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All Hail America’s SMARTEST Idol: Mr. David Cook

February 2, 2009

Let’s take a timeout here to admire the awesomeness which is David Cook. Sure, you may think he’s a balding bartender more suited to playing shows in college bars than taking on the role of rock superstar. Others may think he’s a pop-rock genius. Others may just want to sculpt his head and give it to him after he sings Hello.

But David Cook DOES rock. Why? Because the man is a genius.

Those Crazy Cookies

After being accosted by crusty pink panties and large multi-colored stuffed unicorns, as well as spending a summer being bombarded with sexually-inappropriate signs wielded by women in the same age demographic as his parents, Cook realized something had to be done. He knew that in order for him to be taken seriously as a musician, he needed to attract a younger, hipper audience. Some may call it age discrimination, but I call it an astute career move. As sad as it can be sometimes, the youth market dominates what is hot. Past a certain age, many young adults wouldn’t be caught dead at a concert given by a former Idol contestant. When you factor in the diehard fans in attendance, those who throw crusty pink panties and make YouTube videos consisting entirely of still shots of his “package” and bizarro slang, the younger fans may feel they’ve entered into some sort of parallel universe which makes little sense.

Oh wait. Let me embed that beauty of a video. It’s too good to pass up. Especially since I have just learned (Thanks, C!) that the term fanbase really means Cook’s Package in CookFrau speak. This video just became even MORE wrong.

So Cook announced a spring tour where most of the venues are college campuses. A brilliant idea. Especially when you consider the fact most campus shows require anyone with a ticket to also have a STUDENT ID.

He peppered the tour with a few casino dates here and there, but those quickly sold out. Ticket aggregators / scalpers and the casino itself assisted with that one, reserving VIP tickets for high rollers or idiots who keep losing and need to know the casino “cares” about them and is willing to make them enjoy their losing experience. (This is when free nights’ stays and steak buffets are typically offered on the house.)

David’s Cook are not pleased. Not pleased whatsoever. In fact, if you hear about any exploding heads on the news between now and the next few weeks, I guarantee you it was just a Cook Fan .

First off, someone (HOW DARE THEY!) had the audacity to provide this information, which may or may not be true…well, you already know my take on it.

And FYI: The person in charge of shows at two of the schools on this tour told fans on the phone that the shows were students only at DAVID’s specific request. David himself, not management.

The horror! The horror! The horror!!!!!!!!

Here is the post which kicked the meltdown up another notch:

David Quixote has a specific vision of himself as a rock star, and in that vision, his audience is full of beautiful, young women who want to do him, and young men who want to be him. That’s the way it “should be” for rock stars. That’s how it is in all the music videos. If the “wrong” people are filling his audience, he needs to set out to “fix” it. The way it used to be done in the good old days.

We do not fit the concept in his head of the ideal fans and he’s taking our loyalty for granted as he dreams the impossible dream. I think he’ll get away with it… this time. But as much as they are afraid to post it, a very large number of his fans feel unwanted because of the way this tour excludes them, and because David has not announced an inclusive tour to follow this one, nor said a thing to placate.

Here is a Cook Fan who makes a bit of sense:

“It doesn’t make sense to try to attract NEW fans on a first tour and alienate established fans, when an artist already has an established fan base.”

It makes more sense to do the smaller/college tour NOW so that when he does go all out and do the bigger venues he will have that many more fans that will go. Do you really think it would make more sense/get less complaining if he did the bigger venues now and THEN went to colleges where in some places only students could go after??? Come on, MORE people would be complaining…

Duh, of course. With a bigger venue, the crusty pink panty throwers can be relegated to the nosebleed section.

Now let’s bring on some major melodrama. Cookie PROMISED them! THE TOUR IS A THANK YOU TO HIS FANS! THE SONG THE TOUR IS NAMED AFTER WAS WRITTEN SOLELY FOR HIS FANS! (Uh..ok…believe what you wanna believe, sweetheart, but you sound much more bitter and obsessive than fangirly.)

Unless he pulls another Bridgeport and bails on half the fans because he’s not getting quite enough love from a few of them.

If David had not said that THIS tour would be a thank-you tour to all his fans, and had not named it after the song for his fans, there would have been temporary disappointment from the many not able to see a show on this tour, but not the resentment we are seeing due to being told it was for us and then being excluded from most dates. It’s not about feeling we are owed something for our votes or commitment to him; it’s about him saying one thing and delivering the opposite. If he had said the majority of this tour was not for us, there would be no discussion.

The Don Quixote parody was intended to be a caricature and therefore is exaggerated to make the point that single-handedly reviving the college tour is a “nostalgic” romantic idealist notion, carried out without apparent thought for the consequences outside the targeted demographic. Not that he dislikes his current fans, but rather that he takes us for granted in this tour. That’s all. I think David Cook is not perfect and that is obviously a very unpopular opinion. I guess I should have realized it would get melodramatic responses. I guess I’m not perfect either.

Regardless of how much we clamor for tour dates, they should have NOT BEEN RELEASED with inaccuracies and before the dates were finalized. David Cook is a MAJOR LABEL artist… who has professional representation. Said reps need to have their act together since it is HIS NAME that they’re using.

David Cook wins American Idol

Oh, Flying Spaghetti Monster. Please save me.

