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Sept. 11, 2004
Quote:June 30, 2004 The full grandstand concert lineup will have been announced and posted on this web site.
July 1, 2004 The first day for tickets orders to be postmarked. All mail orders postmarked on or after Thursday, July 1, 2004, and received in the fair's ticket office by Wednesday, July 7, will be placed together and processed in random order.
July 7, 2004 Mail ticket orders received after July 7 will be processed in accordance with the time they are received.
July 19, 2004 The first day for phone orders for Grandstand Tickets.
July 26, 2004 The first day to purchase Grandstand Tickets at the fair's box office.
Jun 23 04 8:24 PM
Quote:Clay Aiken to perform at Clay County Fair
SPENCER, Iowa -- Clay Aiken, who became a musical sensation during the hit television show "American Idol," will be making a headline appearance at the Clay County Fair here Sept. 11.
Aiken tasted great success with his first album, "Measure of a Man," which sold more than 1 million copies since its 2003 release. His first single, "This Is The Night," backed with his cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Aiken has garnered the attention of fans with his boy-next-door charm and solid crooning voice. He performed during the 2003 American Music Awards, where he won the Fans' Choice Award. He also sang during the Billboard Awards after earning the Bestselling Single of the Year for "This Is The Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Waters."
He currently has a new single release "The Way/Solitare."
Tickets will be available July 1, which also marks the first day for ticket orders to be postmarked for the 2004 Clay County Fair Grandstand shows. All mail orders postmarked on or after July 1 and received in the fair's ticket office by July 7 will be placed together and processed in random order. Mail ticket orders received after July 7 will be processed in order they are received.
The first day for phone orders for Grandstand Tickets will be July 19.
The 2004 Clay County Fair will run Sept. 11-19.
Sep 11 04 2:28 PM
Quote:Daisy525 and the other CH member ran into Q, A and J and Jacob picked his nose in front of all of them while they were talking. He signed a girl's shirt who was all excited to see them. They kept telling her to breathe. So Jacob signed her shirt Breath, Jacob. Is that like potatoe?
Unfortunately (or fortunately) there is no clack of this.......
Venue is very, very full but small. It is the middle of nowhere but it appears sold out or close to it. There is no catwalk.
(Who the heck booked this place!)
Quote:GodBlesedClay Says place is full, totally packed. Lots of men. Lots of families, lots of children, lots of couples.
The venue is small but packed. She said the only seats available earlier were some annex seats off to the side. The setup is a bit different. The stage is on the track but there's a good 15 foot gap between the stage and the first row of seats. Big empty space.
Good news again though since this venue also has the wheelchair accessible seating right UP FRONT!
Says "It's not just us" (so many non-internet people there).
HERE WE GO EVERYONE!
THE MOTHERSHIP IS OPENING UP!!!! HERE COMES CLAY!
Crowd Screaming. Chuck and Jerome are watching for cell phones and cameras tonight.
PERFECT DAY NOW!!!! HE SOUNDS SO WONDERFUL!!!!
HE SOUNDS REALLY GOOD.....STRONG VOICE
Blue embroidered shirt. Khaki pants.
(I think cellstream reported no flip-flops tonight)
Hes hopping and bopping around.
Quote: NOW HE'S TALKING.....CAN'T MAKE IT OUT.....
"IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE AT THE CLAY COUNTY FAIR...IT'S A GOOD NAME FOR A COUNTY FAIR, DON'T YA THINK?"
"KANSAS CHALLENGED IOWA TO A DANCE CONTEST....SO YOU ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOW THEM UP!"
Crowd going wild... He is so OONNNNN tonight. Talking but can't understand what hes saying. I heard him say OHIO. crowd going soooo crazy. Time to Dance there booty off. WYSYLM.
Lots of screaming.
I hear men whooping.
Glad to be here at the Clay County fair. Pretty good name of a fair if I may so say.
Been around fairs quite a bit in the midwest. Now talking about Kansas dancers. They weren't up to snuff but when he told them Iowas could beat their butt. That got them out of their seats real fast. You have a chance to come back at them, for redemption.
Talking about the Lei's. Dance Captian lei, Jacob likes to think he is the best dancer. We let him believe it, but it's not true. Expects Iowa to do better.
WYSYLM NOW.....I CAN HEAR HIM VERY WELL! HE SOUNDS SOOOOO AWESOME!
"NOW IOWA, I'M GONNA HAVE TO GET MY ?????? ON....YOU MISSED IT!"
A teenager from Spencer, Iowa is now dancing on stage with Clay... WOO HOO
Dancer was Katie, maybe from Benson, Iows. Clay was dancing.
It's hard to hear her talking, but I can hear the music.
Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
HE SOUNDS SO WONDERFUL. HE IS VERY ON TONIGHT!
HIS VOICE SEEMS A LITTLE LOWER WHEN HE'S TALKING TONIGHT.....VERY THUDWORTHY!
Crowd going absoluetly wild. I wish i was there. When the woooorld breaks down, and the voices tell you turn around. when your dreams give out, i will carry you, carry you.
Leaning sexily for IWCY
When the stars go blind and the darkness starts to flood your eyes. When you're falling behind, I will carry you.
Getting the look out the side of the eyes.
TIME FOR THE SINGER.....
TALKING ABOUT KIM LOCKE NOW....HER ALBUM IS OUT NOW....
"JEROME GOES OUT BEFORE THE SHOW AND AUDITIONS PEOPLE."
JULIA FROM MINNESOTA IS THE SINGER TONIGHT.
Quote:Julia is on singing..YOU GO GIRL WOO HOO. sounds great
JULIE JUST ASKED CLAY TO SAY HI TO HER FRIENDS, JARED...BRIDGETTE....SHERI.... & KIM?
SHE'S SINGING NOW....SHE SOUNDS VERRRRRYYYY GOOD....CLAY IS HARMONIZING AWESOME WITH HER!
THEY SOUND REALLY GOOD TOGETHER!
TALKING TO QUIANA & ANGELA NOW.....I CAN'T MAKE IT OUT
ots of screaming.
Now lets see how you do with the singer. talking about Kimberly's album.
Quina's hair is calm. She's sweating a bit. We'll give her a break and let someone from the audience come up.
Julia, from Minnesota, near Twin Cities. She's 14. She's in ninth grade. She's nervous. Kidding her about coming on road with him, but says stay in school
Jacob sings soprano.
She does a shoutout to her friends., He repeated the names and said "Hey, how are ya?"
She's doing good, but nervous. He's harmonizing with her. He's looking right at her, giving her strength. Totally for her. Making her day.
