The Declaration Tour – 2009

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Declaration Tour
Declaration Tour poster.jpg
Declaration Tour poster
Tour by David Cook
Associated album David Cook
Start date February 13, 2009
End date December 1, 2009
Legs 2
Shows 152 in North America
David Cook concert chronology
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008
Declaration Tour
This Loud Tour

Declaration Tour is the first solo headline tour of the American rock singer-songwriter[1] David Cook, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of the reality television show American Idol. There were 152 shows in this tour, not including an extra show in Manila in the Philippines, a record for an Idol debut tour. The tour earned an average gross of $46,263 per show.[2]


The tour supported Cook's platinum self-titled album. The tour is named after "Declaration", the first track from the album and started on February 13, 2009, in Tallahassee, Florida, following Cook's appearance at Walt Disney World Resort's The American Idol Experience attraction. The tour was originally due to end on April 25, 2009, but had since been extended twice to finish until the end of year.

"I’m more than excited to hop on the road and support this record. This tour represents both a new beginning and a return to form for me,” David says. “It’s our first full tour, and we’re all ready to pour whatever blood, sweat, and tears that we can muster into making this show, and every show from here on out, an experience. Part of that experience is bringing back this college tour idea. There’s something inherently nostalgic about playing college shows. So many amazing acts used to do it, so it’s nice to be able to bring that ideal back, in some small way. And besides, touring on a bus beats what we used to do, which was cram five guys into a seven passenger van for one show, 13 hours away..."

David Cook was originally supported on the tour with musicians Neal Tiemann (lead guitar, backing vocals), Andy Skib (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Kyle Peek (drums, backing vocals), and Joey Clement (bass guitar). Joey Clement however was replaced by Monty Anderson on July 27, 2009 for the rest of the tour.

Opening acts[edit]

Others who opened for David Cook include his friends from Tulsa; Bryan Jewett and Phil Marshall.

Set list[edit]

David Cook at the House of Blues, New Orleans on July 7, 2009

(Songs varied between shows and selected from the following list)

