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Mar 22 04 9:36 AM
Quote:I am not sure how to write a proper-like concert review so here are my random thoughts
My first comment has to be: OMG, OMG, OMG!
After the Beu Sisters, Kelly took the stage. I am not really a Kelly fan but I admit I rather enjoyed her set. She sings better than I have given her credit for in the past. I did not recognize a lot of her songs because I dont follow Kellys music, but I enjoyed her music nonetheless. Kelly doesnt have the range Clay has (IMHO) but shes very talented and has a strong/powerful voice.
After Kelly was done, the stage setup was changed for Clay. This was my first ever Clay concert so I did not know Clay entered the arenanot from backstagebut through a vomitory (yes, thats what theyre calledthose entry/exit openings in a arena or stadium). Soon the whole arena was abuzz speculating where he was going enter. It was in the back of the arena, floor level, right side of stage. The band had already started playing the music and out walked Clay, singing Kyrie (BTW, I was told Jerome is on vacation--someone else was protecting OMC).
I did not take notes of all the songs Clay sang. I was too busy applauding, standing, cheering, getting goose bumps, etc.
Clay was quite talkative between songs. Once, while talking, he stooped down to tie his shoe lace. That got a huge laugh from the crowd.
As Clay always does, he invited a young lady on stage with him. Her name was Lauren and it was her 19th birthday. Clay had seen her sign and picked her out of the crowd, and had her come forward. She was crying like crazy. Wouldnt you?!? Clay gave her the longest hug!
During another early songright in the middle of that songClay laid his microphone down, paused singing, and signed a couple autographs.
Clay also did the cell phone thing. He took the phone from a fan and spoke to Ivana (sp?) who was in Toronto. At first he couldnt understand the fan on the phone so he asked her to spell her name. LOL! Of course, when he identified himself to the Toronto fan, the arena exploded with screams. He then proceeded to do a very good impression of Ivana, pretending to be her--full of excitement; swooning. It was hilarious
One time when Clay was out on the runway part of the stage, he backed up carefully to the main stage. He mentioned that when he backed up the night before (sorry I do not know where he performed prior to coming to St. Louis), he tripped over some kind of equipment and landed on the floor. That got a laugh but when he said he fell on his bottom it was comical. He was trying to avoid saying, butt. Bottomso cute!
Another time in between songs, Clay reached into the audience and took a picture (from a fan) which is from Kimberly Lockes new CD. Clay put the picture right in front of the video cameraman so the whole arena could see Kimberlys picture on the monitor. Clay said a lot of nice things about Kimberly.
This is just my personal opinion, but I do not care for Princes song, When Doves Cry. But, of course, I was frothing at the mouth with anticipation of seeing Clay dance with Angela. It was great; not lewd or dirty at all. As the song progressed, the arena crowd knew what was coming up next. When Clay removed his sport coat/jacket, we knew the dancing was eminent.
When Clay sang Invisible, I did not see the shirt tug. I suppose, he did it as usual, only I did not catch it because some little girls in front of me were standing on a railing (in front of their seats) and I could not see over them. I will have to find the video and download it to see the tug
Clay finished with The Way and then did the duet, Open Arms with Kelly. I really had hoped that Clay would sing Solitaire (that would have made me cry!) but he didnt. (Remember, I didnt know the song set prior to going to the concert so I wasnt aware he does not sing it).
The only negative thing I can say about this concert is it wasnt long enough. And (dont jump on me!), Clays hair is too long. LOL! The flat iron/spiked style was sticking up 4 inches. I prefer his hair slightly shorter and lighter in color.
My seats were decentone level up from the floor, not all that far from the left side of the stage. Clay walked over to the left quite often. I was not close enough to see his stubble but I could clearly see it on the monitors. For me, stubble = sexy!
I convinced my hubby to go to the concert with me (at the last minute). We didnt sit together (he was on the opposite side of the arena from me). I thought my husband would enjoy Kelly (which he did). But, I didnt think Tom would care for Clay that much. It turns out, however, Tom was really impressed with Clay. My husbands remarks were, He has a wonderful vocal range and such stage presence. Tom further said that, from now on, he willl appreciate Clays music more. I think this qualifies for a bonafide Clayvertion.
I would like to comment about that stage presence. OMG, Clay is a natural! He is so at home/at ease. Wow, such confidence! It is as if Clay has been singing on stage for 20 years instead of just one year ago on AI2"
What a night! Im so glad I went! I would like to thank the Federal Government for giving us our rather sizable income tax refund. Without that, we couldnt have gone to Clays concert. We splurged. Clays worth it.
I met D. White and TNClay (friends from Clays official MB). Great ladies!
In conclusion, my last comments are: OMG, OMG, OMG!
Mar 22 04 9:55 AM
Quote:This is only the second time I have seen Clay LIVE. We went to STL last year too. He has grown SO much! He is so comfortable and mature on stage. He just belongs there!
I didn't reallly like the opening act much. But I REALLY liked Kelly's part! I liked her before and have her CD but she was very good LIVE.
But, let's talk about why I went. Clay was AMAZING every step of the way! From the entrance he made (which got me to stand on a chair and FALL OFF) to his last note. He just keeps getting better. He interacts with the audience more than anybody I have heard of. This is why we love him. And he always thanks his fans. Over and over. It looks like he has found his calling in life.
