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What a blast! Man, oh man. If they were all like that, I'd never survive.
Here's a brief recap of Mama Artquest's adventures in Clayland. A more complete recap may follow when I've had some rest.
Our seventh row seats were next to two lovely ladies from the Clay's Dream Believer board. (**waving to the lovely ladies**). While I was hunting down souvenirs, Mom was explaining to them that I was likely to get rowdy during the concert. Who knew that the rowdy person would be her!
I had told Mom that most folks would be standing throughout the concert. She was fine with that but planned on sitting. When Clay started looking for dancers, I suggested she might want to get up and dance. And she did. Clay had looked around from the front of the runway, went back to the stage, and then came back to the runway. He looked directly at Mom, got a twinkle in his eye, and pointed straight at her. Then he motioned off to the side to get someone to help her get on stage. I had to explain to her that that's where she was going. She was thrilled, and the next thing I know, she was gone. She said the nice man (Jerome) helped her to the stairs, and then several other folks helped her onto the stage. Clay came and took her hand while singing, danced around with her a little (she was worried that her cane would give out when he twirled her!) and gave her a hug.
Oh, sorry, two hugs. One before she got leid and one after. And Nanjeanne, your line "I think a gal should always get flowers after she gets laid," cracked her up.
When she got back to her seat, she was flying. Didn't sit down for the rest of the first act. Danced, clapped, waved her arms, and screamed in a genteel, lady-like way. Wheeeee! I had handed my camera to my brother because my hands were shaking too hard. He forgot to zoom in, but still managed to capture most of this on video. Yes, there is Mama Clack. I asked her about his beautiful eyes. She agreed, but said that he gives GREAT hugs. She also said, in response to the many people who asked after, that he smelled clean. Not like clean laundry but like he had just stepped out of the shower.
At intermission, I ran back to the souvenir stands because they had finally found the programs. (Yes, ncgurrl and lala52, I have your programs.) Plus other cute stuff. When I got back to my seat, Mom asked me to help her write a thank you note to Clay. She said she wanted him to know how much she appreciated it. Besides, she said, well brought up ladies always write thank you notes. It said
Thank you for the dance and the hug. This concert is my 89th birthday present from my daughter. Thank you also for the lei.
I found a security person who promised to take it backstage, but you all know how often that actually happens. Then, just seconds before the second act begins, here's Jerome, tapping Mom on the shoulder and handing her a vase with beautiful white roses. He said it was a birthday present from Clay. I'm now in tears. Mom is thrilled and manages to stand up for almost the entire second half. A great time was had by all.
Now she wants a MOAM plus all the demo tracks I have. So does my sister-in-law.
Ahem. Clayversion complete
Jul 12 04 10:59 PM
Quote: AWESOME doesn't begin to describe Clay tonight. He was funny, giddy, gorgeous, and playful. His voice was just....
mere words aren't enough. One minute I was laughing at his antics the next holding my breath thru Run To Me. You Were There, so beautiful. He sang it with such emotion. The way he held his arms bent and hands in front of him like he was praying, and singing each line straight to Our Lord. I thought at that moment how he can interpret a song like no other singer I've seen. For example Cherie had a good voice but everything she sang sounded the same. I thought she should take lessons from Clay while she can.
His rapport with Angela, Quinna, and Jacob was so special for the JT part. His voice had a different sound and it was magical.
STILL THE ONE!!!!!! OMG I couldn't believe he was singing it. I don't know how many times I've watched the videos of him doing that song. So needless to say I felt privileged to actually hear it live. WOW did he rock on that one. Dancing and moving that Oh SO gorgeous fanny of his.
I just love him with a little meat on his bones.
What else, the crowd was about 3/4 full. The top was curtained off. But boy were we loud and giving Clay the Love he deserved. PD - FANTISTIC. Invisible was loud and roddy. Shirt tugs combined with deep knee bends were lethal.
Love affair with the Mic was strong during Solitaire.
His interaction with the fans is so real. He LOVES his fans.
Clay knows what it takes to get us stirred up.
He comes prepared to kill us with his outstanding voice and stage presence.
BY GOLLIE HE DELIVERS 100%
Jul 12 04 11:53 PM
Quote:Note to Clay: Leave the U2 tunes alone
By Walter Tunis
CONTRIBUTING MUSIC CRITIC
"You all shout like I can hear what you say," said a bemused Clay Aiken last night at Rupp Arena.
Granted, the screams, cheers and overall jubilation of the largely female crowd was certainly an audience force for this American Idol celebrity to reckon with. But with a turnout of only 3,000 -- a figure that seemed smaller given that Rupp's full-house seating configuration was employed -- Aiken easily held court over the crowd with a two-set, two-hour performance devoted to mostly cheery and calculated pop fare.
On the plus side, Aiken performed as a capable if not terribly daring singer. His voice easily sailed up to the higher registers on This is the Night and cooled to ballad timbre for the comparatively hushed I Survived You. It was also refreshing to see an artist so obviously designed to meet the expectations of a teen pop audience play to all ages. At one point, an older patron was escorted onstage to dance with the singer during the radio-friendly pop of When You Say You Love Me.
In essence, what you got from Aiken was what you have been seeing on TV in the past year: a likeable, politely unrefined pop personality with a wholesome voice, who doesn't fall back on cheesy choreography, video-friendly theatrics or, worse, lip-synching during a stage performance.
But when Aiken ventured into deeper waters, there were problems. For example, who thought it was a good idea for him to open the concert with U2's Where the Streets Have No Name? The song boasts a social resonance way, way beyond the singer's grasp. A mid-show medley of James Taylor tunes, which included an overly stoic and stilted reading of Sweet Baby James, sounded equally out of place.
The more appropriate cover tunes -- and there are loads of them -- steered to the safer pop-fabric framework Aiken updated on his 2003 album, Measure of a Man. Such jukebox fare included: Mr. Mister's Kyrie, Orleans' Still the One, Toto's Rosanna and an encore of Neil Sedaka's Solitaire. All come from a middle-of-the-road base that has become a clear comfort zone for the singer.
In her second Lexington concert in as many months, opening act Cherie, a 19-year-old French singer with a booming vocal command, used her self-titled debut album as the basis for a surprisingly comprehensive pop presentation.
Jul 13 04 8:12 AM
Quote:irst off, the concert was absolutely amazing. clay is so freaking TALENTED and his voice is seriously the best voice i've ever heard. live it's just unbelievable - like, how is it physically possible for someone to sound that incredible?
so we left our house (columbus, ohio) a little after noon, and my dad drove fast and we made good progress - we arrived in lexington, kentucky at around 3:30 or so.
when we got there, we walked around for a while and found the tour buses. as it turns out though, clay wasn't in his - he was already in soundcheck. but we did talk to a lot of claymates, which was fun - and we got to see jacob, clay's very gorgeous and very, very talented back-up singer. my friends and i yelled his name and he smiled and waved. then he was getting together something in a trash bag and he was bent over for a good five minutes or more, directly in front of us. so we had an extremely nice view. :P
anyway, we entered the local radio station (cat - which was ironic because clay hates cats. LOL) for front row tickets and backstage passes, but needless to say, we didn't win them. but as we were walking from the buses back inside to hear the announcements of the winners, we passed this group of women who were completely freaking out. we asked what was going on and they were listening to part of soundcheck through the wall. so we listened and we heard the song "still the one," which he had recorded before american idol. basically, the only people who even knew that clay had sung that before were people who, like me, downloaded it online. so anyway, we were all confused because this was the fourth concert of the tour and he wasn't supposed to be singing it. but it sounded live and not a recording, although finally we dismissed it (for our sanity, LOL) as a recording.
