Search this Topic:
Apr 23 04 3:24 PM
Tags : None
Apr 24 04 1:24 PM
May 8 04 11:06 AM
Sep 12 04 3:48 PM
Sep 19 04 3:27 PM
Sep 19 04 4:02 PM
Sep 19 04 5:02 PM
Sep 20 04 1:26 PM
Quote:Wow, this train sure moved fast while I was at the Big E yesterday! I've thawed out and slept so I got my thoughts together.
-I was at the fair with my dh, kids and mom, but all except HotKid #1 left before the show. The grass area got really crowded and we felt better taking the kids to eat, play around some more, then rest in the van. I stayed with HotKid #1. I did not wait in line for seating because of having the family with me-we put a blanket on the grass at about 4 pm. I looked around, at the lines, for the other meers, but didn't spot anyone. I saw Donnamom when she came by my blanket on the way to somewhere.
Around 5 pm, I took the baby to the bathroom to use the changing table, and it was located in the horse show ring building right behind the stage. This is also the 'backstage' area of the Big E. Seriously, it is literally under the bleachers in the show barn thing. Anyways, there was a barricade thing there with a few folks standing around, so I joined them, holding Allegra, it was warmer for her there than outside . I saw Jerome, Mary, John D., Nick, Jacob, Angela, Quiana, the whole bunch, just walking about attending to business. The massage chair was there too but no one used it. I heard a security guard say that Clay was on his bus, because it was more comfortable than the dressing rooms there, and I totally believe it-it was kind of makeshift and even smelled like a barn! I was sneezing too. Allegra loved it all and was waving and saying Hi! to everyone (she's 13 months old) and Angela smiled and waved back at her. Marc Anthony, the performer that afternoon, came off stage to the same area and came over and talked to Allegra! What a nice fellow, and handsome too. He was much better than Ben Jelen, imo. It was Fiesta Familia day at the fair, and MArc Anthony was saying, where are all my Latinos? at the crowd waiting for Clay, lol. Anyhow, I didn't expect to see Clay, just enjoyed thawing out inside for a few minutes and watching the hubbub backstage.
I have to say, I really prefer reserved seating shows. We were seriously packed in on that grass, to the point where I felt nervous. This was not helped by a man behind me pushing folks. I prayed that it stop, and about five minutes later he left, thank you Lord! The blanket ended up wrapped around #1 and myself, it was very cold so glad for that. Although I was actually kind of close to the stage, I could not see well due to the speakers and such. Plus, being really short!
I know some folks like Ben Jelen-ummmm I did not and neither did anyone in the crowd around me! He mumbledmumbled the whole time and had funky camera work that was nauseating to watch.
It was wonderful to see Clay finally come on stage-and let me say that the coat and turtleneck was incredibly gorgeous! I know now that it is corderouy but it looked velvet. It was cut long and lean, just like studmuffin himself *g* He had on navy docker type pants and sneakers that looked umm a tad used. The turtleneck was divine...oh he wears that well...
My ds had spotted the bucket being hoisted and I never thought it had water in it-it was swaying in the breeze. Glad it was just ping-pong balls because confetti would have blown all over. I was ok with the pranking, Clay seemed to enjoy it. He mentioned that the crew added a few songs to the setlist (on the floor) like Sunshine on My Shoulder and I Get by With A Little Help From My Friends. Apparently the guy spelled 'friend' wrong and Clay ranked on him for that, hee. I could have lived without seeing the crew member in the tiny tee and underwear, however...
The dancing girl, she was fairly aggressive, really getting those hugs in on him...I don't know, I'd loved to be hugged by him too but I'd never take one from him...oh well, he handled it. She just came off as maybe overly enthusiastic. The best part of that was Clay saying "I think I just got lei'ed" after she put the lei on him. The singing girl was good and very pretty.
I enjoyed hearing the songs, Kyrie rocked, he danced really well during WYSYLM, he did a brief driving move in WTSHNN, very quick. Those of us where I was standing (grass, left of stage) could not see Clay at all during YWT, people going is he there? I assured them that he was. The video was the one with Bibles and crosses, folks watched (remember we could not see Clay) kind of in silence. Invisible was fun, Clay did get a bit emotional sounding before it but I did not see tears. Solitare....oh my, him singing that in just the turtleneck (jacket off) was amazing...I was just staring agape. At the end, he made a look kind of like he did at the end of 'Fantasy' on AI and stepped back-then he was gone...
Ds and I hoofed it over to where the buses were-I figured there would be no handshaking as it was not the most secure area, but we wanted to watch the buses leave. We got a spot and waited, during which Angela and Quiana came out and tossed out a few autographed tshirts. Jacob clowned around, sticking his leg out the window of the band bus and putting a pizza box out it also. Finally, the band bus left( with Danny taking pics out the window, I yelled You Rock!!! at him becoss he does!), followed by Clay's bus. He was sitting in the passenger seat, looking tired but waving at all us adoring fans! He went right in front of ds and I, then he was out the gate...and my Summer of Clay came to an end...
I have to mention, I really missed not being around other fans like 'us'-the standing people were like logs. I heard the seated people cheering at things, and I was too, but the grass people seemed clueless. One lady heard me discussing the show beforehand, and looked at me funny as she asked me if I had really seen this show more than once...the other shows I have been too, I went to CH gatherings and sat on the floor with us 'enthusiastic' fans and it is so much more a celebration of this amazing man in our lives! I missed that last night, but it was still special to be there for what Clay considered to be the 'last' show of this tour.
Sep 20 04 1:31 PM
Quote:OH MAH GOD!!! It was soooo worth the wait and the ensuing laryngitis and cold I now have! The most amazing concert I have ever been to. EVER !!! Clay was beautiful. The crowd was warm and receptive. The weather was crisp and cool (read COLD). UGH! I took 3 rolls of pictures with my regular camera, so I have nothing to show yet.
Maggie and I left my house Saturday night at about 11:30 (right after MAP) to head out to Springfield. We got there about 1am and spent the night (if you can call it that) at The Hampton Inn. We joined 3 other RIClayfans in their room, as planned and we stayed up all night making a huge banner (that did what it was supposed to do btw) that said "Thanks for the tour Clay. Now how about a hug? The line starts here!" And we drew an arrow that we outlined with neon bracelets so that the arrow glowed in color. It looked very impressive if I do say so myself! We all got ready at 4:30am and headed our way out. We met up with 2 other fans in the lobby and we all drove to the fairgrounds together. We got in line outside the gates at 6am. We had a guy at our gate named Rick that was kidding around with us and was definately a real character. We were not supposed to be let in until after 7 or 8am but Rick ROCKED! He let us in EARLY!! So we all dashed (I DO NOT RUN) to where we assumed we had to wait for the day. We were about 20 people back...so we knew we had front row seats as security assured us of this all day long! So began a very long, cold then hot then cold day of waiting. And lordy did we wait! And wait! And wait!
