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Sep 6 04 1:27 PM
Quote:I wish I could have written this up sooner when I could remember the order better, but we made a little vacation out of the trip and I just got home about 4:30 this afternoon. :)
I was in charge of the preconcert party, so I pretty much thought I"d missed Jerome. When I got inside the arena, I was told that they really hadn't made a final selection yet, so I set off to find Jerome.. besides, I had gifts. Well, Jerome and I can never seem to be in the same place at the same time. In four concerts, the closest I have gotten to Jerome was to see him run down the front row on my side once in the middle of the concert. :) But I am very glad Kara was able to sing. She sounded a bit nervous in a couple of places, but sounded pretty good. I started singing with her, and then realized that things weren't so loud and I could hear me, so I shut up really fast. ;)
In regards to Ben: I was one of the few that responded to the question regarding Ben's cd (and I was in the front row - I'd been listening to it online for sometime.) Ben opened with the song, "Give it All Away", one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the pics of him on stage are terrible as his keyboard was on the opposite side of the stage, but Ben was great. There was a merchandise table for Ben and there was a line waiting. Most people didn't buy immediately because he comes out to his table and meets everyone, so I waited and had my pic taken with Ben. He is so sweet.. and seems almost shy.
While I was waiting in to see Ben, I hear something starting up on stage and cheers, and I was very torn. I really wanted to meet Ben, but didn't want to miss even a second of Clay. Then I realized it was the Proud of Your Boy video and we were getting the short set. :( I was bummed as I love Shine and RTM, but at least I didn't feel too bad about waiting to meet Ben. I had my pic taken with Ben, said something nice that made him smile, and then said something really stupid (like have a nice day when it was night), and I zipped back to my seat.
I didn't have my ticket (it was at my seat.) No one had ever asked for it before that point, so I just left things there. The security guard gave me a hard time. He finally let me go back to my seat and said not to leave without my ticket again. So, I ended up being frazzled during half of the opening number. But the last half of WTSHNN was great. :)
Perfect Day was the best. :) Clay came right over to my side of the stage a good deal of the time, and smiled a lot... right in my direction. Now I realize he probably couldn't see me at all, but at least it seemed like he saw me this time. :)
At one point he mentioned the Clayhui dancers and then I realized they were sitting about 2 or 3 seats down from me. He sounded REALLY outstanding on Perfect Day. He really wasn't on my side of the stage much until he sang Invisible.
I don't have the order of things down too well, but the highlight for me was "You Were There" as it has the most meaning for me and the back up was absolutely amazing.
Chain of Fools was also amazing. Clay definitely has the most talented backup singers around.
It doesn't seem to me that there was as much banter as at some concerts, but it may have just been that it was going too quickly. Someone wanted Clay to tell the story, so he did tell the story about Savon and Quiana and their passport concerns. He did talk to Kara quite a bit and mentioned about Jacob in NY getting a recording deal. He told her to keep taking the voice lessons. There wasn't much of an explanation on the "long note" contest... they just went into it. I'd have to say that Clay solidly won, though. :)
Solitaire wasn't the best Clay has ever done it. He kind of held back on the first part, but he did really nail the second half of the song and it was awesome.
We did kind of get the short end in Pueblo... no catwalk, short set, no outside meetings -- not even a wave from the bus as Clay left within a minute of finishing Solitaire. I went out to the buses and met Jacob briefly and took a pic of him. He said Clay had already left and that he had to leave very soon. One gal started crying and Jacob felt kinda badly for her, I think. So I said maybe she could have her pic taken with him. If anyone knows her, I have a pic. I know someone with her took a pic of her and Jacob together also. Then Jacob left. A lot of people waited for the bus with the band on it to leave. I was thinking of leaving until a security guard said the first group's bus was still there. Then two of Ben's band guys came out. Shortly after, Ben came over and signed autographs and I had another pic taken with him... so I met him twice.
Sep 6 04 1:28 PM
Quote:Hello fellow Claymates, I usually spend more time lurking here than posting, but I just had to share some of my favorite highlights from the Pueblo, CO concert! I'll try to be brief, but bare w/me, I only got to see Clay one time on this tour!