so anyway after the station announced the contest winners we got in line because the doors were opening soon. so they opened and we went in and the woman who went through my purse made me turn my cell phone off - she said they weren't allowed to be used during the concert. i'm like sure, uh huh... right. lol. like i'm really going to listen. h34r: lmfao.
then we got our merchandise (i got two shirts and a poster) and found our seats.
they. were. so. close.
we had third row, but it seemed unreal until we got there - then we realized how close we were. and there was a catwalk a few seats over from us, too - so the stage was fifteen feet away and the catwalk was about ten feet away. yeah... cue danielle scratching her friend's arm viciously - it was all red and puffy. i felt bad. :
while we were sitting there we saw jacob (see tour busses, above) talking to the keyboardist. we wanted to go up there but we didn't know the keyboardist's name and we didn't wanna be like "hi, jacob - uh, hi, keyboardist." : so we basically sat there staring, and then he noticed us staring and probably recognized us from earlier and he was smiling and looking at his with an amused expression on his face. lmfao. yeah... i have a bit of a crush on him. just a bit. :::cough:::
then a dj from the stupid cat radio station came out and *attempted* to pump up the crowd - she called us "clayheads" - it kind of bothered me. i don't like "clayheads" - we use claymates/clay dawgs (claymates are female, clay dawgs are male), the clay nation, etc. and she kept asking where everyone was from and was listing all these random kentucky towns and yes. so she listed like five places in kentucky, and then said cincinnati (ohio), and each time people would represent by screaming. but she didn't say "other" - so my friend heidee and i didn't have anything to scream for. stupid dj. h34r: lol.
so the opening act was a french singer named cherie - she sounded amazing, but her set and her outfit and her crowd interaction in general wasn't the best. and she didn't have tons of presence. but she was still very talented and she did a great job. she kept saying she was warming us up for clay. lol. and her accent was awesome. it was so cute. lol.
then they set clay's set up, and everyone's really excited.
all of the sudden the lights go out for clay, and everyone FREAKS OUT. heidee and i grab each others' hands to keep from falling over, and i alternated between trying not to vomit and breathing deeply. i was hyperventilating. :
so he came out singing "where the streets have no name" by u2, and it was just sooo freaking amazing. his voice sounded strong and clear and it was obvious that he was ON last night.
oh, on a side note - disney is sponsering the tour, and apparently they're gonna release a dvd of it later. so there's this big camera that pans over the audience and gets close-ups of clay - it's like as tall as the ceiling and pans over mostly the first four or five rows on one side of the floor. yeah... i kept seeing it in the corner of my eye - it got a lot of film of me. LOL. it was cool because apparently at the other concerts on the tour so far clay just ignored the camera, but last night he kept singing to it and stuff - hopefully they're planning on using some footage from last night. that would be nice. :green:
anyway, after wtshnn he went onto a few songs from his cd - shine, when you say you love me, and i will carry you. he sounded amazing on all of them, of course. then he sang kyrie eleison and mmm. rocker clay came out to play. can we say THUD?
somewhere around this point he brought this teenage boy onstage who he heard looked like him (he did - of course, he wasn't as gorgeous as clayton!). while he was waiting for the boy to come up, he was cracking all these jokes about his appearance. he doesn't realize that he is incredibly sexy. mmm. so anyway the boy went up there and sang a little bit of the song measure of a man. it was cute. then he started giving all these shoutouts, and clay's just kinda like okay then... take your time. and he walked offstage and went backstage for a minute! LOL. it was hilarious. then he came back and said "get off the stage - go crash ruben's show!" he was joking of course. it was so freaking adorable, lol!
then after another song from his cd, no more sad song, he sang a james taylor medley with his back-up singers (sweet baby james, how sweet it is [to be loved by you], fire and rain, etc.), and they all got some solos. clay sang a little bit of back-up, too - it was awesome. his back-up singers - jacob (:::smiles:: , angela, and quianna are all amazingly talented - all three of them have incredible voices, not just mediocre *back-up voices* - and they all bond so well with clay. they have a lot of fun onstage together. it just rocked.
then he sang a couple more songs from his cd. measure of a man was absolutely beautiful - he sat on a stool for this one, and it was just sooooo serene and delicious. after that, he sang run to me he was on the end of the catwalk for this one, just feet away. he had the micstand set up and he was caressing it the entire time umm yeah. yum.
then he said that there was a premiere after the break. heidee and i looked at each other, remembering hearing "still the one" during soundcheck, and said 'could it be?'
so then it was intermission and we definitely needed some time to recuperate after that. the lights were on for about ten minutes. We had brought a few signs with us, and the best one was forget solitaire lets play strip poker (cuz ya know, he sings the song solitaire) and it looked awesome, and people had been commenting on it all day. Everyone loved it. Before the concert and during intermission, everyone was raving about it and a woman who was going to ten concerts tried to buy it from us. Were like sorry, not for sale! Were definitely using it at the other concerts we go to this summer. LOL. But it was awesome because he looked at our sign a few times heidee and I caught him at it three times. The first time he was squinting and trying to read it, because we had it kind of bent, lol. But then he made out what it said and he looked amused. Lmao. And it was great because every time hed look at it, all these people would turn around and look at us like woah! Clay just looked at your sign, guys! Heh. And yes. I was hoping Id make eye contact with him, and I did twice. His eyes are so pretty. You could seriously just melt in them. Theyre so green and soulful and mmm yummy. Lol. I wow. Yeah.
and then went back out and the jumbotron played a video with a preview of the song/video he did for the special edition aladdin dvd that will be out october 5th - it's called "proud of your boy." he talked about how it described his relationship with his mother, faye - so sweet. the video also mentioned his foundation, the bubel/aiken foundation (which raises money and awareness for people [especially kids] with disabilities such as autism). disney, being the tour sponser, is donating a lot to the foundation so that's great.
after the video was over, the lights stayed off and clay came back out. then the music to still the one started! it was so exciting, especially since we knew before 99% of the crowd. lol. it was just awesome though, he was so good during that. it was so weird to watch him sing that - the only videos i have of him singing that are back when he was in high school/college and was wearing sparkly vests and glasses. LOL. during this song he was dancing a little bit (he has such a dorky dance - it's so freaking cute!) and then all the sudden he dropped his mic on the floor! he got this "oh crap" look on his face, but luckily it was during a short pause in the song, and in a fluid motion he picked it up as soon as it hit the floor. smooth, clay. real smooth.
then he sang more songs off his cd, perfect day, i survived you (which he GROWLED during!), and then sang a song he did on the independent tour, all about love. his voice sounded absolutely flawless. that was honestly the best i've ever heard him sound, no joke. like, it kept getting more and more outstanding as the night wore on.
then he sang a song called "rosanne" by the artist toto, and it's a different song but he made it sound so incredible. i think this was the one where he tripped, not sure - he did trip walking down the stairs at one point though. LOL. he seriously almost fell down the stairs, though - a collective gasp went through the audience at that point. then he the promptly blamed on his two left feet. lmfao.
