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Jun 7 04 9:58 AM
Quote:Ok, i'm horrible at these recaps, because i can never remember anything. so forgive me if this is bad. The ladies did a wonderful job with the cellcert last night, so i'm not sure how much i have to add
OK, so my day started at about 10 am when we left the beach to drive to dover. I took pictures along the way of everything that reminded me of clay, so i'll have to post those later. Of course, we passed a "Krispy Kreme" sign. We also passed a place along the way that sold mobile homes called "Clayton Homes" So i had to get a picture of that.
One of my friends that was meeting me in dover got there before us...about 2:30. She called and said "there's already about 30 people in line" so i started to panic. It was first come, first serve seating, and i wanted to be up front. She stood in line, and we arrived about 20 minutes later. When i got there, i was stunned by the line. Her 30 was probably more like 100-200. I couldn't believe it. When i got there, people said the ones up front had been waiting there since 8:00 AM, now THAT'S dedication. We stood in line from that point on, and i was getitng kind of concerned. Instead of the line getting longer, it was getting wider. I know at least 100 people ended up getting in line before me because of that. WE still had decent seats.
We went inside eventually, and stood inside. Of course, the venue did not have a rope up where i was standing, so again, people drifted into the line in front of us. It was actually quite disturbing. THe venue was so disorganized. I think they didn't know what they were getting themselves into with the claymates
When inside, i noticed what a classy place we were at. For it to be so nice, it was very disorganized. Again inside, people were butting in line. Eventually they put up ropes, but too late for me to get a front table. It was quite funny. The band members and backup singers came out while we were standing in line, and everyone started hooting & hollering for them. Someone had a laptop and was playing video from past concerts, and that got some major cheer too. I just knew they were NEVER going to ask clay to come back LOL.
They seated us around 7:15, a little later than we expected
We had already met up with C J Sanders and her friend (tell A i said hi!!!) earlier. We had planned ahead of time to sit together. We met in DC but only briefly, so it was great to actually be able to spend some time with her this time! While in line, we also met some other clay fans, and just enough to fit at one table (8 per table) so we all decided to try to sit together.
When we went in, we told them there were eight of us. We got the last table on the second row of tables. Not as good of seats as i had hoped for, but DEFINITELY not bad. I don't think there was a bad seat in the house. Once inside i also met hotforclay, who is a member here as well. She was so cute and sweet! Not at all what i expected! (that's definitely not a bad thing, just not what i hawhatsd pictured!)
Ok, enough babbling, i'll get on to the good stuff, since i know that's what you want to hear anyways LOL.
Firts, fran came out and spoke. She thanked MBNA, NASCAR, FOX, etc. She explained a bit about the foundation, why they were here, and announced that MBNA has partnered with TBAF for a credit card. I'll definitely be getting one of those!!! She also warned those that weren't familiar with the claymates of our enthusiasm and love for clay. She mentioned Mary & Mary from the Clayboard who managed to collect over $7000 in two days from people who wanted to donate tickets, but couldn't make it. That was a pretty amazing thing they did. one of our fellow boardmembers was the recipient of one of those tickets, so i'm sure she can vouch for just how great clay fans are.
Fran brought out Brett to present the "Champion of Change" award to the person who runs the delaware autism society...Artie Kemper (i think). This guy has brought the society from 6 members, to something like 600 since he started running it and has raised a ton of money for the society, which is also pretty amazing. (sorry, i can't rmember the exact numbers). After that, he spoke for a while, made some comment about how brett was dressed...saying he would have to dress better in the military LOL (Brett was in shorts), and then fran said the concert would start shortly.
Then...............the good part. OMC came out, somewhere from the back i think. I'm still not exactly sure where he came out, because i never saw him till he was on stage.
Man, when i finally did get a glimpse....WOW. Of course, he looked amazing as usual. He was singing Kyrie....and as soon as he came out singing that, i knew we were getting the independent tour set.
From Kyrie, he went straight into Perfect Day. Of course, he sounded amazing. He was wearing the greensboro shirt...black shirt, tie, blue jeans, and black converse sneakers. I think this is THE ONLY man in the world that could make this outfit look good. He is amazing.