The theater area had 2 gates to get in. We lined up on one side and just as many if not more people lined up on the other. We wound up on the shady side of the stage, which proved to be an extremely chilly choice until after 1 or so. The sun did eventually come around and it got quite warm. We all laughed, sang, talked, laughed some more, and most of all, were very courteous to one another...for the most part. I sat in line right next to Bob and Linda. JOJO and Secretly were in line right behind us, along with Buzztechie. Who are these people? Well, they are 3 of the BEST clack gatherers around and they DID NOT FAIL last night. I also sat right next to Christina, the singer from NH and we chatted quite a bit. So many nice people! For all the pain the day wound up causing me, and apparently almost an ambulance ride, it was quite a day. But I'm getting ahead of myself a tiny bit.
Christina and I decided that it might be fun to audition for Jerome with a duet for Clay. Something fun and different that would take Clay by surprise. We were going to sing Without You Without Clay. She was going to sing lead and I was going to harmonize with her, doing Clay's part. We were going to flank him on either side so that we wouldn't be singing to one another, but rather both of us sernading Clay. It was a great idea, but alas, that is all it stayed as things got far too hectic around 5pm and we just couldn't wait with the auditioners. Turned out to be a good thing. Came back into line and started the final countdown. They had 3 lines formed at this point. There were all the people that had waited all day and less, which was our line. Then there was a seperate handicapped line and one other line that was for guests of Ben Jelen. This last line caused issues for us to say the least. It got ugly. They finally started letting people in, starting with the handicapped. Then the security people went to Ben Jelen's people's line. It got ugly. People in our line started yelling. They were not happy after waiting all day long that these people were being let in before them, and people snuck into their line (which only had maybe 6 people in it) and started to try and go in. You should have heard how ugly tired clayfans can get. I was not happy, but my blood sugar chose to dive at that point. From what I am told, my eyes started to roll back in my head and I started to fall over, as my friends are screaming for sugar NOW. I couldn't get the words out that I had something in my bag. It was all a blur for maybe 5 minutes as I sucked on a butterscotch (ick) and got my sugar going back up. When I realized what had happened, I was like "What the heck is this candy? Butterscotch??? EWWWWW! I cannot stand butterscotch" I was able to get it down and get something else out of my bag. All was fine after that, but then I had my delayed reaction and actually said a bad word that I shouldn't have said. Well, we finally got let in and were in the front row, or so we thought. We were behind a linked up bike rack (as we had been all day in line, lol) They wound up putting 3 rows in front of us, not that it mattered at all. Clay saw us. he sang to us!!!
The concert finally was ready to start. From the beginning we could see this huge bucket hanging from the lights above the little bump out (not really a catwalk). We all figured it was going to dump on Clay, but what was in that bucket? Hmmmmm. Ben played and he was good, but I was so tired at that point that his style of music was lulling me almost to sleep. Almost. Then he was done and we waited....and waited...and waited for what seemed like an eternity. We got word that there was a food fight and everyone had to clean up a bit before they came out on stage. POYB started to massive screams. It was amazing. We all stood for the whole concert. The mothership opened up and there he was, in this gray turtleneck (it looked gray to me), slate gray dress pants, and this courderoy long coat that was a reddish burgandy. OMG!!! He was so beautiful it was breathtaking. His hair was very spikey and nicely highlighted. He sang to perfection and was rewareded with thunderous applause. Perfect Day was perfect. I swear he looked at me...right at ME! He even made this one little nod towards me at one point that I took as a very subtle yup, I remember you Valerie. You rock! Yeah I know, but I can think what I want right? Then he greeted us and started talking about the tour and the memories. Played us the joke videos from Portland, Buffalo, Texas. Then he asked for the lights to come up and we got our sign up over our heads. He saw it, that much I am sure of. How could he not? The thing was huge, which of course, made people behind us angry. It took the 7 of us to hold it up, for maybe a whole minute at most. Just long enough for Clay to see it then we put it down. I peeked behind me and it was a sea of signs. Unbelievable. Well our sign paid off as the dancer was one of the girls we had been with all day, the daughter of the lady that drove us from the hotel to the fair. Amanda was so cute. We had to tell her that Clay picked her as Nick was shining a flashlight in her face. So out she went down our row, knocked me right over but I really didn't care. She was so cute and so excited. She had a lei that she eventually gave to Clay on stage. She hugged him. She got in line. She danced. Then when the song was almost over, she just yelled DANCE WITH ME CLAY! And she did! He was taken aback a bit, but he saw her in the audience and he knew what he was in for. Amanda sweetie, you were great!! After he gave her the thong, she asked if she could put the lei on him. He said sure, so she did. She gave him another hug and a kiss on the cheek, then she was off. As she bounced off stage, he turned to Jacob and said "I just got lei'd!" It was hysterical! Every song was great last night. The singer received a very cool reaction from the audience. I usually enjoy the singer portion (duh!) but last night with all the other things going on, it just felt very out of place. She had a nice voice, but for some reason was met with a rather cool reaction from the crowd.
After he started the James Taylor set, you could tell that something was up as he giggled a bit and threw his ear piece out of his ear. He sang beautifully. Then it was Angela's turn and same thing. She giggled and pulled her ear piece out. Same thing to Jacob and Quiana. Then the note holding contest happened. It was so cute. Clay did everything he could to get everyone to cut off. He put his hand over their mouths. They all had these fake teeth in trying to make Clay laugh. He was pulling them out and throwing them on the stage. So funny! Not sure who really won the contest though. Seemed to me Angela was still hanging in there. MOAM started and there was a guest on stage playing sax. She had been in line to audition with the singers. Clay was not thrown by it but didn't approach her either. Not sure he had a clue that she was from the audience.
Everything was so good! They had vaseline on all the mic stands, so as he sat down for the JT set, he mentioned that his hand was stuck on the mic with vaseline. Quiana had her arms folded as she had no idea what to do with her hands. The drummer had a red bra and a thong hanging from his cymbols the whole night. When it came time for Still the One, and Danny does his guitar work that backs Clay up on one foot, he got to the bump out and they dumped the bucket on him, full of ping pong balls! A little later one of the stage hands came out in something that I cannot even describe. Derek the drummer was wearing a Clay Aiken shirt all night. The bass player Daniel and Danny were hitting ping pong balls out to the audience with their guitars. It was just so amazingly fun and entertaining and so many other words that I can't even begin to use to describe the concert. Maggie and I were just GAH! over the whole evening. We gave each other a look every now and then of pure unadulterated excitement that only a fellow Claymate could even begin to comprehend. You Were There brought me to tears. TITN was flawless. Then Clay came down to say his final thoughts and he was moved. Clearly moved by our reaction. He sent out the love right back to us. Invisible was great. He was so happy on stage. When it got to the first "wait, I already am" he just smiled and shook his head a bit right at us! Then it was time for solitaire. The people in front of us, in the VIP 3 rows, were led out, may of them at least, before Solitaire even started. Not sure if others left or not, but we knew what was coming and we weren't going anyplace. He took the coat off for the song and looked stunning. He was right above me! I just watched him in total awe. When he was finally done and the show was over, he gave us the most wonderful smile and the tears were in his eyes, as they were in ours.
