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David Cook Fans Inundating Campuses With Phone Calls (Obviously)

February 11, 2009

The Jackson County Journal published a short article today about the upcoming David Cook show at Shawnee State University.

The McKinley Box Office at Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts has been inundated with phone calls about tickets for the David Cook show scheduled on Friday, Feb. 27.

The rush was on Monday, Feb. 2 when ticket sales for the show opened for students, staff and faculty. With long lines and a maximum sale of four tickets per person, more than 1,000 seats were sold out by 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Obviously, his KC concert was going to do well. It’s his hometown! The show is also at the Ameristar Casino, a bigger venue than most of the college venues he’s hitting on his tour. And you know what that also means…All his fans could attend!

Tickets sold out in 6 minutes.

From the Kansas City Star:

Forget about getting tickets to American Idol David Cook’s national concert tour appearance in Kansas City April 22.

Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Monday and all 1,300 seats in the Pavilion show room at Ameristar Kansas City Casino and Hotel sold out in six minutes.

Casino regulars with Ameristar player club cards were given a shot at discounted ducats to the event, but were left standing in line at the casino box office when sales shut down within minutes of opening.

“We feel terrible,” said casino spokeswoman Roxann Kinkade. “We’ve very, very sorry. We wish everyone could have gotten to see him.”

I guess there are many sad and bitter Cook fans out there right now. Alas. However, some fans actually GET IT.

Here is a woman who has gotten hell since posting this logical gem on his Official board:

Edited for Clarity.

If you are NOT a student, please do not go to David’s college tours that are STUDENTS ONLY. Please do not look for ways to get around that.

I believe he is purposely playing colleges to bring in the younger people who don’t watch Idol because they think it’s cheesy.

If you are of a certain age… LIKE MYSELF… and are not currently enrolled in a college, please do NOT have a student buy you tickets. If it is general admission, please do not snatch up the front row seats. Please do not bring any cougar signs or embarrassingly sexual signs, etc.

Please be respectful and mindful that David is no longer on American Idol and his career needs to keep surviving in the real world.

Let others have a chance to see who David is and fall for him the way we have.

Please let him have this.

P.S. I absolutely do not speak for David. I have no idea what he’s really thinking. This is only what I think. And I stand by it.

Obviously, she’s been lambasted. But also have other spoken up in agreement. Some fans are taking to reevaluating videos to re-check his behavior. Does he really enjoy the humongous stuffed unicorns with a rainbow hue? Does he like being pelted with crusty panties? 

I got kind of lost with the glove vs. panty stuff, but…anyway…doesn’t take away from the main message here (Oh, and the 2nd video link has been taken down! NOOOO!):

David did not try to put any pink panties on his shoulder in Atlanta. Watch the Hunger Strike video from Atlanta. Someone threw a blue glove on the stage. The glove is on a model hand and the hand has a string attached to said panty. He picked up the GLOVE… not the panties… and he puts on the glove. Then he throws the “hand” over his shoulder, but the hand is tied to the panties, so it gets stuck on his right shoulder for a bit before sliding off behind him. When he finally does pick up the panties (at the end of the song), he does so with a single finger and says “always a show” with a non-thrilled tone of voice before turning around and dropping them.

Judge for yourself at 4:07 minutes in:
(ETA: and while there check out David’s B-day wish at 7:00 min in… he got them both =). )

Wanna know from his own mouth what he thinks of the panty antics? Here’s an interview from Q100:
He mentions the panties at about 2:15 minutes when talking about WEIRD things and says “…so I called them out on it.” That was in reference to the Ohio Jingleball, where dozens of panties were thrown on stage and he tried to ignore them. When he did pick them up, he chastised the crowd. It was funny the first time on the Idol tour… then it became a silly bandwagon thing.

