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Phish Plays The Ultimate Tribute To David Bowie In Las Vegas: A Thank-You Note

first_imgSo, my favorite band Phish just performed one of my favorite albums of all time, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, as a tribute to one of the most influential human beings of the modern era, David Bowie. Somehow, I only cried once. It was a great night.My beloved editorial team of Kendall Deflin, Gideon Plotnicki and Andrew O’Brien took you through more traditional tellings of the band’s first three performances at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, sharing highlights and jam grooves that brought a continuous onslaught of great energy and Halloween anticipation. I’m beyond grateful for their efforts during what has been a non-stop Halloween weekend celebration.For me, this story goes back to middle school, right around the time where any teenager discovers the depths of rock and roll. My father encouraged my newfound music appreciation with selections from his extensive collection, Ziggy Stardust among them. I dove into classic rock with a reverence for Mr. Bowie, artfully adding a theatric showmanship to a heavily guitar-driven genre. Bowie navigated the waters of rock and pop with an inspiring brilliance, and Ziggy Stardust is undoubtedly the peak of his efforts. Following Bowie’s death, I listened to the album daily to help cope with the loss of an icon. I even got emotional watching “David Bowie” (the Phish song) on the webcast from Phish Mexico just a few days later. Thanks to David Bowie and the countless heroes in the pantheon of rock and roll, and my musical navigator – aka Dad – I have an unwavering devotion to music.In college, two of my closest friends ultimately inspired a sonic awakening of sorts, introducing me to improvisational rock music. Before long I was ensconced in the jam band scene, seeing Phish, Grateful Dead members, and so many more whenever possible. After years of musical molding, I reversed roles with my father. I was now sharing new music with him, and it didn’t take long before we were seeing Phish shows together.So there I was, sitting with my father on one side and those two college friends on the other, watching Phish play the Ziggy Stardust album in completion. It was that lyric, “Your face, your race, the way that you talk/I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk,” right before the final chorus of the opening song, “Five Years.” That was when I cried, basking in the beauty of both this full-circle moment and full-scale tribute to the legacy of the great David Bowie.Now I’ll continue with where most of these types of pieces begin, which is of course the first set. Once the Phishbills had been distributed and the excitement for a Bowie Halloween was in the air, the ~17,000 people in the MGM Grand screamed louder for Phish than I’d ever heard before. Those screams only carried through for “Carini,” a song that hadn’t been played as a show opener since 2000. As the band rocked out on stage, fans couldn’t help noticing that Trey Anastasio was wearing the famed Gucci shirt from his Tonight Show appearance. Naturally, Trey changed a lyric of “Carini” to “the people all were screaming when they saw the shirt” to make light of a hilarious situation. He also changed the “Run Like An Antelope” lyric to “been you to have any shirt mon?” at the close of set one.Watch the official video of “Carini” below.I’ll keep things short for the first set, noting that the band’s energetic mood translated into tight-knit playing. Most of the songs were played as one would expect them to be played, and the band even got a plastic ass handed to them during “Ass Handed.” There were also two great references to the last two Halloween shows, including the Chilling Thrilling instrumental “Your Pet Cat” and the ever-funky “Wombat” that got the Abe Vigoda treatment back on Halloween of 2013. RIP Abe Vigoda.Among the many great moments from a fun set one was “Tube,” as the band seems to have found the space to jam within the funky number. Amazingly, Phish’s newfound “Tube” jamming stems from Trey learning of a Twitter account called “Did They Jam Out Tube?” before their show in Chula Vista, CA along summer tour. Good guy Trey put it in the repertoire, and now Phish is jamming out “Tube” in Vegas.One strong reason (amongst many) for Phish’s fandom is its reciprocity. Phish fans love their band, and the band loves them. That’s why I included that “Tube” tale in this narrative. But really, not much speaks more strongly to that quality than the lengths at which they went to create a Ziggy Stardust Halloween. They learned eleven new songs, each ornately composed for all of Phish, as well as the nine accompanying musicians (three vocalists and a six-piece string section) that Phish recruited. In the end, it came out beautifully.The album opener “Five Years” started the celebration, providing an emotional opening with all four members trading lyrics. The Phishbill explained that bassist Mike Gordon was the least familiar with the album of the band members, but his playing and singing were on point for the whole night. Trey started out on an acoustic guitar, switching out of his silly shirt for a more formal jacket to lead the ceremonies. He stayed on the acoustic for “Soul Love,” with Page McConnell taking lead vocals with great care.Watch the official video of “Five Years” below.One of the set’s biggest highlights came in the form of “Moonage Daydream,” with Trey leading the vocals through the fun rocker. It was quite apparent that the song had a lot of space for improvisation, unlike the majority of the album, which was mostly played truly to the studio original from 1972. “Starman” saw