The beloved Long Island arena Nassau Coliseum closed down in 2015, with the promise of new ownership and major renovations. Well, that promise has been fulfilled, as the Coliseum has now announced it’s first post-renovation concert, a sure-to-be awesome evening with hometown hero Billy Joel on April 5th. Joel actually played the venue’s final show when it closed last year, bringing along Paul Simon, Kevin James, and Governor Andrew Cuomo for surprise appearances in front of an excited but emotional audience.Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs the highly successful Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will lead the charge on the venue’s grand re-opening. CEO Brett Yormark promised to take a similar approach with the new Nassau Coliseum, saying “[t]he first couple of months we really want people to sample all the different types of programming that will take place — whether it’s world-class concerts, obviously, boxing, MMA, family shows and the like. We’re really going to showcase the diversification of our programming mix and give people a lot to think about. That was pretty much how we opened Barclays Center, and we’re going to do the same out there.”The new-and-improved Nassau Coliseum will seat 14,500 for concerts, 13,500 for basketball games and 13,000 for hockey games. Interestingly enough, the venue is will be versatile in its ability to host events of all sizes, with different configurations ranging from 4,000 to 16,000 people, depending on the event. Another intriguing piece of information is the Coliseum’s new “All Access Pass” membership program, which provides subscribers with lower-level seats to every event at the venue, along with a VIP entrance and a private club in the arena.Tickets to Billy Joel’s show on April 5th can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com Friday, October 14th, with a pre-sale for American Express holders starting on Thursday the 13th.In honor of the venue’s reopening, check out a few clips from a few of the many classic concerts that took place at the old Nassau Coliseum. Included below are full sets from Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and the Grateful Dead, with some Billy Joel and Phish thrown in there for good measure. Welcome back Nassau Coliseum! [Story via Newsday // Photo via Billboard.com]
Members of Guns N’ Roses continue to provide subtle hints on the famous rock band’s first new studio album featuring guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan since 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”. The latest update related to the band’s progress on writing and recording new music comes from Slash, who shared some vague but encouraging details on what he and the GnR fellas have planned.Related: Axl Rose Teams With ‘Looney Tunes’ For First New Single In Years, ‘Rock The Rock’ Earlier this week, the lauded guitarist appeared on the “Meltdown” podcast operated by Detroit radio station WRIF, where he briefly addressed the status of the new material.“We hadn’t really done anything yet,” Slash said on the program. “I don’t like to say anything. You know how people use it to promote shit and lie through their teeth? So I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there was really no telling what we were gonna do at that point …. I do know that we are gonna do this run [of fall shows], and we’ve already started working on stuff. So, there you go.”Rumors of new material featuring 3/5 of the band’s beloved Appetite For Destruction-era lineup have been circulating amongst the rock community since Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff put their bad history behind them for their hugely successful Not In This Lifetime… Tour beginning back in spring 2016.More recently, Slash released his latest solo album with Living The Dream, featuring his backing band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. Slash and the band will be on tour throughout the summer beginning on July 15th in San Francisco and continuing until August 13th. Guns N’ Roses also began sharing their 2019 tour plans with scheduled appearances at festivals including both weekends of this year’s ACL Fest, Louder Than Life Festival, and Exit 111 Fest.Head to the band’s website for tour dates and ticket info.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
In addition to the many conversations she had while on tour, a discussion in Cambridge also informed Rankine’s script. Last spring, Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities, Center, organized a reading of a section of the work followed by a discussion with a range of Harvard scholars that Rankine called “enormously helpful.”Helpful too was A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, likely “the biggest gift that I was given outside the original collaboration with ArtsEmerson,” said Rankine.ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower initially asked Rankine to adapt “Citizen” for the stage. Eager to create “an extension” of the work, she joined with dramaturg P. Carl, then co-artistic director and now a distinguished artist in residence at ArtsEmerson, to craft the new play. Carl helped enlist the A.R.T. and Paulus to hone the piece further.Paulus, who dove deeply into the work and signed on to direct, “was constantly pushing forward,” said Rankine. “This is one of the things that’s really nice about the theater versus working on books on your own … everyone is bringing the full force of their experiences in the real world and the vastness of their intellectual prowess to the activity of getting this thing to come alive.”Rankine and Paulus want to drive that creative energy on after the final curtain. When the one-act play ends, audiences will be encouraged to remain for 20-minute facilitated conversations. The production “endeavors to move forward the conversation begun in ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ and other works,” notes Paulus in the play’s program guide. “‘The White Card’ … asks the important question ‘Can American society progress … if whiteness remains invisible?’”