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Jun 6 04 10:09 PM
Quote: RALEIGH Hometown pop sensation Clay Aiken will perform at the 2004 North Carolina State Fair Monday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Dorton Arena.
Fairgoers can purchase reserved tickets for $15 online at www.ncstatefair.org beginning Friday, Sept. 3 at noon. Reserved concert tickets will also be on sale during the 2004 State Fair unless the show sells out beforehand. Because only 6,000 seats are available, a limit of four tickets per fairgoer will be offered for the Clay Aiken concert. There will be no free seating available for this show.
We are excited to have Clay come home to perform at the State Fair," said Agriculture Commissioner Britt Cobb. The Fair always looks to book big-name entertainment for fairgoers, and this year we are fortunate to have booked one of the most popular performers in the country."
Fairgoers will also be able to purchase advance admission tickets and discounted ride books online at the same time they buy their concert tickets. The rest of the 2004 entertainment lineup will be released by the middle of May. Fair admission will be required for all concerts.
Please contact Tiffany Budd at email@example.com or Mike Pleasant at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sep 10 04 7:11 AM
Quote:State Fair Hopes To Add Second Aiken Concert To Schedule
POSTED: 7:36 am EDT September 10, 2004
UPDATED: 7:52 am EDT September 10, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. -- If you are 'Aiken' for tickets to Clay's concert at the North Carolina State Fair, you may be in luck.
State Fair officials are negotiating for the Raleigh native to perform a second show.
Tickets for the Oct. 18 concert at Dorton Arena sold out online in 15 minutes last week. The State Fair Web site received about 250,000 hits during that time.
"With [only] 6000 tickets available, we know we had a lot of disappointed fans. We hope that maybe -- we're in talks with his management -- that we can look into having a second show," State Fair spokeswoman Heather Overton said.
State Fair officials hope to have an announcement about a second show in the coming days.
Sep 14 04 10:42 PM
Quote:Due to an overwhelmingly large interest in the first concert, a second show has been booked for Monday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. in Dorton Arena.
Online sales were successful except for one glitch created when Yahoo! staff started troubleshooting a slowdown in the checkout process. Yahoo! had never experienced a situation like this and took actions to correct it. To try to get to the root of the situation, Yahoo! added 1,001 tickets to the concert's total inventory, which meant there were more tickets than seats available. This troubleshooting measure was done without informing State Fair staff members who were monitoring the online sales. A total of 694 of these "extra" tickets were sold before the site could be shut down. This led to an oversell of Clay Aiken concert tickets.
"We understand that human error occurs," said State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt. "We have been working with Yahoo! to resolve the issue and are confident that the system will work properly during the second online sale. We will contact people who purchased the extra tickets to the first show and provide them the option of getting favorable seats to the 3 p.m. show.";/quote]
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Oct 15 04 10:11 AM
Quote:Published: Oct 15, 2004
Modified: Oct 15, 2004 3:00 AM
Clay's fair without fear
By MATT EHLERS, Staff Writer
It wasn't so long ago that the State Fair was a scary place for Clay Aiken.
First there were the rides, so terrifying that for years he couldn't muster the courage to hop aboard. "I was a very nervous child," he said, laughing.
But the little roller coasters were just the beginning. For an aspiring singer, the fairgrounds held an even more frightening fair attraction, one that he never managed to conquer.
The karaoke booth.
Every year, Clay's friends would drag him over there, and every year he promised to sing. As he watched wannabe popsters butcher the hits of the day, Clay knew he could do a better job.
He never did.
"I was always so nervous. I didn't want to sing," he said. "I was always worried that someone was going to boo me."
He'll be back at the N.C. State Fair on Monday to give two sold-out performances at Dorton Arena. Chances are pretty great that he won't hear a single boo.
"I guess this is one step up, huh?" he said.
During a quick phone call from New York, where he was putting the final touches on his upcoming Christmas album, Clay said he's looking forward to coming home for the festivities. Growing up in Raleigh, he attended the State Fair pretty much every year.
As a child, he accompanied his mother to country concerts at Dorton Arena, spending the afternoon standing in line for the best seats. He remembers his favorite hot dog stand and recalls once paying to see the world's smallest woman. It wasn't his favorite attraction.
"I felt so guilty. I walked in there and lo and behold, there was this little woman. She was in this cage, watching TV and knitting," he said. "I felt so bad."
Times have changed, and Clay seemed relieved that tiny people are no longer part of the midway. This year, he's the main event.
Clay's first announced show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., sold out in just a few minutes. Organizers added a matinee at 3 p.m., which sold out almost instantly as well.
He was happy to hear it. "Every time we go back to Raleigh, I'm a little apprehensive, 'oh, we're not going to sell out this time,' " he said. But he always does. "I'm always impressed and amazed that people in Raleigh are still so supportive."
And although he has fond memories of the fair, don't expect to see him on the midway, tossing softballs into a milk can or riding the tea cups. After a long string of fair dates this summer, Clay said he's kind of faired out.
So sorry, ladies. A karaoke comeback looks to be out of the question.
