So teams could risk points reduction if they display a poppy on their shirts and are in “talks” with FIFA? What a ridiculous state of affairs, if you want to honour veterans and people who died fighting for their country then maybe get the players to donate a week’s salary to relevant organisations or use the gate proceeds for something similar. Have a minutes silence before the game. But it is crazy that not wearing one even when playing football for your country can be considered “disrespectful”.
Seems to have been a heart attack.
Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
I have had the privilege of seeing Springsteen many times over the last 35 years. I have previously seen a few shows in his original heartland of New York City and New Jersey, but never in Philly, another of those original areas that first embraced him over 40 years ago and the city featured many legendary shows in the 70s, 80s and onwards.
In all of those shows I had never heard New York Serenade, the magnificent closing epic from his brilliant second album. Tonight, he opened with it, the string section coming on stage ahead of the band was a big clue, and he and the band then completely nailed it. The show was only 10 minutes old and my trip down was already worth it. Two nights earlier he had played the longest show of his career in the US at the same venue, it was just over 4hrs. A longer show seemed inevitable, but the hottest Sept 9th for more than 130 years, meant that it was out of the question.
So where could the show go from there? We quickly entered party mode with Out in the » Continue Reading.
Wow, what a guy!
Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Radiohead closed the 3 day Osheaga festival with a marathon 2hr 15 set in front of a sold out crowd of 45,000. Opening with a selection from excellent new album A Moon Shaped Pool, skilfully replacing the lavish orchestrations with keyboards and guitars, they then moved through relative obscurities before breaking out “the hits” in the last hour of the show. Spectacular lighting, sensational sound and a band showing complete mastery of their art compensated for the somewhat cramped and uncomfortable festival conditions on a very warm night.
Was my first Radiohead show in 10 years and most of the early material was from that interim period, Burn the Witch was pounding and ominous, Nude simply beautiful and Bloom was a WTF complete freakout under green strobing lights. Loved The Numbers, possibly my favourite from the new album. Main set closed with an awesome There There and the encore mainly concentrated on OK Computer and, yes, they closed with Creep.
All albums were represented with the exception of The Bends which is one of the greatest albums ever made.
Young, stoned, drunk, exuberant and passionate, They knew nearly every word » Continue Reading.
If I was stuck behind one of them I would be asking quite forcibly for the fuckers to take them down.
…. that Gareth Bale is the greatest British player of all time?
Services to grave digging, living in exile and being crap for 40 years ….
Love how (almost) first reference is Gary Speed.
Will the misery ever end?
A death being investigated.
What did you get? What are you getting?
I was going to give it a miss, but may check out one of two stores here in Ottawa that may be less busy….
What is it with all the walking while simultaneously carrying out a conversation in films and television? I watched Steve Jobs on a plane the other day (thought it was terrible) and it included lots of this strange activity. Every episode of West Wing (same writer), any other political drama, detective shows, office drams etc include this cliche.
Obviously these people are so busy that it is impossible to stay in one place for even a few minutes. I wonder what it is they are walking to and walking from as obviously all the important stuff is happening in-between. in my life both at work and personally, there may be the odd conversation on the move, but all the vital things I need are communicated from a seated position.
Brian Wilson used to play this live and precede it by saying it was the greatest record ever made. He may have a point ….
Post great Welsh music! Living in Canada, it has to be this one (would be called Hockey Hair here).
For those of you on that side of the pond:
Wed 25 May, Manchester Etihad Arena Fri 27 May Dublin Croke Park Sun 29 May Dublin Croke Park Wed 1 Jun, Glasgow Hampden Park Fri 3 Jun, Coventry Ricoh Arena Sun 5 Jun, London, Wembley
I had them all already (apart from the best ofs)
Not up there with the Peel’s or Vance’s of this world, but was a part of my childhood when I used to listen to Junior Choice every Sat and Sun morning,
What a load of old rubbish ….
Download the missing 10 songs from the recent Tempe 1980 release (in the box set), mp 3 versions are free. Could well make the greatest one disc live CD you could ever hear …
UK iTunes (and New Zealand, probably Aus, Europe etc), has the full Bruce Springsteen and the E St Band – Tempe 1980 show for less than a couple of quid (1.89). This is a 2hr 40 representation of the greatest live performances I have ever witnessed and the main reason to buy The Ties that Bind box set which is about 70 or 80 quid. The documentary and rehearsal footage are the same price. Grab it (them) quick before they (probably) correct the price.