JUL-22-09 (Wed) SHOOTING STAR CASINO (Mahnomen, MN) -- twitter rpts, live blogging, recaps, photos, vids, reviews, etc.

JUL-22-09 (Wed) SHOOTING STAR CASINO (Mahnomen, MN) -- twitter rpts, live blogging, recaps, photos, vids, reviews, etc.



Hey everyone! I thought I'd create a discussion thread for each stop of the Declaration Tour in an effort to keep the boards organized and help everyone more easily find info related to each event (and have a record of everything in one place for anyone wanting to look back on these events sometime in future). The following is how these threads will work (subject to change):

>> Thread pinned to the top of or on the main David Cook Discussion forum for 24-48 hrs
>> Thread moved and pinned to the top of or on the main Tour Talk forum for 24-48 hrs
>> Thread moved to its respective regional Tour Talk forum

If, for some reason, a thread isn't moved right away, it will be eventually.

What should be posted here? Related local radio/tv/press, on-site reports/photos, live blogging, recaps, media and fan reviews, links to related blogs, event photos/videos, etc., etc.

Please post links to photos instead of embedding them and please disable graphic footers as this will make the thread easier to read (especially when live blogging). Regarding PRE-SHOW sound check and set list spoilers, please either PM me the info so that I may post it as hidden text in the first pinned reply or, alternatively, if I am not hosting or not here for whatever reason, then please post the spoilers to a blog and link that blog back to this thread in your reply.

As always, I welcome comments/questions, as well as info, via PM. Thank you. ~Lisa

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START TIME: ≈8:00 PM CT (David's set should begin ≈9:15 PM CT)
**time subject to change so, please stay tuned**
Special Guest: Green River Ordinance
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CELLCAST by iowadcfan aka TheBav (you ROCK!) -- info now deleted –
Show #85 on the Declaration Tour
at ≈ 9:15 PM CT ( 7:15 PT / 8:15 MT / 10:15 ET)

>> local press: David Cook rocks Shooting Star Casino (if unable to access, try this PDF version)
>> thread recaps: Courtesy of bopstunz / Courtesy of Jen
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Event Photos
>> Photos: Courtesy of iowadcfan aka TheBav (set 1) / Courtesy of iowadcfan aka TheBav (set 2)
>> TwitPics, courtesy of @TheBav: http://twitpic.com/bd9su / http://twitpic.com/bb4pb / http://twitpic.com/bb51u / http://twitpic.com/bbiyu / http://twitpic.com/bbjsu
Photo credit: Vicki Gerdes
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iTunes Album Art (courtesy of msdarcy): Mahnomen iTunes Album Art - Photo Credits: TheBav
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MP3s (courtesy of Queen Maeva): MP3s
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Tonight's Set List
The World I Know (Collective Soul cover) Video 1 (HQ, + Heroes)
Mr. Sensitive
Breathe Tonight Video 1 (HQ, w/banter) / Video 2 (w/banter)
Lie Video 1 (HQ, w/light banter) / Video 2 (partial)
Kiss on the Neck (w/Hotel California snippet) Video 1 (HQ, w/banter)
Make Me (MWK cover) Video 1 (HQ, w/banter) / Video 2
Bar-ba-sol Video 1 (HQ, w/banter) / Video 2 (HQ)
Died in Your Arms (Cutting Crew cover) Video 1 (w/"shameless" banter) / Video 2
Declaration Video 1 (intro)
Come Back to Me Video 1 (w/banter)
Light On Video 1 (HQ)
A Daily AntheM Video 2 (HQ).
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Related Article(s)/Interview(s)
>> American Idol David Cook rocks Duluth returning for two more Minnesota shows this week


Just wanted to let you know MsDarcy has Album Art for this show, featuring multiple photos from TheBav.

ETA: Heh, I see MsDarcy already posted that. Oops! :}

"Take a minute just to breathe..."
√D; WTFU; Poetic Solace
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Dropping off iTunes album art for this show:

Mahnomen - Photo Credits: TheBav

Thanks yet again, TheBav! You rock.

Declaration Tour iTunes artwork
Snark For The Cure

I'm new to this whole posting comments thing, but have been wanting to find the set list from David's Mahnomen show, and finally found it here, plus so much more, so I thought I'd add a few comments!

