5-6-05 :: ITINERARY UPDATE
The final itinerary for Clay’s summer tour is confirmed and posted in the tour section. No additional dates are expected
7/28/05 :: Tom River, NJ - Ritacco Center / Toms River High School
7/29/05 :: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
7/30/05 :: Darien Lake, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31/05 :: Pittsburgh, PA - Chevrolet Amphitheater
8/02/05 :: Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
8/03/05 :: Greenville, SC - Peace Concert Center
8/05/05 :: Cary, NC - Regency Park Amphitheater
8/06/05 :: Valdosta, GA - Wild Adventures Theme Park
8/08/05 :: Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts / The Filene Center
8/09/05 :: Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
8/10/05 :: Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest
8/12/05 :: Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook
8/13/05 :: Clio, MI - Clio Amphitheater
8/15/05 :: Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavillion for the Performing Arts
8/16/05 :: Toledo, OH - Zoo Amphitheater
8/18/05 :: Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds
8/19/05 :: Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center (Kresge Auditorium)
8/21/05 :: Meadville, PA - Crawford County Fair
8/23/05 :: Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza
8/24/05 :: Cleveland, OH - Scene Pavilion
8/25/05 :: Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheater
8/27/05 :: Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
8/28/05 :: Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavillion
8/29/05 :: Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley
8/31/05 :: Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
9/01/05 :: Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
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Friday, May 06, 2005
Clay will play the 16,000 seat Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Ontario on August 25, 2005. Tickets are to go on sale soon. Stay tuned to Ticketmaster Canada for the latest.
From the CB:
It is true! My sister gave me further information and told me Clay will be performing in August at the Molson Amphitheatre. I cut to the chase and phoned their hotline. It is true. The woman there confirmed it. She said she can't tell me the exact date because it hasn't been officially announced. But I asked her if it was definitely true and she said yes. Here's the Site. She said it won't be on there until it is officially announced, but soon. Call if you'd prefer your own confirmation.
Clay! Toronto! Molson Amphitheatre! *falls over*
I don't know any details, but a co-worker just told me about this (don't know where she got it) and I just called them and they said he was going to play there this summer and that it wasn't announced yet and that once it was announced they'd have more details... I asked her for a relative time frame of when he'd be there and she didn't know... my co-worker read August...
Clay went on The Insider and Entertainment Tongiht last night to defend Paul Abdul. Corey Clark, a contestant from season 2 alleges he had an intimate affair with Abdul. The story was broadcast on a special edition of Primetime Live which aired on ABC on Wednesday to the tunes of 13.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
It's official! Canada is the latest craze in the Clay Nation Rumor mill. Rumor has it Clay will be in Canada (Toronto and Montreal) in August!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
From the CB:
Yes indeedy (as he might say), that was ''American Idol'' star Clay Aiken -- avoiding all the current ''Idol''/Paula Abdul controversy -- at the opening night of Mary Zimmerman's acclaimed ''Silk'' at the Goodman Theatre.
According to reports, Clay's people are in talks with a Montreal venue.
Rene: Hi Clay
Clay: Hey Rene, how are you?
R: I’m good. I’m just curious what you make of all this?
C: It’s really quite difficult to really figure out what exactly anyone makes out of this at this point. It a shocker for a lot of us in the season have been hearing been hearing about a lot past week preparing ourselves for and last night kinda threw a lot of curveballs our way. And I think it’s hard to be able to grasp what we heard last night and to be able to you know come to accept it…
R: You actually lived in the AI house with Corey when you were in the top twelve tier Did you sense anything improper going between Corey Clark and Paula Abdul at the time?