Staff writer Matt Ehlers can be reached at 829-4889 or email@example.com.
Oct 15 04 10:13 AM
Quote:Music at State Fair helps attract visitors each year
By Jim Wise : The Herald-Sun
Oct 13, 2004 : 5:45 pm ET
DURHAM -- If you were thinking you'd catch Raleigh singer Clay Aiken while you were at the N.C. State Fair, think again. His shows have sold out.
Almost as soon as the State Fair folks released their Dorton Arena concert schedule with Aiken listed for Monday night, the tickets were gone. It happened so fast, they added a second show Monday afternoon. Same result.
From the point of view of a Clay Aiken fan who missed the cut, too bad. From the point of view of the State Fair, mission accomplished.
"Clay Aiken is probably bringing so many people to the fair that would never come to the fair otherwise," State Fair publicist Tiffany Budd said earlier this week. "So maybe they'll stay and see what the fair is all about."
Moreover, the hometown golden boy is far from the only act in West Raleigh over the next 10 days. Though this may be blasphemy to Clay's true believers, he's also far from the only headline act at Dorton Arena. And the nightly lineup at Dorton Arena is far from the whole story on entertainment at this 151-year-old ritual of the Old North State.
"There's more than ever," Budd said. <snip>
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Oct 18 04 10:09 PM
Quote:ust got back to our hotel (hot4clay, clayfaninva, ca24) after an INCREDIBLE day that started out seeing Clay at WRAL radio - he was sooo sweet to us all...saying thanks for coming, etc! And it was 8:30 in the morning!!!! His radio interviews were the BEST this morning...hope we catch them all to download and remember every word!!! We then attended the Breakfast at the RBC Center (thanks to all for organizing - it was a great time for all!)!
I can't put into words what it's like to see Clay in concert 2X in one day...it's an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! He was soooo ON in his hometown - the wit was quick and flowing - his appreciation for both "out of town" guests and Raleigh fans was ABUNDANT...he couldn't thank all his fans enough!!! The voice was FLAWLESS (i thought at least...others may argue) and the entire group had the time of their lives.
The 3pm show we were in Cotton Row 8 - HOOOOOO to all the other Clayboarders in our row...we ruled!!! Clay didn't mention our sign, although I'm sure he couldn't miss it! We were dancin fools, and at one point - I waved my arms in the air when he was center stage with Angela and he GAVE ME A BIG SMILE (Angela did too!!!) Perfection is too weak of a word to describe the performance - SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED was rockin!!! I think it's a done deal that Clay fans want the Christmas CD titled "Joyful Noise"...Clay asked our opinion on the radio in the morning - and that also seemed to be the 3pm crowd's favorite!!! BRING IT ON :pray
After the 3pm, we got some food (all fried of course, come on - we're at the State Fair) and hung out with some fellow 'Mates...you all were soooo friendly - the Raleigh folks just kinda stared at us though - they were trying to fiqure us all out!!!
7:30pm couldn't come soon enough...the crowd was PUMPED and ready to rock! We were in Sweet Pot Row 3 for this one (outside aisle - but that's ok) - what an AWESOME seat...thanks Su! Even though there were a few "technical difficulties" the 2 hours were AMAZING!!!
My now favorite move is the "steering wheel" during WTSHNN...:thud (words cannot describe!!!)
Briana, Clay's FAVORITE #1 singer is 4-year-old adorable little girl...she was incredible on stage with Clay...can't wait for all to see the videos to see what a sweetheart he was with her - helping her to sing and listening intently. She didn't miss a word...and he just let her sing the WHOLE TIME!!! (Thanks for the autograph, Briana - hope you get Raleigh's sometime in the near future!!!)
TITN and Invisible were true dedications from Clay to his fans...he put his heart and soul into them...it was so amazing to be so close to him as he belted out these tunes to us for ONE LAST TIME (and yes, we shed many a tear!!!) Solitaire was the ultimate - he surely gave us his all, guys...there's no doubt about that!!! I am sooooooo thankful for this performance and the amazing feeling and emotion that went into this last concert...I wish we all could have been there together!!!
Of course, to wrap up I have to tell all that we waited outside the arena and got what completed our PERFECT NC weekend...a handshake and a final "thanks for coming" from OMC himself as he made his way around the crowd outside (with Burberry PJ bottoms on - AAHH)
This was an experience of a LIFETIME and I loved every minute I shared with Su, Debbie and Angel...it couldn't have been any better for us - we were sooo lucky!!! Thanks for everything guys - see you in NJ on 12/2!!!
It was sooo great to see so many fans this weekend - that experience was INCREDIBLE...
And most of all, thank you to Clay for bringing us to this heavenly state of NC - especially to his hometown of Raleigh that we've grown to love sooo much! The concerts were incredible, and you've ended the tour on such a high note - it's hard to leave the tour behind. The memories are fresh and will stay with us forever and ever...can't wait to come back!!! Thanks for being you and for sharing yourself with us the way you do...you are by far, my IDOL...100x more now that the weekend is over - i hope you never go away!!! :bow
Goodnight all...back to reality in the morning :ouch
Thanks for a weekend I'll never forget!!!
