And it’s hardly bruised the Billboard charts so far.
The capacity crowd that turned out to watch David play the Pullo Center at Penn State York Saturday night could care less.
The fans who turned out for the Canaan Smith / Gavin DeGraw / David Cook show — and it was very much a David Cook crowd judging from pre-show interviews — love all things David.
And talk about dedicated fans.
Two years ago, Donna Chrzanowski of Elizabethtown, was first in line when tickets for a David Cook show at the Pullo Center went on sale. She was rewarded for her hour wait with front-row tickets
This time when she heard about David’s show, she joined the Pullo Center just so she’d have a chance to buy tickets before they went on sale to the general public.
The result: Front-row tickets again, including a pair for best friends Madison Sharp, 12, and Julia Taylor, 13, of Dallastown, who said attending a David Cook concert together has become a tradition for them.
Saturday’s was their fourth, and they were thrilled to have the same seats as they did at the last Pullo Center show.
After all, that night David asked their names from the stage during the middle of his show.
“We were very excited,” said Madison, in what you imagine is a bit of an understatement.
Both became David Cook fans when he was a contestant on American Idol. Madison said her favorite Idol performance was “Little Sparrow.”
Julia said she likes David’s music because she feels like it relates to her life. She said her favorites include “Declaration” and “The Last Goodbye.”
As for Donna, she says she didn’t watch Idol, at least not much pre-David. Once she saw David perform, she started watching “religiously.”
“He had me at ‘Hello,'” she joked, referring to one of his performances in the Idol semifinals back in Season seven.
By the end of Saturday’s show, he had nearly everyone at the Pullo Center swaying to his music and mouthing along with the lyrics. By that time, they’d been on their feet for more than an hour, since the moment David and his band took the stage.
And anyone who wants to complain that the “This Loud Morning” album isn’t loud enough should have been on hand.
The rock started when David opened the set with “Circadian” and didn’t miss a beat until he slowed things down — somewhat — with his seventh song of the evening, “Come Back to Me.”
The spot-on vocals that won his legions of fans on Idol were on display throughout, but never more so than when he stepped away from the mike and sang a couple of lines of “Lie” a cappella, or when he took the stage alone during an encore to perform his latest sing, “Fade Into Me.”
He even threw in Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” a special treat for the York audience for ‘filling the room tonight.” He said the band had played the song during soundchecks before, but never live.
Among the other best received songs of the night — “Light On” off his first post-Idol album, “The Last Goodbye,” and the rocker “Kiss on the Neck,” with a touch of “Hotel California” thrown in for good measure.
Now, back to the fans …
As for the lack of sales success of “This Loud Morning,” some fans think David might be paying the price for being a former Idol contestant. That he might not get the respect he deserves as a result.
“I definitely think that’s what it is,” said Belle Conners, 43, of Philadelphia, who traveled to York to watch her 12th David Cook show Saturday night.
“Anyone who has seen him live knows he puts on a hell of a show,” she added. “Radio just doesn’t seem to want to give him a chance.”
Melissa Burian, 41, of Washington, D.C., was attending her fifth David Cook show Saturday. She says David’s latest album is her favorite, though she also liked his pre-Idol CD, “Analogue Heart,” partly because it sounded “less produced.”
“When he won, I had mixed emotions,” she said of David’s season seven triumph. “I didn’t know what the stigma would be. He always seemed cooler than Idol.”
When it comes to dedicated fans, it’s doubtful anyone at Saturday’s show could top Sanna Kihlman, 22.
She’s from … get this … Finland, and had traveled to the U.S. to watch David’s shows in York, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Oh, and that’s not all. She’s been to 29 David Cook shows, all in the U.S.
In her mind, “This Loud Morning” is an awesome album. Her favorite songs include “Goodbye to the Girl” and “Let Me Fall for You.”
But why travel all the way to the U.S.?
“Because he’s not coming to Finland,” Sanna said.
“I love his music. And I love watching him live.”
3. Mr. Sensitive
4. The Last Goodbye
5. Let Me Fall for You
6. Paper Heart
7. Come Back to Me
8. Kiss on the Neck / Hotel California
9. Hand That Feeds
10. Time Marches On
12. Here I Go Again (Whitesnake cover)
14. Light On
15. Fade Into Me
16. Rapid Eye Movement