after that he sang "you were there" by avalon, it's a christian song and is religious, and i was kind of iffy about him singing it because i'm jewish and obviously i don't listen to christian music. lol. but i love the song, it's really beautiful. apparently the jumbotrons were showing religious images like crosses and bibles during it, but i didn't notice - i was watching clay. he looked like an angel, he was dressed all in white with golden light silhouetting him, and he really looked so heavenly, and his voice sounded very pure and fresh and just absolutely beautiful. and i am glad that he chose to sing the song because obviously his religion is very important to him (he never takes off his black wwjd bracelet - ever), and i respect him for having so much faith and not hiding it. he really is an amazing man.
then a recorded message from him started playing along with a video montage of clay as a child and then on american idol - he was saying that so much has happened to him in the past year and he'll never forget what an amazing year it's been - and he thanked us, the fans, for supporting him and being there for him through it all. then he came out and sang what he said was 'the song that started it all' - this is the night. i kept envisioning when he sang that on the american idol tour last summer - it was my first live glimpse of him ever, he rose from the stage surrounded by smoke. i was having... problems... during this song, because it means a lot to me because of that and seeing him sing it so close, i just... wow. it was so intense, the place was just filled with electricity. everyone was so touched. and it was so cool because during the entire song, the jumbotrons were playing a video montage of many of his appearances in the past year - snl, kimmel, leno, the today show, the early show, good morning america, etc. etc. etc. it was just awesome. wow...
then, after a breathtaking performance of that song, he said that the next song was for us, the fans, because we requested it and voted for it and made it a huge hit - invisible, of course! so he launched into that, and lord, he did back-to-back shirt tugs. especially the first one he did, which was right in front of us on the stage - it was honestly the most violent shirt tug he's ever done. i'm so surprised that button-up shirt he was wearing didn't rip and fall off (that would have been nice - although there would have been an arena full of dead claymates. LOL). so invisible was just freaking amazing - he held the mic out for the crowd to sing a few times and he just got really into it. it kicked butt!
so then he said "goodbye kentuuuuucky!" and left, and many of the fans started leaving, but the smart ones knew that he was singing an encore, solitaire. so he came out and sang that and IT WAS COMPLETELY AMAZING. apparently my dad and my little sister sneaked into the concert as the stupid people were leaving, and they got to watch him sing that, and my dad was very impressed, he said "it was outstanding" - and he's an extremely tough critic. he never says a singer is outstanding - ever. so that was cool.
but anyway, so then he left. my friend and i sat down for a minute, collecting our thoughts (or maybe it was our minds in general - LOL), then we raced to get tour programs, because for some reason they hadn't been at the merchandise stand earlier.
then we wanted to go back to the tourbuses to see him leave, but we had a long drive back (we didn't get home 'til almost 3), and my dad never wants to stay after concerts, so we had to leave. and today i come online and find out that when he was leaving, he went over to the fence by the busses that we had been standing at and shook every single person's hand there and thanked them for coming to the show. :::convulses::: but i just keep telling myself, there was no way we could have waited, and everything happens for a reason - that's my motto. we currently have a few schemes up our sleeves to meet him, and i'd honestly rather meet him for the first time and be able to have a conversation with him then meet him for a second outside at night when he's tired, you know? so anyway... i'm trying not to tear myself up about that, because again, everything happens for a reason. and i will meet him eventually.
so anyway, the concert was amazing, clay is amazing. he is just... woah. i love him. he's so incredible. :green:
i had an awesome time at my "preview" to clay in august - i'll be seeing him at least two more times, and hopefully meeting him at least once. i can't wait!
Jul 13 04 8:14 AM
Quote: Hi all
I am still coming down off my high from last night's concert. Don't get my next fix until Indy on 8/16.
Clay rocked the house last night. This was so much better than the Independent Tour concert, and that concert was fabulous. For those of you that are still awaiting your concert date, you are in for a real treat. Of course we are talking about THE CLAYTON who always treats us well.
My friend and I went over to Sawyer's for a bit before the concert. Big shout out to nky4clay (Janet) and the other ladies that were there. Also met Lorrie, one of my fellow Cellmates, in the lobby right before the concert. Yes, THE LORRIE that got to meet and TOUCH the CLAYTON after the concert. I am seriously jealous. Way to go Lorrie!!!!
Stood in line for a bit at the concession stand until the man said that the distributer hadn't delivered the programs yet. At hearing that about two thirds of the people in line, including myself left to find our seats.
Everyone knows the songlist so I won't go over that. Except for Still The One. That was the first song of the second act and IT ROCKED!!! Clay even got in a little jitterbugging with Quiana on that one. Too cute.
I too saw Jacob walking thru the crowd down front. He looked like he was escorting some people to some seats, maybe relatives or friends. I also saw Jerome wandering around. My seats were in section 15 row A. They were excellent seats. I would estimate between 2000 - 3000 people there. Not a huge group, but we made up for it in sound volume. The screaming was incredibly loud.
Highlights for me. The James Taylor segment. Awesome. Jacob, Quiana and Angela did a wonderful job. The harmonizing was excellent.
You Were There. I love this song, I am a huge Avalon fan. Clay's rendition of this song leaves their's in the dust.
Invisible. The whole place was rocking out and singing along. This is always a concert highlight for me. I know we have heard it so many times, but in concert IT JUST ROCKS!!!
Solitaire. The man can emote. He honestly looked like he was in pain from loneliness when he was singing this song. The glory note was to die for. It was amazing and worth the price of admission alone.
Programs arrived during Intermission. I bought mine after the concert. I know that we have seen the pictures posted, but when you are holding the book in your hands they are UNBELIEVABLE.
The part when he had the young look alike guy come on stage was really funny. After the young man sang his bit of MOAM he took the microphone back away from Clay and said he wanted to mention some names out in the audience. Clay just threw up his hands like he was disgusted, yanked the earpieces out of his ears and proceeded to take his battery pack off while walking off stage. It was too funny. He came right back out, gave the guy a t-shirt and told him to get off the stage because it was HIS show. LOL
The dance contest was cute. Makes you just love the guy even more. Well that is all I can remember for now. I am still in a fog.
Jul 13 04 12:26 PM
Quote: ok.. a new post, now that I've had some time..
not much time to process, but some time, none the less.
firstly a few overall impressions...
*Sure, there's no exuding sex like WDC-- but glory be.. there definately is spunk and spark-- at least tonight.. It is not a boring show in the least bit.
*what I said, and Reny properly conveyed--- going from Rosanna to You Were There, it might not be the best transition. I get what he's going for there, give band time to jam and such.. but they don't taper off the jamming, it just ends, and people yell and scream and cheer, b/c it's so high energy and then it's VERY quiet. Hard for some to deal with.
*people need concert manners. Just because no one else is screaming, this does not mean it is the right time for you to profess your undying love for Clay. Everyone else isn't screaming for a reason, you nincompoop.
(there were a crew behind me that if they had been in the row directly behind me, they would have gotten an "accidental" elbow to the mouth--- they were the ones that prompted me to yell "I Love MUSIC"-- I was feelin' fiesty tonight, and not willing to take their incessant crap)
K-- that being said...
a B-E-A-UUUUUUUUUUTIFUL NIGHT!
it's all such a big blur--- my only disappointment was in the camera department. But not as much as if I hadn't had any warning beforehand. ALSO--- the video on the screens... GLORIOUS... absolutely beautiful... the quality is ten billion times better... Yes.. I know, we'd download and buy... unfortunately, as with everything else that pertains to us as "Claymates"-- the general business world just doesn't get us, and we don't act the way we're "supposed to" oh well... the videos are beautiful.
ummm... I can't think.. lol.
well, I guess I can tell you about the meet and greet.. .and I'll tell most of my part and let amanda share what she's got....
