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Uhhhhh, I've totally missed the concert cellcert... I was away all day and it just occurred to me that I was missing it. Couchie puts me in charge and this is what she gets.

I suck.

Sorry! Hope the concert was great!

Quick summary - Clay was cute. Clay was funny. Sing good, look pretty. The end. Hope that covers it. ;-)

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Hey Shelley I can post some reports from CH:

from CV, CB, via CH:

Got a call from MarLovesClay. Clay was wearing glasses for the meet and greet.

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It is starting. They are looking for a quarter.

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Looks really crowded, everyone's excited, the merchandise tables were packed and the weather is beautiful.

Roar just went up from crowd!

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Cellstream reports he's wearing glasses now, too.

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TTNA

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Says he looks very hot!

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He's twistin. They are having a blast. I can hear so clearly. Someone is screaming in my ear. Fabulous reception so far. He sounds like he is really having a blast and so is the audience.

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At the hop

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Rockin Robin

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Great Pretender!

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Now he's the great pretender pretending that I'm doin well...

Sure sounds like he's doing REALLY WELL tonight!

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oooh, he sounds very good!!!!!!!!

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Only You

holding out the "you"...everyone screaming for it

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Mr. Sandman

Says it looks packed, but she can't see the lawn, she is in 6th row!

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Lots of screaming on

That'll be the Day!

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He's on the Piano!!! GBOF!!!

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GBOF.....love those high notes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is one loud crowd...cellcerter said Clay is frisky tonight!

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He has just set them on fire. GBOF was so good.

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FRONT SECTION STANDING UP, BACK NOT SO MUCH

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Talking now

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Heee...said he got a maple leaf stuck in his eye while in Toronto .

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he is wearing glasses because he got maple leaf in his eyes while in Canada and is airing his eyes out..

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He is talking but what he is saying is hard to make out through the screaming. He says it is a fun fun show and he introed the fifties. Something about fun songs and hair bands in the eighties and nineties. He doesn't know what we were thinking then. He says we are gonna have a good time and now it is time for UM.

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microphone cord stuck under something..he yanked it out.......shoes on wrong feet.

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Introducing UM

Singng it now - so beautiful, so poignant!

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Clay sounds like he is in a great mood. Said something about just doing something for the first time in a while with out screwing it up...he thinks this will be a real good night. UM now...so beautiful.

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Unchained!

I think you can here a pin drop.

He did something that got the crowd going.

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OMG...that "neeeeeeeeed" was incredible!

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voice sounds great...doesn't sound sick...not sure why the glasses...

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That glory note just set them off. OMG!! He sounds so beautiful when he does this. Time for Clelvis ladies.

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Said, "Unfortunately for you, this next singer moved around alot on stage!" Elvis!

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LMT now...piano playing Clay...must be making faces...laughter. His voice sounds gorgeous tonight. I'm not hearing any strain, even with the soft notes on LMT.

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LMT...he sings this so tenderly...I just love how his voice has so much power but quietly...

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Here is goes. Hound Dog! Even sounds great on the phone. Oh yeah, he has the crowd going on this set. I can just hear those hip swings.

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Don't Be Cruel!

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don't step on his blue suede shoes (even if they are on the wrong feet!)

Baby it's just you I'm dreamin of

Since my baby left me....heartbreak hotel

DEEP voice on I'm so lonely I could cry

jailhouse rock! Can see that fist pump now.

Wise men say, only fools rush in

but I can't help fallin in love with you.

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Massive screaming at HH...Jailhouse Rock now...crowd yelling.

CHFILWY...deep voice Clay *dies*..."take my hand" *dies again

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Suspicious Minds

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SOME WHISTLING OR high pitched screaming...some moaning too...

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sounds like a super crowd...they are screaming for every song...

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Suspicious Minds...Elvis who?...this has just become such a Clay song for me

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60s intro...we all know what he is doing now...he is changing his clothes. I wanna help!

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He just burst through the clothes rack. He sounds so happy.

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Daydream Believer as Clay comes thru the clothes rack to lots of screams, crowd clapping along

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It's amazing to me how the sound and feeling changes so dramatically from SM to the 60s medley...so light and fun!

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Downtown

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Now he's doing "Can't Buy Me I just love the headshake he does here!

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Sugar sugar

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Happy together

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no giggling yet on SS...screams on SHT....something happened...

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Crowd just roared at something.

and again

I can't seem me lovin nobody but you for all my life.

