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Feb 23 04 7:02 PM
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Feb 25 04 1:40 PM
Quote:All I can say is PLEASE trust in Clay--this is only the first concert of many more to come. Without going too much into it, you really don't believe that he's not going to switch up the sets here and there to try and make it fresh for everyone, do ya? He's a very intelligent man and as he's stated before, he has gone online to view videos of his performances and probably even some of the comments and knows all about the cellcerts and how the West Coasters will know the ins and outs of his entire performance (down to every wink, nose wrinkle, lip bite, hip shake, dance moves, knee bends, shirt tugs, etc) that it would only benefit him as an artist/performer to add in or change up his song selections to leave us with some surprises (not to mention to get the East Coasters to stay tuned to the concerts that are moving West and have them not lose interest in the shows) The AI tour was different as you can't really change up the order of the concert since it's 9 performers and not just one/two taking the stage
Feb 25 04 5:55 PM
Quote:cell cert from music mamma She called as he was just coming out with Kyrie. Oh God, the screaming!
The roar buried his voice then it would come soaring over all the noise....."in my sooouuull" oh man oh man. Heart pounding, Jesus the screaming! I hear him! music mamma just said "Oh.My.God.He's.Beautiful" all one word. Damn I can only hear the "soaring" notes. static and screaming.
It's over. She will try to call back later.
sigh -- they're in the second row --
Same outfit as last night.
IWCY is GORGEOUS -- TONS of screaming.
All About Love sounds even better than it did last night -- crowd is REALLY into it.
Oh man, they're all shrieking right in my ear, he must be coming down onto the thrust.
NMSS -- sitting on the steps like last night. GOD, he sounds AMAZING!!!!
HE'S SINGING ISY RIGHT NOW!!! WITH A MIC STAND!!! OH.MY.GOD. THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!!
Hee!! musicmama says he did NOT say "damned". LOVE.IT.
Quote:crowd going nuts.
distorted for me..friend has bad cellphone connection, apparently..............but the power of his voice comes across
I don't know what Clay is wearing. But he sang "I Survived You" tonight... and I think he changed the words of the bridge because what I heard sounded nothing like "damned"... or any of the words before it. It sounded a lot different. The concert is amazing though. They're singing "Without You" right now and they're both kicking butt. The crowd sounds very enthusiastic. He messed up the words to WYSYLM again... but the exact same way he did last night. So either he thinks those are the words or he decided to change them to that.
AH! Invisible is on now. I couldn't make out what he said before he started but it resulted in a bunch of screaming. He sounds wonderful. Everyone is very excited for this song. They're singing along. OWWW... my ears aren't going to work after this. Holy crap.
I'll give more information as it comes... he's still singing Invisible. OMG! LOLOL!!! "WHAT???!!??" ::doubles over laughing:: I love it when he says that before the chorus.
Invisible over now. crowd going wild!! NO talk between starting to sing Run to Me!!!!!!! Sounds Amazing even with some static!!
unbelievably powerful Run to Me.
He just said something that resulted in screaming. He's talking on the phone. It's someone in California... he said he's singing the next song for the person on the phone.... I think. He's talking about Church and how he loves the music that comes from there... because it's so spontanious and it's just what God puts inside of you coming out. He says they're going to sing a few songs that they all love to sing. He said that they're turning the piano off because it's loud... and it's in his ear... or something (????) I don't know what the heck he's talking about but he got the crowd laughing. Now he's singing Measure Of A Man.
having troubles with his EARS........too funny..crowd going nuts.
definitely a Clay Crowd.....lots of screaming during MOAM.
definitely a Clay Crowd.....lots of screaming during MOAM.
Fields of Gold now. Beautiful. The crowd loves it... again. The things about the piano being too loud was because it was blaring in his ears I think. So he took the thing out (I'm pretty sure... we'll find out)
He's talking to the Shirt Tug Sistahs in the front row! Remembers them from Cleveland!!!
Beautiful, pure acoustic MOAM...
He's singing When I Need You now. He didn't skip the "Love, All About Love"... he sang it. He didn't skip any song so far. He might skip one coming out a sing an extra one because he added I Survived You. The crowd is loving this too. He sounds great. He's really enjoying himself
Quote:Whoa... he just got the biggest applause so far... he's singing Carolina In My Mind again.... hmmm. I guess that's staying as a tribute to North Carolina for the rest of the tour. The crowd doesn't seem to mind. They're going crazy
YOur wish is Clay's command!! He's singing When Doves Cry right now!!! Just started & sounds awesome!! crowd going absolutely
WHEN DOVES CRY! Fabulous a cappella intro...
The crowd sounds absolutely INSANE! "... never satisfied..." he's turning these phrases, punching them, sliding his voice in and out... incredible...
SONG LIST SO FAR:
1. Kyrie Mr. Mister
2. Perfect Day
3. I Will Carry You
4. When You Say You Love Me
5. All About Love Steven Curtis Chapman
6. No More Sad Song
7. I Survived You
8. Without You Duet with Kiana
10. Run To Me
11. Measure of a Man
12. Fields of Gold Sting
13. When I Need You Leo Sayer, Julio Iglesias, Celine Dione
14. Carolina on My Mind James Taylor
These last 4 were sung as a medley or abbreviated, and done acoustically.
15. When Doves Cry
16. The Way
THE WAY now
"The Way"... if he gets any better at this song, call a hearse.
That final phrase... so tender and intimate. Crowd is erupting, drowing out the ending.
He's done for now! She'll call back when he comes back to sing w/ Kelly
Quote:cellcert from music mamma: When Dove's Cry, less static he sounded wonderful. Not sure but I don't think he did that "drop into deep voice clay" on the "ied"
part of "never satisfied." The most fun was hearing music mamma's voice when they started the sexay part. She groaned, "Oh God." She did not know what was coming. Hee. He did The Way from the platform and sounded great! She's gone now.
Thank you, thank you music mamma
Just got another call from musicmama -- difficult to hear her sicne she was calling during Kelly's set (bad Kelly fan). She was telling me a story about "the sock monkey"..? Anyone know about this? I'll let her tell the full story when she gets back, but it was this little doll they had, and Clay knew about it, and he saw it either during or after WYSYLM, and motioned for them to give it to him. So they do, and he holds it for like 30 seconds, posing with it, smiling for the cameras like a big ol' ham. Then he gives it BACK to them so they're freaking out. Like I said, I'm not quite sure of the significance, but she can tell the story.
Yes, he came through the audience for Kyrie.
Changed lyrics in ISY -- he changed the whole line, they couldn't quite hear what it was, something like "I'm not gonna let thoughts of you..." They're not sure though.
When Doves Cry KILLED THEM ALL DEAD. There was tie-pulling. There were sex-ay dance moves. There is VIDEO. (but no sound)
Then she shrieked "I gotta go! He's looking for the sock monkey!!" She's going to try to call me back.
