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Aug 13 04 9:19 AM
Allegan signs Aiken
Friday, August 13, 2004
The Grand Rapids Press
Clay Aiken, whose TV exposure as an "American Idol" runner-up led to multiplatinum album sales and a devoted legion of fans known as "Claymates," will play the Allegan County Fair at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
Reserved seat tickets, $30 and $35, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at the fair box office or by phone at (888 ) 673-6501. Tickets also will be available at Star Tickets Plus outlets, by calling (800) 585-3737 or online at www.starticketsplus.com.
"We're thrilled. He's got a little bit of star power," raved Terry Bonnell, manager of the Allegan County Fair. "This is a great fit. There are no clouds of discontent over this guy; he's about as clean as they get."
Other artists scheduled to perform at the Allegan County Fair, which runs Sept. 10-18, include Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, Lonestar and the Newsboys.
Allegan fair snags 'Idol' star Aiken
Friday, August 13, 2004
By James Sanford
[email protected] 388-8553
If you're furious with yourself for missing Thursday night's Clay Aiken concert in Jackson, calm down: He'll soon be back in the area.
The "American Idol" star will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Allegan County Fair. Tickets, priced at $30 and $35, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"We're thrilled to have him. ... He's a great act for the fair -- this guy doesn't offend anybody," fair manager Terry Bonnell said. "Needless to say, he's got a lot of star power. ... We're anxious for Clay to be here and all the 'Claymates,' as they call them."
In an interview with the Gazette about his Jackson appearance, Aiken promised his show will incorporate not only material from his highly successful "Measure of a Man" CD but also "some new stuff, like covers of songs I grew up with. It's going to be a really good family show."
This year's fair, which runs Sept. 10-18, also will feature concerts by Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Lonestar, Gretchen Wilson and the Newsboys. "We think we have perhaps the best lineup in the grandstand we've had in years," Bonnell said.
For more information, call the box office at (888 ) 673-6501 or Star Tickets Plus at (800) 585-3737.
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Quote:WHEN YOU'RE FALLING BEHIND~~~~
I WILL CARRY YOU ~~~
EVERYBODY CRIES, EVERYBODY BLEEDS~~~
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, BEAUTIFUL!!!
EVERYONE CRAWL INTO MY PHONE
OMG - CHANGE UPS GALORE ON
I WILL CARRY YOU - THE LINE
"I WILL CARRY YOU" HE WENT UP
ON " CARRY " REALLY DIFFERENT..
YOUR WAY HOOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEE
WHEN YOUR DREAMS GIVE OUT.......
Quote:HE'S CLIGGLING AGAIN - ABOUT HOW FAR
AWAY SHE LIVES, SHE DOESN'T REMEMBER
HOW FAR AWAY IT IS - SHE IS TWELVE..
SHE'S IN 7TH GRADE...GOES TO CHIPPAWAI ?
MIDDLE SCHOOL....TONS OF CHEERING FOR
HER....HOW CUTE.....SHE SKIPPED GYM CLASS
TO COME SEE CLAY !!! LOL SHE USED TO
SING IN CHOIR CLAY SAID "YOU PROBABLY
SKIPPED THAT TOO".... CROWD ROARING
AWWWW SHE'S DARLING & SHE CAN SING!!!
Sep 13 04 9:08 PM
Quote:Back from Allegan and it's wierd to be home in an hour.
I traded my 5th row, left section, isle seat with Caplet's 2nd row center so she could try for the dancer part in the isle and hopefully get noticed. We traded back after he chose another gal.
Flip Flop Clay.
Chatty, funny Clay.
Dancin' Kryie Clay.
Perfect soaring voice Clay.
It was all wonderful.
First time 2nd row Clay was shocking. He truly is beautiful up close. Can't describe it.
Professional Clay: Such a small crowd. Full "floor" and a little of the grandstand. Still as good a show as I have seen. Everyone gave me what I came to see. He was even a little looser and more relaxed. Lots of banter and humor. I am gratefull that he showed BFE just what he could do.
Solitaire was literally "breathtaking" in the true sense of that word. He hit that glory note and I just let the air slowly leave me. That note seemed to pull it out of me. He so @#%$ nailed that song. Heard comments on our way to the car from others around us. It has to be heard live to be believed and even then you don't believe it.
Clack House shout out was great. can'tdecidette was adorable. Very brave and personable and chatty. Oh she sang dang good too.