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Lots of laughter from the audience during Happy Together. Quiana is "crying".

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Solitaire

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Solitaire, so rich and deep. Makes me cry. I think about LTS and his father. Makes me sad. He conveys the emotions in this song so well. Having trouble typing over here because I just thudded from the fifties and wow!!!!!!!!!!

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Mmmm...lots of low note Clay during Solitaire...very nice.

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OMG! The Glory Note! That man has some lungs on him! It was just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually got to type the whole thing before he was done!

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Solitaire sounds wonderful. Sounds lower...oh that Solitaire went down low....so did Sayinnnnn

And Soli-taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaairrrrrrrrrre goes on forever.....

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Crowd is whistling and screaming like mad!

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Where did our love go

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Talking about Motown, the Supremes, Temptations

Midnight Train to Georgia

crowd just roared so I guess Clay did a pip move

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EEEE! Pip Clay. I lurve me some Pip Clay...

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Can't hear Quiana as clear as I could hear Clay... Midnight Train to Georgia. Lots of screams, imagine that is when Clay is doing his PIP thing!

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Midnight Train to Georgia--- I love Quiana on this song better than IWALY, IMO.

My Girl ----Clay make this sounds soooooo sexy. Is it supposed to sound that way?

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The crowd is screaming at Clay's PIP moves

My Girl now

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My Girl! Carried out the "SO MUCH" and sounded fabulous!

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Tears of A Clown -- I love this one for some reason! Ever notice how well he changes his voice here to sound so much like the original??? He does that a lot this tour. So Cool!!

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can just see the way he sadly drags the mic offstage

Rescue Me

Jacob's hearing it through the grapevine.

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If the concert seems to be moving fast it might be because it HAS to be over by 10:30 due to a noise ordinance. Corabeth from CH reported this earlier today.

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Darlin reach out...reach out for me...I'll Be There to love and comfort you

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I'll Be There....

Gah...I really really love how he sings this song...just green eyed soul...

You so low....

Think

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LOTS OF CROWD SINGING!!!

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FREEDOM-ANGIE DOING HER THING! WOW!!!

TELLING ANGIE SHE'S NOT TOO BAD!!

LOOKIN FOR THE GUY

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Clay's talking now, turned on the house lights... whole lotta screaming!

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Very rare to see a lot of men in the audience.

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Talking about the guys drug to the show... If they don't come to the show, god knows what will happen to them but they'd rather be anywhere else... something about being there is a fate worse then death and they'd rather be watching soap operas

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Doing the search for the guy....people are volunteering others and he is raggin on the ones doing that!

Looking for a pip!

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Clay's starting the search in the audience for a reluctant man. Clay said the guys think "Clay Aiken? A fate worse than death..."

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back about 15 rows..found a local guy

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SAYING TO THE AUDIENCE--THAT NOTHING COULD BE WORSE THAN A CLAY AIKEN CONCERT-EVEN HE (CLAY) GETS SICK OF HIM!!!

WALKING ALL AROUND--TALKING, LOTS OF SCREAMING!

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Crowd is roaring over whatever was said.

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He's going way back into the audience.. found a man named Bob... talking to him and a woman his wife named Myrna.... they are laughing (of course) . He said he wanted to be there but Myrna said she dragged him... Clay asked him to "please his wife by dancing

Bob said No.

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DRAGGED HER HUSBAND THERE, GUY IS SHAKING HIS HEAD NOOOOO!!!

HE DOESN'T WANT TO GO, HE FINALLY AGREED!

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Ain't no mountain high enough

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Ain't no river wide enough to keep him from getting to her.

I can hear the crowd singing along!

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Intermission

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TRYING FOR GLASSES INFO-- WIRE RIMMED GLASSES!!!

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There's a Jumbotron.

Glasses---(rimless) looks like encyclopedia Brown.

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The venue is very full

Scarlett is there taking video

Tasapio there taking photos

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he's looking pretty

blamed Canada for having to wear his glasses -- lol

flapped his arms or something during Rockin' Robin -- ha

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Brandi said Clay was really hopped up during the Elvis medley, but subdued during the 60's medley.

She loves his stickie out ears with his glasses.

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"out of control" in 50s, 60s set--

more subdued for Motown . . rubbing his eyes

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randi says that Clay's voice sound fabulous tonight so far.

During Happy Together, Clay, Quiana, and Angela were being silly again but it was more subdued than some others.