The cellphone Clay took was the same two people from the Cleveland concert. It was WWCD's phone again and she was cellcerting the same person. She posted at ca.com that Clay called her again.
And the finale: Wheeeee!!!! Listening to Open Arms via musicmama. She called after it had started so I'm not sure if Clay and Kelly switched it up and Kelly started or what. I just know there was a HUGE swell of screaming just before I heard Clay start singing, so I'm guessing he came onstage right then. I could be wrong though.
They both sound FABULOUS
Feb 25 04 8:31 PM
Quote:First of all, the weather in Atlanta was the pits - freezing and raining. It took us nearly 2 hours to get from one side of the city to the other.
Anyway - it was a full house tonight folks! 14,000 people and it was 90% Clay fans from what I saw. We had FANTASTIC seats. Third row - the stage was so close to the first row of seats - it was incredible. I could the pupils of his eyes!!! I could see his freaking shoe laces!!!!!!
I think the majority of the folks sitting in the first few rows got in on the RCA presale - and they were all Clay fans up there. Simonncharge was in the first row, Pipe Dreams, Invisible926 and loveyouclay were sitting right behind me. We had such a good time!
He sang the same songs as last night - starting with Kyrie Elesion. I'm not sure where the heck he came out from because everyone was expecting him to come out from the side of the arena like he did last night, so everyone down front was standing on their dang chairs. And then we saw the spot light near the very back of the arena. He walked all the way down the aisle to the stage. I couldn't see him, but the electricity in that place was just overwhelming.
He did add the full version of I Survived You tonight (thank you, Clay) and When the Doves Cry gave me heart palpitations.
I don't know if it was just me who noticed, but he must have had something spicy for dinner cuz he kept burping!! Only I would notice something like that.
One of the girls in the second row brought this big stuffed monkey. Clay saw her and motioned for her to throw it up on the stage. She did and he was making these faces like "hurry up and take a picture of me with your monkey" (he was in the middle of singing a song). It seemed like it took her forever! Then he threw it back to her. I thought she was gonna explode she was so excited.
I'll think of more tidbits in a minute. My mind's still racing!
Feb 25 2004 10:13PM
I think he might have been wearing the same outfit as last night - blue long sleeved shirt with darker blue trim, a matching tie and gray slacks.
During one song (I think it was WYSYLM), he did this little dance move with the back-up singers and everyone screamed. And then he made a face like, wait - there's more. And he did another fancy move or two and he made a face like he was so proud of himself. I put my arms out and bowed down to him a couple of times. He laughed!! I had Clay contact!
My boys had a wonderful time. This was their very first concert - I couldn't think of a better artist to start them off with!
The Beau sisters sang all but their last song acoustic - it was pretty nice. But one of boys said on the ride home that it was kinda gross that they showed their stomachs (they wore very low-cut blue jeans and tight belly shirts). I thought they looked fine though.
My boys thanked me over and over again for bringing them. They said it was the best night of their lives. I hope they remember it always. Oh, and they both serenaded me in the car on the way home with Measure of a Man. I could hardly drive I was tearing up so much. I love you, Clay!
Feb 25 04 8:51 PM
Quote:I am here to review! Just got back and have to say wow! Wow! and Wow! Again! For you guys who know me - I've been a Kelly fan first and foremost but let me tell you, Clay rocked tonight. There is no doubt he absolutely loves performing and he can work a crowd!
I'll break this up in pieces but I'll only do the overall stuff first and Clay's in this forum. If anyone is interested, I'll have my playbyplay of Kelly over on the blue boards:
OVerall crowd - tons of people. I think they had to be 9,000-10,000 because only the sections behind the stage were blocked and it holds 13,000
Clay/Kelly split - I would have said overwhelmingly Clay but I think it was pretty well split with Clay having a definite edge. There were definitely alot of people that were fans of both but certainly more high pitched screaming for Clay by far. I guess to say - better mix than last night I think. Both were shown the love!
Backup Singers - I know you guys loved those that toured with Clay before but these guys (esp. the girls!) are off the chart good! And the band is really excellent!
Overall - they both are so, so good. As a kfan, I thoroughly enjoyed Clay's performances. Hopefully lots of Clay fans felt the same about Kelly. Their styles are so different but truthfully, it really works together somehow!
O.K. - grabbing a cup of coffee and back to give my Clay review!
Quote:O.K. - He entered from the back singing Kyrie like last night. It was so cool to watch the crowd figure it out! Yeah, I knew what was happening He just walked down the middle aisle though so you couldn't really see him.
Oh - you guys have taught me so... - he was wearing dark blue shirt untucked with matching dark blue tie. But it was really casual if that makes sense? Sneakers...Truthfully? He definitely was looking good! Hair had it going on tonight!
You guys have seen the setlist so I'm going to talk more about what stuck out for me....
This boy loves performing - you can just see it. So if anyone doubts he is having fun, doubt no more.
He knows he gets the girls going - the guy I was with turned to me at one point and said that guy knows how to work a crowd! He tugged on his shirt at one point and then said "Don't think I'm taking anything off!" and just laughed. So cute and so enjoying himself.
Too funny when acoustic set started he said a little about how he used to love sitting around at church and just singing with people and that is how this little set came to be. Then, the music started- he said "well folks, this is live so we are going to start again with the piano mike on.....pause....with the piano on in my ear! Very cute....
So complimentary to the band - and they deserved it for sure!
O.K. - on to the songs!
OH - quick reply before I go to songs...
Can you tell me .. did you see many BAF shirts? Just curious if there were more white or black? And, what about the LIGHTS??? Did people turn on those lights during MOAM???
I was looking for them...didn't see tons and thought I was seeing them during The Way? Honestly, I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't known about it. BUT, that doesn't mean Clay didn't notice?
I didn't see any BAF shirts now that you mention it, sorry. EVeryone had on the Q100 buttons that said "I love Clay Aiken" or "I love Kelly Clarkson".
Oh! Great meet and great story! We met a mother, daughter and granddaughter before it started. The daughter and granddaughter were big fans of both but the grandmother was off the chart about Clay! She was probably early to mid-sixties and so darned cute! I mean like hip, cool cute! She herself! had called Q100 and won backstage passes that morning! She was absolutely adorable!
Quote:O.K. - last piece...I don't want you guys to get tired of me...
Kyrie - I apologize to those I questioned way back when about this song choice. Awesome! Perfect for his voice
Perfect Day - my personal favorite. He was dancing around and banging his hand on the hard drum parts (hope that makes sense). I think he really likes this song - or maybe I just want it to be the next single!
I Survived You - Didn't really know this one but it was great. Next one that stood out in my mind. He was really feeling this one you could tell and the crowd loved it for sure!
Invisible - Crowd went crazy singing along. I know we all debate how in the world he can sing this after singing so much. I think he loves this song! That's why! So, so, so much fun to see him sing in person.