Pray there is good clack of when Jacob put the hat on Clay's head backward and Clay did the "cool dude rapper move." To die for! (end of JT set)
Need to hear cellcert. This is my last NaT. I am V. Sad.
Off to bed. More tomorrow.
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Sep 13 04 10:54 PM
Quote:Home from Allegan. Wow, what a night, what a concert. My ears are ringing for the first time ever from a Clay concert and I think I lost my voice.
I will recap tomorrow, but this was my last NaT and I loved every freakin' second of it. Oh yeah, whomever said sitting next to Linda (of Bob & Linda) is a pain the ass, was right.
nova, the tiaras were a one time appearance in honor of MAP on Saturday and it was ficus' idea.
One quick comment on mentioning the internet and the message boards at the last few concerts. What I took away from his speech before Invisible was, without you telling your friends, moms, daugthers, internet message boards, I would not be where I am today. Thank you for all that you have done and do for me. He realizes that he is ending the NaT this week with only 3 concerts in October and he doesn't want us to forget about him. He wants us to keep posting on the internet about him. Clay has played the internet game from day 1 and he knows how important it is to his success, since he doesn't get radio play. I was talking to Mrs Loki as we were each headed home in opposite directions, he knows that he isn't going to be as visible for a while and he wants to make sure we don't foget him. YMMV
Sep 13 04 11:02 PM
Quote: I'm not good at reviews, in fact, I don't think I've ever done this before. Guess I'm first? YIKES! :errr Did everyone else get too tired waiting for this thread to open?
Ok, we got there late and missed Ben Jelen. :waa Apparently he had started at 7 pm instead of the 7:30 time posted on the tickets. I joked about getting one of the posters of Ben shirtless and having him sign it...lol. Um, yeah...so NOT me.
Funny banter...It was quite warm and humid in MI tonight, especially for September. You'll notice from tonight's pictures, that Clay's blue shirt was stuck to him like it was glued on...lol. He commented about it being warm and wasn't MI suppose to be cold? We said yes. Quiana complained that she was hot. Clay said that he has had more concerts in MI than any other state. (we've noticed!) He thought it was 6 concerts and the Ford appearance. Someone yelled 8 shows, so he walked over to find out where (??) because he couldn't remember. Then he quipped something like..."Oh, you just wanted to get me over here to talk to you." :laugh Clay gave his backups each an Allegan flourescent colored usher's hat. He called them "light up hats" and said the colors were so bright that they were the only thing he could see from the stage in the dark. The girls picked first, and this left Jacob with the pink hat...lol. Earlier in the show, some girls had yelled out to Jacob that he was handsome. :hmmm (most of us think you are more handsome, Clay!! :thumbup ) So after Clay gave him the pink hat and he had put it on, Snarky Clay asked "How does he look NOW?? :chair Quiana had "big hair" so her hat couldn't fit on her head all of the way...which Clay mentioned. Someone had a sign for Quiana and Clay noticed...it said that she should keep her feet on the ground (no bungee jumping) until Clay swims in Lake Michigan...another funny moment. The 12 year old singer did a very good job! She was a little nervous and kept opening her eyes up wide..lol. Clay was so sweet with her and I loved how he kept his harmonizing vocals from overpowering her voice. She said that she had skipped gym class to come to the concert. He told her that was ok and that everyone can tell that he also has skipped a lot of gym classes...lol. When he asked, she said that she sang in choir last year, but now is in the orchestra. He said not to miss music class but that gym was ok to miss...lol. During the "sing off" Quianna dropped a rubber snake on the stage trying to scare Clay...didn't work, though. Jacob put the pink hat on Clay. At the end it was between Clay and Angela, and Clay won! :ya
Jerome came by us quite often. There was someone in our row either video taping or using a long-lensed camera...I'm not sure, but Jerome was upset, and I think the person was first warned by the fair security and then Jerome came back a couple more times with a flashlight with more security people. I heard later that this person was kicked out. Oh, saw Nick walking past us a few times too. I looked at him walking by and said to myself "hmmm, that guy looks familiar...do I know him from somewhere?" Yeah, I'm a dork. :tongue1 The second time he came by, I realized he was Nick. duh.
Jacob came out by the fence to greet fans for pictures and autographs and spent a lot of time with the fans. No more pink eye for Jacob, so that is good. He joked that he wanted to forget about it when he was asked. Clay's bus had left immediently after the show ended, so no Clay tonight. I think at the fairs, his bus needs to get out before all of the traffic begins to exit the fairgrounds. One of the band members came out briefly to greet fans, but darned if I can remember his name. duh. I need to brush up on my band 101 skills.
