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Concert Highlights


This is just a brief recap and may not mention everything. The Knoxville, Tennessee audience grew restless as it was 8:10 PM on Thursday evening and still no Clay. Then the lights go down except for the exits and the stage curtain has yet to be raised, as Clay enters singing theTheme From Love Story. The night was magically drawn back to the Big Band era as if Clay and the band have taken us, the audience, on a ride in a time machine back to the 50's and 60's. He even sang "Invisible" and some popular music songs of today in the big band style.
No cameras were allowed and bags were searched. I did get a rather bad picture of the Bijou marquee. You can't make out Clay's first name but the last name is a little bit legible>

My seat was in the left orchestra section on the 7th row (from the stage
)and the 7th seat and I got a seat on the 7th row from the stage on the right side in Asheville last July and further back in Knoxville during 2007. I loved it when Clay sat on the stage facing my side. He seemed to make sure that everyone on each side of the stage got to see him at some point in the program.

Minor Health Problems Threaten to Ruin the Trip


I had a bit of hypoglycemia (I'm a type 2 diabetic) before, during and after the show, even though I'd eaten dinner. I just thought I was getting woozy because I was seeing Clay live for the 3rd time: but I was prepared with some lemon drops. It wasn't a major episode. I just felt funny. The second day after the show, when my mother and I were in Pigeon Forge- I had problems with my sinuses. Still, the trip wasn't ruined.

Unchained Melody Highlights the Concert





When Clay hit some of the "glory notes" of "Unchained Melody", I felt chills and goosebumps up and down my spine. I don't know if anyone else in the audience did, but I know I felt it. You don't get that on a recording or on Youtube!


Mr. Aiken's History Lesson


Clay gives a brief history of the Bijou Theatre. I'd heard some of it through my mom, because my parents and my brother lived there when I was born and an infant. He tells us that the theater was once a whorehouse, a hospital, a place that showed adult(x-rated)films, that it once belonged to the Methodist church and that it had a ghost(and he looks over at Quiana). As Clay mentions the ghost bit, some of the lights in the theater flicker :D.


No "Rap" For Clay's "Who's Sorry Now?"


When Clay asked for a style for WSN after he sang it the TNT style, he asked the audience for different styles of music. At first, we raised our hands. Clay commented on how polite we were being and just asked us to blurt them out. I said "Rap" but he said no and that he couldn't do that, and chose "bossa nova" . Still, except for the bus lines, that's the closest I've gotten to an interaction with Clay in person. I don't know why I chose rap, it just popped in my mind. I guess I could blame it on mild hypoglycemia, LOL!


"Tried and True" Time Machine Moves On

The Knoxville audience was very responsive to Clay throughut the show. At the end, Clay mentioned each and every member of his band and crew, and he'd thanked the fans earlier in the show. After the finale, we yelled and clapped for an encore. Clay and the band came back. When Clay came in, he joked and said that he had thought that we were "well-behaved", but he'd changed his mind. He sang "In My Life" and sang "Solitaire" for the second time.
I didn't go to the bus lines for this Knoxville concert, but I did in 2007 at the other Knoxville concert.

Side Notes and Side Trips


I met a few of my fellow Claymates who I'd previously only met online. One was from the OFC- ClaysLilSusiQ. She offered an extra ticket that was closer, but it was only 2 rows over and I thank her anyway, A Facebook fiend and fellow Claymate ,Vie was seated just behind me at the concert
On the morning before and after the concert, I met some friends of the family from our church when we lived in Knoxville. One of them was my godmother. I imagine that they're glad that Clay stops in Knoxville and Asheville because that's been the only times that we've been to see them lately. It's sad that we don't make time to visit three hours away and I have also lived in another town that's about three hours south of here in Alabama. Still, I hope that Clay will have a concert in Chattanooga one day in the next few years.
While we were so close, My mom and I decided to spend 2 nights in Pigeon Forge. We didn't tour the replica of the Titanic, but took a few pictures outside of it. We ate out a few times and drove through the national park and went to Cherokee, NC. Although it was mostly unseasonably warm in Pigeon Forge for this time of year, there was snow in some of the park's higher altitudes. We saw a family with young boys from Florida who had never seen snow. They had a blast in a snowball fight. We didn't do too much Saturday night, as my sinuses were bothering me. That morning when we had breakfast at Hardee's , I saw a man who resembled Ray Stevens about a booth away from us. As much as I like Ray Stevens' comedy, I'd rather have been that close to Clay or someone who resembles him .I'd control my fangirly urges and I probably would have just waved politely or something if it had been him.I also saw a bus similar to Clay's between Knoxville and Chattanooga today(Sunday), but I knew that wasn't him. We cut through by the new Volkswagen plant on our way home. We'd not seen it since it was built.
A few random clickable pics from the Smokies:

Titanic

Pics of my mom and myself at Titanic. There's a little boy that we don't know, but he was wearing a captain's hat.

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From Smoky MTNS and Cades' Cove:

The picture inside a wood building is an old-timey blacksmith shop in Cades' Cove. I almost dropped my phone in the shed when I took the picture and it was padlocked.


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Never Too Much Claytime

I've already talked about plans with my mom to see Clay again! I've long wanted to attend the Champions Gala for the National Imclusion Project. I'm debating about whether to take a plane or my mom's car. We've been to the Outer Banks about 15-20 years ago. So if we drive, we might make it into a "vaClaytion" like we did this weekend. I've never flown in a plane before, except for a small one that circled the small town of McMinnville, TN. In addition, while I was in Pigeon Forge; I bought Clay's audiobook and the Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul at the Book Warehouse.






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"Puppy Love"



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Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day to; Clay , his family, and all of Team Clay, all my friends and family, and especially to my blog visitors!


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Puppy Bowl VII


I watched the Animal Planet Channel's Puppy Bowl for the first time, and thought it was way cuter and more fun than the Super Bowl! They take groups ("starting lineups") of pups who are up for adoption and put them in a room with a small football field with a water bowl-camera and a hamster camera , and a referee. Most of the time the pups play with each other than their footballs, but it's all in fun and to raise awareness for dog adoption. They got referee calls like; "unnecessary ruff ruff roughness" and "unpuppy like conduct" and were pulled out of the game. There were chicken cheerleaders, a kitty halftime show and dogs were tailgating in "campers". There were Subaru commercials that featured dogs "driving".   For more info, check out the link above.




Special Video
A special video featuring Clay and his pups and also features a young Donny Osmond
singing "Puppy Love". The video was made by littleaikenfan.











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Tried and True Live takes a Detour in Knoxville

Stage and orchestra-level seats at the Bijou T...Image via Wikipedia


 Clay Aiken's 2011 Tour is not stopping at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville as was originally announced,  but will be moved to a smaller venue at the Bijou Theatre( in Knoxville , there's also one here in Chattanooga. ) . If you're not familiar with the area the Bijou is about 2 blocks away from the Tennessee (it's still two blocks away if you are familiar with the area :D ). Today,  I received an email and a phone call, that alerted me to the change. I had been to the Tennessee before but not the Bijou.  
                       On the plus side, I will be getting an extra souvenir ticket and the new venue has a "..smaller, more intimate... " feel. On the minus side, it won't be the same venue as the last time that I was there-so I'll have to figure things out. Although I was born in Knoxville, I left before I was 2; so I don't know my way to and from many places; but my ride will(my Mom) .
                         I've got my hotel room booked, I'll get my new ticket soon, and then early next week I'll have my bag packed and ready to go. If you're going to the Knoxville concert, I'll see you there. Whether you are going to Knoxville or any of the other venues on the Tried and True Live tour, or are just going to be following via Clack and Youtube; have a fun tour














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Clay Aiken definitely has "the
Right Stuff "





to sing the Star Spangled Banner, and he did an excellent job
at the NHL All-Star Game last weekend! I have sung many songs in school and church choirs when I was younger; but the National Anthem is hard for myself and many others to sing. So, it's great to see Clay nail every note so well!



Tour Excitement Begins


        Many Claymates, including myself, are excited as Clay's Tried and True Live tour begins five nights from now in Miami, Florida. I lived in South Florida as a toddler, and if I were still there; I'd be going to a premiere concert of one of Clay's tours for the second time. I went to the premiere concert of the Timeless Tour in Asheville last summer, and will be going to the Knoxville concert at the Tennessee Theater. It will be my second time to see Clay there, third concert in all.
                  So, how about you? Are you going to see Clay during this tour, or are you going to be watching via Clack and Youtube


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