Acoustic - Fields of Gold is one of my favorite Sting songs (or Eva Cassidy) - he did it major justice. Really enjoyed it. He cut one song short - I could tell with his hand motions - must have been When I need You? Not sure why but he clearly wanted to move on and the band/singers followed his lead. Did Carolina as you now know. He said it is about Carolina but just the south too so it was very cute. I was waiting for Georgia on my Mind though! I liked everyone's idea about changing up for the city but I guess that would be kinda hard.
When Doves Cry gets its on paragraph. Starts real slow and you almost don't recognize it but when he kicks it in gear - wow! So cool! That was alot of fun to listen to.
The Way - I didn't know this one that well either but it is downloading on Itunes as we speak. That is a great song and he totally knocked it out of the park.
Overall - I was quite impressed! I do hope he does more uptempo songs on his next album because the boy can rock when given the chance! The ballads are great but he can do so much more. I had a blast watching him.
Oh - the KLo song - I'm not crazy about the song truthfully but the backup singer - she is amazing! IF nothing else, it is great to see someone so talented get a chance to show it. And as usual, Clay does a great job with his part.
Now big confession - I'm not a huge fan of Open Arms so I actually snuck out! I know! I know! Someone else will have to give you a feel for how things ended.
There you go!
Feb 25 04 9:40 PM
Quote:I just got back from the concert and let me tell you I need a cold shower! WHEN DOVES CRY blew me away!! You guys don't understand. That is one of my favorite songs. It's so freakin' sexy! Especially when Clay sings it!
When he came out he walked right in front of me! I was in such shock that I forgot to take a picture. I was like a deer in headlights. I will never think of Kyrie the same way again. As Neil Sedka(sp?) said, "It's now a Clay Aiken song!" So is When Doves Cry!
I was soooooo happy he sang I Survived You. He did not use the "D" word. I can't remember what he said though. MOAM was awesome. I think the whole crowd was transfixed during that moment.
He did say that last night he was home in Charlotte and we were actually loader then they were!!! I'm sure there are other cites out there that will beat us, but that comment made me feel good!!
If you have any questiosn, I will try to answer them. I'm in a Clay Haze right now, so please forgive me!!
Quote:Oh it was a Clay crowd ALL the way!!! When he came back out for the duet the place exploded!!!!
They were very nice to Kelly. She got a lot of cheers and about half the place stood. I would say about 95% stood for Clay. The cheers Clay got were deafening!
Quote:1. He OWNED the stage!! He has come a long way since his AI days!
2. Well I wasn't in Charlotte, but Clay said we were louder then the Charlotte crowd. At times the screams were so loud it was deafening!
3. The opening act was just okay. I got bored.
4. I'm a Kelly fan now. I had the "take it or leave it" attitude when it came to Kelly. She was so cute on stage, and it a real entertainer!
Feb 25 04 9:49 PM
Quote:This is from someone at that board who just got back from the concert..
From: crazy4aiken Sent: 2/25/2004 8:23 PM
I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE CONCERT!!!! LET ME JUST SAY......OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU THINK WDC IS HOT ON VIDEO....WAIT TILL YOU SEE IT IN PERSON! I'M STILL SHAKING!
Okay, I not a very good reporter, but I'll try. You have heard most of everything, so I'll try to tell you what you haven't heard. He was so cute saying that "this concert was a big deal...he had all these fancy steps and what not". I just loved it.
OH, before I forget, this thread is so long I can't remember who asked about the lights. I had mine, but I have to say I was disappointed there weren't that many from Atlanta. And he did not sing all of MOAM, so the part where we were supposed to turn on the lights never happened. I just turned my on anyway and kept it on, waving it like crazy and swearing he looked straight at me. Now mind you, I had pretty good seats, but not right up front, but I still say he looked straight at me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
BUT...HE DID SAY "I LOVE YOU" BACK TO MY DAUGHTER!!! During a very brief pause with no screaming going on, Ashlea yells out "I love you Clay" and he said "love you too'!!! Her voice really carries and friends on the other side of the arena said they heard her. She's still on cloud nine. AND a good friend of mine was lucky enoough to get 2nd row seats, and as if that wasn't enough, SHE GOT BACKSTAGE PASSES!!!! SHE HUGGED HIM, then came out and hugged me. I guess that's as close as I'm gonnna get to a Clay hug.
I know this post isn't as informative as some, but I am just in too much of a daze to remember a whole lot. I will say that a couple of times, he struggled with his voice, sounded slightly hoarse and VERY SLIGHTLY off key, but he SO made up for it on WDC, Run to Me, oh heck, he made up for it on everything else.
One more thing... the thing that happened during the acoustic.... he was about to start the song, the he said "this is a live concert". I couldn't figure out what he was getting at, then he said "we are going to have the piano now.......in my ear". He couldn't hear the piano in his earpiece and that was his way of telling them to fix it. Then he gave the cutest grin you've ever seen.
One more thing.... he only did one clutch during Invisible, but I repeat.... WDC IS SO HOT!!!!! THAT WAS MORE THAN I COULD TAKE, HE MUST HAVE KNOWN I COULDN'T HANDLE CLUTCHES AND WDC TOO!!!
I love you guys....hope I didn't bore you!
SORRY!!! One more thing....before the acoustics when he said he loved singing in church....the crowd went wild and gave him a huge round of appluase and screams.
okay, I've bored you enough!!
Feb 25 04 10:11 PM
Quote:I ordinarily post on RHT but it "appears' to be crashed right now...at least I cannot get in. I went to the Duluth concert and saw lots of you from Clayboard...thanks ImAllEars for giving up your up close seat to me for the final duet. That was the sweetest thing I can imagine. So if you guys didn't already know, now you know what a jewel she is!!!
The concert was sold out and the ClayFans once again FAR outnumbered Kelly Fans. During Clay's part I would say at least 80-90% of the crowd was standing to maybe 20% for Kelly. The applause and screaming for Clay was thunderous bordering on earthquake scale compared to a mild roar for Kelly...yes she did get a nice response, but nothing like Clay.
His selection of songs tonite were essentially the same as in Charlotte. Not sure about the order, but "I" don't know of any different ones he did...someone who was less 'in Clazed" will have to post about any differences. He asked how many fans were from North and South Carolina and how many from GA...and I was just sure that he was gonna sing GA on my Mind but instead he told us that we were all Southerners and that Carolina on My MInd covered us all so we got that one too....which was find with me cause I love James Taylorand that song. When he sang WDC which he did last for us (only it ended up NOT being last, cause he came back after leaving and treated us to The Way)...anyhow WDC was truly, for me the best song of the night. He was so energized and sexy ....his backup female singer with whom he did the seductive "dance" pulled on his tie at one point...whew, it was HOT! I wondered when he came back out to sing if he actually 'forgot' to sing The Way during his regulat program. Would like to know where he placed it in the lineup in charlotte.
Clay was definitely hoarse tonite. I don't know if that was from straining his voice last night or from the fog that was left over from the hockey game the night before in the arenal. It was very thick and could have been playing havoc with Clay's allergies. The hoarsness was very evident in his speaking voice and when he tried to hit softer notes in songs. But it did not impact his power to hit the glory notes or in any way really hurt the quality of his performance.
He did not interact a LOT with the crowd. My thought about this is that there was not really time with all the songs he was trying to get in to talk much. He sang from 7:40 til 8:35 and then came back and did The Way which was about another 5 minutes. I know that it probably wasn't but it seemed to me that Kelly's part was a little longer....she started, I think at 9 and went till 9:55 and it was just a few minutes past 10 when they finished the duet.
There were at least a couple of stuffed animals thrown on the stage and I saw 2 pairs of panties thrown. There could have well been more, but I didn't see them. The only other time Clay really interacted with us was when he asked someone on a Cell-cert call if the call was for him and he took the phone and talked to Gail in California. Told her we were having a blast in Atlanta and dedicated the next song to her.
That is about all that I can remember for the moment. It was a FABULOUS concert and I can't WAIT to go to the one in Raleigh next Monday......
Feb 25 04 10:17 PM
Quote:One more excited report before bedtime! First of all, I am so proud of this area! The arena was just about totally full and overwhelmingly there for Clay! BUT there were PLENTY of Kelly fans there, too, and Clay's fans enthusiastically applauded her as well. HOWEVER the entire arena jumped to their feet when CLAY came out to join her for "Open Arms"...and there are some advantages to having Clay be first-our local FOX news had a clip of him singing "Perfect Day"!
I thought Clay was going to come down MY aisle in the opening number because tons of security was there, but they either changed their mind or it was a ruse! He came out on the floor level and walked to the stage singing away-just seemed to me to be his way of showing the fans that he was there because of them-a man of the people!
He was gorgeous! Think it was the same outfit as Charlotte, definitely a blue shirt and tie. I do think he was a bit hoarse but it seemed to affect his speaking voice and soft singing only a bit. His glory notes were simply soaring! Thanks to the person for identifying the "Love, love" song as a Steven Curtis Chapman song! It was clearly a statement from Clay about why he is here and what is important to him! I NEED a GOOD quality mp3 file of this PLEASE, PURTY PLEASE!
The accoustic set was great-MOAM was just way too short! He was hilarious saying he needed the piano turned on in his ear! He had just mentioned how he sang in church and when his mic came on, he shouted out that he had "felt the spirit" and "hallelujah"!
The absolutely only thing I can think of to critique is that I felt his set seemed "rushed"-but that may be because it was over WAY too soon! Would have liked a little more chit-chat from Mr. Clay! Loved to hear him talk!
The young man I saw tonight was large and in charge! Just every now and then an ear-to-ear grin would break out and there was a rare giggle! He always had stage presence, now he just commands the entire arena. There were a few stuffed animals thrown onstage and he caught most of them-I sure hope someone got a good picture of him and the monkey!
Wish us luck that the jerk who panned his album is NOT the columnist who reviews the show!
And wish me luck so that I can survive Raleigh in just a few days!
Quote:Ok everybody, just got back.
First off, even though I am here in Atlanta, I didn't think I was going. We go back home to New Orleans every year for Mardi Gras, so I was just going to see Clay later in Spokane (where my parents live). Well the weather was horrible in N.O and both my husband and I wanted to see Clay, so we came home early yesterday. And Thank Goodness we did. We got tickets off Ticketmaster yesterday about noon, and they were unbelievable. Section 107, second row. We were right to the left of the stage and right at stage level. Perfect. And when Clay came out through the back of the floor, he walked up the aisle right in front of us. I could have touched him. I could count his eyelashes.
He is UNBELIEVABLE. His voice is PERFECTION. I had my baby girl Christmas day, so I was unable to attend the Frosty concert here, so this was my first time seeing him live. Both my husband and myself love Clay, but hearing and seeing him live has brought it to a whole new level.
He has such a connection with the crowd, he is actually very funny. He did this so cute move, where he did a little dance with the backup singers, the crowd erupted, and he held up his finger and made a face like wait. And then he did this cute like 4 step in sync with them. It was great. And when he talked to Gail from California on a cell phone it was hilarious. He could not have been better, WHEN DOVES CRY is amazing. I am on such a high right now, I wish I could see him again tommorrow.
The crowd was unbelievable. I would say it was a definite more Clay crowd. Kelly got screams and love from the crowd, but the screams for Clay were unbelievably loud. The entire place was standing for Clay, certainly the entire floor the entire show for Clay. It looked like about half of that stood for Kelly. When Clay came back out at the end, the screams hurt, they were so loud. My husband didn't want to stay for Kelly, I told him sit down (he had been standing for Clay) shut up, and wait. I knew Clay would be back out.
It's funny, on the way home Q100 on the radio was interviewing people leaving, asking what was your favorite part, who were you here to see, etc. EVERYONE of them said Clay, I loved Clay. The only mention of Kelly on was one of the people said their favorite part was the duet at the end. Most of those interviewed were high school kids, so there goes the argument that all of Clay's fans are older. Heck I'm only 35, husband is 39 and we LOVE him.
Feb 25 04 11:29 PM
Quote:DULUTH CONCERT RECAP FROM NICHEM'S GHOST
I am dead. Seeing WDC live killed me. My ghost has made it back from the concert and is posting this. First off, let me just say that baby is a SUPASTAH. The VOX was absofrigginlutely fantastic! Baby was HOTT and sexy and confident and playful and sexy and cute and joyous and sexy and gorgeous! (And did I mention sexy). He entered through the back of that stadium singing Kyrie like he owned the place. He seemed so happy and confident on stage. Did the same song lineup as Charlotte, BUT we got ISY as well. Of course, he didn't say "damned", he said "I will not let thoughts of you rain...". I didn't really care at that point-- all I could think was Clay purdy, sing good. Kyrie was awesome, the duet Without You was beautiful, the acoustic set with MOAM, WINY, FOG, and COMM was gorgeous. And WDC was so HOTT and sexy it killed me. Invisible was part sing along as was The Way (which was also beautiful). Lots of cute/funny interactive bits with the audience. Musicmama will have to tell you about the sock monkey. He talked on a fan's cellphone to someone named Gail (so cute-- everyone was screaming and cheering when he took the phone, and he said shhh, I'm on the phone). Talked to the crowd a good bit. At on point he said "Is anyone else hot in here, because I'm hot." He hesitated for a second and then said, "But I'm not taking anything off."-- He knows us too well.
The crowd was definitely a Clay crowd-- I'd say about 75% and that's being generous to Kelly. 95% of the crowd was on its feet the whole time Clay was performing. Lots of extended clapping, cheers, and screams every time he finished a song. When Kelly was performing only about 1/3 of the floor and a smattering of the stands was standing. There was lots of applause, but nothing like the extended applause and screaming Clay got. When she did MI, about 1/4 of the crowd stood and remained standing for AMLT. Then she started singing Open Arms alone (still 1/4 crowd standing). After a few moments Clay came out singing, and a thunderous roar erupted from the crowd. EVERYONE jumped to their feet. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I'm telling ya, he could have sold out this arena on his own.
