Monday, August 02, 2010

Audiences Laud Clay Aiken-Ruben Studdard Show

Clay deadpans a Ruben quip during Timeless show banter.
Graphic by AmazingCA, photo by ClayIzzaQT.

Tried & True Tour Takes Shape

Music, Laughs Fill Timeless Show

Seven concerts into the 17-city Timeless Tour, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, & Company this week take their music and antic-filled variety show east to venues in Wisconsin, Ontario, New York, and Connecticut.

Everywhere they have performed -- Asheville, NC; a trio of Florida venues; Snowqualmie, WA; Reno, NV; Los Angeles, CA -- audiences depart singing praises for the vocals and comedic stylings of two good friends who met seven years ago on American Idol, wound up the Season 2 winner/close runner up, and effortlessly display in show after show the seasoned entertainers they are today.

Below are clickable graphics of the early Timeless Tour shows by AmazingCA and Fountaindawg. Photographers represented are Tasapio, Invisible926, deemer, toni7babe, and ClayIzzaQT.

As concert clack and fan recaps reveal, Clay and Ruben adeptly perform their renditions of classic hits from the past five decades, blending their vocal and comedic talents for an unforgettable evening of entertainment. A rocking band and soulful singers Quiana Parler and Casey Thompson back the duo.

These graphs from lovethatguy's LA concert report summarize the show:

I have heard this tour described as the Jukebox Tour on speed. I actually would call it "JBT meets the JNTII" (Joyful Noise). Because the whole thing flows with themes and a storyline, it's more than just a concert.

The themes of friendship, playful competition, camaraderie, Clay's inability to dance, the difference in their musical tastes all wind beautifully throughout the concert; and the choices of songs and solos make so much sense when you realize this. It is really well thought out, well written, and so impressive.

It is incredibly appropriate that they finish with 'The Time of Your Life' because that is exactly how I felt at the end. I had the time of my life.

Clay, Ruben, & Company: 90s Medley in Reno
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Reno, NV, video by Scarlett

By this point in the show, Clay has been mostly "cured" of his perceived "lack of rhythm," and it becomes clear to audience members that the singer from North Carolina can move with the best of them. His new Hammer pants temporarily throw Ruben for a loop.

Songs in the 90s Medley include "This Is How We Do It," "Poison," "Achy Breaky Heart," "The Right Stuff," "MMBop," "End Of The Road," "I Swear," "I Want It That Way," "Remember The Time," "You Ought To Know," "Jump Around," "Baby Got Back," "Livin La Vida Loca," and "One Sweet Day."

View other Timeless Tour videos by Scarlett at Wowzers4Clay Channel on YouTube.

Listed below are the remaining Timeless Tour concert sites, some of which are sold out. Recaps almost inevitably include the phrase "don't miss this show!" -- so give the venue links a whirl and see if there is an opening available near you:

Aug-03 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Casino
Aug-05 - Windsor, ON -
Caesars Windsor
Aug-06 - Chautauqua, NY -
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheatre
Aug-07 - Mashantucket, CT -
MGM Grand Foxwoods
Aug-08 - Lancaster, PA -
American Music Theatre
Aug-10 - Hampton Beach, NH -
Hampton Beach Casino
Aug-11 - New York, NY -
The Hammestein
Aug-12 - Verona, NY -
Turning Stone Casino
Aug-13 - Hammond, IN -
Horseshoe Casino
Aug-14 - Biloxi, MS -
Beau Rivage

Cartoon Clay sings 'I Believe We Can' on Phineas & Ferb.
Double click photo to enlarge.

Phineas & Ferb Debuts on Disney

The Phineas & Ferb "Summer Belongs to You" special featuring Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan airs Monday (8 - 8:30 pm ET/PT) on Disney XD and Friday, Aug 6 (8 - 8:30 pm) on the Disney Channel. Check you local listings for the episode:
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 wha...t they've set out to do, leading them to get some encouraging words in the form of a duet, "I Believe We Can," from Aiken and Khan.

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TRIED & TRUE LIVE - Graphic by Fountaindawg, photos by Jim R. Bounds.

'Tried & True' Pledge Drive Winner

The Clay Aiken: Tried & True ~ LIVE! PBS Special, which kicked off in 30 markets coast to coast this past weekend, continues as a headliner for pledge drives throughout the country.

Dates and locations for PBS Special telecasts are available on message boards throughout Clay Cyberspace. Search the CANN PBS Database for an air date/location near you.

