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Aiken Sets Joyful Noise 2005 Tour

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Clay Aiken might sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas," but he won't be, as he embarks on his "Joyful Noise 2005" tour, his second consecutive holiday tour. He perform 40 shows in 36 cities, starting Nov. 2 in Vancouver, BC. The tour then crosses into the United States and concludes with two shows on Dec. 29-30 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.

"Joyful Noise 2005" tour is the sequel to Aiken's first holiday tour, which was a huge success, playing to sold-out theaters at every stop. The 2005 tour will feature songs from Aiken's platinum-selling "Merry Christmas with Love," the best-selling new holiday album of 2004. The song list will differ from the 2004 tour and will include a number of songs Clay recorded for the album that didn't appear on the CD, as well as new arrangements for some traditional favorites.

The tour will feature a new element: a series of vignettes with a running storyline written by Aiken. The vignettes will feature two main characters and supporting roles will be cast in each city with local actors.

"I've always loved Christmas music and holiday songs," says Aiken. "And even though there's no place like home for the holidays, I'm looking forward to touring the country with the second installment of the 'Joyful Noise' tour."

This is the sixth tour of Clay's career, and it caps a busy year with a schedule filled with everything from fulfilling his role as UNICEF Ambassador to being a reporter for the TV series "The Insider." Aiken has also been in the studio recording his next RCA Records album and will continue to work on that project during the closing months of 2005.

As part of his UNICEF duties, Aiken is the spokesperson for their annual trick-or-treat fundraising campaign. While the money raised from this effort is usually earmarked exclusively for other countries, this year, for the first time, half of the money raised will be donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

Clay Aiken "Joyful Noise 2005" itinerary:

11/2 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater

11/3 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds

11/5 Eugene, OR Hult Center

11/6 Seattle, WA McCaw Hall

11/8 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater

11/9-10 Hollywood, CA Kodak Theatre

11/11 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theater

11/13 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre

11/15 Salt Lake City, UT NuSkin Theater at Delta Center

11/16 Denver, CO Lecture Hall

11/18 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Center

11/19 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater

11/21 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium

11/22 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

11/25 Louisville, KY Palace Theater

11/26 Cincinnati, OH Music Hall

11/27 Youngstown, OH Convocation Center

11/29 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall

11/30 Reading, PA Sovereign Center

12/2 -4 New York, NY Beacon Theater

12/6 Boston, MA Orpheum

12/8 Albany, NY The Palace

12/9 Providence, RI Providence Perf Arts Center

12/10 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre

12/11 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center

12/13 Washington, DC Constitution Hall

12/14 Baltimore, MD Lyric Theater

12/16 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center

12/17 Atlanta, GA Civic Center Theater

12/18 Pensacola, FL Civic Center

12/20 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium

12/21 Charlotte, NC New Charlotte Arena

12/22 Raleigh, NC Moonlight Theatre

12/27 Hollywood, FL Seminole Arena
12/28 Melbourne, FL King Center for the Arts

12/29-30 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen