Clay Aiken – A Huge Hit

Did you watch BOLD this week.  It was on Friday morning and I really enjoyed it this week.  Each guest had something to say and they all were polite even when they didn’t agree.

I particularly was interested in the new book, The Opposite of Hate.  It is written by Sally Kohn who is an interesting person who is very intelligent.  I have heard her speak twice before at Politicon. She has lots to say and always speaks with a good sense of humor and important ideas.  I ordered her book today!!

Clay seemed to enjoy the show too.  He was quick to question the guests and wasn’t afraid to speak his own opinions.

Thanks, Lucia!!


If you missed the show you can still see it on Bold’s Facebook Page.


Invisible…What a fun song and it was a huge hit!!!  Thinking of the song made we go back to July 8, 2003 and the first time we heard Clay sing Invisible! Do you remember?

The Xcel Energy Center is a sports arena in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wilds and the NLL’s Minnesota Swarm. It is owned by the city of Saint Paul and operated by Minnesota Sports & Entertainment. The arena has four spectator levels: one suite level, and three general seating levels named the 100 level, the club level, and the 200 level. Its official capacity is 18,064.

The Xcel Energy Center opened in Fall 2000. It was built on the site of the demolished St. Paul Civic Center. In 2004, the arena was named by ESPN as the best overall sports venue in the U.S.

On July 8, 2003, the Xcel Energy Center was the site for the opening of the American Idol, Season II Summer Tour.

There had been a buzz in the Twin Cities for more than a week. The entire cast of the Season II tour had been in the area, practicing for the opening of the tour. They spent some time rehearsing at the University in Minneapolis and finally had their dress rehearsal in the arena.

The 2003 American Idol Tour traveled throughout the United States and gave 41 shows. The concert tour ended on August 31st in Anaheim California.

No one knew what to expect at the Xcel. The show and its performers were kept under wraps and so the performances were highly anticipated.

In the first half of the show, each Idol performed a solo song in the order they had been eliminated from the show. Clay Aiken performed in the number 9 position. Before his performance, they showed a short video montage of Clay as he progressed through the American Idol show. Finally, Clay appeared on the stage from below in a cloud of fog and sang “This is the Night.” Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and purple tie, Clay looked handsome and ready to thrill the audience.

The second half of the concert was much more informal and there was a combination of solos and ensembles. Clay was very busy as he sang in many of the songs.

One of the highlights of the show was Clay’s duet with Ruben to “The Girl Is Mine.” They had a lot of fun teasing each other and sang well together.

To the majority of the people in the audience, the most exciting moment of the concert was when the lights dimmed and Clay arose from under the stage, dressed with a sports jersey from the local team. It was the first time that the audience saw and heard Clay’s popular hit, “Invisible” and they saw a performer who dominated the show with an exciting and dynamic performance. And, the Xcel was the home of the first “tug.”

The program at the Xcel ended with the entire ensemble singing “God Bless the USA.” It was a wonderful way to end an exciting program.

The Season II American Idol Tour went on to be a huge success. Sponsored by PopTarts, the tour had an average attendance of 10, 446 and the capacity for the tour was over 89%.

Clay Aiken fans will always remember the Xcel Arena and the wonderful excitement of the evening. It was just the beginning of a wonderful professional life for Clay.

The following is a video of Clay singing Invisible. It’s a real treat to see the beginning of it all!!

Did you see the American Idol Season 2 Tour – Live?



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  1. We didn’t go to this first concert and I have no idea why – big mistake! But a friend of my daughters did go in Cleveland and she decided to go at the last minute alone and she said it was the most exciting concert – unbelievable! We have been sorry for this the last 15 years that we missed it.

    Thank you for posting this video! It is exciting just watching it – can just imagine what it was like being there and seeing Clay live for the very first time!

  2. Enjoyed BOLD I, too liked the segment with Sally Kohn and her book "Opposite of Hate"
    Thank you, CANN for bringing us videos of Claymemories! Everyone have a happy day!

  3. Thank you CANN for bringing us this video I didn't get to see that show .I live in drexel Hill so we went to the concert around and again he was Great. Miss you Clay

  4. i don't get to go see clay in concert when he was doing this concert and I have no clue as to why that I don't get to see this show but my dad had a car and I had asked my dad to turn on the radio and when the radio was on I herd him sing invisable for the first time on radio clay was singing in visable thanks so much for bringing this video I miss you clay

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