So it starts off this way.... back last week, amanda finds out the radio station is doing them, and is giving away the passes.. but they are doing a poster contest.... we know the luck we've had with those, so we decide that we're just gonna lay low, and whatever is supposed to happen, it will happen....
We get to the arena, and the station is there, and they've got a table set up and stuff, and we find out that it's coming down to drawing a name out of the box........ for MG passes, as well as front row seats.. ok, so we don't need those. We spend some time and fill out some forms, doesn't seem to be a limit, so James, Amanda and I all fill some out. We mill around, go down, look for a charm for me, come back and fill out some more... go, walk around... find out the drawing is in 30 mins. Well-- about that time, I realize there are some dad/husband types that are filling them out by the handfuls... not to be outdone, I step up to the table an start scribbling... doing it the smart way, which is to put them in the box one by one, as i fill them out, not in stacks of 10 or something.
well, eventually it's getting time to draw, and I think i actually got one of the last entries into the box before they went to draw the name. They did the name for the front row, and sadly, the woman wasn't there, so they drew another... and then for the MGs....... they pick out a name, and they start to read it... and there 3 of them up there, and one microphone... it's obviously not an easy name, so they're away from the mic-- but not so far as you can't hear it... and i hear a bit of "sta... stac....sta..." and I go.. "STACIA?????" and they're like "Uh.. yeah"
and apparently I screamed..
and I think i threw an elbow...
and I think i almost busted my brother's lip.
yeah, real inspectorly, right? .... acting the Claymate part... hehe..
K-- so... I decide to give it to Amanda, the second one, that is.. and then my brother gets mad, b/c he thinks he should go.... I tell him no... we fight, the DJ chick sees us... hehehe... turns out Amanda's friends ALSO get passes.
well, my brother follows us, as we go to get in line, and long story short is that someone had passes and didn't show up at the right time, so he got to go too.
We get to under the seating area... Jerome comes up... (I Love that man! ) He gives us the rules...
*ONE thing signed only
*NO touching, hugging, kissing, anything.
*you must write your name on a piece of paper the way you want it personalized, write in all caps.
*NO pictures in the line itself.
*You will be put in groups, go to that group, put your camera down, stay there, wait for him to go wherever he wants to go, take the picture, he will leave, you do not move until he is gone
ya know, the usual
We get there. we're in a small room.. only 12 people in the whole thing. so 2 groups of 6... ours only had 5 in it.. heeeeeee
I had him sign the Denver cell cert pic- -I SO was not prepared, AT ALL... Amanda had the KY sweatshirt signed, my brother had Gonzo signed for me.. .HEEEEEEEEEEEE..... ok.. not Gonzo himself, just his jeans.... yeah, i know..
So my brother introduces it as the WMS gonzo, and Punisher boy starts waxing nostalgic with Nick about Gonzo's at camp, and how they had them and hid them and such.... very odd little boy he is...
and then it was me.
and I tried to tell him about the Denver Cellcert, and quite honestly I don't remember a word that I said. And I handed him the paper with my name on it.. and i wrote out STACIA LYNN-- cause that's what I wanted on my picture..... but the boy did not obey me... he just put stacia.. and he kept going over it, for some reason, the "a's" or something... I dunno, he was mumbling and basically, refusing to look me in the eye
and then was Amanda.. and I'll let her tell her part (she should be posting soon-- i was in the middle of this, and we went and had a debriefing in the hallway by the elevators.. lol)
and then we took pictures.. and yeah.. lol.. we'll see how those turn out, and then it was done.
and it's now 3 AM, and as i only got 2 hrs of sleep last night, i'm gonna sleep now. The rest will wait for tomorrow, or the next day. I might recap some stuff while i'm driving and post as soon as i get in to the hotel in Nashville.
We would like to apologize to CKK and YSRN for not allowing them to enjoy Still the One, as we were screaming like banshees!
and all the "I love you Clays" -- not from us.. from the b- uh.. individuals from 2 rows behind us...
Dr Nat-- YEESH! I totally didn't know that was you talking to amanda.. she didn't know I didn't hear you say you were you.. i apologize if i seemed rude..
and those flowers... oh my.
I didn't find out until later that they had come from The Boy, but I saw them and they were gorgeous, and this lil ole lady was SO awesome.. lol... tee hee hee.. She had on Kentucky Blue!
sleep now, i promise
ok ok ok...
one thing.. I had Dennys with some Claymates... by chance, actually... and Bearcat4Clay (I think that's her name.. she contributes Clack)--- she didn't get video, but did get a bunch of awesome pictures, from the tenth row, center... she'll have them up soon, I think, and she'll be sending me a CD with them all on them as well...
i'm telling you this now.
The "riser" for You Were There.. I don't want to say it doesn't contribute to the general atmosphere of the song.. people are concerned that it looks like a pedestal.... Amanda and I had seats that were on the right hand side, not really very centered, and we were both concerned before he came out for that song, that we woudlnt' be able to see, because of the boxes that hold the video screens... the platform/pedestal really did allow us to see him better...
but the downside.
in photographs, like these I saw tonight... they can have the tendancy to make him look like he's floating. But I really don't think that that is the intent, but I am concerned that some might take it that way--- not necessarily here... i'm just anxious to see what people will think once they're posted.
Jul 13 04 12:28 PM
This can't be my life!!!!!!!
I am more than a smidge convinced that Im going to wake up tomorrow and it will be Sunday (yesterday) and I dreamed the past 24+ hours.
What I said to YSRN (and CKK heard, lol) is true. It was like every one of my birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings, Labor Days, Valentines Days, Arbor Days, etc. etc. of my life IN ONE NIGHT.
Its cheesybut literallyI.could.not.ask.for.more. (except maybe some high quality clack, but I digress, lol).
Itll be after Nashville before I do a proper recap (unless I miraculously get time tomorrow). But I will do a smidge and Maggie might kill me (via IM, which would be difficult) if I dont talk about the M&G.
I wanted to comment on some stuff first, though, lol
Quote:They say the shirt is beautiful, they want to marry it! The tie matches (humm, who gets the tie and who gets the shirt?).
That first shirt was GLORIOUS. It was a tealish blue color and the tie matched, we think. Tie was striped (duh). He looked absolutely amazing. The shirt, the pants, the tie, everything. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. He was breathtaking tonight (on many levels).
OkYSRNabout TITN, you said
Quote:Amanda, dear. You are so cute!!
Whatd I do???? LOL. Its hard to watch him sing TITN, actually. I watched the montage of the past year on the video screen too much. SO many AMAZING moments in there. We had to shriek at all of them.
Quote:OMG... AMANDA is SINGING!!!!!!!!!
So Im ousted???? I tried, I really did, to be quiet (singing-wise). But I cant during Invisible. I just cant. Me loves that song entirely too much. And I *think* I got eye contact during that song. My mom smacked me on the back when I thought it happened, so evidently she thought it happened, too. lol
How bad was I?
Quote:Jerome came out with white roses for Artquests mother. Artquests mother sent a nice thank you note backstage to Clay for picking her do dance with him and Clay sent a vase of three white roses and baby's breath.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I love him so much. And she was quite possible the cutest thing ever. In her KENTUCKY BLUE dress THAT he commented on TWICE.