C: Absolutely not I think that’s what’s really strange I think… a lot of the stuff we heard last night was circumstantial. We saw a lot of … I think A lot of it is hearsay
We couldn’t leave the house without checking out, we couldn’t come back in without checking back in I didn’t get to see my mama… It was a very secure situation and none of us would really have suspected this… For me I think hard its to believe at this point, I really … I have inside information guess. I know both parties involved. And it’s.. I’m biased in some ways. It’s kinda my nature to believe Paula who I know to be a nurturing and caring person… She was like that for everyone on the show. She was always the judge willing to give advice and willing to be supportive, and willing to be nurturing, I think that’s just in her nature.
R: questions the phone records, 111 and 153 minute phone calls… Did you get that sort of personal attention from any of the judges?
C: Well I don’t know that… Well I could highlight my phone bill,for you Rene… But I didn’t see any information that shows that prove was her phone number… I didn’t see anything at all… I can take you by her house, myself… I know where she lives. I know where all the judges live…
I guess part of it was circumstantial… The whole Sprint PCS story where the report said… employees of the Sprint PCS stories willing to say that Paula and Corey came in to buy came in to buy a phone. But we didn’t hear from that person. But really the people backing up the story we Corey’s personal friends and Corey’s family and I kinda… I don’t know the track record of .. I don’t think it’s gleaming
R: But what would you about the phone message What is Paula Abduls voice telling him not to say anything to the media. He hasn’t heard from her in 2 years and then out of the blue she calls and says I think that that something might be brewing, don’t say anything.” What do you think of that?
C: I do believe that was Paula's voice. I kinda think if I were in the situation and was reading…that you were writing a tell-all book about me, I wouldn't believe… I would kind of automatically assume that “Rene wouldn't do something like that. Let me call Rene and see what's going on.” I would assume they were making up a story or rumor about you.. yourself. So I think I would probably call up and say “Rene, what's going on?” I think that's what I heard last night, Paula calling Corey and saying, “What's going on? I imagine they're trying to stir something up."
R: If Clark's story turns out to be true, what should happen to Abdul?
C: It's kind of hard for me to speculate at that point. I believe Paula is an amazing asset to the show. I believe the show wouldn't be the same without her. So that's going to have to be my answer, because I kind of have a hard time believing it myself.
Clays facial ex-pressions also add to this interview. You could tell he wants to believe Paula, is mistrustful of Corey and suspicious of the reporting process. Remember, a person's career could be ruined, a person who Clay seems to trust and like.
It is something to be serious about. Anyone could dig up records, quotes, allege statements while showing a storefront and report and twist facts the most explosive possible. We are all innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately one's reputation can be ruined without proof, innuendo alone can ruin it.
In Clay's shoes I would trust my gut and the people I know until I saw proof to make me fell otherwise. He's a celebrity now, and in the back of his mind he must be thinking, what accusations could someone make about me, even though I've done nothing wrong?
Caps and Videos are currently down and will be made available as the links are posted.
From the CB:
I don't have much news yet about the taping only that he was not the only guest.... if you are a yankee's fan of Derek Jeter or watch desperate housewives and like the guy who plays the plumber it will be a double treat for you!
My coworker was chosen as the person who got to do the walk through for the preshow sound check. She got to go behind the scenes and said it was really cool.
She called into my office and left a message for me.....cause well she knows of my affection for Clay
HE DID SING LIVE she didn't say what he sang but thought it might be a song from his upcoming album.
She also said....WOW is he handsome...she said I had no idea how good looking he is and that television does not do him justice. She said Oh man Clay live is amazing!! Then she said WOW can that man belt out a note! Ha ha ha!!! You could just hear her excitement over seeing Clay
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
An ad (you can scroll down for it) has announced the name of Clay`s tour: THE JUKEBOX TOUR!
ABC Dishes Dirt on Fox's 'American Idol'
By JACQUES STEINBERG
Published: May 4, 2005 - New York Times.com
n a rare example of one television network's turning an investigative spotlight on the entertainment programming of a rival, ABC News released excerpts last night from an interview with a former contestant on the Fox show "American Idol" who contends he received intensive coaching during the competition from one of the show's three judges, Paula Abdul.