Ok, on to just Clay...he was amazing!! Vocally in fine form, down to earth, very talkative, happy and self confident. And very, very GENUINE. For some reason, the Clay I remember from the IT seemed to be "acting" a teeny bit? Tonight, I think we got what seemed to be "all" Clay. He even danced a little. For some reason I cannot remember to what song, but he was adorable..I loved it and wish he had danced even more! :) The only thing is, is that we (I'm being selfish here) got IKYWW, and I saw that in Springfield at the only other NAT concert I've been to. Since he switches songs, I so wanted to see/hear my favorite...COF!!...oh well, I still enjoyed it again. Invisible was so fun!!...he dedicated it to us and asked us to sing along, and, of course we did!! And YWT was beautiful!! The girl next to me cried during the performance. I noted that the crosses/Bible scenes seemed similar to what I saw in Springfield. We sat through YWT and groups of fans, including us, stood up at the end. He really belted out the last half of TITN, and he put his all into the ending of Soltaire...what a remarkable voice he has!!!! Then, he lingered a few moments for the applause...waved, grinned at us, and was gone.
Sep 13 04 11:03 PM
Quote:Great review ChiMe. This was my first Clay concert and I am in awe. To listen to him live is truly an awesome experience. His stage presence and his rapport with the audience is amazing. It looked like the place was about 50% full maybe 4,000-5,000 people. I think this is good considering tickets were only on sale for about 3 weeks. We were sitting in the lower grandstand which was quiet compared to the track seats which were the most enthusiastic. One thing that Chi didn't mention was when Clay first said the word "audience", everyone cheered louder, so he made a running joke of it and throughout the show he would say "audience" when he wanted a louder response. It got to be quite funny. My favorite songs were ISY, YWT, and Solitaire. Of course they were all wonderful. My friend who is a fan, but not an internet fan, was blown away and loved every minute of Clay. Our 30yr. old daughters who are not Clay fans, enjoyed the show and liked the cover songs the best, as they could identify with them more. They don't listen to Clay's music. I do think they were more impressed than they were willing to admit. It was a wonderful evening and I want to see Clay again. I now understand how you can't get enough of live Clay.
Sep 14 04 7:59 AM
Seriously...I can't even begin to tell you how FREAKING AMAZING it was to see my child, who adores Clay with every fiber of her being, ON STAGE CHATTING AND THEN SINGING AND HARMONIZING WITH CLAY!
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of her I can't stand it! And when I thought I couldn't love him anymore, THIS HAPPENS!! He giggled about skipping gym class, he did the whole find where we are in Michigan by using our hands thing, he hugged her, she felt stubble, she said he didn't feel sweaty and he smelled good.
And one of the sweetest things I will ever see in my life as I watched from directly in front of them...as the music started, he was looking at her with this most caring, sweet, encouraging look. And then he silently counted down and mouthed the beats to her so she would know when to come in. I about burst into tears.
I can't even put thoughts together right now...I'll have to say more later.
And a HUGE thank you to all the CH'ers who were there tonight cheering and screaming so loudly for her and being so happy for her!!
It was just the most amazing thing ever!
Sep 14 04 8:13 AM
Quote:Aiken fans cheer on their guy
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
By Lorilee Craker
The Grand Rapids Press
What can account for the massive appeal of the unassuming, moderately handsome Clay Aiken?
I'm told fan-club Claymates call it the "it" factor: When it comes to why you should be an adoring fan or not -- either you get "it" or you don't.
After an hour and a half of deafening shrieks and mostly feminine jubilation, it was clear the Monday night crowd -- some 3,200 strong -- at the Allegan County Fair got "it" in a big way.
When a stage platform area split open and Aiken walked out, well, God help anyone who got between the ladies and their beloved crooner. (And by the way, the ratio of men to women was about one guy to every six gals. Those are Michael Bolton-concert numbers, people!)
At 25, Aiken didn't come of age in the '80s, but that era is the source of many songs in his set list. The soaring chorus on "Kyrie," by Mr. Mister, spotlighted his lofty voice well, while tunes such as Toto's "Rosanna" and Orleans' "Still the One" were delivered with sass and relish.
Certainly, the Claymates -- and probably everyone else -- were on hand to hear Clay sing songs from his album "Measure of a Man," which, of course, he did to the delight of his enraptured fanatics.