Apparently this date:
Friday, April 17th – Maryville, Missouri – Northwest Missouri State University

has been cancelled in favor of a private Las Vegas party show… and the kicker is that the college is saying that there was never anything in writing, that there was a “verbal agreement”:http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/1013384.html

Why publish an official tour date on the website that hasn’t been finalized?

Then on top of that, you have your booking agent, Steve Einzig, president of New York based Booking Entertainment, that handled Cook’s booking for the school’s campus activities department basically telling the school/press that it’s all about the money, quote: “It pays more money.” More money to all the hands in David’s cookie jar (and I HOPE that it does trickle down to the artist)… the decision was a no-brainer, but stuff like this doesn’t exactly help him… no one cares who Steve Einzig and Tony Brown (school spokesperson) are… all they see is that David Cook cancelled a tour date… although it wasn’t even finalized!!!! In short, Steve vents that his competitor got paid more than he did for booking the show, Tony whines that they didn’t get the show… and it’s David’s name that gets dragged through the mud.

… and to think that this could have been avoided by simply not listing that tour date until papers were signed… or COMMUNICATING with the poor nameless kid who’s probably doing the actual website work to exclude that date until it’s finalized. That better be a KILLER party. Yeah, I know that the artist usually gets a better deal with private parties (yay, David!)… but seriously guys, get it together.

Yes, this is a CALLOUT! deal.

She needs to get her crusty pink panties out of their bunch.

This is kind of a logical post, however, I’m not sure if she sees the obvious genius in Cook’s decision to do a College Tour. It’s the perfect way for him to play for a younger audience without coming off like a total bad guy.

David is not excluding us from the college venues. The colleges are. Students pay activity fees as part of their total tuition and costs — so therefore the colleges have to deliver activities and entertainment. They must accommodate students who have paid the fees before they can accommodate the general public. Space is limited, thus the restrictions. The colleges are only paying $5k to $20K for these shows, so they can’t afford to rent out huge public concert arenas. If they could, the promoter would charge them upwards of $75k. Many schools couldn’t pay that up front, even if their policies would allow them to stage a concert at an outside venue for the public at large. It’s as simple as that. The college tour structure also keeps ticket prices low for those who are able to go. It’s not a conspiracy. Keep in mind, if you were a student, paying activity fees, and non-students (or scalpers) from 2,000 miles away could get tickets at the same time as you, meaning you might get shut out, you’d be screaming. Remember, this college tour is just the beginning. It’s a way for David to transition beyond AI to new audiences, for the new band to jell together and prove in this tough economy that they can sell out small venues before bigger ones are lined up later. Surely we’ll see a lot more of David and the guys, including on the West Coast and at bigger venues, in the near future.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…keep telling yourself this, sweetheart.

Let’s wash it all down with, oh my god, are you kidding me? LOGIC? LOGIC? LOGIC? Yes, yes, indeed. Of course, someone that thinks as logical as this is most likely not long for this fan community’s world. THIS GAL HAS GOT BRAINS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DIPPED IN BLEACH!!! WHOO HOO!

Disappointment in not getting to see someone in concert is understandable. Lashing out at the performer, especially one like David Cook who has gone way and above to show gratitude to his fans, is not.

Yes he wanted to do a college tour. Yes, it IS a message to the “fanbase.” He needs exposure to a different demographic. He needs it now. Not next year. There are casino and festival dates thrown in so other fans can see him. He can’t necessarily cover the whole country in a certain amount of time. I don’t know what else he has planned, but I am sure he will perform on the west coast in the near future. He gave a FREE concert to fans the night his record dropped, as a thank you. (okay you had to buy the record. 10 dollar ticket). He’s spent hours and hours signing and hugging and taking photographs with people who go to 10 concerts and it’s never, never enough.

Fans from the AI days are going to have to get over thinking he OWES them anything.
He doesn’t. It’s over. It’s done. As of May 2009 there will be a new American Idol..and he will just be David Cook the artist, trying to make it in an industry that has a lot of twists and turns, in a down economy.

All he owes anyone is to come out and give a great show. He doesn’t “owe” you booking in your town, at a convenient time, or convenient price, or guaranteeing that seats won’t sell out, or whatever. He has no control over that. He doesn’t “owe” it to fans to come out before and after shows to sing autographs and take photos while being screamed at over and over. He doesn’t “owe” telling fans where he and his band might go to decompress privately after the show. He doesn’t “owe'” you information about his private life, or need your approval about who he dates.

I’ve never seen anything quite like this and it’s really really., disturbing. I’ve missed out on getting tickets to concerts…or they haven’t been scheduled conveniently nearby. I never even thought about getting angry with the artist. I had a performer walk right by me after waiting at stage door for them to sign an autograph with only 30 people there. (Long established performer too). I found it disappointing but he gave a fantastic performance that night, and that’s why I went. Meeting someone is a bonus…but don’t expect it. If it doesn’t happen…will it ruin your night???

I am truly sometimes embarrassed to be part of this community. He is not your boyfriend. He is not your property. He is not “beholden” to the fans. Yes, he needs fans. But he needs fans who support his career……not their own selfish needs. No one at RCA is going to sit around and answer these questions. And I hope David doesn’t either.