Lots of men and young girls tonight in the audience.

Venue seems to be pretty full tonight. The exact number is "a lot."

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Starting again. Carwash

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Bob must have gone up...cellcert says the guy is an awesome sport! Hee Clay can be persuasive!

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BOB HAS ON AFRO WIG, 3 BOAS ON HIS NECK, WAVING TO HIS WIFE--SOUNDS LIKE HE'S HAVING A BLAST

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December 1963

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September! I love the little dance he does twirling around!!!

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Nights on Broadway

Too Much Heaven...

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TOO MUCH HEAVEN -NO GOOFING AROUND!

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I Feel the Earth Move

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Mandy

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He's sounds so beautiful. Wow. Croud is listening intently.

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I love Clay's version of this song.... so beautiful.... and he expresses such emotion...

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QUIET FOR MANDY -- THERE MAY BE HOPE FOR ICMYLM

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Mandy...

This is one of those songs that Clay has made me love against my better judgement...he just puts so much feeling into it...

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NEED YOU--OH GAWD--HELD FOREVER AND EVER, SCREAMING FROM CROWD

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Doing the 70s banter - asking for events of national importance in the 70s...

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ASKED FOR LIGHTS UP, HE SNEEZED 3 TIMES! I THINK THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!

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Important things happened in the 70's.

Making of the exorcist.

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lots of ineraction w audience....

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ASKING FOR WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE 70S

DUCT TAPE, WHAT IS THAT??

EXORCIST

DISCO

CARTER WAS PRESIDENT

WHEN I'M POINTING OVER HERE IT CAN'T POSSIBLY LOOK LIKE I'M POINTING OVER THERE!!!

OMC WAS BORN!!!

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Nice and snarky with the audience. Said "Hold On" at least once (I just love it when Clay says Hold On)... Onto BOTW!

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quite clear for Bridge...sounds fantastic...strong and pure tone...

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BOTW!

Stretched out "when friends" a bit. He seems really into it.

Ease your mind! Nice!

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Here we go....

Ease your miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind.....

Nails it.

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Good Lord!! The BOTW Glory Notes were fabulous!!!

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Felix on now

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WDC

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Fluffy piano music...

wild screams

Here comes Doves....

Clay sings the first verse so gently and restrained power...

some take it off screams...SHUSH!

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WDC beginning...ooooooo, Clay sounding really good...

some yelling from the audience "take it off"

moans at the low "satisfiieeeed"

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I hear nothing but screaming. He is out on the steps and in the robe. How can you leave me standing . . . taking a break to go listen to this one. Something about get him Angela. Take it off.

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DOING THIS VERY SLOW!

LOW NOTE!!!!

SCREEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

HOLY COW REALLY LONG!!!

WHEN DOVES CRY!!

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he's going after Quiana tonight for WDC.........

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And the Doves rev up....

*sigh* Cellcerter goes damm...hmmmmmmmmmmm

wild screams...

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woah...audience sure seems to be enjoying WDC...

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Sounds like the crowd is loving this WDC. Lots of screaming.

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i don't know what he's doing, but they're going crazy!!!!!!!!

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TOWARD QUIANA, DANCING WITH HER!!

OH MY QUIANA ACTION TONIGHT!!!

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girls making a CLAY SANDWICH

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DANCING WITH ANGIE!

ANGIE IN FRONT QUIANA IN BACK OF HIM!!

WAILING NOTE!!!

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MORE WAILING NOTE!!!

SCREAMS!!!! WOO-HOO!!!

QUIANA GAVE ANGIE A RUN FOR HER MONEY!! HEHE

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Fathhhhhhher tooo bold...

cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy goes on forever...

wild applause and whoas!!!!!

Maracas time...time to have some fun

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All night long

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something happened...wild screams happened....

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Never gonna give you up

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major screams for Rick Astley Clay!

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Alone...oh I want a full length version of this song....he gets so tender and then passionate....

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Alone...so awesome on this song...the power in his voice

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How do I get you alone? Sounds so pure and clear. Till now, always got by on my own . . . now I need Clay!!!!!!!!!!!

Rock with you . . . Jacob sounds like he is really feeding off the audience too.

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Jacob sounds better, hitting high notes...crowd cheering when he hits one

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There are a lot of screams during Rock with You...I have no idea why.

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Not sure if it was Quiana or Angela, but somebody was running their hands thru Clay's hair during Doves

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Sailing. Love his tone in this.

