David Cook wows crowd; crowd wows David Cook

from: Green Bay Press-Gazette

BY SARA BOYD • February 21, 2009

One thing’s for sure, David Cook can belt out a tune. And yet, somehow he makes it look effortless.

With a booming voice projected off his signature scrunched-face screamer pose, the 26-year-old did just that for roughly 65 minutes Friday night at the Weidner Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

The sold out show – of 1,000 tickets for floor seats only, per Cook’s request – was mostly based off the seventh season “American Idol” winner’s self-titled debut album. In the singer’s second visit to Green Bay – the first with his “American Idol” cast members – he discussed his amazement at seeing Lambeau Field, a thrill even for a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

“Before you boo, hear me out. I saw all the Vince Lombardi trophies you guys have there, including the first one where you beat my Chiefs. And that’s why … the show is over, goodnight,” Cook joked.

Wearing a simple black striped shirt, matching black stocking cap and metallic jeans – with platinum back pockets, not that anyone was looking – Cook and his four member band showed a range of styles from pop songs to classic rock tunes.

Cook performed “Mr. Sensitive” and “Declaration” off his platinum album before doing a Fleetwood Mac cover of “Little Lies” and unleashing a pre-“Idol” song Cook wrote and only performed once before.

“I wrote that three or four years ago,” he said. “Crazy.”

When it came to Cook’s slow song of the evening, “Lie,” the lights came down and the cell phones – this generation’s alternative to lighters – came out. Cook stopped mid-song to take it in, before asking if the stage lights could be turned off.

“No, keep the cell phones – I like it,” he said. “That’s pretty awesome guys, thank you.”

Cook ended the official set with his radio hit, “Light On,” after once again thanking fans for showing up to “hear them make a bunch of noise.”

After a two-song encore, it seemed apparent that the Hollywood celeb status hasn’t quite hit a humbled Cook.

“I can’t tell you guys how much this means,” he said, before ending the night. “I’m floored, really.”

Rocker Ryan Star opened the night with a few tracks from his debut album due out this spring.

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~ by riverhorse on 02/22/2009.

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