A Hometown “Idol” Experience

Ameristar Casino, Kansas City
April 22, 2009

Words/Photos By KC Music Gal

For the past fifteen months, it’s been nearly impossible to escape the name David Cook in Kansas City. While David has been playing music in Kansas City for over five years, his “big break” occurred when he auditioned for American Idol last August in Omaha, Nebraska. The local Fox affiliate provided a quick interview with David and his brother Andrew prior to their Omaha audition and well, we all know what’s happened since that day.

Kansas City isn’t much of a winning town as far as sports go. Sure, we’ve got our Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers but for a city who hasn’t seen a professional team championship since 1985, David Cook became our hometown “Idol” last May when he was named the 2008 American Idol. With a platinum album and nearly sold out tour, David returned to Kansas City last August with the American Idols tour (two shows, one completely sold out; the other at about 75% capacity). Admittedly, that show was full of cheese and screaming girls but what stands out in my mind was the fact that David single handedly sold out a venue which seats 18,000 people.

There was a lot of controversy surrounding David’s return home in support of his self titled platinum album on April 22nd. First off; his management chose a very small venue for his first solo tour stop in his hometown, leading to a sell out in less than seven minutes. Secondly, the website selling tickets for the show sucked, leaving many diehard fans out in the cold or paying hundreds of dollars for a single ticket. Third, in most towns this tour was billed as a college tour, making tickets under $30. In Kansas City, the tickets were $65 for floor and $55 for balcony (which wasn’t really a balcony but risers). Luckily, I was one of the 1300 to attend the concert and it was nothing short of phenomenal.

I honestly had no idea what to expect from David’s concert at the Ameristar Casino. The venue itself isn’t the best but the acoustics were pretty great and that gave the green light for an amazing show. With a mix of old, new and unreleased tracks, David’s 70 minute set rocked the socks off of all 1300 attendees.

I knew I was in for a treat when the show opened with “Heroes” and lead directly into “We’re Only Honest When We’re Sleeping”; a song rumored to be written right before David’s American Idol Audition. With fan favorites “Kiss on the Neck” (the hidden track on the aforementioned self titled album) and “Lie” the crowd appeared to sing along to every song played.

The concert highlight for me was David’s performance of my personal favorite song off his “Analog Heart” CD, an album yanked from multiple stores and websites upon David’s entry into the top 12 of American Idol. Another unexpected song was a cover of the 1984 Van Halen hit, “Hot for Teacher”. Immediately following the song David exclaimed “How cool is it that I get paid to play that song?” a true testament that he’s still in awe of his AI title and humbled view of his rapid rise to stardom. The show closed with “Bar-Ba-Sol”, probably the most “rocking” song on his major label debut. The crowd couldn’t get enough of David and Kansas City is still taking advantage of David’s popularity. The day after the concert, local radio station and HUGE David Cook supporter, Mix 93.3 announced that David will be the headliner for their annual Red, White and Boom concert in June. That show will give 15,000 Kansas Citians a chance to get their DC fill along with Kevin Rudolf, The Veronicas, Matt Nathanson and several others.

David may not sell as many albums as Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood but he’s definitely making a name for himself around the country. David will continue to tour the US through the summer in several radio station summer festivals and county/state fairs.


David Cook 04/29/09 - Kansas City, MO


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