Thursday, July 29, 2010

Clay Aiken PBS Special Airs This Weekend

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Clay Aiken: Tried & True LIVE!

PBS Special Opens in 30 Markets

The Clay Aiken: Tried & True ~ LIVE! PBS special kicks off coast to coast in 30 markets, 12 on Saturday, July 31, and 18 more on Sunday, Aug. 1.

In many cases, the telecast coincides with the public television's fall pledge drives. Supporters will be able to donate to their local station and receive the Tried & True CD, Tried & True LIVE DVD, or both.

Released commercially on July 27, the DVD is already the talk of Clay Cyberspace. As soon as the DVD of Clay's special March concert of Tried & True songs arrived in mailboxes, fans shared screen caps and scans of the DVD art. They are included below.

July 31 Tried & True ~ LIVE Telecasts

WTVI - Charlotte, NC: 4:30 pm (also 8/1, 8/2, 8/4, 8/7)
Rocky Mountain PBS, CO
: Denver: 4 pm (also 8/1)

NET - Lincoln, NE: 6:30 pm (also 8/4)
WPBT - Miami, FL: 7:30 and 11 pm (also 8/1, 8/5, 8/8, 8/12)
WLIT - Martin, TN: 7 p.m. (also 8/3, 8/7)
WYES - New Orleans, LA: 9 pm
WOSU - Columbus, OH: 10 pm (also 8/1, 8/8)
WUSF - Tampa, FL: 6:30 pm (Also 8/1, 8/3, 8/6)
WDSE - Duluth, MN: 7 pm
WNIN - Evansville, IN: 7 pm (also 8/1)
WPBA - Atlanta, GA: 8 and 9:30 pm (also 8/2)
WQED - Pittsburgh, PA: 8 pm (also 8/1, 8/2, 8/13)

Aug 1 Tried & True ~ LIVE Telecasts

WNMU - Marquette, MI - 10 pm
KOCE - Huntington Beach, CA - 6:30 pm (Also 8/2, 10 pm; 8/4, 5 pm; 8/6, 7 pm)
WCFE - Plattsburgh, NY - 7:30 p.m.
WQPT - Moline, IL (QUAD CITIES PBS) - 7:30 pm (Also 8/2 1 pm, 8/7 7:30 pm)
KLVX - Las Vegas, NV - 7:30 pm (Also 8/5 12 am, 8/7 3 pm)
WJCT - Jacksonville, FL - 7 pm (Also 8/4 8 pm)
WGCU - Fort Myers, FL - 8 pm (Also 8/2 2 am, 8/5 9:30 pm)
NPT - Nashville, TN - 8 pm (Also 8/3 11 pm)
KVPT - Fresno, CA - 8 pm (Also 8/4 8 pm)
WTCI - Chattanooga, TN - 8 pm (Also 8/4 8 pm)
WITF - Harrisburg, PA - 8 pm (Also 8/5 1 pm)
Georgia PB - Atlanta, GA - 9:30 pm (Also 8/3 7 pm)
WNIT - South Bend, IN - 9:30 pm (Also 8/5 and 8/7, 8 pm
KMOS - Columbia, MO - 9 pm (Also 8/8 12 am)
WVPT - Harrisburg & Staunton, VA -3 pm
WLRN - Miami, FL - 4:30 am & 8:30 pm (Also 8/2 12 am)
Maryland PT - Owings Mills, MD - 7:30 pm (Also 8/2 1 pm, 8/7 11 pm)
KCTS - Seattle, WA - 8 pm (Also 8/5 12:30 am, 8/7 11 pm)

Stations (with links), cities, dates, and telecast times of the PBS special are available on the searchable
CANN PBS Database.

Fountaindawg's T&T LIVE graphic, 3, is surrounded by double clickable DVD screen caps posted by adrienne1954.

'Tried & True' Tour Dates Surface

As the Clay Aiken-Ruben Studdard Timeless Tour starts the West Coast leg (in Snoqualmie, WA, 7 p.m. PT Thursday), CA fans continued locating Tried & True Tour dates/locations for February and March 2011.

The unofficial 2011 Tried & True Tour information has been gathered by various means -- Ticketmaster, PBS stations, announcements by the singer during Timeless Meet & Greets with fans this week. An official announcement will no doubt be made at soon.

Premium tickets/M&G passes for some concerts are being sold in conjunction with the current PBS pledge drives/Tried & True LIVE telecasts. Not every PBS station is paired with the 2011 winter tour. Early August general ticket sales have be reported by some venues.