There were only a couple of draw-backs. There was a "girl couple" behind us that "made out" all night. The security kept trying to break them up because people were being distracted (including my husband). It was really out of place. Also, they REALLY, REALLY need some organization at the T-shirt counter!! I was crammed in there for 45 minutes!
Nobody tried to search my bag or take my camera. I didn't feel threatened by security at all.
We had a great time! Can't wait for Clay's SOLO TOUR!!!!
Quote:The concert was amazing!! My other half got tickets for my daughter and I around noon and did we ever have to get in gear....we live 4 hours away from St. Louis in Memphis.
Had great seats, 103, row A...got to give Clay a hug when he came up the aisle for Kyrie....man needs some meat on those skinny bones!!!...lol.
This was my daughter's first concert ever and she is 22!! Boy that girl needs to get a life..lol. She was totally taken by him. She already liked his music but after seeing him perform tonight she is totally clayverted!! I told her she needed to kiss him when he came up the aisle (that's how close we were to him) but nooo she had to leave it up to her ole mom to do something...hence the hug...didn't want to freak the young thing out with a smooch from an "older" woman...lol.
I agree about the stubble, just too much tonight. Like a clean shaven Clay or maybe just one day at the most.
I didn't have any problem with security, no bag checked, had camera going all night (including a couple of small videos I hope came out) and cell phone. Had it resting on the wall right in front of security all night. Never once did they say anything about either one. Guess it depended on the guard.
Did see Jerome come out and make a sweep of the floor. Guess being in security myself, I notice them more when they are out and about. Wasn't hard to notice these guys with their monster headsets on!
I saw Clay with the AI2 tour in Memphis but he was much better this time...our boy has definitely grown into a fine young man!!! Can't wait to see him in a solo tour.
Saw the birthday girl (she was right in front of us on floor seats) after the infamous hug and she was crying the rest of the concert!! Poor thing was shaking so bad I thought she was going to pass out. Now that was one Clay needed to tell to "breathe honey!!!".
Quote:I TOUCHED CLAY!!!! AH! He came out on my isle and i had isle seats during Kyrie... and yeah, I DEFENATELY TOUCHED CLAY AND HELD HIS HAND FOR A WHILE! Ah!!!! It was the FASTEST 5 seconds of my LIFE!
He put on a GREAT show... and man, it was awesome. THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!!!! Oh man.... I love him so much! I am sooooo sore from the concert tho. I was jumping, screaming, standing the entire night!! lol.
After the show was over, I met a group of my friends and we headed over to the back of the arena so we could see the tour busses leave. For two hours, we were standing around in the cold, just waiting.
Jacob, (Kelly and Clays backup singer and dancer), came out with Clays dog, Raleigh, and I walked down the street to where they were, and i asked to pet the dog, and i was there for like 5 minutes, talking to Jacob and playing with clays dog!! Jacob was on the phone with Clay, and I heard him say, "Hey some cute little girl is petting your dog!"
After I was done petting Raleigh, I went back to where my friends were, on the other side of the parking lot, and waited there for the tour busses to come out. Clay was on our side, and he waved and blew kisses to me and my friends... It was awesome...
Al tho, i didnt get to meet him, I had the best night of my life... I hurt so much because i am so happy. I cant stop smiling, Im in love with him. And hopefully, this is NOT as close as its gunna get. "I met some awesome clay fans and Ive known Jyo for a while, he used to post all the time on here, but i dont know where he went! lol. but yeah, i FINALLY got to meet him since we have been talking since last years STL American Idol Concert, we have never met until last night, and boy, is he GREAT! Hi Jyo!!! His friend, Debbie (Rosebud), Carol, and his wife Sara, were with us, and they were AWESOME! Hi guys!! Im glad you let me and my friend hangout with you guys all night.... AWESOME, I hope to see you again.
#1 Shaken Aiken Fan...
Mar 22 04 12:13 PM
Quote:The pre-concert gathering at the Hard Rock was a blast. I was too excited to eat.
The Beu Sisters were about the same as before, but I enjoy Kelly more each time I see her. She also seems to be learning something about fan interactions (perhaps from Clay), as she reached down to hug 2 different fans from the end of the runway.
During Kyrie, Clay entered from the opposite side (the right side facing the stage). If this had been Tampa or Miami, he would have been right in front of me. Well, I cant complain, since at times he was only about 8 feet away! I was wondering what it must be like for him to make that grand entrance, with so many people reaching out to touch him. The outpouring of emotion from the fans must be quite a heady rush.
There was an adorable 6 year old boy sitting 2 seats from me wearing a Clays biggest fan homemade shirt. He looked like a blond miniature Clay without the freckles. Too cute. I kept trying to point him out to Clay, but Clay never looked our way.
During IWCY, PD, and AAL, he was so goofy and charming, with the dancing and arm pumping, and face-making. I just adore that about him.
He really has shown growth as a performer in I Survived You. Compare the Tampa version to the St Louis version, and you will see what I mean. He now performs it with such passion and showmanship (lots of gestures and flourishes).
He really commands the stage and exudes personality and charisma. He is such an amazing entertainer!
