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    Thanks for the link eny, but I honestly hope that this is a friggin joke. I think all of America has had ENOUGH of William Hung. Just go away already. Your 15 minutes of fame are up :rolleyes :rolleyes
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    Hey, where's the post I left here early this morning?

    It had News info in it. If you are going to censor or delete a post, can't you at least repost the relevant information regarding upcoming appearances?

    Clay Aiken - CBS Early Show - Wednesday, July 7, 2004

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    As always we refer back to our FAQ . We cover currently running reality TV shows. As you well know Clay was contestant in a show that was over more than YEAR ago. Unfortunately that contestant had a following of deluded scary stalker fans that we finally rid ourselves of. ( thank you) The clay "people" that remain are normal and see him as a contestant on a long over reality show and nothing more.
    As you well know your post contained way more than just a simple Clay will be on a show. It was a rant .
    If you check closely all relevant non slathering Clay info stays - appearances - recording info. All other posts are removed. We delete all "why are you so mean to contestant XXX from show XXX" threads and posts in ANY forum simply because that is also covered in the FAQ. Please pm John or another mod if you have problem . Don't post in the forum.

    Thanks from the mod team

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    Clay Aiken, Part XII

    Quote Originally Posted by John
    Please keep this discussion limited to NEWS regarding Clay. The time for other discussion regarding him has loooooong passed.
    I gotcha ~ Eny. I will be more than happy to PM John.

    I've been off the board for a few months.

    However, in order to adhere to your stated policy and that also that which John has posted ... The moderators may wish to take a good look at the non-relevant posts on page 9. There are several that do nothing but compare Clay to Celine Dion - not news. And one about his sexuality - also not news.

    I understand and accept the policies of this board. However, I would like to see some consistency when it comes time to apply them.

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    This is an archived forum . Looooong Archived. A year archived. Unless someone complains we might not see them.

    If you go back you will see many many heartfelt requests in this thread and it's previous lives, to only post news etc. It's what gives Clays normal fans a bad name. The fan girlie psycho types that jump on any post and start raving their Clay is god stuff. Our non nutty members have made it clear they do not want to read through those type of posts, or to participate in that crap. We have made it clear we don't want that stuff on this board. Especially not over a year after the fact.

    Bluntly, this is such an old tired argument we don't think we should have to babysit it or repeat ourselves for the zillionth time. We just delete on sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eny
    The fan girlie psycho types that jump on any post and start raving their Clay is god stuff. Our non nutty members have made it clear they do not want to read through those type of posts, or to participate in that crap. We have made it clear we don't want that stuff on this board. Especially not over a year after the fact.
    Amen!!

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    Has anyone gone to a Clay concert yet this summer? If so, could you post a review of it. Thanks
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    Clay Concert Review

    http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/9140762.htm
    Posted on Tue, Jul. 13, 2004

    Note to Clay: Leave the U2 tunes alone

    By Walter Tunis

    CONTRIBUTING MUSIC CRITIC


    "You all shout like I can hear what you say," said a bemused Clay Aiken last
    night at Rupp Arena.

    Granted, the screams, cheers and overall jubilation of the largely female
    crowd was certainly an audience force for this American Idol celebrity to
    reckon with. But with a turnout of only 3,000 -- a figure that seemed
    smaller given that Rupp's full-house seating configuration was employed --
    Aiken easily held court over the crowd with a two-set, two-hour performance
    devoted to mostly cheery and calculated pop fare.

    On the plus side, Aiken performed as a capable if not terribly daring
    singer. His voice easily sailed up to the higher registers on This is the
    Night and cooled to ballad timbre for the comparatively hushed I Survived
    You. It was also refreshing to see an artist so obviously designed to meet
    the expectations of a teen pop audience play to all ages. At one point, an
    older patron was escorted onstage to dance with the singer during the
    radio-friendly pop of When You Say You Love Me.

    In essence, what you got from Aiken was what you have been seeing on TV in
    the past year: a likeable, politely unrefined pop personality with a
    wholesome voice, who doesn't fall back on cheesy choreography,
    video-friendly theatrics or, worse, lip-synching during a stage performance.

    But when Aiken ventured into deeper waters, there were problems. For
    example, who thought it was a good idea for him to open the concert with
    U2's Where the Streets Have No Name? The song boasts a social resonance way,
    way beyond the singer's grasp. A mid-show medley of James Taylor tunes,
    which included an overly stoic and stilted reading of Sweet Baby James,
    sounded equally out of place.

    The more appropriate cover tunes -- and there are loads of them -- steered
    to the safer pop-fabric framework Aiken updated on his 2003 album, Measure
    of a Man. Such jukebox fare included: Mr. Mister's Kyrie, Orleans' Still the
    One, Toto's Rosanna and an encore of Neil Sedaka's Solitaire. All come from
    a middle-of-the-road base that has become a clear comfort zone for the
    singer.

    In her second Lexington concert in as many months, opening act Cherie, a
    19-year-old French singer with a booming vocal command, used her self-titled
    debut album as the basis for a surprisingly comprehensive pop presentation.