Hmmm…come to think of it, maybe this whole Declaration Tour is something special. Perhaps he is DECLARING he wants no more pink panty tossed up on stage while he and his band plays. Perhaps he is DECLARING he doesn’t want to pose for photos with a giant stuffed Rainbow Unicorn. Perhaps he is DECLARING he will have no more lunatic fans.

But they did make you this lovely video. Enjoy!

Godspeed, DC, Godspeed.

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49 Comments leave one →
  1. Tess permalink
    May 27, 2009 6:37 pm

    From a grandmother over 60– Rock and roll music has been part of my life since Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Joplin. I also like other kinds of music, but R&R really is a big part of my “fan-life.” I started watching AI when Bice and Daughtry caught my attention and was really indignant that Daughtry was eliminated before the finals.
    David Cook appealed to me very early in Season 7, and I kept my fingers crossed that he would be the last contestant standing. His voice, presence, and musicality/artistry are amazing!I hope that if ever I have the chance to see Cook live in concert that I won’t have to feel self-conscious that I am the oldest fan in attendance, but regardless– Cook is worth the gauntlet of amused glances cast my way. I buy albums and download music with the youngest of them! Aaaaand– I am grateful that AI provides a venue for aspiring (legitimate)artists like Daughtry and Cook, Lambert,etc. They may be in the gifted minority among many AI hacks and may want to cut the AI cord as soon as possible, but they would be ungrateful fools to bite the hand that provided them that kind of venue. Where else could we have “doscovered” them?

  2. KMFROCK permalink
    February 8, 2009 6:03 pm

    Anasazisibes I love how you depict fandom as bipolar! Fits in well with Topidols “Case Studies”, heh. I think DC will survive these “cases” just by being his ridiculosly likable talented self… In time. Hopefully one day we will see him resting comfortably in “artistic legitimacy” land. He’s been there before you know.

  3. Serena permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:16 pm

    I am also very glad to have found your blog and this post. I too like people who call it as they see it, with rationality instead of hysteria, either bashing or hating. Count me in as one of those female fans who thinks David Cook is an amazing talent, seems like a nice guy, etc…but I’ve had to abandon fansites for precisely the reasons you’ve outlined (and as proved further by some of the nonsense I’ve seen in the comments here.) I was starting to get squicked back before Christmas with the pink panty brigade, etc, but then the tantrums that erupted over the upcoming tour totally finished me. Even the once-intelligent threads at Cook’s homesite have descended into fangirl squeeing and bickering and woundedness.
    I went to the Idol tour in Kansas City. It was terrific. I didn’t meet David Cook. I’ve been to see U2 and a host of other musical groups I really, really love and admire, and felt no need to meet performers either. I don’t make sparkly teeshirts, bankrupt myself buying overpriced tickets to all of a performer’s shows, or otherwise behave in Over the Top manners.
    Like you, I think David Cook is a very smart and talented performer, and that the college tour is just what he needs to do to further expand his fan demographic and numbers. (I’m avoiding ‘that’ word here, hah!) I wish him the best. Hope he comes to my hometown one of these days. But I won’t get my panties in a bunch if he doesn’t get here in the next year or two. I just want to see him have a long career, like U2 or Coldplay or Bon Jovi, because he’s got the talent and it’s good to see something fresh and interesting that isn’t bubblegum music or urban/hiphop. I’ll dip into your site again to see what’s happening, but I’ve left DCO and other sites far, far behind.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 8, 2009 11:52 pm

      Serena,

      I am assuming you know U2 used a KC landmark in their “Where The Streets Have No Name” video, right? 🙂

  4. anasazisibes permalink
    February 8, 2009 11:40 am

    KMFROCK – I know exactly how you feel! Reading anything on DC, it seems like people are either irrationally bashing him or irrationally loving him. I was relieved to find this blog, too, since it’s more of a “call ’em as I see ’em” type thing. With humour (that obviously some people don’t get). I’ve been catching up on some previous articles & been laughing my ass off. I’ll also stay tuned – good work TopIdol.

  5. KMFROCK permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:52 am

    I am utterly relieved to have found this blog! Don’t think I can lurk at the fansites any longer. Very scary/ooky. Still new to this whole AI thing. By the by, that whole “Godspeed Cook” wish you got going on? I hear you! The boy’s got MASSIVE potential. I can only hope you continue to follow David’s meanderings the the mainstream monster that is AI. I think I’ll stay tuned… Since you are funny as hale.

  6. shy permalink
    February 7, 2009 9:25 pm

    I AM NOT INCOMPRENSIBLE YOU ARE ICREDULOUS I WILL SAY THAT MUCH THOUGH I MEAN ITS OK TO NOT LIKE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING I WAS SIMPLY JUST SAYING THAT IF YOU ARENT 1 OF THESE FRAUS AS YOU CALL THEM WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THE 1S YOU DONT LIKE IF ITS NOT YOU YOU SHOULDNT CARE BECAUSE YOUR RIDICULOUS AND IMMATURE WITH THE INSULTS YOU POST ABOUT THE IDOL ALUM WHO HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO TEND TO THEIR FRAUEN EVERY1 SAYS SHYT ABOUT THEIR FANS THEY JUST DONT ALWAYS GET CAUGHT SAYING IT IF YOU LIKE MUSIC SO MUCH JUST SHOW RESPECT FOR THE CRAFT AND DONT BE SUCH A PRICK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO BE PAID BE SERIOUS… DAVID COOK LIKE MANY OTHERS WILL JACK UP THOSE PRICES ONCE HES INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN SO NEXT TIME SHOW BOTH SIDES AND NOT JUST 1 CON, JESSICA,NIKKI MCKIBBON ALL HAVE TALENT ITS CALLED A RUFF PATCH MICHAEL JACKSON’S CRAZY BUT HAS GIVEN AWAY MILLIONS IN CHARITY AND NOBODY HAS BEEN BETTER THAN HIM YET AS FAR AS POP GOES…. CON MAY BE A GREASEBALL BUT HE IS A PARTICIPANT IN THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION MOST OF THESE CELEBS DONT EVEN HAVE CHARITIES THEY DONATE TO…LIKE I SAID IF YOU BASH AT LEAST SHOW THE GOOD OF THEM TO BECAUSE WHEN YOU DONT IT JUST WEAKENS YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND CREDIBILITY TO CRITIQUE PERFORMERS.

  7. anasazisibes permalink
    February 7, 2009 4:15 pm

    Hmmm. Am I being an old-fashioned snob – I found that whole post incomprehensible due to the lack of punctuation, spelling, grammar or rational thought. Anyway, TopIdol, I think most of us understand where you’re coming from and appreciate your sarcasm & unconventional viewpoints. I reread your blog & just can’t see how anyone can perceive jealousy or anger. And I’ve been a huge DC fan for a year. It is a good thing for any artist to have a wide base of fans. The people who can’t see that just aren’t real fans. I lucked out & got tickets to this tour, but I think I would’ve lived without it, too. And I don’t care if the females throwing pink panties are 20 or 50, it’s still gross, but it’s part of being a rockstar, right? So everyone quit being so judgmental! Fans & haters are guilty of this. DC is a human & he’s not beholden to anyone but his own conscience for any of his actions, except maybe to make music, and maybe not to make the kind of music that makes lots of money. And that’s ok with me.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 7, 2009 4:24 pm

      Anasazisbes,

      Were you referring to prolific TI poster named “Shy”? Yes, Shy goes out of her way to post incomprehensible things. I just ignore it, however, it’s pretty to easy to figure out it’s entirely intentional, as she will suddenly revert back into mangling the English language once she realizes she’s spelled too many words correctly. Yawn.

      I appreciate your comment! The “jealously & anger” accusations boggle my mind sometimes, but we all view things differently. I guess that’s one way of looking at it.

      The only person I’ve ever seen be assaulted with panties is Tom Jones. And that’s kind of par for the course with a Tom Jones show, although security does try to keep it somewhat in check (I’ve seen him twice). I love Tom Jones and if you ever get a chance to see him live, DO IT. It’s also great for people watching.

  8. shy permalink
    February 6, 2009 11:50 pm

    he could be a wannabe among others and you have no proof that he isnt? its called showbusiness every1 lies some are a sucess with the lies some arent cuz um a fan of some of the people u bash and u dont know them so why do u do it? i dont get it at all i jus come here for recaps when i miss a show anyway? oh idk i guess i have a love hate rellationship with this blog lol o well..
    jus for the record we say ur jealous bcuz anybody knows if its not u u shouldnt care things could be worse u should focus on bettering yourself instead of putting down those who know where their bread n butter izz u bash con like nothing but hes still an educated business man and dats all that matters so he sings like shit and and parades around da stage wit da do me eyes at least he is still a paid performer.of course he mightve been better if the world didnt know how old he was lol hell kelly clarksons phony and so us carrie but they sell cuz people dont care about reel music anymore

  9. Claire permalink
    February 6, 2009 8:05 pm

    Yikes! This writer seems to have some serious anger/jealousy issues towards David Cook. What the hell??? I’m a major David Cook supporter and watched all of his Idol stuff and will finally get to see him in Eau Claire!!! I’m going with a bunch of bffs and I’m so completely stoked! Cheap tickets to see such a great singer and hottttttt man who is now single! Sa-weeeeeet!

    I actually wouldn’t care if a bunch of older ladies came to the concert. I think it’s great that David is attracting different age groups. I’m 19 and my little sister who’s 12 loves him and so does my mom. I think that’s pretty cool and I also LOVE that he’s doing a college tour. That’s a great way for more college kids to see an amazing concert and performer and become huge fans.

    You can say all the hateful ugly things you want. That won’t keep people from luvvvvvvvvvin David Cook!!!

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 6, 2009 8:15 pm

      If you read that post, or my follow-up post about DC and his fans, as well as the few comments I have made on both, you would clearly see I have ZERO anger/jealousy issues towards David Cook. I have no idea where you came up with that one, in fact, but wish you people who enjoy bashing me would just come up with a better argument than that I’m “jealous”. I have no idea what I am jealous of. I have no idea why I would be angry with David Cook or anyone else. Why don’t you just call me a “self-important bitch who purports to be an intellectual, yet writes a blog on a shit show she frequently claims to hate?” I think that’s a much better reason than some inexplicable bullshit involving jealousy and anger.

      Oh, and if you ever read my blog at all, you would see that I’ve always talked about Cook in a pretty favorable light.

