David Cook's Northwest Missouri State show axed for private Las Vegas show

American Idol star David Cook backed out of an April concert date at Northwest Missouri State University in favor of playing a private party gig in Las Vegas.

“It pays more money,” said Steve Einzig, president of New York based Booking Entertainment that handled Cook’s booking for the school’s campus activities department.

“Unfortunately both shows got confirmed at the same time,” said Einzig Monday, by two different agents working on Cook’s behalf.

“It’s a two-headed thing and each head is doing something different,” he said. “These things happen sometimes.”

Einzig said he wasn’t at liberty to disclose the host of the private event in Las Vegas.

Spokesman for Cook couldn’t be reached and did not respond to an e-mail request for comment.

Cook’s Web site on Monday was still listing the April 17 date at Northwest as part of the singer’s “Declaration Tour – 2009” that will take him to 40 cities, kicking off in Tallahasse, Fla., Feb. 13 and wrapping up in Tulsa, Okla., April 25.

Cook, a Blue Springs, Mo., native, is set to perform at Ameristar Kansas City Casino and Hotel April 22 as part of the tour.

There was great disappointment in the college town of Maryville, Mo.

“We had a verbal agreement,” said school spokesman Tony Brown. “We were later notified that the act was double-booked and they would not be able to perform here.

“The phone was ringing off the wall with 15-year-old girls who wanted to go to the concert,” said Brown.