Opinion: Inspired By Our Youth

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Nine Inch Nails Expand 2018 North American Tour

first_imgNine Inch Nails have expanded their 2018 North American fall tour. After selling out two nights at Radio City Music Hall in mere minutes, Nine Inch Nails have added two shows at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, taking place October 16th and 17th. Nine Inch Nails will also extend their sold-out runs in New Orleans and Los Angeles, and add a second show in San Francisco.The Jesus and Mary Chain will provide direct support on the fall tour. Opening acts will vary as the tour moves across the country, and include TOBACCO, Kite Base, Daniel Avery, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor), Death in Vegas, HMLTD, and Soft Moon. A Trent Reznor-curated playlist featuring the music of each opening act can be heard here.Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale online and by phone on Friday, June 15th, at 10 am local time. Visit the band’s website for additional information and links to purchase.Tonight, Nine Inch Nails kick off their summer headline tour with the first of three sold-out shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. From there, the band will bring their incendiary live concert experience to the UK and Europe, beginning with a pair of shows in London, including a sold-out performance at the historic Royal Albert Hall.Bad Witch, the final volume in the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE, is set for release on June 22. Fans who pre-order the record in digital format, or from the band’s website, will instantly receive the track “God Break Down the Door.”COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018WITH THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN09/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre TOBACCO09/14 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre TOBACCO09/18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks TOBACCO09/19 Morrison, CO Red Rocks TOBACCO09/24 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater TOBACCO SOLD OUT09/26 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre TOBACCO09/27 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre TOBACCO09/29 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater TOBACCO10/09 Washington, DC The Anthem Kite Base10/10 Washington, DC The Anthem Kite Base10/13 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Kite Base SOLD OUT10/14 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Daniel Avery SOLD OUT10/16 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre Daniel Avery10/17 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre Daniel Avery10/19 Boston, MA Boch Center Daniel Avery SOLD OUT10/20 Boston, MA Boch Center Death in Vegas SOLD OUT10/22 Detroit, MI Fox Theater Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor)10/23 Detroit, MI Fox Theater Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor)10/25 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor) SOLD OUT10/26 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Death in Vegas SOLD OUT10/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Death in Vegas SOLD OUT11/23 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Kite Base SOLD OUT11/24 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Kite Base SOLD OUT11/25 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Daniel Avery11/27 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Daniel Avery11/28 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Daniel Avery12/03 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium HMLTD12/04 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium HMLTD12/07 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Death in Vegas SOLD OUT12/08 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Death in Vegas SOLD OUT12/11 Los Angeles, CA Palladium HMLTD SOLD OUT12/12 Los Angeles, CA Palladium HMLTD SOLD OUT12/14 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Soft Moon12/15 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Soft MoonNINE INCH NAILS 2018 TOUR DATES* headline shows06/13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/15 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/22 London Meltdown Festival *SOLD OUT06/24 London Royal Albert Hall *SOLD OUT06/25 Paris Olympia *SOLD OUT06/27 Amsterdam AFAS *SOLD OUT06/29 St Gallen Open Air Fest06/30 Prague Aerodrome Festival07/02 Berlin Zitadelle *SOLD OUT07/04 Roskilde DK Roskilde Festival07/06 Belfort Eurokennes Festival07/08 Werchter Rock Werchter Festival07/09 Montreux Montreux Jazz Festival07/12 Lisbon NOS Alive Festival07/14 Madrid Mad Cool Festival08/14 Bangkok Moonstar Studio08/17 Tokyo Sonic Mania Festival08/19 Osaka Summer Sonic Festival09/22 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest09/30 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival11/17-18 Mexico City, MX Corona Capital FestivalView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

With Syracuse’s secondary depleted due to injury, Rodney Williams steps back into his old role

first_imgRodney Williams was confident that Syracuse’s defense would transform. Back in April, during spring ball, the redshirt junior safety felt a difference in the defensive backs’ position room. The group had added two graduate transfers while its younger cornerbacks developed even more.And, it turns out, Williams was right. Last year, the defense allowed more than 500 yards per game, ranking 122nd in total defense. This year, the team ranks 37th in total defense and leads the nation in stopping third-down conversions.What Williams didn’t see, though, is that the improvements made to the unit would cost him his job. Williams played in 11 games last year and started the last 10. He, Daivon Ellison and Kielan Whitner played the majority of time across the two safety spots.To start the year, sophomore Evan Foster locked down one safety spot; at 6-foot, 211 pounds, he is the most physically imposing of the Orange defensive backs. Antwan Cordy initially held the other spot, but a season-ending injury in the season-opener removed him from consideration. Graduate transfer Jordan Martin, a converted cornerback, replaced him.But Martin injured himself midway through the Week 7 matchup against Clemson, and it was announced after the Miami game that he’d be out for the year. As a result, Williams has returned to a starting role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew my opportunity would come,” Williams said, “and then, when it did, I would be ready for it.”Williams credits the improved play of the defensive backs to an increased familiarity with the system that defensive coordinator Brian Ward installed. He and his teammates don’t have to think as much about the plays, he said, and they can let their instincts take over.Sometimes, he said, it was tougher for him early in the season when he was unsure about when he’d see the field. He stressed though that he maintained the same mindset and approach to practice. He talked about how he felt lucky to just be in the spot he was — playing football and getting a “free education” — and that he attributed his approach toward practice to being able to take a step back and see the bigger picture.“Rodney’s out there battling,” head coach Dino Babers said. “There’s been some situations where I think he’s done a fantastic job. And then obviously there’s some situations where he’s been rusty.“He’s not completely healthy yet,” Babers continued. “I think he’s still working on things in the training room, but he’s out there giving us great effort.”That’s been a constant theme for Williams in his time at Syracuse. He has struggled with injuries since he first arrived. He was awarded a medical redshirt after his freshman season, which ended in the second game of the season.He’s had other injuries that have made him miss a game or two here and there in the other two years he’s played. Like most players who come back in the middle of a season, though, he’s never been fully healthy.“I feel like the potential for Rodney to play at a really, really high level has always been there, even when we were freshmen,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said.Franklin said that Williams is playing with a lot of “swag” recently. Williams seems more confident and sure of himself than he did even a year ago.With two defensive backs out for the year, the options for Syracuse in what was once a deep position are now very limited. The Orange will have to keep relying on Williams to make an impact. He’s up for the challenge.“It’s lightyears (beyond last year),” Williams said about how much more comfortable he feels this season. “I’m a way better football player than I was last year.” Comments Published on November 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Koufie slams ‘deceitful’ Avram Grant for dishonorable conduct