Several cool things to mention about the crowd. There were several teenage boys with Clay shirts or buttons. There was a big, burly guy who brought his 8 year old daughter standing next to me. One of the security guards asked him if he liked Kelly, and the guy said "I'm here to see Clay. I love Clay." When Clay started TW, the guy yelled, "The Way-- I Love this song!" And he sang along the whole time. As we were leaving, I overheard a couple (early 20's) talking about the concert-- the girl was saying, "This is so great-- I never thought you'd say you liked Clay better than Kelly." To which he said that Clay was awesome, and the middle of Kelly's set was kinda slow and was putting him to sleep.
The whole concert was just so amazing! I thought Kelly sounded great, too, but based on what I saw tonight, I think Clay should always close the show!
ETA I did notice him burp. Also, a couple of times his speaking voice sounded a little hoarse.
ETAA I'll have to watch the clip, but I think in WDC he says sweat this time (not smell).
Quote:security person said he was not feeling well tonight and left right after concert...
Feb 26 04 12:13 AM
Feb 26 04 1:22 AM
Quote:From ClayDream Believers..
From: MyMOAM2 Sent: 2/25/2004 10:17 PM
OMG ................ I am just back home from the most wonderful, exciting, fun concert ever!
I got to meet Crazy4Aiken and say hi to the ladies I will go to Winston-Salem with in 2 weeks.
I went with no preconceived notions, no wishes other than to just lay eyes on the man. And, wow, I feel like I was hit by a hurricane !! He was unreal. Manly. Totally in control. Sooo funny. His voice soared out over the 12,000 people and probably 80 % stood for his entire set. The screaming and the photo flashes were endless. As far as I saw, there was no rule against cameras, even small video cameras. Many cameras and cell fones, too.
We went over there at 5:15 and they opened the door about 5:45. Highly suggest you all do this. We were able to buy posters and the programs without too much wait. The poster is $10, tshirts are $30 (3 different colours with all the tour venues on the back and great pics of Clay) and a small, signed 8x10 was $5. They also had BAF teddy bears, key chains. The souvenir programs, one for Clay and one for Kelly are beautiful ........... tons of photos and stories and the are $15. well worthit. There was even someone selling the BAF hearts, though I was disappointed that not more people had them in Atlanta.
I thought Kelly was terrific, and I have liked her since AI1, so I knew all her songs. She is so energetic and cute. Shoes off. Skipped off the stage for her wardrobe changes (3 oufits) Sang great. She even sang a song that I love from AI: the 30's big band number, Stuff like That There. Adorable. I agree with the other poster that about 20-30% of the audience stood for Kelly's set. She didnt talk much between songs, just said kind of .. and my next song is....
When Clay came back on for the duet Open Arms, the building erupted !! It was deafening ...... so much so that it took Kelly aback !! As my son said, she probably thought, boy, it didnt sound that loud backstage !! That duet and the other one he did withQuiana were breathtakingly beautiful !!
Clay's entrance was spectacular and it was so fun to see all of us looking all around because we knew what he did in Charlotte !! People were standing on their chairs, including us !! There was a wait before he finally came out and everyone was screaming during that wait, and then when the spotlight went on him way in the back .... thunder erupted from the crowd !!
We had awesome seats .. floor right in the middle and the second row in front of the T- thing that came out into the audience. There was an empty space right in front of the T , so we were about 20 feet away, but we had terrific views the whole night.
Diana DeGarmo and R.J. Helton were there and my son and his friends got to say hi to them. Diana seems to be such a sweet girl. When someone asked to take her picture, she said, no she doesnt like to just have her picture taken alone, but with others... so the fan got her pic taken with Diana !!
One of the best parts for me was that I had been a bit worried that I might go too fangirly and embarass my son. Well, hello.....he and his friends screamed the entire time, had the best time ever and thought I was a little mellow !!
The most amazing thing to me was that by far the audience was for Clay and I mean, for Clay. The audience was , dare I repeat .... THUNDEROUS. My head is still ringing and I am happily shaking as I head off to sweet dreams !! I am going to be out of touch until Sunday, and I just wanted to be sure that I got my thoughts down on this thread for you guys.
Cathy ............. soooo great to meet you and I cannot believe I am so privileged to be able to see Clay again in 2 weeks. I better go to sleep now, because I can feel Clay withdrawal coming on ... I could just sit and watch that man and listen to that voice EVERY NIGHT
Feb 26 04 10:55 AM
Quote:Well after getting ..some sleep (my dentist called me at 7:30 am to remind me about my appointment at 10. WTF!).. I have decided to post my little recap.
Overall Impression aka The only thoughts that were prominent in my brain after the concert.
Damm! Clay has great skin. I was mesmerized by The Aiken Skin. It was all smooth and creamy and ..glowie (is not a word?.....who cares). He is so purdy!
Damm! For a Skinny white boy Clay sure got a nice little bootay! Hmmm squeezable...he's put on some weight in all the right places. Niiiice.
Damm! That boy sure is a tease! He played with us all night the little ho.
Damm! Clay sure was cute! Awwww, He's so happy and joyful. He is made for this stuff.
Damm! I sure do love Clay.
Now to the concert
I don't remember much. The song line up is fuzzy. I'll just got with my favorites.
WYSYLM: Soooo cute. He was having so much fun during this songs. I loved his little dance moves and the fact that he snarks on his own" dancing." I think he knows that his fans don't care if he can't dance...we love him. I also loved the sock puppet exchange. I was looking right at him as he did it--dead center from the 4 th row--I think Misfitoys got good pictures (I hope they come out!!). He was great.
IWCY: towards the end when he stands next to the backup singers and trys to dance in rhythm with them---and keeps messing up. The whole audience laughs and EEEEEE's and he giggles and does this "shut up" had gesture at us. Sigh. He's so cute.
RTM: He is such a tease. He keep doing these long pauses and eyefucks throughout the song. All the while smirking. The little Ho.
Acoustic Songs: Great! I loved the earpiece exchange. He talked about how he grew up in Church and they used to do these acoustic numbers all the time. Once song became 2 then that became 4 and so on. So he would give us a set like that. When he tries to start, after a couple minutes he says: "Okay ..this is a live show..so let's turn the piano on------in my ear!" We laugh. He's so cute. Then when the ear piece comes on he pumps his hand in the air and says: "Oh there we go! Whoo!...I felt the spirit!......haleluiah!" Heh..he's sooo cute.
WDC: Do I need to explain. Great. I saw a couple Y's rocking out to this.
Everything else is all a blur of cuteness and glowie skin.
I can say though that Kelly was great. I never watched AI1 so I never really saw her live or anything. And all the performances I saw later--she was not at her best. I can say her recordings do not do her justice--like Clay. She sold me a CD last night. She has great energy and is just plain cute. At one point when she sat on the piano she says: "I am going to sit on the Piano--and probably break it but.. whatever"
Aww, don't listen to them Kelly. You are not fat. Your cute.