Allow me to clarify that Clay said he fell on his bottom, not behind. I am very clear about this, since he paused before he said it, and I was wondering what word he was going to choose. It was very cute. He also managed to banter with Jacob about being the Dance Captain. Apparently, he and Jacob have a running joke about who is the best dancer on stage, and asked for cheers to prove it. Of course, Clay won the cheer off (when does he not?) After much giggling, he settled down for an absolutely awesome acoustic set. The low note in FOG is still resonating somewhere, I think.
WDC was extremely sensual, especially the looks between Angela and Clay. When he deliberately grabs and yanks her around, well, suffice it to say that it was extremely hot from about 8 away. Of course, my crummy old-fashioned film camera picked that moment to freeze up and automatically rewind. I took quite a few pics, but Im not sure what came out. Ill post them later.
After the concert, I saw several women that were so overcome with emotion, they were literally sobbing.
How does he do it? How does he sound even better in person than on the professionally produced CDs? It was such an overwhelming aural sensation that both leaves you spent and wanting more simultaneously. Was it worth it? You betcha!
Mar 22 04 12:16 PM
Quote:Back from St. Louis, and I have a serious Clay Aiken hangover, so apologies if this sounds a little loopy!
Ill go back and recount things in more-or-less chronological order, but I dont want to bury the lead WHAT A TERRIFIC CONCERT!!! He sounded fantastic, he looked wonderful (Im a big fan of the fugly jacket and the whole ensemble in general; of the hair, perhaps the less said the better), and I was in the second row directly in front of the catwalk, so was able to admire the details of his eyelashes, for heavens sake! I took a lot of pictures (using the old-fashioned, low-tech 35mm picture-taking device) will have them developed later today, and will try to get them online somehow if they are as good as I hope they are. (All advice on how to do so would be welcomed!)
So, to start the dinner at the Hard Rock was a blast, and it was lovely to match faces to so many of the names Ive met on this board! Between the Clackhouse and the LBFCA, we occupied most of the tables and booths in the center section of the restaurant and, as they say in the society pages, a good time was had by all! Big thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make that possible! My favorite Clay fan at the restaurant was a 7-year-old girl who I met in the restroom she was a sparkly little sweetheart, and when I walked into the restroom she was the only person in there, and she was literally bouncing up and down in completely unselfconscious joy. She spotted my Clay nametag, came running over to me, grabbed both of my hands, and started EEEEE-ing for all she was worth. (For the record, Im in my 40s, and I jumped and EEE-ed with her! I spotted her later in the T-shirt line at the concert, and she was just beaming. Rock on, little sister!)
Then on to the Savvis Center and the discovery that my seats were indeed even better than I thought they would be! (Somewhere, a misnumbered seating chart had me sitting in row 7 in one of the side sections but, when the usher led me to Catwalk Central, I nearly swooned!) The Beus were okay not what I would listen to by choice, and I did wish I could press fast-forward on their set so we could get to the Main Event! And Kelly, who got a very nice reception (much of it from Clay fans) was far better than I expected her to be. Her voice sounded good last night, and its clear that she has been working on her audience skills a little girl behind me was holding up a sign asking for a hug, so she called her down to the end of the catwalk to hug her. And the hilarious male Kelly fan at the end of the catwalk was right in front of me he really did spend the entire concert singing along, dramatically and with great purpose (once, when he ended up on the Jumbotron for an extended period, he was so into it that he didnt even realize that everybody was watching his very impassioned performance!). Anyway, after he realized that asking for a hug was an option, he mimed hugging very dramatically, and Kelly gamely leaned down and hugged him. Very cute, and the guy seemed thrilled.
And now, for your main attraction: the Kyrie entrance was well, entrancing. He was moving pretty quickly, but when he got to the stage, he popped up and sat on the edge for a minute and surveyed the crowd before walking up the steps. From there, its a bit of a blur, so this may jump around through time and space everyone who says this is absolutely right, something about this man just scrambles the brain waves and makes it impossible to think straight! Anyway, here are some moments that stand out through the fog:
*When he was talking about the crowd in St. Louis being the loudest one on the tour (both last summer during the AI tour and again last night), he started his patter by saying, Im not just blowing smoke I said this in interviews, so you know I mean it! And I just found the use of the phrase blowing smoke to be cute and quaint and kind of funny it just struck me as charming and a little out-of-time, something that someone of an older generation would use.
*It is quite true that Eva got an enormous ovation, probably louder than the response for some of Kellys songs she was clearly the second-most-famous person on the stage last night! Congratulations, and as they say, it couldnt have happened to a better person!!!!
*The running joke about Jacob being the dance captain of the tour was funny. During WYSYLM, Clay nudged Angela aside so he could dance between Angela and Jacob, and he yelled out Give it up for Jacob, our dance captain! as he was headed back down the stairs after that. Then, during the intro for the acoustic set, Clay repeated it, and said that Jacob thought he was the best dancer on the stage and asked everyone to cheer if they agreed. Nice, hearty cheers. Then, Clay asked who thought HE was the best dancer on the stage, and the response was thunderous they all got a good laugh out of that one!
*Not sure what is going through his mind during ISY, but he is seriously into it -- it was like watching a very sexy exorcism.
