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Apr 19 04 10:40 AM
Quote:My St. Paul recap
*Standard disclaimer* This is my first recap about my first Clay Aiken concert. It wont be very good, because unlike many of you, writing is not my forte. As always, the scroll button is your friend.
First of all, as many of you know, I live in the middle of nowhere Bismarck, North Dakota. Its 3 hours to Fargo and another 4 hours to Twinkie-ville. BTW, our state fair is our biggest concert event of the year, drawing visitors from all around the northern plains plus Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This year, our fair is getting Reba McIntyre, Lonestar, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban plus a rock band or two (usually a dinosaur act like 38 Special or Nazareth, although in recent years theyve been making an effort to get newer rock acts like Lighthouse and Third Eye Blind). For most North Dakotans (and Im sure other states/provinces as well), the state fair is the must-see gotta-go event of the year. My husbands family lives in South Dakota and every year they make the pilgrimage to Minot. Along with the assorted cows, bunnies, hogs/sows, chickens and pygmy goats that compete for ribbons; the dh exhibits his photography and the mil participates in the bake-off. Truly for many people, this is the only time/place theyll get to see a big-name concert; in my book, theres nothing wrong with Clay playing state fairs. I was really hoping that hed make it here too, except the dates of our fair dont mesh with the summer tour dates already announced. For me, my best chance of seeing Clay this summer is if he plays Winnipeg or if we move to another state. After our whirlwind trip this past weekend, I think I may be able to talk the dh into relocation. Ill keep you posted.
First off, a big thank-you to RedTape for the awesome seat I hadnt sat that close to the stage since David Bowies Glass Spider tour. And it was great sitting next to Seymoursgal and talking with abbeynormal and Vickilyn. I didnt get to meet as many meerkats as I would have liked, but then Ive always been a pretty shy person in large social settings. Thanks for being open to a stranger/hick like me.
OK, about the show I knew what to expect from reading the recaps and looking at the pictures people have posted from other shows, but I refrained from dl most footage. So for me, it was pretty fresh and exciting. I was proud of myself in that I didnt dissolve into a screaming fangirl when he appeared on stage; I remember feeling so proud of him and just so thrilled that he was on that stage in front of me, that he was at last real to me after months of watching him either on my teevy or via my puter. I didnt care for the outfit I think I may be the one person that actually likes the Frankenfugly jacket more than the fedora. I was surprised how thin he is and was struck by how small his wrists are, compared to his large graceful hands. When he strolls across the stage, he seemingly glides he was so smooth in his movements. Ive always been more about the Vox than anything about him and he did not disappoint me at all; I was weeping during the Acoustic set and again during TW. An hour of my life went by in a blink of an eye and that was just wrong to have the show be over so quickly. It felt like waiting in line for that roller coaster ride the long expectant wait, the exultation of the ride and having it over in minutes, the post-ride excitement and need to do it again.
I went to the bathroom during intermission and took the time to purchase souvenirs for the dh and kids playing at the hotel swimming pool (they came with me but didn't go to the show); Kelly started her portion while I was near the front of the line, so I missed her entrance and the first couple of songs. The front floor section was so packed and I couldnt get back to my seat; I didnt want to climb over people/chairs so I stood near the catwalk and watched Kelly strut her stuff. For Kelly, I had no knowledge of her songs other than AMLT, Miss Independent and Low; I had read the bad newspaper reviews and the comments that others have posted, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed her set a lot. I liked Beautiful Disaster especially, and even have to admit that the FJTK song (Bounce?) got me bopping. Dont did impress me for her to sing it as raw as she did, with such emotion; did she write it about Clay, Im not sure, but I have to admit I am guilty of projecting the song onto their relationship. I'm not a shipper but have been involved in television and theater for many years - it doesn't surprise me that they've become very close. I don't know if it's romantic, but if it is, I hope they take the time to find out if it's for real, or just a by-product of the tour.
I will agree with some of the reviewers that this show does come off as bare-boned; I hope for some of the summer shows, Clay will spend a little more money on staging and lighting. Maybe expand the band with another guitarist, another keyboardist, maybe even a rhythm section. Clay may think he cant dance, but he definitely does have rhythm. For all the comparisons others have made about Clay and Freddie Mercury, Id like to hear a Queen cover for the summer tour. Another song I heard on the radio coming home yesterday was Americas Sister Goldenhair I think Clay would kill on that song in concert.
I want to say a big thank-you to all the Clack-providers; I am hoping to reciprocate with my photos and I hope to be able to share them with you later this week (after I figure out how to upload them).
Oh, and a big shout-out to all the lovely PRoC-ers who told me where to buy the Nike shoes they had my size! :-)
Apr 19 04 12:11 PM
Quote: The Party Ends Clay in St. Paul
April 16, 2004
Literally hours after I left Kemper, I was on I-35 heading to St. Paul. I was so floating with the memory of those soft hands. Yeah, I know it sounds weird but I was pretty tired too. So, I was kinda loopy as I left KC. I noted Clay County, Claycomo, MO and Clay Street in some city in Iowa and smiled big. That moment made braving crowds, anxiety attacks, and depression worth it. I also pondered the scoop I got. Kelly said she was singing at the AI3 finale and Open Arms as a duet with Clay will probably be on her second album! I was so thrilled with that news. Jacob also said to us if we arent at St. Paul, get downloads because it will be funny. So, I had a heads up it will be a silly show.
