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12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« on: November 03, 2012, 11:09:49 AM »
Wild Horse Pass Casino (Chandler, AZ)  December 20th, 2012

Venue: Wild Horse Pass Casino
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Venue website: http://www.wingilariver.com/index.php/wild...tainment-events
Venue Capacity: 1400
Address: 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone: 1-800-946-4452
Seating Chart: see website http://www.wingilariver.com/index.php/wild...tainment-events
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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 07:36:49 AM »
Clay Aiken on Christmas, American Idol, and Donald Trump


At one point during our early morning interview, singer and performer Clay Aiken yawned.

It was a deep, expressive yawn. He did not ask to be excused, but he didn't need to: Aiken is among the most affable, pleasant, and charming interviews I've ever enjoyed. Plus, the guy has every reason to be worn out. The former "American Idol" has been making his way across the nation on his "Joyful Noise 2012" tour, belting out selections and standards from his Christmas recordings, Merry Christmas with Love and All Is Well: Songs for Christmas. It's a lot of work, and Aiken notes: "This is my fifth year doing it, and if we count all the times that I've done this show you're up into the hundreds, you know?"

With his upcoming tour stop at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler approaching, Aiken took some time to discuss Christmas music, 30 Rock, Donald Trump (Aiken competed on Celebrity Apprentice this year), and the season a "big black guy from Alabama and a skinny gay weirdo from North Carolina" wooed America on American Idol.

Up on the Sun: You started this tour in the 23rd of November, correct?

Clay Aiken: If you say so! You probably know better than I do. [Laughs]

So at this point, are you sick of Christmas music yet?

You know, for some reason, I don't get sick of this tour. If you asked me on other tours, I'd still say the same thing, but I'd probably be lying. [Laughs] With this one, I don't tend to get that tired. Forget the 23rd -- This is my fifth year doing it, and if we count all the times that I've done this show you're up into the hundreds, you know?

So you generally enjoy Christmas music. You'd have to.

There's something about Christmas music that puts people in a better mood. I had a friend when I was in high school that insisted that she kept a Christmas CD in her car and whenever she'd get stopped by a cop, she'd put it in. Whether it was June or July or whatever, she'd throw in the Christmas CD and get out of the ticket every time. I guess there's something about Christmas music that puts people in a better mood.

What are some of your favorite Christmas albums?

You know, I don't listen to many Christmas records when I'm touring. I am so inundated with my own stuff, we run the entire show one time in the afternoon, and then we do it again at night. But in the off years, the years that I haven't done it: Michael Buble's Christmas album, I think it's really great, Josh Groban had a really good one a few years ago. The ones that everyone else loves, I think. Those are the ones I like the most. Mariah Carey's Christmas album, which should go in some American time capsule, I'm sure.

Do you listen to music on the bus to wind down after shows?

I haven't listened to a thing lately. When I'm on tour, we're on a bus, and we don't listen to the radio. We put the TV on. We put reruns of The Closer on or something. I would be the worst person to ask about current musical trends.

You appeared on 30 Rock, one of my favorite shows of all time. Before you were approached about a guest spot, were you a fan?

Oh God, yeah. I love 30 Rock. That's one of the few things I insist on staying up to date on when I'm on the road. I make sure I get the latest episode. I like the fact that they're wrapping up each character up. A lot of shows end and you don't know where that character is going. But you know Liz is going to be married, and Jenna's going to try to be. I just want to know who this "Jacob" Kenneth keeps yelling at is. He's been yelling at "Jacob" for years. I want to know Kenneth's deal. [Note: Up on the Sun has it on good authority that this is a Lost reference.]

The "Kidney Now" musical number your participated in on the show was a pretty good song.

They totally should have sent that to radio.

You were also on Celebrity Apprentice this year. Is Donald Trump as crazy in person as he is online?

You know, I have to say: He was a very gracious host to us. He treated everyone with respect, and he does not get pleasure in firing people, I know that. He was a very nice guy, and before I went on the show, I didn't pay too much attention to the stuff he was doing in the press. When I was on the show, I gained this really great respect for him. When I got off the show, I would come home and see things with him on the news, and I'd think to myself, "God, I wish he would just shut up." He's like that uncle you love, but he does stupid things and you just wish he'd stop doing them because you know that's not really a great representation of him. That's kinda how I feel.

I have to imagine he's playing up his image in the media. I refuse to believe anyone could be so...

Well, I don't know how much he's playing. [Laughs] But he was a nice guy when I was around him.


You got your start on American Idol. Do you watch the singing shows at all? American Idol? The Voice?

I haven't watched anything since maybe '06. It's been awhile.

When American Idol was first the big hit it was, I remember feeling like it was a trend, and that people were going to watch and enjoy these shows for a time, and then move on. You guys were all phenomenal singers, but I never imagined the format having the lasting strength it has.

I think you might have been right. People are not watching the same show today that they were back in '02 or '03. The "singing competition show," where we tune in and we watch contestants sing, and we vote for them, support them, and really invest ourselves in the singers...that's not really what's on TV anymore. Now, I think people tune in and they watch the judges, and the singers are sort of an afterthought. The singers are almost what we sit through, and the filler between when the judges talk.

I have watched The Voice some, I wouldn't say I'm a regular watcher, but I find myself waiting for the person to stop singing so I can see what Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo, and Adam [Levine] are going to say. To see if they're going to turn their chair around -- that was fun. I want to hear what the judges are saying. I want to hear if they're going to say someone is pitchy when they're not, because that happens a lot. [Laughs]

They give some sort of comment that just didn't happen. That always fascinates me. We pay less attention to the singers now, and more to the judges. We pay more attention the spectacle and the concepts, rather than getting invested in this big black guy from Alabama and this skinny gay weirdo from North Carolina, and become invested in the characters and contestants on the show. To that end, in some ways, that's probably why you may be right. Those shows didn't survive solely on the concept we did. They had to evolve into something else for people to continue to watch, and they don't watch in as high number as they used to.