Big hug. Shirt. Round of applause, And another hug.
Teasing Angela now.
Angela said hello to Brittney out in the audience. Her 3rd or 4th show. She's 14. Met Angela and Clay saying hello to her
(Did cellstream say it was SallySpectra's daughter?)
"WELL WE'RE GLAD YOUR HERE CHRISTI..."
SHE SAYS FROM AUDIENCE.... "THANK YOU CLAY!"
HE'S SAYING HI TO BOB & LINDA NOW.... 73? SHOWS?
JT SET NOW...
SWEET BABY JAMES
HOW SWEET IT IS......ANGELA SOUNDS VERY GOOD! VOICE IS REALLY ON TONIGHT....HITTING HIGH NOTES!
JACOB IS SINGING FIRE AND RAIN NOW......SOUNDS GOOD....NOT HIS BEST.....STILL GOOD!
WHENEVER I SEE YOUR SMILIN' FACE....
QUIANA SOUNDS REALLY GOOD! HER VOICE IS SO BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON (well...over the phone)!
STILL DON'T KNOW WHY SHE DIDN'T GO FARTHER ON AI!
PROBABLY WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT!
TIME FOR YGAF.....
Clay saying hello to BoB and Linda. 77th show. "I don't think I've even been to 77 shows". Snarky clay.
SBJ... beautiful. Crowd cheered afterward.
How Sweet it IS...Angela
Fire and Rain ... Jacob
WISYSF ... Quiana
YGAF ... noteholding contest. Clay wins!!!!
"WILL HE WALK ON WATER...
WILL HE RUN THROUGH FIRE....
WOULD HE GIVE HIS LIFE UP TO BE ALL HE CAN"
"IS THAT, IS THAT, IS THAT HOW YOU MEASURE A MAN?"
Clay sounds soooo beautiful over the phone i wish it was there. Clay just won the holding note contest...ROCK on....OMC is the best....Measure of a Man now on... so great.
His voice is soooooo PURE. Crowd going wild... CLAY is doing the air guitar for Still the one.
Angela and Clay are clinging to each other soo close on this song...Clays doing a massive air guitar while singing "Still the One"
"WE'RE STILL HAVIN FUN AND YOUR STILL THE OOOONNNNNNNNEEEEEEE!"
ISY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! THUD
I CAN SEE THE PICTURE NOW, THE FOG HAS LIFTED!
I survived you...Clay is stroking the mic soo hard tonight... Lots of hand gestures. Voice is no like other... His eyes are shining sooo nicely. Crowd really loving him.
"GOOD LUCK I WISH YOU WELL!"
(NOT AS BIG OF A GROWL TONIGHT....BUT STILL GOOD!
VERY SEXY OVER THE PHONE LIVE!)
HELD THAT NOTE FOR SOOOOOOO LONG!
Introducing the crew
Thanking everyone for all the hard work they are doing. all the people to make this all happen.
Signed Sealed Delivered on now...I love this song... WOO HOO
HE IS TALKING NOW....
WHEN HE WAS ON THE ROAD, SET UP IN THE MORNING, TAKE IT DOWN THEN GET ON THE BUS TO THE NEXT CITY.
"FORTUNATLY WE HAVE ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING CREWS IN THE BUSINESS"
HE IS THANKING ALL THE CREW....I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HE REMEMBERS ALL THEIR NAMES!!!!!
"BUS DRIVERS, TRUCK DRIVERS, SECURITY......."
"SO MANY PEOPLE WHO DO SO MUCH WORK....IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN WITH JUST THE NINE PEOPLE ON STAGE! SO GIVE THEM A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE!"
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIEVERED NOW!!!!
JACOB NOT SOUNDING TOO GOOD TONIGHT....NOT SURE WHAT'S UP.
I HOPE HE'S OK..... NOT ABLE TO HOLD HIGH NOTES VERY LONG.
"HERE I AM BABY......SSD.....I'M YOURS"
Clay getting a little dancing thing going on, hes really getting into the song... I wanna hear a growl,lol.
Introducing the band
Sep 11 04 6:48 PM
Meet you all the way, meet you all the way, Rosanna
Rosaana now on... Meet you all the way...rosanna,, meet you all the way... just went down to change while band still plays.
OMG...clay changing into his white suit for "You Were There". Band playing lots of flashing lights.
Connection sounds best it has all night, now that the battery is going low, wouldn't ya know?
Just in time for this beautiful song.
Crowd quieting down. Someone yelling "I love you Jacob"
You were there, You were there
During darkest hour...
... ... ...
uh, just got muffled. think i must be in a pocket
Risen lamb of God!!
Crowd going crazy!!!
Clay really getting into "You Were There" lots of hand guestures.... clay just changed out of his white suit, now wearing brown pants blue shirt and tennis shoes... This is the Night is on now... holding the mic with both hands..WOO HOO
Lift me uuuuuuuupp. in your eyes,
"ON THAT EVENING, AT THAT MOMENT, I COULD NEVER GUESS
"AND THE AMAZING FANS, THAT I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PERFORMING FOR!"
"WHEN THE WORLD WASN'T UPSIDE DOWN, I COULD TAKE ALL THE TIME I HAD, BUT I'M NOT GONNA WAIT WHEN A MOMENT CAN VANISH SO FAST.....
"LIFT ME UP...............
IN YOUR EYEEEEESSS
IF YOU TOLD ME THAT IS WHERE HEAVEN IS WHERE, YOU'D BE RIGHT.....
I'VE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR THIS, THIS IS THE NIGHT!"
And now we're on to TITN. His voice sounds so AMAZINGLY strong and clear I can't believe it's coming through a phone!
Crowd went absolutely wild after intro to TITN.
Going nuts as he sings it!
Crowd showing the love. Lots of cheering.
When the answer to all my dreams is as close as a touch away
His voice is so strong.
Brown plaid jacket
Crowd going wild.
"This iiiiiisssssss..............the niiiiiiiiiiigggghhhhhht".... crowd goes wild. wearing brown plaid jacket, no tie
(Thanking the fans now. Said it's the best feeling when people are singing along.)
"I COME OUT EVERY NIGHT AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST GIFTS THAT I GET IS HAVING YOU SING ALONG"
"SO TONIGHT, THIS SONG IS FOR YOU!
"WHATCHA DOIN TONIGHT........"
ALL OF CROWD IS SINGING ALONG!!!!!!!
Quote:Clay talking to the crowd about "the answer to all of my dreams." Probably never would have dreamed 2 years ago about singing at the Clay County fair but he's very happy to be here. Very blessed.