So, I drove and drove to St. Paul. When I hit Albert Lea, MN, I was about in the KS 95 listening area and was disturbed to hear them making fun of Clay. What was good though was KDWB seemed to be a bit more pleasant. They had (I assume a weekly segment) American Idiot and Dave Ryan was as funny as I remembered him being 4 years ago. (Oh yeah, my excuse to go to the Twin Cities was I graduated college at the U of M and wanted to see the school.) The woman (I forget her name!) had a song called Clay Aiken Is My Lover set to Fiona Apples Criminal. I nearly drove off the road I was laughing so hard.
At long last I got to St. Paul and made too good time so I war early. I decided to visit Roseville and had breakfast. I also picked up a Strib (Star Tribune) and a Pioneer Press. There was the most gorgeous interview I have seen (and a nice close head shot) of Clay in Strib. He was saying there how he wondered if people who think he is sexy need glasses or not and how many people beheld him since beauty was in the eye of the beholder. I will say this. My eyesight is 20-20 and I dont need no stinkin glasses. He IS sexy.
I checked in the hotel and slept for 2 hours (the only sleep I had since the day before) and then went to a DQ to have a blizzard as I was hungry. Time passed and I just gaped at how much St. Paul has cleaned up since I was there last. Where Xcel is now was either an empty lot or something ghetto because I didnt recognize the area. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I saw the science museum. I remember ghetto there.
I headed to the MNClayfans (you guys ROCK!) party and had some fun there. They had computers and I just had to relive my handshake for the boards. Several days have passed and I still get chills. Everyone knew everyone as I reunited with people I met in other places on the tour. There was a video screen and they played my favorite AI2 clip Everlasting Love. I just love the end where he kinda twitches his eyebrows/nose during the glory note. Yeah, I know Im weird.
We all went to the concert after a couple items were raffled. Someone won the honor to present him with the banner. I heard that later he was very touched and moved by the banner. There are so many of us that love him and hopefully he realized he DOES have a big impact on the world. He has made it brighter for a lot of us fans.
I went to the concert worried that my 18th row seat would stink. It was actually quite closer than where I was in Chicago and I was in the aisle by the catwalk! I didnt need my binoculars once. Woot!
Closing nights are fun. The Beu Sisters did their thing and their crew came up during a song in drag. That was hysterical! Then they did a version of Black Water from the Doobie Brothers which was awesome. It was special for the final night of the show. These girls are the best! Hey, I am a new fan from the 6 times I saw them now.
It was sad. It was sinking in this would be the last time I will see Clay in person for a long time IF I am able to see him in the KS state fair, MN State Fair, Indian State Fair and/or (if he does it) Missouri State fair. I hope I get so see a summer date because there is nothing better than seeing Clay perform in person. That is why I went to 6 shows and partially why (besides helping raise money) I was glad I went to the benefit. I guess I am just an enthusiastic fan that happens to have a crush on him to boot (like a billion other women in their 20s like me).
Clays set A fond farewell this time
Once again, Kyrie started and Clay came through the audience. Looking on the screen, my jaw dropped. The man SHAVED! There is a god. Not that I minded the stubble/beard, but this looks better. He also had the sexy hat. I love the hat and the blue outfit.
When he finished Kyrie, he commented about the drag on the Beus set and was like no way Id have that on my set or something like that. It was funny. He then goes into PD. It was the same with dancing and being all cute. Then I died during IWCY. He did a ton of wrings of his shirt. That man is so sexy. During AAL, he danced again with the background singers (ALMOST made it though without giggling) and had Jacob dance again after as the Dance Captain. I love AAL. I hope that is on the next album. I noticed he did a lot of hang loose and the other hand guesture thingy. Im sure that was all coincidences.
He did the cell phone thing for WYSYLM. I died laughing when he acted like the woman on the phone was screaming loudly. He is so funny. He was deaf from the screaming. Tee hee.
NMSS seemed VERY intense tonight. Either here or KC he was almost singing it to Angela! It was weird.
Without You was HILARIOUS! Clay starts singing and is all intense. All of a sudden, JEROME in drag comes down lip syncing to Quinna. Clay seemed nonplussed and kept singing. It was funny though. When the song ended Clay was I knew that was going to happen. No one can pull anything over on me! I was thinking Yeah, like OA last night in KC! lol Jacob was supposed to do it and he was told to go and put on his outfit and he did with a wig. Jacob was called chicken as Jacob acted like a chicken.
A woman was acknowledged for going to 29 shows and Clay was wheres **husbands name**? Your seats arent as good tonight. and knew the woman by name. He also acknowledged LauraQ again by name. If only I was more aggressive in saying I went to many (6) shows too, but I dont want to be weird to him or anything. **sigh** He seemed to be looking in my direction, but I doubt he was because there may have been people in front of me he was possibly spotting. I was wearing my KCClayfans shirt that I wore to all shows except Raleigh (there I wore BAF shirt at WRAL and the concert) so you never know I guess. He could have been pointing at me, but I wont hazard to say he was.