Oct 18 04 10:10 PM
Quote:I was at Charlotte, then the 2 Raleigh concerts with clayfaninva, ca24, lynninNJ. WE HAD SUCH A BLAST!!! It's like we were walking on clouds the entire weekend. So surreal. Clay music, clay conversations 24/7 and of course sing along to all clay music in all the car rides. I never had this much fun even when I was in high school or college!!
Onto more details about the NC state fair. For the 3 pm show, we were all sitting in 8th cotton and these were awesome seats. The entire row was filled with clayboard members and we were organized enough to hold a sign up (everyone had a letter to hold up). Clay did not pay attention to our signs though. But we had fun trying to get his attention. NO ONE CHECKED ANYTHING before going into the venue, except for your ticket. Cameras were snapping away and videos were everywhere. I'm sure we'll get some great clack and I myself took some pictures and videos. I'm sure you guys read the cellcerts already, but was very bright inside for the 3pm show (hard to see the jumbotrons) and what a difference from the K Lo concert. It was completely filled and such a change in stage set up. Clay was such a chatterbox today. You can tell he was extremely appreciative of Raleigh fans (eventhough I'm not one) and he mentioned at the end of the 7pm show (before invisible) that his most precious memory was of him coming back the first time to perform for Raleigh during the AI2 tour. He asked who among us came from out of state. A great number of fans screamed. Then he told us the Raleigh fans were mad at us and we would be jumped outside the arena. (We wanted to make a sign for the 2nd concert- I'm from out of state, jump me CLAY!)
The 3pm crowd was loud, but the 7:30 pm crowd seemed even louder. It really makes a difference when it was darker. You can appreciate the light changes and the atmosphere was definitely better for a concert. Clay was so touched it seemed during MOAM. One fan said she saw a tear roll down his face on the jumbotron, (I didn't catch that). He paid particular attention signs during the 7:30 show! He read a lot of them and even gave away 2 t-shirts to these 2 fans whose sign read "I broke my hand at the 3pm show". One fan had a sign it was her 66 birthday. Clay motioned up front and asked if she had ID with her. She said she left it in the car and he, like is snarky self, said something like,...."yeah right." He did acknowledge fans that came from out of town and he mentioned some states and Canada. He seemed so emotional during MOAM because the glow sticks were out again. Didn't seem as many as the Charlotte concert though (I didn't know about it for the Raleigh concert). During invisible, he did the MOST AMAZING shirt tug and YOU JUST KNOW HE DID IT FOR US!!!! In fact, every single great move he did he SO KNOWS WE WANTED IT!!! He had this smirk on his face, like the steering wheel move for streets with no name, the little "itch" scratch he does for still the one. He had one of eyes almost closed during ISY----OMG! So sexy! And of course he did the growl. Oh, he LOST to Angela during the note holding contest! Couldn't believe it! Then he did this bow to her. So cute. They sang SSD for the 3pm show and IKYWW for the 7:30 show. This girl Briana, Lee's 4 yr daughter, got picked to sing with Clay. Clay looked at her with SO MUCH LOVE!!! She has to be THE most adorable little blond girl you have ever seen. Can you imagine, a 4 yr old singing in front of this huge audience!!!! She did great, pulled it off and Clay said she was the best out of all the singers. It was such an amazing weekend. After the concert, we were walking slowly into the fair and realized that Clay still did not come out of the venue yet. There was a huge amount of people waiting for him (not as many as Baltimore) and security guards everywhere. Jerome was still there so we thought Clay would be coming out. Sure enough, after 1.5 hours, he came out and shook everyone's hands and said thank you for coming. I didn't get to shake his hands because I was in about the 3rd row of people, but I got to see him up close and he looke SOOOOGOOD! How does he look all fresh and awake after all that? LynninNJ caught the video of him walking by but it may take her a bit to figure out how to get it to a site. The best time anyone could ever have and I met such wonderful people.
One caveat, I talked to many people who were screwed by ebay and brokers. We also go completely screwed by Matt the broker. He sold us 3rd row sweet potato and held onto our money for about 1 week. Meanwhile, he posted our tickets on ebay and sold it for more than double. Then he came back and told us there was a mix up and of course we did not get those tickets (totally missing out on other possibilities during this time). We confirmed all this with the other buyers who sat in these seats. He is such a lying piece of garbage. I know there are many people who have had great experiences from him, but please watch out for him. I'm going to bed now, go to fly out tomorrow early AM. If I remember any details, I will post later. But WHAT A GREAT CLAY FEST!!! I could not have asked for more. BTW, did I mention we also went to the WRAL radio station and saw him going into the building? He did a great interview there. Jerome told us to get back to make room for Clay going into the building and then when the van door popped open, Clay comes out and said "You're so mean!" to Jerome. It was so cute. sorry for the long post, going to sleep now.
Oct 18 04 10:11 PM
Quote:Just got back from the 7:30 concert, which was the only one of the two that I went to. It was packed to the rafters, and I know that for a fact because we (my son & I) were sitting in the rafters, literally!! I was worried all along about our original seats, which looked like they would be practically backstage. Sure enough, they were behind the jumbotron on the South side, but there were Arena officials there who told us those seats were sold by mistake, and they let us sit in folding chairs up along the tippy-top windows. They were really high up, but better than watching the back of the jumbotron! And at least we could stand up & not worry about blocking anyone's view! (Am I a Pollyanna, or what?! :laugh )
Anyway, the show was terrific, as usual. Clay has so much energy & his whole crew, musicians, singers, etc seemed so happy - they were having a great time, really enjoying the last show! For instance, I loved it at the end, during Invisible, when Clay jumped down from the top of the first set of stairs! Wow, that's quite a jump! And Jacob and Quiana were really grooving during....OK, I can't think of which song, but they were having fun together during several of them. Angela too!
Our seats in the rafters gave us a really cool "birds eye view" of the arena. When Clay was looking for a dancer, we could see the whole floor just wiggling up a storm. I don't see how he ever picks one out of that gyrating mass of humanity! But we saw Nick grab a cute blonde and holding her hand, run around the the back of the front sections toward the stage! From where we sat, it looked like she did a good job, with a few sexy maneuvers.
During MOAM it was so cool to look down on all of the glowlights waving in the darkness. Everyone did this in Charlotte too, and it really looks lovely. Our birds eye view also revealed that when he asked how many people were also at the 3:00 show, it looked like 70% of the floor audience cheered! OK, maybe it was only 50%, but it seemed like alot. Funny Clay, he made a crack about that, but we couldn't exactly hear it because....
The bad thing about sitting up so high was that the acoustics up there were terrible. The songs and music came across OK, but we could hardly make out anything that Clay said when talking to the audience. I told the girl sitting next to me that I hoped there was some good video online later, so we could find out what everyone was laughing at. The little girl who came out to sing with him was DARLING, just precious, and when he asked her where she was from, she obviously gave a cutely innocent answer, but we could not catch it.
YWT, TITN, and Solitaire were all extremely moving. Did not notice any voice problems at all - I only say that because of the one strained note he had in Charlotte during TITN. The acoustics up near the ceiling were not good, as I said, but for us, he sounded PERFECT. And he looked perfect too, just like in Charlotte. I know talking about the state of his hair is kind of superficial, but darn it, could we just bronze this 'do and let him wear it always??
OK, meeting people at the concerts is always so nice. I got to ride over to Raleigh with caromioclay (Margaret), meeting her for the first time - it was great hanging out with you Margaret! We briefly met Shycon (Gale) and Songs4me (Pat) outside the arena. :wave
The coolest thing was this: when my son & I sat down in our rafter seats, we were next to two girls, one of whom seemed really familiar. Turns out, it was Lily, the wonderful young Clay fan from the special about the AI2 concert tour! The one who had a shrine to Clay in her room & got a hug from him at the meet & greet in Raleigh. She is a teenager, like my son, and is a really nice, pretty girl. Her friend Alyce was with her, also nice and pretty! They were so friendly and sweet & said they would send us some photos they had of Clay. Hi Lily and Alyce :wave :wave I love seeing all the different ages that Clay inspires, from the 4 year old singer, to teens like Lily & Alyce, to oldies like...gulp, like me!
All in all, it was great seeing such a packed arena, all giving Clay the love and adoration that he deserves. He loves Raleigh, he loves North Carolina, and it was so moving to see such a display of affection for him here at home.
Oct 18 04 11:01 PM
Quote: MY LITTLE GIRL SANG WITH FOR CLAY AIKEN ON STAGE IN FRONT OF 6,000 PEOPLE!!!
She practiced diligently for weeks (she intiated it and I told her she had to practice and win it fair and square like everyone else and she said ok and did it). She perfected the song only a few short days ago. She tried out against about 30 other people (in a highly stressful environment filled with often pushy women veering for Clay's attention). When Jerome pointed to her and said GO, she DID IT! Even though only seconds before she said she was nervous and felt like she was going to throw up, she nailed the audition and when she was done, I told her how proud I was of her and that no matter what, she should also feel that way about herself. Since the "sing" part of the concert happens about a quarter of the way through and you NEVER know who Jerome picks until he literally walks over to you and grabs you to say you won (right before the song starts), I guess I had put it out of my mind to enjoy the LAST concert and wasn't expecting anything.
Well, when I turned and saw Jerome next to me gesturing for Brianna, I simply went into shock and said "You're kidding right?" and he said "Oh no I'm not, she was chosen, let's go" Well, I immediately grabbed Brianna and said a word of praise to God before heading off to follow him toward the stage. There was a short moment where she was drilled by Jerome about being away from me (I was not allowed to go up) and Brianna, although nervous, assured him she'd be ok and people...she so was ok, she was better than ok...my precious baby girl, only FOUR YEARS OLD was AWESOME and singlehandedly managed to captivate and enthrall an audience of 6,000 and Clay of course!! She was so cute with him when she answered his question about where she was from and she said "I'm from American" Clay said "yeah!!!" (Clay laughed, I laughed, everyone laughed).
OMG, I was allowed to get right in front of him and her at the foot of the stage and (in my rush and shock, forgot my camera), so I quick whipped out my cell phone to snap some photos. OMG, I could have reached out and touched Clay and he looked so amazing (as usual), I was shaking so bad, I could hardly keep my hands still to snap photos. When she walked out, I had a hard time holding back the tears but kept it together for her sake, I knew she'd be looking at me for support. She pretty much did look at me the whole entire time she sang and although I was encouraging her to look at Clay, she just wouldn't! Many people said he was getting all kinds of misty-eyed when she was singing but I didn't see it because I was looking at her the whole time! She seemed very overwhelmed and nervous to me, yet managed to pull the whole thing off without forgeting the words or going too much off key. AMAZING! I don't know if she's destined for stardome but tonight she IS my little star!
After she was done, she asked Clay if she could have Raleigh's autograph. Clay laughed and said "She wants my dogs autograph, not mine, that's a first". See, she came up with the idea to get it for our dog Kelly and I told her that was a great idea and we made a sign up. She obviously REALLY wants it-lol! After I grabbed her off the stage, Nick came right over to me and said that we are taking your address down because Clay indeed wishes to send Brianna Raleigh's autograph!
Whoa! I'm still floating on cloud nine and still a wee bit in shock. That was truly one of the most precious moments of my life.
Oh, btw..afterward, people began to ask for her picture and her autograph and she was more than happy to oblige and caught on mighty quick! After only a few autographs she began to ASK people if they wanted her autograph!!! It was too hysterical, let me tell you!
Oct 19 04 11:53 AM
Quote:On to the 7:30 PM show. Great show and better crowd. We talked to several around us and they were not local. I can't say for all, but I will say the atmosphere was totally different than 3PM for me. We were behind one of the giant spotlights, but even that wasn't important as we stood for most of the show anyway. Had a sister-in-law and niece, who had never seen Clay, that came away with the most positive comments and had a great time.
The whole troop seemed to be a little sad at the thought of separating. On more than one occasion it appeared Clay was close to tears and Angela seemed overwhelmed on the end of YGAF. Must be like leaving your family after this long together.
And so it ends. Glad I was there for the finale of the NAT. Earlier in the day I was not so sure I would be. So now I look forward to seeing you all on the JNT. Love to all at the CH, my new hometown, and there really is no place like home. (tmClay)
Oct 19 04 1:01 PM
Quote:I went to Raleigh thinking I was only going to the 3 pm show. We lucked out and a couple of young girls had tickets they didn't want (do you believe that!?!? They didn't WANT them??), so they were very, very reasonably priced. With only 5 more minutes till showtime!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!
The 3 pm show was fantastic!!! Everyone was great, the dancer was energetic, Ethel was noticed in the audience, the singer was cute and pretty good. The crowd was energetic and loud, the security was decent, letting people up front to take pictures before chasing them back to their seats. Clay was right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was so great!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were in Poultry, row 9, but they were okay seats. Everyone around us was very friendly. Met a woman from the LBFC who had been to several shows.
The 7:30 show, if possible, was better than the earlier one. There was absolutely nothing out of sync for that show. Clay's joking with the crowd was so hilarious. The dancer was good, though not the best, but she was sure into it with Clay!!! I think she wanted to grab him and plant one on him, but......:laugh
Briana, the little 4 yr. old was adorable!!! He asked her where she was from and she said, "America"!!!!! He'd ask her question and she'd say, "what?" The look on Clay's face when she was singing was priceless!!!!!! All he did was sing along in a very few parts to help her keep her concentration probably. The crowd was clapping and screaming for her. He sang very, very low when he sang at all. She was just fantastic. I got a pic of the jumbotron when he was looking at her. (Need to be developed.:waa )
He sang STO, KYWW, and SSD. His dance moves are really getting sexy!!! Audience was great again, very friendly!
Highlight: (other than Briana) The lights during MOAM from the audience; viewing them from the side section was chilling!!!!!
Downer: only one and I'm sure there's an explanation for it. I didn't see Clay's lips move on the last line of "Invisible." I say, I was too excited and didn't see correctly. Hey, it was hot in there and my glasses kept getting blurry!!!! Besides that, Briana brought tears to my eyes!!!!:bighug
I was among the many waiting outside by the bus. I only got to see Clay's head and shoulders, but it was worth the wait!!! Jerome and the other guy sort of pushed him on through and he had a wild-eyed look on his face from trying to look directly at people while being moved along the edge of the crowd and shaking hands. There were people getting into the baseball game and each time they'd clap or scream, we all thought it was Clay coming out!! :laugh :laugh :laugh There was also a girl near us that had been to 23 shows this summer!! :thud
All-in-all; GREAT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want more!!!!
Oct 19 04 1:22 PM
Quote:Hi everyone. My friend and I just got back home from Raleigh a while ago. We had a BLAST! Raleigh Rocked this weekend is all I can say..