*Acoustic set was fabulous, and I was delighted that people actually listened, instead of taking advantage of the quiet moment to yell something inappropriate I would say that each of the songs in the set was allowed to establish, and hold, the proper mood. And that includes WDC, which was wonderful entirely in character, not a speck of parody to be found anywhere. The grinding was milder than some versions, but the stalking was lovely and the addition of the final pose with Angela was verrrry nice: for the last when doves cry, Clay reached out and pulled Angela back up against him, and then he turned his face to the audience to sing the final line.
*I cant claim the kind of close interpersonal contact that, say, WeakIntheKnees had (although I think I got a pretty terrific photo of that moment), but at one point, when he was right at the edge of the catwalk, he saw me aiming my camera and looked directly into it so I could get a good shot. Very accommodating, that boy!
All told, I would give the evening a 100 it had a great beat, I could dance to it, and the singer was a sight to behold! (He really is like a project out of Gods arts-and-crafts workshop!) Im sure Ill regret not going to Chicago tonight, but I am looking forward to Vegas at the end of the week!
Mar 22 04 12:20 PM
By Barry Gilbert
Of the Post-Dispatch
Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken successfully transferred their megaselling debut CDs to the concert stage at Savvis Center on Sunday night and, judging by the reaction of their adoring fans, they are anything but false idols, at least for now.
Clarkson, the 2002 "American Idol" winner, and Aiken, the 2003 runner-up, each performed for about an hour before a crowd ranging from the very young to the not-so-young - and including lots of moms and daughters. It was Clarkson's turn to go on first, and she hit the stage in hip-hugger jeans and an orange T-shirt reading "Dirrrty South," strumming a guitar to the opening of "Low" from the "Thankful" CD as the spotlight found her.
A highlight of the early part of her set came when she sat up on the piano for a reworked and effective version of "Beautiful Disaster," followed by the jazzy "Stuff Like That There," the song that introduced her to the audience and judges on "American Idol."
After a costume change to black top and black fedora, the Texan sang the only unexpected tune of her set, a hard-charging take on Reba McEntire's "Why Haven't I Heard From You."
She finally got the crowd to its feet - by invitation - midway through her set and closed with a rousing "Miss Independence."
Clarkson is the more musically adventurous of the two, and although she seemed totally at ease and in control during songs, she was oddly self-conscious and giggly during between-song patter.
Aiken, in contrast, is a natural entertainer. He entered the arena from the back, singing Mr. Mister's '80s hit "Kyrie" - the first but not the last unusual song selection for the North Carolina native.
And it was clear whom the crowd really had come to hear. They were on their feet from the opening note as he sold the music from his "Measure of a Man" CD.
With self-effacing humor, some simple but playful dance steps and a boatload of personality, Aiken cherry-picked his CD - "Perfect Day," "I Will Carry You," "No More Sad Songs," "Invisible" - and included a birthday sing-along for a fan and a cell-phone call to another fan's kin in Toronto.
Later, a medley began with the CD title song and veered into cover territory: Sting's "Fields of Gold," Leo Sayer's "When I Need You," James Taylor's pre-"Sweet Baby James" tune "Carolina in My Mind" and, of all things, Prince's "When Doves Cry." It was a welcome detour into other textures and tempos.
Aiken closed with "The Way" and returned almost immediately with Clarkson for a duet on Journey's "Open Arms." And then it was over. No phony encores, but no extended bows and thank-yous, either. The house lights simply came on - to some grumbling from the audience.
Reporter Barry Gilbert
Mar 22 04 12:24 PM
Quote: I have just returned from the most satisfying Clay concert I have ever
attended!! I was worried. About so many things. I worried his set
would be too short and I would be unfulfilled (by Clayton ???I should
have KNOWN better) I was worried my seats would be too far back to
suit me. Turns out row 15 on the floor was not too bad! I was worried I would get lost driving by myself. I was
worried about being too sleepy to drive the 3 hours home alone. Well I should have saved myself the ulcers. My mantra for months
is "when Clay is involved, things have a way of working out". Boy is
that true! I could not have asked for more from my day! my recap has
three parts: Fandom, Freedom and Fantasy
FANDOM-I found the Savvis center without too much difficulty, but
finding an elsusive parking spot was more of a challenge. Finally I
settled on a spot on the street. I found a group af Clay and Kelly
fans by the parking garage and got directions to the Sheraton and the
pre-concert party. There was a large crowd. Strangely enough I am
already finding the clay fan group to be a small world. I ran into a couple from Indy I
met at the Santa Slam. They remembered me, and thought I honestly
could not remember them they were so very nice. I also ran into a
group of ladies from a Washington, Indiana which is just 14 miles
from my hometown. The strange part is that I also ran into them at
the STL Idols show! I keep finding them by coincindence. We talked
local radio staions and request strategies. We planned to swap emails
to start a local fan group, but we never got that accomplished. I
guess I'll have to wait until I meet them by chance again. At the
concert itself I ran into a couple from Louisville I met at the pre-
party for the Santa Slam. I thinks Clay's fans are quickly becoming
FREEDOM-Tonight I was unencumbered. I took no camera into the show. I
took no cellphone into the show. I took no children (my son) into the
show. I was free of all distractions. I was able to focus completely
on the man. I drank in his voice, his beauty, his aura! I could, and
did, sing at the top of my lungs, jump up and down, dance with wild
abandon. I screamed BRING IT CLAY before he rocked out on WDC. I
cried OH MY GOD! when his stunning beauty overwhelmed me. And the
best part? Colin was not there to be embarrassed! I guess this show
was my selfish show. I will have no pictures. I did not share a
cellcert. I had to venture alone. But
dear lord it was worth it. I finally feel like I saw the show. My
post clay haze is lifted. I EXPERIENCED the concert. I highly
FANTASY-Clay is now and always will be the man of my dreams. Tonight
he fueled my fantasies for years to come. I have 4 distinct favorite
moments from the concert. (1) Kyrie-the anticipation, the buzz the
sheer excitement when that spiky haired stallion made his entrance. I
was swept away, taken completly into the magic of the night. (OT he
needed a trim badly. and the clothes that seemed so geeky in pictures
looked awesome on the drool-worthy body. I never thought that green
shirt was sexy. But when the tail of that white undershirt peeked out
I thudded hard. Took my mind off waldo watching and made me want to
run my hands right up and under that warm undershirt-sighhhh. And I
love, absolutley love, those pocket-y jeans!)