After perfect day, he started chatting with the audience. He talked about how he noticed all of the campers, RVs etc. and how the population of Dover was like "5 times" what it normally is. Then he said, wow, all of this because of me. The crowd laughed, then he said he knew there was something else going on the next day, but he wasn't really sure about it (for those of you who don't know, he was talking about the nascar race). He talked about how he did this show on the independent tour, and it was successful, so he would do it one more time tonight. He said he was going out on a summer tour, it was going to be fancier, brand new stuff, but some of the other stuff too. Ican't remember if this was before or after IWCY. Wow, amazing voice. Every note was perfect. I was totally in awe.
Ok, again, i have a horrible memory. I know he went into All About Love after that, but i can't remember if he said what i said above before IWCY or AAL. He did the dance, and the air guitar, which caused HUGE screams, as usual.
Next was NMSS. All I can say is BEAUTIFUL. THis is my LEAST favorite song on the album, but last night, he made it one of my favorites. I literally got chills when he was singing.
He then went on to thank everyone involved in the concert tonight. He acknowledged fran, MBNA, Nascar, ETc. then went into WYSYLM. you guys should have seen me, i felt so stupid. I was dancing in my seat LOL. I realized about half way through the song that i looked like an idiot, i can't imagine what people thought! Oh well, it was fun! He forgot some of the words to WYSYLM. LOL..it was funny. He said something like. "If you guys are gonna scream that loud when i forget the words to a song, i'm going to do it more often" LOL...what a sense of humor! He also said something like "if you want to hear the bridge, you have to buy the album, and if you already have it, buy another one". -- sorry can't quote me on this, but i know he said something like this.
Next was Without You. He introduced Quiana (i can't spell it)...major cheers there. He said something along the lines of "this is going to be one of the last times we will be singing this together". I'm not sure if that meant it won't be on is summer set, or that she's going to be leaving him soon, does anyone know???? I have heard both versions of this song now...with Quiana, and with Kim, and as much as i LOVE KLo, i have to admit i like it better with Quiana. He said this song was a duet on KLo's album, and it was on her album, so if you want to hear it, buy her album, but only after you buy another one of his. LOL.
...*sigh* I can't believe it's this far into the concert. It seems like it went so fast...but it always does, doesn't it?
Next is invisible...you know what that means, right? Almost over When i heard that, i thought i was going to cry...i knew it was almost then end. He did several shirt tugs during invisible, and got lots of cheers from the crowd each time. I missed the first one, don't ask me where my mind was. As soon as he did it, everyone at my table yelled "SHIRT TUG!!" I couldn't believe i missed it! I didn't miss the second one though, which got just as much screaming from the crowd. I heard a growl in there somewhere too....i think that is when i said "OMG" LOL. He definitely got a TON of cheer for invisible. I think those that aren't DIE HARD fans, and didn't know what to expect from his concert, but heard the song on the radio got excited on this one. I thought during invisible he was going to do the "reach out" thing, where he reaches out to a fan with me. Everyone at my table swears he was looking at them, but i KNOW KNOW KNOW it was me he was looking at. I held out my hands to him, and i KNOW he looked right at me. I guess this one is debatable.
Next was ISY...i was quite surprised to hear this, i still don't remember hearing this on the Independent tour, though several have told me that i did. THis is one of my favorite songs from the album. Maybe i was just too mesmerized to remember. Man, he WORKED that mic stand tonight...he is unbelievable! Had a MAJOR glory note during ISY. Please, if you haven't downloaded the video, do IT!! It was wonderful!!!! I still can't remember what he replaced the "D-Word" line with, but he held "new beginningggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg forEVER!! He also held the very last "I surviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiived youuuu forever too!
After this, and all of the excitement it brought, the chairs came out for the acoustic set. He talked about how he did this during the independent tour, because it made the big venues seem smaller, but he was doin it here, so everyone should feel like they were in the front row. It was better than usual! I swear he sang more of measure of a man than we usually get, which was first tonight. It was beautiful. My goodness, this man is amazing. Then came fields of gold. This was never one of my favorite songs before he sang it, he did sing it beautifully thought. Something happened during this set...that made him laugh. If i remember correctly, someone (Jacob?) started singing before any of the others, but dont quote me on that, i don't quite remember. After fields of gold, he sang When I Need you. I hope there is video of this, he was being such a goof ball. He was doing this little thing with hands and had a cute look on his face. It was priceless. Him and Quiana (Angela?) did the glory note contest. CJ said he won, but i wasn't paying atteniton, don't as me where my mind was LOL.This caused us all to laugh. Next was GOing to Carolina, and of course, the crowd went absolutely NUTS to hear him sing about carolina!!