I won't repeat alot of what's already been said hopefully. K-Lo's show was amazing and we were able to go up front and take pics during the show. We had 9th row seats and we had a great time. I didn't see Clay till he was leaving the last time I was up in the front taking a few pictures. It's nice that he could enjoy her show. I was glad that he could have fun and rock out AT a concert and not BE the person performing for a change.
Thank you to two very kind Claynadian fans that helped us get 7th row Cotton for the 3:00 P.M. concert. Without their help I don't think we would have been so lucky...You guys are the best!!!!!!:bighug I loved the afternoon show and the fact that they allowed us to take pictures. We had aisle seats so we could take pics up front and walk back. I enjoyed the WYSYLM segment! It was neat watching alot of kids go up front and dance for Clay and it was one big ol party rocking out!!LOL The fact that we had daylight was good for taking pictures. I'm praying they turned out...
We got to meet RaleighSenior from this board and Mrs. RaleighSenior too. :jump Such sweet people. I'm so glad to meet you both. RS if you read this I wanted to say I really enjoyed meeting you and chatting with you both!
Was great meeting some new folks from this board and seeing alot of familiar faces too! It was like a big old reunion after the Summer tour.
We had a nice time at the evening show even tho we were in the rafters and the sound had a horrible echo up there. But we aren't complaining after having wonderful floor seats earlier in the day. I was able to see Faye and have my ticket stub signed. She's such a gracious lady. We sat in the "family" section in North 5, Clay's mom and grandparents and some other relatives were in our section from what I was told.
I was so tickled to get to meet Diane Bubel after the afternoon concert. I've been wanting to meet her for so long. She's the sweetest woman and she's so gracious and kind.
Was an honor to finally get to meet her and talk a little bit.
I work with adults with disabilities on my job so I wanted to share how the concept of Inclusion is something that benefits those persons with disabilities and jobs. So we had a brief discussion about that. My friend and I both chatted with her and she was gracious to have pictures taken with each of us.
It was my last time to speak to Jerome for a while and I was able to talk very briefly to him in the afternoon. I appreciate so much how kind and patient he's been with the fans. It was nice getting a chance to say hi and bye for now so-to-speak.
We too had the best ending of the weekend and was able to see Clay leaving last night at the stage doors and he touch my left hand with his as he walked by thanking everyone. We had good friends standing with us at the fence and I'm so glad we ended up together out there to see him come down the line one last time for a while. I've met some wonderful people through Clay's music and the family of friends I was with last night are tops in my book. Clay's left hand was very cold from the Coke he was carrying. LOL He had just switched hands and it was cold from the can!LOL He was cute as the devil wearing the Burberry PJs and his t-shirt and bergundy hoodie jacket. He had clothing under his elbow and he didn't really "shake" alot of hands near us but touched hands as he quickly went down the line. I took one close-up picture before he was near me so maybe that turned out.
All in all a great ending to a fabulous tour! Thank you Clay and everyone involved for making the Summer 2004 of Clay a summer I'll never forget.
Oct 22 04 10:14 AM
Quote: This is My Story...the dancer from Raleigh This is my story...American Idol-Clay Aiken sings Neil Sedaka's masterpiece "Solitaire"...my eyes filled with tears. Never in all my life have I been so moved by a musical performance as I was that night. I remember sitting there thinking this can't be happening.
There are two songs that when I hear them I think of my mother who at the age of thirty-eight died from cancer-my twin sister and I were left all alone at the age of thirteen with no one to care for us or love us.
The songs I speak of are-"Solitaire" and "From Both Sides Now"-a classic from Judy Collins. I have always cherished these songs as they are real reminders of my mother who I love so very much.
I have always believed in the power of Divine Intervention-I know that throughout my life I have had my mother watching over me. How else do I explain the following:
Clay Aiken releases The Way/ Solitaire on my mothers birthday March 16th
I win passes to meet Clay in Greenville SC-a dream for any Clay fan
October 18th, Raleigh NC Clay picks me out of a crowd of some 6000 people to share the stage with him.
I have always felt my mothers spirt but there is no doubt in my mind that Clay is my angle sent down from my mother in heaven.
The night of the Raleigh show I took one of my most cherished keepsakes-an old necklace my mother use to wear. I placed it my pocket hoping like all fans to be the one chosen. When Clays assistant took my hand I knew at that instant my mother had delievered the most precious gift of all-the chance to deliver a message to Clay myself which I did!!
No matter where I am in my life Clay will always bring me back to my mothers arms.
May God bless Clay and those he loves always.
This is my story...
Oct 22 04 10:26 AM
Quote: Man, what a weekend. I've got to go on vacation next week to get over this week! :laugh Three shows in three nights is something else. I am totally spent and I know Clay must be exhausted. I haven't read any of the other reviews but I know everybody must have had a great time.
I guess y'all read my brief review of Carowinds I posted in the wee hours of the morning. That was the second closest I had ever sat at a concert. I sat 4th row in Raleigh to see Rod Stewart once but that 4th row was closest to the stage than these second row seats. As many of you know, PALPATINCLAY (PAL) came from CA to see her first Clay concerts so that was a treat in and of itself. I'm sure her review will be something else.