I especially like the end after Open Arms when she burst into a huge smile and hops/skips/bounces into Clay's arms----giving him a big hug. Awww. You just want to pinch her cheeks. So I'll go pick up her little CD.
After the show Misfitoys and I went to GBB and Charlotte Clay Fans room with some others (from the Clayboard) and watched the Clack from that night while it was being uploaded. We all let out such louds EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE's during the WDC clip and got so giddy the hotel staff came later to tell us that we had pissed off the other people on the floor and that if we were not quiet that we would be asked to leave the Hotel. BWAH! Poor GBB with her busted knee thought she would be sleeping outside in the cold rain/snow with her belongings. But it was all good as long as we saved The.best.concert.Clack.Ever. Awww, good times.
That's all for now. I am tired and have to pack for my trip to Raleigh!! EEEEEEEEEE!
Feb 26 04 11:07 AM
Quote: Whew! Finally caught up and ready to throw in my two cents about last night's show.
First of all, I am SO happy I made the decision to stay a virgin for this concert, because no words can describe the feeling of being hit unexpectedly with Kyrie, the acoustic set, and WDC all in one night. Utter SHOCK and absolute joy. Just amazing.
I had no idea how Clay was going to start Kyrie, so when the disembodied voice floated in, I started freaking out trying to figure out where he was. I stood on my seat and still couldn't see him until he was almost to the stage. I was so intent on trying to find him, I barely heard the song. *g* Good thing I'm going to the Detroit show too.
I was THRILLED (hi, Kelly!) he sang Perfect Day and NMSS, my two favorites on the album, but especially during PD he was really straining to hit some of the notes. He sounded very, very hoarse to me during the first few songs, not so much by the end. I'm a bit worried about how his voice is going to hold up for the rest of the tour. I actually cringed a few times when he wasn't able to hit his high notes. It sounded like he took the "You turned out the light" part of NMSS down an octave or something. Still sounded great.
This was definitely NOT American Idol Clay. He was alternately goofy (dorky dance moves, funny faces, snarky comments) and HOT (no explanation required), but most of all, utterly confident and in control. I couldn't tell you the number of times I turned to my boyfriend (Mr. Stilly McNotMove) with a look of disbelief on my face. It might have been because of a comment Clay made, or a song choice (um, WDC? Killed me. I shouldn't be typing this now, because I'm dead) or a specific move - I screamed involuntarily at several points. The ability this man has to continually surprise us after we think we've seen everything is the mark of a true artist. AND WE'VE ONLY BEEN WATCHING HIM FOR A YEAR! I can hardly believe the guy I saw last night is the same one who made me go, "Awww, he's so cute" when he sang Open Arms in Group 2. It's simply unreal.
I was all "Whatever" about him not singing the "damned" in ISY. I would much rather have heard him sing Shine, Touch, or Solitaire anyway.
The acoustic songs were just beautiful. I think I stood there the entire time clutching both my hands to my heart, just overcome. Oh, I almost forgot, this is the CH, I'd better throw in some smut - I could see Waldo when he sat on the stool! And at one point he bent over and I got a really nice ass shot. My boyfriend wasn't too pleased when I went, "Woo!" to that.
I have a feeling this is getting too long, so I'll just add that I was really impressed with Kelly. Like others have mentioned, she was really cute and energetic and she sounded fantastic. Hardly any yelling. I wasn't expecting much from her, and I really enjoyed her set. I felt bad that the audience didn't seem that into it, she was really sweet, waving at people and posing for pictures. When Clay came out on the stage to sing Open Arms with her and the entire audience got to their feet, I saw a look flash over her face. Kind of a "huh."
So, overall a great time, I wouldn't have missed it for the world, and I don't even know if I can wait until the 11th for the Detroit show. I'm seriously thinking about adding another concert or two. Anyway, it should be even more fun, since I'm going with my fangirly Mom and sister and we'll be in the 7th row!
Quote:This part of my post is for Clay
Clay honey, I hope you can see that we are loving the concert so far, even those of us who haven't actually had our turn to see it live. We have one request...please, please, please stop interrupting When Doves Cry!! Just sing that song all the way through and then introduce the band, the back up singers, and anyone else you want to acknowledge, but please don't do it mid song...mmmkay? You're even making Nova cranky with your song interupptus and you know when she gets cranky the place starts to smell a leetle bit fishy. Thank you sweetie.
Carry on ~
Feb 26 04 5:43 PM
Quote:The story of the monkey
Okay, now I feel like I have to explain myself! HA HA!
We met a lady at the airport while picking up a friend. The sign we had to embarass said friend said something about Clay on it.
This lady is waiting for her mom's plane to land. Her mom was coming in for the concert. She has backstage passes. And she noticed our sign and just wanted to say hi. She thinks our monkey is cute. And he is. He's a travelling monkey. Like the gnome. She says she'll tell Clay about it. She is SO nice, but we don't REALLY believe her.
I got caught with my video camera, so I walk back to the car with my friend. On the way back in, we run into lady again. She said they're running late, but she won't forget! (she's sooo nice). We found out later she was the last one in line and as people are pushing her away telling her it's time to go, she starts babbling about "sign, 2nd row, monkey" and he gives her an OMG this lady is crazy look.
Fast forward to midway through the concert. We had a sign that pointed to the monkey. My friend washolding him and I held up the sign. Something clicked in Clay's head and he points and motions to give him the monkey. He's singing the ENTIRE time, never missing a beat. He wants the monkey. I yell "OKAY, BUT I NEED HIM BACK!" Clay NODS emphatically (gimme the damn monkey). I said "I REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY NEED HIM BACK" NOD NOD NOD from Clay. My friend stands there motionless and numb. I rip the monkey from her dead, cold hands and throw him at Clay. Clay catches him and holds him up. THIS is where ourcameras STOP WORKING. They STOP WORKING, ya'll. He's singing, bobbing his head back and forth, "take the damn picture". He's making the monkey dance. The entire incident is being played on the Jumbotron. The crowd was C R A Z Y. Finally, and you'll see ONE big flash go off before he hands the monkey back, that was my friends. Luckily, we both got one picture each.
He gives the monkey back. Friend and I turn around and FREAK OUT, yelling and jumping and celebrating with our friends in the lower bowl. They were telling everyone that would listen, "hey, that's our monkey!!!" While our backs are to him, Clay's backup dancer can hardly sing, he's laughing so hard and Clay smiles and winks at us.
After that, everyone wanted to TOUCH the monkey AND have their picture taken with him. Little girls were almost in tears asking to see him.
He is famous. People were pointing and yelling "there's the monkey!" as we walked through the crowd.
The video. I want to marry CCF and GBB
Can I just say again how much I LOVE that video?
o/~ and our eyes connected emotionally o/~
The hand up. "Hi, I see your sign, some crazy lady told me to talk to you"
The wave, "yes, you'll get him back, give him to me, yes you."
