As you can see by the tour buses parked on Market Street, Clay Aiken has arrived in Poughkeepsie, now 12 hours before tonight's show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
It's actually a nice scene, the buses in front of the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel — the frost-covered trees behind them, the wet pavement below.
(Is it me, or does Clay's tour bus look a lot like the one Taylor Hicks pulled up in on the opposite side of Market Street back in August?! Maybe the "Idol" alumni get a good deal from the bus dealer!)
With Clay having played Albany last night, I wasn't sure if he and his entourage would spend the night up in the Capital District and make the 90-minute drive this morning.
But regardless, here's the good news: Clay is in town.
And, uh, here's the so-so news: I heard from several sources, including on the air of a local radio station, ticket sales for tonight's show haven't been so brisk. They're actually running a promotion, selling two tickets for $49 or a pack of four tickets for about $60 or so. (Can't remember the exact price for that one.)
So that's why I call it "so-so news" ... it's good news for Clay's fans who want a cheaper seat, but it's not so good if he doesn't have a big crowd. If you are among the ones inside the Civic Center with tickets tonight, ENJOY THE SHOW!
Either way, I'll be reviewing tomorrow night's show at the Mohegan Sun Arena, so I'll be looking for "Sean's Space" reader!
PS: Just for the record, I'm not a stalker. I live right around the corner from the Civic Center, and was out picking up breakfast when I spotted Clay's caravan.
Stalker? No ... though now I do feel like a dork, having snapped this pic!