If he did see me, he probably thought I was funny during Invisible. This is by far one of the sexiest renditions I have seen live for me. He did 2 tugs and a lot of shirt wrings. Every time he did do something, I would put my hands to my face of turn around and die from thudding. I think he killed me there man. He also did a ton of tummy rubs. RAWR!
ISY was toned down again from when I saw it earlier in the tour. He did half with the mic stand and half without. He didnt do the I wish you well point and that was sad, but what can ya do. He is so sexy when he does that. He gave intense looks and I think a wring or two of the shirt. Wow that song was great and I liked it toned down. I like angsty Clay, but only in small doses.
The acoustic set was cute. He did the this so quite so we will sing like this whispering. I can so see him as a grade school teacher. Hed be the one all the girls would have a crush on too.
MOAM, FOG, WINY, Carolina were all good. Quinna and Angela messed with his hair after he took off his hat. They messed with his hair in KC too. He did the breath race thingy again for the long notes. Someone (yes I admit it was me Im an idiot!) yelled for the background singer to win (**I said the wrong singers name as Quinna and not Angela embarrassing!**) and he just cracks up big time.
WDC was funny. When he was done, Kelly comes out and dances instead of Angela. It was hysterical like two buddies goofing around. When it was Clay and Angela though, he was majorly rubbing her thighs. I saw it and could not believe it! I want to be Angela !!!
Sadly, he finally got to The Way and talked how it was also a thank you love I think. I think when he said thank you he looked in my general direction and I died. Of course he didnt see me, but you never know. There was NO You bay-be in this rendition. He exited the arena going back the way he came in for Kyrie. It was powerful, moving and I could hear his voice with some emotion. What a poetic way to end his set.
Kellys set (sorry if the order is a bit messed up)
She had the usual stuff. I love The Trouble With Love Is as it feels like you are in a club dancing. I love it. Kelly got a princess hat and put it on Jacob. The Beu sisters came on during Bounce to dance. She sang and signed autographs during A Moment Like This. She did the lawnmower. LOL During Thankful there were crew pictures and one (I think as a joke) had an old dude and under it Claude Aikins. That was funny. Someone asked Kelly about Scrabble and Kelly said she won the only game they played. Kelly took someones cell phone and said Im taking Clays bit hahaha. That was funny.
She added a song called Dont and I bet it caused a stir on the boards. I havent seen the boards yet so it will be interesting. The people around me gasped and said Bet shes singing about Clay! I think so too. I tell ya what. I wont comment much because this is never my business, but if Clay had a girlfriend, I am very happy for him. If it is Kelly, I have no problems with it because Kelly IS good people. That (as Forrest Gump would say) is all I will say about that.
She ended with A Moment Like This after singing all the other songs. I cried again during Anytime.
When Open Arms started, it was bittersweet. I wanted it not to end. Clay comes on stage and he opened up the piano bench and there was a dozen or so YELLOW (friendship?) flowers. He handed them to her and they sang the song. He then hugs her and kisses her on the cheek. It was a nice sweet moment.
In a flash, it was over and they were gone.
**Epilogue April 17, 2004**
I had gone back to my hotel room and slept like I havent slept in a couple days. The next day I met up with some MN fans and others to Mall of America. It was remarkable how the mall has not changed. I saw K-Lo is going to be the May 4th! Those of you up there mark your calendars! KC never has cool stuff like that. I miss MOA appearances. That is how I met Julian Lennon one year and it was a thrill.
I hung out for a while and saw a cool characture of Clay and one other fan. There was a necklace with a piece of rice with the name Clay on it which was cool too. We read over the Strib review. It was not nearly as scathing as the KC Star review. Ack! The Strib review or Pioneer Press called Clay elfin and I was like whatever.
I left MOA and went to the U of MN. The reason I mention this is not to bore you. I just wanted to say I revisited Northrop Auditorium. I so wanted to know which pillar that famous Shorts picture was taken. I ushered there for 4 years and graduated on that stage they rehearsed. It was cool getting a look again. I got my alumni shirts and tried to find the buffalo wings place. I wonder if they ate at the place that I was thinking of in Dinkytown. I couldnt find it as Dinkytown had changed. It seemed that Minneapolis became ghetto as St. Paul is revitalized. Weird.
For the state fair, there is a great Italian place that I was so happy to see there. It is called Ciattis. I didnt eat this because I was not hungry, but check it out when we see OMC at the Fair.
One last thing, I heard the Beaus and the band ate at Mikeys Diner in St. Paul. So cool is that. I think they were having a private party in the hotel restaurant when I left this morning at 1 am. I saw the crews van in the parking lot, but I know Clay was long gone (at least I hope or I will be kicking myself for not asking if I could go in).
Anyway, driving home this morning overnight the 3 days of pure Clay were over. The tour is over. I got to shake his hand and see him in person and see him in KC! So many wishes did come true. I know I will never get a hug, but I am in awe I shook his hand. Yeah, I know it sounds strange, but it is hard to fathom. No, I didnt get into any meet and greets, as I am not pushy nor special.
I, however, have made memories that will last a lifetime. That is what makes life worth living.
If you are reading this, thank you Clay for such a great time and I will definitely see you perform on your next summer tour if I can! Rock on dude!
To all the Clayfans: You guys rock too!!!