The eyebrows "YES, I SWEAR I WILL GIVE HIM BACK, GIVE ME THE DAMN MONKEY"
o/~ I know everybody here wants to hold you, I know what it's like cause I feel the same...o/~
He looks at him. Holds him up for a pose. Watches the panicked looks on our faces as our cameras give out.
Another look "you two okay? what's the problem"
Tips the monkey and the mic. We get picture. Give the monkey back. Motions, "give the monkey back to that girl there, before her head explodes. Yes that girl there"
Walks to the left.
Walks back to the right, laughs at us and WINKS. Don't miss it, he WINKS at us. Then trots over, still laughing.
Ya'll, he could have ignored us. How cool WAS it that he took those 45 seconds to make our entire year?
Feb 26 04 10:12 PM
Quote:flannery Feb-26-04, 07:23 PM (GMT)
"Saw them last night in Atlanta"
I have to admit, I'd never heard of them...but when they opened the show with an acapella song, it was amazing. When they sang "Stay Away from my Sister," I literally got chills and the audience was blown away. Their performance of that song (even more so than anything else they did last night) was a star-making performance. Going out today to buy their album. We were just totally blown away by them. I'm going to show my age here, but they remind me of the early 80s Burns Sisters Band (they had some of the tightest harmonies I've ever heard). Classic!!!
PayPerBeu Feb-27-04, 00:12 AM (GMT)
3. "RE: Saw them last night in Atlanta"
I was also in Atlanta last night. I hope the sisters were able to get out of Atlanta this morning. We are never prepared for snow or ice here.
They were incredible last night. I hate to admit that I'm 38. I took my 12 year old daughter to see Clay. We were both very pleasantly surprised with the Beu Sisters. My daughter even knew one of their songs. "Stay Away from My Sister" was awesome. We'll have to go out and buy the Beu CD right away.
My daughter hopes to be in the music business too one day. You never know. I tried when I was in my teens and early 20s. I even played at the Ocean Pier, which is not too far from New Smyrna Beach if I remember correctly. We also played the Pub 54, which is a small little place in that area. Can't wait to hear more from this fantastic family of talented individuals.
Feb 28 04 3:55 PM
Quote:ATLANTAS ON FIRE
Clay Aiken is HOT! HOT! HOT!
Wednesday night (February 25th) Clay entered the Gwinnett Arena singing Kyrie eleison like his hair was on fire! My shoes melted! I've never seen such energy in spite of the fact that his voice is obviously under-the-weather. That amazing energy didn't let up all evening, except for the acoustic set where he finally, phew, finally sat down. I know he was exhausted. I was!
The song selection was exactly the same as the Charlotte concert so I won't go over that, except to say, by golly, he showed his versatility! Show me more!
Seeing Clay "live" is SOOOO much more than one expects. He commands the stage like a veteran. His personality is huge and he uses it like a lethal weapon. He skipped and played with us as he sang, raised his hand to the heavens and said "hallelujah", talked about growing up singing in church, flashed us soulful, sultry, sexy looks, danced a little, and let me tell you, dirty dancing looked good on him. There's nothing sexier than a good "bad boy", or is that bad good boy?
I could have stayed all night. It all seemed to go by quickly, but looking over the number of songs Clay performed, it was quite a lengthy set. Which brings me to my only criticism of the evening. It's early in the tour and excitement is obviously in control, but the man (and I do mean M-A-N) has got to slow it down! I left last night wondering if he and his voice will make it through the tour! He had to sing some alternative lower notes on several songs to adjust to his ailing voice (laryngitis, exhaustion, and voice strain, whatever). Voice problems are beyond his control, pacing himself is not! I never felt him pause long enough to absorb the enormity of his accomplishment. He's worked hard, and I wanted him to just stand still and let all the love and adoration of his fans wash over him. He's working way too hard at having fun!
He did take a cell phone from a someone, which delighted the audience and the surprised caller "Gail" in California. He's so darn cute. He told us "Ssh, I've got a call!" Later in the evening he even thought to dedicate a song to Gail! Imagine! Her own personal cellcert!
Kelly seemed more adept at slowing things down. Letting the band play a little a couple of times and wardrobe changes (Clay's not that vain), certainly allowed her to breathe and rest her voice. Her part of the program was good, and probably even great if you're a big fan. I'm not, but I recognize talent when I see it, and she's got it. Although she needs (she deserves) an emergency makeover! And please, leave your shoes on. You're entertaining thousands of guests!
Apparently Clay has his personal look down, and his setting is not high priority. Kelly needs personal attention and fast. Unfortunately her set, complete with oriental rugs, black & white curtains, and floor candelabrum, looked better than she did.
I don't know her songs very well which probably explains why I couldn't understand much of what she was belting. And belt she does! (Does the girl know any soft, sweet songs?) It was obviously a Clay crowd, but the Clay fans didn't let her down. She received a very good dose of Southern hospitality.
Back to Clay... I was very disappointed he didn't sing "Solitaire". I think we're being teased by this song, or lack of it.
The ending duet of "Open Arms" was phenomenal. Kelly toned it down, and Clay harmonized beautifully (and his voice behaved on lower notes). It was the perfect ending to a perfect day! It just seemed to calm everyone down. Clay has definitely got this right - take us up as high as we can go and bring us down gently. You could almost hear a collective *sigh*. He had his way with me and I didn't resist. Yes, I want more.
I came away from the concert with the same observation I had after hearing MOAM for the first time. And that is, Clay's voice is pure. Less is more. He's a beautiful diamond that needs only a simple setting. He doesn't need flashy sets, dancers, bands, etc. Just give him keyboard and guitar with a couple of backup singers and let his voice be the star!
Im exhausted. When can I do it again?
Mar 2 04 8:49 PM
Quote:This is about the Charlotte and Atlanta concerts. A bit delayed because I was SNOWED out of Charlotte and didn't get back til Saturday...
When I think back on the experiences of the Charlotte and Atlanta concerts two things are at the forefront of my mind. One is that I finally got to meet so many true friends in the flesh, many that I will be close to for life, just because. We speak of our sisterhood and Ive never had sisters, but I truly feel that I do now. (Enough of the mushpottiness!)
The second thing in the forefront of my addled mind is I am so proud that I was there when it started! Kelly and Clay have accomplished what they set out to do. It was an incredible concert experience! They have shown that talent that will blow the lip-synchers/dancers out of the water. The show was based on Kelly and Clay, not costumes, dance routines, pyrotechnics and other three ring circus distractions.
