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9 WTMX -- Eric and Kathy (Chicago, IL) -- 11/7/08 DJs: Eric and Kathy Eric: American Idol Champion David Cook, now with his solo CD out. We just-- hey David, we just played "Light On." David: Oh thank you very much. Eric: Yeah and...Kathy was telling us uh, right afterwards...how did you describe-and, and tell me if this is exactly how you said it. He wants people to feel how from this album, Kathy? Kathy: I, I don't have it verbatim, but from what I remember, you said that after listening to this album, you want people to like that they just ran a marathon. David: Yes. I'd say that is an accurate, uh, quote. Eric: Ok. And I gotta tell ya' I, I feel as though I got put through the first few miles. There's a lot of emotion and passion and, and energy goin' in to that song. David: Uh, yeah yeah. I think uh...it was, it was fun to sing. Ya' know, I mean, obviously the vocal's all over the place. But uh...it was uh, it was interesting. The song kinda...came to fruition very quickly, so... Eric: Mm-hmm Kathy: And a lot of the songs that you have on the CD, did you, uh, work with other people? Like I heard you worked with Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls. David: Yeah we worked, uh, I got a chance to, to sit down with him actually in uh, in Buffalo, where he's from. And, and uh...and write with him. And we wrote, uh, I wrote with Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace, and...Zac Maloy from The Nixons, and Kevin Griffin from Better Than Ezra. It was...it was like, uh, you know, they, they basically said: OK, what...what bands did you like, uh, you know, in, in high school and college? And, and you're gonna write with them. So... Kathy: Wow Eric: Wow David: it was a trip. Eric: Wow. Now uh, you know we uh, know Johnny pretty well around here, Johnny Rzeznik from The Goo Goo Dolls. I, I, I have to ask. When you sit down to write with him, is it hard to keep him focused? [Kathy laughs]
Eric: Cuz you know, he seems like the kinda guy... [David laughs] Eric: ...who's just kinda like: Hey! Oh hey, what's goin' on? Oh look at the balloon! Oh hey! David: Um, he's a...he, he, he was actually really...uh, really focused in on what we were doin'. I mean, we knocked-out, uh, actually the, the song "Declaration" that I played on SNL...um...he uh...he really focused in on that. I mean we, we knocked that song out kinda quickly I, I think, given, given the, the, the circumstances. So it was uh...he-- I, I never got the vibe that he was too spacey. Eric: Now uh, you, you mentioned uh, Saturday Night Live. David: Yeah Eric: Boy oh boy, did you ever dream of the day you would... Kathy: Huh Eric: ...be doin' that, huh? David: Uh...y-- I m-- uh, yeah. I mean, I, I, I, I-- obviously like, you know, anybody that picks up a guitar has a dream of, of doin' cool things like that and, and so uh...I, I didn't expect it this soon. I think uh, I figured I'd have to pay my dues a little bit. Um... Kathy: I like-David: But it was...it was amazing, just to, to be involved with that process in any capacity. Especially with, with it bein', ya' know, as big a show as it was with the election and everything. Kathy: I like how you put it in Entertainment Weekly: "I'm kind of a goober from the Midwest who hit the lottery." [laughs] David: Yep, that's uh...it's-- again, a very accurate depiction. [laughs] Eric: Wow Kathy: So SNL behind the scenes, did you, you know, with John McCain there, did you run into him? David: Uh y-- you know, I, I, I met him uh, I met him during end credits, uh, essentially. I, he was uh...I, I'm sure busy doing a million other things getting ready for that, that uh, the following Tuesday. And, and um...ya' know but he, he seemed, he seemed like a, a, you know, a very nice guy from what I gathered.
