first_imgPhish is on fire. At least, they have been the past two nights. Whatever it is about the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the band seems to be right at home in its spacious confines, delivering back-to-back shows that have featured some of the best jamming of the year. After last night’s incredible version of “Golden Age”, the band jumped out of the gate on Saturday night and never let down, putting together one of the best and most complete shows of 2016 on their second night in Las Vegas.The show began with “The Birds”, making it the second night in a row that Phish have started their show with a song from their Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House Halloween album, which was debuted the last time they stopped at this venue back in 2014. This was only the third time they had ever performed the song live, but you couldn’t tell as they attacked the song with confidence. They followed that up with “Kill Devil Falls”, which featured a small, yet high-energy peak. “555” came next, and Phish delivered a standard version of the song, before Trey Anastasio started the familiar ethereal opening chords of “Roggae”. “Roggae” has been showing up more and more in recent years, and it’s always a welcome addition, especially when they trick it out with some serious improv, as they did on this evening. Mike Gordon was incredible on this track, delivering a melodic bass solo before he and Anastasio linked up for a dual-pronged jam.“Gumbo” was busted out for only the second time this year, and it can be considered one of the best versions of the song that they’ve ever performed. “Gumbo” featured a “Camel Walk” tease, and then a raging type II jam that was reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, taking the song in new directions that it has rarely, if ever, been taken. The song normally clocks in at around five minutes long, and this version landed at just over nine minutes, giving the audience four minutes of ambitious improv before they brought the song to a close.“Lawn Boy” provided a nice breather, while Gordon delivered another impressive solo on the relatively short tune. The band surprised many when they started “Wilson” next, bringing the energy right back up with the Gamehendge favorite. “Maze” was a true standout, with Anastasio comping wildly as Page McConnell soloed his way through the song. The jazz-fusion vibes were strong during this wild and weird improv, eventually heading back into the song via its standard huge peak. A blissful “Wingsuit” was executed perfectly, with Anastasio nailing the song’s David Gilmour-esque guitar solo. Phish then performed the Big Boat standout “More”, with its cheesy-yet-uplifting lyrics serving as the perfect fit to put a cap on the high-energy first set.Phish wasted no time in set two, getting down to business with a dark and dirty “Mercury”. The band performed the song well, jamming patiently before Anastasio started chugging power chords. Eventually, Gordon’s dissonant bass playing dragged the band into the weird, with the jam remaining there for several minutes before it fizzled into “Piper”. This almost fifteen-minute version of “Piper” was one for the ages, as they started jamming powerfully as soon as they could, with tons of exploratory playing from Anastasio. The band eventually settled on a bluesy theme, which made way for a speed funk moment that dissolved into a major groove that reached an other-worldly peak.The jam was eventually brought to a close as Anastasio led the band into “Scents and Subtle Sounds”. While Phish eschewed the song’s beloved intro, this was a tight and powerful version of “S&SS”, one that saw Anastasio screeching psychedelic guitar stabs into the sky as the song built in energy. Just as a jam started to form, the band switched gears and started “Tweezer”, which perfectly harnessed the energy of the MGM crowd, sending the audience into a wild frenzy of glowsticks and excitement that served as the evening’s peak. “Tweezer” clocked in at just under thirteen minutes, but it was thirteen minutes of balls-to-the-wall improvisation. What started as a funk jam turned into psychedelic shredding, eventually dissolving into the ambient intro to “I Always Wanted It This Way”. The new Page McConnell song from Big Boat is turning out to be a reliable dance number, with a pulsating beat and lots of electronic sounds. Anastasio put his guitar down and moved over to Jon Fishman‘s Marimba Lumina, moving the band into a synth-heavy jam section that saw Gordon add melodic high notes, before he offered up a few bass bombs.Anastasio laid off the guitar for “The Horse”, which of course led into “Silent in the Morning”, making only its second appearance of 2016. The band then brought the exciting second set to a close with the old and energetic favorite, “Golgi Apparatus”. For the encore, Phish offered up a heartfelt version of The Rolling Stones‘ “Shine A Light”, which was a nice throwback to their 2009 Halloween show.  The band then closed out the evening with a super-charged version of “Tweezer Reprise”.When the dust settled, it was clear by the stunned look on many of the faces in the audience that they had just witnessed something special. Phish plays tons of shows every year, and many fans go to multiple concerts (or even all of the shows) in an attempt to find “it”. This show was “it”. It had loose, and energetic playing, an excellent selection of songs from across their catalog, and adventurous improvisation that was second to none.Phish returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena this evening for the third night of their four-night Halloween run. Check out the setlist, below.Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/29/2016Set 1: The Birds, Kill Devil Falls, 555, Roggae, Gumbo, Lawn Boy, Wilson, Maze, Wingsuit, MoreSet 2: Mercury > Piper > Scents and Subtle Sounds >Tweezer > I Always Wanted It This way, The Horse > Silent in the Morning ? Golgi ApparatusEncore: Shine a Light, Tweezer Reprise Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgCanada: Vancouver city authority has bought part of a 1·5 km of right-of-way through CP’s False Creek yard for a proposed light rail line between SkyTrain at Main Street and Science World.Great Britain: London Underground has invited tenders for its Connect network-wide radio communications Private Finance Initiative; prequalified are Gensys, led by GPT, and Racal BRT.Japan: Keihin Electric Railway has taken delivery of the first Series 8000 four-car EMU for through working on to the Kyoto metro.Spain: Madrid’s regional government has signed an agreement with Caja de Madrid bank covering research for the proposed introduction of smartcards in 1999. They could be used to pay for various municipal services, including metro and bus travel.OCP and Entrecanales have won a Pts5bn contract for mechanical and electrical fitting-out of part of Valencia’s metro Line 5.USA: On January 22 Ansaldo Signal won a $21m contract from New York City Transit Authority for signalling equipment for the Queens Connector metro extension.Nycta has bought a Vaktrak permanent way vacuum cleaner from Socofer of France. The five-section train can remove up to 15m3 of rubbish from the track, and can suck up objects weighing up to 3 kg.The JMA joint venture of Hatch Mott MacDonald, Jacobs Engineering and ACG Environments has won a US$65m contract for construction management of Los Angeles metro Red line 5·6 km Eastside extension.last_img read more

first_img Press Association “You ask if it took a while to get across to my players what I wanted to do and probably it did. And maybe my message did not go through to everybody. But now I find people who understand my message,” said Garde. “The way we played, the spirit we showed and the way we have come through a difficult period in the last two games has pleased me. They were not easy because w e were up against teams who were full of confidence, when we were not. “I’m very happy with the way we’ve played the last two games. It pleased me a lot because it means that the players I picked have a good attitude.” Garde is relatively new to management, having taken his only other job with French club Lyon in 2011, but the former Arsenal midfielder has shown the strength of mind to leave out established players at Villa Park. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor, the club’s longest-serving player, has made only one two-minute appearance since Garde took over at the beginning of November and those named only as substitutes against Leicester on Saturday included club captain Micah Richards and previous first-choice goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Garde could make some changes against Wycombe and recall some of those players. Garde says Jack Grealish (tonsillitis) and Carlos Sanchez (hamstring) are in contention to play in the third-round replay – and he will also check on the fitness of Agbonlahor, who has been struggling for a while with a back problem. “I will see with Gabby. I will see what I see In the training session,” said Garde. “Yes Carlos is a maybe – and Jack is back training. Now it’s about competition to be in the group.” Richards may also be recalled. Garde made the bold decision to leave his skipper out of the previous two teams, partly because of a foot injury, but also because the Frenchman favoured Joleon Lescott and Jores Okore at the heart of defence. However, Garde insists he still has faith in the big defender, saying: “In my position, managers have to make choices. This is the one I have made for the last two games. But this doesn’t mean I don’t rely on Micah.” Time will tell if Garde was the right man to be charged with taking over a team in Villa’s predicament, struggling at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but four points from the last two matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester have offered a modicum of encouragement in their battle for survival. Villa are nine points adrift of safety, compared to just four when Tim Sherwood departed as boss, but ahead of the FA Cup third-round replay against League Two promotion hopefuls Wycombe on Tuesday night, Garde believes his way of working is hitting home. Aston Villa manager Remi Garde believes his players are at last getting the message and beginning to understand what he is about. last_img read more