It has been SO fun to watch the videos people took that night! That was the first time I have had the opportunity to see David in concert, and it was SO awesome!! He is going to be in Fargo, ND at the end of August, and I am so looking forward to it! This man is so very talented and so nice, it's an honor to be a fan!

Thank you all for posting your pictures and videos from the night David was in Mahnomen. Seeing them and especially watching them makes me feel like I'm there all over again! I love it!!


Jen is the ultimate Total Video Goddess... the entire show, with excellent sound quality (you were apologizing for this?), labeled in correct running order, and with the whole band in many shots. (I saw Andy! No one ever shows Andy!)

TWIK + Heroes: One advantage of truly well-done video is getting to appreciate how that opening worked. Sure looked good from out here. (Whoa! Is that an Andy close-up?)

Mr. S: Oops... I'm distracted by admiration for Neal's jacket.

BT: I vote for "man-oh-man" as the correct pronunciation. But I'm doing it to be annoying.

Lie: I'm surprised the deal with the necklace and doing the first half of Lie in the dark isn't getting more buzz as a Great Concert Moment.

KOTN: Joey gets excellent lift and hang time at 1:58 and revolves at 2:56. Revolving is good. Fake out! Calisthenics and HC.

Make Me: Best banter ever.

BBS: Circulation problems?!? This was the banter show.

IJDIYAT: OMG -- I've learned never to drink while watching banter, but the necessity to not sit on anything that can be fallen off... this may edge up on the extraordinary version a couple nights ago. The song's a show in itself.

LO: Best version I've seen in ages.

ADAM: So do other guitar players read a code in the orientation of the guitar pick on the forehead?

Notable of the night: Make Me (which is rarely clear on video), Lie (on Great Moment grounds), IJDIYAT, LO (edging out CBTM). DC's not kidding about this being one of the best overall shows.

Thanks for your pics, Bav. I don't have time to look right now (must.sleep.), but you know I will!

lvmyHBYandDC, How's this for a screencap of the arms for you?

And on IJDIYAT, I'm not sure what he's doing! I noticed it last night, too, and had the same strange thought as you. He was in a goofy mood last night, I think.

ETA: Here is Light On and ADAM. It may be difficult to see, but the "dagger"/light stick makes an appearance again as the boys come back out on stage before Light On.

"Take a minute just to breathe..."
TIF# √D; WTFU; Poetic Solace

Hurrah!!! Jen, your vids show that FINALLY the light and sound tech for this tour is living up to the performance level of DC and EEB -- wow!!!! I'm thrilled -- this looks and sounds like a major act now, and that's as it should be - I felt like the guys were working their butts off and it just wasn't getting transmitted/balanced/amplified correctly, and it wasn't just mediocre vids - too consistently muddy for that. THIS is a major improvement -- KEEP this sound guy!!!

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great videos - someone needs to get a still shot of Lie on about .45 for the arm thread when he's putting the necklace on

He looks so cute in DIYAT at about 6:13 but then he does something??? Does he smell his underarm as a joke (died in your arms)?

Truth Is You Make or Break My Day

My photos from this show are in my Photobucket now at: http://s453.photobucket.com/albums/qq256/kbav_bucket/DavidCookinMahnomenMN/

The best of shots are in my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38753516@N02/sets/72157621799865126/

It looks like Lisa is grabbing my videos as they process for the OP, but here are the links to what's up so far:

TWIK + Heroes
Breathe Tonight
Make Me
Yo' Arms
Intro to Declaration
Come Back to Me

I just have Mr. S, Light On and ADAM remaining. Going much better here than my attempt last night. Enjoy!

ETA: Here's Mr. Sensitive
"Take a minute just to breathe..."
TIF# √D; WTFU; Poetic Solace

Alright guys, my videos are uploading. The first one is up (TWIK and Heroes), but may be still processing.

Watch my YT channel for the rest.

twik, I don't know that I'd say there were an abnormal number of seniors in the audience, at least that I saw. There weren't really any around us, so I'm unable to gage a reaction.
"Take a minute just to breathe..."
TIF# √D; WTFU; Poetic Solace

Jen, thanks so much for your time and effort. No apology necessary for the quality of the sound. We sincerely appreciate anything we can get. Looking forward to the vids.