Gordo take his only lead vocals of the set, and he nailed it. The sing-along continued a momentuous performance, backed by a full string section and backup vocalists.After “Starman,” Trey put his guitar down and stood at the front of the crowd. The string ensemble left the stage, clearing the way for the soul-rock grooves of “It Ain’t Easy.” The only cover on Ziggy Stardust, “It Ain’t Easy” saw Anastasio take center stage and belt out the lyrics powerfully. Trey really commanded the room.As the band switched to side two of Ziggy, it was Page who got the opening call for “Lady Stardust.” He sang the rock and roll ballad with pride, belting the song with enthusiasm. Page really took the lead on “Lady Stardust,” but it was drummer Jon Fishman who took his turn leading the next song, “Star.” With the encouragement of his bandmates, Fish locked down a steady version of a classic. It’s great to hear the band give Fishman more singing involvement, especially in such an important medium. “Hang Onto Yourself” came next, with the full band singing and rocking out to a “C’mon, c’mon” jam out progression. Page then came out of his piano nook and brought a microphone to the front of the stage. He would sing the Bowie classic and near-title track, “Ziggy Stardust.” Page and Trey even shared a mic singing the chorus for “Ziggy,” but it was Page who really led the show on the classic rock masterpiece.The band took a pause next, before lighting up the MGM with a crowd-rocking version of the classic “Suffragette City.” Trey was wailing on guitar throughout the whole song, even while he was also leading vocals. The crowd was in a frenzy at this point, working up to the album’s dramatic conclusion with one of its most exciting songs. It was “Rock and Roll Suicide” that ended the show, which feature Trey singing lead without his guitar in hand. What. A. Set.The room erupted in applause for the musical costume, as Phish finally went back to their decades-old tradition of covering albums in their entirety on Halloween. In retrospect, an album cover was the only real justification for scheduling a show on Halloween Monday, and they absolutely made the trip worthwhile with that one set alone.Of course, there was a third set as well, one packed with some all-time jams like the opening “46 Days” and a spacey rendition of “Sand” that picked up heat with some Gordo bass bombs. “Twist” was the winner of the set, as a groovy jam evolved into a full band drum jam. It started with Trey going to the marimba lumina before Page joined the fray. Soon Gordo was in on it too, with the whole band crowding around Fishman’s kit. This “Drums” jam lasted quite a while, before Trey rocked the main “Twist” progrssion on the marimba. He put down the mallets to great applause.Watch the official video of “46 Days” below.As if the super “Twist” wasn’t enough, Phish then brought out the classic “Meastick.” Around this time, we realized that there was a familiar face in the crowd. Sure enough, riding the rail at the MGM Grand in Vegas, wearing a full body unicorn costume, was John Mayer. If he wasn’t converted this past summer, then this might’ve gotten him hooked. For me, seeing Mayer rock out to Phish in a unicorn suit is a highlight worth mentioning in the review of this glorious show.“2001” came next, and this was a real build-up and peak rendition of the song. One of the build-ups featured lyrics teases to Bowie’s “Fame” from Trey. Is it any wonder? The big “2001” went into an uplifting “Backwards Down The Number Line,” and the band closed out the set with a heartwarming “Slave To The Traffic Light.”With just one more song to play at the end of their Vegas run and fall tour, Phish naturally took one more opportunity tnor David Bowie with their a cappella rendition of “Space Oddity.” I had the pleasure of witnessing its debut at Wrigley Field, and the sound of 40,000+ singing along to “Space Oddity” was something I’ll never forget. This show marked the song’s fifth outing, which saw the band harmonizing as tightly as ever. Amazing.And there you have it. After years of appreciating David Bowie, years spent chasing dozens of Phish shows, everything came together so perfectly and meaningfully on the final night of the band’s four night stand. Thank you, Phish, for everything you do, and for how well you do it. I’ll see you at MSG in a couple months.Setlist: Phish at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV – 10/31/16Set 1: Carini[1], Your Pet Cat, AC/DC Bag > Free > Possum, What’s the Use? > Wombat, Tube, Wolfman’s Brother, Ass Handed, Petrichor > Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Five Years, Soul Love, Moonage Daydream, Starman, It Ain’t Easy, Lady Stardust, Star, Hang On to Yourself, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rock ‘n’ Roll SuicideSet 3: 46 Days > Sand > Twist[2] -> Drums[3], Meatstick > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Backwards Down the Number Line > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: Space Oddity[1] Lyrics changed to make reference to Trey’s shirt from The Tonight Show.[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina.[3] Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page and Mike on percussion.This show was webcast via Live Phish. Carini featured lyrics altered to reference Trey’s shirt, which he wore on The Tonight Show. Trey teased Martian Monster in Free. The second set “musical costume” was David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. All of the songs in the second set were Phish debuts. Twist and Drums featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, and Drums featured Mike and Page on percussion. Also Sprach Zarathustra contained Fame quotes from Trey.last_img read more