Ditto to what Stacia said about us not wanting to have anything to do with a poster contest. Sowe start filling those forms out like crazy. They did the front row tickets first and I was calm. Then my stomach tightened up. They pulled out that piece of paper and it was folded twice and I saw/heard them going Sta Sta and Stacia grabbed my arm and asked STACIA? and they said yes and ok.interlude
Ive always wondered how I would react to winning something like passes. I was afraid I would be too shy to really squeal and scream and that the people giving them away wouldnt think I was very excited. Well.wherever Clay was.in that arena.he probably heard us. AWESOME MOMENT.
SoI REALLY thought the passes were for AFTER the show. So when we had to follow someone, I FLIPPED OUT. Started with the NO! OMG! etc. I was gonna get my poster signed and then I changed my mind and got the KY picture signed. The KY picture was ON my poster, btw.
Anywayso Jerome is super cool. Very funny. Witty. Wonderful. LOVE Jerome. Just cause.
Quote:*NO touching, hugging, kissing, anything.
He specifically said no handshakes. BAH!! lol
So we get into the room.
OH.in the Collegiate Standard that I just gottheres an article by one of Clays former teachers who now teaches in Louisville. SHE was there. SO weird b/c Stacia and I talked about her THIS morning! Anyway.we were there.Jerome goes to get him. Oh, I was last in line, purposefully.
Mr. Goofball comes in with Nick and is cracking up. That was another priceless moment. Just the not-on-TV, natural, my-friend-said-something-funny cackle. It makes me grinny and awwwwwy just thinking about it.
Sohe had on that yellow and white striped polo that was also glorious. Looked great on him. Sowe watched the line get shorter and shorter.
I heard James say that Gonzo was with WMS and laughed. You had to lay your item to be signed with the piece of paper with your name on it on the table for Nick to see. I did and then watched Clays hands on the table while he signed Stacias Denver picture.
Then its my turn.
Firstits the weirdest thing.same as WS. I was nervous, nervous, nervous UNTIL he came in the room. Then calm as Ive been (ok, maybe not ever, but noticeably more calm). So he pulls the picture over and Im determined to TALK to him this time.
He did the cutest thing. He looked at the picture and he had the Sharpie in his hand and he kind of groaned and acted like he was gonna mark all over the face. Evidently he thinks he looks stupid in that picture. Silly boy.
So, I said. I just want to thank you for wearing that sweatshirt. You have NO idea what it it meant SO much that you wore it. He looked up and smiled and said, It did? like he was thinkingI really made you that happy because I wore a sweatshirt? I said yes and then Stacia said from her place on the wall Yeah, she gave it to you. So I laughed and said, Yeah, I sent it to you. Head snaps up and he grins. You did? Well, Ah love it! I said something about yeah, I sent it again and he said, Ah didnt bring it with me on this tour, since its summer. His head is back down at this point and I said, Yeah, its a little hot for a sweatshirt and he chuckled. ThenI got courage from God knows where and said, See, I never thought you were going to come HERE, so I thought you needed a sweatshirt. He looked up and the look on his face was priceless. A combination of smirk/laugh/shock/I-told-you-so-ish. Hard to describe. And he said, Well, I did! and I laughed and said, Yeah, you proved me wrong. So, I picked up my picture and started to walk to the group picture place and he said Thanks, Amanda and I nearly tripped. SoI put my camera on the floor (see, on seems to fit here, lol) and Jerome told me to stand in the middle. Clay went to the other group first and then snuggled (oklolI just wanted to use the word) in between me and the girl on my left. I got HIS arm around me this time. EEEEE!!! Around my shoulder. And Stacia said something about standing in between the two of us and he said, Well, then what would she say? about the girl to my left. But, he did tighten his arms to get his arm around Stacia, too. So I was literally pulled against his side. Horrible, I know.
Thenanother cutest.thing.ever. There were three people with cameras and so they had to do like two rounds of picture taking. While we waited on the last person to take a picture, he said, still smiling, Did you get it? It was that talking-with-my-face-smiling voice, where you talk through your teeth. I think I felt it in my ear. *sigh*
Then he got out of the picture and started to walk away and turned around and I made eye contact with him and he said, Enjoy the show to all of us and I said thanks and grinned like a fool.
Sothe signed picture. Hes a goof. A goof I love. But a goof. He wrote my name and All my love and his name like normal. Then he put in parenthesis Thanx for this sweatshirt and then drew an arrow!! LOL. Like Id confuse it with another sweatshirt. Cute, cute, cute. I forgotwhen he wrote that..he asked again you sent this, right? and I said eloquently, huh? b/c I was too busy staring at his hand. So he repeated himself. That was right before I went to the picture line.
I wont start on the show.gah.can you imagine how long that post will be??? But I will say this
Still The One.
Never in my wildest dreams did I believe Id ever see him sing that. I figured it would take a miracle (or a time machine.) Honestlyif hed sung ONLY that song, Id have been just as floaty/grinny/happy beyond reason as I am with the whole show.
I dont know if he saw us freaking out and jumping during the song, but I think he could have heard us screaming. Im pretty sure NO ONE was screaming louder than us during that song.
Ohand YSRNI DID say What in the crap is he doing??? during WTSHNN when he got to the mic stand.
OkI gotta stop typing or Ill be up all night. Cause I gotta get up and go to Nashville and see it all again!! ACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Second row AGAIN. ACK!!!! The left side this time, but not as close to the catwalk this time.
I will say one thing about You were there. Ill save my reaction b/c its special, but honestlyI WANTED to watch the screens to see for myself, but I kept getting distracted by him. Soits entirely possible to NOT see the screens if thats what bothers you. The Boy is like a bug zapper and Im a dumb little junebug that flies right into it. And then enjoys the jolt. lol.
I still cant believe it. He was so HAPPY tonight. QMsome of his faces would have killed you. Goofy boy to a hilt. Laughing, rocking, semi-hissy fit, messing up lyrics, tripping, dropping the microphone (man, he recovered quickly, but he definitely dropped it during Still the One). And we got to see him reminisce with a friend (Nick and Gonzo conversation).
The love is overflowing tonight. Just gushy, gushy, gushy.
And a wee bit toasty, too. LOL.
^^ thats a bit of an understatement ^^
YSRN *mwah* Glad the cellcert worked.
CKK seems we amused you, lol. Glad we could oblige.
Nat SO cool to see you. Wish it hadnt been so rushed and crazy, but nice meeting you. I thought Stacia knew who you were, but she didnt hear you say your name and thought it was someone I knew from KY or something, lol.
Jul 13 04 3:10 PM
Quote: Let me start off by saying...I am amazed with Clay Aiken.
I had the best time last night, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did!
My mother, Shari, and I arrived at Rupp arena around 5:30pm and entered in the front row/backstage pass contest that the radio station was running. There were a couple of hundred fans there by then I guess. They were all sitting inside the entrance of Rupp filling out entries and working on their signs. The radio station
people were so nice, they'd continuously throw tee shirts out to everyone and talk with us. 104.5 has the nicest people working for them. Anyway, they drew names from the boxes and announced the winners. The ladies who won were so happy!
People started arriving in drones at around 7:00 when they started letting people in the arena area. I had fourth row seats, the first row in front of the catwalk, about six seats down.
Security was tight. They were really strict on cameras, only disposables were allowed. I slipped in my digital, but my pics turned out very blurry.