The former contestant, Corey Clark, who made it as far as the top 12 during the 2002-3 season of "Idol," has also told ABC that he had a romantic relationship with Ms. Abdul while a contestant.
He was disqualified from the program on April 1, 2003; producers said he failed to disclose that he had once been arrested and accused of assaulting a younger sister. He later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge.
To buttress Mr. Clark's claims against Ms. Abdul, ABC said that when it broadcasts the interview - during a one-hour prime-time special this evening - it will play answering machine messages it says were left for Mr. Clark by Ms. Abdul and will document several dozen telephone calls between them.
Among Mr. Clark's assertions are that Ms. Abdul assisted him in picking out songs he might sing - in one instance, he tells ABC, she suggested a song that might go over well with a fellow judge, Randy Jackson - and helped select what he would wear.
A lawyer for Ms. Abdul, Martin Singer, did not immediately return a telephone call last night seeking comment on the excerpts from the ABC interview. The excerpts were released by the network just before 6 p.m. - two hours before an installment of "Idol" was broadcast, live, on Fox.
In a statement, Fox said that neither it nor the program's producers were "notified or contacted by Mr. Clark, nor presented any evidence concerning his claims."
"We will, of course, look into any evidence of improper conduct that we receive," the network added. It then recommended that "the public carefully examine Mr. Clark's motives." ABC said that during Mr. Clark's appearance on "Primetime Live" he would discuss a coming album that contains a song about his experience with Ms. Abdul.
"Idol" is one of the most watched - and thus, most lucrative - shows on television. Earlier this year, the worldwide "Idol" franchise was sold for more than $160 million to a company controlled by Robert Sillerman, a media entrepreneur. "Idol" drew a combined 50 million viewers during two prime-time installments last week, ranking it second and third for the week, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Mr. Clark's assertions represent a threat to the show because they undercut a fundamental reason for its appeal: the notion that it offers a fair, level playing field. While producers insist that it is viewers voting by telephone who choose the winners and losers, judges like Ms. Abdul can, at the least, help make the case (or not) for a particular contestant.
"In the case of 'American Idol,' we've done a lot of research in how the fan culture operates and what people find engaging about the experience," said Stacey Lynn Koerner, executive vice president of Initiative, a media planning and buying firm that has purchased advertising time on the program. "The thing that fans say transcends everything is the concept of the real and genuine contest. If that genuine essence is at issue, it could be problematic."
Mr. Clark's accusations - versions of them have appeared in recent weeks in The New York Post, The Globe tabloid and elsewhere - have surfaced at a critical time for the program. The thousands of singers competing this season have been winnowed to five, and the winner is to be selected on May 24 and 25.
During its four years, "Idol" seems to have thrived on controversy. Its ratings have only seemed to grow, whether a contestant was disqualified for baring her breasts on the Internet (also in the second season) or a contestant quit for "personal" reasons that have yet to be disclosed (Mario Vazquez, earlier this year). In March, the producers broadcast a program that was redone after a graphics error disrupted the voting for some contestants.
The producers of "Idol," 19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media, have used contracts to discourage former contestants from discussing their backstage experiences. But now that "Idol" is wrapping up its fourth season, many of the contracts from earlier years have expired.
In a telephone interview, another finalist from the second season, Julia DeMato, said that she had seen no sign of any overt favoritism shown by Ms. Abdul to Mr. Clark. But Ms. DeMato, who was voted off the show by viewers on March 26, 2003, said that the preference shown by the producers for certain contestants was more subtle.
She said, for example, that the eventual winner and runner-up during the second season - Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken - received far more vocal coaching than she did and were given assistance with wardrobes and hairstyling that was not made available to her.
"It's very obvious behind the scenes who they gear their attention to," said Ms. DeMato, 26, who works as a singer and part-time hairstylist. "Certain people got more attention than others. Those people made it far. In that aspect, it wasn't equal."