Nice pics, and a new one for the bromance thread, of David and Andy! I can't wait to see the vids, especially of Lie. I heard that there were a lot of seniors in the audience, because it's a casino; was this true and what were their general reactions to the music?

~The World I Know is a better place because of David Cook~

Hey Angela, the guys are doing Yo Arms a LOT, so there's still a good chance you'll get that one tonight.

Rolling Out Across the Desert Word Hero #293
"If I could have a super power, I'd like the ability to...fly...so I can, you know?...soar...with...the birds."

AngelaT, I know how you feel about that fear of not hearing certain songs because they were played recently. I still have a couple that I want to see, so I'm hoping they show up at Mystic Lake on Friday. Though we didn't get Souvenir last night, so there's still hope for you on that one.

I was sitting in the 6th row, so I don't really know what the crowd was like behind me. I know the lead singer for GRO tried a few times to get everyone screaming, and wasn't always successful. I wasn't really worried about a response to David though, because I experienced the same thing in Waverly (a meh crowd for the opener) and they really picked it up for David. You will see in the banter that Dave had to pump them up at first (talked about a section in the middle where everyone was just sitting), and the people in front of me actually sat down again later in the set. But overall it was a pretty good crowd. Dave seemed happy, because at one point (before CBTM) he said we had been amazing and this was one of their best shows. He did the little chest pat when he said thank you...awww! One of the girls with us asked if he said that for every audience, and I assured her that he didn't. So from on stage, I would guess we were pretty good.
"Take a minute just to breathe..."
TIF# √D; WTFU; Poetic Solace

THANK YOU SO MUCH for ALL that you do for us and of course take all the time that you need with the videos Smiling

Drop to your knees & remember where you came from (Axium/Wavelength)

Jen -Thanks for the recap, but I'm miffed and vexed that everything I really want to hear for my 'virgin' concert tonight - Yo Arms, Souvenir, TWIK- was done last night, so probably I won't be hearing them.
Well, that's why we keep seeing shows, right?
I did want to ask, though, before the cellcast some of the chatters were mentioning that the crowd was not into GRO and we were a little worried for Dave and Co. However,it sounds like the audience was great for them. What were your impressions?

Jen quoth:
I've had a problem with rough sound in my videos, and one thing I noticed when playing my videos back, is that the rough sound is most noticeable through my right earbud, so maybe if you listen through just the left, the sound will improve. I don't know, just a thought. I might play around with reducing/eliminating the right channel to make mp3s later. Other videos might show up by the time I get mine uploaded, but I don't personally know anyone else who got video. Again, sorry to make y'all wait. I know how nice it is to wake up to fresh video.

YOU are a total goddess both for recording the entire show and for being willing to learn how to clean up the sound!

Do not apologize for needing time to upload that much video! Instead, accept the first of what I expect will be many rounds of thanks for making the effort to share it.

Wow - thanks to theBav....thos pics are amazing! I believe we have a new pic for the arm porn thread!

Good morning, everyone. I have video of nearly EVERYTHING, including all the banter. The only thing I didn't record was Declaration (just the song, I have the intro), because I have to clap along to that song, and you wouldn't want to see the results of me filming while clapping. I did bad enough without clapping in some parts. I was trying to hold my camera away from my eye so I could watch more of the stage, but when I was zoomed in, I drifted up to the light bar a few times. Because of this, I also did a fair amount of full stage shooting. I tried to start uploading my videos from a friend's house where we were staying last night, but the uploads were taking WAY too long, so I will have to wait until I get to my sister's house in the Twin Cities this afternoon. Sorry to make you all wait. I'll get them uploaded as soon as I can.

Super set list. One of the best I've seen.