first_imgFormer chairman of the Ghana Football Association, Ben Koufie, is not pleased with Avram Grant’s penchant of spending much of his time in Europe instead of monitoring the football in the country.The respected football man was one of those who interviewed the Israeli for the job in 2014, and says the former Chelsea coach is not honouring his word.This week has seen the FA, clearly affronted, order the Black stars coach to report to the country immediately. Despite the start of the Ghana Premier league and impending start of the Division One League as well, the coach has been a regular on Barclays Premier League coverage on Sky Sports in the UK.The GFA has thus asked for his return to local league proceedings as well as to begin preparations for this month’s double-header with Mozambique in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.Koufie said: “It is wrong. He is the national team coach and must develop football of this country and that can be done when he stays here and sees what is going on in our league”.According to the administrator, Grant has to go back to the promise he made to Ghanaians that he will reside in the country and help develop local coaches and clubs. “I remember very well when [Grant] was being interviewed [for the job to become Black Stars coach], I asked him whether he was going to stay here in Ghana to help develop local clubs and the coaches as well. So I don’t see why the sudden change”. “To say that our league is useless and all the players are based in Europe and so you will stay in Europe is highly unfair. That was not the arrangement which the GFA made with him”, Koufie added.Avram was appointed as the head coach of the Black Stars on November 27, 2014 and led Ghana to the 2015 AFCON final in Equatorial Guinea where they lost on penalties to Ivory Coast.–last_img read more

Bruins announcer Jack Edwards criticized again for bizarre commentary

first_imgTypically, TV commentators are not the ones in the news the day after a big game. Then again, Jack Edwards is not your typical commentator. The Boston Bruins’ play-by-play announcer was the target of criticism on social media once again after an interesting call during Saturday night’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Whether you love him or hate him, one thing is for certain. Jack Edwards will always speak his mind when he’s calling games.Boston fans probably wouldn’t want it any other way. Take a listen: Insane sequence in Bruins/ Lightning, including old time hockey pic.twitter.com/qh7c1RJ2G6— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 8, 2020Clearly, there’s a lot to unpack there. First, Boston’s Zdeno Chara takes exception to an apparent high-stick by Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev. He reacts by heaving Sergachev’s stick into the air, getting an impressive amount of height on the toss. A few seconds later, Boston’s Charlie McAvoy puts a shot on goal that is spilled by Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The puck trickles through Vasilevskiy’s legs and appears to cross the goal line, but the referee immediately indicates there was no goal. Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov even gets a decent breakaway chance before being cut off by Chara at the other end.MORE: See where Bruins, Lightning fall in our latest NHL Power RankingsThen, out of nowhere, the siren goes off inside the stadium to indicate that video review showed a good goal. The Boston fans, seemingly as baffled as the rest of us, continue to boo while everyone on the ice tries to figure out what’s going on. Suddenly, the camera cuts to Chara scuffling with Tampa’s Patrick Maroon before Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli wipes out the Bruins captain with a cross-check from behind. A brawl ensues, with everyone on the ice except the two goalies involved in the tussle. This is where Edwards’ commentary gets interesting. “Alright, alright, alright,” he says, clearly enjoying the old-time hockey on display. “It’s time to settle things down. Kuraly manhandles Killorn! Take your Harvard degree and take it to the hospital!”Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn did attend Harvard University, where he played college hockey for four years.”Chara’s squaring off with Maroon,” Edwards continues, “[He’s] saying, ‘You want to see the afterlife? I’ll take you there!'”Maroon then proceeds to take Chara down to the ice before things finally settle down momentarily.Fans on social media were less than impressed with Edwards’ commentary during the chaotic sequence, with many criticizing him for his apparent bias towards the Bruins players and violent choice of words. It’s certainly not the first time Edwards has been in hot water for his calls.Back in October, he came under fire for saying an injury to Dallas’ Roman Polak was “bad hockey karma.” And here’s Bruins announcer Jack Edwards casually calling Roman Polak’s injury “bad hockey karma” just before he was taken off the ice on a stretcher pic.twitter.com/lOdlJZPSfw— Mark Powell (@jim_joyce_hater) October 4, 2019Polak was motionless and eventually had to be stretchered off the ice. The defenseman’s agent, Allan Walsh, later took to Twitter to call out Edwards. “As for Jack Edwards,” he said, “To say Roman’s injury was ‘bad hockey karma’ while he was laying on motionless on the ice, you are truly a piece of s— and an absolute disgrace.”During the 2011 playoffs, Edwards also yelled at Montreal Canadiens defenseman Roman Hamrlik to get up after a collision with Boston’s Michael Ryder. Finally, in a 2013 game between Boston and Pittsburgh, he compared the Penguins’ Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan, the man who shot and killed Robert Kennedy. Cooke had ended the career of the Bruins’ Marc Savard with a hard hit several years earlier. last_img read more