DEADWOOD, S.D. (1/15/15) – David Cook, the “rocker” who took home the season seven title on the wildly popular American Idol will take the Deadwood Mountain Grand stage for one night only on Thursday, June 2nd at 8pm.
In 2007 David Cook accompanied his brother Andrew who, at the time was undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer to an audition for the seventh season of American Idol in Omaha, Neb. Saying that he "brings something a little different to the table," the 24-year-old bartender sang Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer." Although judge Simon Cowell says it was "a bit worthy," all three judges send him to Hollywood.
As the season progressed and with his ailing brother in the front row, Cook delivered his "most brilliant performance yet" – according to Randy Jackson. Performing a rocked-out rendition of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby," Cook broke out of the Idol pack. He went on to win the season seven title over David Archuleta receiving over 12 million votes.
Cook’s self-titled major label debut album sold 1.5 million copies, and though the follow-up, 2011’s This Loud Morning, debuted in the Top 10, he wound up as an indie artist once again. As one door closed, another opened, and Cook forged a new career as a songwriter after moving to Nashville in 2012, but he continued to tour as well, as his personal songbook grew thicker. In 2014, he began the process that led to the recording of a new album called Digital Vein.
“Working in Nashville opened me up creatively to trying different things,” Cook explains. “Writing for country acts has been freeing in the sense that I can bring out that side of my creativity, and it brought some freshness to the other side of what I like to do. So I ran with it, going into the creative process with the blinders off. I just wanted to try things, and there was no formula. Honestly, I didn’t even know if I was gonna make another record; I decided to just write and have fun and see what happens.”
Cook becomes reflective as he looks back on his journey, with its ecstatic highs and devastating lows. “I have no regrets,” he says of his Idol experience. “It has ultimately let me do some amazing things in the last seven years, culminating in this record. Who knows where I’d be right now if weren’t for all that. Prior to the show, I was tending bar to pay the rent, and I was a really bad bartender. So to have the resources that I have now – to be able to make a record this way – it’s huge. I’ve still got a platform and an avenue that most don’t. So, yeah, no regrets.
“Redemption is a weird term,” he continues, “but I don’t think that’s really what this record is. I see it as a different chapter. The best way I can sum it up is that, succeed or fail, I’m going to fall on my own sword – which is nerve-racking as hell, but it’s also super-exciting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It may sound like lip service to say it, but I really do love this record, and if I loved it any less, I don’t know that I’d be putting it out. I’m treating this record like this is it. Every album from here on out could be the last one, so I’d better swing for the fences, and that’s what we did on this one.”
Tickets go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Reward Members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19 and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22. They will be available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office – The Company Store – or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND.
For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-0386. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.