We made our way out to the midway where the buses were and waited. Everyone came out and waved. Jacob, Quiana, and Angela all had things to throw to the crowd. Quiana and Angela threw their shirts from the tour. I think Jacob threw some thongs as they were red and small. Not totally sure what he threw though. Clay didn't come out but he was in the bus window waving good-bye, as were all the band members on the other bus, sticking their heads out their windows, taking pictures of us. It was great. Then it was over and they were gone.
I was able to meet Jacob and say hello to all the other band members earlier on in the day. The dressing rooms were only blocked off by a bike rack and the ladies room was right next to them, so we were in and out of that area quite a bit. When the bus arrived, a bunch of us made our way to the bathrooms and that's where we met up with the band. Jacob was very nice. He was the only one that came over to us and said hello. He chatted to us a bit then had to get ready. Savon also said his hello's and was very sweet. The girls didn't quite look awake yet, but were more then happy to say hello. We were also able to say thanks to Danny later in the evening right after the show as he came back on stage to get something and we all yelled up to him.
Such a great night! I got to see Patti and Sharon. Sorry I didn't get to say good-bye to either of you. It was nuts by the time we left! My phone died by the end of the concert. I hope Spartus and Walla were able to hear when I called them. I haven't read the boards yet to know what all was said and I am still so tired. We got home around 1am this morning and I crashed. All nighters are not what they are cracked up to be. To Maggie, Cindy, Amanda, Carol, Linda and Amanda's mother who's name escapes me at the moment...THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR KIDNAPPING ME!!!
I'm going to go back to bed now then I'm off to the camera shop to get my pictures developed. It's almost time to go back to the real world. Just need a few more moments of happiness.
Sep 20 04 1:35 PM
Quote:This time, i dragged my husband, my 3 little kids, and my mother in law and father in law w/ me. The guys weren't too sure if they wanted to be there or not, but they brought us anyway.
We drove 3 hours to get there but were in the car much longer than that. We got to where Clay would be singing around 5 and just stood there. It was freezing and the kids were already antsy and cranky. But i tried to keep their spirits up promising they would get to see Clay REALLY SOON! :) My 2 year old kept yelling out for Clay. She was so cute. :) 6pm came and went. 7pm came and went. Ben sang. And sang. I think the cold air was making people anxious for Clay to come out. We waited and waited. No Clay. We were all chanting "We want Clay" over and over. Nothing. Then finally one group starting chanting, "Rueben!" just as a joke, cuz Clay wasn't coming out.
Finally....it was time!!!!
Clay came out. Huge screams. I'm pretty sure there was more than 10,000 there. And it was really cool because people walking by or eating at the stands could see him too. And believe me....you could sure hear him!!!! :)
He was amazing as usual! :) Funny, cute, and adorable! :) He talked about it being his last concert of the tour and showed some highlight videos. They played pranks on each other.
When Invisible came on....i was out by the stands. My family was too antsy by then, so we went out and stood out there and could actually see better! :) My son and i stood up on the bench and danced and sang for everyone to see! It was so much fun. :)
After it was over, my mother in law and i went and stood by the busses. It was cool because we could still see Clay sing "Soliataire" from where we were standing. We didn't have to leave the concert. We were still right there and could see him perfectly.
We waited and waited at the busses. Various band members and singers came out. Angela, Quiana, and Jacob came out and threw stuff at us. T shirts maybe?
Finally, after what seemed like forever.....the bus started to move. Jacob was sitting in the front. We were sure Clay was in there too. So we gawked at the bus and waved and blew kisses. But then as the bus started to pull away, the bus behind it pulled up. And guess who was in the front seat???? :) Yep....OMC!!! :thud Oh my word....he had the cutest smile on his face and just looked at us in awe. He waved to us and we waved and screamed and blew kisses. The look on his face was just so amazing. I wish i could explain it. He looked right out the window where i was standing. His eyes just lit up. He looked just like a kid on Christmas. :) It was almost like he was seeing us for the first time and was thinking "i can't believe this is all for me". :) He looked so happy and so content and so in love w/ all of us fans. :lubdub
He is just.....so wonderful.
Thank you Clay for another amazing night and for giving so much to us! :) We love you more than words can say! :bighug
As they were driving away, the bus turned and went right by where my 7 year old son was sitting w/ my father in law. I went over to him after and he had a huge smile on his face. I said "Did you see Clay in his bus?" And he said yes and i asked if he waved to him. He just had a huge smile on his face and said yes! :) I told him i should have just stayed there w/ him. He had a better view...not as many people standing right there and we could have sat and ate too. Lol!
Anyway...he was happy and convinced Clay saw him and waved right to him. :) Awww!
Ok...sorry this is so long. I'm still very tired. :) But it was worth it! :)
Clay will always be worth it. :)
Sep 20 04 1:39 PM
Quote: My 8 yr old daughter and I went to the Big E yesterday about
4pm. We live only 3 minutes up the road from there
and I could not believe that Clay would be there!:thumbup
like i said, my daughter and i got there around 4pm.
i brought her to have her picture taken for our season
pass, and after that i brought her to the ladies room
i saw a bunch of people around and knew it must have
been because of clay, because any other time i've been
in that building, nothing like that ever happened!
so i looked, and outside the ladies room were two
barracades. and jacob was on a cellphone talking
to the fans around him. oh i knew it had to do with
clay! but i just want to see clay, so i just looked at
him and showed my daughter who it was.
we went out and to the lines to wait.
i could not believe the lines:huh . one on each side of the
stage! they were supposed to start seating us after
the 4:30 show, but it ended later, and we weren't
moving until around 5:45-6pm.:hmmm
it got colder as the night came around.:sick my daughter
and i had only french fries. nothing to drink because
we couldnt go to the bathroom once we were seated!
so after 6 some time, we were seated. i couldnt believe
that we actually got a seat! we were soooo far in the
line, around the corner! wow! and the bleachers were
about empty when we were seated, so we went on
top, in the back row so my daughter could see. we
would have ended up in the second from the last row
on the floor, but i didnt want heads blocking her way
to see clay!
we sat, and froze, but during ben jelen, i was
just looking around. i saw jacob walking around the
whole time since i got there. i looked over at the
lines and saw jerome! i took out my camera and
took a couple of him. wow, that was cool!
then, after a few songs of ben jelen, it was still
light out, and guess what i saw?????!!!!!!
i gasped because from where i was sitting, higher
up, i could see the side of the stage and over the
white fence. it was CLAY!:yow he had blond hilites.
i knew it was him. i have been seeing him every
day whether in pictures, vids or television, and
heck all the concerts i've attended, so i KNEW it
was clay, even though the night before at Miss
America he had brown hair, but I KNEW it was our
CLAY! and it was!!!!!!!!!!!! i told my daughter, and
she saw him and screamed. the girl in front of us
saw him too! i love him!!!!!!!!!!!! he is sooooo tall!
and soooooooooooooo beautiful! he was turning to
look at jerome who was behind him. that was all
i saw of him til the show.
so we waited til 8 and froze more. i was shaking
and still am and its almost 10am the next day. :sick
i kept seeing jacob running around. and then finally
after we kept having to listen to song after song while
waiting, the band and singers went up the stairs. i
knew it was going to start.
well i know you all got the details of the show and
probably the pranks and stuff clay said, so i will
just say that when he came out, i was like, WOW.
he looked so handsome! i usually say beautiful or
hot, but he was "dressed up" even though he had
sneakers and jeans on. but he looked so "together'
that jacket made him look even taller! and standing
next to jacob and the girls, he looked like a giant!
how sexy!:tasty i loved that jacket he had on last night!
and his hilites are so cute! he looked wicked nice.
his voice was in tip top shape. i loved the crowd.
there were people waiting for hours! what great
fans clay has!:thumbup
one woman in front of me looked through her
binoculars during "You Were There" and she gasped.
She was like in her 40's or 50's. A man sitting near
my daughter in his 50's said, "I knew it" when Clay
was starting to sing Solitaire.
i am just so impressed at all the different ages
that love clay! and all their reactions.
for instance, when they were playing the video
before "This Is The Night" and they showed Clay
in the Grease red jacket, girls went nuts:thud near us,
and then when they showed clay when he was
auditioning with his red hair and glasses, you heard
peoples reaction. he has come a long way since
then. wow. it is so amazing.
fans are so dedicated to him.
i expected a lot of people, but i really was touched
by all the fans who waited so long, freezing out there
and i saw so many shirts that were made especially
for clay, thanking him and saying they love him
and the signs they made.
all the men who were there to wait for their girls
and ladies so they could see clay. the kids,.....it
was endless what i saw.
while we waited for the buses, 3 women were hovering
over a small video camera. i heard clay singing "Solitaire"
and they were watching what they just recorded. it
sounded so incredible! she is lucky she has all that
they were like in their 40's. i love it. that was great.
watching my daughter dancing in the back bleachers,
hoping clay would see her back there so she could
dance on stage with him. and then seeing her sitting
there with her arms folded, sulking in her seat :??? after
they chose the dancer! LOL
there is no one like clay and he does have the best
i think i'd walk across america naked just to see
we ended up at the buses, but my daughter
had school today, and it was sooooooooo cold
so i left for her.:waa
there's not many days in this life where clay
will be so close to my house, but i will live!:nanertype
as long as i see him on his Christmas tour!:shimmie
and before i left, i was amazed at so many fans
waiting for him. it was more than some arenas
i have been to! i loved the sign and was amazed
at the sign one woman had that said that clay's
christmas cd was #1 on amazon.com! you guys
are GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! it didnt even freakin' come out
yet and we cannot wait for it! :laugh
and the girl who sang w/ clay, she said she
flew from ohio just to sing with him. WOW!
the dancer was from DC!
this is awesome!
we reallllllly love this man.:bow
my husband will never realize what clay means
to us all . never.
thank you CLAY for making our day, every day!
Sep 20 04 1:44 PM
Quote:Well we (my boyfriend and I) arrived in Springfield between 10-10:30 Saturday evening. Started in overnight parking but after speaking with some other overnighters decided to follow them over to park near the gate. It wasn't until 2:44 that I fell asleep at all but ever noise woke me therefor I really only ended up with 2 hours sleep (waking up a dozen times.) My boyfriend (not as worried about a place in line) slept much more that I :tyty . I changed my clothes at 5am and joined the line near the gate. My boyfriend moved the car around 6ish and by 7am we were allowed into the park and began the small hike to the concert area.
It is a little after 7am and now all the brave and dedicated overnighters are in line at the concert gate. There is where we remained for about 11 hours. We were lucky enough to be in line with some of the nicest and funniest people. I had a great time in line, despite the cold and wind, and the long long wait. My borfriend wasn't as joyous about the waiting. We were allowed to come and go as we pleased and there was always a wonderful person who would volunteer to save your place (THANKS JERRY :lubdub .)
Finally after hours of waiting, laughing (corn dogs, big shoes, waldo), singing and the hourly countdown (it's 12 o'clock WOO-HOO :balloons ) we were finally seated in the concert area a little before 6. Once there came the worst part of the wait...looking at the stage and waiting for Clay to grace it.
Ben Jellen was very good. He was good with the audience and is a very talented fellow. I enjoyed him but after 18 hours of waiting at the Big E I just wanted to see CLAY :tyty .
When Clay came onto that stage the place erupted with clapping and screams. After all our waiting we were 3rd row in the smack dab center. We had the best seats ever (totally better than I ever imagined.) The fans (including myself) were so excited and receptive. If you were to just look out over the crowd all you would see was people jumping up in down, hands in the air, totally into the music.
Clay talked to us much more than he had at any of the others shows I went to, for obvious reasons of course. We were also graced with seeing vids of Clay and Angela doing the free fall ride at another fair, the pie fight, Angela and Qianna's rat scare and their dressing room lock-in. It was hysterical...and Clay was laughing his cute little but off on stage watching and remembering it all.
The show went smoothly. Even with Vaseline on mike's and stands, fake rats, a complete stranger playing the sax instead of Jacob and ping pong balls falling from the sky.
Clay looked beautiful in his long jacket and fitted sweater. ~SWOON~ :thud :bow :thud :bow His hair looked great and so did his flawless face. The voice was great and so was every other aspect of this performance.
This was the single most AMAZING concert I have ever been to. I am still in awe and my emotions are still so rocked that I can barley handle being awake. I cried through most of the show just because the emotion of it all was so intense. I would sleep in my car and stand in the freezing cold 10 times over just to see that show again.
THANK YOU CLAY FOR THE MOST AMAZING NIGHT OF MY LIFE.
WE LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN US :bluesniff !!!