Apr 23 04 8:30 PM
Quote:SAINT PAUL CELLCERT RECAP
SETTING THE STAGE:
Well here we are, the journey now ending. This leg of the journey anyway. It seems like just yesterday we were here waiting with baited breath for the Charlotte concert to begin. What would he be wearing? What would he sing? Each concert night the last two months we have joined together to experience the joy that is Clay.
Every venue bringing the familiar slate of songs, but each venue also revealing a separate uniqueness. That is OMC, he can serve up the same dish everynight, but adds in his own special flavoring so that upon tasting it seems to be a different delicacy than the night before.
Thank you Clay for being who you are. You are truly a gift from God. You always bring me joy.
Thank you to all my friends here, my fellow Cellmates. These cellcerts have been a blast. I look forward to the summer concerts and the chance to meet in here again. Another leg of the journey yet to start. I can hear it now. What is he wearing? Stubble? No stubble? Hat? No hat? LOL
That being said. BRING ON THE CLAY!!!!!!!!!(Mary)
On the last night of this tour...
Your fans welcome you with one joyful, symphonic voice (do you hear us loving you?)
We receive you with embracing eyes, that are relieved at last to be filled with the beautiful sight.
Our common soul hungers for your voice, thrives on it ... is made peaceful by it.
Our spirit sings and soars...with yours.
We love you with one huge heart, a heart that grows stronger as our love grows deeper.
That heart, that love...will forever be.
And this night, as always, we'll come away uplifted, light-hearted, giddy. Wanting more...
but so very thankful for every moment you've shared with us.
We. Love. You. Clay.
Last show! I bet it will go out with a bang!! Clay....I'm feelin' VERY misty, hon! Have a fantastic time tonight...whoop it up good....we'll be right here beside ya'! I'm gonna be laughin' and cryin' at the same time. I don't want it to end This cellcert will be bittersweet, won't it?... I am so sad. I don't want the party to be over. I don't want to take off the party hat or sweep up the confetti... (Aww, you can keep your hat on!!! heehee) I hope everyone will feel the love tonight. This is for everyone Don't want it to end, but I know this is just the beginning of what we will see from Clay and like he says, "it just keeps getting bigger and better." He will be entertaining us for years to come, I feel it in my heart.
LET THE FOREPLAY BEGIN:
UNLEASH THE CLAYTON! RAARRR RAAAARRR!!!! THE BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, OH SO THUDLY...CLAYTON!!!! OK LET'S GET READY TO ROCK 'N ROLL CLAYNATION!!!.... another night of reading, refreshing and sobbing!!! ... We need to look at this as the ending of a Chapter, because he will be starting a new Chapter in his journey to Superstar Success.. WHERE IS OUR GORGEOUS, GOOD LOOKING, FAMOUS, FUNNY, LOVING, HEARTTROB. SUPERSTAR THUDMUFFIN Can't believe this is very possibly the last WDC ever!... NEWSFLASH: Banner delivered to CLAY!!!! BEARD IN EVIDENCE !!!!! ..YIPPPEEEEEEE!!!!!... C'mon out Clay, you bearded studmuffin you!!!!!! The anticipation is killing me !!!!.... Clayton...please hurry! I'm making the Clay Aiken river here!!!!! . Didn't you hear clay's gonna rip kelly's bra off???.Gee, hope this board has the FCC 5 second delay in place(HAHA!!!!....five second delay.yah, that would be the mods!!!)
FUZZY WUZZY WAS OUR MAN CLAY
DID FUZZY WUZZY SHAVE TODAY?
THEN FUZZY WUZZY WASN'T FUZZY
OMG OMG OMG Let me tell you OMC is smokin in this beard! I have never been a fan of beards, but Clay's new look is HOT!!!!!! LOVIN IT!!!...Bring on FUZZY WUZZY!!!... HAHA!!!!!...Clay, you are worldwide known as the guy with IT, simply Clay Aiken, better and bigger things are coming your way. We love you.. Clay, to quote your Mom, I HOPE YOU DANCE!!!!!... I am amazed that such a diverse group of human beings have all come together in a "lovefest" for one skinny, redheaded southern crooner who has stolen our hearts and touched our souls with his voice, class, dignity and charm..... LIFE IS GOOD!!!!... I finally stopped crying, then I read this and started again. Wind me up, Mom.".Awww Clayton, sometimes we do feel motherly to you ( and then we see you in that beard, and oh well..) Sorry about getting all mushpotty, can't seem to help it tonight. Don't worry, Mr SexySuperStarStudMuffin (with beard) will get me back to my old raunchy self in no time!
I was there in the beginning in Charlotte.
When we didn't know the song list.
When we didn't know he'd walk through the crowd, singing Kyrie.
When we didn't know joy that is All About Love, and air guitar
When we didn't know the poignancy of Without You, and the beauty that is Quiana Parler's voice
When we didn't know the thrill and power of I Survived You (well he waited until the next day, but whatever...)
We didn't know about the acousticals, about MOAM, FOG, WINY, and of course Carolina in My Mind.
And we never dreamed of When Doves Cry, even in our wildest dreams.
And that he loved us in The Way he does.
They welcomed us with Open Arms, and we reluctantly let them go.
It's been an amazing tour.
We love you Kelly and Clay.