      In fact, I actually downloaded that Ba-Bar-Sol song the other day because I felt motivated to do so after writing that post. I thought, I’m going to show my support for this guy by downloading one of his songs.

  10. carol permalink
    February 6, 2009 7:35 pm

    well i am only 18 and i threw my pink panties up there and i am proud of it. why don’t you guys just stfu?

  11. Camille permalink
    February 6, 2009 6:17 pm

    It was Cook’s idea to do the college tour, so the fans who claim that it was 19 or RCA’s idea are wrong. Did Cook want to exclude all of his older fans? I doubt it, but I do find it interesting that some of the colleges that are closed to the public are in locations were the obsessed fan tards are in abundance. LOL.

    As for the “cougar” thing, I suspect he’d be quite happy with thin, smoking hot 45 year old babes after his ass except whenever you are dealing with Idol fans, it’s usually fat, dumpy soccer moms.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 6, 2009 7:10 pm

      I think he’s made it obvious he’s freaked out by the behavior of some of his fans, but is he a malicious guy? I doubt it. I’ve always thought he seemed like a decent guy, and with the exception for the GIve Back on his hand…I had no problem with him on Idol. I also still find it beyond admirable he wasn’t the one pimping the sick brother aspect when Idol is a show that clearly runs with sob stories of people’s past. They’re not even down to the Top 36 this year and how often has the audience been told Danny Gokey’s wife died? Tragic back stories are Idol bread & butter.

      I don’t think he loathes his older fans. I’m sure he’s met a number of very wonderful women who are very gracious and normal if/when they met him. However, as I’ve noted on this blog several times before, I think its pretty obvious how subtle yet snide he is in a lot of his displeasure with this crazy behavior. A lot of women giggle and think its cute when an outside observer clearly sees the get-away-from-me undertones. But I don’t think he’s the type of guy who would openly refer to his fans as “bitter whores” (i.e., Greasy Constantine).

      Why did he choose to do a college tour? Because its his shot at being looked at as a legitimate artist. I don’t think he wants to have “American Idol winner” mentioned in the same breath with his name for the rest of his career/life. Look at so many winners/contestants before him. How many male contestants, with the exception of Daughtry (who also dubs himself as part of a band, granted a band with his last name, but still, you get my point), have had significant mainstream pop/rock success? I’m not talking musical theater and Broadway, nor am I talking Nashville or Jesus music. But significant success. By deciding to do this college tour, he’s taking a risk at gaining a new audience because there is no way he can achieve mainstream success or garner Grammy nominations by going at it with his Idol fan base alone.

      A lot of people will stay away from an artist and not even bother listening to them if they know they were on Idol. So contestants often have a lot more to prove once the show is over.

      I’m sure if Taylor Hicks could go back in time, he would have attempted a college tour, too. Why doesn’t Jason Castro do this? It’s a smart idea. I think Daughtry started off playing a small venue tour, too. Elliot Yamin made a huge effort to move away from the stigma of Idol and the fans of associated with it. He’s done pretty well for himself since, and I think he sold half a million copies of a record he released on an independent label.

      Outside of Clay Aiken’s initial record sales and their 19E Idol releases, Daughtry, Yamin and Bucky Covington are the most successful male contestants in this show’s history.

      If you look at some of these posts, you’ll see that there are some college kids planning on attending these shows. And as I mentioned before, my nephew who turns 18 next month, ended up listening to Cook’s album and really liking it. Those things should be seen as good. There have been a lot of good comments on here regarding my post and I’m really pleased. A lot of well-thought out stuff that makes SENSE. But there are still fans who are pissed about being “excluded” from these shows and censor anything [on their respective boards] where myself or someone else suggests that he’s doing this because he wants younger fans. That’s nice. Censorship. Real nice. (Kind of like how the scientologists give their members special software to put on their computer which filters out anything negative about the cult in search engines…)

      Why is expanding his fan base (and no, I’m not talking about his package!) a bad thing? If you’re such huge fans of this guy, you should want him to be as successful as possible. You should want more people to embrace his music. But no, there are women out there pissed because they not only consider this a slap in the face, they think they’re owed something. It’s selfish and crazy. You don’t even know this guy and you can’t even admit it to yourself that it’s not at all about the music. It never has been. It’s a sick, unhealthy obsession and in all actuality, you’re just pissed b/c you want to keep him “all to yourself”.

      Light on, bitches 😉

  12. rock on permalink
    February 6, 2009 4:58 pm

    er….raises hand…I’m the gal whose brains aren’t dipped i bleach. thank you…I think!!

    I saw that you clarified that people of any age should be able to enjoy the music…so I wish you’d been a little more objective and clear about that in your blog. A lot of the antics you’re talking about were carried out by fans in their 20’s….not older.

    And all the whining and drama about the tour is really from a small percentage of the fans..but a very vocal section…and made up of ALL ages.

    and yes, it’s embarrassing and lots of us are sick of it.

    But I don’t want to feel like I can’t go to a concert and looked at by DC, the band, or other fans, as a weirdo, because I’m not under 30. There’s plenty of us who just enjoy the music and love rock…and believe he’s going to have a long and successful career. I think the college move is brilliant too.

    I’ve never been an AI fan so maybe that’s why all this behaviour is so odd to me…I just like DC because I love rock n roll. But it’s definitely not restricted to one age group.

