Friday, August 06, 2010

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard at the American Music Theater

Sunday, August 8th will see Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard bring their 'Timeless' Tour to The American Music Theater in Lancaster PA. Performing together for the first time since American Idol, 2003, the two fabulous singers bring to the stage a Martin and Lewis-like show with a lot of singing and comedic bits. One doesn't get to see many shows like this anymore, but from what I've seen, they're not only talented, but funny as hell. If you see one of their concerts, be prepared to be entertained.

Here's an interview from the Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era by Jon Ferguson:

Seven years after squaring off against each other on the second season of "American Idol," Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are again sharing the same stage.

The two singers will bring their "Timeless" tour to the American Music Theatre Sunday night.

It's the first time they've toured together and Aiken says they'll be performing songs from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He says they have an 85-song set list to choose from.

"If people name two or three big songs from any one of those decades, chances are we're doing at least one of them," Aiken says from his tour bus while it travels through Wisconsin.

Aiken, 31, says he and Studdard, who won the "American Idol" competition that year, share the stage about 85 percent of the time during the show and do a lot of singing together.

"Occasionally, we'll take a break and let the other person sing a solo song so the other person can rest or wipe the sweat off his face," Aiken says.

The North Carolina native says he hasn't watched "American Idol" for the past five years, though he and Studdard remain friends and have always stayed in touch.

"Ruben and I have talked for several years actually about wanting to do something together," he says. "We hadn't performed together or sung together since we were on 'Idol.' It was something that we talked about wanting to do and kept putting it off because of his obligations, my obligations or just pure laziness. Finally, we decided to stop talking about it and just do it."

Though Studdard topped Aiken on "American Idol," Aiken has enjoyed more commercial success during their post--"Idol" careers.

Buoyed by enthusiastic fans called Claymates, Aiken's debut album, "Measure of a Man" (2003), went on to sell almost three millions copies.

He released a Christmas album the following year that sold over a million copies.

However, he hasn't been able to sustain those numbers and his 2008 album, "On My Way Here," sold about 150,000 copies.

His latest album, "Tried and True," was released in June and features popular songs like "Crying," "Moon River," "Misty," "Unchained Melody" (which he sang on "Idol") and "Suspicious Minds."

"These are songs that are so wonderfully written -- great standards, almost -- that it was easy for me to settle in with them," he says. "I've heard them my whole life."

Except for "Suspicious Minds," Aiken says he won't be singing songs from the album during his tour with Studdard. He says they agreed not to use the tour as an opportunity to promote their solo albums. (Studdard's fourth album, "Love Is," produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, was released in May 2009.)

Aiken says he will tour behind the album in the winter.

During his career, Aiken had been dogged by questions about his sexuality. Rumors persisted that he was gay, though Aiken for years denied it.

In 2008, Aiken disclosed in an interview with People magazine that he is gay.

"I think it's probably been relatively neutral," Aiken says when asked how the disclosure has affected his career. "Obviously, there were some people who weren't thrilled with it. But, at the same time, it allows me to be more comfortable with myself and be more open. It makes it easier to perform and I think people see that and gravitate toward it."

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard
Sun. 7 p.m. $55

American Music Theatre
2425 Lincoln Highway East

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Timeless Tour: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard

Competing on American Idol in 2003, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are touring this summer, going out together for 16 dates across the USA. The tour debuted last night in Asheville, NC at the Biltmore Estates.


In a previous statement Aiken said, "I couldn’t ask for a better tour mate. To be able to share the stage with him again is so exciting. He is such a talented artist. He inspires me daily and I think that respect and admiration will truly be reflected in our show."

Studdard added, "It is truly a blessing and an honor to be on the stage with my friend. The relationship that we have built over these past eight years will definitely translate into a great show for our fans. And I'm really looking forward to singing the timeless classics every night."

The duo will perform renditions of classic hits from the past five decades. Expect duets and special surprises.

Tour dates follow:

Jul-23 - Asheville, NC - Biltmore Estates
Jul-24 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
Jul-25 - Melbourne, FL - King Center For Arts
Jul-26 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jul-29 - Snoqualmie WA - Casino- Mountain View Plaza
Jul-31 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino
Aug-01 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
Aug-03 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Casino
Aug-05 - Windsor, ON - Caesar’s
Aug-06 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Institution Amphitheatre
Aug-07 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Foxwoods
Aug-08 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theater
Aug-10 - Hampton Beach, NH - HB Casino
Aug-11 - New York, NY - Hammerstein
Aug-12 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Casino
Aug-13 - Hammond, IN - Horseshoe
Aug-14 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Delicious Coleslaw

I know, this isn't about Clay....this time, but I have to brag. I made coleslaw for the very first time and it turned out delicious. It was spur-of-the-moment. I was food shopping and saw a container of raw coleslaw/cabbage already chopped and shredded for $.99. It's cheaper to chop my own, but with my ant problem, I'm taking the easy way out.

I went to, my favorite recipe site, well, that and, which helped me to lose 25 pounds. Anywho, I did a search on for coleslaw and a ton of recipes came up. I read about 10 of them, then decided to just go simple and make it with mayo (Helman's, of course), white wine vinegar, some basil-garlic seasoning, and some dill. OMG, delish!

When using that site, I like to read about 10 recipes, then just use what I think is good and in whatever quantity I think belongs.

What's for dinner tonight? Cheeseburger with no bun and coleslaw. Maybe a veggie, too.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Several Clay mentions today

From Billboard Chart Beat Thursdays:

FEAT OF CLAY: With "Tried & True" becoming his fifth top 10 on the Billboard 200 with a debut at No. 9, Clay Aiken passes Kelly Clarkson for most top 10s on the tally by an "American Idol" graduate.

Carrie Underwood ranks third among the Fox TV series' former finalists with three top 10 albums, followed by Daughtry's Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard, each with two top 10s.

Aiken first appeared on the Billboard 200 with "Measure of a Man," which spent its first two weeks at No. 1 in November 2003. He revisited the top tier with "Merry Christmas With Love" (No. 4, 2004), "A Thousand Different Ways" (No. 2, 2006) and "On My Way Here" (No. 4, 2008).

From on ranking American Idol Runners Up:
(1) Clay Aiken: (Season 2) Clay didn't need any bells and whistles or lighting effects to get to this spot in this list. With one of the most impeccable voices we've heard on the show, all he really had to do was sing. He still has the vocals that have really only been rivaled by David Cook in range and consistency. No one on this list can match the finesse and power of Clay Aiken's belting range, not even Adam and his constant falsetto. (Of course, we don't know if Clay can scream, but how much screaming do we really want to hear?)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Clay Aiken: Tried and True REview

From The

Clay Aiken Tried & True (Decca)
This is Clay's fifth studio album, and it features classic songs from '50s and '60s. The American Idol Season 2 runner-up does have a great ear for good melodic songs. To wit, Tried & True cuts like "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You," "Moon River," "Crying," Herman's Hermits' much-under-appreciateed "There's a Kind of Hush," "Suspicious Minds" and "Misty." Aiken also includes two songs he made his signatures on Idol: "Unchained Melody" and "Mack the Knife," which are the perfect vehicles for his soaring vocals. Congrats, Claynation, your idol will be out on the road with Ruben Stoddard this summer.

IN OTHER WORDS: Love his style or not, Clay's a great vocalist, and these terrific selections are right up his alley.

I really like it when reviewer(s) write about the voice without any pre-conceived notions or agendas. Good job, guys.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Clay Aiken: Tried and True

The first snippets of Clay's PBS Special are up on YouTube. Enjoy the voice.