‘American Idol’ David Cook goes back to school

01.28.09 9 years ago

David Cook

Last season’s “American Idol” winner David Cook is going back to school: on Feb. 13 he starts a college tour at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The outing ends April 25 at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

Cook’s self-titled debut, released Nov. 18, has been a strong seller, moving close to 900,000 units and spawning the hit single “Light On.” The set also includes the treacly “The Time of My Life,” the track released following his coronation as “AI’s” seventh season champ. Is it just me or does that final moment when the winner is declared and he/she performs their first, always gooey single remind you of when Miss America takes her winner’s walk-tiara slipping, glued-on smile, waving like the queen of England? The “AI” moment seems just as forced. I know it’s all an effort to capitalize instantly on the excitement and fervor that all those folks who have invested their life voting for a winner feel, but I hate it. And I bet the winner does too since the song never reflects his/her personality- it’s just a pageant-perfect, one-size-fits-all regurgitation of how special this moment is.

Anyway, I digress. As you can imagine, Cook is very happy to be on his own tour- his first since headlining the “American Idol” outing this summer. “I’m more than excited to hop on the road and support this record. This tour represents both a new beginning and a return to form for me,” said Cook in a statement. “It’s our first full tour, and we’re all ready to pour whatever blood, sweat, and tears that we can muster into making this show, and every show from here on out, an experience. Part of that experience is bringing back this college tour idea. There’s something inherently nostalgic about playing college shows. So many amazing acts used to do it, so it’s nice to be able to bring that ideal back, in some small way. And besides, touring on a bus beats what we used to do, which was cram five guys into a 7 passenger van for one show, 13 hours away.”

The full schedule for David Cook”s tour is as follows:

    •    Friday, February 13th –  Tallahasee, Fl – Florida State University
    •    Saturday, February 14th –  Biloxi, MS –  Beau Rivage
    •    Sunday, February 15th –  Oxford, MS –  Ole Miss
    •    Wednesday, February 18th –  Eau Claire, WI  – University of  Wisconsin
    •    Thursday February 19th –  Cedar Falls, IA – University of Northern  Iowa
    •    Friday, February 20th –  Green Bay, WI  – University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
    •    Saturday, February 21st –  Valparaiso, IN  – Valparaiso  University
    •    Monday, February 23rd   – Waverly, IA – Warlburg
    •    Tuesday, February 24th –  Fullton, MO –  Westminster
    •    Wednesday, February 25th –  Conway, AR –  Central  Arkansas University
    •    Friday, February 27th-  Portsmouth, OH – Shawnee State University
    •    Sunday, March 1st –  Newburgh, NY – Mount St. Mary
    •    Tuesday, March 3rd –  Carlisie, PA – Dickenson
    •    Friday, March 6th –  Morgantown, WV  – W Virginia  University
    •    Sunday, March 8th –  Willimantic, CT – Eastern Connecticut State University
    •    Tuesday, March 10th –  Poughkeepsie, NY – Marist College
    •    Friday, March 13th –  Niagara Falls, NY –  Seneca Niagara Casino
    •    Saturday, March 14th –  Elkins, WV – Davis and Elkins
    •    Monday, March 16th –  Bloomington, PA – Bloomington University
    •    Thursday, March 19th –  Mansfield, PA  – Mansfield  University
    •    Friday, March 20th –  Atlantic City, NJ  – Borgata
    •    Saturday, March 21st –  Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
    •    Monday, March 23rd –  Selinsgrove, PA – Susquehanna University
    •    Tuesday, March 24th-  York, PA –  Penn State York
    •    Thursday, March 26th –  Blues Creek, NC – Campbell, University
    •    Friday, March 27th –  Pemberton, NJ  – Burlington  Community  College
    •    Monday, March 30th –  New London, NH  – Colby  Sawyer College
    •    Tuesday, March 31st –  New Haven, CT  – So. CT State
    •    Thursday, April 2nd –  Wilmington, NC  – Azalea Fest at Wilmington University
    •    Friday, April 3rd –  Towson, MD –  Towson  University
    •    Sunday, April 5th –  Radford, VA –  Radford  University
    •    Wednesday, April 8th –  Macon, GA –  Mercer  University
    •    Tuesday, April 14th –  Malcomb, IL –  Western  Illinois University
    •    Tuesday, April 21st –  Searcy, AR –  Harding  University
    •    Wednesday, April 22nd –  Kansas City, MO – Ameristar Casino
    •    Saturday, April 25th –  Tulsa, OK –  University of  Tulsa

Be sure to check the HitFix Forecast over the coming weeks for more information on each show.

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