*Loved the video for POYB! I was struck again how giving this man is, and how he gives his time not only to his own Bubel/Aiken Foundation, but to many others including Disney Hand, Make a Wish, Ronald McDonald House, City of Hope, etc...can't wait for the Aladdin DVD to be released!:wiggle
*I have read lots of cellcerts and knew what to expect as far as the set list, but (as I learned last April during the IT) it's a whole different thing seeing Clay live! I was worried about the sound because the Events Center is well known for having a terrible sound system. And even though I enjoyed Ben Jelen, I could barely understand what he was saying or the words to his songs. But when the music to WTSHNN started, the mother ship opened up, when Clay started to rise up onto the stage and that incredible voice started to sing, I knew it was "gonna be a perfect day!":thumbup
*I absolutely love, love, love how Clay sings "Kyrie"! His voice soars on this song!:lubdub
*The James Taylor set is one of my favorite parts of the concert! What an incredibly beautiful blending of voices! You can tell Clay loves singing with these special people (Jacob, Quianna and Angela) and they obviously share a special friendship.:hug2
*Loved Still the One, especially "still the one I want to talk to in bed" & "still the one who can scratch my itch"! Rosanna rocks with Clay's amazing vocals and the talent of his amazing band! COF was awesome and we had a great time singing and dancing along!:jump
*The growl on "I Survived You" was exciting and intense!:kiss
*I knew "You Were There" was coming. But that melody, those lyrics, Clay rising up from the stage in white, his powerful vocal and his unashamed faith all combined to take me to another dimension closer to Heaven! Phenomenal, the highlight of the show!:)
*"This Is The Night"! Wow! What an amazing tribute to the past year of Clay's life! I didn't get to see the AI2 tour, so this was a real treat for me! Love how they spotlighted Clay's WWJD bracelet on the cover of "The Rolling Stone"!
*Had such a great time singing along and dancing to "Invisible"! Love that song and love that Clay let's us sing with him!:7up
*And hearing "Solitaire" live was such an incredible gift! The way he holds that note forever is just awesome and incredibly passionate!:thud
*I went to the concert with my incredibly supportive and understanding husband, and our daughters 7 & 12. My husband even went and bought me a program, buttons and picture of Clay and held my treasures all through the concert so I could clap and dance! We had a great time!:bow
*The only bummers of the night for me were that there were people sitting behind us in section 105 that actually told us to sit down! Give me a break! I can maybe understand sitting during the slow songs, especially "You Were There", but when Clay is dancing and rocking out, I know he wants his fans to join him! My husband told the people that the concert was my birthday celebration and I was there to have a good time!:tongue1 They were sold out of the shirt I wanted and we didn't get to see Clay at the busses, but other than that, we had a wonderful time singing, dancing and enjoying the heck out of Clay!:wiggle
*Looking forward to the concert DVD, his book and audiobook, his Christmas CD, and his follow up CD next year! Can't wait to see what else he has up his sleeve! Sorry so long, just had to share my excitement!:wave
Sep 6 04 1:30 PM
Quote: Where to begin. I'm not sure I can add much to what everyone else has written.
I have only seen Clay in concert one other time. I saw him in Spokane for the IT tour. It was fantastic. The Pueblo concert was the first Not A Tour one.
Clayniac2 and I arrived in Pueble on Wed. Sept 1. We got checked into our Motel and then went and checked out the Fair Grounds to see exactly where the venue was and where would be the best place to park. We got all kinds of help from the fair people. Since we had things we needed to take to the pre party, we were told to come to this one gate and they would have someone take us over to the pre party in one of those golf carts. Everyone we talked to was so nice and helpful. That night we got on ticketmaster and got me a better seat. My first ticket was not on the floor, but we were able to find a ticket for the floor but to the left and 27 rows back.
The next day was of course the day of the concert. I was getting so excited I could hardly wait. The time finally arrived and we headed for the fiargrounds. We found a place to park on the street right across from the gate we needed. Sure enough we were able to get a ride to the pre party. It was very nice and I meet several people that I knew were going to be there. I also meet some new people too
When Clayniac and I got to the venue, we went inside and found where our seats were. Mine wasn't to bad but Clayniac and I weren't sitting together. I did get to meet Jerome. He was very nice, very big, tall and nice looking. We went back to Clayniac's seat and stood and talked for awhile. We meet several fans and there was this one lady who was sitting on the end just behind Clayniac. She had another seat in Section 3 row I #6 seat that she wasn't going to use unless it was going to be to loud for her where she was. Anyway she let me have her ticket for the other seat. I thought that was so sweet of her. I just wish I could have gotton her name so I could thank her again. The seat was excellent. I sat there through Ben Jelens performance. He is a very talented musician but other than that and being nice looking I thought he was a little boring. He didn't seem to have a lot of confidence in himself. I do believe though tha he should get better as time goes on. The talent is there.
The anticipation waiting for Clay was for me very nerve racking. Thank goodness for bweber, she was sitting two rows ahead of me and she had an empty seat next to her, so I ended up sitting with her. It was so good to be able to sit with someone you knew. We had very good seats.
I'm not sure I can do justice to each and every song, but I will give you the highlights of what I felt and saw. When the lights went down and the music started the screaming was unbelievable. Clay came up out of the floor as the stairs rose. He looked absolutely gorgeous. He had my heart and soul in his hands. I will never be the same. His voice was just pure joy. He came out owning that stage. He was very good doing WTSHNN. He looked fantastic. I was really impressed with IWCY. Leaning against the wall was beautiful. He just oozed confidence and sexiness. I don't know how else to explain it. I loved watching him try and pick someone out to dance with him. He would walk from one side of the stage to the other looking at people dancing. It was so cute to watch all the people trying to get his attention.
