Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Clay Aiken's PBS Show, TNT Soar

Clay Aiken - Photo by Cotton
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PBS Taping To Be Special

'Tried and True' Pre-Sales Soar

Since I wrote this blog, there have been several updates, including WRAL-TV and NBC17 video interviews (with Sendspace), Lynda Loveland's radio interview (with Sendspace), and the March 12 Mark Ehlers interview in the News and Observer.

The Meet&Greeters who observed Thursday's three-hour dress rehearsal and talked with Clay shared these notes: David Novik from Decca was at the rehearsal and the Q&A ... A man with hand-held camera followed Clay around constantly ... The show's production and orchestrations are out of sight ... On stage were an orchestra and a rock band .... Faye Parker, Clay's mother, greeted the fans ... and, most of all, BE PREPARED TO BE BLOWN AWAY at the concert!!!

March 9 quickly turned into an kind of day as Clay Aiken released extra tickets for his March 12 PBS Special in Raleigh and pre-orders for his much-anticipated Tried and True album blasted off to a rip-roaring success at Amazon.

With a June 1 release date, Tried and True has steadily climbed Amazon's Music Bestsellers list. When I first checked the listing, TNT was at #52. Within a couple of hours, the CD/DVD Deluxe Edition was at #19. TNT is #5 now and still climbing!

No album cover or track list yet, but the TNT [Deluxe Edition] is priced at $12.99 and is eligible for free shipping at Amazon.

For two days, TNT was #1 on Amazon's Movers & Shakers in Music list, hopefully foretelling future chart-climbing adventures!

Stage Set-up Allows Extra Seating

When news of additional March 12 PBS Special tickets hit Triangle entertainment sites Tuesday, CA fans followed the Ticketmaster trail for the best possible seating at the Friday concert taping in Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium.

Another good site for last-minute seating is Ticket Liquidator. According to the Progress Energy Center diagram, there are some excellent possibilities. The tickets are listed by price from the least to the most expensive.

Clay talks with Raleigh press about concert.

Lynda Loveland chatted via phone with Clay about the concert and album on Friday's Mix 101.5 Morning Show. The interview is available at the show's link and can be dowloaded with this Sendspace mp3 file. You can follow Lynda on Twitter here: lloveland.

The singer spoke with NBC17's Erica Bustamante about his new CD, Friday's PBS Special, and the educational scene in Raleigh. The video can be viewed in the player below or at My NC Blogs; it can be downloaded with this Sendspace link.

Clay also discussed the Raleigh concert and TNT album with WRAL-TV Thursday night.

NBC17 interview with Clay.

PBS Concert in N&O Headlines

Friday's News and Observer article by Matt Ehlers, Classic Move, provides additional information about the PBS concert taping. To read the complete article, click on the N&O link:

RALEIGH -- When Clay Aiken hits the stage tonight at Memorial Auditorium, he will be performing for the couple of thousand people in the crowd, as well a future audience that could be much, much larger.

The concert, which will feature the first live performance of his coming album, "Tried and True," will be taped for a PBS special that will air this summer. It's a one-time-only deal, and Aiken, the Raleigh native and "American Idol" runner-up, will sing each song from the new album.

"Tried and True," scheduled for a late May release, is Aiken's first album for Decca Records. It's also the first in which he didn't feel record-company pressure to go in a pop-friendly direction. Working with Decca, he and longtime manager Simon Renshaw charted a different course for Aiken's career.

"Our idea was always to head toward a Johnny Mathis-y kind of thing," Aiken said recently during an interview in a downtown Raleigh coffee shop.

So the songs on "Tried and True" are lushly arranged classics. Aiken's hard-core fans will hear some familiar tunes, standards that he performed on "Idol." The new album includes "Unchained Melody" and "Mack the Knife."

International Media has added information about Clay's March taping to its new blog. Read the entire piece at the above link. Here is the beginning:

Clay Aiken will hit the stage for a special one-night-only concert at the Memorial Auditorium in his hometown of Raleigh, NC on Friday, March 12.