"The stylist never styled me," she added. "Some people had custom-made outfits done. I never got that. It's not fair."Even before ABC released the excerpts from its interview with Mr. Clark, Ms. Abdul, a former pop singer, was the subject of increasingly critical chatter on the Web. "Idol" blogs have cited her on-screen playfulness with another judge, Simon Cowell, and her sometimes over-the-top endorsements of contestants.
In something of a rebuttal, Ms. Abdul, in a first-person article heralded on the May 2 cover of People magazine, described a two-decade battle with pain and with pain pills, which, she said, made her "loopy" - a battle, she said, she won only recently.
Those combing episodes of "Idol" to find her on-camera comments about Mr. Clark would find that she was effusive - though not especially more so than she has been about other contestants.
"You were on it, Corey," she told Mr. Clark on March 25, 2003, after he sang the song "Drift Away," during one of his last performances. "You're on it when you pick songs in that beautiful upper register. And you know what? It's really refreshing."
"You're on it tonight," she added. "And you're in good voice tonight."
As previously reported, Clay will be on Oprah`s special Dreams bus. Airs on May 10.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
ClayAikenTheIdealIdol.com has a FANTASTIC new article regarding the former AI2 Contestant Corey Clark- ABC Prime Time Live Story in comparison to our Clay. Read about it here.
BeaversOnIdol.com is pulling the plug on it's Idol radio this May 31st citing lack of support and expense problems.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Inspiraiken has broken off to it's own board, but is still part of the "Clayboard" in terms of TOUs, etc. It is now being moderated by elected members:
AngelInDisguise, 705jannie54, MagicalMusic and soapyjeans.
New CHANGES coming soon:
A CLAY FANSITE DIRECTORY
A forum where owners and staff of unofficial fansites can list them (similar to what is offered on Clay's Official Fan Club website).
A NEW CLAY STREET
Clay Street will be "renovated" to focus on current Clay news, major announcements, TV appearances, articles, thoughtful discussion/Op Ed posts, current voting threads, and everything a fan needs to be current on Clay happenings. A good analogy would be comparing the New Street to the Front Page of a newspaper.
A NEW CLAY CHATTER FORUM
All chatter-type threads, for example, Clay's socks, Clay's freckles, my gym teacher reminds me of Clay, 1000th posts, birthday threads, etc. will live in this new forum. The forum is sure to be lively and fun for those who enjoy this kind of posting. If any club-like threads should grow out of this new forum, they will be moved to Calling All Clayfans so that they may continue. Should there be any drought period, the moderators will decide if any OT threads can live on the Street for a limited time. This new Chatter forum will also include the Polls feature and the current Polls forum on The Clayboard will be closed.
The moderators will be diligent in separating Clay Street and Clay Chatter threads into these two forums, so please do not take offense at the moving of your thread! We believe this change is one that many members have been hoping for and one that we believe is best for the direction of the board and our ability to manage it for all of you who enjoy your Clay time here.
So, please keep an eye out for these changes. There is a possibility that The Street and News forums may have to be closed for a brief period of time for the renovation to take place. If that is the case, an interim forum will be opened so that folks have a place to gather. When the forums re-open, any relevant threads from the interim forum will be moved to their appropriate forum.
The Pittsburgh concert date has been changed to July 31 from August 2.
Found this hilarious flash movie... take a peek.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
From the CB:
FOX afilliate news, will be on Tuesday at 10 pm: "Candid Clay Speaks about American Idol accusations." I think I saw a flash of Clay, then Paula Abdul, then Craggle in his mesh shirt. I hope it's not about that. Honestly, i'm not sure what I think about this. I'm sure that if he's actually asked about the alleged sexual exploits, he'll side with Paula, as would I. But i'm not sure that I want him talking about this. It makes me leery that he might be involved in the ABC special. While i'll definitely watch that, IMO he's above all this.