When he introduced the next song, He said something like... for those of you who saw the Independent tour, you know what song is next. The crowd started going nuts again (it doesn't take much to make us scream, huh?). Of course, it was WDC. He also said he would be putting this song "to bed" (not the best choice of words, because it just made people scream more LOL)after this concert, so sorry ladies, no WDC during the summer. Maybe he'll have a better surprise for us. I think During the slow part, someone in the crowd yelled "GET HIM ANGELA!!!" and we all started laughing again. THe WDC dance was good, but i have to admit i didn't see a lot of it. He did it at the opposite end of the stage (he favors the left side) so he was further away during this. Everyone i was with says it was hot, and they had their hands all over eachother! I do remeber him putting his hand somewhere lower than her back LOL. From the screams in the audience, you'd definitely know it was great. Of course, he interrupted WDC to introduce the band. Doesn't he know we don't want THAT song of all the songs interrupted?? LOL
When he started to sing "the way" he tlaked about the soldiers over seas etc. Saying it was a love song, but he was giving it a different meaning tonight. He dedicated it to the service men and women over seas as well as Brett, who is joining the US Marine Corps next month. He told us about the special edition of MOAM that he was singing at the race tommorow (Sunday), but i guess that's old news now. He sang the way beautifully, as usual. I can't believe how many times he held long notes that night. He had to be SOOOOOO incredibly tired after that performance, it was beautiful.
After the way, he went off stage. Everyone was screaming to get him to come back, and we were hoping that he would, but then the lights came on, and the crew came out to pack up the equipment. Man, that was disappointing. I couldn't believe it was over already! And NO SOLITAIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well, i can't complain, right?
A few extra things to add. He held notes FOREVER last night during quite a few songs. More than i ever remeber at other concerts. He was amazing...man, that boy has a lot of hot air in him! Also, There was one note that was totally flat (but still beautiful) lol. You could hear a bunch of chatter when he did, it was really funny, seems everyone noticed. But again, it was still perfect to me LOL. He did the dance with the backup singers, I think during AAL, but not positive.
Wow, what an amazing show. He didn't chat with us as much as he normally does, but he joked around, and teased, just as usual. It was just an amazing performance! I'm so glad i got the opportunity to go, and Andrea, I'm so glad we had the chance to cellcert together! It was fun having someone to give details to when i got back!!!!
Sorry about the book guys, i told you i'm not good at these things. I hope you enjoyed, if you didn't fall asleep first!!!
Jun 7 04 10:11 AM
Quote:Not Another Dover Recap!
Clay sounded wonderful in Dover. He looked beautiful. His banter was relaxed and funny. His slowly unbuttoning shirt alone was worth the ticket price.
This concert demonstrated to me once again that so much of the fun of the Clay concert experience is being with fun concert and travel buddies. Deborah760, Elzicord and Elzi-Roomie were great fun, even when some pesky keys locked themselves in someone's car. We had interesting conversations all the way to Dover and back and while standing in line, snickered when Fran said in her speech that people did something "selfishly" instead of "selflessly," sang "hearts whoa" after the concert in three part cacophony, and of course enjoyed every milli-second of Clay.
We were at a table in approximately the row 10-12 row area center slightly to the left, two tables behind the tables with most of the CH meers. They were good seats and I have been around row 10 at so many concerts it feels like home -- the many tickets are my rent payments. Atmosphere was a bit odd in that so much from the arena concerts was absent -- no jumbotrons, very little obnoxious screaming, no signs, no excessive amplification making one's clavicle vibrate, and oddest of all -- mostly sitting during a Clay concert, sometimes enforced. The reserved tables to our right with the MBNA etc. folks hardly stood up so there were weirdly good views of Clay with nothing waving in front of him much of the time! So I could watch his unbuttoning shirt ... er, his face while he was singing most of the time.
