John Mayer Addresses Chris Robinson’s Criticisms In New Interview

first_imgIn a new interview with Rolling Stone, pop star turned Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer talked extensively about his presence within the Grateful Dead spinoff, including the sense of inclusion he’s found within the group as well as what the music means to him and how his perspectives on success have changed over the past ten years. Mayer also took the time to address Chris Robinson’s remarks on the Howard Stern show in mid-May, during which the Chris Robinson Brotherhood bandleader stated “Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for, John Mayer is the antithesis. . . . [Mayer] knows all the licks, there’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.”Robinson’s remarks became a highly controversial topic, earning the musician criticisms of his own after they were made. However, in this new interview, John Mayer displays an almost uncharacteristic zen-like demeanor by taking the high road when asked if Robinson’s comments bothered him. Mayer notes, “I care about this band too much to give that life. I have my thoughts, but it’s not my place. I realized not long ago that I’m done debating my own merits: ‘No, I am very good.’ Music isn’t a sports-page thing to me.”Mayer’s response comes after he speaks on what he’s learned in the two years he’s been with Dead & Company. As a traditional solo artist in the past, he notes, “I’ve never had inclusion before. I always created one-man clubs. And one-man shows are very hard to live inside of and inhabit for 50 years.” He then describes the ensemble as “everything [he’s] always wanted,” comparing the community aspect of Dead & Company to a “basketball team” where everyone is “doing [their] best to help the team win.”Historically, Mayer has not been shy about praising the influence and music of the Grateful Dead nor expressing his own gratitude for being a part of the Dead-inspired act. Again, he reiterates “being invited into this band is the highest award in the world” and that it’s “the gift of [his] life to be able to play that music with that band.” Ahead of describing the Grateful Dead’s music as something that “takes you to a completely different place, . . . inspires you, and it soothes you in some way that it’s almost like hanging out in a biker gang of imaginary friends,” Mayer compares how his standards for success have shifted to a more abstract view that privileges his membership in Dead & Company over “universally agreed-upon credentials like a Grammy or an American Music Award or a chart position.”To hammer home his dedication to the music, he also quotes Donna Jean from the recently released Long Strange Trip documentary, stating that after the singer says “I don’t wanna listen to this music anymore. I wanna play this music,” he “was blown away, because that’s exactly how I felt. . . . I am one of a million people who, when they heard the music, eventually went, ‘Man, let me in on it.’”You can read John Mayer’s full interview with Rolling Stone’s Patrick Doyle here, which also touches on the guitarist entering “cannabis life,” changes to the pop world over the last decade, and his own guitar face.[Photo: Emily Butler]last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! James Corden, Annaleigh Ashford & More