“As with the discussions after ‘Citizen,’ I am really interested to see where we go in these discussions,” said Rankine, “because on a certain level we are unknowable to each other as people of different races because we have been living different experiences.” Poet Claudia Rankine’s newest play places a conversation about race at center stage as the curtain rises, and encourages viewers to continue the discussion on their own after it falls. The world premiere of Rankine’s “The White Card,” a collaboration with ArtsEmerson and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) on view at the Emerson Paramount Center in downtown Boston through April 1, explores identity, belonging, and the racism contained in comments and cursory glances that can go unnoticed by those who don’t suffer under its weight. Rankine’s first act captures the action at a dinner party; her second is devoted to an open dialogue with the audience.Building on the themes in her award-winning 2014 book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” a blend of poetry, essay, and imagery that stares at race in America, “The White Card” unfolds in a posh New York City loft. There, a well-off white couple, their activist son, and a white art dealer engage with an African-American artist about her work and about race more broadly. The result is an uncomfortable, charged encounter, one that Rankine knows well.On a bitter winter morning recently, the MacArthur Fellow and poetry professor at Yale University discussed how “White Card” grew out of “Citizen,” the book that sort of “said ‘no,’ you have to stay with me.” The idea for the play crystalized during the book tour. As the weeks passed, Rankine said she became less interested in reading from the work, and more interested in hearing what people had to say about it and their experiences.“In those conversations, I began to realize that we as a country have no practice talking about race publicly. And people and the discussion itself get stalled very quickly. We don’t know how to hold discomfort. We are easily defended in our positions. We become not only defensive but feel attacked and fragile in terms of the truth of our experiences,” she said.“So I wondered what it would be like to have one of these discussions play itself out … how could we stage a discussion where we would all have to move through the moments of discomfort into the next turn?” “I began to realize that we as a country have no practice talking about race publicly. And people and the discussion itself get stalled very quickly. We don’t know how to hold discomfort. We are easily defended in our positions. We become not only defensive but feel attacked and fragile in terms of the truth of our experiences.” —Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine
THE East Bank/West Side Guinness Greatest of the Streets football tournament will commence on January 26 at the Pouderoyen tarmac.According to information, the 32 teams that will be battling for the $400 000 first prize have already been grouped ahead of the first day match-up.In Group A, Young Ballers, Westside Ballers, Boom Bang and Jetty Ballers will do battle while Group B will feature Mocha, Ballers Empire, Agricola and Kuru Kuru (Asylum Youths).The Group C has Terror Squad, Nismes Ballers, Torture Squad and Up-Like-Seven while the Group D will feature Dream Team, Frontline Ballers, ESPN and Police B.Veterans, Harmony Ballers A, Zeelugt and Facebook are in Group E with Cayenne Massive, Gas Team Hustlers and Brothers United in Group F.Zeelugt Warriors, Admiral United, defending champions Pouderoyen Showstoppers and Pouderoyen Rising Stars are down in Group G with Group H featuring Goldgetters, Parfaite Hardball, Harmony Warriors and Police A.The second-, third- and fourth-placed teams will receive $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 respectively with a plate tournament also featuring a winning purse of $60 000.The tournament will be launched tomorrow and apart from January 26, the other playing dates are January 31, February 2, 7, 9, 13. The final is set for February 17.
Submit Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Asian centric online betting and gambling site M88 has agreed a deal with English Premier League outfit Leicester City, that sees the firm become the club’s official betting partner. Under the terms of the deal the company is to leverage the 2015/16 Premiership champions global brand across its marketing activities, as M88, who offers sports betting, casino and slots based products, aims to extend its reach across the continent. Jonathan Gregory, Commercial Director at Leicester City, praised the club as it continues to build its international profile via a series of strategic link ups, commenting: “We are excited to begin this partnership with M88 who already have a strong presence in the sports industry. “We have built a series of key relationships across Asia, and our partnership with M88 only strengthens Leicester City’s already significant connection with the region.”Furthermore, the deal is to also see the M88 logo appear across LED advertising boards at the foxes King Power Stadium home ground.A spokesperson at M88 stated: “We are delighted to add Leicester City to our list of partners through this multi-club deal, as we gain more market share year-on-year. “We are excited to engage with Leicester City’s exciting fan base and cannot wait to bring our loyal customers closer to the club.”The link-up was facilitated by international sports marketing agency Project11, and Scott Taylor, a partner at the organisation, added: “The Project11 team are proud to deliver yet another club Partnership. The M88 multi-club deal enhances the brand’s market position. We have a long- standing relationship with Leicester City, making this the perfect fit to utilise the club’s significant Asian reach.”Leicester City began their 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, and face newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at home on Saturday (18 August). Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon