) I would go to see him again in a *heartbeat* and only wished I were closer (but I wanted to be able to sit down and not wait for 6 hours in line for a chance to stand in the front and have heads block me ;)). I hope you have a great time. This guy is amazing. Loves playing to a room of 750 or 2000; low production values and it doesn’t matter.

    THIS IS A ROCK STAR WHO IS NOT A ROCK STAR. I hope you have a blast at the concert!

  39. This girl was in such a daze after walking away from him and she was all starry eyed mumbling ‘oh my god his eyyyyess are so prettyyyy his smile oh my god’  lol.

    Ha! That is so cute. What do they call it over on DCO, DaveTrance? :) I vastly appreciated the pretty that is David and I got to hug him which is better yet, but I’m a mom so I absolutely loved how sweet he was to a young girl who was standing beside me dying to meet him and tell him that she danced on the stage where he had the show. The girl’s mom was worried that he wouldn’t have time to talk to her but of course he did and… aww.

    I agree that David totally put out the album that he wanted to make

    I think there’s a whole lot of David in the album, too. Maybe a bit overprocessed — I like the raw, live David voice better (hence my love for AcousticDave) — but there’s plenty of him in there. And I am very excited about album #2. I need more new stuff on my iPod. I’ve played the heck out of everything else on there, lol.

    This city feels low against the gleam and the glow
    Of his diligence, to their elegance
    Just feel anger, feel pain, feel the sun and the rain
    Just feel something, oh feel something
    Hear him scream your name

    And yes, I think he had a strong hand in those lyrics… they jibe with how he writes, you can see it on Analog Heart and on Daily Anthem, too. Very recognizably David, I think.

  40. but mostly sat in a booth with his posse and ate and played dice!

    Ha, he tweeted about dice on the bus yesterday – guess that’s their new way to pass time? LOL.

    @nealfingtiemann just won $400 playing dice on the bus. Gambling doesn’t pay, kids… Unless ur Neal.

  41. The only time (IIRC) he sang Billie Jean was a couple days after Michael Jackson’s death, and it was amazing. Naturally the audience goes nuts so the overall sound is just so so.

  42. OK, I have to get my butt in gear and head down to Charlottesville (YAY) but I watched some of MJ’s other videos and THANK YOU, MJ, they are great. I love seeing Andy get to do some of Make Me, and I love David’s face when he motions him over to the center mike… so cool that these guys have been able to go on this ride together :)

  43. Daenarys

    The album production may have missed some of that because Cavallo wanted to ‘split the difference’  in wanting to keep the AI fans without alienating potential non-AI fans. David sure ain’t ‘splitting the difference’  in his shows.

    I’m not sure that Cavallo is responsible for that: seems to me that the production team wanted to maintain a balance between DC’s musical style and the AI expectations. I remember reading an interview with him just after DCTR was released that said as much – that they had to walk a tightrope between the two.

    I’ve always got the impression from DC – right from the Slezak interview post win – that he was well aware that creating a major label record, especially after winning the Idol crown, would involve making compromises, but that that was something he embraced and that his voice was being listened to and respected in the process.

    That seems to be a pretty good compromise so far as first Idol albums go and, hopefully, as he moves further away from the show, the balance can shift more towards the rock side of things (which is clearly his preference judging by the live shows) and further away from a more middle of the road ballad heavy sound.

    I wouldn’t mind Cavallo producing the next album, but hopefully in a less hamstrung way than for DCTR 1.

  44. The only time (IIRC) he sang Billie Jean was a couple days after Michael Jackson’s death, and it was amazing. Naturally the audience goes nuts so the overall sound is just so so.

    He did some of Billie Jean in Biloxi back in February too’ ¦

    Well, add to those 2 performances the one he did at Cedar Falls, IA (UNI) five days after the Biloxi performance. Thankfully, I was in the audience that night. We also got Permanent, My Last Request, Hot for Teacher, Kiss on the Neck, Breathe Tonight, A Daily Anthem, Man In the Box… in addition to the “regular” songs. That set list was loaded.

    UNI Billie Jean

  45. Well while I agree to an extant with striking a balance, I think they (producers or whoever) rounded off the edges too much. So much that it took away the personality and passion of a lot of the songs. Personality that comes through like “boom” during the live shows. That’s why I hear so many comments from fans that were meh on such and such songs on the CD and now they flove the song live.

    I think they (whoever) played it too safe. I don’t think they created a balance. I think they went to far to the safe side. And hopefully they can take more risks the next time around.

  46. I can’t help but hear a very nasily, whiney sound when David Cook sings. It just doesn’t quite sound together live. He is not a good “live” artist. He sounds better recorded. He just doesn’t have it live for me. Not that great of a singer.

  47. Whoot, the Lupo’s show was great. Lovely fall day, I had a great time poking through the art museum up at RISD and some of the whacky little stores and galleries in tiny downtown Providence, super warm, fun crowd, nice venue: doesn’t look like much from outside but inside, a cool old theater.

