Well, a mere seven months ago I wrote what amounted to an advance obituary on singer David Cook, the kid from Blue Springs who walked away five years ago with a million bucks, a record deal and a shoe endorsement after winning season seven of American Idol.
Would Cook follow in the footsteps of successful past Idol winners like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, or had his 15 minutes of fame passed its expiration date?
Unfortunately the latter appeared to be the case in my March story, as Cook’s record and shoe deals had vanished, the reviews of his second album were horrid, his celebrity girlfriend for whom he’d contemplated buying a $50,000 rock had cheated on him in public and he’d bailed out of his $1.3 million Hollywood hills “manse” and fled to Nashville for what appeared to be a country music makeover.
And just when it was looking like maybe Cook had hit rock bottom, comes the word he’s got another KC gig coming up next month. But not at the 16,000 seat Sprint Center and not even at the 2,700 seat Midland.
That’s right, at Knuckleheads on November 18th.
“On Saturday November 2nd I will be rappelling down…the tallest building on the San Diego waterfront – to raise awareness and funds to support San Diego-based brain cancer research,” Cook says on his website.
Is that even legal?
As for Cook’s transition into becoming maybe a country music star, after a year in Nashville, there’s little evidence of that. He played a club gig two weeks ago in Tulsa that was reviewed as a rock show with no mention of country. And his tepid recent single “Laying Me Low” is clearly a pop tune…a highly forgettable pop tune.
KCC music man Paul Wilson’s take on Cook’s Knuckleheads gig:
“It tells me he’s not hit bottom yet, but he can see it.”