(2) Invisible-Still the most exhuberant display of love for his fans.
He knows what each move does to us, and he delivers them like a gift.
He loves us and loves pleasing us. He has pure unadulterated FUN with
(3) ISY. Angry Clay. OMG he is so HOT! He came precariously close to
flailing his arms when he was empatically making points on the song.
That manic windmill was so entrancing. I wanted him then and there!
still want him, anytime, anywhere. He also thrust his hand in the air
in a triumphant gesture. He is the victor in all battles, personal
and professional! We don't really need to worry about Baby. He is in
control. No asshat from the past will bring him down. No Vernon, No
Simon. Clay is in control and he like the control he has. He toys
with the audience. At one point he asks if we like the "dance
Captains" moves. (Some inside joke with the male back up singer) We
dutifully cheer. Then he asks if we like his own dance moves better.
He KNOWS we will roar. He loves that we are his. Clay is a control
freak, a glory hound, and I love him for it!
(4) WDC. Was there a song with this dance? I was so enthralled I
can't be sure of anything. I am SURE I wasn't giving the singing my
full attention. When he was grinding with Angela I was transported.
It was MY arm draped around Clays neck. He was grinding MY pelvic
regions into his own. I am not sure but I believe it was totally
silent in that arena. Maybe it was just my out-of-body experience.
When I came to, he was rubbing his tummy. WHY does that singular move
drive me out of my mind??
Mar 22 04 9:53 PM
Quote:St. Louis Concert Recap
I had such a great time last night. My mom flew in for the weekend and we ended up getting to the Sheraton Hotel at 5pm, 2 hours before the concert. We had a quick dinner in the sports bar in the hotel and there were lots of Clay fans. At least one of the boards, if not several were having a gathering there it seemed. By the time we got ready, we had 5 minutes till the start of the concert and got there just about at 7. We were in Section 105 Row H and one of the ushers told us our seats were at the end of the row, but we thought he meant the end we were by, but no they were on the other end and we did not really realize this till we started going across the aisle. We had to step over about a dozen people to get to our seats. The Beu sisters had already started their set at this time, but I think it was only the first song so we did not miss much. We were a lot closer than our seats at the AI2 concert where we were in Section 106 and I think in the double LL row. I think our seats were actually better than some of the back floor seats. Okay, on to the concert.
The Beu Sisters. I think they were a good choice for an opening act. I thought they sounded good, though their songs were quite similar sounding. I thought their song Decisions was the best and the Stay Away From My Sister one was probably the worst. The bass was really bad on it.
Kelly- I thought Kelly did a great job. I liked her a lot during AI, though I was rooting for Tamyra, and I was very happy when she won. I was disappointed in how she sounded on her AI appearances and I started not liking her. Hearing all the good reviews about her performance made me start to look forward to her half of the show, while before I was not happy they were touring together. The bass was really the only bad part about her show, and it did drown her out a lot of the time. It was especially bad on You Thought Wrong. I never liked The Trouble With Love Is, but she just sounded a lot different singing it live then in her music video and in her one television appearance I saw, and I liked the arrangement much better. My mom really liked Beautiful Disaster and I thought it sounded lovely as well. I am really glad I got to see her in concert.
I would say the crowd reaction to Kelly was very good. I heard quite a few shouts of I love you Kelly and there was one guy right by the catwalk that sang along to all her songs and stood the whole time. She also had quite a bit of signs. A lot of the crowd was on their feet during Miss Independent. I really enjoyed her and she put on a good show.
