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Dec 21 04 10:42 AM
Quote:Clay Aiken Live at Madison Square Garden December 9, 2004
The Big Apple,or at leaset a small part of it was lavished in Southern Hospitality as crooner, Clay Aiken, welcomed his fans to his first concert in New York City. The sold out house at Madsion Square Garden was enthralled with Aiken's flawless performance of Christmas classics from his recently released album, "Merry Christmas With Love."
According to fans, young, old and in between, his wardrobe has been different every night, but his powerful tenor voice has been consistent and awe-inspiring. The first half of the show was relaxed with chatty Aiken, chastising those in the audience who missed his NBC special , "A Clay Aiken Christmas," and those who continually "flashed," him with their cameras. The audience was all smiles as they enjoyed Aiken's impressive renditions of "Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Early in the show Aiken is joined on stage by choirs from local schools. The choirs continue to provide back up vocals, but at times are hidden from view by a gauze-like curtain.
A highlight of the first half of the show was Clay teasing ladies in the front few rows as he sang, "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?" One fan rose to her feet for a brief dance, while another was awestruck when Aiken dropped to his knees to serenade her.
The second half opened on a more serious note with Aiken singing Christian favorites such as, "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and "Mary Did You Know," while children read passages from the Bible between songs. Some fans wept while others beamed.
Following some banter with his back-up singers about New Years Resolutions, each of them had their own time in the spotlight for a solo performance. Aiken was pleased to tell the audience, "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and gave a heartfelt performance of the song. His show stopping performance of "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day," brought the crowd to their feet.
Clay Aiken does not just sing a song, he seems to feel each note and word with every fiber of his being. This emotion is not lost on the audience and is aptly conveyed in his encore performance of "Good News."
The other good news is that Aiken is more than up for challenges that lie ahead. The man can sing and entertain. This collection of holiday music allows him to demonstarte his vocal power and love for singing. His "Joyful Noise Tour is topping off a stellar year for this performer who seems to hold the hearts of his fans in his hands. He leaves each and everyone wanting more.
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