Despite the band’s public hatred against their first hit single, Radiohead shocked concert attendees with a bust-out “Creep” performance earlier tonight in Paris at Le Zénith. While we all know it to be the song that initially defined the band and its success, “Creep” hasn’t actually been performed live since August 30, 2009. The band would even describe the single as “crap” and told the Guardian that any fans who requested the song in concert were “anally retarded.” Well one fan did make the request, and the band did play it. “This is for the funny guy shouting ‘Creep’ in the back,” Yorke said from the stage. “Only to shock you.” And of course, the crowd went wild.Watch Prince Cover “Creep” At 2008 Coachella PerformanceBut how could a band hate their own song so much? In a 1996 feature with the Guardian, frontman Thom Yorke describes how the song popularized the band after the release of their first two EPs, with “Creep” eventually making its way way onto their first full-length album Pablo Honey. With this fame, however, came torrential downfall.“We sucked Satan’s cock,” Yorke explains about the two-year tour that followed their early success, stunting the creative growth of any new music to come from the band until The Bends came out in 1995. “It took a year-and-a-half to get back to the people we were… to cope with it emotionally.” Guitarist Johnny Greenwood added, “We were like paranoid little mice in cages…We were scared of our instruments, scared of every note not being right.”In addition to their shocking performance of “Creep,” Radiohead played “True Love Waits” as for the first time in ten years. They also made their tour debuts of “No Surprises” from OK Computer and “Pyramid Song” from Amnesiac, in addition to songs off their new album A Moon Shaped Pool (read the review here). The full set played out as 17 songs, with a 5 song encore, and 2 song second encore, totaling 24 songs. Sounds like Paris had quite the night!CreepTrue Love WaitsNo SurprisesDaydreamingPresent TenseRadiohead in Paris @ Le Zénith 5/23/16:Burn the WitchDaydreamingDecks DarkDesert Island DiskFul StopLotus FlowerThe National AnthemMy Iron LungNo Surprises (First performance since 2009)Bloom (Happy Birthday sung to Phil)IdentikitThe NumbersSeparatorThe GloamingEverything in Its Right PlaceIdiotequeBodysnatchersEncore:True Love Waits (First full performance since 2006)Present TenseParanoid AndroidTinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man ThiefWeird Fishes/ArpeggiEncore 2:Creep (First performance since 2009)Pyramid Song[H/T CoS]
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the widow of a former Notre Dame football player’s lawsuit against both the University and the NCAA could proceed, an Associated Press (AP) article said. Yvette Schmitz is alleging that her husband, Steve, was adversely affected by concussions sustained during his football career at Notre Dame from 1974-1978. Steve Schmitz died in 2015.“Steve and Yvette Schmitz filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging the institutions showed ‘reckless disregard’ for player safety and failed to protect them from concussions,” the article said.The slip opinion issued by the Ohio Supreme Court states Steve Schmitz was diagnosed with degenerative brain disease in 2012, which he claimed was related to numerous concussions before he died.“By 2014, at age 58, [Schmitz] had been additionally diagnosed with severe memory loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, all of which he claimed were caused, aggravated, and/or magnified by the repetitive head impacts he sustained while playing football for Notre Dame,” the slip opinion said.Both the University and the NCAA argued too much time has passed for the lawsuit to proceed, but the Ohio Supreme Court said it didn’t have enough facts to confirm that conclusion.“The Supreme Court said Wednesday it couldn’t say the couple missed the two-year statute of limitations without more facts, and returned the case to the trial court,” the AP article said.Tags: concussions, lawsuit, NCAA, Ohio Supreme Court, Steve Schmitz
Dutch pension funds including airline KLM’s three schemes benefited from rising interest rates and positive investment results during the second quarter of 2017.The coverage ratio of most of them rose by several percentage points since March.With an investment result of 0.7%, the Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM – the airline’s €8.3bn pension fund for ground staff – posted the best quarterly performance among the larger schemes in the Netherlands. It generated a 3.2% yield over the first six months of the year.Its funding ratio rose 2.9 percentage points to 109%. The €3bn Pensioenfonds KLM Cabinepersoneel generated 0.6%, in part thanks to a 1.8% result from its equity allocation. This took its year-to-date result to 3.4%.Coverage of the pension fund for cabin staff increased by 3.3 percentage points to 106.3%.The Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel KLM, the€8.5bn fund for pilots, reported a second quarter return of 0.4%. In the first six months of 2017 the scheme gained 3%.Its funding ratio improved by 3.1 percentage points to 120.5%.Meanwhile, PGB,the €24.5bn multi-sector pension fund, said it returned 0.1% over the second quarter and 2.1% over the first half of 2017.Since March, it lost 1.7% and 0.1% on government bonds and credit, respectively. In contrast, residential mortgages and inflation-linked bonds delivered positive results of 1.1% and 2.6%, respectively.Within its return portfolio, PGB achieved quarterly profits on equity (1%) and property (0.5%).However, it had to sacrifice 4.2% on alternative fixed income, 1.4% on infrastructure and 0.6% on private equity.Despite this, PGB’s coverage ratio rose by 2.4 percentage points to 100.8%.The €23.5bn sector scheme for the private road transport sector (Vervoer) reported a quarterly gain of 0.4%, but indicated it was 0.1% in the red over the past half year.However, its funding rose 1.4 percentage points to 101.8%.Recently, the five largest Dutch pension funds reported a funding improvement of approximately 2 percentage points during the second quarter, as a consequence of reduced liabilities in the wake of rising interest rates.However, none of them had generated positive quarterly returns. The best performer on a relative basis was the €389bn civil service scheme ABP, which did not generate a return or a loss. It gained 1.9% over the first six months of 2017.