Sep 20 04 1:46 PM
I ll post the stuff about the concert and clay in italics in case you don t want to read the whole thing.Springfield-Where do I start? I guess with an overview just to say it was a Perfect Day ! We left from our party (some of the W-B Scranton PAClayFans has a Clay Pary and watched the Miss America fiasco-complete with our own tiara). Got to the Big E about 4:00 am and met the NE Fans already in line! And then Bob (of Linda and Bob fame) joined us.They opened the gate about 6:50 and then we all ran to the concert gate and pitched our spots! I just have to say that the Fair people were incredible! Nice, funny, helpful, patient and POLITE! They turned what could have been into a complete disaster into a wonderful experience! The whole waiting experience was fun just like at GMA! We talked about Clay, Clay, Clay! And made great friends. Shout out to Clayfully Yours for dutifully announcing the time every hour on the hour!, Sara and Megan! Sara, I ll double check that Nick/Elon info for you as soon as I can! Hour by hour we were getting more and more excited. When they finally let us it at 5:30, it went very smoothly.
We got Second row center-closest I ve ever been!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were screaming like maniacs. Even Bob was high fiving us!
OK--the best concert ever!!!!!!!!!!!! If God ever created a more beautiful specimen of a human being, I don t know where he is. He was really late, but when the mothership finally opened and he walked out-we thought we would die. Long burgundy courderoy jacket, light grey cashmere sweater that looked so soft I could just imagine rubbing my face in it. Grey pants and sneakers. NEVER NEVER NEVER looked better-Hair was absolutely perfect! It looked really red/auburn to me with the beautiful blond highlights.
TWO WORDS LADIES__ FRECKLES AND STUBBLE. Yes I was one of those people in the second row with binoculars! He had a little blemish or shaving nick on the side of his face and neck! His eyes were literally sparkling! What is it about those eyes! They actually sparkle.
The crowd was unbelievable-we heard there were well over 12,000 according to one of the security guards. People were in the stadium, on each side of the lawn, overflowing onto the streets 20 deep and on the roofs of buildings!!! No one sat except through YWT!
Highlights: Said we were going to get a very special show. Showed clips of all the pranks and stunts from the last two and a half months. Plus new jokes-Yeti brought a rat into Quinna and Angela s dressing room and Quianna ran out so fast Clay was hysterical. Told her she should try out for the Olympics.
He still laughed at locking them in the dressing room! Crew covered his mike in Vaseline. At one point he told us you can t tell, but my hand is completely stuck to this microphone w/ Vaseline). The crew added new songs to the play list as a joke-Sunshine on my Shoulders and I ll Get By with A Little Help From My Friends and Clay was busting on Chris for spelling friends FRIENDS! Told him how to spell in correctly==snarky Clay!!!!
He seemed to tease Jacob a lot even saying he Smelled at one point when the singer came up. She said she was almost picked to sing somewhere else but left to take a shower and lost her spot. And the teased Jacob about showering more or something.
Singer was good, not great, but she was beautiful. Blond, think and had on a shirt off her shoulders. When she came up on stage, The Clayton was all smiles!!!! And he said, Well! Look at this! Very pleased. He was flirty and she showed him her engagement ring and he said, something like Oh, she s engaged pretending to be a little disappointed. He remarked about her stage presence cause she wasn t at all shy! Said she loved the stage. When they were through with the duet- he was holding her hand like Heather Hadley- HE KISSED HER HAND AND GAVE HER A KISS ON THE CHEEK AND A HUG! Clay really likes the pretty girls.
Dancer was cute, bubbly! Nick froze the lei and it died and hhe was busting him on that so they gave her the thong. She had a lei and asked Clay if she could give it to him. She put it on him and he said- Jacob, I just got leid! or I think I just got leid. Crowd went absolutely insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It s so great to see him having fun.
YGAF-Jacob, Quinna and Angela apparently had on false teeth and during the note contest, he took them out of each one s mouth and I think tickled Angela so she was laugh and lose her breath.
During MOAM when Jacob plays the sax, a little girl came out instead with a sax. We were all motioning for him to look behind him but My friend Cindy and I kept it up and I yelled behind you. HE ACKNOWLEDGED US AND JUST NODDED HIS HEAD THAT HE KNEW. Cindy and I went nuts. Jumping up and down screaming- He did that to us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SICK, I KNOW!
During Roseanna they dumped a bucket of ping pong balls on Danny and then proceeded to throw them at each other for the rest of the concert. Clay called them middle school children. The band had a blast and were really up and on last night.
Did anyone catch the comment Clay made about ugly sweatshirts when he asked someone to get a jacket for Quianna-she was cold! She said something and he said They aren t jackets, they re ugly sweatshirts . Don t know what that meant.
During the Invisible banter, he got so choked up he had to stop, bit his lip like he did in Raleigh with TITN on the AI tour and kept coughing to get his composure.
Someone screamed we love you clay and he did one of the looks like he did we everyone sang invisible the other night. The smile just exploded on his face and he did his aw shucks thing and shook his head. Sort of did the same when we were singing invisible. When he sang I am nothing without you he pointed out to the crowd and we were all pointing up at him. It was really nice!
Now, I m not sure if anyone there would agree with me, but he seemed like he was in a bit of a strange mood. I can t explain what I mean. He didn t acknowledge so many things he usually would have. Like the size of the crowd, the girl with the sax-only called her a complete stranger-she was a young girl and I would have expected him to call her over and at least ask her name. Also, two women won a contest and were sitting at the concert in a Jacuzzi!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never said a word! I thought it very odd. Also, he sort of just plowed through all the jokes very formally, even when Yeti put mice on the stage and came out in a mask, bathing suit or something and was dancing with Jacob. It s almost as if he was an everyday occurance. He did say something like the sad thing is he dresses like that every day. He seemed subdued maybe a little melancholy? Maybe it had all got up with him and he was tired. Not that he didn t have energy cause he did. He was just a little subdued is all I could think of. I also expected him to get punked more, but they didn t do much to him.
I was just a weeee bit disappointed that they did IKYWW instead of SSD or Chain of Fools only because I saw them do that about 4 times. Never saw the others.
Another thing, ISY no growl! At the end of the concert when he was leaving, everyone in our section were blowing him kisses, screaming thank you, we love you. It was a beautiful site! Im crying not just thinking about it!
Blessed, blessed, blessed is all I could say about having been there. I will never forget it.
He did not come out to the crowd and I was literally in tears (In 8 concerts, he didn t come out to one of the ones I was at! Just not meant to be I guess.) but I was extremely emotional during the end of the concert as well. I just broke down during Solitaire. I guess the whole Idea of this tour winding down, no sleep and the intensity of the whole day/night just got to me. But I was really beside myself. I actually sobbed at one point when he was walking off the stage. Everyone else came out and Jacob, Quinna, Angela and S von threw some of their clothes, autographed, out into the crowd. S von was hugging everyone and we were wishing them all luck.They thanked us and blew us kisses Jacob was doing all kinds of funny things from the bus window, sticking his butt out, sticking his leg out, throwing food, etc. Clay left right behind them and again, wasn t smiling like he usually does. He just waved. I was really taken back. I think it was hard for him or he was just overcome or relieved it was over ----not sure! I wonder if anyone else got this vibe. Jerome didn t leave with him so I guess they were going there separate ways for a while. Someone said they heard clay had to catch a flight and that s why he didn t come out but I was sure he would. There were about 20 police officer there and that s usually a sign he coming out. There were no baracades set up. Just yellow caution tape which should have been a clue.