We will never forget!
Here's a wise saying:
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!.....Oh THAT SHOULD BE OUR MANTRA!!!! NO MORE SAD SONGS!!!...ALL ABOUT LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.... Like the sands of the hourglass so are the Cellcerts of our lives. My husband says that I saved him a lot of money due to these cellcerts. He said that we don't have to buy a new car because I can just log on and talk about a new car and ooooooo and ahhh and imagine what it is like to drive one. He says it will be just as much fun as a vicarious Clay concert.. HEEHEE!!.. BRING ON THE THUDMASTER!!!.... Does anyone see any straight jackets nearby (a valium maybe?) Bad idea. You could really hurt yourself wearing a straight jacket while thudding.
Have you thought about the words to Kyrie Eleison and Clay?
"When I was young I thought of growing old
of what my life would mean to me
would I have followed down my chosen road
or only wished what I could be."
He is traveling and where he is going YES WE WILL FOLLOW "on a highway in the light" Lead on Clay.
If we see trembly-chin Clay tonight, I'm gonna' cry right through the night!!!! I swear! Don't cry, Clay...you'll cause a world flood!..."What comes out of this is what God wants to happen." - Clay Aiken What comes out of this night is what God wants to happen...This will be a night to remember."The greatest glory never comes from falling, but from rising each time you fall." - Clay Aiken So much to look forward to! There were will be many more concerts and cellcerts after this. Clay you have inspired us more than you will ever know!
Beu sisters finished. setting up for Clay, bring it, Clay, Has anyone ever had SOOOO much fun in a room all by themselves as we do in these cellcerts???... (Dont answer that!!!) NO MORE MUSH, BRING ON CLAY'S TUSH....JACOB CAME OUT AND VIDEOTAPED THE 2ND SONG OF THE BEAU SIS WITH THE WHOLE BAND.... EVERYONE WAS EMOTIONAL - AND SAID WE WERE IN FOR SURPRISES..... The crew of guys came out in drag and danced to Stay Away from My Sister!!!! Crowd was dying laughing.15-20 MIN INTERMISSION NOW....THEN SET UP FOR CLAY
For entertaining me from my computer screen for 29 nights, for the laughs, memories, thuds and tears of love. For all the joy I know you will bring me in the future, Thank you Clay, you are more than special. I hope you feel that tonight. We love you more than we can say.
One fan to another: I gift you forever with the mic stand....I will no longer fight you over it - but whenever I see
one in the future - forever I shall think of you... Well done, BRAVO!! It has been a ride folks! I'm NOT taking off the party hat. Plain and simple. The party has just begun. Hubby JUST walked in from being gone for a week--what to do, what to do............O.K.. Back to the cellcert!!" HAHA!!! He'll still be there tomorrow, right?... CLAY!!!! WE'RE WAITING HERE....WE WANT CLAY!!!!!... Kelly has said she is a prankster. I wonder if she and the backup singers will play a trick on Clay tonight!!!.... Sleep deprivation. One of the many side effects of my medicine of choice - CLAY. Some of the other side effects are quite pleasant.
THE MAIN EVENT: THE CLAYTON
HERE HE COMES!!!!! HAT AND BLUE SHIRT AND TIE....KYRIEEEE I guess beauty's in the eyes of the beholder. I didn't know there were that many people who beheld me. Let the beholding begin!.... NEVER heard screams like this in a cell cert, and I've been in plenty KYRIE was fantastic, such energy! WOW. (drum roll please.) HE SHAVED!! ... OMG OMG OMG!!! THIS IS BREAKING NEWS!!... YOU RASCAL YOU!!!!!!! DING DONG THE BEARD IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many cellmates gnashing teeth over beard disappearance.others rejoicingWe love you anyway Clay. Whatever floats your boat Captain HubbaStubba!! Shaved!!!!!?????? Someone start my heart up again, PLEASE!!!! I would buy a DVD of just Clay shaving!!!! I'm crazy....but I luv him !!! (E-Bay gold!!!!!) LOL!!! WHERE IS THE RAZOR THAT SHAVED CLAY? I WANT TO GOLD PLATE IT! LOL!!! PERFECT DAY PERFECT VOICE!!!!... He looks great, came out with the hat on, no stubble, clean shaven, looks VERY NICE!!!! His voice is so strong and clear!! The screams are deafening!!!... CLAY: So excited and proud. St. Paul is where it all started...you are hyped!!! (that is an understatement) Ending second tour where it all began.... SO EXCITING AND SAD FOR OBVIOUS REASONS...END OF THE TOUR FOR KELLY AND ME... THE SECOND TOUR WILL EVEN BE MORE HYPER.... TONIGHT IS GOING TO BE A VERY SPECIAL SHOW.
