‘Idol’ is an amazing platform, but you come to realize that the real work starts the second you walk off that stage.”Cook had opted for a career in music before his “Idol” tryout, and as he evolves, so does the industry.“It’s an exciting time,” he said.A couple of his original band members have come and gone.And maybe worst of all: His beloved Kansas City Royals lost last year’s World Series (“Oh, I don’t want to talk about that,” he said, only partially laughing.)In retrospect, that moment when he stood on the “Idol” stage for the finale with David Archuleta doesn’t resonate now with Cook.“I just don’t think much about it at all,” he said.
He’s sung at sporting events for the NBA, NFL and MLB, on “Saturday Night Live,” and before military personnel in Iraq and Kuwait.
All of which isn’t half bad for a guy who was tending bar in Tulsa, Okla., not long before his “Idol” coronation.
On May 21, 2008, David Cook stood on a stage on the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and looked up at confetti falling as he was announced as the winner of Season 7 of “American Idol.”On Monday, Feb.
23, he will step onto the Belly Up stage in Solana Beach for the first time.
The nearly seven years in between is where it’s been interesting.The good: He’s made two records and is about to release No.