    In the meantime…I support the right to like the music of anyone you damn well want to! If that is supposed to stop at age 40…well..I’ll check back in with you guys in a few years. Just let me know if I have to turn my ipod in.

  13. not a tard permalink
    February 6, 2009 3:48 pm

    Yes and no about the article and comments. I am way past being a cougar but they are not tards either, there are a few exceptions in anything. Some of the older women have found their love of music again because of this smart ” Cookie” I don’t think he wants to lose his older fans (except the crazies) only add to the fan base, he needs the young people and the college crowds and fans his age. His older fans are just one small part of his base.To those that do bitch and moan, get a grip. He has done a vlog concerning the “tewer”. I think this is absolutly the smartest Idol to come along. His music is sincere and has a great voice along with the songwriting but he shows his brains and personality to us and owes us nothing. He has been more than fair with his time and devotion to his fans.Give the guy a break,he is just a guy with a heart. Lets just all be fans and enjoy what we can. He is not the only one making these decisions. And btw I don’t wear glittery clothes.

  14. standalone permalink
    February 6, 2009 2:34 pm

    ^^Yikes.
    Try not to give a word so much power. Nobody is trying to offend you or your daughter.
    Topidol isn’t referring to your daughter,
    unless she is a 50 yr old woman that wears glittery clothes and carries a flat Cookie.

  15. Tard's Mom permalink
    February 6, 2009 2:04 pm

    I am the mom of a ‘tard’.

    She does weird things sometimes but don’t we all? I know that when you use the term ‘tard’ you mean these fans are acting like idiots but remember they have a choice and so do you.

    My daughter doesn’t.

  16. Laurel permalink
    February 6, 2009 1:23 pm

    While you make some good points, don’t lump all Cook’s older fans into the same basket. There are plenty of older rock fans who grew up with rock and roll and love it who are NOT some sort of AI crazies. I’ve never attended an AI concert in my life and never plan to do so. I’ve attended plenty of rock concerts and never thrown anything or carried a stupid sign. I just like David Cook’s music the same way I like alot of other rock musicians.

  17. Alex permalink
    February 6, 2009 12:34 pm

    Dude, you rock!! This blog cracked me up.
    It’s not the age of those people that botehrs me, but their actions. They just don’t have any sense of reality and they can’t see how ridiculous they sound and act. Whatever your age, you can enjoy music, but please, know how to behave.

    David is doing teh smartest thing he could do, and if that makes some crazys go away, maybe it’s even better for him.

    I’m 23 and I like his music and like him, I would be afraid to be in the middle of some of those women though.

    I think I laughed for 10 minutes with teh Don Quixote thing.

  18. Amy permalink
    February 6, 2009 12:19 pm

    The Don Quixote comparison was hysterical. I’m sure many of his older fans hope that when David looks at them even though they are really all Aldonzas out there, he is really seeing Dulcineas. (sorry for the literary reference)

    I think David Cook is a very talented artist and cougars being his main fan base is greatly exaggerated. I go to one of the colleges where he’s going to perform and even though there are some people who think he and AI suck, most are very eager to go to his concert. I’m going with 3 guys and 2 girls, and the guys are all fans. We’ll know soon enough how it pans out as there will be plenty of photos and videos some of which will certainly capture the audience and behaviors.

  19. MusicFan permalink
    February 6, 2009 11:44 am

    I should add that I don’t believe Cook wants to shed his older fans so much as add to them. I am sure that some of the crazier ones he wouldn’t mind losing, though.

  20. MusicFan permalink
    February 6, 2009 11:35 am

    Thank you for this blog. I am a female fan of nearly 50, and I, too, am embarrassed by some of what I see and hear from some fans. It runs the gamut from inappropriate to infantile to creepy and scary.

    I think it is not only smart for David to do this college tour, but shows a lot of heart. So far, he is not hitting the larger, well-known campuses, but the small underserved ones. He and his band are young. They don’t need to have their audience appear to be dominated by older women. I actually think that older women are a smaller portion of his fans than most people think, however, but a few have been very vocal and visible, leaving the impression that they do dominate. I fully expect his band to catch on to the point where older women are seen to be a more normal percentage of the overall fans, with people his age in the forefront. He has the voice and the songwriting ability to win over fans of every age. He is a great live performer.

    I do not expect to see him on this tour, and I am fine with that. I humbled myself to go to the AI tour (which I found embarrassing) with my husband precisely because I thought it might be hard to catch him after that as he caught on more widely. Most of his fans are actually ok with the college tour and even support it. It is just a vocal few who have created this impression of craziness.

  21. anasazisibes permalink
    February 5, 2009 3:45 pm

    AMEN pinballwizard and AMEN topidol blogger. I hate the fact that I’m 35 and female & a Cook fan just because of these idiot “cougars”. It’s embarrassing. I’m one of many that watched AI for the 1st time last year cuz Cook caught my rock eye. Now I’m hesitant to admit that because of the unnaturally crazy people who watch AI. This is probably THE best article I’ve read. I got to see No Doubt & Bush when I was in college because of a deal like Cook’s doing. More power to him & to the students who benefit from a cheap, rockin’ show. It’s about the music, people, not about you.