The Studdard/Aiken season really was a phenomenon. I remember everybody in my family, especially my grandma, just being riveted by your season. People seem to have remained invested in your voice.

It was very organic, back in the day. We didn't have bands. We sang to tracks. I remember asking for a stool this one time, and it was like, "Oh, should we give him a stool? Do we have a stool? Now they're playing in from the ceiling, there are fires on stage, there's a band on stage! But I'm not joking, I asked for a stool one time and they had to look around and see if they had one, or if that was even allowed. It was real talent competition back then, and now, it's a circus in some ways.

Clay Aiken is scheduled to perform Thursday, December 20, at Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler az
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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 08:31:11 AM »
Good interview.

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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 01:46:16 AM »
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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 03:31:12 AM »
From Phoenix's Echo Magazine

If Clay Aiken has his way, he'll become the singer of his generation associated with Christmas.

As part of that mission, Aiken is on the road again with his "Joyful Noise Tour," presenting the holiday show for the fifth year. The tour stops Dec. 20 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler.

"This is my favorite show to do," Aiken said during a telephone interview. "If I could do this show every year, and do nothing else, I'd be happy.

"My manager would like to turn me into Andy Williams, known for Christmas," Aiken said, referring to the vocalist who was popular in the 1960s and built a reputation for his holiday albums and TV specials.

For Aiken, the holidays revolve around a "togetherness vibe ... Christmas is a time for family and getting together with people you care about," he said.

Shortly after he was declared runner-up on the second season of American Idol in 2003, Aiken took the first steps toward capturing the holiday audience. Aiken's album Merry Christmas With Love became the best-selling holiday album of 2004, with standards like "O, Holy Night," "Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night." The same year, he hosted a televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas. A holiday EP followed in 2006.

Aiken did the holiday concert tour annually from 2004 to 2007. "It became such a tradition, I said I wanted to do this forever," he said. But in 2008, an opportunity to perform on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamlot broke the chain of holiday concerts. That same year, Aiken also became a father and came out as a gay man.

Now the holiday show is back, with 20 dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas. "It doesn't feel like Christmas without doing the show," Aiken said.

Aiken said the holiday show has been different each year — sometimes with a small band, other times a scripted production. This year, he said the show is going back to its roots, featuring songs from his Christmas album and backed by a 20-piece band.

"Having the orchestra makes it feel like the holidays," Aiken said. "French horns just sound like Christmas."

Traditionally, the show ends with "Don't Save It All for Christmas," Aiken's signature holiday song with a message of sharing love year around. "It's a nice little message to send people off with," he said. He said that Christmas tunes are in his "wheelhouse," admitting that he has a reputation for "cheese and schmaltz."

"These types of songs really fit me," Aiken said. "There are certain sounds that match my voice and fit what people expect from me. I'm not shaking anything up on stage and dancing."

The day Aiken called he was on his way from his home in Raleigh, N.C., to New York City to appear on The Dr. Oz Show for an episode about gay conversion therapy.

"I'm willing to talk about issues that are important to the gay community," Aiken said. The TV appearance is part of Aiken's work with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which has opposed conversion therapy.

"It's a loaded topic," Aiken said. "I don't believe someone can change."

Nevertheless, he said he respects those who have undergone the therapy. "Everybody takes a different path," he said. "Everyone's journey is different."

Aiken said his own journey probably won't include any more reality TV. While his appearances on American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice would seem to make him a natural candidate for a seat at the judges' table, Aiken indicated he wouldn't be interested in such a job.

"There are too many of those shows at this point," he said. "I think I've had my fill of reality shows."

VITAL STATISTICS

Clay Aiken's "Joyful Noise Tour"
7:30 p.m. Dec. 20
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Tickets: $45-$90
www.wingilariver.com

By Glenn Gullickson
December 6, 2012


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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 08:39:16 AM »
The cellcert will start at 9:30. Sandy Ann has a Meet and Greet tonight. Hope she enjoys it.

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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2012, 05:49:18 PM »
This casino looks really nice and the venue as well. Might take a nap before it starts. Hope the cellstream can work better tonight.

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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2012, 08:18:38 PM »
Good thing Clay got out of CO they are having blizzards there today,hope the weather will be better in AZ.

See you all later tonight.
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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2012, 08:25:37 PM »
I  THINK THEY MADE IT. SOMEONE WAS AT THE M&G SO ITS ALL GOOD. BE BACK LATER.
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012, 09:19:12 PM »
Here

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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012, 09:19:57 PM »
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Saw this Tweet from a guy at Wild horse Pass waiting for the show..

    Michael Corson ?@mkcorson

    Waiting for the show to start with Clay Aiken at the Wild Horse Pass Casino.

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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2012, 09:20:44 PM »
Stream is clear so hope you all can hear him talk.

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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2012, 09:22:24 PM »
Yes,they made it to AZ.  There is a picture posted of his barefoot made at the M&G. Lucky SandyAnn.
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2012, 09:25:53 PM »
Hey Marlene, Barefoot? Hot up there? LOL ;D Hope she can tell us about it.

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Re: 12/20/2012-CHANDLER, AZ-WILD HORSE PASS CASINO
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2012, 09:26:42 PM »
Well I can hear Frank Sinatra singing and canned music.

Somebody is asking a woman if she is going to get a tatoo of that- must be his autograph. She answered that Clay asked her that too, but she is happy with the signature. He must have signed somewhere on her physically.

Probably had a meet and greet.

OOPs lost the signal.
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