Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Word Is Out: Aiken-Studdard Show Loads of Fun!

Ruben and Clay open Timeless Tour show in Lancaster, PA.
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Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard & Co.

Shows Generate Ticket Sales

The word is out -- the Timeless Tour show of Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard is a two-hour song and comedy fest not to be missed.

In addition to promotional stories by local media, positive reviews spread by excited concert goers has last-minute ticket buyers hitting box offices right up until show times.

The Portsmouth Sinfonia, musicians playing instruments completely unfamiliar to them, produce the hilarious rendition of "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss in the Timeless Tour opener. Check them out at YouTube.

All instrumental music majors are required to take classes in the various orchestral families. A woodwind specialist, I sounded just like the Portsmouth trumpeters in brass class. However, I could wail on French Horn and trombone in my college days. *g*

Review: 'Good Music, Talent Timeless'

Anne Marie Coar's review of the Timeless Tour performance at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA, is spot on. Here are excerpts of her article at Suite 101:

The approximately two-hour long Timeless Tour was as much about entertainment and the rapport between two former American Idol "rivals," Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, as it was about the music, which spanned the past 60 years.

Before the show began, a sinister-voiced announcer dramatically and humorously retold the moments leading up to the final 2003 showdown between Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.

American Idol winner Studdard then took the stage and began singing his coronation song and first single, "Flying Without Wings." Midway through, Aiken appeared from the wings and launched into "This is the Night."

The pair, amid microphone grabs and playful shoves, switched back and forth between the two songs, amid cheers from the packed audience at Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s American Music Theatre. [snip]

Aiken and Studdard returned to the stage for an encore performance of "Time of My Life." As the pair’s powerful vocals filled the theatre for one last time that night, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard proved good music is not the only thing that is timeless. Talent is too.

The tour's final five shows begin with tonight's 8 p.m. performance at the Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, NH. Other concerts include:

Aug-11 - New York, NY - The Hammestein, 8 pm
Aug-12 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Casino, 8 pm
Aug-13 - Hammond, IN - Horseshoe Casino, 7:30 pm
Aug-14 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage, 8 pm

Clay's 'Still the One' solo spotlights swinging band in Lancaster.
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Verona Promotes Timeless Show

Promo for Thursday's 8 p.m. Verona concert -- Variety Show at Turning Point -- features a phone interview with Clay before the show in Snoqualmie, WA. Below are excerpts from the story at Syracuse.com:

The last time Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard most famously shared a stage together, the big guy with the soulful voice won the season two “American Idol” title and the thin man with the pop chops was named runner-up.

Aiken and Studdard have remained good friends since that night in 2003 when Studdard narrowly earned more votes than Aiken out of the 24 million cast by viewers of the Fox TV show.

Many times when they talked, Aiken says during a phone interview before a show in Snoqualmie, Wash., they spoke of a common desire to go out on tour together.

Finally, they made it happen.

You can read the entire article here. Another interview with Clay, complete with audio, is available at Fox All Access: Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard Tak a Summer Vacation Together.

The clickable collection below capture moments from the Lancaster, PA, and Windsor, Ontario, shows. Visual artists represented include Irishbookgal, 1, 2, 4; Fountaindawg graphic with photos by nickiwicki, 3; and amazedinnj, 5.

Hammond Venue Anticipates Tour

In Idols bring Timeless tunes to fans, the advance story for Northwest Indiana, Ruben's interview gets the word out about Friday's 7:30 p.m. concert at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino:

It's fitting that Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard share a concert stage.

After all, they were the last two battling it out during 2003's "American Idol" finale. Studdard took top honors, and Aiken ranked second. [snip]

These days, Aiken and Studdard aren't competing for praise and votes. They've united on stage for their Timeless summer tour. Their show touches down Friday at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino.

"We're having a great time doing the show," said Ruben Studdard, during a recent telephone interview. "It's not often you get the chance to go on the road with someone who is your friend."

The singers will be performing standards as well as renditions of classic pop hits made famous through the decades. [snip]

Feedback on the show has been positive.

"The audiences are having a great time. The fans are loving it," he added.

The entire article can be read here.

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


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Awwwwwwwwwww. the memories, what a great show!! What a great Blog as always. Thank You for shareing your wonderful talents.

Have a great day.......


Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing the opening of the show from Lancaster. I think that it's my favorite part of the whole show. I love to hear the applause when Clay first makes his appearance. I know the Claymates are alive and well. Lois

Anonymous said...

They sure are cute together for sure!! Thanks for videos ,blog, love them!!!!!! So fun to see Clay doing ! What he does BEST!!!! D. in Wi.

SueReu said...

Thanks Caro - I would love to read the entire review, the the link isn't working for me?

Thanks for the recap

Have a wonderful rest of your week

Carolina Clay said...

Sorry about that -- the Lancaster review link works now!


kta said...

Thank you for blogging and sharing all the fun with those of us who can't go so we feel like we're there. But I'll get to see Clay in March! Yay!

Carolina Clay said...


Thank you for your comments in this blog entry.

Marlyne, so glad to help you relive the Lancaster concert -- with Scarlett's help!

Lois, I love the opener and learned about the musicians playing the fanfare after the blog went up. LOL, that never stops me from updating during a three-day cycle.

Donna, Clay and Ruben are definitely an entertaining pair that seem to have as much fun as the audience. Maybe even more!

SueReu, I discovered the broken link about the same time you did. Glad you were able to read the review.

kta, I'm in the same boat as you are. No live shows for me this time, but the clack sure does help.

Have a great week, all!


Sandy said...

This was the very first time that I watched the opening segment of this concert and loved every minute! These two are just hilarious!
I've noticed as the tour progresses, it is getting more and more favourable reviews. Let's keep our fingers crossed that NYC shows them the love tonight!
One more sleep for me! WOO HOO!

Thanks Caro for this wonderful blog!


Carolina Clay said...


Great to hear from you! The opener is receiving lots of appreciation. Many thnx to Scarlett for this video.

Have an awesome week and concert. Looking forward to your recap!