Sunday, August 15, 2010

Clay Aiken-Ruben Studdard Finale Regales Crowd

Clay, Ruben, & Co. close Timeless Tour with 'Time of My Life.'
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'Time of My Life'

Finale Sums Up Timeless Tour

Just as they did every night, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, & Company closed Saturday's final Timeless Tour concert in Biloxi, MS, with the "Time of My Life," summing up the two-hour experience for performers and concert goers alike.

Final shows are almost always an emotionally charged convergence of giddiness, sadness that the three-week summer run is over, plus a dash of relief that respite is just around the corner. While musicians no doubt headed to the nearest cave to catch up on much-needed sleep, fans are still reliving favorite moments from the 17 concerts through video/photo clack.

The gags and antics usually reserved for final performances were almost nonexistent in Biloxi, bowing to the bigger surprise in the early arrival of Eric Duboise's baby, putting the sub for the lead guitarist on a fast track to learn the 85-song show.

As a music teacher with several students taking fledgling steps in composition, I was most interested in the duo's search for a theme song. Clay first brought up the subject in Verona, NY, and the improv was added to the stool banter in the last three shows.

Duo Searches for Theme Song

At each show, Ruben accepted Clay's challenge and improvised three different theme songs in a variety of styles: "Yin & Yang" a la bluegrass in Verona, "It's About Damn Time" Reggae style in Hammond, and an operatic "Spaghetti and Meatball" rendition in Biloxi.

Below are videos by Scarlett and toni7babe that replay the improvisation segments. The first and third also include the stool banter.

Song search begins with 'Yin & Yang' at Verona, NY, show.
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Reggae-style theme song improvised at Hammond, IN, show.
View video by toni7babe full screen at

Search yields operatic 'Spaghetti & Meatball' in Biloxi, MS.
View video by Scarlett full screen at

Clack Sites Rewind Tour Treasures

If you are a Clay Aiken or Ruben Studdard fan, you know the websites to visit for downloading and viewing Timeless Tour clack. If not, bookmark Clack Unlimited (where donations are encouraged) and YouTube.

Below are two YouTube Channels loaded with videos from the 17 Timeless Tour shows. Hopefully, there will be more before this blog cycle ends.

Toni7babe YouTube Channel
Wowzers4Clay (Videos by Scarlett)

The Timeless Tour set list provides a map for clack "treasure hunts." Have fun!

Timeless Tour Set List

Ruben and Clay: Flying Without Wings/This Is The Night mash-up

Clay: Suspicious Minds
Ruben: Bring It On Home To Me

60s Medley: In The Midnight Hour ... Up On The Roof ... Someday We'll Be Together ... Goin' Out Of My Head ... Can’t Hurry Love ... Happy Together ...Can’t Help Myself ... Cryin’ ... Soul Man ... Wouldn’t It Be Nice ... Shotgun ... Sugar, Sugar ... Just One Look ... Harper Valley PTA ... Ain’t To Proud To Beg ... Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Casey/Quiana: Natural Woman
Clay: Still the One
Ruben: Mercy Me

70s Medley: Night Fever ... Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now ... Oh, What a Night (1963) ... Oh Girl ... On The Radio ... Turn The Beat Around ... Sex Machine (Get on Up) ... Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ... More Than A Feeling ... September

Clay: Mandy
Ruben: Superstar
Quiana: I’m Every Woman

Ruben: Baby, Stay With Me Tonight?

Revival Skit

Clay: When I See You Smile

80s Medley: Eye Of The Tiger ... Rhythm Of The Night ... Glory Of Love ... Shout ... Africa ... Can’t Fight This Feeling ... Through The Fire ... All Night Long ... If This Is It ... Alone ... Caribbean Queen ... Nothing's Gonna Stop Us ... Footloose

Ruben: Everything I Do, I Do For You

90s Medley: This Is How We Do It ... Poison ... Achy Breaky Heart ... The Right Stuff ... Mmm...Bop ... End Of The Road ... I Swear ... I Want It That Way ... Remember The Time ... You Oughta Know ... Jump Around ... Baby Got Back ... Livin La Vida Loca ... One Sweet Day

Clay and Ruben: I’ve Had The Time Of My Life

These clickable photos from the Biloxi concert were shot by Invisble926:

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!