Well if second row was enough of a surprise, I got a bigger surprise on Monday afternoon. I knew we were in Peanut section or whatever the heck it was! I'm from NC and I think you foreigners know the layout of Dorton Arena better than I do! :laugh Well I'd asked about what rows we were gonna be on and PAL was always a wee bit vague in answering. I didn't think anything of it cuz I've learned to expect the unexpected by our resident PAL! Y'all should see how I was prepared for this journey of Clay. I had two cellphone batteries, two camera batteries, two laptop batteries and I have a battery operated power source to charge these things when they died! I wasn't a scout growing up but I've learned when it comes to Clay, you have to BE PREPARED!
As most know, there was no checking at the venue which surprised me. PAL and I venture to our seats, but Miss Thang mosies on down to the front row. I thought she was looking for an usher but she was looking for OUR SEATS!!! :yow The sneak had upgraded to front row! Unfortunately somebody was in our seats and we had a little problem there but it was quickly resolved. The only thing I would've changed is if it would've been the night show. I was too chicken to video but I took a ton of pics. Some are blurred cuz my freakin hands were shaking so bad. It was unbelievable. I haven't had the time to upload and it's gonna take awhile but I hope it will be worth it to some.
My morning started off hectic. We were suppose to go to the breakfast at the RBC but I shot up like a bolt at 8am and ran to boombox to tape the WRAL interview. I got it recorded and uploaded to gonzo's after a few minor problems. But the food was gone at the breakfast. We did see some very nice presentations at the end so it looks like it was a great function. We missed the gathering at Raleighwood too. Paid for two eating functions and all I got was a glass of OJ, grapefruit juice and apple juice! :lol Guess I better get my butt in gear quicker. I didn't know the time had changed on the Raleighwood thing.
Back to the concerts. Was very surprised that Clay wore the same thing to all three. Now I'll have to label my pics! :laugh Seeing Clay from the front row was a wonderful experience. Only problem is there was 20-25 feet of space from front row to the stage. Ushers at one point let a whole group come down and get in front of us. Made it hard to get the clack but I managed. :wave Hi Jerome! The singer was one enthusiastic and cute girl. She was from my neck of the woods in Eastern NC. She did a lot of shout outs and Clay just cracked up. She was definitely not scared to be on the stage. Had a good voice too. The dancer was a hoot and very jovial too. I heard their names but it's all a blur now. Clay's childhood friend, Holland Strand sang the National Anthem and might I say that was a nice touch. She's got a great voice too. It was different to see a concert inside in the daylight like that. And man, it was hot in the old tin can. I tried to point those that wanted to try our Eastern BBQ to Lancaster's that was right down from the arena. PAL and Amazed by Clay and I ate there. They both liked it. Amazed had never had a hush puppy! :yow Clay told y'all we fry everything around here.
I can't keep the shows straight as to which songs he sang different. I just know he sang COF, IKYWW and SSD over the course of the 3 shows but don't know which was which.
Another shoutout to BUZZTECHIE! :bow :bow She helped me with my camera and it allowed me to get some awesome pics. My hands were shaking so bad that there were still a lot that were fuzzy. I didn't know this camera had a burst mode so you can take 6 pics in a series so I guess my hand shook while the other pics were taken, thus fuzzy wuzzy Clay. He was just oh soooo talkative for all the NC shows. It's hard to believe that he sought medical attention in between the shows yesterday.
Clay was very snarky throughout. He loves reading the signs. I even saw one that said "Clay, MARRY KELLY CLARKSON!" That was off to the side and I doubt he saw it.
Man, Ethel has got a rep. I met her and saw her over and over throughout the weekend. She's famous now, I think. She is a great person and a good DD! :grin
The show had a few minor technical difficulties. Amazed by Clay pointed out to me at dinner that the Mother Ship opened unusually slow for the 3pm show. And they had problems with the POYB video. They started it and no sound came so that stopped and started again. For YWT at night show, I noticed some things weren't quite right but I was too caught up in the moment to dwell on them. Amazed by Clay then told us later that Clay performed it without the mic stand. I knew at some point he did like a knee bend and looked to the side like he does on TITN sometimes. He hadn't done that before. The lift didn't come all the way up and he had to step up on YWT. I knew something was off but not sure what. The performance was phenomenal as usual and I didn't hear any extraneous "shout outs" but I may have been too focused on Clay. I didn't even notice he wasn't using a mic stand for it. I just want to say THANK YOU CLAY for introducing this song to me. It is truly a treasure.
Well PAL's Thongate might have taken on a different turn but she didn't give up her original plan. She walked right up to the stage and tossed some panties to the side out of the way. Clay did notice later and made a comment. So PAL, Clay may get into teacher mode and put you in the corner!
Well, I must say the highlight for me in Charlotte was MOAM and seeing all those glowsticks. Y'all should be proud of yourself! :clap But I think the highlight of the whole experience was seeing that little girl sing to us and Clay last night. OMC was truly moved and had tears in his eyes. I know that has to be unfathomable to him that a 4 year old is singing one of his songs. She was sooo precious. She started out kinda rough but she turned it on and finished strong. SOLITAIRE was the usual poweful showstopper. Did we have a new shirt for that? Looked black to me but it may be the lighting at night makes it appear blue. He looked good anyway and gave another powerful performance. He was sooo greatful after both shows.