  1. "Heroes"
  2. "We're Only Honest When We're Sleeping"
  3. "Mr. Sensitive"
  4. "Breathe Tonight"
  5. "Little Lies" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  6. "Lie"
  7. "Declaration"
  8. "My Last Request"
  9. "Permanent"
  10. "Make Me"
  11. "Kiss on the Neck" (sometimes w/"Hotel California" (Eagles cover))
  12. "Straight Ahead"
  13. "I Did It for You"
  14. "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson cover)
  15. "Avalanche" (Sometimes Acoustic)
  16. "Come Back To Me"
  17. "Life on the Moon" (Sometimes Acoustic)
  18. "Hot for Teacher" (Van Halen cover)
  19. "Livin' on a Prayer" (Bon Jovi cover, sometimes acoustic)
  20. "Anodyne" (Midwest Kings cover)
  21. "Light On"
  22. "Hunger Strike" (Temple of the Dog cover)
  23. "Man in the Box" (Alice in Chains cover, sometimes acoustic)
  24. "The Truth"
  25. "The World I Know" (Collective Soul cover)
  26. "Souvenir"
  27. "Always Be My Baby" (Mariah Carey cover)
  28. "Silver"
  29. Bar-ba-sol"
  30. "A Daily AntheM"
  31. "Last Train Home"
  32. "Shattered Dreams" (Johnny Hates Jazz cover)
  33. "Til I'm Blue" (Midwest Kings cover)
  34. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Cutting Crew cover)
  35. "Make Believe"
  36. "My Hero" (Foo Fighters cover)
  37. "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Extra notes
February 13 Tallahassee United States Club Downunder at FSU
February 14 Biloxi Beau Rivage
February 15 Oxford Ole Miss
February 18 Eau Claire University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
February 19 Cedar Falls University of Northern Iowa
February 20 Green Bay University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
February 21 Valparaiso Valparaiso University
February 23 Waverly Wartburg College
February 24 Fulton Westminster College
February 25 Conway University of Central Arkansas
February 27 Portsmouth Shawnee State University
March 1 Newburgh Mount Saint Mary College
March 2 Brookville CW Post - LIU Open to students only
March 3 Carlisle Dickinson College
March 6 Morgantown West Virginia University
March 7 Glassboro Rowan University Open to students only
March 8 Willimantic Eastern Connecticut State University
March 10 Poughkeepsie Marist College
March 11 Brockport SUNY Brockport Open to students only
March 13 Niagara Falls Seneca Niagara Casino
March 14 Elkins Davis and Elkins College
March 16 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg University
March 19 Mansifield Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
March 20 Atlantic City The Borgata
March 21
March 23 Selinsgrove Susquehanna University Open to students only
March 24 York Penn State York
March 26 Buies Creek Campbell University
March 27 Pemberton Burlington County College
March 28 Williamsburg College of William and Mary Open to students only
March 30 New London Colby Sawyer College CANCELLED as of March 28
March 31 New Haven SCSU
April 2 Wilmington Azalea Fest at UNC Wilmington
April 3 Townson Towson University Open to students only
April 4 Lewisburg Bucknell University
April 5 Radford Radford University
April 7 Columbia University of South Carolina Open to students only
April 8 Macon Mercer University
April 10 Knoxville The Square Room
April 11 Memphis Minglewood Hall
April 13 Joliet University of St. Francis Open to students only
April 14 Macomb Western Illinois University
April 20 Tyler University of Texas at Tyler Open to students only
April 21 Searcy Harding University
April 22 Kansas City Ameristar Casino
April 24 Omaha Creighton University Open to students only
April 25 Tulsa University of Tulsa
April 27 Rolla Missouri University of Science & Technology
April 28 Warrensburg University of Central Missouri
April 29 Little Rock Revolution Music Room
May 1 Gainesville Common Grounds
May 2 West Palm Beach Sunfest
May 4 Athens Georgia Theatre
May 5 Louisville Headliners Music Club
May 6 Perrysburg Owens Community College RESCHEDULED for 8/9/09
May 8 Akron Musica
May 16 Pasay City Philippines Mall of Asia Concert Grounds With David Archuleta
May 22 New York City United States New York University
May 23 Northampton Pearl Street Night Club
May 24 New Haven Toad's Place
May 26 Elyria Lorain County Community College
May 27 Springfield Clark State Community College
May 28 Newark Ohio State University at Newark
May 30 Virginia Beach The Patriotic Festival
May 31 Carrboro Cat's Cradle
June 18 Del Mar San Diego County Fair
June 20 Bonner Springs Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
June 21 Wichita Cotillion Ballroom
June 23 Tulsa Cain's Ballroom
June 24 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom
June 26 Denver Ogden Theater
June 27 Aspen Belly Up
June 28 Beaver Creek Vilar Center For The Arts
June 30 Santa Fe Lensic Theater
July 1 Amarillo Midnight Rodeo & Piranha Room
July 3 Thackerville WinStar World Casino
July 4 Baton Rouge Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
July 5 Galveston Moody Gardens
July 7 New Orleans House Of Blues
July 8 Chattanooga Chattanooga Convention Center
July 10 Lansing Common Ground Music Festival
July 11 Chesaning Chesaning Showboat Music Festival
July 12 Chicago House Of Blues
July 15 Duluth Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
July 16 Des Moines Simon Estes Amphitheater
July 17 Sioux City Orpheum Theatre
July 19 Indianapolis The Egyptian Room
July 20 Covington Madison Theater
July 22 Mahnomen Shooting Star Casino
July 23 West Bend Washington County Fair
July 24 Prior Lake Mystic Lake Casino
July 25 Monticello Great Jones County Fair
July 27 Harrington Delaware State Fair
July 29 Washington, D.C. Birchmere Theater
July 30 Sayreville Starland Ballroom
July 31 Philadelphia Keswick Theatre
August 1 Ledyard MGM Grand at Foxwoods
August 3 Bethelehem Musikfest
August 4 Millvale Mr. Smalls Theater
August 6 New York City Nokia Theater
August 8 Columbus Ohio State Fair
August 9 Perrysburg Owens Community College
August 12 Ventura Ventura County Fair
August 14 Knoxville Tennessee Theatre
August 15 Lewisburg State Fair of West Virginia
August 20 Lancaster Antelope Valley Fair
August 21 Sacramento California State Fair
August 23 Yakima Capitol Theatre
August 24 Seattle Showbox SoDo
August 25 Spokane Knitting Factory
August 27 Casper Casper Events Center
August 29 Mitchell Corn Palace
August 30 Fargo The Venue At The Hub
September 1 Billings Shrine Auditorium
September 2 Idaho Fallas Civic Auditorium
September 3 Missoula Wilma Theatre
September 5 Salem Oregon State Fair
September 8 San Francisco The Fillmore
September 9 Los Angeles Henry Fonda Theatre
September 10 San Diego Spreckels Theater
September 15 Allegan Allegan County Fair
September 17 Cleveland House Of Blues
September 18 York York Fair
September 20 Newport Beach Taste of Newport
September 26 Atlantic City Borgata Hotel Casino
September 27 Union Wilkins Theater, Kean University
September 28 Bloomsburg Bloomsburg Fair
October 2 Montreal Canada Metropolis
October 3 Ottawa Ritual Nightclub
October 9 Clifton Park United States Northern Lights
October 10 Providence Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
October 11 Charlottesville Paramount Theater
TOctober 13 Richmond The National
October 15 North Myrtle Beach House of Blues
October 16 Greensboro N Club
October 17 Columbia South Carolina State Fair
October 18 Perry Georgia National Fair
November 3 Phoenix Arizona State Fair
November 4 El Paso Club 101
November 6 Shawnee Firelake Grand Casino
November 7 Houston Warehouse Live
November 8 Dallas Palladium Ballroom
November 10 St. Louis The Pageant
November 11 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
November 12 Friant Table Mountain Casino
November 14 Windsor Canada Caesars Windsor Casino
November 16 Orillia Casino Rama
November 18 Hammond United States The Venue at Horseshoe
November 19 Peoria Peoria Civic Center
November 20 Elizabeth Horseshoe Southern Indiana
November 23 Atlanta The Tabernacle
November 24 Mobile Saenger Theatre
November 27 St. Petersburg Mahaffey Theater
November 28 Orlando Hard Rock Live
November 29 Davie Arena at D. Taft University Center
December 1 Charlotte The Fillmore
December 2 Norfolk Ted Constant Convocation Center Cancelled


  • Neal Tiemann: Lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Andy Skib: Rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Joey Clement: Bass guitar (Left tour midway, replaced by Monty Anderson)
  • Monty Anderson: Bass guitar (replaced Clement on July 27, 2009 for the rest of the tour)
  • Kyle Peek: Drums, backing vocals


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