Thank you for your blog comments and props for the contributing artists. To leave a remark, scroll to the bottom of that section, click on the "Post a Comment" link, and write in the box provided. Many thnx for stopping by today! - Caro


fgs said...

Great concert. Thank you to Clay, Ruben, Casey, Quiana and the wonderful band. Thanks for this great blog summarizing the tour. Love the theme song videos, now we just need a show!

kta said...

I'm sorry the Timeless tour is over it's been so much fun seeing all the clack. At least we can all look forward to the Tried and True Tour next :)

Cindy said...

Another Summer of Clay (aka Summer of Cluben) winds down. I honestly can say I had the time(s) of my life. Three for three!

Thank you SO much Clay & Ruben, Quiana, Casey and the band - you folks seriously rock my world.

Thank you to all the fans who captured the magic in photos and video - to be able to relive these moments with the click of a mouse is indeed a gift and I treasure it.

And thank you, Caro, for bringing it all together in one place and chronicling this amazing tour for posterity. Muahhhhhh.

MissSally said...

Thank you, Caro, for faithfully reporting this amazing tour.

I so hope Clay & Ruben do this again!

chel4clay said...

Caro this is a treasure trove of info you've put together to help us find clack for Cluben timeless tour. I hate that it has ended, it has been so much fun. Thank you to everyone that captured these moments for us and mostly to Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Quiana Parlor & Casey Thompson for doing this tour.

hyoeun said...

Caro, I always thank you for your blog. I only attended one concert but feel like attended whole concerts. I can't believe Timeless Tour ended but gladly wait for the next TnT tour. I'm sure at that time, there will be your great postings too. :)

Anonymous said...

Oooh, so sad. It's really over with. I have to admit that it was one of my favorite Clay concerts. Thank you for all of your many blogs during the whole thing. It's nice to know that I can visit your past blogs anytime I want to relive the excitement. It was a wonderful summer. Lois

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

THANK YOU....Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Quiana Parlor & Casey Thompson.

and THANK YOU....Caro, for always keeping us up to date.

Let's keep our fingers and toes crossed that there is another Clay Aiken/Ruben Studdard, T & T Concert in the near future. It has been a wonderful summer!


CCOL4HIM said...

I'm sorry to see the tour end, but at least we know that Clay is touring again in 2011. Great wrap-up of the last concert of the tour! Those guys would have been great on Whose Line Is It Anyway? . Take care and God bless. Love always, Cynthia

Carolina Clay said...


Thank you all for your kind comments about this blog entry. Many thnx to the videographers and photographers who make it possible for fans to enjoy concerts many times over.

Have a wonderful week, all!


Anonymous said...

Loved those concerts and thankful for clack! And thankful for Caro to keep Us straightened out on all info!! Nice and fun time for ALL! Clay ROCKS! Loved it all! D. in Wi.

SueReu said...

What a great great GREAT TOUR! I'm looking forward to Winter 2011, but I'm sure hoping we get Timeless Part Deux - Clay, Ruben and the gang were absolutely THE BEST!

Thanks for the summary, it truly was the time of my life.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful blogs Caro. I love them and I adore the wonderful youtubes. Just like being at the concerts. xoxox


musicfan said...

Caro....WOW....this blog is a great place to get so much info. It will take me a long time to enjoy all that you have given us here.

The Timeless Tour was amazing and I love that Clay is relaxed about the "Clack."

Thank you for this great site. I always leave with a smile!

IamMesmerized said...

Thanks Caro for a wonderful blog and videos. Gave me a chance to watch the three in succession ... can't decide which I like best! They were all fun.

Also, a great big thank you for the set list which should be of great assistance in putting together a DVD of this tour so I can relive it over and over.

Anonymous said...

Awww! So sorry this tour is over. It was hilarious...I haven't laughed this much in ages. I used to watch "Whose Line Is This" faithfully, and Clay and Ruben would have no problem doing a show like that. Thank you for all the information on where to find all these delicious video's. I have been watching them for days.

katy said...

Thanks, Caro,for the set list and the videos from the tour. How fun it has been for Clay Aiken and Ruben to tour together.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Caro, for these great clips of the theme song improvs. What fun these guys are together! I love the way Ruben rises to the challenge! I'm hoping for a reunion of this duo in the not too distant future. In the meantime there's Tried & True (I hope here on the West Coast).