We are super excited that David Cook has just announced his first performances with a full band in more than a year. David will be performing three concert live streams to support his new EP The Looking Glass set to be released April 16th, 2021 and it’s sure to give fans a taste of all the exciting things the musician has in store. These live shows will be to benefit The National Brain Tumor Society.
In addition to his new EP and live shows, David will soon be headed on tour! David Cook has also just announced the upcoming U.S. leg of his 2021 tour will kick off September 11th in Cincinnati. Following these tour dates, David will then embark on a European tour. He will be co-headlining with fellow American Idol Kris Allen on the Dave & Kris Go to Europe Acoustic Tour scheduled for October 2021.
We are so excited to share that we got to speak with David about what fans can look forward to from his upcoming live shows, The Looking Glass, his tour with Kris Allen, and more!
Read on for our exclusive interview with David Cook:
First of all, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions today! At Pop City Life, we’ve been big fans since your American Idol days!
From “Fire” (about starting over and rebuilding) to “Reds Turn Blue” (about coping with mania and anxiety), the singles off your soon-to-be-released EP “The Looking Glass” seem to have struck a personal chord with fans. How would you say the EP compares to your previous work? How are you feeling about releasing it to the world on April 16th?
I think “The Looking Glass” is a little more focused in it’s intent. There’s more of a constant through-line. This last year sort of forced my songwriting process to become a bit more insular, since the ability to go out and experience more of the outside world was on pause.
I’m really excited to see how my fans react to this record. I’m always proud of the music I put out, but this EP feels a little different. I’ve been humbled by the response to the singles so far.
As someone who deals with constant anxiety, I really enjoyed and appreciated that acknowledgment and how the music made me feel while listening. I am a firm believer that music can help us through. How would you say the writing process was for you when it came time to craft “The Looking Glass”?
The process of making this EP was certainly helpful to me. Just the opportunity to purge some of that anxiety onto the page, I suppose. Songwriting can be a great therapist, if you’re able to submit to that process.
As you captured in “Strange World” – another single off your upcoming EP – life has certainly changed a lot over the past year. What have been some of your favorite ways to pass the time while social distancing?
Honestly, I’ve just enjoyed being present at home. This is the longest my wife and I have been in the same space together in, well, ever. I’ve sort of just settled into songwriting, and binge-watching stuff that we’ve already watched before, like The Office, Breaking Bad, and Brooklyn 99.
You recently announced that you’ll be performing three shows live from Nashville via the concert streaming platform Mandolin. Tell us more about what to expect from those shows and any aspects that you’re particularly excited for fans to experience.
I hope the excitement comes through for everyone! Just the opportunity to get back into a room with my band, and play these songs the way they were written to be played. Particularly, the new EP.
With many brick-and-mortar venues closed due to the pandemic, livestreams have emerged as a valuable way to connect artists with their audiences. At the same time, there’s nothing quite like an in-person concert. You’ll be embarking on the U.S. leg of your 2021 tour in September – how do you feel about hitting the road again?
I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road, and I’m also anxious to see how the dynamic will change. I think there will be some changes to the process, and change can be a bit scary. But, to be able to get back to the live, in-person experience is exciting, for sure.
After your U.S. tour dates., you’ll be heading to Europe with Kris Allen in October. You and Kris have known each other since appearing on consecutive seasons of “American Idol” more than a decade ago, so fans are understandably excited to see you two co-headline. How did the idea of touring together come about?
Kris and I have circled the idea for years. We have the same agent, so once the booking process started in earnest, it came together pretty quickly, until the pandemic started. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with Kris again. He’s obviously super talented. And he’s a great hang besides.
What surprises do you and Kris have in store for your European fans? What can the fans look forward to from this tour?
Well, if I said anything, they wouldn’t be surprises. So, there’s that. 🙂
As far as what fans can look forward to? I think we both have pretty strong music catalogs to pull from, so getting to see two of those, live, for the price of one? Sounds pretty good to me.
Speaking of people you know thanks to American Idol, David Archuleta is currently also based in Nashville. Now that you both live in the same city, how would you feel about collaborating with him at some point in the future? Any chance of Archie making a special appearance during one of your Nashville concert livestreams?
Yeah, Archie and I touch base every few weeks! Love that dude. I’d love to collaborate with him. Just gotta get those pesky schedules to line up.
I know he’s got some new music out, which is great by the way. So, not sure if he’s available to join us. We’ll have to figure something out down the line, though.
Thank you so much for speaking with us! We can’t wait for everything you have in store this year.
LIVE STREAM CONCERTS VIA MANDOLINPURCHASE TICKETS HEREAPRIL 18 / EP RELEASE SHOW @ 7 pm CTMAY 2 / FUNDRAISER FOR THE NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY @ 7 pm CTMAY 16 / EXTENDED SET OF FROM HIS CATALOG @ 7 pm CTU.S. TOUR DATESSEPT 11 / CINCINNATI, OH @ Ludlow Garage
SEPT 12 / CANTON, OH @ The Auricle Outdoors
SEPT 15 / NORTHAMPTON, MA @ Iron HorseSEPT 16 / DERRY, NH @ Tupelo HallSEPT 17 / CAMBRIDGE, MA @ SoniaSEPT 18 / NORFOLK, CT @ Infinity HallSEPT 20 / NEW YORK, NY @ City WinerySEPT 21 / PHILADELPHIA, PA @ City WinerySEPT 23 / ANNAPOLIS, MD @ Ram’s HeadSEPT 24 / PITTSBURGH, PA @ ThunderbirdSEPT 25 / COLUMBUS, OH @ Rumba Cafe
Thank you so much to David Cook for taking the time to speak with us!
Huge thanks to our amazing editor Nicola for her contributions to this article!