As we were going in, Shari noticed this guy just standing there with everyone else. She said "Hey, look, that guy's trying to look like Clay." We all looked and agreed he was cute. I guess she scouts for Clay lookalikes because she found him amongst thousands. She hit my shoulder HARD when Clay brought him
onstage later on shouting "See, I told you!".
Cherie performed her set while we got to know everyone around us. Clay has the nicest fans on the planet, so easy to talk to and thud with! People from all ages were there and everyone was so excited to see OMC.
The lights went out, the music started and there he was, a sight for sore eyes, he was beautiful! His voice soared as he sang that first song, and every song after. After the first couple of songs, he turned up the houselights and looked at all of us. He said he's happy to be in the south again and he looked at some of the
signs. Mine said "I wanna get leid by Clay." He read it out loud "I wanna get leid by....oh whoa!" I laughed so hard as he giggled at my sign. They even put it on the big screen for everyone to see!
He ended saying he was going to pick the best dancer to come on stage with him and get the lei. He pointed to an elderly lady to come on stage with him. He was so sweet to her. He walked along side of her and spoke with her. I do believe he made her day! He told her jogging shoes would not do for dancing and she'd have to get a pair of dancing shoes. "Maybe next time." She said. Clay said when it comes to dancing..."She put you all to shame, Kentucky!"
I was captivated by the man in front of me. He simply adores his fans...period. There's no question about it, he feeds off the energy and he FEELS the love. Needless to say, he was smily and beautiful, but when the music started, he put all his emotion into his song. I watched with weak knees as he flailed his arms around in ISY. The veins in his neck bulged and his beautiful face turned red as he delivered the most amazing final note in that song.
At one point he was trying to talk and this teenage girl by the catwalk was screaming, he seemlessly interrupted his speech by looking down and to his side proclaiming "You're gonna wear out your voice if you keep that up, ya know." The girl screamed and jumped some more so Clay said "Maybe your parents will think that is a good thing."
Also, Clay slipped and almost fell on the steps in the middle of the stage. My heart jumped when I saw it. He recovered nicely and poked fun at himself saying something like "How am I supposed to dance when I can't even walk down some steps?"
Those stairs scare me to death....whew.
He told us before the break that he was going to do something new when he got back. He sang "Still the One"! He changed the part "You're still the one I wanna talk to in bed" to something else. Actually, I think he just omitted it and shortened the song. That Clay, he wants to make sure his show is 100% family friendly.
Shari and I did the classic "1....2.....3......WE LOVE YOU CLAY!!" He looked us dead in the eyes and nodded "Well, I love you too, thank you." Just about sent us to an early grave.
"You Were There" had us in tears, it was simply beautiful. The entire arena hushed and listened quietly. We just let him sing to us with that big, beautiful voice.
Big mic caresses on Solitaire! He even held on to his shirt at one point, tightening it against his chest with his hands clenched against it. My jaw dropped....that man is so yummy.
The show was over and we headed down the street and to the busses. The barricade was set up a parking lot away from us, so not too many of us were there, maybe thirty or so. We waited for about an hour for him. We watched Quiana and Angela come out. We never would have known it was them, but my Mom had brought binoculars. Shari saw Clay as soon as he came out and screamed for him. He wore a blue Kentucky shirt and a hat. He could have gotten straight on the bus since it was so close to him, but NO! He walked an entire parking lot's length to where we were and walked down the fence with Jerome shaking hands and speaking with us all.
Now, I've been to Clay's concerts before but NEVER have I had this happen to me before. He came to where I was and stopped. He literally locked me into his eyes as he smiled as wide as the ocean and took my hand. He smelled so good, you could tell he just showered. His hundreds of freckles were fresh scrubbed as the
breeze blew the scent of soap and cologne my way. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this and noticed what I did, but when his eyes met mine, I was LOCKED in a world where it was just he and I for the duration of seven seconds. There's something about the way he makes you feel, if only for a few seconds, like you're the only one on earth. He doesn't look to the next person while he's holding your hand, he looks at YOU and only you, studying your face and taking you in. I said "We love you so much, Clay, thank you for everything." He said "I love you too, thanks so much." His hands were huge. They swallowed mine, lol! They're soft, but you clearly know when they're on you that those hands belong to a man...yum!
So, I'll post a couple of my blurry, crappy pictures here, just to give you the idea lmao. Girls, I had the best time last night. Clay is precious. He has so many layers to him, but one thing is for sure, he loves his fans and he is so gracious to us all. I enjoyed every single second of yesterday. I can't wait until my next concert!
Jul 14 04 8:23 AM
Ok, I've been DYING to post this all day.
My friend and I went to the Lexington concert
Yes, we drove 3 hours, but it was worth it!!!! Oh, was it worth it!
We had 10th row seats, and we were OH SO excited.
When we got there, we were milling around the convention center, and it is so fun to watch all the Clay fans. They all look how we feel....so excited! We are all happy just to see Clay. I think that is my favorite part of going to a concert...seeing all the fans, and talking to people who love Clay as much as you do.
We sat next to Sapphire's sister, Sharon. I love talking to people who are from online....so much fun! It's like we all have this instant bond. We talked about the different concert's we've been to and were planning on going to this summer. We asked her if she'd ever met Clay...nope. Us either. Darn. Hopefully one day we can be so lucky.
I won't bore you with my concert review, but let's just say it was AMAZING!! All of the songs were fantastic. "I Survived You" gave me chills, like it always does. I am so amazed everytime I see him perform. He has so much energy, and the whole crowd is just feeding off it. He is such a talent. The drive would have been worth it if the only song he would have sung was "Solitaire." My God. I was watching him on the jumbotron, and he was so into it. I mean, he is just lost in another world. It's amazing to watch. I had goosebumps. Imagine that.
After the concert, we were left all sweaty and breathless and coming down off our Clay-high.
We walked back to our car, and since we were parked right by the buses, we decided to wait for him to come out.
And suddenly, there he was. At first I thought he was just going to get on the bus, but we all started screaming for him, and he waved, and started walking toward us! Oh my god. He was really coming toward us.
As he approached the fence he took off his hat, and you could see his huge smile. He was genuinely happy to see his fans. He started shaking hands with people and saying hello. I was fiddling w/ my camera trying to get a good picture of him. It's so hard b/c you want to enjoy the moment, but I knew I'd want the pictures later, so I tried to get some good pics of him.
He had a blue Kentucky t-shirt on and flip flops. His toes are even cute!
Then he got to my friend Amy. She was speechless. She muttered "Thank you" to him as she shook his and, and he giggled. Oh no...the giggle! Clay, you are slaying me! Don't you know I can't take your giggle when you are that close to me?? My god, that man is adorable!
Then he was in front of me. Looking directly into my eyes, and holding out his hand. I know his eyes are green, but he had a blue shirt on, and they looked as blue as the sky, and twinkly! I swear the were twinkling. He had a huge smile on his face. I reached out and took his hand...it was so soft ...but he had a nice firm grip. I tried to think of something interesting to say...something that he hadn't heard a bezillion times before, but all I could muster was "Clay, we all love you so much!" He smiled and looked down almost like he was embarrased. Then he said "Thank ya," and squeezed my hand tight before letting go. My God. I thought it was impossible to love him more than I did already, but I was wrong.