Eric: And uh also, uh, Kathy correct me if I'm wrong too, and David as well. Uh, got to meet Oprah? David: I di-- yeah, yeah. I met Oprah, um...God, it was, it was still during the tour, so I think maybe early September. Eric: Mm-hmm David: Went to Chicago and played uh, for the-- played "Time of My Life" for the Olympians. Eric: And uh...Oprah. Which is uh...which one... David: Yeah, yeah. It was Oprah. Eric: ...which one was more, uh, which one was more uh, im-- impressive from a standpoint you're like: Whoa! Was it John McCain or Oprah? David: Um...uh, ya' know, I--I know it's stupid... Eric: That made you go: Whoa! David: ...but none whatsoever. But I, I think I gotta go...I gotta go McCain. You know you never, I never expected to meet um...ya' know, a presidential candidate, I, I think, through all this. And, and uh...so, it, it was cool. But I, I don't know that I, I necessarily expected to meet Oprah either, so... [David and Kathy laugh] Kathy: Yeah Eric: Yeah, you just never know when you're gonna meet Oprah. Yeah. David: Yeah I know, right? [Eric laughs] Kathy: So how hard was it for you, because you put this album together pretty quickly, but you were on tour the whole time. Was it difficult... David: Yeah it was uh... Kathy: ...to do all the recording? David: It was definitely uh, a juggling act. I, I think I owe uh, some sort of gift to whoever did my schedule over the summer, but...um, you know just, uh, it was, it was crazy. I think, you know, a, a lot of days I had writing sessions and shows. And then any day w-- that we had off I either had a writing session or was recording. So the idea of an off day was pretty foreign. Uh...
Eric: Do you need a vacation, David? [Kathy laughs] David: I could always use a vacation. [Eric laughs] Eric: Do you have one comin' up? David: Uh, I do. I actually-- I'm gonna take a couple weeks off at the end of December and..and uh, and hopefully head home and, and spend some time with the folks for Christmas. And...hope-- and then, ya' know, maybe, maybe sit down at some point and stop doing anything and...and uh, and think about the last year. Eric: See that's uh, and I think that is tremendous. And that's where you and I differ. Because uh, if I had achieved the success that you had achieved, and got three weeks' vacation, I don't know if I'd go home to the folks. I'd probably try to get a supermodel... [Kathy and David laugh] Eric: ...and go to, like, a Caribbean island. That's what I would do. David: Well-Kathy: Hey Si-- [laughs] David: That's--I, I, I... Kathy: Simon is single now... David: I hear what, I hear what you're sayin'... [Kathy and Eric laugh] David: ...and I appreciate where you're goin'...but uh... Kathy: I was gonna say, Simon is single now. Maybe you can hang out with him. David: Oh, yeah. Well...I'm down for whatever. Eric: Yeah. I would call my mom and go: Mom, Dad, you know, I would like to make it home for the holidays. But, uh...I had a big year... [Kathy laughs] Eric: ...and I'm gonna take this supermodel, and uh...we're gonna go to Mexico... Kathy: Uh-huh
Eric: And...I'll catch up with ya' later. David: Well I, I, I, I treat myself. I go-- I got a nice, I got a nice car the other day. So, I'm, I'm OK for the moment. But... Kathy: Oh you did? What'd you get? David: I got a nice Lexus. Eric: Thatta boy. Kathy: Oooooh. Good for you. Eric: Good for you. Kathy: Nice Eric: Alright, so...uh, the-David: Uh it's got, it's got wood paneling interior. [Eric laughs] Kathy: Ooooh Eric: In, in keeping with your Midwestern roots. David: Oh yeah, exactly. Of course. [laughs] Eric: Right. Right. [Kathy laughs] Eric: Uh and so, the new CD available...as we speak? David: Uh...November eight-- it'll be November 18th. Yeah, I, I, I think uh...that uh...it's the date I've been waitin' to get to, I think, for 25 years now. You know, just to be able to put out a major-label record, and, and, and uh...ya' know I just, I, I, I hope it's perceived well. I hope people get into it. Eric: I'm certain they will. You know, and it's always great talkin' to you. You've always been gracious uh, with us. And we appreciate it. And continued success, David. David: Absolutely. Thank you guys so much. Eric: Thanks. Kathy: Take care. Eric: David Cook.
Kathy: Good for him. Man, what success. Eric: He even sounds tired, doesn't he? Kathy: Yes. Yeah, he does. Eric: Guy's workin' way too hard. Kathy: I know. He needs a vacation. Eric: Don't burn him out. Kathy: Mm-hmm Eric: Give him a chance. Send him to a, you know, an island with a supermodel. Kathy: Yeah. Eric: Let him recharge his battery. [Kathy laughs] Eric: With a supermodel or...four or five or somethin'. END OF INTERVIEW
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