I guess it could be the institutional racism, an overall atmosphere of mediocrity or maybe even the pervasive middle-class sense of entitlement that seems to permeate every topic in the local discourse.
But I’m pretty sure that David Cook is what’s worst about Kansas City. Or at the very least his D-list celebrity status that symbolizes all of this cowtown’s failings with a throaty, retrofitted REO Speedwagon-esque muzak serving as our soundtrack. No offense directed at REO Speedwagon, who actually had a couple of decent albums.
This isn’t just opinion. I have facts to back up my claims.
Fact 1. David Cook packs them in whenever he’s near Kalamazoo. Allow me to direct readers to David Cook’s whirlwind tour that’s just blew through Allegan County Fairgrounds near Kalamazoo, Michigan. That’s pretty much the kind of gig that the former American Idol has been relegated to, I mean, he can only play the P&L District in Downtown KC every other week and must venture out into the real world sometime if he’s gong to at least pretend to have a music career. And outside of KC the most common question that follows David Cook around is, “David, who?”
Fact 2. Recording for David Cook’s new release has been pushed back and more dates have been added to his aforementioned “World Tour” that finishes up in the exotic and faraway city of Elizabeth, Indiana. To the uninitiated this might seem like a bit of demand for the artist, but what it really represents is that his handlers are trying to squeeze every bit of minor league celebrity out of him before it completely wears out.
In the end, David Cook came really close to becoming a notable talent but will probably never make it. I blame Kansas City. This town elevated him beyond his level of skill and that destroyed his development as an artist. Blue Springs wanted a star so very badly – I can’t blame them because I don’t even like driving through that place. So they started a movement to get the entire region to encourage a singer who doesn’t really have much to say, and has a style crafted for the lowest common denominator on prime time television. Elevating his mediocrity to a finicky commercial audience did him a disservice.
He’s worse than a one hit wonder (especially since his album sold nicely by capitalizing on his recent fame but didn’t really set the world on fire). He’s something more akin to the TV created 60’s band The Monkees. They were recently touring too, and I’m sure their fans are just as devoted as Cook’s. They also had far more #1 singles. The problem is, The Monkees, just like David Cook, suck.