first_imgAnnaleigh Ashford, James Corden, Alice Ripley & Emily Skinner,Josh Segarra, Montego Glover & Leslie Odom Jr. It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s almost time to watch Channing Tatum tap dance and dream of the day he teaches us some Magic Mike moves! Until that happens (it’s bound to eventually, right?), let’s revisit some of the craziest, wildest, wig-flippingest moments from this past week on the Great White Way. From a rapping Founding Father taking the Grammys to a Starbucks barista winning our and Alex Brightman’s hearts, here’s the Lessons of the Week!The Grammys Are the Room Where…YepHow does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman get to the Grammy Awards? It’s easy if he’s also the subject of a hot Broadway blockbuster. Hamilton will perform their opening number at the Grammys. Musical theater on the small screen is always usually amazing, and just think of how many people will hear it for the first time and not be able to get a ticket!Ashford’s Got a Late Night Double FeatureLook who’s up for a little Horror! Annaleigh Ashford is going to jump to the left, step to the right and the whole shebang as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. There’s no one we’d rather see walking down the street just having a think than our favorite magical Tony winner. After all, who else would be fab in a gold-sequined top hat and tap shoes? Other than Channing Tatum.Tveitertots Got a LOT of Greased LightningOK, that’s totally not a lesson at this point. But yes, he gave us (and 17 million viewers worldwide) chills that were multiplyin’ in Grease: Live. Thanks to all of you who played along with our #GreaseSighting tweet-a-long, we got plenty of pics coming in of our Broadway boyfriend in a leather jacket, short shorts and more. There are worse things we could do than rewatch it every day, right? RIGHT?Alex Brightman’s Got a Barista BaeThere’s a girl who works at Starbucks who is very inspirational. She is very inspirational because of many things. Primarily because she takes care of our School of Rock vlogger Alex Brightman’s caffeine intake. Her name is Toni, and if you’re ever in the mood for a triple grande one-pump Cinnamon Dolce Latte, she’s got you covered. Bring us java, bring us joy, Toni! You’re officially our star of this week’s Lessons.Josh Segarra’s Assetts Are All OverLet’s talk about butts for a minute. Specifically, Josh Segarra’s. You can catch it in On Your Feet! in short shorts that rival Tveit’s Grease getup or in a close-up in Trainwreck. While on Show People, Segarra walked us through the latter. According to him, it was entirely Amy Schumer’s idea to show off his assets on camera. Thank you, Amy. You’re also our star of this week’s Lessons.Ben Rappaport Can’t Escape the BroadwayWhat do Camryn Manheim and Ben Rappaport have in common? They’ve both hit the Broadway stage this season, and they’ve both once sold concessions at their respective theaters. In the premier episode of Adam Kantor’s Fiddler on the Roof vlog, Rappaport recalled his earlier days at the Broadway Theatre, where he used to be an actual water bearer. This lesson is making us thirsty. (Um. Did we use that right?)Rachel Bloom Is the Queen of PatterWe love karaoke. We love patter songs. We just never thought to do patter songs at karaoke. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom, while talking all things Broadway, told us she loves to perform “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man “because it makes everyone really uncomfortable.” Uncomfortable with a capital “U” and that rhymes with “Q” and that stands for “Quick, someone please send us a video of this.”Emily Skinner’s Our MT GuruWhen Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner answer your questions, you also get a musical theater history lesson. The Side Show duo, who are rejoining at the hip for a weekend of belting at Feinstein’s/54 Below, shared that Skinner’s typically the one teaching Ripley about obscure shows. Did you know Andy Griffith was in a musical in the ‘50s? Emily Skinner did! Thanks, Emily Skinner!Montego Gave Fantine an Early HaircutWe all know Fantine gets a less-than-desirable new ‘do in Les Miserables (to help her daughter!). Unfortunately for Montego Glover, who just wrapped up her stint in the show, sometimes that haircut is a little preemptive. The Tony nominee revealed on #LiveatFive that when her wig once came off onstage causing her to flee for a lace-front adjustment. There was a time when bobby pins were kind…but it all went wrong. James Corden Will Light Up the TonysTony winner, movie musical star and CBS darling James Corden will host this year’s Tony Awards on—you guessed it—CBS. In his previous and current hosting gigs, he’s done everything from riff it out behind the wheel with J. Hud to take Phantom on the actual road. He’s on fire, and we mean that literally: He really did set himself on fire at the Brit Awards. Take that, Angela Lansbury! View Commentslast_img read more

BIG POWER SHIFT: Court OKs MORE Power takeover of PECO assets

first_imgIn a ruling dated Feb. 20, 2020 Judge EmeraldRequina-Contreras of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 23 ordered the courtsheriff “to place MORE Power in possession” of PECO’s identified powerdistribution properties for expropriation and “submit a report thereof to thecourt, with service of copies to the parties pursuant to Section 2 of Rule 67of the Rules of Court.” * Bolilao, Mandurriao substation (land,buildings, and machinery) The PECO power distribution assets that thecourt identified for MORE Power’s takeover were the following: * Baldoza-La Paz substation (land includingall machineries and improvements, buildings) * Tabuc Suba, Jaro substation (land,machinery) “The primary goal of the court is a smooth andpeaceful transition of operation, to protect the public interest of the peopleof Iloilo City and its businesses, and to ensure the uninterrupted supply ofelectricity,” stressed the court. It was on Jan. 2 when thecase was re-raffled to Gaspar’s sala after RTC Branch 35’s Judge Daniel AntonioGerardo Amular inhibited, too. * Avanceña Street, Molo substation (land, andbuildings, machinery) All of these have a total assessed value ofP217,940, 870. Also to be taken over by MORE Power arePECO assets listed under the distribution plant in the Energy Regulation Commissionrecord. These include meter lab, power plant building, switchboard house withtotal assessed value of P14,792, 680. The expropriation case dragged due to PECO’s legal challenge andhopped from one court to another. Requina-Contreras was the fifth judge tohandle it. It was re-raffled to her court after retiring Judge Gloria Madero of RTC Branch 29 who was supposedto handle the case – the fourth judge, in fact – deemed it proper to letanother RTC branch tackle the case. PECO had been Iloilo City’s monopoly power distributor for over 95years. MORE Power also petitioned the court to determine the reasonablevalue of PECO’s power distribution system assets for just compensation, thenorder the transfer of the ownership of these upon payment of a justcompensation.center_img * General Luna substation (machinery) Also to be taken over by MORE Power arepersonal properties directly used in the electric distribution services inIloilo City such as consumers’ electric meters, poles, transformers,transmission and distribution equipment composed of primary and secondary lineson the streets of Iloilo City, and service vehicles and equipment used directlyin the distribution, maintenance and trouble-shooting activities. PECO’s franchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019. Itfailed to secure an extension or a new one from Congress which cited the manycomplaints from consumers over, among others, erroneous billing, poor customerservice and high rates. By MORE Power’s own estimate, PECO’s power distribution system isvalued at P481,842,450. The expropriation of PECO’s assets in its favor, according to MOREPower, would allow it to “immediately address and correct poor services,overcharging, frequent brownouts, expensive rates, old and unsafe facilitiesand practices, and other service deficiencies that this city’s power users andconsumers had long suffered.” In March 2019 MORE Power asked RTC Iloilo City Branch 37 to issuea writ of possession authorizing it to take immediate control, operation, use,and disposition of PECO’s power distribution system assets. The other judge whopreviously heard the case Judge Yvette Go of RTC Branch 37./PN ILOILO City – MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) is set to take over the power distribution assets of PanayElectric Co. (PECO) more than a year after securing a franchise from thegovernment to be this city’s power distributor. In seeking the expropriation of PECO’s assets, MORE Power citedSection 10 of RA 11212 and Rule 67 Section 2 of the Revised Rules of Court authorizingit to take possession of, exercise control over, and manage and operate all ofthe power distribution assets in Iloilo City. It was on Jan. 27 when the case wasre-raffled to RTC Branch 29 of Madero after Judge Ma. Theresa Gaspar of RTCBranch 33 decided to inhibit citing her close ties to PECO owners. On Feb. 14, 2019 President Rodrigo Dutertesigned into law MORE Power’s franchise, Republic Act (RA) 11212.last_img read more

Hennessy ends Leopardstown backing

first_img Press Association Leopardstown are seeking a new sponsor for the race best known as the Hennessy Gold Cup after the current backer ended its 25-year association with the race. The three-mile event was first run in 1987 as the Vincent O’Brien Irish Gold Cup, with Hennessy beginning its sponsorship of the Grade One contest in 1991. However, Edward Dillon & Co, which distributes Hennessy in Ireland, has opted not to continue their support of the race. center_img Chief executive Andy O’Hara said: “In this our 250th anniversary year and following the 25th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup, we have reluctantly decided not to extend the sponsorship beyond 2015. “We have had a wonderful long-standing relationship with Leopardstown over the years and we thank them for their dedication and commitment to this multifaceted sponsorship.” The likes of Carvill’s Hill, Beef Or Salmon, Dorans Pride, Florida Pearl, Neptune Collonges and Sir Des Champs all feature on the roll of honour and Leopardstown’s chief executive Pat Keogh believes the race provides an excellent sponsorship opportunity. He told ”We are extremely grateful to Hennessy for their huge contribution to Leopardstown over the past 25 years. Gold Cup Day at Leopardstown is one of the premier sporting occasions each year and is the only race day in Ireland with four Grade One races. “This is a wonderful opportunity for a new partner to become part of a very special sporting event.” last_img read more

Lakers suffer injuries to Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson in 117-107 loss to Denver

first_imgFinally, the Pepsi Center scoreboard alerted fans that Kobe Bryant nursed more soreness in his right shoulder and would not play in the second half of the Lakers’ 117-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Pepsi Center. Then, the boos erupted with the same venom that Bryant experienced when he once assumed the NBA’s villain role here and everywhere. That marked a troubling development for Bryant, who posted only five points on 1-of-2 shooting, two rebounds and one assist after sitting the past two games and three practices to rest his sore right shoulder. “It’s my last time here. It’s important to get out there and play and show appreciation for all these years,” Bryant said. “Had it not been the case, I wouldn’t have played. I wanted to get out there though.”But those warm sentiments could only carry Bryant so far against Denver (23-37). After feeling “really really achy” in his right shoulder, Bryant faces uncertainty if he can recover in time for when the Lakers (12-50) host the Atlanta Hawks (33-28) on Friday at Staples Center. But he strongly dismissed shutting down for an extended period of time with only 20 games remaining. “I can’t do that. There’s like three weeks left in the season,” Bryant said. “As much as I can get out there and play, I’ll get out there and play. If it’s at Staples here I’m going to have to start ramping it up a little bit and get out there and playing. It’s almost a wrap. At the same time, I don’t want to do something toward the end and have the shoulder pop out again and then I’m on the surgery table again.”The Lakers do not have as much clarity on Lakers second-year guard Jordan Clarkson, who left early in the third quarter after straining his left knee. He posted 13 points on a 4-of-13 clip in 22 minutes. The Lakers will evaluate him on Thursday.All of which left the Lakers underhanded considering they also missed Larry Nance Jr. (right knee) and Lou Williams (left hamstring). The Lakers allowed 27 fast-break points and had no answer for the Nuggets’ D.J. Augustin (26 points) and Emmanuel Mudiay (22 points).“I don’t think we executed well at all, especially offensively. Transition defense again was terrible,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Transition defense has nothing to do with lineup changes. That’s just straight effort and getting back.”Yet, the Lakers still stayed within striking distance with rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell posting a team-leading 22 points and six assists while shooting 8 of 20 from the field and 3 of 9 from 3-point range in 35 minutes. He replaced Nick Young with the Lakers trailing 98-94 with 5:11 left and nearly led his team to another win. He drove to the basket and made a layup. Russell also set up rookie forward Anthony Brown for an open 3-pointer. This all happened a night after Russell posted career-highs against Brooklyn in points (39), field-goals (14) and 3-pointers (8).“I could’ve been better,” Russell said. “You can’t get too high or too low in games like that. I just want to stay consistent.”Hence, Scott’s criticism afterward.“It was OK,” Scott said. “It wasn’t nothing special. He scored pretty good. But their guards lit us up.” DENVER >> The pleas grew louder and louder with each second that passed. “We want Kobe!!”Nothing happened. So the volume increased some more.“Kobe! Kobe!”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini raves about team while live-tweeting game vs. Edmonton Oilers

first_imgThe Vancouver Canucks have impressed this season as they sit in playoff position, and ownership has given the club its stamp of approval. Francesco Aquilini, the chairman of Canucks Sports & Entertainment and owner of the franchise, made that clear as he live-tweeted the Canucks’ matchup against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.Aquilini started by citing the importance of the game; he was hopeful the team could sweep the back-to-back against Edmonton after what he called “a tough road trip” in which Vancouver dropped three of six. Totally different PP with Hughes out there. Reminds me of Brian Leetch, [email protected]— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) December 2, 2019Aquilini didn’t shy away from calling out Miller’s critics after the 26-year-old forward recorded his 28th point in 28 games. Vancouver acquired Miller in a draft-day trade, and some people were skeptical of the club investing in someone who played on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s fourth line. Miller is thriving with his new team as a top scorer who’s on pace for a career-high 82 points.Not hearing much from critics of the JT Miller trade Jim made these days— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) December 2, 2019Beyond the game, Aquilini also gave an update on the development of the team’s prospects.Jim tells me his group is extremely pleased with progress of several of our prospects including Madden, Podkolzin, Hoglander.— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) December 2, 2019Aquilini also commented on consistency and scoring throughout the lineup after Josh Leivo scored in the second period, his second straight game with a goal and third straight with a point. MORE: Quinn Hughes reaching new heights in rookie campaignHe likes what he has seen from this club, from his star players to the overall group. Elias Pettersson leads the team with 11 goals and 31 points through 27 games.Really enjoy watching this group, individual skill and team play— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) December 2, 2019The Vancouver businessman also commented on the leadership of Bo Horvat, who was named captain at the start of the season after the team went without one following the Sedin twins’ retirement in 2018.”Bo has taken ‘C’ responsibilities in stride, excellent leader,” Aquilini wrote.Brock Boeser scored his 11th goal of the season in the first period, with rookie Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller adding assists. The Canucks also ended the period on the power play, which has seen significant improvement and ranks fourth in the league (26.9 percent). That unit also captured Aquilini’s attention, especially with the addition of Hughes — who earned high praise from the owner.last_img read more