I Will Carry YOU!! Beautiful!! He's jazzed tonight. Special night The Weapon of Mass Seduction has locked sight on it's target: THE CLAYNATION..... READY-AIM- FIREDIRECT HIT Such passion in his voice... never better. "Your way hoooooooooooooooooooome..." IWCY is incredible....you can hear the absolute JOY in his voice....magnetic... SINGING WITH ALL OF HIS HEART.Now LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVEEEE I'M READY TO JUMP AND SCREAM!!!! (go for it !!!!) Dancing...The crowd erupts An absolute uproar between songs. Such joy in his voiceLots of screams when he dances with the backup singers, now he's giggling!!.. So much melisma it is reverberating!!!!... Crowd is CRAZY LOUD!!!!!!...SCREAMS LIKE WILD BANSHEES!!!!! Cue Air Guitar!!! Now NMSS frantic "I Love You Clay" yells coming from all over!! .. CLAY'S SINGING WITH HIS EYES CLOSED AND WORKING IT, sitting on steps Pretty quiet in the crowd...they're soaking it up (us too) taking an emotional breather (us too).... Hes singing as if his life depends on it! I'm also afraid for him to take the hat off! Do you think he's given himself a buzz cut??? AAAACKKKKk!!!!! Lord help me, I don't know what the little pop rocker is gonna' do next!!! Maybe THAT'S the surprise!!!!!!...
House light up... "Woo, creative signs!" Someone made a doll... sign saying "Clay you were a Home EC project" and she told him that she baked a cake that looked like Clay???.awwwww.Someone wants to dance with Jacob.... "You want Jacob too? Jacob is stealing everybody""Jacob's not doin much dancin' tonight!"..LOL!!! Wheres Linda?.... you are usually over here!!" (Bob and Linda have been to 29 concerts!!!)..... Hey Linda, 29 concerts that's impressive!!!" (No, Clayby, YOU'RE IMPRESSIVE!!!!) "Bob, where is he?...they don't care if they don't sit together..." Crowd laughing "I'm up here singing and you people are talking on the phone!" (Love Bossy!Clay!) taking cell phone.... Susan in D.C....Sally holding the phone...came all the way from D.C. to hold the phone!!!! WYSYLM All I want to do is make you mine (yes, Clay, YES!!!) - I've been hurt way too many times... Dancing....crowd screams ......Holding hand of someone in audience. Screaming from crowd HE HANDED THE MIC TO SOMEONE TO SING........THEY ARE SINGING TO HIM.......THEY ARE GOING NUTS.....SCREAMING .........BABY, SAY YOU LOVE ME...........(I DO I DO.WE DO, WE DO) I feel like I'm the only man in the room........(Darlin' believe me. You are)..
Talking about Kimberly nowand Quiana....intro to the beautiful "Without You"he's so ON in this duet. DEAFENING SCREAMS for QUAINA!! LAUGHING! Not sure what happened. Something about a blond wig???? Quiana???? Lots of laughter!!!...OMG!!! OMG!!!!! ITS JEROME IN A BLONDE WIG!!!!.. Crowd is hysterical!!!!!! Totally losing it!!!!... Jerome is lipsynching Quianas part!!!!...(cellmates are stunned.then fall over in fits of laughter)WE NEED VIDEO!!!!!!...LOL!! LOL!!!.... Jerome tried to leave the stage and clay motioned him to sit on the steps!!!... Quiana out now SO STRONG AND EMOTIONAL!! BOTH OF THEM!!...WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are standing, singing to one another, looking at one another, such an emotional connection.DEAFENING SCREAMS!!! Jacob chickened out doing the faux duet!!!!!! They surprised him with Jerome!!!!...Jacob was going to wear a dress????...Ashley going to bring out I LOVE CLAY SHIRT and wig for Jacob to wear!!!!!! Clay asked someone to take Jacob's place while Jacob goes and changes HIS EYES ARE SPARKLING - HE IS SO HAPPY.(that makes us happy) OFF TOPIC: some cellmates planning a road trip for summer tour.everyone wants to go ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS PAINT PSYCHODELLIC FLOWERS ALL OVER IT AND SING " THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY THEME SONG"!!!!
INVISIBLE NOW!!!!!... back at the birthplace of the Tug! Crowd singing... roaring....he did SOMETHING!!!!!.. TUGGING MAJORLY...........SCREAMING......CLAY LAUGHING.....EVERYBODY SINGING.........INTO IT... REALLY BAD SINGING FROM CROWD!!!!!! BUT LOUD!!!!! hahahah!!!!...KILLER "WAIT, I ALREADY AM" Jacob is back in I HEART Clay T-shirt and wig???? LBFCA gave him a PINK feather boa to wearhas it wrapped around his neck!!!!....(those Rowdy gals)
NOW: I Survived You!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... CLAY GETTING INTO I SONG!!!! OMG OMG CLAY LEANING ON THE MICWORKING IT SCREAMS! ...SCREAMS! ... (Clay, you're turnin' us to absolute MUSH!) YANKED MIC OFF MIC STAND!!!!!! (Yanked????? Humanahumanahumana....) Shirt grab!!!... AUDIBLE GASP FROM CROWD.OMG OMG OMG....HE MUST BE MANHANDLING IT SOMETHING AWFUL.....GIRLS SOUND LIKE THEY ARE SWOONING!!!!!......standing at end of catwalk... squatted down right in front, nearly in their laps singing with his whole being...amazing........ So Powerful!!! OMG!! I Survived The Truth!! OMG He held that so long, people screaming!!!!. He sounds so great when he's angry angsty Clay!!! I suuuurrrviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiided Screamsssss Yoooooooooooouuuuu people were MOANING during ISY!!!!... He killed them....they DIEDWHEW!!! ( half of audience leaves for a smoke!!!)