Clay- My seats were also much better this time, because I was right next to the area where Clay came in at the start of his set. I saw a entrance on the floor which was next to the elevated section I was in. I knew from concert reports that he would be coming through the audience, and I noticed a group of security guys in that area, with one standing at the end of the path and then a usher, I think, came out, and was standing next to the railing that was right by my aisle seat. I was telling my mom that I thought Clay might be coming in right next to us and people nearby started looking at the entrance. Then a bunch of people, mostly teenage girls, started coming to the railing with cameras. The usher kept telling them to back away from the railing but they just looked at him and then proceeded to ignore him. I had to stand up since I am short and the girls were blocking my way. People started screaming and I saw a bunch of security guys come out of the entrance, but I did not see Clay. Then I saw him on the floor standing in front of Section 105 singing Kyrie with the security guys surrounding him and then he looked right at our section and I was about 8 rows away from being face to face with Clay! It was just incredible! A girl grabbed her mom and they just both hugged in giddy excitement and my mom and I both laughed really giddy ourselves. I just know I had this big goofy smile on my face and it was just the greatest feeling. Clay's whole set was so fast, but Kyrie was like a blur since I was so excited and thrilled.
Perfect Day- sounded great and he was just rocking out.
I Will Carry You- He held home for a really long time or at least it seemed that way.
All About Love- I loved him joining the back-up singers to dance and sing with them.
No More Sad Song- very powerful delivery
When You Say You Love Me- After the song I think he said he skipped one of the verses, but I cannot say I noticed. I was just captivated watching him and listening to him I guess. I remember it being mentioned that at times his voice sounded almost like it was on helium and I noticed that during this song a bit.
Invisible and I Survived You were both wonderful as well. The crowd was really into it, singing along.
Without You- Quiana has a beautiful voice. I hope he and K-lo sound just as good singing it together. Angela and Jacob have great voices as well.
Acoustic Set- This was my favorite part of the show. I wish Measure of a Man had been a bit longer though. I noticed those red blinky heart lights, mostly in a clump of the floor seats. He sounded great on FieldsOf Gold, (which I recognized after hearing it, but I did not know it by name when it was discovered he was singing it), When I Need You, and Carolina In My Mind (which I recognized as well).
When Doves Cry- I loved the slow introduction to it. The crowd started screaming as they realized what he was singing. He held the note in scream beautifully as well. I think I missed some of the grinding with Angela, as I was urging my mom to stand up so she did not miss it. I stood the whole time, and I would say she stood around of the time.
The Way- I think this was a good end to the show. I have been listening to the Way/Solitaire single on repeat and its amazing how much better The Way and all his other songs are better live.
Open Arms- I think it started out good, but in the last 1/3 of the song the music overpowered their voices and they had to compete over it and it was hard to hear the end.
Either before or after WYSYLM, I believe, he brought a girl on stage to sing Happy Birthday to her. He took a cellphone and I see after reading the board that it was Eva on the other end. He mentioned before the acoustic set that he had fallen during the last show. He said that Jacob was the dance master, I think, and mentioned about that or something else being an inside joke. My mom also said he called Jacob a she by accident and then apologized which I did not hear. He and Kelly both were in high spirits and put on a great show.
There was a guy sitting next to my mom that kept getting up during Kelly's set to get beer and it seemed he had been dragged their by his daughters. Then during Clay's set he stood the whole time, and did not leave at all even though his daughters left once. I just thought that was great to see, it made me smile.
As we were leaving I heard people saying they were shocked but I do not know in what context they meant. People also were saying they wanted him to sing Solitaire and one woman said she wanted to hear Bridge Over Troubled Water. When we got back to The Sheraton we got into the elevator with a little boy and his mother. He turned to his mom and said, Clay was awesome and his mother agreed. My mom said, You were there too and they said yes. My mom said she could listen to him sing forever and the woman agreed and said he was awesome, that they both were. Later my mom, who has always loved Clay, said he was so cute and that she was feeling like a teenager again. She also said that he just seemed so more relaxed and comfortable. I showed her his Leno appearance and his AI3 performance which she missed and she said the same thing then too.
I think this is the longest post I have ever written! I will end in saying I had a great time and it was over way too soon. I wish I could go to another stop on the tour, but I do not think its possible. I am really tempted to go to Kansas City, but I do not really have the money and I do not know how I would get to the venue. Hopefully I will get to see him during Musikfest, as I cannot wait to see him live again. The way I felt at the concert was exhilarating and I will remember it always, and I hope I have other wonderful memories of seeing him in concert.
Mar 22 04 10:24 PM
the concert: we had fabulous second row seats, and discovered raa66 and cassandra revisited sitting right behind us. this section was amply filled with proc-ers. we'd gotten there early enuf to procure programs (sigh. big, fat sigh. he's too blonde for me in these pics, but so pretty i could eat him with a spoon) and booze before the show started. the vendor selling the programs said she'd sold TWO kelly programs....and about 80 of clay's. um...heh.
the beu sisters were pretty, possessed of washboard tummies and a modicum of talent. i was bored, even tho i'm pretty sure one of them eyef**ked me. they did manage to delight and embarrass one of the cute beefy security guards by declaring he'd been checking them out, and then sang some song about staying away from their sister. it was one beu's birthday...i don't remember which one. then, poof, they were gone.
kelly: well, she rocks. she's adorable. she's lovely, she's lively, she's cute. she has a fine voice, and a nice enuf rapport with the crowd, and with the band. there was much kelly love in the group around me, including a dorky boy with utterly no sense of rhythm who nevertheless clapped (never once on beat) and boogied with every song, and was clearly having a blast. there was also the cute little girl who kelly brought up for a hug, and the scariest kelly fan ever...the young guy who stood right by the stage and sang and supplicated and stared unwaveringly at her during her entire set until she finally relented and gave him a hug. you shoulda seen the security guys watching him like a hawk during the set, especially the hug. he freaked me out.