"I Will Carry You," Aiken's new single, featured the kind of swelling chorus and emotional climax that works so well with his pipes and persona.
The CD's title song, meanwhile, was one of those overblown anthems "American Idol" stars are so fond of puffing up to deliver. Aiken was most engaging during shiny pop songs with glossy, hook-laden melodies, such as "I Survived You" -- probably a future radio hit -- and the show's closing smash, "Invisible."
Toward the end of the concert, Aiken and his outstanding backup singers -- including the incredible Angela Fisher -- changed into all-white outfits and shifted into a major praise mode.
His gospel-tinged "You Were There" was accented by big screens on each side of the stage showing a cross, pages of Scripture and other Christian symbols. This segment of the concert clearly meant much to Aiken, and probably to
many of his fans, too.
The backup singers weren't just fantastic in the background, they were dynamite up front, too. They carried much of the marvelous James Taylor montage, singing to the stars on "Sweet Baby James," "You've Got a Friend" and "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You."
Aiken's banter and teasing with his band were genuine and added even more warmth to the evening. At one point, one of his singers scared Aiken with a rubber snake, smack dab in the middle of a song. One might assume a concert by an "Idol" veteran would be scripted to a T, but Aiken actually is very good at off-the-cuff jokes and responding to the crowd. His duet with an adorable girl named Hayley, from Okemos, was thoroughly charming.
Though it seemed impossible for the ladies to swoon more than they already had, Aiken had one more chance to make 'em melt: His encore, "Solitaire."
Yes, the screams could be heard in Kent County on that one.
All good things, of course, must come to an end, even for Claymates such as Cheryl Van Andel, a 40-something fan from Grand Rapids.
Van Andel said she had never joined a fan club before the Claymates, but there was something about Aiken that prompted her to sign up. What was it, exactly, about the spiky-haired songster that caused her -- and thousands more across the country -- to throw away the sensibilities of middle age and type away for hours with strangers in chat rooms about this man?
"Where do I start?" Van Andel asked, grinning. "Where do I start?"
Sep 14 04 10:13 AM
Quote:That was officially the most fun I have ever had at a concert in my life. I don't know what the four of them were on, but they giggled from beginning to end. :wiggle .
First thing he did was train the crowd to scream whenever he said "audience" and it became a running joke. I don't think there wasn't a person in the audience (Whooo!) not dancing and singing the entire evening inspite of the oppressive heat.:bluesniff
Not that you would have noticed, but Clay got his sleeve caught while he was leaning and had to sing the whole song from that position (he asked Quiana to sew the chunk back on). :grin The little girl singing was adorable and terrified and wouldn't look him in the eyes the entire song. She was truly startled when he started singing harmony with her.
Clay made Quiana read the sign that said something about keeping her feet on the ground and not going on the slingshot ride until Clay put a cat on his back and jumped into lake Michigan.One woman had to be scolded twice by Clay because her sign was upside down.
Clay said that this was the first time he had eaten breakfast in 3 months so that must be why he was so hyper. That must be why he tripped on the stairs before Rosanna.
Jacob getting stuck with the pink ushers' hat was great. He said it was okay because "pink is the new black". During YGAF, he snuck up behind Clay and plopped it on his head back wards. He and Clay did most of the rest of the song hip-hop style, gestures and all.:laugh Don't know who was responsible for the rubber snake on the floor, but Quiana definitely jumped a mile.
Anyway, too much funny stuff to remember at the moment. What I do know is that they all genuinely were having a great time, putting their heart and soul into a fantastic concert and the audience (whooo!) truly appreciated it.
Sep 14 04 10:15 AM
Quote: All I can say is...AWESOME!
Oops, originally posted in wrong spot. This was my very first Clay concert and to those of you who say he must be seen & heard...you are absolutely right!! There was so much to take in and half the time I was so mesmerized by his presence and voice it is hard to recall all the details. I am totally in awe of that tremendous voice, I couldn't believe I was hearing him/seeing him live The audience was very enthusiastic. I am not a screamer at all so I was glad to hear all the shouting and screaming going on to show him our love . Everyone in track center stood throughout almost the whole concert. A guy the next aisle over kept yelling "Sit down in front!" Eventually security came over and he left. My friend scooted up front to try to get some pics - she did have a small telephoto lens but no one seemed to mind. As she was coming back she ran straight into Jerome. Her eyes got really big and she just kept looking up and up (she is short) but Jerome just looked at her for a minute but said nothing. We missed Ben Jelen, which was disappointing to me, but we thought he came on at 7:30. The singer was cute and had great presence for a 12-yr old. Clay played off the audience screaming every time he said the word...once he switched off to using the word "crowd" instead so we wouldn't yell, LOL! The usher hats bit was fun - when Jacob put the pink hat on Clay he really played it up, using rapper gestures and moves. He did it so well, he definitely can be a t.v./motion picture star!
