Reigning American Idol winner, David Cook, has announced plans for his first ever solo tour to promote his debut self-titled album, released in November 2008. This will be first time that Cook has been on the road since headlining the American Idol season 7 tour. Cook exclusively unveiled his tour dates on AOL Music’s PopEater.com on Friday, January 23rd.
Cook entered the Billboard charts at #3 with David Cook (19 Recordings / RCA Records). The Rob Cavallo produced album also debuted as the #1 album on the digital album chart and is the best debut from an American Idol winner since 2006. The first single, “Light On,” dominated the AOL Top 40 radio chart with 8 (non consecutive) weeks at #1 and is currently Top 10 at Hot AC radio and still growing. In late September “Light On” premiered on AOL Music’s pop culture news site, PopEater.com, receiving over 1 million plays in less than week.
Rolling Stone Magazine deemed Cook “the most imaginative American Idol talent to date.”
“I’m more than excited to hop on the road and support this record. This tour represents both a new beginning and a return to form for me,” said Cook. “It’s our first full tour, and we’re all ready to pour whatever blood, sweat, and tears that we can muster into making this show, and every show from here on out, an experience. Part of that experience is bringing back this college tour idea. There’s something inherently nostalgic about playing college shows. So many amazing acts used to do it, so it’s nice to be able to bring that ideal back, in some small way. And besides, touring on a bus beats what we used to do, which was cram five guys into a 7 passenger van for one show, 13 hours away… ”
Cook’s first single, “The Time of My Life” recently went platinum, with over one million tracks sold. “The Time of My Life” is not only the biggest single debut but the highest selling coronation single in the show’s history. Cook is the 34th “American Idol” contestant to appear on a Billboard chart.
Cook kicked off 2009 by performing for troops during a USO tour. He visited seven different bases, singing songs off his self-titled album.
On February 12, Walt Disney World Resort will host the world premiere of their new blockbuster attraction, “The American Idol Experience” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. David Cook will perform live from the attraction on GOOD MORNING AMERICA (ABC) that morning, and will headline a special guest performance during the night’s event.
“The Declaration Tour – 2009” will kick off February 13, 2009 in Tallahassee, FL and will continue nationwide hitting various college campus and major venues.
The full schedule for David Cook’s tour is as follows:
* Friday, February 13th – Tallahasee, Fl – Florida State University
* Saturday, February 14th – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage
* Sunday, February 15th – Oxford, MS – Ole Miss
* Wednesday, February 18th – Eau Claire, WI – University of Wisconsin
* Thursday February 19th – Cedar Falls, IA – University of Northern Iowa
* Friday, February 20th – Green Bay, WI – University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
* Saturday, February 21st – Valparaiso, IN – Valparaiso University
* Monday, February 23rd – Waverly, IA – Warlburg
* Tuesday, February 24th – Fullton, MO – Westminster
* Wednesday, February 25th – Conway, AR – Central Arkansas University
* Friday, February 27th- Portsmouth, OH – Shawnee State University
* Sunday, March 1st – Newburgh, NY – Mount St. Mary
* Tuesday, March 3rd – Carlisie, PA – Dickenson
* Friday, March 6th – Morgantown, WV – W Virginia University
* Sunday, March 8th – Willimantic, CT – Eastern Connecticut State University
* Tuesday, March 10th – Poughkeepsie, NY – Marist College
* Friday, March 13th – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino
* Saturday, March 14th – Elkins, WV – Davis and Elkins
* Monday, March 16th – Bloomington, PA – Bloomington University
* Thursday, March 19th – Mansfield, PA – Mansfield University
* Friday, March 20th – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
* Saturday, March 21st – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
* Monday, March 23rd – Selinsgrove, PA – Susquehanna University
* Tuesday, March 24th- York, PA – Penn State York
* Thursday, March 26th – Blues Creek, NC – Campbell, University
* Friday, March 27th – Pemberton, NJ – Burlington Community College
* Monday, March 30th – New London, NH – Colby Sawyer College
* Tuesday, March 31st – New Haven, CT – So. CT State
* Thursday, April 2nd – Wilmington, NC – Azalea Fest at Wilmington University
* Friday, April 3rd – Towson, MD – Towson University
* Sunday, April 5th – Radford, VA – Radford University
* Wednesday, April 8th – Macon, GA – Mercer University
* Tuesday, April 14th – Malcomb, IL – Western Illinois University
* Tuesday, April 21st – Searcy, AR – Harding University
* Wednesday, April 22nd – Kansas City, MO – Ameristar Casino
* Saturday, April 25th – Tulsa, OK – University of Tulsa