He seems to want to gently teach the fans what’s appropriate. At Orlando HOB many of the DC fans split after his set to wait for him outside… David came out on stage after Colbie’s set to do a final encore with Gavin and Colbie and said that people said see what you miss when you leave early? (paraphrasing, cuz I did have to leave after his set… to drive home, not to wait around outside the venue). When he did come out, he tried to sign a few autographs, but ended up getting mobbed and had to leave in a hurry… upon which fans ran out into traffic to chase his car (this info from a friend of mine who was pushed onto him in the mob). Compare that to Gavin’s fans at the same show… Gavin came out and sat at the bar after announcing to the whole room that he’d do that. That’s cool. Too bad David can’t do that… it’s the fan behavior… and it’s ruining it for the rest of us. Mark my words, he will have to shut us out one day for his own safety and that of the fans.

Gavin being Gavin DeGraw, who, apparently, has nice fans who will behave themselves when he comes out into the bar and mingle and relax with a couple of cocktails.

“I don’t believe I’ve seen anyone hold them up during the entire show. Their arms would get tired.”

I have. During the AI tour last year, a girl held up sign during DC’s entire set (and several other sets), blocking quite a few people’s view of him whenever he was out on the catwalk, which was an awful lot of the time. She was a couple of rows away from him. I was a good hundred feet. She blocked everyone in that direction, and, since she was on the floor and I was on the side, there was no way to ask her to put it down. I’ve actually considered starting a thread just to address that issue. I don’t really care what else people do or how they’re dressed, as long as the band doesn’t mind, but things like holding up giant signs for the whole set are pretty annoying, and of course the person doing it never stops to think that there are other people there. I’ve been going to rock concerts for almost 35 years, and the only other time I’ve seen signs at a show was at the Jonas Brothers last summer. I think that speaks for itself. And those concerts in music videos are staged for the video- they aren’t representative of regular concerts.

And, BTW, the girl holding the sign was about 8 or 10 years old, not an older adult.

Ok. So the kid was young. Of course, maybe her mother helped. Ha. I kid. I kid. Still, this post still makes a statement because it speaks the truth about people bringing signs to concerts. When was the last time you went to a concert and saw people carrying big ass signs?

I first want to state again that I don’t plan on having any signs, stuffed animals, throwing panties bras or any type of attire…BUT I do want to point out that bringing posters or signs to concerts is a practice that has been in place for a very LONG time. Bands most often don’t seem to mind it. They very often read them, and when they make videos of their concerts often show the signs on purpose. “

Yes bringing posters or signs to concerts is a practice that has gone on for a long time. Yes, bands seem not to mind it. Yes, you see signs in their videos. BUT, those signs say things more like “______ rocks!” or “I love ________!”, not something with what many might consider inappropriate sexual content (e.g., signs referring to his *ahem* “fanbase”, etc.). That is not typical rock concert behavior, it’s typical Claymate behavior. Context and content matter. And so do potential new fans’ perceptions of an existing fanbase.

So I’m glad you have no intention of doing these things.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Sorry, I’m laughing here. I just can’t help it. 


I don’t believe anyone needs to stay away from the concerts because of their age, as long as they don’t try to get student tickets when they are not students. I sincerely hope those people end up being turned away because they need to show a student ID that they won’t have.

I DO believe that fan behavior is an issue though. I know people like to get all defensive and say “you can’t tell me what to do” and that’s true. However, what I consider ridiculous behavior (stuffed animals, lame signs, panties, dolls, etc.) In my opinion does reflect poorly on David. You can choose to do what you want, but that doesn’t mean there will be no effect on David or his potential fans. College students are NOT more likely to throw panties or engage in any of these other behaviors. Nearly all of them will think it’s completely lame. Panty throwing is extremely rare at a rock concert. People may like to rationalize their behavior by saying that college students are more likely to do it, but that’s simply not the case. Very rarely will the students display that kind of over the top behavior.

Ok. Enough about that. In case you guys were wondering how our Case Study #1 has been handling a Cook-less Idol season this time around, well, don’t fret. She’s found herself another object of affection. 

He’s in first place on IDF, his fan thread ranking is the highest. It’s getting hard to keep up with all the new fans who keep asking to be added.

Even if for some reason he doesn’t get enough votes to make Top 12 (which I honestly can’t see happening), he will definitely be a wildcard pick, since he’s obviously Paula’s favorite (oh, that Paula can spot talent a mile away!) and the other three judges all love him too, even Simon (who hated DC at this time last year).