Well, short recap, not all I wanted to say but have to get to a meeting shortly (ugh!) and my stupid phone keeps ringing There is something about seeing him live. When he makes his last exit it is like a friend leaving who you will greatly miss. The camaraderie between band/back-up singers adds to the enjoyment and the fact that it is so obvious they are having fun makes it more fun for us.
Sep 14 04 11:06 AM
Quote:Wow where do I begin, I typed this beautiful review and while spell checking it went poof!!!
Again to the beginningï¿½.
Wow! Give the man a day off and he just comes back stronger and more glorious than ever!
The trip to Allegan was a wild ride full of the infamous Michigan Orange Barrels, traffic tie-ups and a racing clock.
As we arrived at the venue, Ben Jelen had already taken the stage. The vastness of the track and grandstands reeked with its aged history as clusters of Claymates gathered in small circles to giggle, visit, and share their latest Clay newsï¿½
The stage was sprawling and the chairs ran far beyond its end leaving front row fans staring off into the maze of equipment trucks and field of tire tracked dirtï¿½..not a pretty sight!
After the set change was complete, the ritualistic chant of We Want Clay beganï¿½..only to reveal two local radio DJï¿½s out on stage to welcome us to their town. The female DJ spoke of the Meet and Greet opportunity and shared the rules of the meetingï¿½.
#1. No touching
#2. No sniffing of the neck
#3. No touching the tushie!!!!
The hot humid September night air enveloped us as they left the stage and we heard the opening sounds of POYBï¿½..wrapping its way around us and preparing us for what was yet to comeï¿½.the crowd jumped to its feet and the lady beside me looked at me and said, ï¿½oh I hope theyï¿½re not going to stand for this, as she looked at her daughter beside herï¿½..ï¿½I canï¿½t hold her through this!ï¿½ ï¿½Is this your first time, I responded. ï¿½yesï¿½, she said and I laughedï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ah yes theyï¿½ll stand through the whole thingï¿½, as a shout came from behind us, ï¿½Hey Roadies, sit down up there!" Hahahaha, I snickered to myself, I had never been referred to as a Roadie before! I heard someone comment behind me, ï¿½theyï¿½ve probably only seen him a dozen times, and theyï¿½re going to stand!!!" Tell me, someone please tell me, how do you sit during WTSHNN!
The video had moved on now to the rumble of the drum roll and cymbals interspersed with the resonant chiming of voices ï¿½..Clay Aikenï¿½.sighï¿½one of my favorite parts of the show!
I watched as the woman to my right anticipated the start of the show, her eyes widened as I asked if she had seen him since American Idol, ï¿½no, not at all, Iï¿½m so excited!ï¿½ Hmmmpfttt! I thought to myself, ripe for the picking! ï¿½Well, youï¿½re going to be so surprised!ï¿½" She looked at me and giggled, her eyes dancing with excitement, ï¿½am Iï¿½????ï¿½..Oh ya! ï¿½You am!,ï¿½ I joked.
The Mothership opened, the cute little pop star emerged, his voice filled the night sky, and the crowd was on its feet! The night had begun!
Sliding from song to songï¿½.with ease and style, he greeted Michigan with the announcement that we were the only state to garner 4 stopsï¿½ï¿½he bantered back and forth with the crowd recapping his visits and sharing his love for the small stops along the way outside of the big cities.
He presented the singers with baseball style fluorescent caps like the ushers were wearingï¿½ï¿½and ultimately, in the end, wound up with one on his own head, proudly placed on their by Jacob just before the note contest! Things are obviously starting to intensify as far as pay backs with the end of the tour drawing nearï¿½..Quiana threw a rubber snake down on the floor trying to win the note holding contest but it didnï¿½t work. Plan foiled againï¿½ï¿½.he was on.....
I watched in awe as this average fan next to me soaked in the night. She stood with her hands folded in a Here Is The Church, Here is The Steeple style, index fingers posed under her chin as if they were the only thing holding her head erect! I leaned over and inquired againï¿½.ï¿½How are you enjoying it?ï¿½ She rapidly nodded her head as her eyes sparkled with glee, ï¿½OMG, heï¿½s fantastic!ï¿½ I smiled and noddedï¿½ï¿½ï¿½itï¿½s gonnaï¿½ get better!ï¿½ She giggled again, ï¿½It canï¿½t!ï¿½ I smirked, ï¿½IT DOES!ï¿½
He rolled through song after songï¿½.his voice echoing in the night air, against a sky full of darkness and glittering starsï¿½..the stage lights illuminating his beauty, the sound system illuminating his voiceï¿½ï¿½.our hearts were open and ready to be filledï¿½..
He danced, he bounced, he pulled his shirt tail a hundred timesï¿½.but the essence of his musk was yet to be releasedï¿½ï¿½
As he escaped the stage after Rosanna, I evaluated the condition of my neighborï¿½..she was still aglow and so I went for the killï¿½ï¿½tugging her arm gently I slid her over into my footprints, telling her I wanted her to just get a little closer for the next song....and then I stood back and watched. The stage in all its glorious darkness became bright once again as the slowly rising lift delivered the white suited star high against the blackened backdrop. The soaring subtle grace of this holy moment left the crowd silencedï¿½I watched as she slid her hands from her chin and clutched her heartï¿½ï¿½her eyes never left him as she was bathed in this sound, which heaved with words of passion and triumph. It ended, she clutched my arm and offered groveling words of gratitude for my spaceï¿½..again I entered more promiseï¿½.ï¿½it still gets betterï¿½ She cringed and shook her head in utter disbelief of what she was experiencingï¿½..
The reflective video began as he appeared high on the riser again, glorious jeans and Peppermint jacket along with my favorite iridescent blue shirtï¿½.perfect for the culmination of my willing victim. Towering between verse and chorus, his voice spread through the night air like lava spewing from a ripe volcanoï¿½.hot and flowingï¿½ï¿½.trickling down upon us; scorching us with its golden smoothness. Although I would hardly classify myself as a veteran, I have heard this song live a few times and Iï¿½ve never hear it like it was last nightï¿½ï¿½.he took us to the top of the mountain and gently lowered us down the side, carefully returning us to the reality from which we came! Breathtaking Mr. Aiken!! Simply breathtaking!
As he shared his gratitude for his success with us and again commented on how he knew we relived concert moments on the message boards, he delved into Invisible with his usual charm and zealï¿½..and at the first opportunity removed his earpiece to drink in the moment of the crowd over taking his voice with theirs and a grin spread widely across his face.. His eyes danced downward toward the floor as he absorbed the moment, his smile widened more as he drenched himself in our loveï¿½ï¿½he moved on to a tugï¿½ï¿½and savored our response!
I took another check of my friendï¿½..she was clapping, she was rockingï¿½ï¿½.she was in the moment as he disappeared into the Mothership, sadness came into her eyesï¿½ï¿½I said again, ï¿½but wait!ï¿½
He appeared as a shadow in the darkness on the highest riser, the chords began and his passionate voice carried us into the aloneness of Solitaireï¿½..the glory note stretched for milesï¿½..enveloped by waves of cheering and sudden dead silenceï¿½..we knew the end was nearï¿½.he sealed the last note with a passionate release of the microphone stand, shaking his own body and head away from the microphone stand as he wandered slowly over to the liftï¿½ï¿½bowing gently, he raised his hand and saluted as the lift lowered him away from the nightï¿½..we were fulfilled for the moment and so was he!!!!!!!!!!!!
*It was a thrill for me to be an silent observer of the power of his voice, I will never forget her eyes as she drank him in and wallowed in the glory of her moment. Itï¿½s not always polite to step into someone elseï¿½s moment but last night was too good to not take notice of and shareï¿½.ï¿½..the birth of a for life fan!
Sep 14 04 9:22 PM
Quote: Ok, here's my recap of last night's show.
First of all, as you may or may not know, I debated whether or not to go b/c my hubby was less than pleased with me for attending yes, a fifth show! Thanks for all your advice, I went -- he got over it. smile.gif
I went w/ 4 friends of mine, it was a 5 hour drive, and we were listening and singing along to Clay on the way up there. Can I even express how fun it is to be in a car of 5 girls all jamming Clay Aiken? I'm so glad I'm a girl! Women just have the best time!