Talks about what an amazing feeling it is for him to come out night after night and have everyone having fun and singing along.
This crowd is incredible. Their screams when Clay invited them to sing along for Invisible were DEAFENING!
Dancing around and crowd going wild...
"WISH YOU COULD TOUCH ME WITH THE COLORS OF YOUR LIFE...."
CROWD: "IF I WAS INVISIBLE......."
"IF HEARTS WERE UNBREAKABLE, I WOULD TELL YOU WHERE I STAND"
"WAIT, I ALREADY AMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM"
"REACH OUT....YOU DON'T EVEN SEE ME, EVEN WHEN I SCREAM OUT BABY YOU DON'T HEAR ME....."
"I AM NOTHING WITHOUT YOU.....JUST A SHADOW PASSING THROUGH....."
Got a shirt tug.
Now crowd just screaming, whistling, really, really loud!!!
"WAIT, I ALREADY AM......."
CROWD SCREAMING WILDLY! CHEERING!!!!! SCREAMING!!!!!
"GOOD NIGHT IOWA!"
CROWD IS STILL SCREAMING!!!!!!!!
HAS NOT STOPPED!!!!!
KERI IS SCREAMING ALONG TOO!!!!! (MY CELLCERT BUDDY)!
"THERE WAS A MAN........A LONELY MAN!"
Solitaire is on......sounds sooo awesome. i would like him to sing this to me to sleep,lol. "Soltaire is the only game in town, every road you .......
Solitaure's the only game in town.
ahhhh, that lower register.
heres the glory note...OMG...Solitaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiirrrreeee, OMG i think i just thudded. i wonder if thudsforclay needs to be scrapped off of the floor for thudding,lol
There was a man, a lonely man
Who lost his love through his indifference
A heart that cared, that went unshared
Lots of screaming and appreciation.
Solitaireeeeeee!!!!!!!! Held the note forever.
Held the last one quite a while as well.
Crowd just bonkers for Clay
Sep 11 04 9:38 PM
Quote:I survived I Survived You. I'm not sure if I breathed through the whole song. Clay has perfected his performance of this song. Fun to see how ISY has changed to full throtle emotion. Facial expressions, body language, those hands that speak words with their actions. The grimace showing white teeth. The fists clenched, the pointing finger, the strangling of the mic. That voice singing perfection through the song. Didn't notice a giggle. Spits out "Good Luck I Wish You Well." This was the highlite of the concert for me.
I sat in a section that had all ages, families with children, couples--young, old, and in between, young girls, and women of all ages. This section didn't know what was coming in the concert, so there wasn't that raucous cheering during the last pause before "You" in ISY. There was loads of cheering after You Were There, Invisible and after Solitaire, as well as after all the songs of course. The stomping on the grandstand to bring on the encore was very interesting. The cheering for the closeup of the WWJD bracelet during the TITN video was fabulous. Found noone around me that posts on any boards, found two lurkers. Peaked the interest of some around me about posting on the internet. Told anyone who would listen about Clay's Christmas album coming up, his book Learning to Sing, the Alading DVD and the availability of Solitaire on a single at the merchandise stand.
Clay's voice was wonderful, as always. I especially like the first line of Roseanna, particularly the word "eyes" absolutlye pure and beautiful. The glory notes in Solitaire and I Will Carry You were especially thudworthy. Clay won the note holding contest. The contest starts off with Clay looking at Jacob, Jacob drops out and Clay turns to Angela, Angela drops out and Clay is smiling and right into the next song.
Clay is such a professional. How he can have a stranger get up on stage and sing with him at every concert and make it such a joy to watch is part of his grace as a performer. Tonight he held eye contact with the singer for seemed to be the whole time she was on stage, he held her hand some, Katie was her name??? from Minnesota, she was cute, I hope she posts. She got at least three hugs. My knees would have buckled if I was her.
Was it Angela that gave a shout out to the girls she met earlier in the day. And was it the dancer that wanted Clay to say hello to her friends. I'll have to read the cellcert after this to see. Clays banter must literally be the best in the business. And after reading the article in Lighting and Sound Magazine I have that added bit of appreciation for being able to hear what Clay says as well as being able to understand the words when he sings. Some of the cute things Clay said, not actual quotes, but hopefully you'll get the drift, The singer said she was a soprano in choir, Clay said "Angela was a soprano in choir also decades ago." LOL. Clay said something along the lines of "who've thought a year ago that he'd be singing at the CLAY county fair. Not him." And more cute, funny lines that I can't think of just now-getting a little tired. Well that's all for now, maybe will post more if I think of anything. Hope this isn't too long or boring.
Where is everyone's review? Even though I was there I still like to read other's reviews.
I thought of something to add to my review. Clay did the cutest thing with the mic. I'm not good with words but I'll try. And of course I don't remember which song. But he shook, kind of shimmied, the mic, kind of like a feather duster, in front of him in an area the size of the strike zone in baseball. I know this doesn't sound as cute as it was, but I say him do it and I liked it, maybe there'll be clack.
And, of course, just to remind us of WDC in the IT he did a teensy bit of dancing with Angela. And a teensy bit of dancing with Quiana. And I loved it when he was standing on the steps, leaning casually on the platform while he was singing. He of course did the air guitar across the stage. And Clay does the line dancing with Angel, Jacob, and Quiana like a pro. Yeah Clay. You can dance. And thanks for doing it, too.
demeter, and thank you for reporting. It's kind of a lot of work isn't it? You did a great job. Even when the connection wasn't the best. I think the Clayboard Cellcerts are so much fun. Long live the cellcert.
Now, Mr. Aiken, we know you read the boards. We know you know what a cellcert is because your attorneys copywrited the word and you took the cell phone calls during the IT. SOOOOOOO, HOW ABOUT A SHOUT OUT TO THE CELLCERTS DURING YOUR NEXT CONCERT?
Funny little things Clay says: not exact quotes, but you get the drift.
Bob and Linda have been to 77 concerts. Clay says something like "I don't think I've even been to 77 concerts.":laugh
After the singer said she was a saprano, and said Angela was a saprano decades ago, he says "Jacob is a saprano too" :laugh
Clay said "last night was Chuck the bodyguard's last night,he was moving on to bigger and better things, well bigger anyways." :laugh Yeah, nothing better than Clay.
When the dancer was asking Clay to say hello to her friends, the dancer hesitated/forgot? the name of the last person she wanter to mention, I think it was Shelby, and Clay said something cute/snarky about how Shelby must feel when her friend can't remember her name.:laugh Then Clay said hi to each person, using their name and giving a big wave. What a pro, working the crowd like he does.