The young girl that got to sing with Clay was adorable but you could tell she was nervous, but Clay was very sweet and understanding to her. It just seems to have a way of making people feel special. I love that about him.
I loved how Clay interacts with fans and with his backup singers. The James Taylor tribute was breathtaking. You can tell he enjoys sharing the stage during this time with Angela, Quiana and Jacob. He also seems to love flirting with both girls. You also can tell they love flirting back with him. Jacob is amazing on the also sax. One of the higlights for me was when Clay and Quiana sang COF. What can I say but hot and hearing Clay sing this song is very :thud :thud worthy.
Moam is beautiful and I was so glad to be able to hear him sing the whole song in person. It is one of the most beautiful songs he sings from his album.
STO: What can I say but I love when he sings this song. When he sang the part about scratch my itch, he actually made a motion with his hand like he was going to scratch an itch. I loved it. He just makes this song come to life. He is very animated during this number.
ISY: Now this is where is gets a little touchy for me. Was not sure how I would handle this song. The one thing that was hard was that there was this light shining in the back of him that shown right in my face so I had to watch him on one of the jumbotrons that was on the side behind him. Oh :thud :thud was all I could do during this song. The way he sings this just about does me in. The caressing and holding of the mic stand was :drool :tasty to me. I couldn't quite shaking. He was just absolutely gorgeous and his voice was powerful
YWT: Was one of the most memorable of the night. When Clay rose up from the stage all in white was just about my undoing. He was just beautiful. The way he sings this song just touches my heart and spirit. There are no words to describe what this song does to me. I was in tears from the moment he starts to sing this till he is done. In fact I don't think I quite crying until the rest of the show was done. I cried during TITN which reminds us of where he has been, where he is now. Invisible was wonderful and I love how they end it with him not singing and looking invisible. Very moving to me and it lightens my heart.
Solitaire: What can I say but this song also moves me to tears. He is just so gorgeous and he knows how to bring this song to unbelieable heights. The emoting and the mic stand grip and the way he just makes this song his own. He never seems to actually touch the stand but moves his hands lightly up and down. He makes those fist and brings them to his heart. I know I'm just a basket case while he sings this song. When he was done he seemed happy and content with his performance. As he waves good bye and leaves through the floor, all I could think of was he just can't be done. I don't know how long I cried I just knew I would never be the same again. The only thing that kept me going was knowing I would see him again the next night. It was very emotional for me.
I'm sorry this was so long. Hope I didn't bore you to much.
Clay you have stolen my heart and I don't think I will ever get it back.
Sep 6 04 3:50 PM
Sep 9 04 11:59 AM
Quote:Clay Conquers Colorado
by Betty Jo Tucker
An article about Clay Aiken on a movie-related site? Sure. After all, Aiken will be singing âProud of Your Boyâ in a new DVD version of Walt Disneyâs Aladdin scheduled for release in October. Approximately 5000 fans cheered a commercial for this DVD as it played on giant TV screens before their American Idol finally appeared at his Colorado State Fair concert on September 2, 2004.
Emerging from a tunnel covered with flashing lights, Aiken charmed the screaming audience with his unique voice -- which someone once called a wonder of nature. Selections ranged from ballads like âMeasure of a Manâ to a spirited medley of songs by James Taylor. But he saved the best for last. As an encore, Aiken stood in the spotlight on an otherwise darkened stage and sang his heart out in a dramatic rendition of âSolitaire.â Thatâs the Clay Aiken I love the most -- no flashing lights, no one else on stage, no choreography. Just a man and his song.
In between numbers, Aiken projected his trademark friendliness as he thanked all his fans or joked about the many âI love Clayâ signs raised in his honor (âYours is upside downâ) or complimented his talented back-up singers, band members and production crew. When introducing two youngsters chosen to sing and dance with him, he appeared genuinely interested in their performances.
Itâs a treat to watch Aikenâs fans. They come from all age groups. Gazing around the audience at the Events Center, I saw middle-aged folks, twentysomethings, senior citizens, teenagers, and pre-teens wearing âClay Aikenâ T-shirts or sporting âClay Aikenâ buttons. Aiken is truly an artist who has broken through the age barrier with his inter-generational appeal.
Because my husband and I are avid Aiken fans ourselves, we were thrilled to attend this concert. In fact, we ordered our tickets on the very first day they became available. I stayed on the phone for hours to get the best seats possible. The Events Center at the Colorado State Fair offers seating on the floor of the Center and in the bleachers surrounding the floor. I asked for seats fairly close to the stage in the floor section, and that was a big mistake. Aikenâs most enthusiastic fans seemed to be sitting in that section, but they really werenât âsittingâ (except through the Ben Jelen opening band act). They stood up during Aikenâs entire program! So, in order to see what was going on, we had to do the same. Although I suffered a back ache the next morning, who cares? That's a small price to pay for such an entertaining evening.
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