I watched him walk down the line of people, and he shook hands with every single person at that fence. Smiling, and being gracious and thanking people the whole time. That man really loves his fans. It's not fake. I saw it. He was basking in it. He didn't have to come say hi to us....he wanted to. I think that's why we all love him so much -- because we can feel it in return. You should have seen the faces of all the people. They were elated, and his face looked just the same. He made every single person there feel like he was there just for them. He just has that way about him. He is an amazing person, and I am so thankful to have met him.
I mean, how many people get to meet their favorite celebrity? How many of Clay's millions of fans, actually get to tell him how special he is face to face? My friend and I are so lucky. Clay will never know how such a simple act can make such a difference. My friend and I have both been having a hard time of it lately, and he really made our night - our week- heck, our YEAR with a smile and a handshake. One little Clay moment that we can call our own. He is real to me now, and I will be his fan forever, and support him in whatever he does. No wonder he's so beloved.
Thank you, Clay.
Jul 14 04 8:24 AM
I went to Lexington with 5 others, 3 who didnt have really have strong feelings about Clay, but knew theyd enjoy the show.
I had two extra tickets to the show because of a Ticketmaster mix up so I went down by the lovely scalper guys to try to sell mine. What a bunch of sleaze bags (no offense to any scalpers on theses lists LOL)! They of course tried to buy mine for very little money. I had no takers from concertgoers so moved up a little bit and tried to give them away for free as an upgrade. Little did I know what good seats they were, because the few people who did stop to talk to me thought their seats were better. Turns out, they werent but Ill get to that later. Anyway, I was very willing to give them away, but decided Id rather keep them than sell them to those guys. I started to walk away and one followed me saying, Ill take them. Youre giving them away, right? I told him, No thanks, I want these to go to real fans. He tried to convince me he really loved Clay and his buddy was coming over after work to go to the concert. It took all my power not to laugh in his face. As I walked away he offered to pay but would give me basically nothing for them. I ended up not using the tickets and not being able to give them away. (I tried to donate them to the ticket giveaway project but it just didnt work out time wise to get them to the proper place.) This episode was the only low point of the night for me.
We entered, got T shirts and programs and made our way to our seats after Cherie had started her act. We started down, down, down, down, down, and ended up in the 2nd row on the right, the first section by the stage. OMG! Definitely the best, best seats Ive ever had for a Clay concert! We just about fainted when we saw where the seats were! I had no idea! They were row AA so I assumed they were like 27th row! Wrong! Rows were lettered opposite what you would think. The tickets I was trying to give away were row BB so people passed up some really, really good seats.
I was sitting by two older ladies from Kentucky. Of course we chatted about Clay. The oldest lady was talking about how she couldnt believe how she had fallen so hard for a young kid singer. Turns out shes never been on any internet boards but still hadnt gotten Clay out of her head. I gave her a couple of resources to look up when she got home. They were cheering the whole show. They had never seen Clay in concert. As has been said many times, its just not the internet people who are fans. There are lots of people out there who love Clay. Just think how many fans there would be if Clay could get some radio play.
On to the concert Im still emotionally spent, so Ill just start writing here.
From beginning to end, Clay just gives his all, every song, every note, every joke. I dont know how he does it night after night. I dont know how he does it for the whole concert and then comes back with Solitaire at the end. But he does and Im very grateful. Wow, wow, wow!
I loved the opening number Where The Streets Have No Name. The entrance is great and the electricity in the arena was amazing. I could feel a charge through my body and had to calm myself down. My friend Amy was by me and we managed to get through the concert. The parts that really affected me she would support me and the parts that really affected her I would support her.
Clay and the band rocked out on Kyrie. Again, the crowd was electric, the band was electric, Clay was electric and I felt like the roof was coming off the arena.
The dance contest was stupendous. The 89 year old lady was just thrilled to be up there with Clay. After the concert we were sitting waiting for the crowd and we saw her walk by us with the bouquet of roses that Clay had sent and she was beaming from ear to ear.
I loved the way Clay spotlighted his backup singers on the James Taylor tribute and they are all wonderful singers in their own right.
Measure of a Man brought me to tears at the point where he changes keys. It was such an emotionally charged performance. The words to that song just tear me up and hearing it live is a great thing.
Run to Me. That is a difficult song to sing and Clay puts his heart and soul into the song.
He promised in the second half there would be a premiere and the promise came true with Still The One. What fun it was and you could tell they were having fun with it. When Clay danced you could tell he had learned some good moves. I loved it.
I Survived You Wow, wow, wow. How long can he hold that note! The crowd goes nuts on I wish you well. I cant get enough of his performance on that song.
All About Love There is so much joy going on with that performance. I love to watch and listen to Clay sing that.
When You Were There Im getting choked up writing about this performance. You could have heard a pin drop in the arena during this performance. Im finding I cant describe this performance in words. I had watched it on video before the concert and being there listening and experiencing it had no comparison to watching it on video. There was such an atmosphere and presence when this song was performed. I was telling my husband about it last night and broke down in tears. I was trying to tell my mom on the phone about it and broke down in tears, the same with my sister last night. Right now, Im in tears.
This Is The Night.. This is my friend Amys favorite and she was in heaven when he performed this. I think this is Clays gift to the fans at the concert. I loved the video shown with it and didnt think it distracted at all.
Invisible Again the roof just about came off the arena during this performance. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Some major tugs going on during this performance. One of our friends who wasnt a major fan before is still talking about the tugs on the shirt. We hadnt clued her in before so there you go, another non internet board person who got it
Andhow does he do it? Put his all into the whole performance and come back for Solitaire. Again I was so overcome with emotion during this performance that words cannot do it justice. To hear him soaring on the glory note cannot be experienced until you actually hear it. You can tell hes just spent but still comes through every. single. time..
We all went and found the bus area. Id say about 75 people waiting behind barriers. I would have been so happy if hed have gone on the bus and waved as he left. But no. I spotted him coming across in the hat and the murmur started that hes coming over. OMG OMG OMG all up and down the line. When he started down the row (we were on the far end) I thought I was going to be ill (dont want to be graphic). He was so gracious, shook everyones hand, not just lightly touched. All I said to him was Thank you, took a firm grasp, shook his hand, and he was gone, but yes, (here I am again in tears) I shook his hand. I had to walk away and cry a little because I was so overcome with emotion.
He looks so good close up, just so fresh faced, you knew he had to be tired, but what a gesture to come out and give us that up close and personal glimpse. (Tears again).
Afterward we all swore we wouldnt wash our hand LOL. We were walking back to the car and ever so often one of us would hold out our hand and comment that this was a hand that shook Clay Aikens hand. I still think of it with amazement.
Our three casual fans are now down to two hard core Clay fans and one who thinks hes just great. So two major Clayversions on Monday night and one who has great admiration for him.
I get to see him two more times, but you know Ill never get enough of this guy and his performance. He knows who he is, is comfortable, and I love it. I get to take my mother, step dad, and husband to the concert in Indianapolis in August and I think I will enjoy seeing them seeing Clay as much as actually seeing Clay this next time. My mom and step dad are really just so much looking forward to it. My last concert will be Dayton and my dear friend Amy and I are going to it alone.
Ive told my friends here in Indy, beg, borrow, or steal, find a way to see him in August. I called a friend to see him on the Early Show this morning and now shes going to see him at the State Fair.
I could go on and on but I will finish now. Im glad I could share my experience with you.
Jul 15 04 2:32 PM
Quote:The Recap......Lexington version
There once was a lady from Canada
Who fondled her breast...
Oh @#%$ I can't rhyme.