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Virus expert says she’s exploring bid for US Senate in Ohio

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dr. Amy Acton, the former state health director who became the face of Ohio’s early pandemic response, is stepping down from her position at the Columbus Foundation to “carefully explore” running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate. Acton would be vying for a coveted open seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. He announced Jan. 25 that he will not seek reelection next year. Acton’s leadership at Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s side made her something of a folk hero and role model for Ohio girls, but she also faced intense backlash over the health orders she signed.last_img

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All in the Family

first_imgSons of Ralph plays a monthly residency at Jack of the Wood in Asheville, N.C. Photo: Jay CobleSons of Ralph have the spirit of legend behind them. Band leader and family patriarch Ralph Lewis played with the late “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the early 1970s, touring internationally and making numerous appearances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.These days, though, the 83-year-old Lewis steps beyond the bounds of tradition in his expansive acoustic outfit with sons Marty (guitar) and Don (fiddle and mandolin).Based in Asheville, N.C., Sons of Ralph formed back in 1997 with the sole intention of getting family members together to play music. Soon after the band’s inception, a then-new brewpub in Asheville, Jack of the Wood, opened. Marty Lewis knew the owners and volunteered to play on the pub’s tiny stage with his new band. Fourteen years later, Sons of Ralph still holds a monthly residency at the venue, and their shows have become legendary, attracting audiences from across the country.“It’s our home base,” says Marty Lewis. “People still e-mail us, asking when we’re playing Jack of the Wood to plan their vacations around it.”With the addition of cousin Steve Moseley on bass and Ozzie Orengo Jr. on drums, the group regularly packs the house with a rowdy brand of Americana combining traditional bluegrass with the edgier elements of country rock.“Dad was always playing straight bluegrass, but my brother and I were playing a broader range of stuff,” Marty says. “By adding an electric bass and drums, we realized we could play any kind of music.”As youngsters, the Lewis boys learned how to play from weekly jam sessions that Ralph hosted at their childhood home in the shadow of Mount Pisgah.“All the best musicians from the area would show up, and they took it seriously,” Marty adds. “We’d fall asleep and still hear banjos playing.”Soon the grade-school-age boys were on the road with their dad and the legendary Monroe, who would call them out to the stage every night to play a song or two. As they grew up, Marty went on to work with Chubby Wise, Kenny Baker, and Vassar Clements, while Don has played with Rhonda Vincent and recorded with Warren Haynes and Doc Watson.Coming back to play with their father has proven to be a wise move, as Sons of Ralph remains one of the most popular groups on the regional mountain music scene. The group entered the studio in late spring to record their sixth album, and they plan to hold court indefinitely at Jack of the Wood. 1 2last_img read more

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Long Island Snow Storm May Bring 8 Inches Sunday-Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York www.accuweather.comAnother winter storm is forecast to potentially dump up to 8 inches or more of snow on Long Island over the weekend, setting up a harsh start to the month of March.Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing under sunny skies until Saturday night, when clouds will move in before the flakes start falling Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.“There is the potential for 8 inches or more of snow from Sunday night into early Monday evening,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Any change in the track and intensity of the system may have an impact on the amount and type of precipitation expected.”Forecasters say that there is also a possibility that the tri-state area could be no snow at all this weekend, but that scenario appears unlikely.The likely snowfall comes just as many snow piles from a series of storms over the past two months has finally melted away, leaving behind only the largest frozen mounds.An arctic blast from the polar vortex is also expected next week is forecast to keep temperatures below freezing through next Thursday, meaning messy, snow-covered  roadways will likely remain an issue.last_img read more