Tentative 2011 T&T Tour Sites

Miami, FL - Feb 10, The Adrienne Arsht Center
Orlando, FL - Feb 11, The Hard Rock Cafe
Atlanta, GA - Feb 16, The Cobb Energy Centre
Pittsburgh, PA - Feb 18, Carnegie Library Music Hall at Homestead
Cleveland, OH - Feb 19, Palace Theatre
Towson, MD - Feb 22, Kraushaar Auditorium
Charlotte, NC - Feb 23, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Greenville, SC - Feb 24, The Peace Center
Long Island, NY - Feb 26, Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury
Glenside, PA - Feb 27, Keswick Theater - PBS39 is pre-selling concert/VIP M&G tickets now!
Mesa, AZ - Mar 10, Mesa Arts Center
San Francisco - Mar 12 or 13

Other possible concert sites include Memphis, TN; Sarasota FL; Waukegan, IL; St. Louis, MO; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; and Dallas/Grand Prairie, TX.

Check with your local PBS station to see if (a) a Feb-March concert is part of the pledge package and (b) if the tickets are on sale prior to the telecast.

DVD Art EEEEE-Worthy!

Fans who pre-ordered the Tried & True: LIVE DVD or pledged donations during the special June 12 preview by Chicago's WTTW-11 PBS station have been receiving some EEEEE-worthy mail this week.

The Clay Aiken: Tried and True LIVE DVD is available as a 60-minute core version, released commercially two days ago, and as a 90-minute pledge event version to be distributed by PBS. The concert special, filmed in Raleigh, NC, in March was produced by International Media.

Decca Records lists the tracks of the core DVD as Mack the Knife, It's Impossible, It's Only Make Believe, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Crying, Eso Beso, Who's Sorry Now, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Suspicious Minds, What Kind of Fool Am I, Build Me Up Buttercup, Misty, There's a Kind of Hush, Moon River, Unchained Melody, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tried & True.

Dancermom2 scanned the front and back covers, booklet, and special photo accompanying the DVD. Below are double clickables of her scans:

Anyone have friends or relatives who live in the 7/31 and 8/1 cities? I know a ton of folks in Nashville who will be receiving an email with info about Clay's PBS Special and a link to the above promo video. I wouldn't doubt you know people who need the same kind of email!

The next three Timeless Tour performances are Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. PT, Mountain View Plaza, Snoqualmie, WA; Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m. PT, Silver Legacy Casino, Reno, NV; and Sunday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. PT, Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA.

A complete listing appears in Tour, TV Jam Clay Aiken Calendar, the 7/18 Carolina blog entry.

Below is a double clickable of the special photo that comes with the Tried & True ~ LIVE! DVD:

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Clay Aiken-Ruben Studdard Show Rocks Florida

MOCK REMATCH - The singers open the Timeless Tour show in an American Idol duel of vocals and antics. At one point, Clay sits on Ruben, only to be royally dumped on floor. Photo by Invisible926.

Memorable Vocals, Comic Stylings

Florida 3-fer Ends on High Note

Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, & Company saved the best till last as the final show of the Florida 3-fer is being hailed by fans as the funniest, most energetic, musically entertaining, and technically tight yet.

On top of that, the audience, filled with both men and women, enjoyed lots of interaction with the charismatic performers and showed them with much appreciative applause.

Outback of Clay Aiken Fans posted a brief report following Monday's Clearwater performance:

There have been a lot of men at all three Florida shows -- more than I have ever seen. Of course, the front is chock full of Claymates, but there are lots of couples. At two of the shows, I had two young guys sitting beside me. Never had that happen before.

That golden voice was out of this world. Clay can dance, and "Rev. Ruben" didn't have anything to do with it. He's got soul, y'all; this is funky dancing. I can't wait for everyone to see the show!

Another fan, kbdm, reported to the Clayboard that the Aiken-Studdard duo had the audience from the first note to the last.

People were on their feet, dancing, singing, laughing the entire show; and the guys kept cranking it up each time they looked at the audience to measure our reactions. Fantastic show!

Annie2053 from Clayversity, who sat 18 rows from the stage, posted that she and her husband loved the show:
My husband was applauding after songs before I was and laughing his face off. We attend a lot of these types of concerts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, so we can compare reactions of audiences from other shows. This is one of the more enthusiastic and energetic shows we've seen here.