It really was great. I have only been to three shows previous to tonight, and had similar sets in at least two of them. This set gave me 4 (FOUR!) songs that I hadn't heard live before (TWIK, Lie, Make Me, and Died in Your Arms), so I was super excited. (NOTE: The stage was elevated about 5 feet above the audience seating, so there was no way to see the set lists as they were taping them down. It was sort of nice not knowing what to expect, though, especially with the TWIK + Heroes opening. Lie was beautiful. All of the Dave solo parts were sung in complete darkness. Some people in the audience had received glowing star necklaces (Shooting STAR casino), and someone gave one to Dave right before Lie. Dave had Brian turn all the lights down for Lie, so all you could see (aside from when some cameras flashed) was this glowing blue star on stage. Very cool! Just before he got the star, he commented on my friend's/her daughter's "dagger" light stick. Ha! She took it up to the stage later, and Dave & Andy acted like they were scared of it. They left it on stage in front of Kyle's drums after the main set, and Dave jousted with Neal and his guitar when they first came back out for the encore. Dave seemed very chatty tonight, in a great mood. The guys were joking around on stage quite a bit. Dave feared a mutiny at one point (I think after KOTN). I don't know what Neal did/said near the beginning of CBTM, but Dave was laughing for a good portion of the song. Oh, and no Dave-Neal interaction on BBS tonight, they went to their separate corners for the solo. Backing up to GRO, they were really good. Many of the people I went to the show with commented that they liked them. I saw Dave and Andy watching most if not all of GRO's set from their sound booth on the side of the stage, and Neal showed up for a song or two as well.

No signing at the buses, at least while we were there. A few people were waiting, politefully distant across the parking lot. Security told us there were signing inside, so we went in and they had an inside meet & greet, which seemed not that well organized. I'm not sure if it was set up by the radio station, the casino, or someone else. They didn't seem to have specific passes to get into it, just whoever happened to be standing in the right place at the right time. At least that's the way it appeared to me, watching mainly from afar. I don't know how, but two of the younger girls with us were among the lucky ones to get in. They went in, could get one picture taken with the entire band, and could have one thing signed. We drove back around to the buses again, just in case, but security continued to shoo people away. Caught just a glimpse of Dave in the doorway as we were leaving. It really was a fun night. In addition to the 5 people that were with me, I met up with archucookie, Kioat, TheBav, and Polarbrrr and her neice before the show. AC and Kioat had heard them soundchecking the NIN song, but obviously they didn't play it tonight either. Maybe Friday??

I've had a problem with rough sound in my videos, and one thing I noticed when playing my videos back, is that the rough sound is most noticeable through my right earbud, so maybe if you listen through just the left, the sound will improve. I don't know, just a thought. I might play around with reducing/eliminating the right channel to make mp3s later. Other videos might show up by the time I get mine uploaded, but I don't personally know anyone else who got video. Again, sorry to make y'all wait. I know how nice it is to wake up to fresh video.
"Take a minute just to breathe..."
TIF# √D; WTFU; Poetic Solace

No video at all yet?

There's probably some out there. pweller7 usually does the digging for video and brings the links over, and she's off to a show today. So we'll have to find it on our own!


Great cell cast and thank you for this, and Mandy, for always being there!

"I feel alive beside you and all at once I am whole again.."
and I willl sing your songs at the top of my lungs every day..

No video at all yet?

Okay, I think it's time to stop grousing, carping, and honking like a goose over when video does or doesn't appear, in favor of finding a more propitious time of day to view them (or accepting that it'll be two mornings after each show rather than one). Eye-wink

Thank you so much. Enjoyed!

I should be in bed but wanted to thank Karen for doing the cellcast for us last minute. I REALLY REALLY appreciate it as do the 350+ fans who were gathered in the cellcast tonight listening in.

Thanks to Mandy and THEBAV for cellcasting and to David and the band for putting on a great concert.

please vote for David on VH1, FUSE TV and MUSIQTONE he should be number one.

Thanks so much to TheBav for the wonderful cellcast, and of course to Mandy! And I agree thanks to FoolsApril for all she does, she spends a lot of time trying to find cellcasters if there is not one lined up!

Thank you Karen-The Bav for the great cellcast.

amazing sound on the cellcast tonight! Best I have heard so far!

Thanks the TheBav for the last minute agreement to do it for us and as always, thanks to Mandy for another awesome cellcast!!! Smiling

"If you wanna know the truth, you make or break my day.
If you wanna know the truth, I wouldnt have it any other way."

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Super set list. One of the best I've seen.

When You Find Food...Come Back To Me!

Thanks for an awesome and clear cellcast The Bav!!! Thanks to Mandy for doing this- always there for us!!!
This was one of the best cellcasts!!!

A VERY special thanks to TheBav and Mandy for tonights cellcast!!

Thanks to TheBav and Mandy for the cellcast! The sound was great tonight.