It also is happening to some of the other DC fans. They’re going cuckoo for Gokey!

He’s going to win. I feel it in my bones. I felt this way when I saw David at his audition too. I just *knew.*
Something interesting–on IDF I keep track of Danny’s fan thread standings, and he’s running neck and neck with Adam for first place.
Even more interesting–I was on facebook today and I noticed Danny is now friends with Andrew Cook! So I guess I know who’s Andrew’s favorite! I bet he’s David’s favorite too.

Ok. So you don’t think its a little strange to, uh, to monitor the friend adds on ANDREW COOK’S [David Cook’s younger brother] FACEBOOK PAGE???!! Oh, gee. I guess its not. You guys all do it.

I think it’s so cool that Andrew’s joined Danny’s facebook. Thanks for that tidbit. I hope peeps don’t look down on him for the sob story AI is pimping. If he continues to sing like he has, he deserves to go far regardless of what his story is. Go Danny!

I CAN’T get caught up like I did last year. I love what I’ve seen of Danny so far, but need to see more. Did I say LOVE what I’ve seen so far? LOL. It’s true! I did join the OP’s site for him however, and I am very excited for him!

Anyway, let’s raise a glass to David Cook. Perhaps doing a college tour during new season of Idol was not only a perfect idea, but also perfect timing. This cycle goes on every season, and many fans switch to a new object of devotion once they turn on that television for America’s biggest shit show. They say they won’t, however, then you see these bad boys going up on their MySpace pages.

Danny Gokey's Unofficial Fan Board!

Godspeed, Cook, Godspeed! They’re going to spend all their time on Danny Gokey now, so… you may make it out of this unscathed. Gokey’s gonna be pelted with bibles and pink panties as soon as that summer tour begins. The torch has been passed. But hey, you’re not out of the woods yet, Cook, so just be careful. But I trust you’ll turn out just fine. You’re a smart guy and you’re doing a lot of good things.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2009 12:52 am

    So, if all the Cook fraus have switched to Danny Gokey… that means this is my big chance to finally present Cook with his paper mache bust !!11!1!!1

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 12, 2009 1:04 am

      I just need to be there to watch. But, you and I both being respectable women, we would never want to disrespect him by going to a campus show.

      We’ll just have to go to a casino.

      Now get your ass to an arts & crafts store!

  2. never remember my name here permalink
    February 11, 2009 5:01 pm

    LOL about the Gavin DeGraw show
    anxiously waiting for you to post about Adam Lambert
    his fans have had him crowned the winner for a couple of weeks already

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 11, 2009 5:27 pm

      I’m waiting for a cagefight between Lambert’s fans and “The Gokey Guild”. GOOD TIMES!

      I’ve seen some stuff about Lambert having fans claiming he’s straight, so yes, it’s definitely on my radar 🙂

  3. KMFROCK permalink
    February 11, 2009 11:24 am

    Word to ALL THAT Topidol. I think I may have a horse in this race after all, and for all the wrong reasons. GO DANNY! Win em’ all over with your “rockin” Seal covers. All he needs is that inevitable Idol makeover and it’ll all be over. And DC? Just keep on keepin’ on sir.

  4. Gwynnie permalink
    February 11, 2009 8:26 am

    Actually, no. A whole lotta Cook fans are rooting for ANOOP-DAWG LOL.

    Many can’t stand Gokey since he blubbered openly straight into the camera about his wife! It’s just something that David Cook would NEVER do. He never opened his mouth about his brother’s illness even when openly prompted by Ryan. He was only willing to talk about it after his win.

    • TopIdol permalink
      February 11, 2009 1:57 pm

      One of the most prolific DC fans has already made almost 500 posts (as of the time I’m writing this comment) as an admin on the Gokey Unofficial Fan Board.

      ALMOST 500 POSTS??? The voting rounds haven’t even begun and 500 POSTS?!!!

      I think there has been one message board I’ve posted more than 500 posts on, and it took me at least 6 months of being an active poster. It just astounds me that someone could have posted so much about someone when the guy has been in the semi-public eye for only a month.

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