    This is such a tight show, rocked in one end and out the other!! I Did It For You and My Last Request and the amazing Lie among my faves!

    Saw Erin McCarley the night before in Boston at literally a cafe with a crowd of around 80 and she joked about how she and her band travel in this tiny van that was parked right outside. The crowd gasped in amazement at a) how small the van was and b) she found a parking spot on Boylston Street on Friday night!!! But anyways, she was great, AND it reminded me to how far Cookie and his band have come in a year. To have had the awesome tour they have had, keep playing (and filling) great spaces in towns across the US, with the tour keep getting extended . . . I’m just happy for the Dude and his band dudes, who always put on an amazing show!

  48. Most of the spaces across the US are little venues, which may make it more personal, and which I think Cook prefers, and all he can muster at this point. He’s slowly working his way as all artists. Time will tell.

  49. Well while I agree to an extant with striking a balance, I think they (producers or whoever) rounded off the edges too much. So much that it took away the personality and passion of a lot of the songs. Personality that comes through like ‘boom’  during the live shows. That’s why I hear so many comments from fans that were meh on such and such songs on the CD and now they flove the song live.

    I think they (whoever) played it too safe. I don’t think they created a balance. I think they went to far to the safe side. And hopefully they can take more risks the next time around.

    I agree totally. I only play rips of his live performances

  50. I was also at the concert last night, and I was able to record a lot of Cook’s banter. I was in the balcony and my recording are blurring. But I lvoe banter, so here is my youtube channel if you want to check them out

  51. Thanks MJ!! Mr. Sensitive is my favorite song off the record and I love any and all live versions. I love it with the guitar for the heaviness it brings and this DC sans guitar version was awesome too, as it did give DC more of a vulnerability, as someone else said. Can’t wait for the rest of the vids! As well as your experience at the show.

    My show is coming in a few weeks! DC live is the best DC. It doesn’t compare to the live vids we see after the fact, but they still give us glimpses of the greatness that is DC live. I had no idea how huge and strong his voice would be live until I experienced it myself. And I’ve been to eleventy live shows of all kinds of artists in my day. He’s right up there with the best.

  52. I don’t know why mental image of the guys playing dice strikes me as funny, but it does. I think it’s because had a flash of Neal as Skye Masterson with Luck Be A Lady playing in the background or something. It seems such a retro kind of pastime I guess, unless you’re talking college drinking games with dice. Like 3 man. ANYway…

    Um, word to the peeps who feel the last half of the album the most, including bonus tracks. And to the topic of Cavallo and splitting the difference, a long time ago I bookmarked this article written by Chris Willman at EW because I thought it was a pretty insightful peek at the album making process and navigating Cook’s post Idol career, etc. Turns out as I read it again, it was pretty damn prophetic. I think Cavallo did a good job under a huge time constraint, not to mention conflicting interests to satisfy and the weird recording process necessitated by the Idol tour. It’s not a perfect album, but there’s good stuff there. I do hope the next album is given a bit more time and freedom for exploration and tinkering by the band collaboratively which always seems to improve the tunes, and I wouldn’t mind if Cavallo was given another shot at the helm.

    He is not a good ‘live’  artist. He sounds better recorded.

    Interesting perspective. That’s the first time I’ve seen that opinion, actually. Typically the Cook criticism I see most often is that some of his recorded stuff is overproduced, doesn’t quite capture the energy and vocal power of the live performances. He’s built a rep specifically for bringing it in a live setting, hence the many extensions of the tour.

  53. Thanks, MJ. Glad you enjoyed yourself. I think DC and his band put on a fantastic show. Looking forward to your recap.

    I flove Mr. Sensitive. Loved it on the album. Really love it live – plugged and unplugged. Interesting to see David sing it without a guitar. I liked it.

  54. While I absolutely love David’s first post AI CD, I don’t necessarily find it my favorite. That honor goes to Analog Heart. While many of his recent songs have come from the heart (Permanent, Lie, Life on the Moon, and Mr. Sensitive), they just don’t compare to the naked emotion he put out there in Makeover, Silver, and Searchlights. There is one line in Peace of mind from his Axium days that will tear your heart out.

    I truly hope that enough people become fans of David that he will be comfortable exposing such a raw emotion to world, now that his world has gotten soooo much bigger than just Missouri and Oklahoma. He looks like it coming out his self imposed shell from this version of Mr. Sensitive. I saw him twice in March and April and he was definitely holding back then, not so much now.

    Thank you for the video MJ. Now if I can get my butt down to Myrtle Beach to this week…

  55. Sunchick – thanks: that EW article is the one I was thinking of. It’s really interesting that DC seems to have maintained a really good friendship with Cavallo. The indications are to me – and this might be complete ass talking or wishful thinking Lol – that they share a good understanding of what DC’s music is really about.

    I love Cook’s voice live and I love it recorded. Guess I just love it full stop. But everyone’s different and has different tastes; luckily, as otherwise the musical landscape would be a lot more uniform and a lot less interesting.

    Personally, I’m not that keen on ‘pure’ singers, outside of opera and theatrical productions, but that’s just me.

