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2007 Soft Rock and a Hard Place Tour

Right before the Spring of 2007, we were informed that Clay would be performing approximately 20 orchestra dates across the U.S. this summer in July and August. Through the next few months there was quite a bit of conflicting information...but the show does go on. Clay unofficially named it the "soft rock and a hard place" tour in a blog in June. There was no official press release and very little promotion, but as usual the tour itself started out with a blast.

2007 Soft Rock and a Hard Place Tour

If you click on the links, you will find information about the performers, lyrics to the songs and even photo links for some cities. If you have information you want to share, please email us at clayaikenkids@gmail.com.

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The concerts varied somewhat but they started out with these songs:

Here You Come Again

Everything I Have

I Want to Know What Love Is w/Quiana Parler

When I See You Smile

Everytime You go Away

He always did a TV Theme Song medley starting with The West Wing theme song – orchestra only. Then he would go into these: Perfect Strangers, Full House, Laverne and Shirley, What's Happening (orchestra only), Growing Pains, Different Strokes, Charles in Charge, Roseanne (orchestra only), Who’s the Boss, WKRP in Cincinnati, Golden Girls, Gimme a Break, Welcome Back Kotter, The Jeffersons, All in the Family, Matlock (orchestra only)

These Open Arms

When the Lights Go Down – Quiana Parler

Second Half:

He sang A thousand days for some and then he stopped singing it and added Right here waiting. Then he sang both. He also sang Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word in some concerts as well as Measure of a Man. The variety was quite fun. He sang Without You and The Way You Make me Feel.

The “Classics” MedleyBaby Got Back, Like a Virgin, Bills, Bills, Bills, 1999, She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy, Oops, I Did It Again, OPP, Yeah, SexyBackAchy Breaky Heart, Opposites Attract, Beat it

Listen– Angela Banter

Lover All Alone

Because You Loved Me

The set list in Frisco was a little different due to time constraints and the addition of God Bless the USA for our nation's birthday.


Mary Brennan - Tour Manager
Fernando "Fern" Alvarez - Sound
Jamie Braswell - Hair & Clothes
Jerome Bell - Security

Background Singers:

Quiana Parler
Angela Fisher

Conductor:Jesse Vargas
Drums: Sean McDaniel

City and Venue
Fountaindawg's Recaps
7/4/07 Frisco, TX, US, Pizza Hut Park

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7/6/07 Houston, TX, US

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7/7/07 Tulsa, OK, US, Brady Theater

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7/17/07 Philadelphia, PA, US, Mann Center for the Performing Arts

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7/18/07 Syracuse, NY, US, Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter

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7/19/07 Canandaigua, NY, US, Constellation Performing Arts Center

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7/20/07 Chautauqua, NY, US, Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

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7/21/07 Columbus, OH, US, Chemical Abstract Service

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7/23/07 Sterling Heights, MI, US, Freedom Hill Amphitheater

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7/25/07 Gilford, NH, US, Meadowbrook Farm

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7/28/07 Newark, NJ, US, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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8/02/07 San Diego, CA, US, Embarcadero Marina Park South

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8/03/07 Pala, CA, US, Pala Casino Starlight

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8/04/07 Los Angeles, CA, US, Greek Theatre

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8/05/07 Indio, CA, US, Fantasy Springs Casino

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8/10/07 Cary, NC, US, Koka Booth Amphitheater

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8/11/07 Asheville, NC, US, Biltmore Estates

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8/12/07 Knoxville, TN, US, Tennessee Theater

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8/15/07 Atlanta, GA, US, Chastain Park Amphitheater

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8/16/07 Ft. Myers, Fl, US, Barbara B Mann Center

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8/17/07 Tampa, FL, US, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

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8/18/07 West Palm Beach, FL, US, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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8/19/07 Orlando, FL, US, Hard Rock Live

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