David Cook on His Album and Tour Set List – New Release Now Available at Amazon for Pre-Order

The 4th and 5th installments of David Cook’s Idolatry interview for Entertainment Weekly has some fun little tidbits that are worth noting.

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The Tour Set List: David reveals the set list to Michael Slezak, and it’s basically a mini-concert of his Idols Greatest Hits, including “Billie Jean, ” “Hello”, “Always Be My Baby” and “Time of My Life” (which Jessica Shaw makes him call “Magic Rainbow”-Har). The fifth song is “not yet set in stone, ” according to David. Duets and collaborations may include Carly Smithson performing Heart’s “Barracuda” with David backing her on guitar and Jason Castro on drums. That has the potential to be all kinds of awesome.

About the Upcoming Album: David says he’d like to “acknowledge as much of the music I wrote before this as possible” but realizes that it’s a give and a take compromise between artistic integrity and mass appeal. However, he insists, “If I listen to a song and I don’t feel like it’s me, there’s no reason for me to sing it, I’ll fight for that.” For the record, he claims to really like “Time of My Life” even if the “magic rainbow” lyric isn’t one he’d have written himself. “I like the 6/8 time signature” he says, “I think instrumentally it’s a great song.” Choosing his battles carefully, I say.

“I feel like I started the season with a 5 card hand, ” says David, “And I maybe showed everybody 3 of those cards.”

A Change of Plans for Rock Night: David originally planned to sing “All Along the Watchtower” for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show, but changed it after he worked up a slower arrangement for “Baba O’Riley.” The original arrangement for “Baba O’Reily” was closer to the Who version, and after he changed it, he decided that he didn’t want to perform two slow songs. He finally settled on “Hungry Like a Wolf” as his second song. Tis a pity, I think.

The Album is Available for Pre-Order: By the way, it appears that “Time of My Life” will be featured on David’s upcoming album. That’s according to Amazon.com where the album is already available for pre-order and is currently ranked #2. You cannot fight the power of the Magic Rainbow! lolz!

Corrected: “Baba O’Reily” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” were sung During Rock week, not IGB night.

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  1. Hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an interesting tidbit. David originally planned to sing à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“All Along the Watchtowerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  for the Idol Gives Back show, but changed it after he worked up a slower arrangement for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Baba Oà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Riley.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  He had originally planned to sing à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Baba Oà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Reilyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  straight, and after he changed the arrangement, he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to perform two slow songs.

    Colour me confused. IGB was Inspirational Week (week 5 of the finals) and he didn’t sing “Baba O’Riley’ until Rock-and-Roll Week (week 9 of the finals). I’m sure that there would have been enough weeks between IGB and Rock-and-Roll Week for people not to be bothered by him singing two slow songs. Or was he going to do “Baba O’Reily” and then switched that one too? He certainly wasn’t going to sing it the week after IGB which was Mariah week (unless she has been covering The Who when I haven’t been paying attention). Or was AATWT going to be R&R week?

    I see Cookie is doing well on Amazon. We haven’t seen pre-orders like that since Clay’s 2006 album. Didn’t they manage to keep his first album at number 1 until it was released? Or maybe I’m mis-remembering. I recall it was the stuff of Idol legends. Of course, it wasn’t always reported as a positive.

  2. I have no knowledge about Clay. But, I do have a question. It has only been ONE week since the finale and they have it on pre order?? Is that a first ever in 7 seasons??

  3. I think they mean Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame week because then he’d be singing 2 songs on that show and one of them was Baba O’Reilly.

  4. Kirsten – I think it’s a boo boo! In the interview (I just watched it two seconds ago) he says for Rock’n Roll hall of fame week because he also goes on about Sweet Dreams as an option and mentions Marilyn Manson’s version…..definitely not inspirational week :)

  5. I think they mean Rock nà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Roll Hall of Fame week because then heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d be singing 2 songs on that show and one of them was Baba Oà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Reilly.

    Oops. My bad…. That’s what they said. IGB was the week he sang that Our Lady Peace song…

    Will make the correction! Thanks.

    ETA: LOL. Sometimes I confuse my self. I re-wrote the paragraph for the song change to make it less confusing.

    I need an editor SO BAD. :).

  6. About the Amazon orders, that is just mind boggling. I’ve been watching that rank just slowly climb for the majority of the day and it’s really something! I was even wondering myself if any of the other idols had seen such a huge surge like this so early into the pre-ordering stage. I’m even surprised about it being put up at Amazon so quickly.

  7. Cook is sounding a lot like Taylor did when he was discussing his cd and coronation song. I hope that Cook picks his battles better than Taylor apparently did!

    I’m torn about pre-ordering the cd. I think I’ll wait only because I did pre-order Taylor’s and wound up not receiving it until 2 days after release. I should have just gone to the store on release day!