  56. Um, on topic: Thanks! MJ, for the video. I’m so glad you got to go to a show (and glad you enjoyed it.) Lots of emotion in this Mr. Sensitive. Guh.

    And suebrody, you met him?! Double Guh.

  57. but not to be OT, I tried to watch video, I really did, but just couldnt quite understand it.

    To be honest, I’ve always thought of Cook as one of the better rockers in terms of enunciating and singing his lyrics clearly. No mushmouth Bob Dylan here, heh. And even in the Mr. Sensitive video above, the words ‘” at least the chorus ‘” seem clear, but of course, I’ve heard the song a number of times on his album, where it’s much clearer (and cleaner) as well as in concert. So, familiarity breeds familiarity. What these fan-made Youtube videos are best at is to give you a vibe, a feeling as to what these shows are like, the interaction with the audience, the intensity or lack thereof and even then, it doesn’t really get it exactly right because when you’re there ‘” as with any live performance ‘” you are swept up, participating, interacting ‘ ¦ or not. But, it’s different.

    Well as someone who doesn’t know his songs, I didn’t understand what he was singing the vast majority of the time. Parts of the chorus were understandable to me…But as I said, it’s rock and roll, I don’t expect to understand most of the words, so it is what it is. But at least what I got was a sense of who he is as a performer, and that’s pretty cool. Plus I love his banter stuff (from other other clip and just in general), he just cracks me up! So funny and so quick and I love his sense of humor. So yeah while I might not love the song (and wasn’t a huge fan of it based on this) I still think David Cook the person is cool and wish him well. Oh and yeah, kind of cheeses me to read that I guess he isn’t considered real rock and roll, whatever “real” is. pffft. He so is.

  58. I like live Mr. S sans guitar for Mr. Cook. (Thanks mj!) First song I fell in love with on his album and still love it today. I love how organic it is — going from those very soft verses to that hard, beating chorus, and it just flows together so well. The acoustic of this is also insanely good — but for different reasons. He makes very good use of his falsetto as always and the guitar lines are better ‘enunciated’ if that makes any sense.

    It’s at 6:46 of this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS83IsggGPA

  59. I have been lucky enough to see Cook in concert twice. I went with the impression that it would be a muffled, loud,mess, with the audience singing overpowering Cook, however, it is not the case. He sounds fantasitic live. His voice soars. The band sounds great. I can’t wait to see him in El Paso! The sound from the fan videos sounds nothing like the live performances.

  60. I love how Cook sings, “Hear them (him?) scream your name!” and somebody near MJ shouts Ozzie Osbourne.

    Also he’s so into the song, the microphone flips out of his hand and the mic stand falls over, but without missing a beat he walks across the stage to pick up the mic and than goes back to pick up the stand. This is LIVE, people! Heh.

  61. christine

    I can’t help but hear a very nasily, whiney sound when David Cook sings. It just doesn’t quite sound together live. He is not a good ‘live’  artist. He sounds better recorded. He just doesn’t have it live for me. Not that great of a singer.

    Talk about variation in mileage! I have quite the opposite opinion.

  62. I’m not a David Cook’s fan, but I went to his concert in San Francisco. Funny thing is Daughtry and Cook performed at the same venue in San Francisco. lol. (I went to both) I was curious about live performance of Mr. Cook and I liked it! Even though I didn’t know most of songs, I enjoyed them. I know..I know… I should have learned lyrics. heh. During the show, he was funny and had so much passion when singing songs. My favorite was Lie. After the concert, I like Mr.Cook more than before. well…for the record, I’m not here to offense/defense someone. I just wanna share my experience. :)

  63. Okay, I don’t post here often (mostly lurk and leave disgruntled…nothing personal MJ!). I have been to two Cook shows and am getting ready for #3. Like some others, I did not watch AI pre-season 7 and only started watching because of the writers strike. I was hooked on David Cook the performer almost immediately. Not because he was a hometown guy, but because there was a raw talent that I did not expect to see. He basically broke AI for me and I’m okay with that. I did not have much interest in anyone from season 8 but wish them all the best. What I like about Cook is that he is organic. There truly is no pretense to his live show. He has maybe four light boards- no fog, no lazers, no trampolines or circus critters. To me, its a pretty gutsy thing to take away the aesthetics and just play, be musicians, and as someone said…balls to the walls. Cook truly is a genuine musician and incredible talent. In a world were the biggest gimmick seems to get the most notoriety, its refreshing to have the music be the focus and just laid out there. If you have not seen him live-not just Tubey’s, but live…you need to go. Its amazing! It might not be for everyone, but that’s okay. MJ, I am so glad you got to go and that you had a good time!

  64. I’ve been away from the net for a day or two (fall is pretty out there!) but I am so glad MJ that you seemed to enjoy Cookie’s show. I’ve seen him and the band twice now and I think I’ll get to another show next month. His voice, I think, is amazing.

    and I was going to say more but I’ll just say great big dittoes to everything – just everything – jmg887 said above. Well said.

