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    Quote Originally Posted by Jexter;2247258;
    I agree with both sentiments. I think he's gay and I think he chooses to keep quiet to retain a media buzz. Truthfully, I could care less about either. If he's gay, he's gay. No big deal. If he doesn't speak about his sexuality to drive media attention, more power to him. Shows he's media savvy and can keep his name in the spotlight (although for some very unfortunate reasons).
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    It's sad, really. You work on your music, do concerts, help establish and run a charitable organization, and travel to devastated areas of the world to work as a UNICEF ambassador for education, and most of the media are more intested in speculating about your private sex life or proclivities or spreading unsubstantiated gossip that could very well have been fabricated by your enemies. I don't think celebs like Ricky Martin, Clay, Tom Cruise, and others refuse to talk about "gay" rumors as a tactic to get their names in the paper. That's the entertainment media's agenda. I have no doubt that most "public figures" would far rather have the spotlight on their achievements and on the work they really care about.

    Speaking of "answering" the tabloid allegations, check this out:

    http://www.postchronicle.com/news/or...21263637.shtml

    Clay Aiken To Get Back At Tabloids With 'Build-Your-Own-Scandal'
    By Toshiba Reynolds, 2-12-07



    Clay Aiken has had just about enough of the gossip rags. [He] is reportedly so incensed about what he says are fabricated tales and photos involving his sex life that he's invited his 'Claymates' to do a little creative writing about him.

    "It seems over the past few weeks, the tabloids and gossip mongers have had their hands full coming up with new and exciting 'scandals' for me to be a part of. Yet, for all of their efforts to be on the 'cutting edge' and the forefront of bull---- journalism, it seems that some of them may be running out of ideas and resorting to recycling and re-hashing some of their older tall tales," Aiken recently wrote on his blog. "With this in mind, we thought maybe we would try to give them a finger... er... a hand."

    The "Invisible" singer has invited fans to "Build-Your-Own-Scandal." Aiken explains: "Come up with the most outlandish story you can that places me (either alone or with others close to me) in a really juicy, tawdry, scandalous, shameful story. Then, use any photos, videos, audio clips of me that you can find along with your favorite multimedia enhancing/'doctoring' program (like a Photoshop or a sound/video editor) to create your 'evidence'! Maybe you have 'pictures' of me being 'abducted by oversized turnips' or 'video' of me 'dancing with a three-legged gorilla.' Be creative!"

    Aiken is obviously hurting from the negative press and this is an obvious attempt to deflect some of it.


    Not only do I think this is a perfect way to fight back, but I think the last sentence is right on. Tabloid smears may enhance the career of someone like Paris Hilton, (the late) Anna Nicole Smith, or even Britney Spears, but for someone who really doesn't crave the limelight "offstage" and with a primary goal of making a positive difference and using his/her celebrity to be a wholesome role model for kids, having tabloids continually trying to attach the word "scandal" to your name is about as welcome as it is to someone running for political office.

    I can't wait to see what some of the really creative fans come up with!


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    BTW, it's been confirmed that Clay will be doing a whole series of these summer concerts, and the venues and dates are being announced as they are confirmed.

    "A Thousand Days" has been charting between #28 and #36 on AC charts, per Mediabase and Billboard, but Billboard no longer tracks AC airplay beyond the top 30. This week ATD was #36 on Mediabase. But some fans have been told by DJs that there is a "Hold" on the song right now.
    In other words, they are being directed from somewhere on high NOT to play the song.
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    I loved that blog!! his best one yet...he was saying that he was fed up, and he was fighting back. I think that he is working on taking his life back, and I cant wait to see it!!

    SUMMER TOUR!!!!!
    Clay Aiken "when everyones working on it change isnt impossible, its inevetible"

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    Here's Clay with Stephen Curtis Chapman's sons' band:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/10...yk/sccband.jpg
    (From the looks of it, the two on the left are SCC's sons.)

    And here's a short clip from Clay's recent onstage performance of The Great Adventure with SCC:

    The clip is short and starts beforeClay comes on stage. You can hear the crowd's reaction when Clay is introduced and first walks out onstage.
    Clay & Stephen Curtis Chapman, The Great Adventure
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    eeeh!! I saw it and it was amazing!! that

    "this is what we were creaaaated foooor" is amazing!! Cant wait to see him this summer, crossing my fingers for a local date!
    Clay Aiken "when everyones working on it change isnt impossible, its inevetible"

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    clay blogged at his official fanclub, if your a member you can read it...if your not a member than you better sign up he just told a lot about what he has been up to, and mentioned that there will for sure be a summer tour (which we knew hehe) he also started a thread on the message board!! it said "OHMYGAWD He blogged..he's alive and HE BLOGGED" it was very cute. I think thats what sets Clay apart and shows us that he is in fact down to earth, he blogs often, he has come into his official fanclub chatroom twice, once surprising about 8 girls that were in there late at night, he made sure to tell them to tell the message boards that he loves us, and he appreciates us, and he doesnt know what he would do without us. He is really appreciative of all his fans.

    Confirmed by venue tour stops:
    Texas: Nokia July 7
    San Diego: August 2
    New York: July 20

    maybe's:
    Omaha: quest center(maybe second leg)

    working on it:
    Chicago
    michigan


    thats all I know, probably signing the final papers so that he can announce the rest of them to us!!
    Clay Aiken "when everyones working on it change isnt impossible, its inevetible"

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    I read today that Clay plans about 20 concerts for this summer. About 8 of the dates and venues have been announced so far.

    Glad San Diego is one of them!

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    this is what we have so far..more to be announced

    An Evening With Clay Aiken
    07/07/07 Dallas, TX, US Nokia Amphitheatre
    07/17/07 Philadelphia, PA, US Mann Center for the Performing Arts
    07/19/07 Rochester, NY, US Constellation Performing Arts Center
    07/20/07 Chautauqua, NY, US Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
    07/21/07 Columbus, OH, US Chemical Abstract Service
    08/02/07 San Diego, CA, US Embarcadero Marina Park South
    08/03/07 Pala, CA, US Pala Casino Starlight
    08/04/07 Los Angeles, CA, US Greek Theatre
    08/10/07 Cary, NC, US Koka Booth Amphitheater
    08/11/07 Asheville, NC, US Biltmore Estates
    08/15/07 Atlanta, GA, US Chastain Park Amphitheater
    08/18/07 West Palm Beach, FL, US Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

    IM GOING TO LA, San Diego and Pala!!
    Clay Aiken "when everyones working on it change isnt impossible, its inevetible"

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    Still waiting for Clay to come back to the NW. Calif. works for me sometimes but not in August.

    I think there are 8 more venues to be announced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srs_in_Oregon;2282200;
    08/02/07 San Diego, CA, US Embarcadero Marina Park South
    08/03/07 Pala, CA, US Pala Casino Starlight
    08/04/07 Los Angeles, CA, US Greek Theatre
    I live in Southern California, but will probably be in Northern California at this time. Rats!

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    I'm hoping to get good seats at the Greek Theatre.

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