  22. Liz permalink
    February 5, 2009 11:01 am

    Lol, if a college tour doesn’t speak volumes, I don’t know what will. The frauen ruin careers. It’s a fact. Best to loos them ASAP.

    Good thinkin, Cook.

  23. standalone permalink
    February 4, 2009 10:00 am

    A few of my friends attend a community college where Cook is performing. Next week, the tickets go on sale exclusively to the students.
    I think I can convince my friends to let me purchase the cheap tickets through them, so I can Casho them to the frauen.

  24. chipbutty permalink
    February 4, 2009 9:38 am

    I’m starting to quite like David Cook. His music’s not my thing but he’s smart, hates the tards and actually seems to want to make a decent go at being a succesful musician instead of just leeching for cash (a la Cashtro & Constantine) or trying to be ‘famous’ like so many of them do.

    And I love that Elliott bans the tards from his myspace.

    Good on them both frankly.

    Whether it’s Cook or 19E who have made the decision about the college tour, it really doesn’t matter. The point is that they’re absolutely right. He has no hope of ever being taken seriously if he courts these sad, entitled, unstable excuses for women and I doubt he gives a stuff if he alienates them, regardless of the fact that they think they are his ‘real’ fans. No, as several people have already said, real fans buy an artist’s albums and go to the concerts to enjoy the music. You, dear ladies, are stalkers. Read my lips. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.S. From the same school as the loon who claimed to be married to Meg Ryan and broke into her house.

    Cook may end up getting taken seriously and be a huge success, or he may end up back playing bar gigs in Tulsa or wherever, but at least doing things this way he’ll know that it was down to him and not his career being ruined by a bunch of mentally unstable tards.

  25. crash permalink
    February 4, 2009 2:20 am

    If a Cooktard slips on a banana peel in the forest, would everyone pretend they didn’t hear?

  26. February 4, 2009 12:19 am

    Are bananas double ended?

    Can you make banana cake from a tard banana and sculpt it into an ass?

    Tards make me philosophical.

  27. maxhate permalink
    February 4, 2009 12:12 am

    do you think the banana was curved enough to “double the pleasure”

  28. shy permalink
    February 4, 2009 12:08 am

    wow smart career move on his part i bet constant ass wishes hed thought of dat

  29. February 3, 2009 11:36 pm

    You speak of Dana, the banana tard.

    http://www.idletard.com/blog/?p=2409

    She should have made some ass cake, that always works.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 4, 2009 12:01 am

      THANK YOU! I knew you would have that link handy. You always arrive just when I summon you. XXOO. Bananas!

  30. pinballwizard permalink
    February 3, 2009 3:14 pm

    this blog is BRILLIANT. Love it. Totally agree, and I’m in the age group of a ‘puma’ or ‘cubgar.’ I’m 35, and I love David’s music and David as a person. BUT, he doesn’t owe anyone anything. Everyone needs to quit whining just because his management didn’t pick a city close to you. He needs more male fans (why? Because just look at the hysteria caused by the females who feel they are OWED something for voting on a TV show) to establish rock cred, and a college campus is the perfect place to do that. Get over yourselves, fans. I’m ashamed to be in the same group as alot of you whining and complaining. Poor David…..blaming him and calling him names just shows you are in it only for yourself, not for his success.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 3, 2009 7:38 pm

      PinballWizard, I like you.

      Its perfectly acceptable to like whatever music you want to at whatever age. I’m in my early-30s, but even when I was 13 I found it utterly bizarre the way my classmates tarded out over NKOTB. But it is acceptable at a certain age. Like my 14-year-old niece who Tivos anything the Jonas Brothers might appear on. She’s a smart kid, she won’t be behaving like this in 30 years, trust me.

      It’s the behavior of these women that’s so atrocious. Because it is not about the music. They are only in it for themselves.

      But I am liking Cook more and more for refusing to buy into it. I hope he’s successful at this point because these “fans” have ruined any chance for so many of these people to be taken seriously. You’re already going to be looked at as a hack for even going on the show, but Jesus, these women only eliminate any chance these people have after getting that kind of exposure.

      I may be mistaken, but I think I’ve seen things to indicate Elliot Yamin hates his tards? Yes? No? Like he’ll actually ban the crazy ones from his MySpace, I know that much. (Hey, it’s more than the others will do.)

  31. never remember my name here permalink
    February 3, 2009 11:58 am

    Thanks TopIdol!
    Yes, I understand the beauty of it, but did you know that some of these college kids are selling their tickets on Craigs List? And Idol-based Cook fans are begging for them on there and other sites-so they are still persistent in getting to him-haha

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 3, 2009 12:20 pm

      Then the college kids are going to make an extra buck.

      However, a lot of the campuses will not allow entry without a STUDENT ID. I hope the rabid fans check to make sure what the rules are when they buy these tickets off eBay and Craigslist. Wait. Who am I kidding? No I don’t. If you drive 500+ miles without checking into something like this before you buy tickets, you deserve to be humiliated and turned away from the door.

      According to Danielle’s post (She left a really interesting comment on this thread), many schools are opening up tickets to the general public after the students buy them. But perhaps a lot of students snatched them up to sell at a lot of schools.