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Sailing sounds great tonight!

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an't touch this

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CTT spiel. The running man.

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Time for the nineties I think. There is screaming. We looked like this and danced like this in the nineties. I think she said the orange shirt on. Doing the typewriter and something else. Can't do that so I'll give you something you can do . . . wore stuff like this in the nineties, let overalls hang. Kid in school and thinking about seventies and wondering what they were thinking. Thought they looked good in the nineties. He just sat in the corner at the dances and served punch. He got an "aww" from the audience and he said, "Yeah aww, ain't it sad. I did." He says he can't slide, he will fall on his face. He is the boy in glasses. Wants them to tell him what to do so he can dance with them. Someone in the audience doing it I think and he said it looked more like a seizure.

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CTT-THE TYPEWRITER (???) THE RUNNING MAN, LAUGHING FROM AUDIENCE, TALKING ABOUT CLOTHES, MUST BE DANCING -AUDIENCE LAUGHING, TALKING ABOUT STANDING IN THE CORNER CAUSE HE COULDNT DO THE DANCES, JACOB IS STILL TRYING TO TEACH HIM.

HE'S AFRAID HE'LL FALL ON HIS FACE!

HE GOT WHATEVER THEY WERE TRYING TO DO!

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ANGIE DOING BLACK VELVET-- HOLDING LONG NOTE! GO ANGIE!!!

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EOTR

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End of the Road sounds awesome!

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Iris!

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IRIS

I just want you to know who I am.

Would that be...Ricky Martin?

somebody's Living La Vida Loca!

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e boy can sing anything!!!!!!!! love him on iris...now llvl!!!!!!!!!

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LLVL...wild screams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SCREAMING FOR LLVL-VOICE IS GREAT ON THIS!! THERE GOES THE VEST! FLYING ARMS--ALMOST WENT OVER BACKWARDS!!! WOO-HOO!

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Piano intro to ICMYLM...very quiet so far

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A few screams as the music starts

crowd seems pretty quiet now

Turn down the lights.

Wow just WOW.

This song slays me every time.

HIs voice is so soft caressing the words

total silence!

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ICMYLM -- SOUNDS WONDERFUL! ALL QUIET-- LOW 'ME'

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Well, sounds like Clay toned down his voice on this version. Or maybe not. Hee.

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ICMYLM.....i can't make you love me if you don't......very clear and gorgeous........i'll close my eyes and then i won't see........give me till then to give up this fight.......i can't make you love me.....here in the dark.....oh wow, this is the best ever.

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ICMYLM...extrodinarily beautiful...

audeince quiet....just beauty by song....

wild applause well deserved!

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crowd silent...voice absolutely soaring...oh my heavens...do I adore this man...best rendition yet..my G-d......

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Absolutely gorgeous!!

You could hear a pin drop....it gets better every night!

I'm a puddle!!

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wow, that was just brilliant...still haven't recovered...please please please let there be clack of ICMYLM!!!!!!!

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IWALY

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quiana workin on reviving me from ICMYLM....

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Band intro

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pimping albums and websites

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Sure wish I could make out the banter. Lots of laughing and screaming going on. Anyone else?

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TALKING ABOUT SOME ACTION FIGURES, WILLY WONKA??? THREW THEM INTO THE AUDIENCE!!!

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Huge, huge screams during the intro part about something.

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andy abad, baby girl in October

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About the piano, said something like he would never play the piano that well; took him a year and a half just to figure it out.

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introing the band and the singers. give these three another round of applause. something about taking look, not sure at what. He is turned around, please don't take a shot of my rear end. They loved it on their end. The crowd went bonkers when he said that. He said it wasn't that pretty. Says they cheer for anything.

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Saying something about not being able to dance and introduced Daniel.

Taking a really long time over band intros so he can't be feeling too pressed for time.

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He was eliciting major screams from the audience because of some teasing he was doing of the band members!

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talking to TERRY in the front row..not sure what all he is saying..but they are all laughin'

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very windy there and he's holding his shirt down..now singing to Terry

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ooohhh baby, its the way that.....they're laughing during the way.............

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CH cellcerter is going aaaaaw how cute for some reason...

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I think he must be singing to someone during The Way.

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WYSYLM said something about remembering the words....so far, so good..................

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Missed his cue again for WYSYLM.. singing now

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Talking about being here last year, this year and hopefully again. And hopefully will have a new album by then.