  65. MJ, thanks for the video. Can’t wait to see the rest of them.

    “Mr. Sensitive” was actually one of my favorites off the album when it first came out, I think mainly because it had that sort of James and the Giant Peach vibe (David may have even made reference to that at one point), and I liked how it built up into the soaring chorus, so it’s great to hear it live here, even though I’m not sure I could completely decipher the lyrics from this video if I didn’t already know them.

    FWIW, I did have some trouble hearing all the lyrics when I saw him at the Keswick, but that’s not an uncommon problem with any rock show, and I think a lot depends on the venue. David enunciates much better than many of my favorite artists, so I’m not sure how much room there is for improvement in that regard, without crossing over into more of a musical theater sound. There’s a balance there, especially when he’s doing the harder rock songs.

    I do find David somewhat nasal at times, but never “whiny.” But, to each his own. As somebody else mentioned up-thread, I’m not generally big on pure, “pretty” voices, unless I’m listening to classical music or showtunes. I like my pop/rock/folk singers, both male and female, to have more of an edge. There are exceptions, of course (Alison Krauss comes to mind–LOVE her), but my favorite singers (Patty Griffin, David Gray, Amos Lee, Joshua James, Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard) all have more of a rough-hewn texture to their vocals. And I wouldn’t want them any other way.

    What David adds to that is a fantastic range. It was that combination, along with his Everyman persona, and consistent professionalism, that won me over on S7 of Idol.

  66. Here’s my problem with his voice. It doesn’t sound natural. It’s not natural. So that is my biggest problem with his voice. It’s not his natural voice. The scratchy, yelly sound. It sounds like it would hurt and ruin the vocal chords. So, everytime I hear him it just seems like yelling and scratching at the same time.
    When did this get started? Just need a little refresher course on the whole hype with the scratchy, almost screaming voice.

  67. Very interesting comment, noctem about the possibility that DC himself may have opted out of a third single due to costs… that idea has actually crossed my mind as well but in the end I really can’t fathom that the ambitious and competitive on the inside DC that we know would be so shortsighted. I have to believe that it wasn’t really up to him, but that the label didn’t want to put out the expense. DC is on the road every night getting feedback from fans that luurve his other songs, his label isn’t, and I also gotta think DC believes in his own songwriting enough to want one of his own songs on the radio. That has yet to happen on any scale and I just see it as something that’s important to him. That’s all my own conjecture, of course, but I’m curious how you got the impression that DC had a say?

    As for the whiny nasally comment that is so interesting how mileage varies cuz I love DC’s live and recorded voice but one of my pet peeves with male singers is the overly whiny or nasally voice being used to convey angst. I know lots of people love them, but I’m talking about The Fray, the Jonas Brothers, and to a lesser extent, new young bands like GRO and Parachute.

  68. Maybe it’s the voice mixed with the song styles. They just don’t grab me no matter how much I try. They are not friendly to the ear. I’m just trying to be honest here and understand how any of these songs seem friendly to the ears.
    I like Daughtry’s voice. It sounds natural. I like Kris and Adam’s voices. They sound natural. I love David Archuleta’s voice. But Cook has never sounded natural. It just seems like he’s squeezing it out of himself. And the song styles are just not radio friendly, which I think most here agree that his style seems an older style rock. I don’t have the correct name for it. But, maybe this means that there really needs to be more diversity out there on the radio stations. It seems like pop and country and urban dominated. There needs to be room for rock and others I guess.

  69. Mileage certainly does vary but when I listed to Permanent, Lie and Avalanche for example, “scratchy, yelly sound” definitely does not come to mind! Love his voice on those songs as well as the more rockin’ songs!

    Noctem, I do agree with you regarding the song snippets with the exception of Souvenir. Don’t know how that didn’t make the record!

  70. ^^ I agree that DC is an incredible vocalist with many different sides to his voice, and that’s how he won Idol IMO, with the one-two punch of fantastic live performances followed by gorgeous studio recordings that fans ate up (resulting in broken Billboard records, etc.) Every time critics tried to pigeonhole him as a grunge screamer or something he would come back and show a softer side with Little Sparrow, or when people said he couldn’t sing a song straight, he would kill it with Music of the Night. And even though he is a rock artist through and through I still hear the many sides to his voice in all his songs, which I love. As for raspy rock vocals being radio friendly, I think Kings of Leon is a sign that it can be with the right song. This is clearly a mileage thing again but I actually think Daughtry and Nickleback songs sound more strained in the vocals than DC ever has.

  71. This is clearly a mileage thing again but I actually think Daughtry and Nickleback songs sound more strained in the vocals than DC ever has.

    THIS is so true.

  72. Sma11ie, I agree about Nickelback and Daughtry sounding strained, especially Chad Kroeger. I like Daughtry but he doesn’t have the best voice for sure!

    Loved Cook’s performances of Music of the Night, Little Sparrow, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Always Be My Baby which truly showed how versatile he is vocally.

  73. OH ya Nickelback has a distinctive strained voice. And it’s extreme. But there songs are catchy.
    I don’t hear but a teeny bit of vocal straining with Daughtry.

    I take back the nasily whiny sound of Cook. I was actually refering more to the straining sound.

    And maybe if he is allowed to get some songs that are his, it will be better.

  74. That’s all my own conjecture, of course, but I’m curious how you got the impression that DC had a say?

    I specifically remember Cook saying, in response to the next single question, that if it were up to him he’d throw all of the songs out there. I have no idea which interview it was or how to reference it directly, but I think it was a vid rather than print. Maybe he meant in a perfect world at least that would be his choice.

    Course either you like a voice or you don’t, but I’m not sure how Cook’s voice sounds less natural than Daughtry or Archie or Kris or Adam. The growly, masculine thing is not an affectation, it’s his natural timbre. Personally, for me for you for me, Daughtry and Archie have a muppety quality to their tone (sorry, I know that sounds ridiculous but I am not a vocal expert so I have no idea how else to describe it) that turns me off, like there is something there that is one step removed from kermit. But that’s a personal thing and they are both talented, just not my bag. Same with Adam when he uses his high pitched wail…I just inexplicably love that, but a lot of people don’t. Whatevs. I find Cook’s voice to be versatile in that it can go “shouty” and growly or smoother and prettier while always kind of dripping with that sexy gruffly masculine timbre that works so well for his music, both the plugged in and the acoustic stuff. I like that his angsty this chick did me wrong songs never strike me as whiny, and I think that’s a combo of the voice and the way he writes his lyrics. And OMG yes smallie to the nasally of Parachute in particular. Drives me bonkers. But yet I don’t mind whiny when it’s more ironic, in the pop punk genre for example. I dunno…I guess I would totes love a mix tape from Supernatural’s Dean Winchester, if you know what I’m saying, and not every chick would. Meaning, I like rock power ballads and fondly remember grunge.

  75. Not sure how to edit……Anyone judging Cook’s vocals based on performances from the past two days, you have to remember the dude had tonsillitis just a few days ago and he still sounds that good!

    Christine, not sure what you mean by “some songs that are his” because Cook either wrote or co-wrote 10 songs on this record. Actually, the only two songs besides TOML he didn’t write, unfortunately are the two singles the label decided to release. But they get a huge response from the crowds at the concerts because that’s what people hear on the radio.

  76. I don’t know what’s a natural and non natural voice, and considering his voice is the same as his speaking voice I’d say it’s 100% natural. I don’t think he’s using someone else’s voice when he sings.

    MJ, thanks for the links. I love that last minute of IDIFY. We can actually see David going to the secret mic, I guess that’s where he tells the other to go to the front. It was cool.

    All in all, if they are really done with this album, then it puts enormous pressure on the first single off the forthcoming record.

    I’m not sure I agree with the theory. The truth is that a new single could not do as well as CBTM. Lets say, could not even hit top 10 on Hac. It is a big risk. If there isn’t a new single at least he goes out with a bang in that format, two top 5 and one top 10. I don’t know how a 4th single would have a saying on how the first single from the next album would be received. The pressure will always be there, one way or another. Not releasing another single could be one less flop single.

  77. I haven’t had the chance to watch the rest of the vids yet. “Mr. Sensitive” has never been a fav of mine, but he should did emote on this one! Very nice!

  78. Trina, not that his voice would sound different with his songs, but that the songs so far put on radio by him have not made it too well at all. So, I was implying that if he were to have one of his songs that he wrote on the radio as a single, maybe it would be more successful. But I trust the label best.

  79. I would put the blame on the label and, possibly, Cook himself since according to interviews he’s given he has some some say in the decision whether or not to put out further singles.

    I know I have heard Cook say that he has no say over the singles. And, I will bet the farm that he would’ve never chosen Come Back to Me as a single. I don’t get the impression he prefers it all that much.

    As for the growly, shouty sound that some are hearing, I’m beginning to think that actual rock and roll voices — not autotuned, not polished and synthesized to an inch of its life — have been so out of fashion and off the radio for so long, people can’t even recognize what a real, natural voice sounds like. And that’s why I think many of these artists are disappointing in concert unless they can get that same autotune backing on a live stage.

  80. Is it official that Cook isn’t getting a third single? Usually once an album falls off the BB200 that’s it for singles.

    And since CBTM was a decent AC/HAC hit, I get the appeal of not putting out any more singles from the first album. Cook has followed a very different trajectory from past Idol winners. I commend him for trying to build a career in sort of a grass roots effort.

    I think Cook’s songs are good but not great examples of their genre. To really break out, he needs a few great songs. But he and the band are talented enough to have decent careers even if he doesn’t score major hit singles with the next album.

  81. can’t stand looking at him when he gets to the screaming part of his singing. not very becoming IMHO – scary also like he is going to bust a vein or something , example – pic above

  82. Thanks for the fantastic vids mj. I knew they would be worth waiting for! Hope you had a blast last night. :)

  83. Now for the discussion about whether there will be or should be any more singles.

    I think there will be one more single. Why? Just to have another song out there as we go through the award season (AMA/Grammy nominations?). I’m hoping that he’ll get some kind of nomination, as well as a nomination for Archie.

