Belinda Thomas is a writer at the LA Examiner.com. According to her bio, she :
has been a huge music lover since the age of 8. She has been involved in the music business since 1992, working with labels (EMI, Atlantic Records), live clubs (House Of Blues) and Public Relations forming Entermedia Music. Contact Belinda here.
On Wednesday, September 1st, Belinda published a review of the Los Angeles concert of the Timeless Tour. It is always nice to read a review that is positive. The review is here, but, please visit the site and leave a comment on her site. We want the Examiner.com site and Ms. Thomas to know that when they write about Clay Aiken, we visit their site and read their words. You can see the article at EXAMINER
Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard recently entertained Los Angeles at their show at The Club Nokia Theatre. The two singers met in 2002 during the auditions of American Idol and became friends. Months later in May 2003, they became the winner and runner up on the second season of the show. Both went on to put out several successful albums. On their Timeless Tour the duo is traveling across the country singing all their favorite songs of each decade. The show starts off with the announcer stating that Ruben and Clay are on the same stage together except this time there is no Simon or Randy to judge them. The show is very reminiscent of a variety type show with music and sketch comedy bits, a full band and Ruben and Clay dressed in suits.
Studdard kicked off the show singing “Flying Without Wings/This Is the Night” in a mash-up with Aiken then appearing to sing “Suspicious Minds.” He then followed with “Bring It On Home.” The pair was backed by an excellent band and two talented background singers (Quiana Parler and
Casey Thompson) who each had their chance to shine doing a solo number. Studdard and Aiken talked about how they met and their experience on “American Idol” which included coming to Hollywood in
which Aiken joked “that it was actually Glendale.” The two then performed an excellent two-hour show to the crowd who sang along to all the songs. Even with the omission of their own hit singles, this was a very entertaining show.
Studdard proved that he can sing R& B and gospel with a funny routine where he took us to the church as Rev. Ruben was going to cure Clay of his “lack of rhythmitis.” Aiken can sing any style given to him as he showcased in this performance. After performing the each decade they closed the show with the song ‘Time Of My Life.” The crowd which included American Idol Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson enjoyed every minute of it.
Flying Without Wings/ This Is the Night – Ruben
Suspicious Mind – Clay
Bring It On Home- Ruben
’60s Medley: In the Midnight Hour / Up on the Roof / Goin’ Out of my Head /
You Can’t Hurry Love / Happy Together / I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey
Bunch) / Crying / Soul Man / Wouldn’t It Be Nice / Candy Girl / Shot Gun /
Sugar Sugar / Harper Valley PTA / Ain’t Too Proud to Beg / Ain’t No Mountain
Natural Woman – Casey
Still the One – Clay
Marvin Gaye Tribute – Mercy Mercy Me / What’s Going On – Ruben
’70s Medley: Night Fever / Ain’t No Stopping Us Now / December 1963 (Oh What
a Night) / Oh Girl / On the Radio / Turn the Beat Around / Get On Up
/ Don’t Go Breaking My Heart / More than a Feeling / September
Mandy – Clay
Superstar – Ruben
I’m Every Woman – Quiana
Stay with Me Tonight – Ruben
The Revival – “Rev.” Ruben heals Clay of “lackofrhythmitis”
When I See You Smile – Clay
’80s Medley: Eye of the Tiger / All Night Long / Glory of Love / Shout
(Tears for Fears) / Africa / Can’t Fight This Feeling / Through the
Fire / If This Is It / Alone / Caribbean Queen / Nothing’s
Going to Stop Us Now / Footloose
Everything I Do I Do It For You – Ruben
’90s Medley: This How We Do It / Poison / Achy Breaky Heart / You’ve Got the
Right Stuff / MMMBop / End of the Road / I Swear / I Want It That Way / Do
You Remember the Time/ You Oughta Know / Jump Around / Baby Got Back /
Living La Vida Loca / One Sweet Day
Time of My Life – Group
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