      The economy is shit right now. Can’t blame people’s willingness to make an extra buck.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 3, 2009 12:24 pm

      And Idol-based Cook fans are begging for them on there and other sites-so they are still persistent in getting to him-haha

      Ah, then more people will see how crazy some of these Idol fans are. Which always leads to good random blog entries in various places. Like this gem on the barely-breathing LiveJournal written by the college kid who witnessed the Jason Castro homecoming.

  32. never remember my name here permalink
    February 3, 2009 10:35 am

    A couple of last comments on Cook as i am not a fan
    He did not write Barbasol-check your your youtube, its a cover (again;
    and people seem to be giving him too much credit for this tour: he is controlled by 19E, and it was all their idea, they dont want him to fail like so many of the other idols
    selling out very small venues w/ free or cheap tix isn’t that indicative of success to me.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 3, 2009 11:18 am

      Does it matter if its 19E or David Cook?

      Winners have typically toured at smaller venues after winning Idol, perhaps it was Cook’s idea to do this at college campuses or perhaps it was 19Es.

      The point here is that SOMEONE realizes they’re not really doing much for a person’s career after Idol when they’re only playing these venues and only attracting a certain type of fan. The college tour is an excellent idea because its aim is to attract, new and younger fans. Which will do more to help someone build a career rather than limit them to Idol watchers.

  33. maxhate permalink
    February 3, 2009 10:11 am

    I think it will work for reasons:

    1. He hates the fantards as much as the rest of us and is truly grossed out at the unicorn/panty/bedazzler/pederast set.

    2. He clearly is getting good advice from his handlers. They get a percentage of the profits and obviously did some market resarch conderning a college tour. They could be wrong, but I know a few of these types and they wouldn’t be in the business very long if they booked shows at locations that would bomb.

    3. The guy is a good rock singer and does not need to appeal to the pop audience anymore as idol 2009 is fully under way (the point made by topidol).

    4. He needs to develop REAL fans that like his music and band (because the band is as important as the front man in rock). Those types of fans will put up youtube videos of a great show and not his cock and balls. (truly disturbing)

  34. danielle permalink
    February 3, 2009 3:29 am

    I’m 20 going to school at UCA. I’ve got a whole bunch of friends and classmates here who are thrilled to death David Cook is coming out here for a show.

    1. Of course he’d schedule the college tour now in spring while schools are in session. He can have other tours / shows over the summer. It’s only February of ’09.

    2. We go to every rock / music show we can afford (and we can’t exactly afford Madonna / Bruce Springsteen right now). So it’s really really cool for us to be able to see David for $10 a pop. From his AI performances and other TV appearances, he kills it live and we get to see him rock out what, 10 or more songs, for that price?! I hope he and his band can make serious money from his other shows (yeah, maybe that private show you mentioned) so he can balance it out with the rest of the college tour. That tells you he’s got both common sense and a heart.

    3. My college is not shutting out the public, but definitely tix go out to students first. This is college policy, for crowd control / safety before other reasons. It’s only fair. Like i said, we don’t always get first dibs on tix in general shows because of our studies schedules and because we live just above the poverty line LOL.

    4. The Killers came to my school in my first year. I’d never heard of them but they were cheap and put on a great show. And now I’m a huuuuuuuuge fan. So yeah, going for us (the college crowd) is a smart way to build a loyal fanbase, especially in winter-spring season.

    Love his self-written album (Bar ba sol, Life On The Moon, Kiss On The Neck, Lie are pure gold). He’s an amazing live performer (which is not something you can say for all rock acts) – his live versions of Lie and Heroes are better than the album versions. He can shred the guitar or just go acoustic (check out his band’s acoustic cover of AIC’s Man In The Box on the toob!). Oh, and he has terrific musical taste, so if he covers any songs, you can bet they’ll be awesome (check out his cover of Temple of the Dog’s Hunger Strike, and Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies on the Toob!).

    He’s a smart Cookie alright. It’s going to be an amazing show! Let’s hope it starts a trend and more rock acts do it this way. Yaaayyy for us!

  35. qwerty permalink
    February 3, 2009 2:36 am

    I agree with the last quote SO MUCH. I find stalkerish fangirls so disturbing, they all need to realize that an artist doesn’t have to do anything else but to PERFORM on stage and everything else is a bonus. Fangirls don’t own DC, I hope they’d show him some kind of respect and stop complaining. Their behavior is freaking embarrassing.

  36. TopIdol permalink
    February 3, 2009 12:49 am

    My 17 almost 18-year-old nephew who has pretty diverse tastes in music thinks his album is great and recommended it to me. I haven’t heard it all yet, and while that’s one person, it is a kid is going to college this fall.

    So perhaps, it might work out well for him. We’ll just have to see. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the meltdown!!!

  37. crash permalink
    February 2, 2009 11:32 pm

    It looks like Cook is willing to take that chance. Can’t blame him one bit!

  38. never remember my name here permalink
    February 2, 2009 11:00 pm

    he might have to watch out that he winds up with no fans

  39. Anonymous Fan permalink
    February 2, 2009 10:30 pm

    Bravo! Incredible blog!

  40. February 2, 2009 9:38 pm

    What, no more Charlie the unicorn? But that’s the best part of his cougarpack; the crazy! He’s such an ingrate, after all the tards spent many hours making collages, dolls, plush toys and other objects du fart for him. WHAT IS HE, A JELLUS H8R?!!eleven!!

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