Before the concert my friend and I waited by the dressing rooms-they were very easy to get to and were well barackaded. We waited as long as we could for him to get off the bus, but he never did. Jacob told us he wasn t coming off until the last minute because he was doing press on the bus!? I would have had a great view. Did see his wardrobe. Big AIKEN on the side of the black wardrobe. Another strange thing was that all of his flowers and gifts were on tables outside his dressing room like lining each side of his door.
Well, Im sure I forgot somethings. I really can t wrap my mind around everything. It was a fabulous, bittersweet experience. Clay-I love you more than I thought I ever could and want to thank you for all of the beautiful memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS I have pics but they suck! I can t take a pic to save my life but I will upload some of the better ones later on. My scan disc won t work for some reason.
We got Second row center-closest I ve ever been!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were screaming like maniacs. Even Bob was high fiving us!
Sep 21 04 11:56 AM
Sep 21 04 12:00 PM
Quote:         Reply with quote
Corabeths Big E! AdventurePart I
Im totally exhausted with probably 9 hours of sleep in two days. Ive got a sunburn/windburn on my face and my lips as dry as they are in the winter. My legs ache and my ankle hurts and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Im writing my recap now and then will wait for SkateJoy and Buzztechie to write theirs. I will then prepare and present my defense*g* The good news is that I did NOT drive off with my trunk open. The bad news is I started a new tradition.
Skate and Buzz came to my house around 4:00 on Saturday. Sgt. CB loves it when he has a new audience for his snark on Corabeth routine.
We went hunting for various cheap things to sit on for the next day in case we had to leave them behind when they let us in. Buzz already had a great folding stool but we couldnt find one like it. In the second store, I found a Rubbermaid gardeners bench with deluxe cup holder for $10. In the third store, Skate bought a plastic milk crate which we would cover with blankets so she wouldnt end up with lines on her ass.
We had a nice dinner and Little CB tagged along. I wont bore you with the details of our MAP party but suffice it to say that we all had on nice tiaras, including the dog. The men in the house made a quick exit. My son to his friends to sleep over and Sgt. CB to his favorite watering hole.
We got up early on Sunday and ate a quick breakfast. I let the dog out and noticed it was unbelievably cold so I grabbed a sweatshirt at the last minute. This would be a good decision. I only live 15 minutes or so from the Big E so we pulled in and it was pretty quiet. We parked on a side street directly across from the main gate and grabbed bags, blankets, hidden cameras and various stools and benches and headed in. They let us in early and we went over to the line. They had set up two waiting areas on either side of the fenced in area so we made our way over to the side that led into the non-grindage side. There were 25 or so people there already in an area with the venue fence on one side and some metal barriers on the other. (This mornings paper had a picture of everyone with a notation that people got there early. The good news is it mentioned where they were from, which was as far away as Las Vegas. The bad news is one of them was wearing a tiara.)
Buzz is a veteran line camper so we set up house. She had the smart idea of moving the metal barriers in a bit so that the line wasnt as wide (it ended up being around 8 wide even after that). A guy thought they might be too heavy but our Buzz just went over and lifted it. Turns out they were pretty light.
The first thing you do in a line camping situation is make friends with those around you so that they remember you and will help you later. I need to mention at this point that it was FREEZING. I mean it was no more than 45 degrees and that was before a very brisk wind. We were well shaded which didnt help. I bought hot chocolate from a stand that was already open and without thinking took a first sip and proceeded to burn my mouth and throat. My tongue is still fuzzy right now.
We played rummy and talked with people around us. CTclayfan and NeptuneNancy showed up a couple of hours later. Jojoct was there a bit ahead of us and later Kerin and Anntherese54 arrived. I left for a quick break and spent $30 on a fleece zip coat that said New England on it. Best $30 spent this month as that third layer really cut the wind.
The afternoon seemed to go by faster than the morning, maybe becoss by then the sun had reached our side. The security guys did an admirable job as the line grew. They even commented to people that it was not fair if one person waited there all day and then had their family of five join them at 6:00. This did not stop a few very rude people.
We met all kinds in the line. NeptuneNancy had brought CNN cards as did I. I ran out of mine. People couldnt take them fast enough. Im yelling out like Carnival!Barker!Corabeth! about the newsletter and the book, etc.
We decided to take most of our stuff back to my car around 3:30 so Skate and I brought it all back while Buzz held down the fort. This was a good idea as the line kept moving forward. Things got a little testy a few times as people tried to sneak in, etc. It was also a little scary when you feel such a large mass of people pushing behind you. SecretlylovesClay was to my left and then to her left were some younger girls. Skate and Buzz were to my right. Each row locked arms as we moved forward, I told the younger girls that now WAS the time to forget your manners and be rude to people who tried to cut. (Im serious, some people tried to cut in that just got there at 5 PM.) We heard that the line was getting quite ugly on the opposite side. Donnamom, is this true? We also practiced bracing our selves in case it was really crazy.)
They let us in 20 at a time from each side and filled up to the center. The venue was filled with long park benches. We figured we would be 2nd or 3rd row. As we got closer, Im hanging on to Buzzs sweatshirt and Ive got SecretlylovesClays hand. (Must protect the Clack goddesses). They let in a woman and their daughter in front of us and then me, Skate and Buzz and I had to let go of SLC. The woman and her daughter were stuck on the end of row 2 and we ducked into the third row. Third row center, BAYBAY and no one had checked bags at all. SLC was just a few people down from us.
The sun went down and it really got cold. Ben Jelen has a nice smile and is very talented musically but all his songs sounded the same.
We watched the crew rig a red bucket to the top of the stage just over the catwalk. It looked too light for water, but we thought it might be full of thongs or something. The roadie shushed us with a smile on his face. They hung a red bra on Dereks mic stand and they put something on Clays mic stand which turned out to be Vaseline.
They announced that two people who had won a raffle earlier in the day for either front row seats or a view from a hot tub had chosen the hot tub. They actually had the hot tub on the side of the venue. I envied them becoss the wind had picked up and it was really cold.
Thats OK though becoss it was about to get really hawt.
END part I
Corabeths Big E! Adventure-Part II
We were waiting for the concert to begin and checking out the crowd. The seating area was completely full and if you stood on your bench there were people as far as the eye could see. The news that night said that 79,000 people attended the fair that day (although people dont necessarily attend all day but you could see the traffic picked up considerably in the afternoon. They closed the main Big E parking lot at 2 PM).