So long to the ordinary day...
Twitter // Cookified Icons // Pic courtesy of Always Acoustic.

I talked to TheBav after the show and she said she put her phone in the outside pocket of her purse, so it wasn't sitting out at all. I wonder if that had anything to do with it being such good sound. She has a blackberry curve. She was on Neal's side, a few rows in from the stage. It really was the best sounding cell cast ever. Thank you, TheBav!

Thanks to Karen-the Bav and Mandy for this great cellcast.

Thanks so much to TheBav for an awesome cellcast! And to Mandy, for making them all possible.

"You teach me to rise up,
to open my eyes up" - DC

Thanks to Mandy and TheBav for an amazing cellcast tonight. The sound was amazing. I'm curious. Does anyone know if she had her speaker on or off?

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Thanks for a great cellcast BAV!!!!!

Thank you SO MUCH Karen for doing the cellcast for us!! It was absolutely AWESOME!! Thank you Mandy for making it possible. Thank you ahead of time for anyone who gets all that banter from tonight!!
*Fingers crossed for banter* Thank you FoolsApril64 as always for setting up and maintaining these threads for us.

Thanks to Iowadcfan for cellcasting (great sound!) and thanks always to Mandy for hosting!!

Great cellcast. Thanks to all involved. Very clear tonight.
I just hope somebody got vid of the banter cause it sounded like lots of fun. Sorry but I couldn't understand most of the banter. It's an age thing.

Thanks Bav! The cellcast was amazing!!!


Thank you so much Iowafan for the great cellcast tonight the sound was great and Mandy thank you ever so much for all the effort and time you put into these.

I don't usually post to these threads unless I'm actually at a show (ha!), but I just had to come by and say that this has been a REMARKABLE cellcast! So thank you very much, TheBav & Manders! And thank you to the Shooting Star Casino for having such great reception! Laughing out loud

Proud owner of Joey Clement Guitar Pick #1

I think the cellcaster was in row 3 tonight and used a Blackberry. Great sound toight. Thanks for doing it, Karen.

42 ≡ 6 (mod 6) [Wavelength] Drop to your knees and remember where you came from this is the time to abandon hesitation.

Very special thanks to iowadcfan aka TheBav for graciously volunteering to last-minute emergency cellcast for us all tonight (and what an awesome cellcast!!), to MinnTee, WorkingGirlManders, to all thread participants/contributors and, of course, to Dave and guys for leaving it all on the stage night after night. Here's your Declaration Tour update, as requested:

87 Shows to date, in 33 states (plus Manila, Philippines)**
87 Unique set lists to date
30 Total unique songs played to date*
12 Avg # songs at venue
02 Avg # covers per set list

*does not include impromptu, partial: Billie Jean, The Truth, and Silver; nor Last Train Home
** includes Arbonne event in Las Vegas
Note: subject to change; pending confirmation of a couple unknowns/unconfirmed from USC & Tyler
... ... ...
87 Bar-ba-sol
87 Heroes
85 Light On
80 Mr. Sensitive
79 Kiss on the Neck
78 Come Back to Me
73 Declaration
58 We're Only Honest When We're Sleeping (2007, unreleased)
55 Lie
48 Life on the Moon
47 A Daily AntheM
42 Hot for Teacher (Van Halen cover)
30 Breathe Tonight
29 Souvenir (2008, unreleased)
26 The World I Know (Collective Soul cover)
23 Straight Ahead (Analog Heart)
21 Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac cover)
20 Make Me (MWK cover)
19 Avalanche
16 Died in Your Arms (Cutting Crew cover)
16 Man in the Box (Alice in Chains cover)
16 Permanent
14 I Did It For You
08 Anodyne (MWK cover)
08 My Last Request
06 til I'm Blue (MWK cover)
05 Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog cover)
02 Always Be My Baby (Mariah Carey cover)
02 Livin' on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover)
02 Shattered Dreams (Johnny Hates Jazz cover)
... ... ...
04 Billie Jean (Jackson/Cornell cover) (impromptu; partial)
01 Last Train Home (w/Ryan Star)
01 Silver (Analog Heart) (impromptu, partial)
01 The Truth (Analog Heart) (impromptu; partial)
... ... ...

Thanks to all involved with the cellcast.

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