Canuck2010, who attended all three Florida shows, reported to Clayversity:
Clay was in top form last night, great voice, comic timing that would be the envy of any comedian out there. All the banter bits are becoming second nature, and the ad-libbing is hysterical. Ruben, Casey and Quiana all have incredibly powerful voices as well.

The difference in last night's show from the first two in Florida was the energy. I think we owe a lot of that to Ruben since he basically said, "If you're having fun, show it." He encouraged the crowd to get up and dance -- or rather he ordered us to.

I do believe it's my favorite tour ever. Ever! All I could think of to compare it to was Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis -- but better!

Photos by Deemer, 1-2, and Invisible926, 3-16, provide glimpses of Monday's Clearwater Concert:

Timeless Tour Set List Evolves

After four concerts, the Timeless Tour set list has evolved and is leveling off. On the "live feed," lots of visitors arrived on the Carolina doorstep searching for the Timeless Tour's play list. The set below is the product of three message boards and is probably still a work in progress.

Flying Without Wings / This is the Night (Mash-Up)

Suspicious Minds - Clay

Bring it On Home to Me - Ruben

60's MEDLEY: In the Midnight Hour / Up on the Roof / Goin' Out of my Head / You Can’t Hurry Love / Happy Together / I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) / Crying / Soul Man / Wouldn’t It Be Nice / Candy Girl / Shot Gun / Sugar Sugar / Harper Valley PTA / Ain’t Too Proud to Beg / Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Natural Woman - Casey

Still the One - Clay

Marvin Gaye Tribute - Mercy Mercy Me / What’s Going On - Ruben

70's MEDLEY: Night Fever / Ain’t No Stopping Us Now / December 1963 (Oh What A Night) / Oh Girl / On the Radio / Turn the Beat Around / Get On Up (James Brown) / Don’t Go Breaking My Heart / More than A Feeling / September

Mandy - Clay

Superstar - Ruben

I’m Every Woman - Quiana

Stay with Me Tonight - Ruben

The Revival"Rev" Ruben heals Clay of "lackofrhythmitis."

The Healing Service
Double clickable by Deemer

When I See You Smile - Clay

80's MEDLEY: Eye of the Tiger / All Night Long / Glory of Love / Shout (Tears for Fears) / Africa (Toto) / Can’t Fight This Feeling / Through the Fire / All Night Long / If This Is It / Alone / Caribbean Queen / Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now / Footloose

Everything I Do I Do It For You - Ruben

90's MEDLEY:
This How We Do It / Poison / Achy Breaky Heart / You’ve Got the Right Stuff / MMMBop / End of the Road / I Swear / I Want It That Way / Do You Remember the Time/ You Oughta Know / Jump Around / Baby Got Back / Living La Vida Loca / One Sweet Day

Time of My Life - Group

Photos Capture Melbourne Show

Clay Nation photographers captured a variety of moments during the Timeless Tour Show at Melbourne's King Center for the Performing Arts.

These clickable photos by Invisible926 (1-11) plus the requisite sock pix (12) by Deemer and a wave from the bus (13) by Floridaiken show the four singers -- Clay, Ruben, Quiana Parler, and Casey Thompson -- as they appeared Sunday afternoon.

The Timeless Tour cast and crew now travel westward. The next three performances are Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. PT, Mountain View Plaza, Snoqualmie, WA; Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m. PT, Silver Legacy Casino, Reno, NV; and Sunday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. PT, Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA.

Fans Explain Loyalty to Clay

On the
Hollywood Outbreak website, there's an audio of Clay saying he can't begin to comprehend the loyalty of his fans. So far, many have replied RE the reasons they have stayed on the Clay Train since 2003.

Click on the media bar at the site to hear Clay's explanation; and if you'd like, leave a comment telling Singer Man why you're still a member of the Clay Nation.

'I Believe We Can' screen cap by cindilu2

Almost as an encore to the Clearwater Concert, the Clay Aiken-Chaka Khan duet "I Believe We Can" (from Phineas & Ferb's "Summer Belongs to You" episode due out the first week of August) premiered at 10 p.m. Monday on Disney Radio.

You can listen to the song now at the Disney Radio website. To play it a second time, refresh the page.

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Disney Previews Clay Aiken Episode

Phineas & Ferb Sneak Peek parallels Timeless Tour Week.
Double click on Concert-Cartoon Clay to expand graphic.

