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‘American Idol’ notes: David Cook interview (City Winery 7/18), Fox buys ‘Idol’-like show, Kelly Clarkson

July 7, 2017 

Season 7 “American Idol” victor David Cook, the charming rocker, is back on tour and has released a single as well.

“Gimme Heartbreak” is a departure from his previous hits, a bit edgier and bluesy than “Light On,” “Come Back to Me” and “The Last Goodbye.”

“I wanted this to feel fresh and new and different,” Cook said in an interview Thursday from Philadelphia. “I really went into it wanting some cinematic pop elements.” He felt inspired by the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Massive Attack. He also cited Halsey‘s first album and an ethereal singer named Aurora.

“I try to find stuff that hasn’t been in my orbit before as well as leaning on stuff I’ve kind of poked and prodded at before,” he said.

He is writing more songs that focus on emotion and imagery more than a specific lyrical story with a beginning and end.

Cook, who last performed in Atlanta at Terminal West last year, will be at City Winery Atlanta July 18. Tickets are available here for $24 to $30.

While he prefers venues where folks are standing and vibing like they did at Terminal West, the wine-sipping crowd is okay with him as well. “We’ve played City Wineries before,” he said. “I think if we attack it the right way and put the right set list together, the City Winery vibe can work. Hopefully we’ll do it justice.”

Cook is even thinking of making it more of an acoustic show. “It gives me more opportunity for the audience to engage,” he said. “That’s through banter and conversation and maybe a little story telling on what the songs are.”

He admits, at age 34, he is no social media maven. Indeed, when he won “Idol” in 2008, both Facebook and Twitter were in their nascent phase and Instagram didn’t exist. “I’m still kind of trying to figure out Twitter,” he mused,” which is horrible… I feel like I woke up and was behind the eight ball. I have an eight-year-old nephew who can run circles around me on the computer and iPad.” (He has 314,000 Twitter followers, which isn’t half bad, plus 831,000 likes on Facebook and 30,000 followers on Intsagram.)

Naturally, I had to ask him about “Idol” and its pending return.

“I think it’s too soon to say it’s too soon,” Cook said, “if that makes sense. It’s really going to depend on what the show is.” He felt the show focused too much on the judges toward the end of the run, following the tale of “The Voice.” He said he felt fortunate he was on the show when fans were invested in his career when he left the show.

IN CONCERT

David Cook

8 p.m., Tuesday, July 18

$24-$30

City Winery

650 North Ave. NE, Suite 201, Ponce City Market

Atlanta GA