first_imgKilcar man and FG Seanad candidate John McNulty.TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has defended a Donegal businessman on his appointment to a semi-state museums board so he can run for a seat in the Seanad.John McNulty has been at the centre of a political storm all week.“It is the right of the leader of the day to decide who is nominated. I have to decide who should be nominated. I have to verify all the nominations of all the candidates for General Elections and for the Seanad. The process is one Fine Gael has always followed,” said Mr Kenny on a trip to America. Mr Kenny added: “I hope that John McNulty will prove to be an outstanding Senator. He is a young man with considerable energy and potential. He is involved in a lot of different activities in an area that needs every help it can get. Where obviously rural Ireland needs every assistance it can get.”Mr Kenny also rejected an argument the appointment should have been given to a woman.“Well I saw some commentary about this about gender balance. The two candidates in the Dail by elections, Cait Keane and Maura Hopkins, speak for themselves and are well able to speak for themselves and hopefully will win those elections,” he said.TAOISEACH DEFENDS APPOINTMENT OF SEANAD HOPEFUL McNULTY was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fine Gaeljohn mccolgan financial adviceSeanadlast_img read more

Oakland Athletics trade for Reds starter Tanner Roark

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics acquired another arm to compete in their rotation, bringing in Reds starter Tanner Roark just hours before MLB’s trade deadline.Wondering how beloved Roark is as a teammate? Reds pitcher and former Athletic Sonny Gray called manager Bob Melvin the minute after news broke to sing his praises.“You’re getting a lot of positive input from guys that have played with him,” Melvin said.Blake Treinen called him “the best” teammate. The pair came up through the Nationals …last_img

Lankan Board asks MI bowler Lasith Malinga to return

first_imgThe ongoing battle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) is hotting up. After asking its national players to leave the IPL-4 midway and report for the pre-tour camp to England on May 5, the SLC has now asked Lasith Malinga to return though he is not slated to tour England for the Test series.Malinga is a key member of the IPL’s Mumbai Indians squad and was expected to feature in the entire season. The SLC has not taken kindly to Malinga’s absence from the Test team, citing injury but playing in the cash-rich T20 league.Former Sri Lanka captain and current chairman of selectors Duleep Mendis minced no words in questioning Malinga’s decision to stay away from the national Test side while being available for the IPL. Mendis has written to Malinga urging him to return from the IPL to undergo his rehabilitation programme so that he can return to top fitness and be available for the Sri Lankan natioanl team at the earliest.SLC secretary Nishant Ranatunga, too, expressed his dissatisfaction over Malinga continuing to play in the IPL.The BCCI has said it may block payments of Lankan players for IPL4 if the SLC did not allow its players to stay on for the entire season.According to sources, the BCCI has been miffed at the SLC after its request to allow the Lankan cricketers to stay back was turned down. Sources confirmed that the BCCI might ask the IPL franchises to withhold the payments of Lankan players and even not pay the SLC its share of 10 per cent of the players’ earnings.advertisementAccording to IPL rules, only those players would be paid their entire salary who stay on till the end, that is May 22.There are 10 Sri Lankan players playing in the IPL. The collective earnings of these players this season is estimated around $56,80,000 of which SLC stands to gain $5,68,000 as per its contract with the BCCI.last_img read more

Aleksandr Golovin agrees to join AS Monaco

first_imgAS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more