First I want to talk about Kelly. I love Kelly. As the mother of two daughters, I love that shes a nice girl, that she has a positive body image, that shes goofy, not concerned about being cool, that shes smart and so frigging talented. (Paula, thanks for that term, its so appropriate at times) She opened in Charlotte, in tattered jeans, bare feet for most of the show, a bit too much dark glitter on her eyes (it was distracting, and she has such pretty eyes, why Kelly? By Atlanta the makeup was more subdued and she looked adorable) and her goofy, klutzy style. She knocked her mic pack out of her back pocket twice by jumping down from the piano and I think the stool I loved that she wore a homemade I heart Clay shirt to end her set in Charlotte. Such a fun down to earth girl. She seemed a bit rushed between songs in Charlotte, but in Atlanta, she was more relaxed, and I connected to her more. Also in Atlanta, I moved two little girls over to GBB and wwcds seats while they were shopping. These two girls, 7 and 9, were HUGE Kelly fans, and I told them what to expect, the costume changes, the songs, how Kelly jumps up and down as she sings. If you ever get a chance, be next to children when they see their idol and observe their faces. It was pure magic to see these two watch Kelly and one of the coolest things was when wwcd and I lifted them up so that Kelly could touch their hands. It was an experience Ill always treasure.
Now on to our Man, Clay Aiken. From the moment we heard his clear strong voice reverberating Kyrie through the Charlotte Coliseum, to the final note of Open Arms with Kelly, I was captivated. The dramatic moments of Clay gently plowing his way through a loving, supportive, frenzied crowd was nothing short of brilliant. I think he feeds directly off of the crowds love, it aint NC barbecue and KK that was fueling him that night, or any of the following concerts, this man was born to perform before live audiences.
In Charlotte we were seated to the right side of the stage and a bundle of speaker cords snaking down from the ceiling were in our line of vision. It was a bigger distraction with Kelly than Clay, because she stayed in one place more, whereas he moves around so much. He was so cute showing us around his stage, bounding up the stairs, brimming with excitement. He was bubbling with excitement, but actually spoke very little during the concert. Kyrie, led directly into Perfect Day, and I realized that this concert was going to be fast paced like Kellys. When he began All About Love, it felt like a church revival and we lost poor Normie for a short while. She thudded back into her seat, feeling the spirit! The tempo of the show changed with No More Sad Song which he sang on the steps on our side of the stage. Then we got more pure joy Clay with When You Say You Love Me and he was directing this question to the audience. Silly boy! Of course we love you and we mean it! Then Clay introduced us to Quiana Parler the Charlotte audition winner, and I KNOW why this girl made it through! She has an amazing voice! Without You was truly haunting, the melody has rattled around in my head ever since I heard it Tuesday night. I love to hear Clays voice wrapped in duet with another talented voice, and these two were mesmerizing. I cannot wait to hear this song with Kim Locke. It is so poignant, so beautiful, I can see it tied to a romantic movie.
Now for Invisible, Clay leads us in a sing along. He yanked at that shirt, laughing at how he was teasing us all the while. He raced around that stage, commanding the audience. (You KNOW how much I love COMMANDING Clay, and its NOT a sickness!) He was in control, and here we were thinking we were getting SuperStarSexyStudmuffin Clay at that moment. Hahaha! No, the master changes the tempo of the concert, slowing the pace a little, allowing us to catch our breath. He is a good Southern boy, considerate if nothing else So he gives us a wonderfully growly Run To Me, (and yes I will) which leads us into The Acoustical set. Dont give us talk of church before you do this to us, Clay, it just aint right.
Lets call it what it was, Musical Foreplay.
Measure of a Man, we love you because you are good.
Fields of Gold, we love you because you are smart and poetic.
Carolina in My Mind, we love you because you are true to your roots, humble and on a personal note, one of the few people that can sing this song and not be manipulating the audience.
But then Clay starts the apex of this concert, the song that will forever be remembered for introducing the world to Primal!MatingDance!Clay!
When Doves Cry... (Otherwise known as When Clayfans Weep) was a masterful, sensuous, exhilarating experience. I am so thrilled that I was there for the first time. A side note here, I have raised my girls on all kinds of music, and this song is one that my 14 year old adores. As Clay began his slow bluesy version of this, Caitlin, ever the cool teenager, grabs my arm, starts jumping up and down, screaming, Its that song! We watch in awe as he teases us with this song, as slowly members of the audience recognize the song, and he holds the notes, pausing and smiling at us, and practically making us beg for more, before he sings another note. The man was wicked, and he had not even left the stool! But oh when he did I know youve seen it many times by now, but the ecstasy of watching his first predatory steps toward Angela, their eye contact, the teasing push away, the enticing him back, the tie pull, his body position Oh my dear God. Now combine that with the Sexy Powerful voice, the new arrangement of the song, the electricity of the building. Again, oh my dear God! The only thing to top it was getting to see it the next day, up close and personal. My ovaries may never recover
I am now aware that there has been discussion about his change of lyrics, the smell of your body vs the sweat of your body. Let me just say this, Clay could have sung this song in Inuit, Pig Latin or Farsi, and I would have been moved. It wasnt the words It was the performance. I would love to see the faces of some of the naysayers as they watch this performance. (In2, AoC, wonder what JCs publicist would say?)
So I think he sang something else Oh yeah, The Way, Its the way that you move me, the way that you tease me, the way that I want you tonight Hmmmmm? I didnt realize that he had such a cruel streak in him. Seriously it was lovely, and at the time I did note pick up on the irony of those lyrics following the WDC performance. But six days removed from the event, I see it. And I think he planned it. He is sly.
Open Arms, the closing duet with Kelly, was exhilarating. They both have strong voices that could easily over power a partner, but neither had to hold back. It is a testament to Clays (and Kellys) showmanship that this song, while passionate, was not sensual. They didnt intend it that way.
Then it was over and the lights were turned on, revealing us as drained, Clay loving puddles of women, trying to form coherent thoughts, speak complete sentences, hugging one another. I realized that Blush was still on my cell phone. She was crying, I think, and possibly as incoherent as I felt. She thanked me for letting her hear the concert, and I babbled something back. I doubt that either of us could quote the other One day, I hope to read the pages of the Charlotte cellcert, Im going to save it to disc.
The Atlanta experience was an incredible topper to Charlotte. He was so close it was unearthly. Actual eye contact! GAH!! We saw the joy, the bliss, the intensity on his face. We saw the moods, silliness when posing with Sock Monkey, goofiness at his pride over his dance steps, his beautiful serene profile We saw Primal!MatingDance!Clay! up close and personal. Then he walked right next to us and ummmm, just watch my avatar. Yup, he did that right above us. He took his first phone call of the Independent Tour from our own wwcd! (Dana, AKA Dale, you are a lucky, lucky girl!) I told wwcd that I think my concert experience has peaked. I will always want the front row, the eye contact, the smiles, the very best. The man has spoiled me forever, leaving me begging for more.
In an adrenaline rush, I wrote the night before the concert a short essay, On the Eve of Something Huge. I felt like Kelly and Clay would give us a show that would be based on talent, that families could attend together and not have I really think this concert tour will spark a change.
Substance over style.
Thank goodness, its about time!
Apr 4 04 10:11 PM
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