  8. Pssst…I just want to pimp my post in the Headlines thread where I located some new download stats for S7 Idols including songs outside of the Top 200 (we don’t get the song stats, but we do get the cummulative totals).

    Relevance to this thread?…um…this might account for why the CD is doing so well on Amazon.

  9. The other problem with pre-orders is that you don’t know if there will be “extras” on ITunes, at Walmart, wherever.

    I guess if we were true fans we’d pre-order everywhere, and still go to Walmart when they open on Tuesday to cover all bases.

  10. A newbie to the pre-order AI stuff…

    Is that the usual price for a CD? I’ve been hoping it would be a double one, i.e. one for the studio recordings from the show and another for new material. It would be a more palatable way to shoe-horn the magic rainbow song without breaking the continuity/tone of the newer stuff.

    Sorry for the question, but I’ve haven’t bought a CD in 10 years or downloaded anything since B.C. (before Cookie)…

  11. “I have no knowledge about Clay. But, I do have a question. It has only been ONE week since the finale and they have it on pre order?? Is that a first ever in 7 seasons??”

    19E/R alphabet is being veryyyyyyy aggressive with CDs this time around. On Rickey they issued a DVD of Season 6…..hmmm…..they’re hot to get those sales in.

  12. I think Cook has huge appeal but what”s the big deal about a #1 on Amazon. The finale was a week ago, the pre order is on the front page and he sold an insane amount of downloads.

    If Cook stays at #1 for the entire five or six months until his album release that will be legendary. As far as I remember, Norah Jones had the record for pre-sales at Amazon. She was #1 for x months (2 or 3) and the grand total of her sales there was 30,000 albums.

    Getting a #1 there probably only takes about 5,000 pre orders. It’s not like you can buy the album anywhere else either. He def will sell tons of albums. I just don’t get the big deal about being #1.

  13. It really is mindboggling. Not just the CD being up for pre-order a week after his win, but #2 already at that price? Well judging by all the numbers that came out this week (and TPTB probably have stats we don’t see) maybe RCA wants to see how rabid the fanbase is. Apparenty it’s pretty rabid.

    I thought he sounded pretty fair talking about the coronation song. He didn’t put it down and only vaguely made a crack about the magic rainbow line LOL

    Has he always had an banner ad on iTunes? I didn’t notice it yesterday and I see one now on the front page for TOML.

  14. Is that the usual price for a CD?

    Amazon pre-orders are listed at retail, and ALWAYS come down by the time it’s shipped.

    The fine print says that you’ll be charged the price the item is at shipping time.

  15. The price will change. It always does. No one has heard the album yet so no one can be disappointed. All they’ve heard are the great songs sung on Idol.
    But Cook does have a huge fan base. No doubt.

  16. Thanks MJ :)

    I’m still hoping for a CD of his AI stuff.

    Loved the Slezak interviews…all those 5 minute segments with the unoriginal and unresearched questions (except for Julie??) resulted in the repetitive answers.

  17. Best interviews I’ve seen by far. I find the idea of the Cookie-Castro-Carly number intriguing. I may have to try to get tickets to a show….

  18. I’m excited that Jason might play drums [!!!] along with Cook on guitar and Carly singing.
    [:

  19. “Cook is sounding a lot like Taylor did when he was discussing his cd and coronation song. I hope that Cook picks his battles better than Taylor apparently did! ”

    I’ve been hearing stuff like this every so often and I’ve got to say that there is just no comparison between Cook and Taylor, no matter what Taylor may have done or said in the past.

    What makes an idol successful after the show is the musician – not anything else. Cook has excellent taste in music, has made very current and obviously marketable choices, and I am sure he will continue to do so.

    My guess is that, like Daughtry, much of the music he has already written (for that 2nd solo album he was working on) will be incorporated into his new album (with many improvements) plus he’ll work with other artists to write some additional songs. He did not compromise his integrity or himself during the competition and I can’t see how he would do that now that he has a record deal. And I think what Simon Fuller said about Cook, “He is mature, well grounded and knows what he wants. It’s this quiet determination that sets him apart from other singers”, is very telling to how they will be working with him.

    And, finally
    1. Cook said that he will not sing a song he does not believe in or feel – and why should he given that there will be a plethora of songs from which he can choose.
    2. Cook has shown us that he has an amazing ability to take a song and improve it tenfold – something I am sure he will do with any song they throw at him.
    3. Cook is an excellent lyricist and can improve any song lyrically.
    4. Cook has 2 more cards to show.

    So have faith and stop comparing him to Taylor, please!!!

  20. And, finally
    1. Cook said that he will not sing a song he does not believe in or feel – and why should he given that there will be a plethora of songs from which he can choose.

