American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is embarking on a unique tour, one that will have him performing covers from as early as the 1950s.
“I thought it would be cool to sing a bunch of covers, and relate to everybody,” says Aiken. “There will be songs my mom likes and my grandparents like, and there are a lot of people who love the music of the ’70s. I like the ’80s, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with songs from the ’90s.”
The tour will include many songs that Aiken is already associated with, including Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Neil Sedaka’s “Solitaire.” Aiken’s versions of both songs charted in Billboard. There will also be a medley of Elvis Presley songs that spans the decades. Aiken will also sing the hits of everyone from Sam Cooke to Goo Goo Dolls.
Fans who attend the show will be able to send text messages to Aiken backstage, as well as register to receive a response back from Aiken. In addition, messages will be shown on a screen behind the artist as he performs.
“This started out as a show just to have some fun with, and as I got more excited about singing these songs, it became a bigger show,” explains Aiken. “It’s a summer tour and the production will be simple because the real story is the music. It’s a chance for people to remember where they were when they heard certain songs. I was born in 1978, but I love the music of the ’50s and ’60s and I know a lot of people do. We’re going to have a lot of medleys in the show, including a doo-wop medley and one for all the great Motown hits. I made a prediction that everyone will be able to sing along to at least five songs, no matter when they grew up!”
Aiken will also perform songs from his first album as well as his upcoming album.
Fans can catch Aiken live on ABC’s Good Morning American on July 29th, and on the July 24th Cover of TV Guide.
A Canadian stop is planned for Toronto, Ontario.
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
7/28 Tom’s River, NJ Ritacco Center/Tom’s Riverfest
7/29 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
7/30 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 Pittsburgh, PA Chevrolet Amphitheater
8/2 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
8/3 Greenville, SC Peace Center
8/5 Cary, NC Regency Park
8/6 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventure Theme Park
8/8 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
8/9 Columbus, OH Ohio State Fair
8/10 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest
8/12 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brooks
8/13 Clio, MI Clio Area Amphitheater
8/15 Kettering, Ohio Fraze Pavilion
8/16 Toledo, OH Zoo Amphitheater
8/18 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fair
8/19 Interlochen, MI Interlochen Center for the Arts
8/21 Meadville, PA Crawford County Fair
8/23 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theater
8/24 Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion
8/25 Toronto, Ontario Molson Amphitheater
8/27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
8/28 Boston, MA Bank of America
8/29 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition
8/31 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Resort
9/1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Resort