Oh, forgot about the lady with the broken arm or hand. I think we past her getting first aid attention when we exited the arena after first show. She made it back to second show and got recognized by Clay. The things we do for him! Just kidding. I think a little girl had a sign that she wanted Raleigh's autograph and he said she was not with him tonight but that Nick would get her info and they would make some kind of arrangement. I can see the paw prints on a BAF card right now, can't you? Too too cute when he's just rambling on. He seemed more talkative at night and it's hard to believe after hearing about his voice problems. I think I heard him crack twice and it was not a biggie.
I am all over the place between the two shows but that's what lack of sleep will do for you. PAL and I left our gifts (in a BIG rainbow colored striped bag) on the stage after 3pm show and a roadie came and took it. We think he may have worn PAL's burberry pj's after the show. I heard he was wearing a read sweatshirt at one point and about had a heart attack b/c I gave him a red NCSU sweatshirt and t-shirt. Then I heard he wore a blue, grey and burgundy shirt. SO WHAT WAS IT??? INQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW!
The only bad news of my concerts yesterday, and as I look back on it, it's probably a good thing and not a bad thing, is that my camera battery went dead right before the dancer came on stage in WYSYLM. I could've sworn I had everything charged. We had center section about 20 rows back for this one and I was getting some pretty good Clack and then *poof* it was over! But, I was able to sit back and really soak in the experience and am glad I did. I now wish I had gotten some video from the front row now, but I see we'll have a plenty of Clack. I have over 400 pics between the first two shows. It's gonna take me some time to sort through them. I'm just now coming down to earth I believe.
I met some wonderful people along the way and hope to keep meeting others as this journey continues.
Shout out to my cellies! You girls ROCK! I hope everybody enjoyed our great state. It seems you left it in tact! :lol I hope y'all got some of the eastern BBQ. There's nothing like it! Well, my eyeballs need to rest for an evening. I'm sure I forgot about something but here goes nothing!
And to the man that makes this ALL possible:
THANK YOU FOR THE SUMMER OF CLAY 2004!!!
Oct 22 04 10:35 AM
We had not received any tickets for the afternoon show prior to arriving at the venue, so our first stop was the Will Call window. The seats turned out to be blah, row T on the north side, but at least we were in the building. Our seatmates were all Raleigh locals who had never seen Clay live before. I had quite the conversation with a very nice gentleman and his wife, who were hoping to hear BOTW or Solitaire. I encouraged them to stay for the encore. They were surprised that we had travelled from Canada to see the same show we had seen 6 times before, but they did not seem upset about it.
As has been discussed, the afternoon concert lacked some of the excitement of the evening show, just due to the fact that it was light, and distracting. People were milling around, there was very little security anywhere, and you could just walk up to the front and stand there if you wanted to, or so it seemed from where we were sitting. Clay gave a good performance, but there was nothing that stood out in my mind, except for his "Dort Narena" comment which cracked me up. My daughter's friend had never seen a NaT show before, and was mesmerized by YWT. She was moved to tears.
We spent a couple of hours eating fried foods, and chatting with random CHers and various other Clay fans around the waterfall. There were ladies selling "I would rather be at a Clay Aiken concert" license plate holders, and I spent a fair amount of time trying to find one to buy. Thanks to sassafras for tracking them down for me, I now have a pretty new piece of clack for my car. :-)
Our evening seats were worse than our afternoon seats, but we lucked out and were able to move into some vacant seats on the south side. I was sitting beside a local lady who could not understand why I'd flown into Raleigh to see Clay, or why I'd want to see him twice in the same day! She told me the only person she'd do that for was George Straight (sp?). She had never heard MOAM, and only knew that she was supposed to cellcert her daughter when Invisible came on. Unfortunately, the entire section sat throughout the whole concert. I stood quite often, and was even so fangirly as to wave my red CA glowstick during MOAM (which I thought looked fantastic in the venue, all those colours swaying to the song). This was definitely the best NaT concert I attended. It is always more special to see Clay at home. I was fine throughout the show, until he started Invisible. I managed to tell my seatmate that it was time to start the cellecert, but once that spaceship opened up, my tears started, and by the time it closed, and I knew it was never going to open again, I was bawling. I don't know what came over me! I mean, we have so much to look forward to, and I know that, but it was the end of something so special. Solitaire was amazing. I didn't even attempt to stand, becoss I knew my knees would buckle, and they did, for the 7th and final time.
Afterwards, my seatmate was gushing about how good he was. She particularly enjoyed the James Taylor segment of the show. She understood why I'd come. Her friend offered up the opinion that he was "no Rod Stewart". Thank God for that. I decided not to pick a fight, and just told her that he was my Elvis. He really is.
I can't wait for the book, the Cd, the JNT, the media blitz....is it November yet?
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