first_imgAFTER the approval of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, boxing in times of coronavirus is now a reality, although without fans. Las Vegas has become the city that hosts the most boxing events in the United States and the world. And after two weeks of twice-weekly shows, Top Rank will deliver the sport’s first world championship boxing action this week.The fight that marks the return of world title fights will be between reigning beltholder Andrew Moloney and Joshua Franco, who will fight for the WBA super flyweight title on Tuesday, June 23 at the MGM “Bubble” in Las Vegas.“The Monster” Moloney (21-0, 14 KOs), who moved his camp from Australia to Las Vegas, will make his debut in America, while “The Professor” Franco (16-1-2, 8 KOs) will fight in his first championship fight. The champion is undefeated since his debut in 2014 and his challenger has not lost in two years.The winner will stand at the gates of a mega-fight against Nicaragua’s pride and WBA super champion Román “El Chocolatito” González, who has just recently dethroned Khalid Yafai.The fight looks even on paper and has high expectations on ESPN’s platform, which will broadcast the first world title fight in times of the pandemic, presented by Top Rank. (Fightnews)last_img read more

first_imgArsenal comfortably beat Manchester United at the Emirates after two goals from Alexis Sanchez and a further strike from Mesut Ozil.United were blown away right from the off, and the high line they adopted left them vulnerable on the counter, which Sanchez and co took full advantage of.Ozil and Sanchez linked up brilliantly for the opener in the sixth minute, with the German’s pinpoint cross flicked in at the near post by the Chile forward. Johan Cruyff would have been proud of that finish.And one minute later, United were undone again, this time Theo Walcott laying on a perfect pass for Ozil to steer home, and send the Emirates into raptures.The Gunners were three to the good in under 20 minutes, after Sanchez rode the half-hearted challenge of a hapless Matteo Darmian, before rifling an unstoppable strike into the top corner, leaving David de Gea no chance.United huffed and puffed but that opening 20 minutes of madness settled this encounter, with Petr Cech making several fine saves to preserve the Gunners’ clean sheet. Despite supposedly being in “crisis”, the result sees Arsenal leapfrog United on goal difference, and the Gunners are just two points behind leaders Manchester City. The title race is well and truly on.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_img Rosetta finally locates Philae lander a month before the mission endsScientists realize Comet 67P used to be two comets The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission accomplished many firsts in human space exploration. It was the first probe to reach a stable orbit around a comet, the first one to successfully deploy a lander on a comet, and the first to monitor a comet up close as it was heated by the sun. The ESA has now brought the Rosetta mission to an end with a crash landing on the surface of comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Rosetta is not the first to crash into a comet (NASA’s Deep Impact did that in 2005), but it doesn’t make the event any less momentous. Rosetta reached the comet 67P in 2014, making history as the first man-made object to orbit a comet. It began snapping photos of the comet as it waited for it to reawaken as the sun heated the surface. In the meantime, Rosetta released the Philae lander in late 2014. Philae touched down on the comet, but the harpoons that were meant to secure it to the surface did not fire. The low gravity of 67P caused the probe to bounce several times, eventually coming to rest in a shadowy nook.Image of 67P from 5.8km during descent.The ESA was still able to get plenty of science done with Philae before its batteries ran low. It woke up briefly several months later as the comet neared the sun and more sunlight was available. A survey of the surface with Rosetta’s cameras recently revealed the resting place of Philae. Over the course of the mission, the ESA gathered data on the composition and structure of 67P. As a primordial clump of matter from the early solar system, this data could be invaluable in understanding how everything came together.Both Philae and Rosetta are solar powered, which is why Philae had problems on the comet’s surface. This is also why the ESA opted to “land” Rosetta on 67P. As the comet headed further out from the sun, Rosetta was unlikely to receive enough solar energy to remain operational. Rather than let the probe die a quiet death the cold depths of space, the ESA decided to send it out in a blaze of glory and get some really close-up data on 67P in the process.Rosetta executed its final maneuver at 2200GMT on September 29th, sending it down to the surface. 14 hours later, it made contact with the comet and the signal was lost. The ESA calculated that Rosetta was probably moving at roughly 2 miles per hour when it hit. That’s about walking speed for a human, but Rosetta wasn’t designed to land at any speed. The history-making probe now rests on a smooth patch of ground in the Ma’at region of 67P. It’s gone, but not forgotten. Stay on targetlast_img read more