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    Buena Vista Sponsoring Aiken Tour

    Buena Vista Sponsors Aken Tour

    Buena Vista Sponsoring Aiken Tour
    Sat Jul 10, 2004 05:15 PM ET
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    By Jill Kipnis
    LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - In what is believed to be the first deal of its kind, Buena Vista Home Entertainment is sponsoring Clay Aiken's debut headlining tour.

    The video distributor is underwriting the tour in conjunction with its Oct. 5 special-edition release of "Aladdin" on DVD.

    "Once we pull this off, there's no question that we may add sponsorships like this to our portfolio of DVD marketing strategies," says Gordon Ho, senior VP of marketing for Buena Vista.

    A major aspect of Buena Vista's title sponsorship revolves around the song "Proud of Your Boy." The tune was written by Academy Award winners Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman. The song -- which was the last collaboration between Ashman and Menken -- originally was slated for inclusion in "Aladdin." It was cut from the movie because of story-line changes.

    Each of Aiken's 50 summer dates will open with a video montage featuring bits of Aiken's rendition of "Proud of Your Boy," a song about a mother and son's relationship. The clip will also mention the DVD release.

    It will inform audiences about a donation by Buena Vista's charity arm, DisneyHand, to the singer's Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which provides services and financial assistance to disabled children. Buena Vista would not disclose the amount of the donation.

    The tour sponsorship evolved after Aiken agreed to perform the song for the DVD and took part in the Disney-sponsored American Teacher Awards.

    THE BIG IDEA

    "We said, 'There's a big idea here,"' Ho says. "We could promote the concert and the fact that Aiken is singing this song and the fact that these organizations help kids."

    In addition to using "Proud of Your Boy" in concert, Aiken's performance of the song will be featured as a music video extra on the "Aladdin" DVD.

    Ho says the company might include Aiken's "Proud of Your Boy" on a possible rerelease of the "Aladdin" soundtrack. He did not know if the song will be released as a single. Continued ...

    MORE

    According to Ho, other aspects of the Buena Vista/Aiken deal include advertising "Aladdin" on all Aiken tour marketing materials, including newspaper and TV ads, signs and fliers.
    "Aladdin" has not been available in any video format for 10 years. The new, two-disc DVD ($29.99) is part of Disney's platinum DVD line, which includes "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast."

    Aiken's tour opened July 8 in Grand Forks, N.D., and closes Oct. 18 in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. The shows support the artist's latest release on RCA, "Measure of a Man," which has sold 2.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Aiken, Aiken's manager and Aiken's tour promoter, AEG Live, declined to comment.

    Reuters/Billboard


    - Charlotte

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    Clay Aiken Tour. . . Roanoke, Virginia

    Clay Aiken Tour. . . Roanoke, Virginia



    Friday, July 23, 2004

    Geek appeal thrills Clay Aiken audience

    By Ralph Berrier Jr.
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    How can you not like Clay Aiken? He's the nerdy guy who got the homecoming queen, the physics geek who won the Nobel Prize, the skinny placekicker who booted the game-winning field goal.

    More than a year after playing second fiddle to Ruben Studdard on "American Idol," Aiken has emerged as the platinum-plated star. His rags-to-riches story has endeared him to millions of fans, and his friendly demeanor and work with special-needs children shows he has a good heart. The spiky-haired waif from North Carolina has a naturally huge voice, polished neither by voice teachers nor music school, and really belts out those middle-of-the-road pop ballads that TV fans apparently love.

    Yet the thing that sets Aiken, 25, apart from the rest of his soon-to-be-forgotten "Idol" classmates is his boyish exuberance and easygoing manner. You get the feeling that all this attention and success from the past year hasn't changed him that much. That's why he has ultimate crossover appeal, winning fans aged 8 to 80.

    So it's no wonder that a crowd of 5,000 loved every minute of Aiken's 110-minute show at the Roanoke Civic Center Wednesday night. At times, the proceedings seemed as geeky as he is, with silly dance contests and corny between-songs patter, but what else would an Aiken fan expect? He never seemed overwhelmed that thousands of people adore him, and he had fun with the crowd, whether ad libbing between songs or encouraging a little girl from Lynchburg to sing "This is the Night" onstage with him.

    Emerging from a portal in a two-story staircase, Aiken looked a little Harry Potter-ish in his glasses and red tie with striped shirt. He began with U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," the first of nearly a half-dozen cover songs he performed.

    The show was heavy with 1970s and '80s hits, many of which he hopefully won't be performing in future years (Clay, we really don't need to hear "Still the One" sung by ANYBODY). His choices of Toto's "Rosanna" and Mr. Mister's "Kyrie" bespeak his affection for the songs of his youth. The tribute to James Taylor, another North Carolina hero, was mostly an unnecessary showcase for his three back-up singers.

    His Christian upbringing was most evident on a couple of contemporary gospel songs, especially the high-concept "You Were There," during which he and his backup group dressed in angelic white.

    For the most part, his voice rises above the material. Although he sings every song pretty much at full-throated, talent-show volume, he does it without the egomaniacal bombast that affects many big-voiced pop singers (think Michael Bolton). Standouts from his platinum-selling "Measure of a Man" album included "This is the Night" and the show-closing "Solitaire," but much of that album consists of harmless mainstream radio pop. One expects that as Aiken's career runs long-term, he will tackle much more substantial material.

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