Also wanted to mention how Clay took a good, long bow at the end. Really let us show him the love. We cheered and cheered. He took a bow. Then stepped to his left a little, stood there for a bit. Then, stepped on the "spaceship" and was lowered down and out of our sight and lives until the next concert. So, how can I get myself to another concert?
Sep 12 04 9:10 AM
Quote:Had a great time at the concert last night. There was a lot of energy in the crowd. They cheered a lot and were shouting "we want Clay" before the show began. I was at the Albuquerque concert last week and Clay seemed to be more chatty in Spencer.
The cutest comment was when Clay felt Quiana's hair to see if it was soft. He said "don't touch mine--it is so full of hair spray you'll cut yourself".
The singing was breathtaking. I do not know how he does it every show. I always get goose bumps when he sings YWT and last night was no exception.
The singer he brought up was only 14 and she was really nervous. He was mouthing the words to help her along. He tried to make her comfortable by chatting with her before hand. So cute and endearing.
There was a real mixture of ages and quite a few men there.
The show went by too fast and he seemed to be happy and enjoying himself immensely. He did the one leg skip across the stage which brought out the cheers. And there was one shirt/jacket tug during Invisible.
Sep 12 04 11:10 AM
Quote:I will first say I was so surprised at how AWESOME this crowd was. Place was full, screams lasted so long , as did the applause and it was deafening....but i will get to that...
Lets just skip to being at the fair....we got there early, went in to the grandstand while they were setting it up...cant believe they let us. found where we were sitting..not that great, could be worse.saw the buses, quianna, jacob, etc....then went back out, met up with some others. We were sitting on the benches and I saw Jerome. He was auditioning singers...guess only about 4 of them. I told Kayla and she went over there....But decided after hearing one girl sing, who she said was very good, that she wasnt going to....And then they didnt even pick that girl anyhow. So we get in line...she gets a bit teary eyed...disappointed in herself for not trying out...I said you know, things happen as they are supposed to, just enjoy the concert. We get in and go sit down. Ben starts, just okay, not too impressive. Of course he kept asking if we were anxious for clay....one way to get the screams! Oh, they had the meet and greet after they opened the gates. It was outside and from where we were sitting we could see it. Even saw Clay walk back into his bus Guess what...the people in the seats next to us finally came and sat down with an autograph and had their picture taken because THEY WERE AT THE MEET AND GREET....ARGH!!!!
They actually had signs up at this place that there was no standing...Yeah right....We did....And they would come around and tell us to sit down, so we would for the slow ones...BUT these two girls who REFUSED..and they totally blocked our view..and everyone elses...during the JT jet they were arguing with somebody in charge and he goes away, comes back and they disappear...thinking they might have left? NO, i guess you get rewarded for bad behavior.....they took them down and let them sit in the box seats, the handicapped seating. I cant tell you how mad that made me!!
ANyhow, To the most awesome concert!!!!!!! WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW! The place was full, people trying to get tickets were out of luck. Most all seats filled too.IT took probably a half hour between Ben and Clay....but then the video started...no long set as promised, oh well. the mother ship opened, but with no lights....something wrong with them.....bummer.....Anyhow, wont take you song by song, needless to say, he changed most up a bit...ISY!!!!!!!! OMIGOD>>...words cannot describe. His dancing was great....TITN....was amazing...the best I have ever heard. INVISIBLE...well. the love that crowd showed him was indescribeable....ALL singing alone, young old, male, female. They showed his face on the jumbotron when he was under the stairway to leave and he was visibly moved. The screaming between that and Solitaire..>WOW....He got a standing ovation after Solitaire and took several bows and was gone...bus pulled right out....It was over much too quickly!!
And I read about the people being taken out on the cellcert. Let me tell you about them since they were DIRECTLY behind us.And for a bit, Kayla and I became a bodyguard sandwich!!! It was just before SSD when Jerome shined his light on her....yes she was videotaping. Told her to give it to him. SHe refused..put it in her bag. Not good enough. THey were playing tug of war with the bag, he says.."This is a situation you will not win." She kept telling him to let go of her property, etc....He gets Chuck up there who stand Directly in front of me, almost on top of me..not moving.....they get the police up there...nice little crowd...I moved over to the right and still not enough, so I stood up out of the way in time to catch that high note in SSD!! Kayla on the other had, was blocked in......
Oh and Jacob sang just fine., dont know where anyone got that he was off. The singer I thought was very nervous, and a bit flat to start, crying a bit, and clay was amazing, singing to her and helping her keep on melody.
Yes, he snarked about it being the CLAY county fair.....
and I am sure I forgot a lot. YEs, I cried.....It was just so so so amazing to be there, and then it was over...and I have to more to go to. A Clay Aiken concert is just not a concert. It is a life changing experience!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 12 04 11:16 AM
Quote:Hey guys!! It' like 5 in the morning and I just got back to Minnesota after the Spencer, Iowa concert. The concert was absolutely amazing! Clay did great, even though the venue was not too impressive. ;)
I auditioned for Jerome when I got there. He was so nice even though I didn't do too well. I was sure I wouldn't get picked.
I was totally unexpected when he came to get me. He came near my row, and my sister goes "there's Jerome!!! there's Jerome!!" He went right past my row, but then came back, and shined the flashlight on me, and motioned me to follow him. I freaked out!!! I followed him, and he said "Julia, right?" and I was like "YEAH!!" He took me in front of the front row seats after telling me not to touch, or grab Clay and not to freak out, and told me to wait there with Nick. I was SO nervous!!! Then he came and got me again, and took me backstage. He introduced me to Racheal, who he said would give me my microphone, and tell me what to do. She told me to hold my microphone as close to my mouth as I could, not just when I sing, but when I talk too, and told me that if I mess up, or forget the words, or go off key, Clay would coach me. I asked her if Jerome would be mad if I did horrible, and she said he wouldn't. They took me on the stage, and I waited just out of the audiences' veiw until Racheal told me to go on. I walked over to Clay, and he asked all these questions, and I was surprisingly calm. I answered them (name, age, grade- which i couldn't remember...) He joked about letting me come on tour with him so I wouldn't have homework. I asked him to do me a favor, which was to say hi to Karen, Brdget, Jen, and Shelby. He did, and asked me if he could do anything else for me. I said "yeah, you could sing with me." I was so nervous to sing with him!!!! I hope someone got videos because I have no idea what I sounded like!! Then he hugged me, and whispered in my ear "great job, sweetheart. You did so good" or something like that. I could barely hear him, but it was so exciting!! He put his arm around me, and whispered to me to leave the same way I came on, and that's when I smelled him, and he smelled SO good!!! omg i still remember the smell of him!!! I was so nervous, but I had to keep looking right into Clay's eyes, because he made me feel so comfortable, and everything and everyone else was so intimidating. Clay was mouthing the words with me the whole time, except when he was singing, obviously. As I would sing the right words, he would nod his head and let me know I was doing ok. It was SO sweet!!! And his hugs are so good!!! I love him so much!!!!! omg i can't believe that happened!!! I never thought I would ever get to experience anything like that!! I am still in disbelief!!
