It’s Always Funky In Philadelphia: The Gang Plays A Slow “Llama”

first_imgFor those planning to attend some or all of Phish’s 13-night run at Madison Square Garden in NYC, make sure to check out Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights.[photo by Andrew Blackstein] Phish‘s summer tour rolled through Philadelphia, PA around this time last year with two shows at the beautiful Mann Center For Performing Arts. Trey Anastasio, a New Jersey native and longtime Philadelphia Flyers fan, is always quick to rave about how much the band loves playing the classic shed (as he did during the first show of the run, to the delight of the hometown crowd).Crosseyed And Mannless: Phish Debuts Three In Philly FinaleOne certain highlight of the run was the 6/29/16 fan-favorite “Llama”. The classic tune, usually played at blistering speeds, was performed in half time, turning the rocker into a slow, dripping, super-funky jam for just the second time, following last summer’s “Raleigh Llama” from Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.You can watch the performance below, thanks to YouTuber LazyLightning55a:last_img read more

Castroneves Wins Third Indianapolis 500 Title

first_imgBy Dialogo May 26, 2009 Nice article also much informative.Is it magical race as this was the best race of the month. This wasn’t just a race, it was vindication. Helio Castroneves crossed the finish line Sunday beneath an overcast sky at the Indianapolis 500, then loosed enough tears to float his race car another 500 miles down the road. He cried because a third win gained him entry into a charmed circle of champions, only nine of whom have been lucky and courageous enough to capture that many in the 93 times the race has been run. And he cried because the crushing weight of a three-month legal battle with the Internal Revenue Service was finally, unmistakably in his rearview mirror. But mostly, Castroneves cried because his fate once again rested in his own two hands. “You guys don’t understand,” Castroneves roared from the winner’s circle as a 250,000-strong crowd roared back just as loudly. “You guys kept me strong.” A lesser man might have been broken by what Castroneves went through. In March, he was standing trial for federal income tax evasion and looking at six years in prison. He was acquitted, but the final charge against him wasn’t dropped until Friday, two days before the biggest event in his sport. Compared to that ordeal, the race could not have seemed all that taxing. Castroneves grabbed the lead coming out of a restart with 17 laps to go and never faced a serious challenge after that. He started on the pole, played it safe through the middle while ironing out a gearbox problem, then saw his opportunity and grabbed it by the throat. Then just like Rick Mears, one of three four-time Indy 500 champions that Castroneves will train his sights on next, he deployed smarts and patience to choke every last bit of drama out of the race. The resemblance is hardly coincidental. Owner Roger Penske gave both men their shot at the big time and won their loyalty forever. He stood by Castroneves throughout his fight with the IRS and keeps Mears on the payroll as a driving coach and consultant. To no one’s surprise, the two drivers found common ground and became fast friends. “He’s always taken to this place like a duck takes to water,” Mears said. “He’s a competitor, but he’s a big picture guy also. And that’s what it takes … around this place. He’s very good, and what I mean by that is that he rarely puts a wheel wrong around here. He makes very few mistakes.” Both men are masterful in the maelstrom of a race, sifting through clues swirling around them at 220 mph and collecting just enough pieces to solve a tough puzzle. Yet Mears conceded he couldn’t imagine the emotions Castroneves worked through in the quiet moments away from the racetrack, nor the joy he must have felt coming down the home straightaway in front this time. “I know he was just glad to be here. But to have everything fall into place like it did,” Mears said, “is just amazing.” Yet Castroneves’ rivals sensed something different when he returned to the track. The bubbly Brazilian who electrified crowds at Indy Racing League stops and won an international following by waltzing off with the title on “Dancing With The Stars” two seasons ago was noticeably subdued. “Just the kind of hug you get from him” is how IRL glamour girl Danica Patrick described it. “After what he’s gone through, it was a different kind of hug. “So I’m very happy for him,” she added. “We’re glad to have him back, and obviously he’s very good for the sport.” It’s funny how things work out. Just last week, former NFL star Michael Vick walked out of federal prison still vilified and nearly broke, a disgraced former con with no guarantee there will be a place for him in pro football if and when he’s ready to go back. Castroneves, on the other hand, was acquitted, then welcomed back to racing with open arms and the benefit of the doubt. With a quarter of the race left, his sister stood behind Castroneves’ pit, her eyes shut tight and hands clasped in prayer. In short order, Helio’s parents and his girlfriend locked hands and joined the vigil. Given the chance to pick up where he left off, the Brazilian climbed back behind the wheel and wrote the perfect ending to what could have been a Hollywood script. Except that it was all true. “Towards the end,” Castroneves said. “I didn’t touch anything on the car. When I got in the front, it was, ‘Never look back.'” He paused one more time to choke back tears. “This race is magical. It was a tough beginning,” he added, “but this is the best month of May ever.”last_img read more

Damir Džumhur Ensured Performance at Roland Garros

first_imgDamir Džumhur ensured the performance at Roland Garros after Spaniard Marcel Granollers handed the match to the best B&H tennis player today, in the second round of the ATP tournament.On several occasions during the match against Džumhur, Granollers complained about injury and did not manage to play until the end of the first set. He decided to give up the match in which Džumhur led with a result of 3:0.With this victory Damir secured performance at Roland Garros, which is to be held from May 24th until June 7th.In the next round of the ATP tournament in Morocco, Damir will play against Andreas Haider Mauer, who won against the Spanish tennis player Pablo Andujar today.(Source: klix.ba/ photo abc)last_img read more