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Google Checking a play for data?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Plans by Google to get into the checking account business by initially partnering with one credit union and one bank has far less to do with getting further into the financial business and far more to do with another motivation—and it’s going to have strong implications for CUs, analysts told CUToday.info.The CEO at the CU partnering with Google, Stanford FCU, believes such technology partnerships are a strategy for CUs to grow in the future.As CUToday.info reported, Google plans to begin offering checking accounts in 2020 through Stanford FCU and Citibank. According to the company, Google will not be front-and-center on the offering and instead the Stanford FCU and Citi brands will be consumer facing, with the financial institutions responsible for all of the back-end operational support and compliance. Partner banks and credit unions will offer the so-called “smart checking” accounts through Google Pay. Google has not yet announced whether the accounts would charge fees and, if so, what the fee structure might be.Google, which said it plans to expand beyond Stanford FCU and Citibank in the future, already has more than 2,000 banks offering virtual card transactions via Google Pay.last_img read more

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Colorado added to state quarantine list

first_img(WBNG) — Colorado was added to New York’s official quarantine list Tuesday. Additionally, Arizona and Virginia were removed from the list. Full list: Anyone traveling from these areas must quarantine for two weeks.center_img Quarantine applies to any state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day-rolling average. AlabamaAlaskaArkansasColoradoDelawareFloridaGeorgiaGuamIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOklahomaPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahWest VirginiaWisconsinWyominglast_img

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Susquehanna Valley CSD 7th and 8th graders go remote

first_imgOfficials say in-person instruction for middle school students will resume on Monday, Oct. 26. All other grades will continue their regular instruction. CONKLIN (WBNG) — The Susquehanna Valley Central School District announced middle school students will be taught remotely until Friday, Oct. 23. According to the school district’s website, officials say they received notification of two middle school students and one high school student that tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, they say any parent who would like to pick up five, four, or three days worth of meals for their 7th or 8th-grade students may do so between 1 and 3 p.m. at the athletic wing entrance of the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Thursday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 21.center_img The district says it will continue to work with the Broome County Health Department and provide updates when necessary. As a result of the cases and due to the number of faculty and staff impacted in the middle school, all 7th and 8th-grade students will be taught remotely from Wednesday, Oct. 14, to Friday, Oct. 23.last_img read more

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Why This Contentious Transition Is So Perilous for the Economy

first_imgAnd so the nation is, once more, counting down the months before a new administration changes the country’s direction, wondering what policy the federal government will pursue in the interim, and watching a pre-existing problem that may easily spiral out of control while we wait.The good news is that there is a strong possibility that we could have an effective vaccine widely available sometime next year. Even in that circumstance, though, there were still significant disagreements in how to respond to the crisis: how the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) rescue money should be spent, what conditions should be put on banks that received the money, how auto companies should be treated, and much more. People knew a change was coming but not what would happen in the interim, and they worried that no one was really in charge. The crisis escalated.I’ve focused on economic crises, but the issue is even bigger than that. Some of the biggest political crises in the country also happened in transition. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the election, promising a sharp break from Democrats and the incumbent, President James Buchanan. Lincoln’s election brought tensions to a boil. States talked openly of seceding.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img President Buchanan, a lame duck, announced that he did not believe the federal government had the authority to stop states from leaving. Within weeks, South Carolina voted to secede, followed by six other states, all before the inauguration. Soon after Lincoln took office, the Civil War began.Which brings us to 2020. Even before the election, the coronavirus had surged and was raging through much of the country. The United States has had more than 140,000 cases in a day,rising numbers of hospitalizations and has even witnessed multiple super-spreader events in the White House that infected the president, his chief of staff, cabinet members and senior advisers.Economists have emphasized from the beginning that controlling the spread of the virus is crucial to fixing the economy. The CARES Act, the rescue package passed in March, provided temporary relief in the hope that the virus would rapidly diminish. But as that money has run out, a wide gulf has opened between the approach of the outgoing Trump administration (which has variously argued for doing less and minimized the seriousness of the problem) and the incoming Biden administration, whose first action after the election was to appoint a board of medical advisers and push an aggressive agenda to get the coronavirus under control.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Subdued atmosphere grips new La Liga season

