As I think about the the excitement coming up, I also remember some very special memories of other Joyful Noise Tours. I am remembering December 2, 3 and 4, 2005. Clay and the Joyful Noise Tour performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. I even found a review from those performances:
Clay Aiken makes Joyful Noise for 3 nights at The Beacon Theatre in New York on December 2,3, and 4 2005
staff writer:Mary Ann Everett
“Oh Holy Night, You could hear the angel’s voices,” No wait. That would be the voice of Clay Aiken resounding from the Beacon Theater in New York City. While old St. Nick got one brief mention in the most jazzed up version of Jingle Bells I have ever heard, the true reason for the season is beautifully conveyed during this heart-warming stage production scripted by Aiken himself. After the audience was wowed by the unparalleled skill of William Joseph, concert pianist, they were enchanted by the first half of the show which reiterates the value of friends and family using such seasonal favorites as Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and the Christmas Waltz to dramatize the story line which is drawn from the title track of Aiken’s record breaking Christmas album, “Merry Christmas with Love”. In addition to Aiken’s exceptional vocals, the audience is entertained by vignettes staring Aiken’s high school chorus director, Alison Lawrence and 11 year old Raleigh NC student, Gregory Ellis. Both have impressive resumes and make this show far more than a traditional Christmas concert, obviously Aiken’s intent.
Even though the second half of the show is staged in church sanctuary, based on the number of standing ovations, you’d think it was Carnegie Hall. Some roared. Some cried. All applauded and rose to their feet when Aiken concluded his heart stopping renditions of Christian favorites such as Oh Holy Night, Emmanuel, The First Noel and Mary Did You Know. At the conclusion of the show Aiken reminds the audience to give a little love every day as he brings down the house with “Don’t Save it All for Christmas Day.” The reason for the season is summed up by his heartfelt encore of “Good News”. With this, he leaves the audience to contemplate the Good News brought to earth through angels proclaiming the birth of his Saviour.
Even though Aiken did forget a few lyrics during the evening, the message was quite clear and well received by what Aiken refers to as his family of fans. From the response of the crowd, I’m certain they’d prefer roasting chestnuts with him instead of with their own family members. It’s Christmas Time in the City and New York City should have been impressed by this ever-growing talent.
Yes…it was a wonderful tour and full of special touches. Do you remember Beverly’s Star ornament?
So, I wonder what Clay has planned for 2012! I can’t wait!