Clay Aiken-Chaka Khan Duet

Calendar Filled with Phineas & Ferb, Tour

Who in the Clay Nation would ever believe a Phineas & Ferb preview is giving Timeless Tour clack a run for its money?

A preview of "Summer Belongs to You" featuring a Clay Aiken-Chaka Kan duet, "I Believe We Can," is doing just that. The show can be viewed at
Phineas and Ferb (password = PLATYPUS) from July 26-Aug 1 (end of the day).

Red-headed cartoon Clay starts singing at the 5:58 spot in the video, but the entire segment is a must see. CA fans will recognize some subtle meanings in a few places. The lyrics for "I Believe We Can" include this line:

I believe we can, and that's ... the measure of a man.

When a cartoon kid snaps cartoon Clay's picture, a kid bully snatches the camera away and smashes it. Later, when cartoon Clay is handed a rake to be useful in the clean-up, he snarks, "Who left her in charge?" Pointing to cartoon Chaka and himself, he adds, "You know, we are only booked for the hour."

Below is an episode teaser from YouTube:

Phineas & Ferb Preview - Summer Belongs to You, Part 1
Includes "I Believe We Can" duet. Watch at

The one-hour "Summer Belongs to You" episode premieres Monday, Aug. 2 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD and Friday, Aug. 6, on the Disney Channel.

As the story goes, it’s the summer solstice and because it’s the longest day of the year, stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb decide to travel around the world in one day.

But not everyone believes they can actually achieve what they’ve set out to do, leading them to get some encouraging words, in the form of a duet, from Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan.

Music from the episode, which will premiere on Radio Disney July 26 - Aug. 2, and will be released by Walt Disney Records on Aug. 3 at online retailers. For complete details, see this Disney release.

Clickable screen caps.

Jacksonville Concert Visual Rewind

Thanks to photographers Invisible926, toni7babe, deemer, and pt88, here are clickable visual rewinds of Saturday night's Timeless Tour concert at The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL:

Photo credits: Invisible926, 1 - 7; toni7babe, 8; deemer, 9.

Brazilian Fan Shares M&G Recap

Imagine flying 15 hours from Brazil to see Clay Aiken in concert. Through the OFC, Lucia won a M&G for the Jacksonville concert. Below is her informative and very special account:

My Meet & Greet was awesome! I was really worried and nervous, but Clay has the ability to put everyone at ease. It took place at the first row of the theater, and there were only three of us.

Clay asked our names while giving us a big hug. The he asked where we are from. I told him I am from Brazil, and he seemed very surprised. He asked me when I flew in. "Today," I replied. He asked me how long the flight was. When I told him 15 hours, he asked if I was going to other concerts.

He told us Quiana was not feeling well and was not going to sing tonight. We told him the new backup singer was very good, and he told us to wait and see what she was doing tonight, singing both female parts at the last minute.

He was wearing cargo shorts, a plaid blue shirt, and sneakers (the old ones without the lace). He was also wearing sunglasses over his head, and he told us his hair looks better that way.

He told me that he has a very good friend whose parents lived in São Paulo, so he knew about my city. I told him I knew he had been to Brazil and about guarana, a fruit from the Amazon. He told me it was very good.

I told Clay I am running his Brazilian Fan Club, and I gave him a pin and a key ring.

He asked, "Do I have a fan club there? We need to know these things because Decca is planning to release Tried &True internationally but this has to be a decision from people in each country. In Brazil it is Universal."

I asked how I can help, and he said to email them and pressure them. And if they don’t want it, it will be my fault. He is so cute.

Then he asked for items to sign, and I told him he had no idea how hard it as for me to find the CD because cablegirl was bringing one for me but couldn't make the concert.

"Oh, you're the one looking for the CD!" He said he could have given me one. He asked my name and wanted to sign "Stay True" in Portuguese, so he asked me to spell it. I told him, "No, you´re not going to ask me to spell in English (spelling is very difficult for me). So he signed it in English!

He told us he is touring in February and March next year, and he already has some places booked (Cleveland, Greenville, Memphis, Miami, Orlando, and more).

When I told him I had some presents for him, Ruben, Jerome, Quiana. he wanted to make sure I had something for Casey, which I did.

It was a dream comes true! Thanks, OFC and Clay! See ya in Melbourne!

Photo credits: toni7babe, 1-3; pt88, 5; Invisible, 4, 6-10.

For more photos of the Jacksonville concert, see the The Florida Times-Union online site.

Oops, the Melbourne concert just started! Have an awesome, Clay Nation!


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