We loved the new way he did WYSYLM. Jazzier. More lilting. The focus was more on crazy people dancing for a shot at being leid by Clay. One of CSG's (CSG = Crazy screaming girls who kept screaming "I love you Clay" who were right behind us and I almost killed with my ClackHouse "I will beat you to death glare.) had a sign that said "I want to be lei'd by Clay" he shook his finger AND his head and laughed. And moved on. I don't think he liked those girls because of their constant screaming (and my glare ain't that good because they would not be stopped) he FINALLY acknowledged them and said "I love you too" but it was an I love that said, "Now @#%$ off so I can sing in peace like some of these songs were meant to be sung." But I could be projecting. <g>
You've heard this before, but, whatever. <g> So, during WYSYLM he's lookin' and he's lookin' and I'm dancin' and Surf4Sue was dancin' and he suddenly strides right to the end of the catwalk (about 6 feet from MEEEE) and points with authority......right at Artquest's dear sweet mother. She was so cute. He says, "You" and Yes, you and crooks his finger at her. She then hikes up her skirt and climbs over all the screaming fangirlies and vaults the barrier into Clay's waiting arms. Oh, wait, that was MY fantasy. Seriously, she made her way up on to the stage and Clay was the cutest and sweetest boyfriend ever he walks with her to center stage, she dances a bit, he twirls her around, tells her how pretty she is (and she is). Puts the lei around her neck and gives her a hug. It was SO cute. He treated her with real gentleness and respect and good heartedness. We decided it was the best thing ever. Except for the part where he drops the microphone. But more on that later. <g>
Then there was the time he almost fell down the stairs. Was walking down the stairs a little too casually and one of his feet slipped and he almost went down....the stairs, people, the stairs....on his ass. He turned quickly to see if Jacob had seen that I think he even said something to him. They must give him a lot of @#%$ for stuff like that because there was much head shaking (by Clay) and a bunch of little discussion not all of which I could hear something about "a mess." It looked like he was trying to blame the stairs.
Angela was singing "You've got a friend" directly to Clay standing close to him it was the sweetest thing. They looked very tight. Before they started the JT portion he was saying how the backup singers do the hardest work ever, etc. and Angela said something to him that made him all "aw shucks" and I couldn't hear what she was saying. She was feeling the Clay love that night Clay was doing lots of flirty dancing with both her and Quiana. Very cute. There was much butt bumping and dancing during WYSYLM and other times.
He was in excellent voice the whole night made one little crack during WTSHNN but that seemed more like he lost control than an actual voice problem. Then, during Solitaire I was a little concerned because I thought he was a tad raspy but it could have been the microphone, because he did have microphone issues during WTSHNN but it was rectified quickly. But he ended the song fine and strong and beautiful. Apparently a woman behind us started crying and didn't stop for awhile. It was that good. He was fantastic.
Surf4Sue says he messed up the words to the chorus of Sweet Baby James not that I would know She also said he had this faraway look in his eyes perhaps he was desperately trying to figure out where he was in the song. <g>
Jacob cheated. I think it was ISY where there is the very long note. Clay is saying, after the song, "Oh I was so proud of Jacob (and he was making proud motions during the song). He's been trying for so long to hold this very long note and I thought he finally did it. But no. He cheated. Tell us what happened Jacob." Jacob, this whole time, is trying to give his version of what happened while standing on the stairs behind Clay. Hilarious. Jacob took a breath. <g> Either Angela or Quiana ratted him out to Clay. We know who wears the pants on this stage, baby.
Spontaneous Fits of Joy: There were these younguns squealing/screaming right in front of us they were very cute, about 15 or 16. While the CSG's were highly annoying, very calculated trying to get Clays attention by screaming "We love you, Clay" at all the worst possible times, these girls were having spontaneous fits of joy. They walked to their seats right before the show, realized where they were, looked at each other and squealed, "OH MY GOD!!!! EEEEEEEE!!!!!" It was sooo cute. So, anyway, we are in the third row, three seats off the catwalk (Clay is about 7-8 feet away when at the end) and they are right in front of us. He comes strolling out on the catwalk and, every time, they burst in to high pitched squealing. This one time he's talking about something and comes walking out the screaming/squealing starts and he turns, min-sentence, and says, "Honey you are gonna to ruin your voice," in the sweetest southern drawl. "You won't be able to talk tomorrow....but maybe your parents will be glad about that." Big grin and both girls just. about. die. Of course, they scream at his every word. (What is really interesting to me, in reading the CH since this show, is how people equate the Joy girls and the CSGs SO not the case if you were there in the audience. I really think the cellcert is a thing of beauty but I think the listeners really need to remember that what theyre hearing is only a small part of the experience.)
Still the One that was a treat. Very hoppy and fun. But the best part is when he's at the corner of the catwalk and stage right in front of us and somehow the microphone goes flying out of his hand. Thump. Right on the stage. The look on his face was priceless. Brief look of shock and sky high eyebrows before he scoops up the microphone and continues singing without missing a note. While Jacob and Angela high five behind his back because apparently they wait with relish for him to make a mistake. <g> The love and fondness these people have for each other is palpable.
Okay, so he did this shirt grab during Solitaire that was resulted in the pectoral muscles of chestal goodness. Boyfriend has a bod. Its hot, its smokin and I was bout to faint when he pulled that shirt tight during that song. Damn. (Coincidentally, some woman saw Surf4Sue's shirt "Clay Rocks" at the hotel in Nashville and they were telling us how much they liked Clay and one of them said, "Has he gotten bigger?" - so it's not just us that are noticing the boy's increased...whatever. <g>
Oops! I forgot to say thank you to surf4sue for the cellcert tonight. And to HeidiHo for living up to her name! (Hee - I hope I don't pay for that one.)
Third times a charm.. damned wireless
I too thought that Clay was wearing a ruffled shirt, but on closer inspection *ahem* it looked like an intricate screenprinted or dyed batik pattern. Either black or dark blue ink on blue - I thought he looked dashing and exotic in that shirt. Very very nice.
Yes, thats exactly what it was and Surf4Sue immediately realized that the speculation of lace was going to go blasting around the internet, but we tried to fix it later. Ah well. <g>
Brandilyne there was no smoke for YWT in Lex, and the word that scrolls on the screen was anno I thought it was a latin word and was not one that I recognized. Is this different than your show?
Listening to the cellstream last night you could actually hear the energy level drop in the audience as the set shifted from Rosanna to YWT. Yet, I did hear cheers as they adjusted to what they were seeing. Interesting.
Not true at all, IMO. It was intense and people were listening/watching. Just because it got quiet does not mean that the energy level in the room dropped at all it didnt from where I was (this is one of those instances where it is totally perspective and you have to be there to really get a feel for the room). I am NOT a religious person, but I would safely say that I was transfixed by Clay and the power and beauty of his voice and his performance. I did think it was slightly over the top but not for any one particular thing, just too many things all in one place. Its like when youre dressing to go out the rule of accessorizing is to put everything on, and then take one thing off. Same could be said here. All the elements (the lighting, his position on high or the video) just remove one. Doesnt matter which one.
Another reason why it worked here is that it seemed to be a religious room. For example, when the WWJD bracelet came on screen during TITN, there were cheers (as there were for many other shots, but still). There were cheers through the visuals on the screen during YWT that many have listed here as problematic.
We are wondering if it is a Canadian thing to fondle your breasts while singing. Cherie was clearly enjoying herself. She eyef**ked me.
Jul 17 04 9:42 AM
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