Introducing all the crew, lighting, makeup, etc. AAAAAALLL of them!!!! Kudos now to all the folks that work on the show... THEY deserve thunderous applause(Your wish is our command: crowd gives thunderous applause) They must be so proud to have been associated with this Tour. It turned out so great...and was so well received! "We're going to do something a little quieter now, one of my favorite parts of the show..." Danny going to show off on guitar....whispering......Last time for Measure of a Man... Took hat off trying to fix his hair before acoustics set hair is so long and now flat on top .MOAM - EVERYONE SINGING ALONG. SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL.....so touching....(lumps begin forming in cellmates' throats..) Now on to FOG. His voice is so clear, calm, I cannot stop crying when he sings thishe's breaking my heart. "I swear in the days still left we will walk in fields of gold..." How can the word barley make one melt? (honey, cuz its CLAY!!!) Clay and Jacob held notes... Clay won holding longest note!!!! WHEN I NEED YOU.........I CALL OUT YUR NAME AND I'M WITH YOU......NEVER KNEW THERE WAS SOOO MUCH LOVE........ SCREAMING.... CATCHES KISSES AND PUTTING THEM ON HIS HEART (ooooo, I LUV when he does that!!) ...OMG SO HOT........... Massive screams between each song... They just won't stop!... COMPETING WITH ANGELA WHO COULD HOLD IT LONGERCLAY WONHYSTERICAL LAUGHTER!!!...THEY ARE REALLY HAVING A GREAT TIME. DON'T MESS WITH CLAY WHEN IT COMES TO HOLDING NOTES THE LONGEST!!!!!..CIMM. You must forgive me.... someone shouts WE DO!.... The acoustic set was to die for.....it's going too fast!!!! Make it last. Clay, please make it last!!!!
Here we go! WHEN DOVES CRY.CLAY HAMMING IT UP!!! MILLIONS OF FLASHES JUST WENT OFFTHE WHOLE ARENA IS LIKE THAT TONIGHTin Prince's backyard. Go, Clay! MAGNIFICENT Screeeeeaaaammmmmmmmmmmm.!!"... Angela has hat on!!!... Now they're kicking it up! People are shrieking!... wild screams....cat calls, whistles....sounds like a strip joint!!!!! (not that I know what one sounds like...) ...crowd lapping him up....yuuummmmiiieeeee.... HE'S DANCING WITH KELLY!!!!!.... WHAAATTT???? KELLY?????? Hottest WDC they have ever seen!!!!....Angela was ALL OVER HIM...hands EVERYWHERE!!!! Body, legs....hot hot hot....standing SOOO close....Then Kelly surprises him from behind....moving up and down on him....very tight hugs then he reciprocates in kind...."Clay was towering over her!!!!" OMG OMG....she gave him a surprised lookhe went after her, and she left the stage(HRs rejoice!!!! Do major happy dances!!!) Didn't Kelly learn: You Don't Challenge The Clayton! He will NOT back down!! Crowd blown away.(yup, full of surprises tonight!!)
CLAY: WE'RE GONNA DO ONE MORE SONG. OUR LAST SONG. (crowd whines.) FOR A YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES, SO MANY BLESSING I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE. SO MANY HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS. SO THIS SONG HAS 2 MEANINGS. HOW MUCH YOU LOVE SOMEONE WHEN YOU CAN'T FIND THE WORDS. AND I WANT YOU TO THINK OF IT THIS WAY -- RELATED TO US. COZ THERE IS NO WAY I'D BE ABLE TO DO THIS. THERE IS NO WAY I COULD PUT IT INTO WORDS. BUT HOPEFULLY YOU'LL FEEL IT.....IN THE WAY He clapped for US...for US!!!!!......too precious......bwaahhhh bwaahhhhh you could hear the sincerity and emotion in his voice and how he truly meant it ... it was so awesome, tears were falling down my cheeks (awwwwwIm gonna get all verklempt!!!) Can we love this man any more than we do? Honestly who thanks their fans the way he does? Oh, Clay we feel it, honey! We feel it!!!...
The WAY is beautiful....OMG!!!!!!!! The Way That You Move Me......Crowd going nuts!... He went into the crowd and is singing The Way!!.. CLAY NODDED TO THE GUARDS AND WALKED OUT THROUGH THE AUDIENCE AND SHOOK HANDS WITH PEOPLE ON HIS WAY OUT STILL SINGING THE WAYHes walking out the arena the way he came in while singing The Way, wearing his fedora, spotlight following him out.. ....WOW.......(cellmates slowly drinking that beautiful picture in )....What a classy way to end it...A marvelous poetic touch, a symbolic gesture of completion. Crowd was in tears.....audible sobbing heard....so emotional....unbelieveable.... OMG!!!! ...Heart is in my throat -I just got all choked up when I read he left the same way he came in... he knows this image is worth a million sighs and thuds, but a possible legendary, signature move. I LOVE THIS GUY!!!!!... I think the new saying has to be "Clay has left the building" 'cause we just "saw" a legend being born tonight.... (Cellmates lose it now. Tears flowing down.we love him so much.) REMEMBER EVERYONE: DON'T CRY BECAUSE IT'S OVER. SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED!!! Tattoo that on your forehead. Write it on the wall. Put it on Post-It notes all over the house!!!! (cellmates: Pass the Claynex.....The M@Ms are gone..........The Diet Coke cans are empty......There are only Cheeto crumbs left...we are exhausted....)