Sep 12 04 11:31 AM
Quote: Sorry couldn't post until now; we got home at 3am, and went straight to bed.
Imallears, my daughter, and 2 of her friends and I headed out from our home at around 11am to see yet another Clay concert. You'd think by now that I'd be bored with this, but no way, I was as excited as I was when I saw the first concert. Anyway we happily traveled down the road all the while singing Clay's songs. A total Clay ride. Woo Hoo!
So we get near Spencer and we decide to take a little detour for about 3 or 4 hours. It was fun, but scary at the same times.
Anyway we finally get to the fair around 5:30 ish and finally we get something to eat and then head to the grandstand and then in and find our seats, which was the very last row, it was just fine for reasons that I will not mention.
Thank you sooooo much Imallears for what you did for the girls and I. You are and have always been a very special person to me. Saying goodbye to you was very hard, but I must remember that we will again be together in Raleigh and Charlotte. Woo Hoo!
The crowd was huge, very loud and supportive.
The beginning was a little disappointing because his stair lights didn't work for his opening, but oh well I've seen it before.
He looked adorable and had on his light blue shirt with the embroidery on it and khaki pants and white tennis shoe with the black strips.
I will not mention the song list; just do the highlights for me.
First I have to mention ISY; I was sitting with Imallears and had to be on my best behavior for obvious reasons. I was able to maintain my behavior until this song, the mic grab totally made me lose all sense of what was right and wrong. :thud I died. It was something I had been hoping for on this song for a very long time, itï¿½s just needed at that spot to make you lose all self control, and that it did. I was a goner. He so needs to do this every time. No laughter on this one, but it wasnï¿½t missed just replaced with other emotions. You will just have to see this one to believe it.
SSD, WOW that note! SO HOT.:thud :thud Even my daughter, who tolerates Clay and is as big a fan of Kelly as I am of Clay and knows all of his songs, LOVED THAT. On our drive down I had told everyone that I hoped that we would get SSD and we did. I was thrilled.
TITN was AWESOME! Even the big moth that landed in Clayï¿½s hair seemed to really enjoy it. LOL! Invisible was fun, and Solitaire was beautiful.
YWT needs no mention, every time I see it I am in total awe. What a gift.
This is getting way to long. So Iï¿½m stopping here and Iï¿½m just going to say. It was awesome. The singer was good and the dancer cute. Clay won the note.
I had with me 3 Kelly fans and they all had a great time at a Clay concert. No Clayversions, but they did enjoy him.
ETA: There is incredible Clack coming on this one. Complete.
Sep 12 04 4:20 PM
Sep 12 04 9:20 PM
Quote:The Clay County Fair! There was no way in the world I was going to miss this one, even though it was a 5-ï¿½ hour drive from Eastern Iowa where I live. It was a very pleasant drive on a beautiful day - but then any day is beautiful when youï¿½re going to see Clay. Am I right?
Clay - Iï¿½ve heard you say you donï¿½t think youï¿½re worth it sometimes. Your many fans would disagree whole heartedly. As the song says, we ï¿½would go with you to the ends of the earthï¿½ - so driving a few hundred miles here and there to see you perform is nothing. Weï¿½re just getting started. You are so worth it.
Since Judy was driving, I got to indulge myself with a little reading. The book I was reading is called Begging for Change. It tells the story of how one man started the D.C. Central Kitchen which not only helps to feed the hungry, but gives on-the-job training for people looking to pull themselves up out of the welfare system. Very interesting stuff. There was one part that made me think of Clay. Before Mr. Egger got involved in the non-profit sector, he was running a classy nightclub in Washington DC. He talked about having the legendary singer Sarah Vaughn sing at his club for a week. He was so excited about it, and during her first performance was mesmerized by the beauty of her voice and her stage presence. He said, ï¿½I understood the hype and why generations of listeners had made this woman a living legend.ï¿½ However, something strange happened. Apparently, all of her subsequent performances were exactly the same - even the ï¿½improvisedï¿½ banter between her and her band. According to him, ï¿½there wasnï¿½t a single spontaneous moment in the evening.ï¿½ It was all exactly the same. He admitted to being a little bored by the end of the week.
That got me to thinking about Clay. After being in this business only a little over a year - I donï¿½t think anyone can rival him for his powerhouse voice, the way he emotes when singing, the inter-play between him and his backup singers and band, his playful audience banter and his sense of humor. Heï¿½s always changing things up, whether it be the way he sings a song - or the way he talks to the fans. The whole show follows a basic format, but we never know what Clay is going to do. Will he show a home video clip? Will he do a shirt tug? Will he or wonï¿½t he laugh sarcastically in I Survived You? Will he gently caress the mic stand with the slight tough of his fingers, or will he grip it so hard his knuckles turn white? Will he tease the audience, or will he just shock us by saying something like, ï¿½Youï¿½ll probably go home and write about it all on the message boards. I read 'em.ï¿½ How many live performances has he done over the last year and a half? I donï¿½t think any of us could say that even two of them were exactly the same. Heï¿½s not up there just going through the motions, dutifully singing each song so he can get paid and move on to the next place. Heï¿½s relaxed enough to just let things happen naturally, yet heï¿½s still very much in charge. He always makes us feel like there is no place on earth he would rather be than right there with us. It takes some performers years to perfect that kind of thing. Some never do. If it was just him and his voice alone, it would be enough. But with Clay we get so much more. What a blessing!
Spencer is a pretty little town, with a classic four lane main street. We had to take a picture of the blue ï¿½Clay County Fairï¿½ banners. The lucky local residents have something every loyal Clay fan would love to have. All of their license plates say ï¿½Clay.ï¿½ How great would that be?
At the concert I was sitting in the 17th row of the middle section. However, since the stage was about 15 feet away from the first row in the grandstand, I felt like I was in the 27th row. Ben Jelen did his thing, and my friends and I were all in agreement. Heï¿½s a nice looking guy with a pleasant voice. I couldnï¿½t understand any of his words, and I felt he really didnï¿½t make a connection with the audience. He could take a few lessons from Clay. There were a few of his fans there cheering him on.
