Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Rolling Stone Photo Shoot, Matthew Ralston, Photographer

Rolling Stone, Issue 926, July 3, 2003

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We celebrate the third anniversary of this hunkalicious Rolling Stone cover. Okay, maybe hunkalicious is the wrong term. Clay looks like schoolboy in the picture, but we did get only ONE shirt...blown by a fan no less...and skin. Mr. Aiken has told us not to get used to it because it ain't happening again. Hah. I do believe he is almost correct. We rarely get a glimpse of skin. He's pretty careful to cover up, as he is the the king of layering. It's a joke within the fandom that Clay is never caught without his three shirts, maybe two if it's really hot out. Anyway, back to the Rolling Stone cover. It was quite an honor for Clay to get the cover. It was rumored that Rolling Stone gave Clay the cover over winner Ruben Studdard because they felt Clay had the more intriguing story, and the more outgoing personality. I am sure Clay's vocal and large fanbase did not go unnoticed either. Clay had to field some questions on why he got the cover over Ruben, and he was a good soldier spewing the company line that "Ruben was too busy as the winner to pose for Rolling Stone". Yeah right. Ruben eventually did get a cover no doubt due to some back room negotiations along with the stellar sales of Clay's cover as a selling point. Clay and Ruben are the only American Idols to have been on the cover of Rolling Stone to date, so it was quite an honor for both of them. During the recent publicity blitz generated by American Idol, it was revealed that Clay's cover was the best-selling cover of 2003. Not bad for a runner-up.

Video of Rolling Stone Photo Shoot

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At 10:19 AM, Blogger christelklein said...

Hi ... took a quick peek in from work!!! Very nice. Can't see the video at work .. but those eyes from your prev. blog.

Just kill me now ... they're just the most beautiful eyes i've seen.




At 10:23 AM, Blogger The ConCLAYve-Nan said...

I so love that picture of him in the suit with his arms folded. Those long lean legs and those feet. My goodness --- those feet!!!!!

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous grammarian said...

Awwww. Thanks, EE! I love the cover of Rolling Stone even though he looks so very young compared to now. His tummy is so flat in that photo---almost makes him look like an athlete!

I never realized before how Clay's lo-o-ong feet probably made it less likely he'd get knocked flat by a big gust of wind back then! That boy looks seriously skinny in the photo under the cover one!

Thanks for your blog, the photos, and the video. It's fun remembering when I kinda, sorta took it for granted that I'd be seeing him often. Muah!

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous atinal said...

Thanks for the reminder of the anniversary. I think the RS came out before I became so er, enthusiastic. It is one of my regrets that I don't have that magazine. I enjoyed revisiting the video. Great blog, EE

At 11:34 AM, Blogger clayoradoan said...

Ditto...only vaguely remember that picture of him in the suit. He looks very LEAN!!!

Nice to recall the backstory on the RS cover.

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding us of the anniversary! That was a photo shoot of riches.
Though his face looked young, that cover photo will always be near and dear to my heart.

Clay wears black very well.
The amazingly long shoes...well, they're just amazing!

At 7:34 PM, Blogger TheClayBlog said...

Heeeee, wow, he looked SO uncomfortable doing that photo shoot! I'm sure he's way more comfortable now.... Mr. Sexypants that he is!

Thanks for the memories!

At 5:33 AM, Blogger Susan said...

This is a beautiful video. Thanks for sharing. It's a GREAT reminder of the past and hopefully a glimpse into the "near" future.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger lyrichord said...

Dang, he looks so young in those photos. I want them to do a new photoshoot for Clay. :)


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