    I think the delay in releasing a new single is only a matter of trying to time it right. I was always hoping for a release of “Declaration” or “Life on the Moon”, and then “Lie”, but because of all of the talk about getting into the studio in February, there’s not enough time for two releases. So if I have to pick just one, I’d have to go with “Lie”, since it has radio hit written all over it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll hear something in that regards in the next 2-3 weeks.

  84. Yeah Christine I have to thank you for stimulating and interesting discussion.

    I totally think that wither you like someones voice is very subjective. Not everyone is gonna like Cooks voice. And I respect that.

    Ha at Cooks scrunchy glory note face. Very subjective that.

    Really looking forward to what David and band come up with for the next CD. I think he’s left the door open for more success. I definitely don’t think this is his best work. I hope he gets to work with Tony from Crash Kings. I think they could come up with something really cool and different.

    David is building his own success. And I think this journey is particularly fascinating. A year later and I am still interested in what will happen next.

  85. I think it’s fairly expensive to launch another single and I’m not sure if a possible Grammy nomination is worth it. I’d be surprised if either Cook or Archie got nominated. It could happen but I’d be very surprised.

  86. MJ – Thanks so much for uploading all the videos. Especially the video with the banter about Cook finally meeting Chris Cornell. I wasn’t able to record that part on my camera, I love hearing him tell that story.

  87. I think the word for the day is mileage. Also ditto the thanks for the interesting discussion. And on my day off for a change! Cookie’s money note scrunchy face is so Cartman, btw.

  88. I think it’s fairly expensive to launch another single and I’m not sure if a possible Grammy nomination is worth it. I’d be surprised if either Cook or Archie got nominated. It could happen but I’d be very surprised.

    Jpfan, yes, the chances are slim, but “hope springs eternal” as they say. At least it will give all of us something to look forward to (the nomination announcement) and discuss, right?

    Regarding a single launch, a Grammy nom alone might not be worth it, but future buzz and keeping an artist prominently on the radio until album #2 is ready to be released might be. But that’s just my uninformed opinion, heavy laden with wishful thinking. :)

  89. Popping back in with 411..twitter .rumor has it that Cook’s tour might end in…FLORIDA! Woo hoo! Merry rockin Christmas to meeee!

  90. .rumor has it that Cook’s tour might end in’ ¦FLORIDA! Woo hoo! Merry rockin Christmas to meeee!

    I hope you get your Christmas present girlfriend. :)

  91. Sunchick I second your Woo hoo! And raise you a Yippeee.
    Actually they said 3 Florida dates. Tallahassee, Orlando and then Miami. I hope that is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please?

  92. How fitting that it started in Florida and will end in Florida. I hope Ryan opens for him for those final dates since he was the one there from the beginning too. Is it weird that I’m going to be a little sad seeing a final date on that new shirt? This tour was supposed to be a 4 month college tour and it ended up being a 10 month tour all over the place. What a ride!

  93. Mr. Sensitive was never an all-time favorite of mine off the CD, but man, did he sing the hell out of it there. I LOVE his vocals so much. I saw David Cook at the MGM GRAND and he sang his heart out for us.

    I have the ability to enjoy more than one Idol at a time. LOL Love me some DC!

  94. Thanks for all the videos MJ. I Love David’s voice. I find it soothing. A sad song like Permanent hits me in the heart and makes me feel calmed all at the same time. He has a wonderful voice.

  95. Well, I guess I can give up trying to get him booked in Washington, D.C. I’m deeply disappointed that his people won’t get him booked in this city after all the support we showed for him with the Race for Hope.

  96. I’m not a David Cook’s fan, but I went to his concert in San Francisco. Funny thing is Daughtry and Cook performed at the same venue in San Francisco. lol. (I went to both) I was curious about live performance of Mr. Cook and I liked it! Even though I didn’t know most of songs, I enjoyed them.

    Hah! You’re just like my friend. She’d never even heard of David and knew none of his songs. But I dragged her to the SF show and she came out pretty impressed. She leaned over after each of Kiss on The Neck, Declaration and the cover of Died in Your Arms Tonight to say that she really liked them. Pretty good when you’re hearing songs for the first time, I thought (well, not DIYAT, since that’s a cover). She also said she couldn’t really understand much of the lyrics on the songs but liked the ‘tunes’ themselves. She was also amused by Mr. Sing-a-long dude behind us who sang the words to every song. Not obnoxious or anything, but he was clearly a hardcore Cook fan. Heh.

  97. He’s ending the tour in Florida? And my daughter moved out of Florida. Shucks, bad planning there dear daughter.

  98. Aaaahhh voices. Are like any other organ. Like eyes, there’s no real objective test for what’s a great voice. I grew up with older brothers who passed me crates of their tapes (remember those critters? lol). I got into Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden), Ten (PJ), Smells like Teen Spirit, Sea of Sorrow, Bleed the Freak (AIC) – ooooooooohhh, memories. My friends in school were into Mariah & a few years later the whole Britney/Xtina thing broke out. I remember making a friend in school listen to Jeff Buckley’s Forget Her and willing her to like it, only to be crushed when she said: he’s kinda off-key and whiney isn’t he? Learned that lesson early.