I was sitting next to the Best Buddies group that our Ticket Donation Project sent to the concert. It was fun getting to watch them enjoy their first Clay Aiken concert. They absolutely loved it.
Iï¿½m still in awe of his voice and of the way he uses it. It seems so effortless and yet it knocks me off my feet every time. I never fail to experience that breathless anticipation while waiting for him to appear. From the moment he steps onto the stage, until the last notes of Solitaire, he has our complete and absolute attention. I Survived You was amazing! I never get tired of watching him perform this song. Itï¿½s like being on a roller coaster. When he got to the part where he sings, ï¿½Thereï¿½s no way that Iï¿½ll let thoughts of you rain on my new beginningï¿½ - and he spreads his arms out wide like heï¿½s flying, he had the most joyous look on his face. He makes you feel sorry for whoever it was that he survived in this song. I love Signed, Sealed and Delivered. The high note he does at the end just took my breath away. He makes you wish he was singing those words to you. Rosanna always kills me - can you imagine having a guy like him telling you heï¿½ll meet you all the way, and that youï¿½ll never ever have to compromise? He makes you wish your name was Rosanna. You Were There - WOW!!! He reminds us that God is still there, no matter what traumas we might be going through. It was very fitting on this particular date, considering it was the 3rd anniversary of 9/11. I wonder - does Clay know that This Is The Night means just as much to us as it does to him. How could we ever forget the first time we saw him sing that song on the show? Every time we hear him sing it now, it reminds us of how far he has come - and us right along with him - and that weï¿½ll be right by his side for as long as he wants us. Solitaire was perfection.
Thank you Clay, for your willingness to take this journey - and for letting us come along.
Sep 12 04 10:06 PM
Quote: Got back from Hutch yesterday and thought I'd pop in here and give some of my thoughts on Ben.
As I'd said earlier, I was already a fan (thanks to OMC) and was thrilled to see him open for Clay. I believe Ben is very talented and, of course, opening for Clay could do nothing but help him.
Before the show, we stopped by Ben's small merchandise stand. It was kind of sad, really, because there was such a massive throng of people pushing to buy anything Clay related at his stand and not a soul at Ben's- just one gal working Ben's and looking a bit bored, lol. We spent some time talking to her and my friend bought a cd- Tamryn, I think her name was- she was very sweet. I asked her how Ben liked touring with Clay and she said that they were all really enjoying it and that Clay and his people are great to work with. She talked on for a few minutes about how nice our boy is and that Ben's really impressed with Clay. She told us that it was Clay and co. that contacted Ben and asked him to join the tour. Apparently, Clay was pretty adamant about it- she said that he kind of "fought" with Hanson over Ben and that Clay would have liked him for the whole tour. But Ben was doing a lot of the "Rock the Vote" stuff and his people had contacted Hanson first and so on.
On to Ben's performance.... I was impressed with the sound- both Ben and his band sound great live. Ben mentioned Clay a few times to pump up the crowd which was nice. As Elfe, I believe, stated earlier, he suffered from what all opening acts suffer from- they're the opening act. People were finding their seats and getting settled in, not paying too much attention to Ben. As he finished songs, the crowd was polite and clapped but only a select few of us were really into it. More stood for "Revolutions" and he seemed to really appreciate that. My biggest critism that I have for Ben is that he tends to fold into himself when he performs. He gets into his songs so much so that he tends to shut everyone else out and seems very shy when he's not lost in his music. Maybe I've been too spoiled by Clay, I feel like his shows are more of a big meeting with old friends than a concert. He welcomes all of us and I love that feeling. I hope that Ben is able to learn from Clay during the time he has with him.
Sooo, after Ben's set we got in line (only about a 30-35 person line, I'd say) to meet him at his merchandise stand. He was signing autographs and taking pics with people. I purposefully tried to make myself one of the last in line because I actually wanted to try to talk to him for a minute. I wanted to tell him how amazingly talented I believe him to be and that I thought he did a great job. He was so sweet and he seemed genuinely thrilled to be there and humbled at my comments. He reminds me of a little boy when you look into his eyes, he's got this shy little grin. I asked how he liked touring with Clay and he said he loves it and that *get this* he feels HONORED to be touring with him. Yep, not kidding folks, he's honored to open for Clay. (I guess I didn't expect that so much from a singer/songwriter type and all the AI stigma that's sometimes hard for Clay to get rid of.) I just thought that was the coolest thing and he was so sincere about it. He said that Clay's a great guy and really easy to get along with. He mentioned that he's not used to playing for such huge crowds (I assume Hanson's weren't as big) and that he's more used to clubs and whatnot. I asked him what his plans were for after the tour and he said he's going to a cabin in Georgia or somewhere to write for his next album- just to shut himself out because it's too hard to write while on tour.
BTW- I don't want to forget to mention that he is SO gorgeous!!!! Long dark hair, remarkably smooth skin and amazing eyes. All my friend was able to squeak out was her name and she almost forgot that, lol! Model material, definately.
All in all, he's a great opening act and he's so happy to be there. Just remember that when you go to Clay's shows. And if you have a moment, take the time to compliment him if you like his stuff- he seems to need the encouragement because he's so terribly shy.
I'd like to add that Clay was incredible at Hutch and I thought it was the best out of all the others I've been to! He was so happy and funny and just.... on! Can't help but love him and so proud to be one of his fans!
Sep 12 04 11:56 PM
Quote:Better late than never! We had a fabulous time; I got home at 5 am and had to work today. It must be the adrenaline that comes from a Clay concert. He is definitely worth no sleep! I have to say that he sounded incredible! I am always in awe of his voice, but last night was amazing! He was SO on!
We drove down from Minneapolis. I took my 2 daughters, and Julia (the singer!) and her sister, Jen. We were almost to Spencer when I hear "There's his bus!!!" shrieked from the back of the van. The girls went nuts (I admitted I thudded a bit) and we pulled in to the hotel where Clay and the group were staying. We tried to not be stalkers, but it was hard not to be! We saw Nick, John, Quiana & Angela (who are so sweet), Jerome (who went to the McDonald's across the street), Raleigh & Dudley. Jerome was very nice to us. Although we were all waiting for Clay, he made a run for the bus out the side door. We caught a glimpse of him in a green shirt and khaki shorts. He was running quite fast! There were some overzealous fans there, going up to the windows of the rooms, and I am sure Jerome told him not to come out the front. I can't blame him as there were some raunchy t-shirts and behavior. It made me sad to see the disrespect shown to Clay.