When Tears Run Dry now

sounds awesome already!!!!!!

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Tears....

Tenderly and gently...restrained passion...just GAH!!!!!

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OMG, I'm dead. His voice is so beautiful.

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singing the snot out of it

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Is it possible that he sounds even better tonight then last night??? AWESOME! I love this song!

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GO CLAY!!!!

GLORY NOTE!!!!!!!!!!

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Crowd is going bananas over "Tears Run Dry"....

Now "Back For More".... sounds awesome!!!

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Where do you go when tears run dry?

And the crowd goes WILD

Settles right down to sing along with Back For More.

Cause it's all over the radio!

Was it only a month ago tomorrow that we heard this for the very first time?

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audience clapping, singing...I need a third arm so I can wave it in the air...Man, this song ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cellstream: this was awesome, the whole place was pumping their fists.

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Going right into Invisible. Crowd is clapping along. They went wild after Back For More. Clay's voice is still so strong. Wild cheering after shirt tug.

Very enthusiastic crowd tonight. Thank you New Hampshire!!!

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Tugs on Invisible! Lots of crowd singing and screaming!

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AUDIENCE SINGING! YOUR TURN!!! LOUD SINGING!!! INVISIBLE TUG!

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crowd is loving this!

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New Hampshire concert, August 27, 2005

Many people told me after this show that he sounded sick, that his energy level was off. Me, I was thrilled by the entire show and did not notice any problems. I guess I’m easy.

couchie and I had 3 tickets between the two of us, so we decided to split the show. I sat for the first half in a seat that was 10th row center. Therefore, I got to see the pants up close (man, he is fine in them), and also got to see him even closer when he came two rows behind me for the husband bit.

Fonzie developed nearsightedness during his break, for Clay had his glasses on. It did make for a bit disconcerting 50’s and Elvis medley, but after that point, I didn’t care. Remember, I said I’m easy. I love the man in glasses. IMO, the Motown medley was especially good with him in the glasses, for, as someone suggested, the hat/glasses combo really did make him look a bit like Bear Bryant!

The vocal highlight for the first set, for me, is the Motown medley. Yes, it is true that Angela, Jacob and Quiana are spotlighted more in this medley…but when Clay sings, he wails. He’s got blue-eyed (or in his case, green-eyed) soul down cold. He could easily be a worthy successor to Darryl Hall.

What always strikes me about the first set is the fun he’s having. He really seems to enjoy the early stuff so much, and it comes through vocally. The 60’s medley – I rest my case.

For the second act, I sat in one of the side sections, 15th row, about 5 seats from the aisle. Totally different vantage point…but one that gave me some of the best looks at his face. You see, the jumbotrons in New Hampshire are HUGE, and that camera person just loved giving close-ups. Gah.

His lips loosen up considerably for this section of the show, and his chattiness was freakin’ hysterical that night. When he bent over to look at Andy Abad’s dolls, he surely must have known that most of the fandom was having heart palpations. And then, the look afterward – “you all should be ashamed of yourselves.” Hee. Then, later, when he introduced Maureen…I could tell he really wanted to say that Maureen screams for his butt too, but was trying to like crazy to keep himself in check. But, in the end (ha ha), he couldn’t resist. I think Maureen might have been a bit embarrassed, but Clay certainly wasn’t. He’s got to be eating this attention up.

The Terry banter was so sweet. I could tell that he just enjoyed having someone up front who would 1) just keep smiling and sweetly wave at him; and 2) not scream in his face if he met her later.

The highlight of the second set, for me, was twofold – September is the first. That’s always been my favorite EW&F song, and he sings that song with so much fun in his voice. Add to that the dance moves, and I’m in entertainment heaven. The other was my first hearing of Tears Run Dry. On first listen, it is definitely the best of the three ballads, IMO. It’s got a nice rock edge to it, but also a very good melody line. Me likey.

OK, so there’s a third highlight – BFM. I think I threw my shoulder out while I was pumping my fist in the air. That song just simply rocks, and I can’t wait to hear it on the radio, the radio, the radiooooooooooo!

All too soon, the concert was over. This tour is such an enjoyable romp through time. Clay has become a true natural on stage…not that he wasn’t before, but his confidence level is at a new high.

Thanks Clay.

P.S. I think couchie should tell her M&G story. Not that I didn’t hear it 50,000 times over the weekend *g*, but it’s her story to tell. EEEEEEEEEE!

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