    MJ: thanks for taking those clips end-to-end, I’ve seen the whole concert from your perspective. The balcony gave a different angle on the band antics (caught one where Andy bumped David’s head over Monty’s shoulder. They’re like a playful wolfpack, hee). I don’t know how was the live sound, but comparing it to some of the other clips, the audio mix seems to be clearer at mid-floor. Must’ve been tiring for ya, but I hope you had a blast.

  99. can’t stand looking at him when he gets to the screaming part of his singing. not very becoming IMHO ‘“ scary also like he is going to bust a vein or something , example ‘“ pic above

    LOL I agree, it seems like the veins in his neck are gonna pop out. I’ve watched David Cook perform live here in Manila and he has good energy but I can’t understand the words that come out of his mouth sometimes, if I hadn’t pre-listened to his album to familiarize myself with his songs prior to the concert, I wouldn’t know what he means when he’s singing “chahahing darrrahhworn chahahring dahhaarown on yohiriirr avahahahahradancnch” when he sings Avalanche.

  100. When it comes to DCTR: I think one of the main objectives RCA had for the album was to not alienate the Idol fanbase and go for (as bad as this may come off) a more generic sound, as opposed to a riskier, edgier sound.

    They also went an extremely safe route by picking the singles. They saw Chris Cornell’s name on Light On, so they jumped on it in order to get some sort of rock cred behind David; though the single was a success and ended up going platinum, the song did nothing on rock radio. CBTM was, hands down, the most POP song on the album, but it lacked some excitement, which IMO is a reason why it didn’t blow up on TOP40 radio.

    I think David will use LO and CBTM as leverage when it comes to his next album. I fully expect there to be more Declaration’s and BarBaSol’s than CBTM’s, and I think RCA will also allow David the opportunity to fail when it comes to taking risks. DC as already said he wants to push the boundaries of his music (Avenged Sevenfold meets Ben Folds Five) and has already completed a song for the next album with a heavy piano influence. So while I don’t think we’re going to be getting an entirely new sound, there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be seeing his music evolve.

    When it comes to future singles, I seriously doubt there will be any more singles off DCTR, and I’m fine with that. If there is a new single, I’ll be shocked. What will probably end up happening is David will continue to tour until the end of the year, while knocking out a few songs here and there in writing sessions or minor studio sessions. Come January 1, Mr. Work Ethic will probably be living in the studio. Near the end of the new Idol season (circa late April / early May), TPTB will probably let DC and the Anthemic debut their lead single of album #2 on one of the last shows of the season, or maybe the Finale (which is a smarter idea, IMO). The new album will probably drop at the end of the summer.

  101. Thank you so much, MJ for watching the David Cook and The Anthemic concert through a camera, and sharing the videos with all the people who couldn’t be there, and wish that they were.

  102. MJ, great videos, nice sound quality. Cook’s voice to me is a terrific combination of clear, rich sound and edgy grit.

    I have a technical question. There used to be links to every page in the comments, even though the default was the last page. Am I missing something, or is there no longer any way to go back to page 1 without clicking back through all the prior pages?

  103. Okay, out of lurkdome for one more comment and a huge thanks for the vids MJ!!! Wanna know what I find amazing? Its that after 129-130+ shows of laying it out there, his voice has remained unaltered, un-autotuned, and remarkable. Regardless of a preference of the artist or artists style, that is impressive.

  104. David describing the Cornell encounter! All I can say is that it never fails to move me how he loves this, and how neverendingly grateful he feels to be among those privileged to do what they love in life.

  105. I want a new album. At least there will be some new songs to use as jumping off points to talk about the same old stuff. LOL.

    I like MJ’s videos. I want to read her recap.

  106. I like MJ’s videos. I want to read her recap.

    Ditto. Thanks for the videos, MJ, it’s always fun to watch a whole concert through Youtubes! Are you still going to do a recap, or has the moment passed?

  107. At the end he talks about taking a lot of December off, hitting the studio in January, starting to record in February. Looks like a summer date for the new album with a single next spring.

    Thanks for bringing that. That timeline seems kinda quick…it would be great to get new music, but I would not want a rush job.

    Thanks for the videos, MJ.

  108. I have a technical question. There used to be links to every page in the comments, even though the default was the last page. Am I missing something, or is there no longer any way to go back to page 1 without clicking back through all the prior pages?

    I think MJ said something happened when she updated the site…so no more individual page links :(

  109. where is everyone seeing all of mj’s videos from the concert? i’ve gone back a few pages but can’t find anything. thanks!

  110. Thanks for bringing that. That timeline seems kinda quick’ ¦it would be great to get new music, but I would not want a rush job.