The sound was really good -- sometimes I thought that the sound was really amazing. I noticed no excessive drumming. The lighting at times was bad and distracting. Maybe they did not adjust the arrangements of songs and lights to the less amping and different acoustics of this venue as much as they should have -- so the drums that would not have been noticeable in an amped up version sounded louder? I only noticed Clay's voice and it sounded great.
Kyrie : we all looked around but after a short part where he was Invisible, Clay appeared stage right. He wore the double breasted blue shirt he wore to (Hockeygate?) AI3 with the yellow tie and I think that is a very tailored close-fitting shirt so its not clear whether, or to what extent he has gained bulk. THERE WAS NO POOCHY TUMMY. I was looking at his tummy occassionally because his shirt was unbuttoning a bit in a fascinating way -- I saw no poochiness, just a ding dang tshirt. Anyway, he looked just like Clay to me, as he always does. I am not the best judge of minor changes in hair or whatever -- he always looks like Clay.
IWCY was the best version of it I ever heard; he really sang that one out of the auditorium. One note was so amazing I said WOW!!!
Clay moved around stage and seemed relaxed. After Kyrie or PD he told us they were doing the Independent Tour set for the last time and that the new summer tour would have some new songs and sets and other new stuff. He said they were coming to PA and DE and he would not list all the places he was coming to the U.S. Later he said he and Quiana were singing WY together for the last time, so that one is gone, as is WDC (more on that one later).
AAL had several instances of him badly line dancing with the other singers and he sounded very good. NMSS was extremely good -- no sitting and his expressions were like those he does in ISY.
Before WYSYLM he talked some but none of his comedy bits like the cellphone joke. Sang the song in a flirty way with the back up gals. Cute banter included when he said that he noticed all the tents and that it was amazing the population of Dover increased by five times and "Ah'm flattered you did all this for me." Another cute banter was before WY when he said to buy Klo's album and buy his cd "... again." Overall the banter was very cute and funny, and it reflected the size of the venue and was more low-key and intimate.
My favorite bit of banter was before the acoustic set when he said they had done the set to make the big arenas feel like small venues, but since this was a small venue "maybe we just should not do it." What a bratty little tease you are, Clay.
Invisible was lots of fun, especially the shirt tugs which unbuttoned some of the bottom buttons and got me looking at his tummy and wondering how many buttons would eventually unbutton, purely as a scientific observation.
ISY was fantastic and sung very well -- more controlled movements but definite emotion -- good for the smaller setting. His face was beautiful.
I adored the acoustic set -- watched with my binoculars to see all the nuances of expressions. It perfectly balanced gorgeous singing with a bit of playfulness in WINY and the one note-holding competition. He looked stunningly beautiful singing it. Sigh.
WDC-- As Clay said, they "put it to bed" -- and then they had hot sex with it, several times. When Angela grabbed the shirt tail and pulled that was HOT -- the whole thing was one long grindage and he kept going back for more. I saw DC and LA and this was up there near the top of the hotttest WDC's ever. I thought afterward that this performance showed that in spite of the stupid brouhaha over "the picture," Clay is not going to become some sexless monk on stage, but is staying true to what makes him comfiortable and the fans happy. I wonder what he will use to replace WDC this summer -- he needs a sexy number of some sort. TOUCH?
The Way was lovely. He put his hand in his jeans pocket with some of his shirt tail caught under his hand into the pocket and that was so darn cute. He then left and we, misled by inaccurate info, screamed for an encore that never came of Solitaire and/or the new material. Whoever (Fran?) told fans that Solitaire was coming was foolish to do so unless they were absolutely certain. It was a slight disappointment to get no encore at all but the concert was so good it was a minor thing. Clay needs to learn that concerts always have encores!
As for organization -- haha (TM)! The line outside the doors in the rain doubled back toward the doors and we were at the point where it turned -- so when they opened the doors the people at the end of the line smashed in to the front of the line, leaving us at the very end. There were no BAF brochures.
I saw some of the other CHers but way too briefly. Waves to DonnaAC, Hockeydonna, Jude, Can'tgoadaywithoutclay, Winky and everyone else!
OVERALL-- It was a great Clay concert, he sounded and looked great. Maybe I will go to some more Clay concerts! *G*.
