One of the many lessons I have learned on my journey to Clay is that you are NEVER alone at Clay Aiken concert! I am relatively new to the internet fan base (was on the boards during and right after AI2, but that's another story) and had I known this fact, I would not be playing Clay concert catch up.
Clay Aiken fans are amazing - they are friendly and outgoing. They'll talk to you, sit with you, and share with you. They'll offer you rides and tickets to the next venue.
The first concert I went to was the 2006 Joyful not a Tour. I was lucky enough to be at the Merrillville concert with Clay fans from all over the country. My particular group included fans from Oregon, California and Illinois. Clay absolutely took my breath away. Not only was his voice amazing (I sat there with my mouth hanging open - the difference live versus recorded is something to behold) but he was SO FUNNY!! It was, without a doubt, the most enjoyable concert I had ever been to (and I'm not a big fan of Christmas music, so this is saying A LOT).
Other than THE NOTE, one of my favorite memories of this concert were all the fans sitting in the lobby after the show - uploading pictures and videos. Touching base with friends all over the internet (and all over the world). This was probably the concert that coined the phrase "he nailed it!" People were laughing, hugging and catching up. It a wonderful sight to behold and served to solidify my love of all things Clay. Any man who can generate that much excitement, who can attract so many caring individuals in one spot is someone very special.
Seven concerts and four Spamalots later, Clay is still taking my breath away and the people I have met through him continue to be the some of the most awesome individuals I have ever met. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful friends - some as close as the other side of town and others as far away as England and Australia. While I may never get the opportunity meet them all face-to-face, I consider them my family.
I have no video (youtube is under construction) but how about checking out these blogs?
Clay Aiken Ruminations
All That is Clay Aiken
Clay - the Man
Carolina On My Mind
(hey, look over to the right for some additional blogs - all worth the click - check them out!)
actually, we'll try this anyway - newest montage - Sacrificial Love - Casablanca - Clay Aiken *sigh*