    Yeah, that does seem fast. I don’t know if they are really going to stick with that schedule though. Albums are forever getting pushed back. Also, he could start recording in Feb but not finish for months and months, I suppose. Still, I’m gonna keep my eye on that…

  111. It does seem quick, IDK what will actually happen. I am sad the never ending tour is actually going to be ending.

  112. UGH. SO much to delete.

    ETA: AND I’m closing this thread until I finish cleaning it up. Again DO NOT COMMENT ON THE THREAD! Stick to the topic. If you feel a poster is baiting you IGNORE THEM.

  113. By the way? If you’ve been banned by me? And you come back with a different name? I usually figure it out.

    So, in a word. BUSTED.

  114. Forgot to say my thanks for all the wonderful videos, MJ. Hope you had a good time at the concert

  115. Well, I keep hoping for a new single. I am thinking that since Cook’s rock songs have a slow burn, and with the holidays coming up, January or February would seem the time to release his last single until the album. I mean his songs have staying power, and a rather slow rise. If he releases another single, it has to be one of the ones he wrote. As dissapointed (for him, not myself) I would be of no nominations, I am really more concerned for no release of a single.
    Oh, and thanks MJ for the videos. I am super excited for our third concert on the fourth in EL PASO!!!!!!!!!!

  116. Thanks again for the videos, MJ! Just got back from the Charlottesville show… love :)

  117. Wow, the videos coming out of Charlottesville are great. Here’s just one from Sing4MeGavin…The rest are on her channel, enjoy.

    Man In the Box

  118. A perfect acappela Lie in Charlottesville. So beautiful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN12f3mjV1k

    I just stuck that over in the headlines thread… after the initial SHHHHHH it was so quiet in there, his voice just filled up the whole venue and gave me goosebumps. *Gorgeous*. Sigh. Just love that guy. Haven’t been so fangirly over someone since Duran Duran in middle school. Ha!

  119. sunchick, I’m totally with you that the nasally male voice is okay when it’s like pop punk. It’s strange but I loved (still really like) Bowling for Soup but omg, the dude’s voice is sooo whiny, but the songs are sarcastic so it works. But with GRO, The Fray, they’re trying to be angsty and omg, the whiny does not work. Actually, re: Parachute, I saw them live first (when they opened for The Script) and I enjoyed them, bought the record and HATED the recordings because the lead guy sounded sooo whiny in the recording even though he was fine live. But GRO… yeah, I love them for their hilarity with DC but the voice is just plain really whiny. Not a fan.

    daenarys
    October 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm
    Aaaahhh voices. Are like any other organ. Like eyes, there’s no real objective test for what’s a great voice. I grew up with older brothers who passed me crates of their tapes (remember those critters? lol). I got into Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden), Ten (PJ), Smells like Teen Spirit, Sea of Sorrow, Bleed the Freak (AIC) ‘“ ooooooooohhh, memories. My friends in school were into Mariah & a few years later the whole Britney/Xtina thing broke out. I remember making a friend in school listen to Jeff Buckley’s Forget Her and willing her to like it, only to be crushed when she said: he’s kinda off-key and whiney isn’t he? Learned that lesson early.

    Omg, daenarys, are you me?? Such a similar experience– except that I kinda like both the grunge and the pop stuff growing up. I embraced the Mariah and Britney/Xtina with some friends, and dug PJ, Soundgarden, Nirvana stuff with some others. Ah, the 90s ;).

    Great new interview with DC! Too bad the Chiefs did not pull through- it would’ve been cool to see DC do Avalanche acoustic again. Ah, he’s such a tease. It’s like, he knows the fanbase ploded when he did that, and is purposely withholding! Ha…

  120. A perfect acappela Lie in Charlottesville. So beautiful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN12f3mjV1k

    tierbee, this is different version with just a cappella part. I think the sound is better. Please check it out. So glad you had great time tonite. My next (4th) DC show will be on Nov. 12. Can’t wait.

  121. tierbee, this is different version with just a cappella part. I think the sound is better.

    Ah, very nice! Thanks for pointing that out to me, I would’ve missed it!

  122. MJ, just to tell you I’m anticipating your longer recap of DC’s show =)

  123. Most of the spaces across the US are little venues, which may make it more personal, and which I think Cook prefers, and all he can muster at this point.

    I personally don’t this the little venues are “all he can muster at this point.” If you go back and look at the venues he has played, he has played anywhere from 300 to 18,000 seat venues. (Go back and read LM’s previous post on the venues he has played. Small venues are his choice because he like to play them, but he can play bigger ones as well.

  124. Wow, the videos coming out of Charlottesville are great. Here’s just one from Sing4MeGavin’ ¦The rest are on her channel, enjoy.

    Man In the Box

    Ah yes, this is the videographer who always posts her videos sideways. Beautiful videos. She once told me how to “right” them but I’ve completely forgotten how.

  125. Small venues are his choice because he like to play them, but he can play bigger ones as well.

    I get the same feeling, that he enjoys the grassroots feel of the small venues. I know I enjoy him at the small venues :) !!

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