quianna, jacob and angela are far more beautiful in real life than i'd been prepared for from the vids. and i fell madly in love (yeah, again.), however briefly, with alan the bass player. super-cool and smooth and wearing black leather pants and a soul patch, i imagined practicing conceiving his cafe au lait skinned babies. but during clay's set, he'd changed into a loose, flowing white dashiki thingy, and i realized it was really the leather pants that had smitten me. oh well.
okay........clay! . ya'll already know he wore the frankenfugly jacket, which i love, tho i was the only one in section c, i think, and tho i'd fervently hoped for the silky twin tees of green n blue. he charged thru the crowed like muhammed ali, and stopped directly in front of me...three feet away, slung himself up on the platform below the stage and sang a line or two of 'kyrie' while seated there.........and there i was....without a functioning camera. not that i would likely have been coherent enuf to have remembered to use it anyhow.
i was struck again, as i was at hockeygate, with his willow the wisp thinness. a strong wind would carry him into the next county. he also just plain appears shorter up close and personal than on tv. his features are delicately lovely. his hair was very auburn and i thought it was perfect: haystack-y and wild and abundantly thick and spiked out to hell and back.
his lashes were au natural and long as this recap, and there was nary a hint of bronzer: he was very pale, and i could count his freckles. and there was stubble: knee-buckling, eee-worthy stubble. his eyes are blazingly green. his cheekbones are the very essence of what makes artists yearn for clay (heh) and paint and marble.
i was struck by all of this in the few seconds he sat right f**king in front of me....and then he was bounding up the stairs to the stage, and the next 70 minutes whirled by in three. he was in perfect voice. i sometimes actually forget, amidst the fangirlyness and the personality and the aura and the not really liking all of his song choices, just how f**king amazing and pure and strong and beautiful his voice is.
he was completely alight from within, and he glowed incandescently. some sort of physical manifestation of an aurora borealis truly seems to radiate from him. and joy. if he was truly not feeling as joyous and happy as he appeared, then he is a very, very good actor.
i'd seen d/l's of some version or other of every song, so i was spoiled for most of it....but it was all still dear and funny---his goofing, his dancing, his bouncing, his jumping, his patter.
as has been mentioned, during the phone call, when he said eva's name.........there was a spontaneous outburst of 'ivana! eva!!!!' from the assorted proc around us. we were collectively as completely delighted for her as if he'd spoken to all of us.
'wdc' was sweetly and subtly sexy. the grinding was low key but still intense, and the wails were glorious, and that little maneuver he did with his tee shirt........well, TongueInCheek and sally and i clutched each other involuntarily. oh, and also during the crouch.....he was facing us on the catwalk, and slowly began to sink down and splay his legs apart til our own legs sort of gave way beneath us. he SO knows what he's doing there.
he also, i am convinced, knows what the signficance of 'shoe tying' is to us. cuz he did it not once but twice, and made sure to call our attention to it. tease.
'isy' was a little mini-melodrama. he stays in character as one pissed-off, snarly boy thruout, and hurls that mic stand around like he's punishing it, and eyef**ks the entire stadium up against the wall.
acoustic stuff was gorgeous. that boy can blow, y'know what i'm sayin'?
things were tossed onstage, and he raised his eyebrows quizzically (he has most expressive eyebrows) at the pair of red boxers with donuts sewn upon the behind. he talked about falling on his [hushed voice] 'bottom'. what a potty mouth.
oh, and quinna sound glorious, and wears the kickiest, coolest, spikiest black n white boots ever.
i'd never cared for any of the d/l's of 'open arms' i'd seen, so i was completely surprised with how great he and kelly sounded on this.
also couldn't help but note that tho he is breath-catchingly lovely in person, when i'd glance up at the jumbotron, as they caught his face in super close-up view......i'd just be staggered by his beauty. something about the camera enhances the planes and contours and hollows of his face in a way the human eye cannot. simply, the camera worships him.
then, all too soon, it was over. i found my knees were actually trembly. i'm so fangirly about this kid it'd be embarrassing, if i were the type to get embarrassed.
we wafted back to the hotel for some cocktails in a hotel lounge, and to babble dreamily about the aiken experience.mr. felina, tho not impressed with most song selections, or the sound system....commented that clay 'can sing anything. he should just sit there on a stool for ninety minutes and sing, and he'd have the crowd eating out of his hand'. well....yep. 'course, he has us doin' that anyhow.
another group was seated near us, laptops buzzing, and at a particularly ear-shattering but familiar sort of shriek, i just had to wander over to peek over shoulders at the nearest monitor. clay aiken, in all his open-legged, crouching tiger glory, smirked before me. this group graciously let me in to see all their pics....they'd been sitting a row behind us, and got some truly fab shots.....and i discovered that among them was our own barkycat and littlefish, who were delightful, and the famous brandon of 'clay dawgs' phone call fame. he's cute, as is his pretty wife.