first_imgAfter a brief yet turbulent close-season marked by the attempted departure of Lionel Messi, little transfer activity and the renewed threat of the coronavirus in Spain, La Liga returns on Friday with a decidedly gloomy outlook.Fans are not expected to return to Spanish stadiums until 2021 at the earliest as infection rates continue to rise across the country, depriving the game of the noise and color for which it is renowned.There is also a subdued feeling as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are among six teams missing the opening weekend due to finishing last season late, with the latter three sides also missing the second weekend. Old tensions have resurfaced at institutional level, meanwhile, creating yet more uncertainty.The federation delayed the release of fixtures and this week threatened to block the first match of the season between Granada and Athletic Bilbao due to a ban on Friday matches, although La Liga are certain the game will go ahead.The financial impact of the pandemic, meanwhile, is being keenly felt across the league, even afflicting the wealthiest clubs.Champions Real Madrid, who usually spend their summers parading big money signings at glitzy presentation ceremonies, are not expected to bring in anyone new. Instead they are focusing on recalling loanees such as Martin Odegaard while clearing out unwanted players. Topics :center_img Still, Zinedine Zidane’s side are the favorites to lift the title after last season’s relentless run of 10 straight victories and given the turmoil at Barcelona.Barca may have clung on to Messi after a two-week saga but are still in deep trouble on a sporting, institutional and financial level.President Josep Maria Bartomeu is threatened by a potential vote of no-confidence, while the club are trying to ease a colossal wage bill, shown by their willingness to part with Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal for cut-price deals.New coach Ronald Koeman, a beloved former Barca player but with a patchy record as a club manager, faces a daunting task in reshaping an ageing side whose weaknesses were woefully exposed by the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Unlike predecessors Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien, the Dutchman will look to impose his authority on a dressing room that many believe has had too much power for too long and it will be fascinating to see how he gels with the players.Hope for Barca comes in excitement around teenage forward Ansu Fati, who recently became Spain’s youngest goalscorer and had a highly promising debut campaign.Sevilla, Villarreal out to challenge AtlánticoAtletico Madrid are used to being Spain’s third force but face competition from Sevilla, who could even challenge the usual suspects in the title race if they build on an excellent season in which they finished fourth and won the Europa League.Sevilla have crucially held together most of their squad after getting accustomed to parting with 10 or more players each summer.Villarreal are also one to watch after recruiting Unai Emery as coach and making some eye-catching signings including midfielders Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin from Valencia plus exciting playmaker Takefusa Kubo, on loan from Real Madrid.Valencia are braced for a testing season after parting with captain Parejo plus Spain forward Rodrigo due to a dire financial situation which meant they were unable to pay their players.Elsewhere, David Silva is back in La Liga for the first time in a decade after joining Real Sociedad, while much-loved Cadiz make a welcome return to the top-flight after a 14-year absence, joining Huesca and Elche in being promoted.last_img read more

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Bulldogs MS Grapplers Get Win Over Golden Bears

first_imgThe Bulldog Middle School wrestling squad started off their final week of the season with a bang.  Hosting the Shelbyville Bears the Bulldogs put up a solid battle the entire night to walk away with a 58-57 win, taking them to 2-10 on the season in dual meet action.The evening started out with the bears giving up five weight classes and Batesville jumped out to an early 36-0 lead.  Receiving forfeits for the Bulldogs included; Joey Gutzwiller, Caleb Bischoff- Niece, JT Linkel, Andy Gutzwiller, and Henry Lipinski.  95 pounder, Isaiah Riffle continued the trend as he pinned his opponent in 1:12 in the first period.  Dallas Lamping walked away from a hard fought match with a 9-1 major decision over his 105 bout.  Jackson Wooldridge, Kevin Crowell, and Hunter Hon put together a trio of pins that increased the Bulldog lead to 58-30.  With the host team giving up six weight classes toward the upper weights, it lead to a nail biting end where the Bulldogs came out on top.Other wrestlers seeing varsity matches included, Noah Hewitt, Cole Streuwing, Ethan Gibbs, and Mitchell Thomas.  A great evening of effort and improvement came through for the Batesville grapplers.The Bulldogs will be back in action this Thursday as they host visiting Greensburg at Batesville Middle School starting at 5:30pm.Submitted by Cassie Mumaw.last_img read more

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