We finally got there, and it was HOT. I thought it would be cooler up in Michigan, but I was wrong. Jeans were probably not the best idea, oh well.
The fair was quaint, and much smaller than I expected -- I really am not sure how they financed a large star like Clay, but who cares? I'm just glad he was there.
We walked around for awhile -- and ran into Bob of 'Bob and Linda' who had a front row seat he was trying to get rid of. My friend almost bought it from him, but decided that since we were in the third row, she may as well just sit with us.
I found Jerome, and finally auditioned for him like I'd been promising myself I would. My friends were all proud of me for doing it. smile.gif I didn't figure I'd get picked, but that's ok, I gave it a shot! smile.gif Jerome is so nice...always has a smile for us. My friend is a massage therapist, and gave him her card, and he said that they always hire one in every city, so they would definitely keep her in mind. She was very excited about that!
We ran into some other very nice 'Buckeyes' who had attended a few shows, and were more than happy to gab with complete strangers about their adoration of Clay. smile.gif I love Clay fans. (for the most part -- will explain later after recap)
Around 6:30 we decided to actually go down to the venue to check out our seats. We technically had 3rd row, and were expecting killer seats, but the map on tickets.com was very misleading, and we were WAY off to the side. WAY. Yes, we were third row, but we may as well have been 20th row b/c we were so far to the side. Oh well, we still had an unobstructed view, so I was happy. (the front row ticket that Bob was trying to get rid of by the way, was the VERY LAST SEAT on the end, and my friend wouldn't have been able to see doo doo, so we were glad she didn't get it.)
Ben Jelen came on, and was fairly good. This was the first outdoor concert I'd been to, so it was sort of different -- more people milling around, I actually talked to my friends a lot during this set -- no offense Ben, but you know how it is.
Then it was Clay time!
Clay was so ON last night. From the moment he stepped out on stage he seemed very into it. Very, very interactive with the crowd. He seemed almost in a sentimental mood -- he kept thanking the crowd for being supportive of him -- seemed to be really savoring the interaction he had w/ Jacob, Angela and Quiana. Also, his voice was really great last night. I mean, I know it's always really great, but he'd had a day off in between, and I think you could really tell. He was hitting some of the high notes, that he sometimes avoids -- like in Invisible when he sings "I'd be the smartest man" sometimes he goes down on 'smartest'....last night he went up.
"This Is The Night" was the best I've seen him perform it. It was very emotional, and he switched up some of his phrasing a little bit, and at the end he really seemed to be soaking up the reaction from the audience. It gave me goosebumps. If Clay is having an 'off' night, I always think it shows during this song. Not that it is EVER bad, just that I think this song pushes his vocal range, and if his voice has had it, you can sort of tell on this song. Not last night. It was beautiful. Screams galore afterward.
"You Were There" gets better everytime I see it. It has become one of the major highlights of the show for me. I don't know if he's singing it better or if it is just becoming more meaningful for me. Either way, I love this song.
"I Survived You." Do I really have to say anything? My God, the man OWNS that song. He knows it too. He has become a master at building up to the 'Good luck, I wish you well..' growly part of the song that sends us into seizures! This song is my favorite to see him perform. It is so entirely different from the version on the CD. I am of the opinion that he needs to re-record it the way he now sings it, and release it as a single. It would fly off the shelves. It's literally the best thing I've ever heard, or seen, for that matter. God, I love that man. He even acknowleged the fact that he was 'on' a couple times during the show -- attributing it to having eaten breakfast that day for the first time in 2 months. You need to eat, Clay!!!
"Invisible" He had a very long discussion with the audience prior to this song. Talking about how he really appreciated us, and giving a little shout out to us internet junkies -- it was cute. He always says something at this part of the show, but he talked for longer than usual, and again he just seemed very sentimental -- perhaps because the tour is winding down? I dunno, but it was very sweet. He did great on this song as well -- having so much fun. He let us sing more than usual too. Usually he sings a little, and then we sing a little...etc etc. This time, he took his earpiece out and just let us sing the whole verse. He just stood there with a very appreciative smile on his face -- he looked like he might cry. It was very sweet. He also stood on the platform a little longer than usual before he exited down through the 'mother ship.' Like he didn't want to let go of it just yet -- it was really sweet.