In most cases, the telecast coincides with the fall pledge drives of public television. Supporters are able to donate to their local station for a variety of thank-you gift packages: the Tried & True CD, Tried & True LIVE DVD, as well as premium Tried & True Tour tickets and M&G passes in areas where a February-March 2011 concert is scheduled.

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
Knoxville, TN - Feb. 17, Tennessee Theater
Homestead, 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
Cincinnati, OH - Mar 01, Taft Theatre
Minneapolis,MN - Mar 05, State Theater
Mesa, AZ - Mar 10, Mesa Arts Center
San Francisco - Mar 12 and/or 13

Other concert sites in play include Memphis, TN; Sarasota FL; Waukegan, IL; Ann Arbour, MI; St. Louis, MO; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; and Dallas/Grand Prairie, TX. Check back for updates.

The unofficial 2011 Tried & True Tour information has been gathered by various means -- PBS stations, Ticketmaster, announcements by the singer during Timeless Meet & Greets with fans this week.

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. An official tour announcement will be made at when all dates finalized.

Timeless Tour - 60s Medley
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Clearwater video by Scarlett

Clack Unlimited Needs Donations

The Clay Nation loves its "clack"; and for years, many have depended on Clack Unlimited as the main source for videos, audios, montages, etc., of the singer's performances and appearances.

Some videos, like Scarlett's Timeless Tour 60s Medley above, are uploaded to YouTube. However, much clack is only available through CU and a few message boards. Like everything else these days, it takes money to operate Clack Unlimited.

Below is a special message for CA fans who appreciate, frequent, and utilize the site:

This season there has been very heavy activity on the CU site with a lot of bandwidth being used. Obviously, there are still a great deal of fans out there who are enjoying the use of the site.

However, donations for Clack Unlimited have been very low this year. In order for us to continue providing this site, donations/subscriptions to support its costs have to be made.

Please visit
Clack Unlimited for information on how you can help support the site.

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!

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Visitors have arrived at this site from 153 countries. Many thnx for stopping by today! - Caro


Anonymous said...

I love watching these videos over and over. The voices are really much more powerful at the concert, along with the lights and music.

I sure hope people will give a donation to Clack Unlimited. I did a few weeks ago. We can't let anything happen to that site. It's a necessity. Lois

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the videos!! Sure looks like the concerts are a success for All! Thanks for your blogs! D. in Wi.

CCOL4HIM said...

Looks like I'll have to go out of town again fror Clay's next tour. I keep hoping for Chattanooga to be one of the cities on his tours- but at least he was on PBS here. Great post. Clay's a busy man-like it when he is busy as long as he's not too busy. Thanks for your comment on my Asheville review post.

T said...

Caro, another great blog. Thanks so much for the recaps and featuring the graphics. I'm so thankful that we still have Clay fans who give us the joy especially if we're not able to attend the concert.

The videos are hilarious and love the banters. They are just so funny. Clay and Ruben are just so perfect together.

Looking forward to your very interesting blogs. You keep me updated always. Appreciate that.

Have a wonderful week and watching out for more to come. Take care.


kta said...

Thank you for a great blog. I love seeing the clack and how much fun these concerts have been. Go Clay and Ruben, ya'll are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Oh My "Scarlett's" vedio's are awesome! Just makes me even more excited for the Lancaster Concert on Sunday....I can't wait!!!

All the graphic's are amazing, what talent we have here in the Fan Club.

I have to donate to clack unlimited, what would we do without it?

Thank You for another wonderful blog.

Keep Cool and have a great week.


musicfan said...

Thanks for all the wonderful information. You always include so much and it is great.

It seems Clay is everywhere these days. Between the tour, the PBS special and the Disney cartoon, Clay is getting great publicity.

I always love reading here. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog Caro,
I am so loving all the clack of the Timeless Tour. I can't seem to get enough, even more so since my very first concert in Reno! I was blown away by these four talented entertainers!! Clay and Ruben were on their game and didn't seem to miss a beat! Well maybe Clay did because of the rythumitis!! lol I got goosebumps when I heard Clay singing Mandy! And the M&G, was more than I could have wished for. I will never be able to out do my first Clay Aiken experience. I am now a big fan of Ruben, I was very impressed! And best of all they give great, warm and genuine hugs! lol

Thanks so much for the great blog!

Carolina Clay said...

Hello, all!

What a feast the Clay Nation is enjoying this summer!

Thank you for your comments in the Carolina blog. They not only add to the exciting atmostphere, but also provide "activity" and thus help a blog entry with placement on Google and other search engines.

Have a wonderful week!