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12/13/03 FANS WERE ACHIN' FOR CLAY IN INDY
« on: May 16, 2010, 04:01:47 AM »
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 FANS WERE ACHIN' FOR CLAY IN INDY
« on: December 13, 2003, 10:41:20 AM »   

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Fans were achin' for Clay
By David Lindquist
david.lindquist@indystar.com
December 13, 2003
 
An audience estimated at 5,000 played a game of "Waiting for Clay" on Friday night at the Pepsi Coliseum.

It was a patient group -- one that arrived in force from Singapore, Hawaii, Kansas City and Cleveland to see "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken perform at a holiday concert presented by radio station WNOU-FM (93.1).

Although the wait included six warm-up acts, dedicated "Claymates" (or "Santa Clays" on this night) didn't consider the delay to be a dirty trick. If you're truly in tune with the 25-year-old from North Carolina, you were aware he was contracted for little more than a cameo appearance.

"It will be a great ending, but we hope he sings more than three songs," said Ann Erks, who traveled from Nebraska and knew what to expect. So, despite Erks' wishful thinking, Aiken came on at 10:30 p.m. and performed "I Will Carry You," "Run to Me" and current single "Invisible." Eternally the boy next door, Aiken arrived under full house lights, even as Radio Now's DJs were gathered onstage.

The use of recorded backing tracks didn't enhance the experience, and the wide-eyed wonder Aiken displayed during this summer's "AI" tour has been replaced by an unnerving air of geek suave.

Clay-mania aside, the Santa Slam showcased what makes Radio Now a pretty valuable asset for Indianapolis. The station -- true to its motto -- plays all the hits.

This means no genre is excluded from the play list, and Black Eyed Peas can comfortably share a stage with the All-American Rejects. If any band added torment to the Aiken Army's wait, it was the Oklahoma-based Rejects.

These metal-informed (oxymoron alert?) punks stormed the hockey arena with their monster hit of the year, "Swing, Swing," as well as "Your Star" from their debut album. And live-wire vocalist Tyson Ritter preached true rock 'n' roll gospel during the set-closing and fittingly titled "Last Song."

Black Eyed Peas -- curiously missing key member Taboo from their lineup -- proved to be even more theatrical than the All-American Rejects.
Hip-hop in a concert setting often lets its audience down, but the Peas delivered clear rhymes, break dancing, horns, guitars and uplifting hit "Where Is the Love?"

Among other acts on the bill, Liz Phair regrettably has completed her conversion from indie-rock goddess to middle-of-the-road commoner.
The sound problems that plagued Phair's five-song set were forgivable, but it was criminal to play nothing from her classic "Exile in Guyville" album.

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Re: 12/13/03 FANS WERE ACHIN' FOR CLAY IN INDY
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 04:02:11 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2003, 11:09:42 AM »   

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