"Solitaire." Now, don't get me wrong, I love the song. But, everytime I've seen him perform it, it hasn't really 'flipped my switch' so to speak...until last night. This was also the best I've seen him perform it. It was so emotional and heart felt, and the glory note....oh God....the glory note. It was so amazing...I can't even put it into words. Also, at the end of the song, he did this like little triumphant spin away from the mic, throwing his hands up in the air...it was really AWESOME and SEXY and SOMEONE MUST POST A VIDEO OF IT NOW, NOW NOW!!!!!
He also had the most glorious smile on his face afterward...he was beaming, and again stood there for a very long time, just soaking up the love. We love you Clay!
It was an amazing show, and left me breathless once again. How does he do it? How does he get into our hearts -- into our very souls? I'm just so thankful that we have him. He is a beautiful man.
Now, on a side note, and please excuse my rudeness, but...
TO THE WOMEN WHO SAT IN FRONT OF ME WITH THE VERY ANNOYING LIGHT-UP POM POM'S:
Ok, I'm generally a very laid-back person. Not too much stresses me out. If you bring a sign in, and hold it up in front of me occasionally, fine. If you want to dance on your chair in front of me when WYSYLM is on to try to get Clay's attention--I'm cool with that. We all crave every little morsel of Clay-attention that we can get -- I get it -- I really do.
But PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, GET RID OF THE FREAKING POM POM'S!!!!!! They were ridiculous. I didn't pay good money for tickets, drive 5 hours, get in an argument with my husband so that I could look at your flippin gigantic light up pom poms all night!! Thank you so much for blocking my entire view for a good part of the evening with your annoying little devices! And might I just add that I'm fairly tall (about 5'9) so I'm sure that there were many other people behind you who could not see as well. I asked both of you nicely twice to put them down, but you still insisted on waving them around in the air high above your head so as to block my entire view. You are lucky I am a nice person, because otherwise, I would have just snatched them from you and been done with it.
There were several times when I could not see Clay at all for the entire song b/c all I could see was a giant white strobing pom pom in my face. I was really, really, perturbed. So, Pom Pom ladies, if you read this, and you are planning on going to another concert....leave the pom poms at home. Whoever is behind you next time might not be as nice as I was.
Sorry guys, I usually have some pretty good pics to post, but unfortunately, most of my pictures are of white pom poms. If any of you have a thing for pom poms, and would like to see them, let me know. laugh.gif
Sep 16 04 10:27 AM
Well I got out of work at 12:30, went home, made Quiana's sign, picked out an outfit and we were on our way around 2:00! On the way we listened to mime_fan's Houston concert my mom had put onto a CD and she played COF and I about died when he did the growl (my mom had said it was at 00:36) I played it again, and also had to turn the AC up cuz for some reason it got really hot in the car! *wink* We got to the fair around 2:30ish and it was so frickin' hot!! We got some food and walked around while all the carnies were trying to get me to play their little games and talk to them, it was sad.
Fast forward to the actual concert...
I was over in the 5th row, west track on the aisle for the first 3 songs, as I tried so hard for Clay to notice my dancing, but he was favoring the east track and I was once again overlooked. So i made my way back to 2nd row center!!
From there the concert only got better!! After IWCY he told us that when he was leaning against the stage his sleeve got stuck and he almost had to stay there and both me and mom yelled for him just to take it off!! The JT set was beautiful and hilarious with the neon Usher hats. There really aren't words to explain how funny Clay was when Jacob on the Usher hat on him and then proceeded to be ghetto!! I love him!
When Can'tDecidette walked out on stage me, CAP121, ficus, and Claycub all started to scream oh so very wildly, as Iâm sure you all heard from the cellcert! Iâm sure Clay thought we were lunatics! We all know Hayley did a wonderful job, and their banter was hilarious! It was so funny that she couldn't look him in the eyes and he tried so hard for her too! She did spectacular!!! *g*
It was so cool that Clay noticed our sign and had Quiana read it for everyone! I swear i thought my mom was going to pass out when it was done and over with! She was deliriously happy!
I swear during Invisible when we were all singing along he got teary eyed as he looked out at all of us! It could just have been from the lights or something though...
The whole concert flew by. They all seemed to go by so fast! It seems like just yesterday my mom and me were driving the 6 hours to ******on for our first concert on the NaT and here we are today and itâs all over. After the concert I kept saying that I didnât want it to be over, that I wanted to see more Clay!
This was a great concert and I had so much fun going to all the pre and post parties and seeing everyone. Iâm SO excited for the Christmas tour to start!!! There is nothing better than to see him right in front of you!
As Stitches would say I love Clay Aiken
Sep 16 04 2:23 PM
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