POYB came on and then the montage. It always sounds to me like this montage of sound bites with the static in the middle is like someone turning a radio dial and hearing more about Clay each time. I wonder if the person who developed that has a good sense of irony.
The mother ship opened and we lean forward to see what he was wearing in this cold. When we saw the turtleneck and the dark coat, I knew this was going to be a nice outfit. The coat looked burgundy from under the stairs but we couldnt tell it was corduroy from that distance. (The jumbotrons were outside of the seating area for the crowds standing on the grass.) Whenever he stepped out of the ship and we saw that the coat came down to this mid-thighs, I sucked a breath in. He managed to look classy and hip at the same time. He was GORGEOUS (tm/someone on the cellcert-it could have been me.*g*)
The interesting thing about this wardrobe is that he had it ready. Now they could have checked weather.com and seen that it was going to be a cool night. But no one else had anything close to this type of warm clothing and Quiana, Angela and even Ben Jelen commented that they were freezing. It makes me think that this was bought for a photo shoot or some other purpose. It really would be a spectacular Christmas album outfit with a scarf and a little fake snow on the hair.
We got a hint of a driving move on WTSHNN but not much. My brain was in total Clay induced haze at this point plus every time he stepped under the bucket, I would look up. He had one button of the jacket buttoned so every time he danced the bottom part would open up and reveal the gray trousers. It really was a beautiful outfit. The white sneakers didnt go but I imagine that whatever dress shoes he normally wears with that would be hard to dance in and he may not have wanted them to get scuffed up.
Clay mentioned that this was the last show and that if the audience saw things break or strange things that this was tradition for a last show. He showed things throughout the night including their various daredevil rides, Yeti and the white mouse in the girls dressing room and the pie fight with the band and the crew. (I saw a longer version of the free fall. I didnt realize that they take you up in a cage and then the bottom of the cage just opens up and you fall out of it! Quiana is one smart cookie to have avoided that.)
The dancer for WYSYLM was one of the people who had been at the front of our camp out line. Nick froze the flower lei and killed it so they did a thong. He put it around Jacobs neck and said Jacob is used to having a thong around his neck. Zing!
The dancer was Amanda from DC. She was cute with long black curly hair. She was thrilled to be there and was a lot of fun but really clingy. She shimmied at him, she kissed him on the cheek, she hugged him hard. It was interesting to watch him during all of that because he was smiling and enjoyed her but every time she took one more liberty, his body took on a bit of a catious stance like what is she going to do next. When she took her silk lei and put it on him, he looked up at Jacob and said Jacob, (I think) I just got leid People are saying he said I think but I didnt hear it, I heard Jacob, I just got leid.
Kyrie dancing with the long coat swaying was almost more than I thought I could take. But I guess I was wrong because IWCY leaning against the upper tier of the stage with the Dickens Coat splayed open across his thighs was even more of an Oh.My.Gah. moment. God Bless Us Everyone of those 73 was magnificent.
The singer came out and you can tell he liked her right away. Usually he says Helllowww when a singer comes out. This time he said verrrrry nice in that way that a man does when he sees a woman that he appreciates. (Unfortunately, with the long Cratchit Coat we couldnt tell just how much he appreciated her.) Dont you just love how he blurts out what he is thinking sometimes? (This was not quite as obvious as the Miss Nebraska excited me last night fist pump but it was funny.) She was blonde and pretty but not exceptionally so, IMO. He mentioned that she could have been in Miss America and she said that she was in the Miss Ohio prelims. (Big whoop, toots) She also said something about knowing Matt Metzgers fianc or something about Matt Metzger and he said that they were having a reunion on stage. I found her a little full of herself, truth be told. She said she had auditioned for his Mom in another venue and made the top three but missed the final audition because she was in the shower. WTF? Why would someone share that. He mentioned that his hand was stuck to his mic with Vaseline and fired the crew. (This must have been driving him nuts as he couldnt do the hot potato thing with the mic.) She sang well but their voices just didnt blend, IMO. He ended it with the HH hand hold and then kissed her hand. She is definite shuttle material if her head could fit in the door.
Before he grabbed the stool for the JT set, he pounded on it to make sure it was not rigged and asked Angela to sit on it. He said Im not afraid! During the set, each one of them pulled their ear pieces out so you know they were not getting the song. Quiana was laughing and kept pointing over to the her right. It was very funny that instead of the lordy, lordy,lordy, we got Ill coming running and then Jacob said Run, Run, Run Quiana. and sang about the mouse. (Quiana did make a fast beeline for the dressing room door in the video. Angela tried to save her stuff first.) When they did YGAF long note, I noticed he pulled something red out of Angelas mouth and I thought it was some confetti and then I realized that it was fake teeth as he pulled them out of Quiana and Jacobs mouths too.
Well, we finally found out what was in the bucket. When Danny came out front to do his solo in STO, the bucket tipped and dozens of ping pong balls came tumbling out. Clay commented in the show that they were a bunch of high schoolers and later he demoted them to middle schoolers and later he pretty much fired them all. It was cute. They did whip them at each other and into the audience until Clay told them to stop whipping them into the audience or Ahm gonna get sued! Buzz got a ball and so did I but I lost it! Sorry, Clay! I lost your ball!
ISY was not as growly but what a GORGEOUS view of Clay in his ISY stance with profiles of him on the small screen. I may have moaned.
We got IKYWW and I have yet to see COF or SSD.
TITN was beautiful and I watched with my binocs and I got a direct stare right into my lenses. It was so intense that I had to pull them away. His eyes were very bright and looked full of water to me after that and he took a long time to speak after he walked down the stairs. He didnt have the Raleigh teary face but he seemed to be setting his jaw so as not to do that. I wanted to hug him.
Invisible was fun and they got the lighting right for the end. He seemed to stay inside the mothership for a long time singing the part with the backup singers, like he didnt want to leave.
He came out for Solitaire without the coat and I really love that look on him too. He really does wear designer clothes very, very well. GQ has a bunch of idiots working there. He did this thing with his hands where his arms were straight down and then he clasped them together palms up, around the mic and then slid them up. (fans self reliving that). The last note was very long and he reached out at the end (SLC has captured this perfectly). He did the head snap and turn at the end and I think he took a few bows, I have to watch again. Im trying to clap while holding Skates phone so she can snap pictures.
We did the bus thing but only the backup singers came out. A&Q threw out signed articles of clothing, all their pink and blue things. There was a cat on the dash of one of the trucks-I wonder if that made its way into the bus any time during the tour. Clays bus drove by and he waved and winked. Im guessing they had a pretty nice party to go to after the show.
Sep 21 04 12:51 PM
Sep 21 04 1:42 PM
Sep 21 04 1:47 PM
Sep 21 04 8:45 PM
Quote:More From The Republican | Subscribe To The Republican
Clay Aiken wows Big E crowd
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
By DONNIE MOORHOUSE
WEST SPRINGFIELD - "American Idol 2003" runner-up Clay Aiken headlined the Big E in West Springfield Sunday night, performing a 90-minute set of earnest pop music for a crowd of thousands, many of whom had lined up early in the day for a chance to see the television music star.