The girls auditioned for Jerome at the fair--he really is such a sweet guy! I met Bob (of Bob & Linda) and he is a great guy. He wanted to be sure that everyone knew that the rumors on some boards stating that he & Linda think Clay is Jesus are totally untrue. He said that they really enjoy Clay and think he is such a good force in the world today. I'm sure we all agree!
The concert was awesome. I have to say that I really enjoyed Ben Jellen's music, but he is lacking in personality. Pretty boring performer.
The crowd was there to see Clay. Screaming and yelling for Clay between the acts. This was the first Clay concert I have seen where there was such diversity in ages and lots of males. They all seemed to enjoy Clay as much as we do (well, maybe not QUITE as much! ;) ) I was doing a cellcert with Heather and hopefully I didn't deafen her with my screams! Lots of thudding going on last night!
I won't go into song detail as so many others have done a wonderful job with that. The highlight for me was when Julia appeared on stage to sing with Clay! We were all in different areas, so I did not get to see her get chosen by Jerome. I was so thrilled for her and excited! I felt like a surrogate mother! And she was so sweet to ask Clay to say hello to all of us. The funny part is when he said hello to each of us by name (OMG--he said hello to me by name!!! :thud ) each of us screamed back at him, and I could hear the girls in the different sections. I am sure he thought we were totally nuts! In the car we joked that if one of us got onstage, that we would have Clay say hello to the others, never imagining that it would happen. I don't think I would have remembered to do that (heck, I probably wouldn't have remembered my own name!) So a big thank you to Julia for including all of us in her special moment. I know the people around me were slightly scared of me after that.
I think I was in such a happy state for her, that much of the concert was a blur and it went by way too fast. So I am looking forward to hearing the comments he made that I seem to have forgotten. And WHERE is the video???
He hightailed it out of there right after a fabulous rendition of Solitaire. No handshakes tonight. :bluesniff My pictures didn't come out exceptionally well this time, but I will try to get the decent ones posted on Photobucket on Monday.
The girls did make me drive back to the hotel to see if the bus was there, but, of course, they were on the way to the next city. However, the rooms they stayed in had lights on and weren't cleaned up yet, so the girls had to go peek in the windows. (I stayed in the getaway van in case they were caught!)
I am sad that this is my last NAT concert. It was definitely worth the long drive, and I am glad that I decided that I had to see him just once more.
Sep 13 04 9:38 PM
Quote:Clay County Fair Recap
I love this man. I love this man. I love this man. (tm diamond commercial) Really what more is there to say? Just kidding..I've got more to say.
The dutchparents and I had a pretty uneventful trip to Spencer. The three hour drive went by fairly quickly as we listened to the big Iowa/Iowa State game. Woohoo! Go Hawks! Uh..sorry got sidetracked there for a minute. We got to the fairgrounds around 12:30. It was our first experience at the Clay County fair. I told my mom several times it didn't seem like we were in Iowa. Just a different kind of environment than central and eastern Iowa. We left dutchdad at the old tractors and went in search of somewhere to spend our money. We were successful and spent a chunk of change. Before meeting the rest of the CH gang for supper, I made my way out to our van and who should I almost run over...? Chuck! He smiled at me and said hello and I returned the greeting. As he walked by I'm trying to get dutchmom's attention to tell her. And at the same time kicking myself for not saying anything more to him like, "Thanks for keeping Clay safe!" I'm not too quick on my feet in situations like that.
It was great getting to meet more meerkats in person! *waves* to Sally Spectra, daisy525, In2Clay, and Clayfan64000 Teen Sally definitely had quite the evening first meeting Jacob, Quiana, and Angela and then with the shout out from Clay during the show!
We made our way to the venue and I found that my seats were awesome! Front row and more towards the right of the stage! Yay..no one in front of me and no boom camera! Security was almost non existant and Jerome didn't really seem to care about my digital. He'd stop right in front of me but looked above me. So I went crazy with taking pictures. I also got a partial clip of Solitaire. Sorry for the shakiness. It's the first time I've used the movie mode for that long of time. The only camera security I saw was when people would come down in front to take pictures. The cop that was doing security was pretty nice. He wouldn't tell people to go back to their seats until after they took a picture or two! I never saw anyone being asked to put their cameras away.
I won't go through song by song because they were all great! My mom and I thought that they all seemed more relaxed and having more fun than in Des Moines. I definitely had a better time since I could actually see!
Sep 13 04 10:09 PM
Quote: (will edit in part I ASAP)
SEYMOURSGAL IS STUPID (Kansas/Clay County recap)
Part Two: The Stupid Part
Or: The Fastest 8 & 1/2 Hours Evah
Or: I Have Been Wrong All This Time and Guardian Angels Do Exist
Breakfast at the B&B in Kansas was planned for 9:00 AM. Perfect, I thought. I need to get on the road by 10:00 so I can get to Spencer, IA by 5:00 for our CH pre-party, which I begged to have and EEEEEEEE-ed over in the Spencer thread.
I had forgotten to print out a Mapquest dealy, but figured I was ok - I had a road atlas with me. And I remembered from when I was researching before that Mapquest had said about 8 hours from Hutchinson, KS to Spencer. Which I knew I could trim to 7 hours.
Well, me being me, I actually get on the highway at about 10:40. *waves to ArtyAna* I'm casually looking at the different state maps while driving, and soon something occurs to me. It looks like it takes a lot longer than 7 hours to get from point A to point B. I get nervous. It is now important that I choose the absolute fastest way. Do I take the small highway that is a straighter shot, or do I take the interstate, figuring it will go faster? I choose the interstate and decide to stop in Salina, the first semi-big town to see if they have a Kinko's where I can get on the net and print out a Mapquest.
Salina = bad idea. No Kinko's and some people with no sense of direction. But I know I'll find a Kinko's in Manhattan, KS where KSU is. Well, I get to the Kinko's and it's almost 1:00 PM. I go to Mapquest and type in the address of the place I'm at, and the address of a bank in Spencer, because I can't find an actual address for the fair. I press "enter" and feel like I'm on Press Your Luck - "come on, Big Bucks - no whammies!!!!!!!!" I need it to say 5 hours or less - maaaaybe 5 & 1/2.
It pops up, and ...
8 & 1/2 hours.
My heart collapsed. It was 1:00. 8 & 1/2 hours meant 9:30. OK, OK, I told myself, I can easily make that 7 & 1/2. At 8:30, Clay would have just started. I printed out the directions, wrote a quick "emergency!" note in the Spencer thread, and got the heck out of there, even though the clerk was a cutie and was talking to me about my t-shirt. Hello! Cuties never talk to me at home!
