David Cook stepped back into the spotlight this year with his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed sophomore record, This Loud Morning. In support of his latest music endeavor, the singer and season seven American Idol winner kicked off his current co-headlining tour with singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, along with L.A.-based band Carolina Liar on October 9.
Earlier this week, Cook spoke with me about how it feels to be back on tour and playing new material, his desire for listeners to take in This Loud Morning, and spilled some details about his upcoming music video for his new single, "Fade Into Me."
How has the tour been going for you, so far?
Good, you know? It’s been a little grueling, I think, getting back into the swing of being on the road, but I’ve really enjoyed it. We’re out on the road with Gavin DeGraw and Carolina Liar. We get along great with those guys. It’s a good vibe out on the road right now, which makes it all that much more fun.
Were you at a point where you were ready to get back onstage and perform?
After the last tour, we spent a year on the road, and I was ready to get off the road for a minute and that lasted about a month. I spent the next year and a half waiting to get back on the road, so I’ve been ready for some time.
So, how was that first night of the tour being back onstage?
[laughs] The first night of the tour was awesome. We had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction, but other than that, it was great.
For fans that haven’t seen you in awhile or haven’t had the opportunity to see you live previously, what can they expect from you during this tour?
A lot of energy. I think being off the road for a year and half has really afforded us the opportunity to refill our tanks. With these new songs, musically, they’re really challenging, and I think what that does is it kind of forces us to walk on stage every night with our A-game. With acts like, again, Carolina Liar and Gavin DeGraw, I think they keep the bar pretty high for us. So, just a lot of energy, a lot of fun. I make a few sad attempts at cracking jokes every night.
We just try to keep it organic. I never want to play a show where it feels overly programmed, processed, and all that. For anybody that comes to one of our shows, the goal for me is to make sure that’s their show. That nobody else is going to see that show ever again. You know what I mean? I try to make it different everyday.