Aiken proved to be poised and polished, taking the lessons he learned from the talent competition known as "American Idol," and transferring them into a palatable stage show that ran flawlessly from pillar to post.
It was the final show of Aiken's 2-month summer tour, and much of the time on stage was spent with band members looking over their shoulders and waiting for the next practical joke to fall. Aiken was victimized by a Vaseline covered microphone, while his guitarist was doused with a bucket of ping pong balls during his big solo.
Whether the practical joke theme was genuine, or part of a choreographed stage show, it was successful in keeping the energy level high on stage.
Only a year into his professional career, Aiken is an absolute marvel in the way he handles a performance. He appears as a seasoned veteran, at ease with the microphone, and capable of handling impromptu moments in front of a crowd of thousands.
Aiken was late coming to the stage, a full hour later than the scheduled 7 p.m. start time, and 30 minutes after opener Ben Jelen completed his set. Fans were understandably anxious, at one point raining boos down from the bleachers at the delay.
All was forgiven when Aiken rose on a hydraulic lift to a multi-tiered stage and offered U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name." Children were immediately thrust upon the shoulders of parents to get a better view.
A dance competition brought "Amanda from Washington" up on stage to two-step with the back-up singers and give Aiken an enthusiastic embrace. The singer followed with another cover, this time working up Mister Mister's "Kyrie."
Aiken also delivered some cuts from his debut "The Measure of a Man," including the title track and the ballad "I Will Carry You."
He gave ample time to his three backing vocalists as well, allowing them to either duet or solo on a medley of James Taylor hits including "Sweet Baby James," "How Sweet It Is," and "Fire and Rain."
Aiken took control of the stage again with a rocking version of "Still The One," and a cover of Toto's "Roseanna." He closed the set with a rendition of "This Is The Night," and encored with a cover of Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire."
Ben Jelen had the unenviable task of opening for Aiken and quelling the anticipation of an army of Aiken supporters. He handled the task with aplomb, winning converts with his semi-rock piano ballads and a cover of Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution."
Sep 21 04 9:18 PM
Sep 21 04 9:35 PM
I think I may be first and I'm still frozen and exhausted from standing for 7 1/2 hours; but Clay was so worth it.
You will see from the pictures that he was maybe the absolute most gorgeous we have ever seen him. I'm not sure I'm still breathing and alive. I think I am.
The whole concert, seeing Clay looking so gorgeous, so happy, tearful at the end. I wish I had the words to say; but I LOVE CLAY AIKEN WITH ALL OF MY HEART
AND HAVE THUDDED BEYOND IMAGINATION.
THE MAN IS GOD'S GIFT TO US AND THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.
AND HE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
ONLY!! Ok got to the Big E around 10pm last night...slept in my car (only about 2 hours of actual zzzzzzz)....stood in line outside the gate in the freezing cold from 5 am to 7 am....stood in line inside the gate till almost 6pm....totally the longest day of my life. I would do it again and again just to see that performance. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! GREAT SEATS AND A GREAT MAN!!!!!!!! I have been in tears ever since he sang YWT. I am still an emotional wreck. Best night of my life so far!!I hope everyone else had a great time!!
Ok, well I just got back from the Big-E. Please note that I am quite exhausted right now, so bare with me if some of what I say doesn't make the most sense.
It was very cold today, it felt like we completely skipped the end of summer and hopped into the end of fall. Right now the temperature reads 49 degrees, so that should give you some idea. Anyway, I got there early to try to get good seats, but noticed the line was so long already that there was no way I could get a good seat. So, we made our way up as far as we could on the lawn and were actually pretty lucky. We managed to get up very close to the stage while still being on the lawn. I think we had a better spot than some of the people that got in to sit. If it were in a stadium, our seats probably would've been expensive.
Since there was no where to sit, we had to just stand there waiting. It was quite a long wait, and the cold didn't make it much easier. It was nice though, because we were able to talk to some of the Clay fans, which was how we spent most of the time. It ended up being a really large crowd, and there were people way back that probably couldn't see much. We were all pretty crammed in. The crowd definately ranged in age, and of course since it was a fair there were quite a bit of families.
Ben didn't do bad, but since it's not really my kind of music I can't say too much about it. By the time he started it was 7:00 too, and I was really just anxious for Clay to hurry up and start. He sang for about 20 minutes, and then said he would begin his last song and asked if asked if people were ready for Clay. Of course everyone screamed, and we all tried to wait patienty. But then, for some reason, he continued after that song was over. Anyway, he finished his set at about 7:30. I could see Clay up on the back stairs and we thought he was coming on, but he wasn't yet. Jacob came up too and we asked him when Clay was coming on. He was joking with us and said "Oh, he's not here. Don't you know he decided not to come?" LOL.
It wasn't actually until 8:00 (and dark out) when they finished setting up. When Clay finally came out, the crowd went crazy. It was so amazing to see him so close up, and he looked fantastic. I won't give you the song run down because you already know it. But I have to say that he was amazing tonight. Most every song he was completely on key. He was amazing. I think this was the best I've seen him sing live (or very close to it).
I do have some more comments but I think I'll post them tomorrow. I hope this is enough for tonight.
Big E AWWW!!!!!!!!!!
HE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There was lots of Clay love in Massachusetts last night-the audience was rockin and it looked like Clay really appreciated it.
Before concert started- A girl in the front row held up a sign that said
CHRISTMAS CD #1 on AMAZON - huge crowd reaction and and it really looked like Clay saw it during the concert.
Lots of shouts of Clay Clay Clay waiting for him to come on stage.
Huge cheers and tons of applause throughout.
Sat behind SecretlyLovesClay who took the awesome Foxwoods vides (hint, hint) :thumbup :thumbup
Looked like there must have been 7,000-8,000 people there- I was in a seat so it was tough to see how many people were standing, but, everyone around me agreed it must have been at least that if not more.
Dancer- hilarious and she stole a Kiss.His face was so cute when he asked her if she was in on an inside joke because she came out withthe lei and asked if she could give it to him. Clay said something like.. "Ok now I can say I've been leid" (as he looked at Jacob and Jacob promptly cracked up).
he said there was vaseline on his microphone and could not take his right hand off the mike.
SInger was cute and he kissed her hand afterwards..awwww ....SHuttle anyone?
He definitely cried thanking his fans- he is amazing and I appreciate so much that he isn't afraid to show his love for us. Yammy face right in front of me and Secretly-
edited to add- LOVE< LOVE< LOVE the clothes- just beautiful and classy......
TITN was just breathtaking -so strong and powerful.
© 2017 Yuku. All rights reserved.