    Plethora…*ding ding ding* that’s the word of the day! *wink*

    I don’t see Cookie facing the same obstacles that Taylor faced. It’s my personal opinion that TPTB manufactured obstacles for Taylor because they disliked him so much. I don’t see them doing that with DC.

  21. Also, Taylor refused to include his coronation song on the CD, which was an omen of not so nice things to come his way.
    Cookie seems to be choosing his battles wisely. Actually, what he has said reminds me more of Chris D. than Taylor. Chris said that when he initially met with Clive, they had completely different ideas of what he should be doing with his album. Chris then showed him some of his original work, compromises were made and the rest, as they say, is history. Both Chris and David have contemporary music styles, unlike Taylor. I don’t think there’s any real problem here.

  22. So have faith and stop comparing him to Taylor, please!!!

    Ahhh, obviously a newbie. Please read my guidelines:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/?page_id=1172

    Please be careful to respect your fellow poster’s opinions. This isn’t a fansite here, so no one is required to have “faith” in anybody, and it’s a bit rude to suggest they do. It’s fine to disagree, but please do it in a non-defensive way. Thank you.

  23. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Cook is sounding a lot like Taylor did when he was discussing his cd and coronation song. I hope that Cook picks his battles better than Taylor apparently did! à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been hearing stuff like this every so often and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve got to say that there is just no comparison between Cook and Taylor, no matter what Taylor may have done or said in the past.

    What makes an idol successful after the show is the musician – not anything else. Cook has excellent taste in music, has made very current and obviously marketable choices, and I am sure he will continue to do so.

    My guess is that, like Daughtry, much of the music he has already written (for that 2nd solo album he was working on) will be incorporated into his new album (with many improvements) plus heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll work with other artists to write some additional songs. He did not compromise his integrity or himself during the competition and I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see how he would do that now that he has a record deal. And I think what Simon Fuller said about Cook, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“He is mature, well grounded and knows what he wants. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s this quiet determination that sets him apart from other singersà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , is very telling to how they will be working with him.

    And, finally
    1. Cook said that he will not sing a song he does not believe in or feel – and why should he given that there will be a plethora of songs from which he can choose.
    2. Cook has shown us that he has an amazing ability to take a song and improve it tenfold – something I am sure he will do with any song they throw at him.
    3. Cook is an excellent lyricist and can improve any song lyrically.
    4. Cook has 2 more cards to show.

    I agree with this 100%. Very very well said my friend.

  24. Love (most of) the tour set list. However, I hope that 5th song is an up-tempo one! 4 semi-ballads? And since my tour stop isnt until mid-August, I hope he isnt sick of singing Hello by then, b/c THAT is my fave EVER and cant wait to die, faint, or at the very least pant when he sings it.
    And the part about the album w/ the possibily of singing stuff from his previous albums is all kinds of awesome. Since I have AH, I would rather it be stuff from OTAF tho.
    This man? Cant.Get.Enough.Seriously.

  25. Duets and collaborations may include Carly Smithson performing Heartà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Barracudaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with David backing her on guitar and Jason Castro on drums.

    adf;adskl;adgh!

    OMG! Pleasepleaseplease let this be true. This would be incredible.

    Now I’m getting all excited for the tour – even moreso than I already was. And yeah, I agree that Cook’s 5th song should be something upbeat – like, say, “All Right Now”, Cookie? Pretty please???

  26. Now Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m getting all excited for the tour – even moreso than I already was. And yeah, I agree that Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s 5th song should be something upbeat – like, say, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“All Right Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , Cookie? Pretty please???

    Yes, please! “All Right Now” would be perfect. Throw a guitar pick at MEEEE! I still think it’s a little strange that he seems to have no plans to sing anything new apart from Barracuda, but whatever. I certainly won’t mind hearing BJ, Hello or ABMB live.

  27. Yes, please! à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“All Right Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  would be perfect. Throw a guitar pick at MEEEE! I still think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a little strange that he seems to have no plans to sing anything new apart from Barracuda, but whatever. I certainly wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mind hearing BJ, Hello or ABMB live.

    Hmm, good point. Blake didn’t do any new songs last year in his set, but Jordin did one new song. And IIRC, most of the other contestants did new songs too for their solos.

    I also liked the way they ended the show – Jordin starting into “Living on a Prayer” and then the rest of the contestants joining her for the end of it. Then they all left the stage, and Jordin came back out and did TIMN as an encore, then each contestant came out one by one with a reprise of a song they did earlier in the show, and then Jordin came back out at the end and they all closed the show singing TIMN. Kinda complicated, but I thought it worked well. And she did 5 songs plus TIMN. So maybe that’s how it will go for DC too. :D

    Anyway, I still want “All Right Now”. :)

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