Rising Idol star to shine in Vail Valley
VAIL, Colorado In the last few weeks, weve added three new shows to the Vilar Centers summer concert series in Colorado’s Vail Valley. American Idol winner David Cook will perform in Beaver Creek on June 28; comedian Paul Rodriguez brings his side-splitting standup on July 13; and 80s pop/rock icon Rick Springfield will round out the summer with a huge party of a concert on Aug. 29. These are exciting additions to an already stellar lineup. They provide even greater diversity, helping ensure that we truly have something for everyone in these upcoming summer months.Tickets for the entire season go on sale June 1. Tickets for Blood, Sweat & Tears with Chuck Negron, Peter Frampton and Michael Bolton are already on sale. Diana Kralls Aug. 2 concert has already sold out.For those unfamiliar with Cook, he is a rock singer-songwriter who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol last May. This past Wednesday, exactly one year after winning Idol, Cook returned to perform Permanent, off his platinum selling album, David Cook. The live recording is now available for purchase on iTunes, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer. Since winning Idol, Cook has had a busy and productive year. He has broken several Billboard chart records. Most notable was his record-shattering feat of having 11 songs debut on the Hot 100 in one week, beating the previous record set by Miley Cyrus in 2006 when she had six songs debut on the chart. Cooks 11 charting songs also gave him the most songs by one artist on the Hot 100 of any week in the Nielsen SoundScan era (which began in 1991), and the most of any era since The Beatles placed 14 songs on the chart the week of April 11, 1964. In addition, that same week Cook also broke the record for the most debuts on Billboards Hot Digital Songs chart, where he placed 14 debut entries, the record of which was previously six set by Bon Jovi in 2007. His debut album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association for America.Cook embarked on a national tour in February of 2009 that was supposed to end in April. The tour has since been extended through October, which has made it possible for us to bring this rising star to our community. Other highlights for Cook over the last year include: he won best reality/variety star from the Teen Choice Awards; was featured on the cover of The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2009, along with President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain; was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live; appeared at the 2008 Glamour magazine Women of the Year Awards to surprise honoree Hillary Clinton; performed on the American Music Red Carpet Live; and performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals and the opening weekend of the 2008 NFL season. Cook started 2009 by performing songs from his debut album for the troops during a USO tour, where he was able to visit seven bases.Cook recently lost his older brother Adam to brain cancer. This month he ran in honor of Adam in the Race for Hope in Washington D.C., where his team raised over $100,000 for the cause. And as I mentioned earlier, all the proceeds from his live recording this week on Idol (available on iTunes) will also go to help find a cure. David Cook has a broad base of fans from his tenure on Idol, and an ever-growing base of devotees that are following his huge successes since the show. We hope you can join us on June 28 to experience the music of one of the hottest young rock stars on the music scene. We hope to see you at the theater!