TongueInCheek, CassandraRevisited, raa and i wandered around the hotel, huge ass wine bottle in hand, ran into thatchermom and hung out and swooned and drank til the wee hours and then the goddess Lightnin Skirt showed up,as did vickilynn and bygolly and and we had to watch the d/l of the nite's 'wdc' on Lightnin' Skirt's laptop, which reduced us all to a hushed, open-mouthed, reverent state of wistful wishfulness, and we were spent.
Cassandra had me THIS close to hitching a ride with her and raa and felina to chicago for tonite's show.....she's very persuasive (or else i'm really easy. probably that) until my credit card sort of floated up before me and took on an animated sort of life like those wax lions and wall mounted carp do in 'wonderfalls' and sneeringly said 'don't THINK so, you broke-ass moron', and i gave up and just went to bed. i do hope they had a blast.
the st. paul review was lovely. and i'm loving the recap of that radio interview. i think churchmouse DOES have a listening device in that bus.
clay aiken said:
"I mean, I don't try to go out on stage and pretend that I'm Prince or that I'm a sex symbol or that I can dance or anything," he said, "so we do it a bit little tongue-in-cheek
this is so a shout out to my amazing room, car and concert mate! he wants to do you, baby. ;-)
Mar 24 04 10:22 PM
The party at the Hardrock was great. Thanks to Cap, PQ and ldyjocelyn (and the brave lordjocelyn who represented his gender well). Partying and dancing on the chairs in a room full of PRoCers and Broads, even if Hardrock did call us Claymates, was an uplifting experience. It felt so good to put faces with names, and we had a blast. Considering the pandemonium and the sheer numbers of people, I thought the staff did a very good job and got us out in plenty of time. Good margaritas, too. Cap, your Caplet is beautiful.
My attention was drawn to the lovely shiny magenta tiaras sported by CassandraRevisited and raa, although I believe most of the others in our group dressed normally. I am amazed at how many faces, screen names and real names I still have in my head. I hope I can keep them. publicradiogirl does have very cool hair.
Arrived at the venue, and although I was able to get a program, the merchandise line was very long as it appeared that in both venues there was only one place to buy stuff. How stupid is that. I had to wait until Chicago to get my required T-shirt and keychains. (FYI, I bought a Large, which is a true Large, but very very long, so if you are tall, the shirts will fit you better). I also bought 2 keychains that I do not need, which have pictures of Clay that I do not like.
As I made my way to my 9th row grindage side seat, marveling at the never before experienced closeness I was about to have with the Aiken, my seatmate, claysomesongs arrived. We EEEEE'd and chatted just like old friends. I am sure she was unaware of the abuse I was about to inflict on her. The Beus were cute and sang OK, and I even clapped. I did feel bad for them, though, as they had to be quite aware that most of the audience was just respectfully waiting for them to leave so we could get on with the show.
I wanted to enjoy Kelly (which I did very much in Chicago), but I think a mix of too close to the too loud bass and the anticipation of the Aiken made most of it just another set to sit through, although I very much enjoyed Beautiful Disaster and SLTT. Earplugs saved my ears, but that bass was like a baseball bat in my chest. She is a doll, though, and reminded me a little of Joplin without the raspand the drugs
Then, after all these weeks of waiting, it was time. The way that man's HUGE voice just fills an arena is indescribable if you have never seen or heard him in person. It is above human. His joy is contagious and we couldn't stop screaming. Poor claysomesongs. I stood on my chair and pounded and pummeled her. I grabbed her and I probably pinched her. Had she not been wearing earplugs I would have blown out her eardrums, too. During ISY, I died. I was crying and I don't remember anything but him and growling and balling his fists and flailing his arms and who needs "damned" anyway. I do not understand how he can very directly eyefuck every single person in the arena, but he did. You all know he did. ISY is my concert favorite. (I have taken to hoarding videos of ISY. I watch them and EEEEE and I cannot bear to delete them from my hard drive. I am killed dead every.single.time.)
The song that most impressed me was ISY, I got the feeling he was cleansing himself (oh stop it) of someone as he sang. It was a very emotional performance.
When he took MnM's phone, I beat up claysomesongs again. "He has MnM's phone!!!". OOOOOOGODDDDD!!!He's talking to Eva!!!" (who apparently has more fans than the Beus).
Girlfriend--I apologize for any bruises I may have inflicted on you. I thank you for holding me up and saving my life. You just can't have that kind of fun with casual or non-fans. We laughed about how cool it is that you can walk up to people you've never seen before and start a sentence in the middle of a conversation in your head and everybody gets it. Really sorry she had to return home right after the concert.
I heard helium voice a few times.
Not at all surprised by the attendance of Kurt and Brenda Warner. They are a very active Christian family in the St. Louis community and they have a disabled child. Clay's entire persona would definitely be attractive to them.
We eventually ended up in the den of Clack, (aka MnM's room). Whoever said it resembled a covert operation was spot on. There were 5 laptops with miles of cable all over the place, and clack geniuses SPiFF, MnM, LightninSkirt, geekette, ebird, allingoodfun working their little tushies off to deliver the gold to the House. PRoCers in the beds, on the floor, PRoCers Here, There and Everywhere, trying to keep the noise down.<snip>
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