I drove along, my heart pounding, with tears right behind my eyes. Should I even be doing this? At least half the reason I had decided to go was to meet some more meers. And there was no way I was making the party. I was kicking myself for not having gotten Mapquest before I left. And I don't know why I remembered the timing wrong. Normally I have a photographic memory. Finally I said to myself, "what's done is done. I'm going to decide right now to do this, and do the best I can. @#%$ it. I'm gonna make it."
So I started going as fast as my car would go without hitting the car in front of me. And using all my energy on looking for cops. At least I had directions to follow, and didn't have to guess. All I had to do was keep my foot on the accelerator.
Then I had a thought. My ticket was at will-call. Would will-call still be open at 8:30 to give me my ticket? OK, I thought. I have to call them next time I stop for gas (which was the only reason I stopped. No frivolous restroom or food breaks). I figured I'd plead with the county fair people and get them to work something out with me.
Then I had a thought. Was I 100% positive that Ben was going to be at this show? There was no opening act for the Iowa state fair. I realized I had no idea. So I might have to make it by 7:30. I knew I could trim an hour off Mapquest's time, but two hours? I wasn't sure. So I went faster. Faster than my speedometer could read. The whole route was highway, not interstate. I had no idea how Mapquest calculated the time. I wondered what the cars going 55 thought of the little car from Missouri blowing by them at 80 mph. (BTW, if you're offended by what I did, I don't blame you. It was dangerous and stupid.)
As I got closer and closer, and kept checking the time, I realized, I don't need to call the ticket office. I'm gonna get there before 7:30. I relaxed a bit and found a few more songs Clay must sing in concert:
-She's Tight by Cheap Trick (What.)
-Hungry Like the Wolf (Angela could do great back-up)
-Drain You by Nirvana (hahahahahahahahaha. he'd nevah!)
Guess what time I pulled into Spencer? Go ahead - just guess! 6:30. I freakin' made it in 5 & 1/2 hours! When they said 8 & 1/2! Trimmed 3 hours! Yes, I'm proud. Proud of breaking the law? Yes. That I did not get a ticket proves the existence of guardian angels. However, I was not planning on the whole suckfest that is Spencer, Iowa (sorry, Sally). I hate you Spencer, Iowa. I hate you so very, very much. To make a looooooong story short, no one would give me simple directions that made sense (and every street has like 3 names) and I got to the fair parking lot at about 7:15.
And spent the last 3 dollars I had in cash on parking. Yeah, well you need cash to get into the fair! Well, I was planning to throw myself at the mercy of the fair ticket-takers and promise to come back later with money, when I remembered my laundry quarters. Saved! So I practically ran to the grandstand, got to will-call, and asked for my ticket. She said they "upgraded" it, so I pictured third-row center. I asked if there was an opening act, and she said yes, so I was like, "oh, thank God." And finally relaxed. Looked at my ticket. It was 21st row. But I was one section over from where I had been, closer to the stage. Eh.
Before Ben went on and in between Ben and Clay, I walked all over the stands, sticking my chest out, showing off the "CLAY ROCKS," hoping someone would see it and say, "hey, are you seymoursgal? How come you weren't at the party?" See, the only people I would have recognized would be clayfan64000 and maybe Sally Spectra (only saw you briefly!). But no one saw. Either that, or they saw and thought I looked icky, and were glad they didn't have to meet me.
So I was all alone. :( But I was at a Clay concert. :) The show started, and as it got closer and closer to Clay actually appearing on stage, I kept waiting for the people in my section to stand. Um, nope. Not when the intro thing happened, not when the music started, not when the lights on the stairs came on. There were a lot of older couples. Like grandpas and grandmas. Which is all good, but when in Rome, do as the Romans do, folks. When Clay appeared, I was like, @#%$ you all, I'm standing. I mean, this is my last of the NAT. So I clapped and danced throughout WTSHNN, during which I thought he really played down the sexy. So I was like, I get it - these hicks up here can't take SexGod!Clay, so he's going to give them some sort of blend of AI Clay and Modern Clay.
And I thought that sort of held true. He was great, but he was not the same guy I had seen the night before. I don't know - MMV on this. That was my impression. I was really glad I had made it because if I had not, I would have been devastated. Also, I was glad I had the opportunity to say goodbye to each song. You never know what he'll sing on future tours and what he won't. There was some great Waldo action on MOAM. So I enjoyed that song for a completely different reason that night! I got SSD, finally, and I consider myself lucky that out of only 5 shows, I got AAL, IKYWW, COF, and SSD, with COF twice. Pretty good, I'd say.
Oh, Lord. I have to tell you about Solitaire. Just another reason why: I hate you, Spencer, Iowa. I hate you so very, very much. I have never seen an audience move around so much during an encore. PEOPLE! ARE YOU HERE TO SEE HIM SING?? OR WHAT?? There were people talking, people gathering up their crap, people trying to crawl over each other, people walking down the aisles, people at the concession stand. DURING Solitaire. I kid you not. I tried so hard to focus on the screen, but it was nearly impossible, and it sucks, because he did well with the ending - the "ohhhhhhhhhh" was very good. And just at "while life goes on around him ..." these two @#%$ BITCHES thought they were going to crawl over ME. They would not wait 30 @#%$ seconds. They started in front of me, and I took them and threw them over to the side. I literally put my hands on them and pushed them. They didn't say anything. That was smart of them. I sooooo hope that they thought they were going to go down to Clay's bus and meet him. He was out of there .8 seconds after the top of his spiky hair disappeared under the stage. I hope they were @#%$ SCARRED FOR LIFE by the fact that the bus was gone and they couldn't even catch a glimpse of him. By the way, ladies, I've touched him.
And if all those fuckers were trying to get out to their cars quicker, then I hope they all arrived at said cars to find one or more of their tires flat. Thank you so much, dutchjilly, for giving me the end of Solitaire that I was denied in person.
As I watched his bus drive away, I blew a kiss and said good-bye and have a good night (remember, folks, I had a weird day, so talking out loud to his departing bus can be excused, right?). I sat in the stands till it emptied out, and willed myself not to cry. My last of the NAT. His first solo tour. Will J, Q, and A ever tour with him again? Will he sing Solitaire again?
I decided to drive back to Kansas City that night. I didn't feel tired. What the hell? At least this time, I could drive slow.
"Clay's contract food~~~Awww. He wants yogurt with the fruit on the bottom, "please". Such a diva!"
omg, are you seeeeeriouss??? i haven't read everything yet! why does this make me want to pe
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