The singer is promising fans an exciting 2010 with this show being just the beginning! The performer extraordinaire is gearing up for the release of his new album, "Clay Aiken: Tried and True."

The event, which will be taped for a television special produced by International Media, is the world premiere live performance of Aiken’s forthcoming album being released on Decca this Spring.

TWWMAD Funnels Donated Tickets

The Way We Make a Difference has worked closely with several agencies in the Triangle to provide concert tickets for those who otherwise would not be able to attend the taping.

Fostering inclusion, a cause close to Clay Aiken's heart, TWWMAD accepted tickets through noon Thursday. Approximately 136 donated tickets will be used for the PBS Special by the following organizations: ARC of Chapel Hill, ARC of Wake County, ARC of Durham, Ronald McDonald House of Durham, YMCA Finley, and the Alexander Family YMCA.

In the future, to donate extra tickets, contact TWWMAD with this email address: ticketdonation@thewaywemakeadifference.org. (Ticketfast only)

Between pre-ordering TNT, dancing the "Ticketmaster Tango" again, and packing for the Raleigh trip -- this has definitely been a headline day for CA fans.

Have an week, Clay Nation. Be sure to pack an umbrella for this weekend's trip to North Carolina!



SueReu said...

Thanks Clay, I now look forward to looking UP at you from the 2nd row :D YIPEE!!!!!!!

It's a long flight to Raleigh, but Clay is ALWAYS worth it - always. CANNOT WAIT!!!!

I pre ordered TnT so fast my finger got whiplash LOL!!!

Thanks Caro!

musicfan123 said...

Caro............Isn't this an exciting time?? I am so glad that the concert was a sell-out and that Clay and his team were able to find some more room!!

I fly into Raleigh tomorrow from California and I am so excited.

I also ordered the new album.

Thanks for all the good news!!


Hi Caro. This is so exciting!!!.
I'm happy for the additional sales for the show on Friday. (Girls that travel wish them good luck). and the album news put me happier. 2CD!!! Ehhhhhhh!!!!.
I never could order anything on amazon .... but I'll try again .. Hugs

gerra said...

"The Way We Make A Difference" does great work, allowing people who would probably never be able to the opportunity to see Clay in concert. He puts on a great show and they are in for a treat.

Yay! for a release date for TnT. Man, the next two and a half months are going to drag.

MissSally said...

Venue sold out in minutes - EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE



Anonymous said...

Very exciting time for Clay, wish him the best! Waiting for that cd! Hope everyone has fun on the 12th! Thanks for the blog!!! Donna in Wi

Sandy said...

Although I have been under the weather for the last week or so, I always managed to keep up on all the news but too weak to think and/or leave a comment or two. I am back at work today so my thinking cap is getting in shape and it's nice to see so much eeeeeeeeeee'ing go on! This is always a sign that good things are happening in the Clay fandom! I kind of like the acronym for Tried And True - TNT! I have a feeling this CD will be DYNAMITE!
Wishing all the fans heading to Raleigh this weekend the time of their lives...wish I was one of them. Anita and I are going out to dinner the following night and re-live Friday evening through everyone's reports.
it's time to get back to work!
Have a great day!


chel4cay said...

Thanks Caro, for bringing all the latest and greatest news to one spot. It's a great time to be a Clay Aiken fan and I am so looking forward to Friday night. Keep on eeeeing everyone, I think this will be the launch of some exciting times for us and Clay. I pre-ordered the CD eeee. TnT dynOmite!!!!! Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

WhooooHoooo it's getting exciting!!! Thanks so much for all the info, I sooooooooo wish I was going to the show but.... I did pre-order the cd/dvd Eeeeeee!!!!
Take Care
Lisa1068 :)

katy said...

This sounds like an unbelievably great show with Clay Aiken and others. Waiting for news from Raleigh!

Anonymous said...

I am splitting at the seams with all the excitement!!! Can't wait for the cell stream after party reports.. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it's incredible to be a Clay fan!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww Caro,
I got a 'high' just by reading all these yummy information on your blog. I'm getting all excited and really can't wait to see reviews and pics hopefully. 2010 is a good year :) Woohoo!

Thank you my friend.