More conversations: Hope you don't mind if I stick around for awhile? I feel the need to be with people who understand Aw, come sit right here, honey. There, there. This is just the beginning. Think of how many more of these concert/cellcert series we'll have to reminisce about in years to come. We'll have our own retirement community for elderly Claymates where we'll sit around and talk about the first cellcerts and the Summer of Clay and how we all cried when the Independent Tour ended but we had no idea how wonderful it would be in years to come.....( Help, I've thudded and I can't get upHAHA!!!!)
Cellmates have turned to chocolate tonight as a drug of choice..suddenly everyone is talking about food, empty candy wrappers, pudding, chocolate fugde desserts, chocolate licorice, malted milk balls, M&M's, Triscuts, cookies, .. Cake., chololate Easter bunniesHow the heck are we going to all fit into the venues for the summer tour?! What is it about this guy that makes us all want to stuff our faces with chocolate of some kind? . Me thinks I'll just blame my big hips on the Clayton . Yeah, Clay quote "Too much salad will kill ya" loved that back stage dinner quote. Go for the donuts man!!!!! *sings* I've...had...the time of my life and I've never felt this way before... (EVERYBODY SING NOW!) Be prepared to duck- the roof of that building is going to blow when Clay comes out for Open arms --it has to land somewhere!!!
The very last Open Arms of the tour, NOW!!... Clay is out with Kelly, and he just sounds so fantastic!!! They are singing together so beautifully!!!... BELIEVE WHAT I SAY........HERE I AM, WITH OPEN ARMS SCREAMING!!!! He Is wearing the hat!!..... The crowd is going wild!!!! OMG!!! INCREDIBLE!!!! Clay is hit by a tsunami of love from the fans!... Great, tight harmonies, best ever. "I need you to staaa-aaa-aaaa-aayyy!!!!" Clay surprised Kelly with a bouquet of YELLOW ROSES!!!! (Significant to a TEXAS girl!!) He hid them on piano bench when he walked in and then at the point where they turn and face each other, he gave them to her...She was overwhelmed and very touched....They had a wonderful hug at the end, wrapped arms around each other, big smiles, Kelly said "How sweet... or you are a sweetheart".....Clay was really hugging Kelly, he kissed her twice Where? lips, cheek, hand....?????? (On the cheek!!) . What??? NO PROPOSAL????? Teehee.
She's the sweetest little rosebud That Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, They sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, And sing of Rosalee,
But the YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS Is the only girl for me.
What a guy! Instead of pulling a silly prank, Clay gives Kelly the yellow rose(s) of Texas! Time to say it all together --- "How could we love him more?" The audience does not want to let them go! Such an outpouring!... Did someone step on a cat???????? SHRILL SCREAMSSS!!!! sounds like cats in heat!!!!! OMG OMG!!!!!! Crowd will not stop screaming!!!!! There goes the roof!!!.... Bye, Kelly...BYE, CLAY...LOVE YOU BOTH!....Its over. The Independent Tour is done. Here's to many more towns, many more memories and many more years of Clay! If I am this emotional at Clays last concert for this tour, how will I survive my sons wedding. and he is only 11?.... Clay, you had me at HELLO Well, is it time for the ClayWarden to close down Cellblock C????? ...I do believe he has set us all free!!!!! We love you Clay Aiken, and we mean it!!!!!
Tears just STREAMING down my face! OMG ! IT'S OVER !!! COME BACK CLAY!!! WHAT ARE WE TO DO NOW??? Every time when I think I cannot love this man any more , he makes the floodgates open and my heart just POUR out with love for that MAN !!!! Clay what you have given us is beyond words, beyond emotion , beyond anything our hearts, minds and souls can reach! There is no definition , there is no end to this only the beginning ! It is the beginning of something truly beautiful and unique that ONLY you have created in us! We have become a family devoted and dedicated to you , our MAN on a MISSION!! We thank you so much for giving to us from every fibre of your being ! Thank you for making us alive ! Thank you for being our fountain of Youth! JUST THANKS!! (aaawwwwjust beautifulsays what we are all feeling)
A great quote: The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.-Anon. I really need a hug and a few more Claynex.many tears tears of joy, of sadness MY TEARS ARE SAD BECAUSE THE TOUR IS OVER. MY TEARS ARE HAPPY BECAUSE I KNOW CLAY HAS MORE FOR US.Lets all go flood trl with our votes of appreciation!!!... I really don't want this to be over....This is the best tour I never went to in person HAHA!!! To think, I had no clue what a cellcert was before Clay!!! (There were no cellcerts before Clay!!!) Another beautiful quote: Some people come into our lives and quickly go, Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same... (Clay we hope you stay for a very very long time.)
Well, there it is.the MOTHER OF ALL RECAPS..
Clay My Precious falls on floor and bows repeatedly to fellow Cellmates.I AM NOT WORTHY.I AM NOT WORTHY!!!!!!!
If this were a movie, it would be called, THAT THING YOU DO(PLEASE. DONT. STOP.)!!!
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