Jun 7 04 2:04 PM
Quote: Hi everyone,
OMG. Trying to remember every detail to tell but I may have to do this in several posts it was surreal.
First, to squealch the rumorsJerome did not leave OMC! He was there. Our seats. OMG we were right up front. Sat with PAClayfans and some Clackhouse members. Excitement was sure in the air. Fran Lewis Skinner came out first to thank everyone for attending and then to our surprise, she introduces Brett. He was adorable. He came out to give an award to Art Campo (the director of Fox-I sat right next to him and his family). Brett didnt say a word, but when Fran announced that he joined the marines he got a standing ovation. Everyone applauded when she announced he had just graduated.
Then, the man himself. I was just a tiny bit disappointed when I realized he was doing the Independent Tour show again. Id hoped for something different (until I remembered that Id get to see WDC again!!!!). They started with Kyrie of course. No big enterance this time. He just came from the back of the stage. HE LOOKED GORGEOUS! Blue pinstripe, double breasted shirt with the gold and blue stripped tie tucked inside. Jeans and sneakers. His hair was short and beautiful. OMG! He is gorgeous. I swear I could see his freckles!!
I dont have to tell you what he sang of course. So, Ill just talk about the way he sang them. The acoustic set was probably the best Ive ever heard them. The harmonies were brilliant. Jacob was wonderful. WY with Quianna was wonderful. He cracked jokes a lot.
When h e said that he recorded this with K-Lo he asked everyone to make sure they went out and bought her CD, then sort of under his breath he said and buy one of mine, or another one or two or three of mine. Everyone laughed.
At some point he talked about how the population of Dover doubled this past weekend and then jokingly said how impressed he was that it was all for him! He talked about doing a special version of MOAM at the race the next day to honor all the veterans/heroes and then mentioned that Brett would be one of those people fighting for our freedom. It was very touching. He said something about us being the last crowd to ever see this same show and talked about the tour mentioning being in PA twice!!!!!!
I know Im jumping around, but Im just writing as the things pop into my head.
OK. Lets get to WDC! He joked just before it saying something like, OK. You know whats coming next! The crowd went absolutely crazy. Then he said Angela was upset because she wasnt going to get to dance with him anymore. We bood! Then he said, Ok, Angela. Lets put this one to bed. And he started the slow part and I think it was this part where he challenged Angela to hold the note. She rolled her eyes as if to say not again. They held it forever, but she finally gave in. He was like, HA! I won again. And they laughed. When she moved to the side of the stage just before the dance. Someone screamed GET HIM, Angela. She laughed and put her hands over h er face like she was embarrassed. Then he walked over to her all sultry and sexy and cocked his head to the side and gave a little, Cmon and get me motion with his hands. I thought I was going to die. The place went crazy.
Art Campo was sitting next to me and asked me what was going on. I told him he was going to see Clay let down his hair a little bit! The dance started and he was right in her face like I never saw him before. He was staring at her so intently and their noses were touching. At one point she grabbed his shirt and the bottom part came unbuttoned or already was unbuttoned and it flew up!!!! Of course, tiddy whitey T-shirt was protecting him. (Sorry, no belly action.) But close enough! I was watching Art Campo and his family next to us and they were clapping and hooting along with the crowd. They really looked delighted. Afterwards he said to me, IF I didnt see it with my own eyes I wouldnt have believed that was Clay!
He did Invisible of course, and was tugging away and THE GROWL! Again, the place erupted. Then, or course, The Way and he dedicated it to us, his fans. And that was it. I was a bit disappointed. I thought for a minute or two he would come out and do an encore since he didnt do open arms. The concert was a little short and for $200, I hoped he would do a little more. BUT, Im not complaining! Ill never get that close to him again. My knees and legs are so sore from kneeling and crawling (YES CRAWLING! I had no dignity what so ever) as close to the stage as I could. My friend kept getting yelled at, but I managed to sneak back and forth.
My pictures are not terrific. They came grainy for some reason and I ruined about 15 of them cause my hands were shaking so bad!!!
What a night. I met so many wonderful people from this board and Clackhouse, PAClayFans. It was really nice to put faces to the names! What a night!!!!! As I keep remembering things, Ill keep posting. Really
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