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A.I. Champ David Cook Nearly Played Akron

By malcolm Published: January 23, 2009

In the words of Agent Maxwell Smart...."missed it by that much!

According to an official press release sent out today from the tour cog in the American Idol Machine (AOL, in case you're wondering) currently guiding winner David Cook's nascent career Akron fans were oh, very close to experiencing Cook, right here at downtown Akron club Musica.

However by the time the dates were finalized the hip and happening club tour became a slightly less hip and happening college tour that erroneously included a March 23 date at Musica.

"Musica has been getting really good feedback from the bands that have played here," Timothy Eddings of Celebrity Etc. who books the venue said.

"And (Cook's management) was planning on doing a club tour to play the hipper new venues on their list and that's why we were considered," he said.

After being asked to submit a bid for Cook, Eddings said the club held the March 23 date for quite some time hoping that they would be included on the tour but the focus shifted to college campuses.

"The thing that's kind of funny is (Cook's management) said that `this just shows you how close you were to getting the show,' Ok, thanks, " Edding said laughing.

So, even though Musica will not play host to Cook, the incident does say something about the club's growing reputation in the touring industry and Eddings and Musica's ability to attract up and coming hip and happening bands such as Manchester Orchestra, Ra-Ra Riot (performing on March 25) and Dead Confederate (performing on March 11).

"We're developing great relationships with the Agency Group (who books bands such as Bloc Party and Barenaked Ladies) and CAA (industry powerhouse Creative Artists Agency who has biggies such as Eric Clapton and Kid Rock) and the bands that have played here have been really, really happy," he said.

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