Panic On The Boardwalk II: WSP Delivers Old School Set At Brand New Venue

first_imgLast night, Athens, GA rockers Widespread Panic continued their Fall Tour with their second and final performance at the newly opened Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. The same rowdy crowd that was there Friday night was back again and then some, as the scene on the boardwalk seemed virtually twice as big as the night before. The cool ocean breeze that swept over the beach pre-show was a welcome change after Friday’s swampy heat, and as a beautiful sunset painted the skies above the venue, a rainbow appeared over Coney Island’s iconic carnival rides.With the breathtaking views–and the strength of Friday’s performance–the audience was already buzzing when the band took the stage. From the opening “Disco”, the band made their intentions clear–tonight was going to be a classic dance party. Fourteen of the twenty songs performed were debuted by the band in 1990 or before, making for a show stacked with early Panic and well-loved cover staples (“Stop~Go”, “C. Brown”, “Conrad”, “Pigeons”, “Driving Song”, and “Tie Your Shoes”: 1986; “Arleen”, “Genesis”, and “Bowlegged Woman”: 1987; “Disco”, and “Jack”: 1988; “Rock”: 1989; “Fishwater” and “Ribs and Whiskey”: 1990).“Disco” dissolved into a spacey, Jimmy Herring-led outro jam. Next, the band launched into a well-executed three-song sequence, flowing seamlessly from “Stop~Go” into “Rock” into “Heroes” without skipping a beat. Another three-song run followed, as “Airplane” kept up the energy in the room before segueing into fan-favorite Winston Riley cover “Arleen” and, finally, into the anthemic “C. Brown”. An emotional “Genesis” came next, before a ripping “Conrad”, put an exclamation point on a top-notch first set.The band kicked off Set 2 with Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Tail Dragger”, a staple of the band’s setlists over the last five years. From there on, Widespread Panic launched into the stratosphere and never looked back, putting on a truly memorable set for the Brooklyn crowd. An excellent “Pigeons” got the ball rolling before segueing into “Jack”. “Driving Song” materialized out of “Jack” to roaring approval from the audience, and segued into an extended “Tie Your Shoes”, which the band brought to a raucous peak before diving into “Pilgrims”. While keyboardist “Jo Jo” Herman was notably “on” all night, “Pilgrims” was where his funky keyboard grooves shined the brightest, propelling some locked-in improvisation that eventually made its way back to a “Driving Song” reprise.Next, singer-guitarist John Bell drove the ladies in the audience crazy (and–lets be honest–the guys too) with a steamy rendition of Tom Waits‘ “Goin’ Out West”, before a rowdy “Fishwater” > “Bowlegged Woman” > “Fishwater” sandwich brought the set to a close.Any devoted fan of any band is well-acquainted with the idea of a “piss break song.” Of course, you hope that every song at a show will be so incredible that you can’t look away, but sometimes nature calls, and a so-so tune can be a greatly appreciated window to take care of business. Last night, Panic caught fire as soon as they hit the stage, and stayed red-hot ’til the final notes rang out. Coney Island Night 2 had no “piss breaks” to speak of, and the ecstatic crowd happily “held it”–transfixed by a band performing at the top of their game.Finally, the band returned for a two-song encore to cap off a stellar weekend on the boardwalk, with the whole theater singing along to “Ribs and Whiskey” and the Talking Heads‘ “Life During Wartime”. After getting their footing in D.C. this past week, Panic truly hit their stride in Brooklyn this weekend. With Fall Tour 2016 heating up, you can expect the band to ride this wave of momentum as they make their way to Philadelphia’s Mann Center tonight.You can watch fan-shot video of “Heroes” and “Pigeons” below, courtesy of YouTube user danfro.“Heroes”“Pigeons”Check out the full setlist below, via PanicStream.9/10/16 – Widespread Panic | Ford Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk | Brooklyn, NYSet 1: Disco, Stop~Go > Rock > Heroes, Airplane > Arleen^ > C. Brown, Genesis^^, Conrad (80 mins)Set 2: Tail Dragger*, Pigeons > Jack > Driving Song > Tie Your Shoes > Pilgrims > Driving Song, Goin’ Out West** > Fishwater > Bowlegged Woman > Fishwater (78 mins)Encore: Ribs and Whiskey, Life During Wartime*** (14 mins)Notes: ^General Echo cover; ^^Jorma Kaukonen cover; *Howlin’ Wolf cover; **Tom Waits cover; ***Talking Heads coverlast_img read more

Angels facing roster crunch as Justin Upton nears return

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Justin Upton moves closer to his return to the Angels lineup, a potential difficult decision comes closer for General Manager Billy Eppler and his staff.Both Brian Goodwin and Cesar Puello have performed well in left field in Upton’s absence. Both are also out of options.“We are obviously aware that’s on the horizon, but we haven’t made a decision,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.Goodwin and Puello both said they are trying not to think about it. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros So far he’s worked out there for five days. How quickly could he be ready to play first in a game?“I’m not going to put a time frame on it,” infield coach Mike Gallego said, “but I’ll tell you right now, half the battle of playing a position you are not comfortable with is having no fear of doing it and wanting to do it. This guy has no fear. The last four days it’s like ‘When can we go out there again?’ He definitely wants to do it and he has no fear. … It’s looked better than I was ever expecting.”Even if Puello could play first, it still doesn’t completely clear up the positional puzzle. Puello and Albert Pujols are both right-handed hitters, so so it’s unclear when Puello would play first. Justin Bour and Jared Walsh both fit better as platoon-partners with Pujols because they hit left-handed.Another alternative would be to keep both Goodwin and Puello, instead of Wilfredo Tovar. If the Angels did that, they would have only three infielders for second, third and shortstop. They played with a roster like that for a short time last month. But both David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella have been scratched just before game time because of injuries in the last week, which highlights the need for an infielder like Tovar.In any case, something is going to have to happen soon. Upton was scheduled to play nine innings for the second night in a row for Class-A Inland Empire on Friday night. He had hits in his first three at-bats, including a homer. He could be activated as soon as Monday, in Toronto.Without Upton, the Angels have produced a .709 OPS out of left field, which ranks 25th in the majors. As much as Goodwin and Puello have softened the blow of losing Upton, the Angels still figure to be better off with Upton.“It’s great to get him back,” Goodwin said. “He’s somebody that’s a prime piece in the organization. Getting him back, we’ll be close to getting this thing turned around.”ALSOLa Stella was scratched from Friday’s lineup about an hour before first pitch because of left forearm tightness. La Stella said he didn’t think he was anything serious and he would be day to day. …Related Articles “Everybody has done pretty much what they can do up to this point,” Goodwin said. “Now it’s on the team. The pressure is on the team. When you do your job to the best of your ability and you have a little success here and there, and you open up eyes, ultimately it takes the pressure off you and puts it on them. Now it’s something for them to deal with. I won’t spend any time on it.”Although Puello has performed exceptionally lately, getting plenty of playing time as the Angels have faced a string of left-handed pitchers, Goodwin still holds several advantages.The Angels had Puello in the organization when Upton was hurt just before Opening Day, and the team still felt the need to go get Goodwin instead of just handing the job to Puello, so that’s an indication of how they valued the two players.Goodwin hits left-handed and Puello hits right-handed. Goodwin, who has hit .286 with a .791 OPS, also can play center field, which makes him more useful as a fourth outfielder.Puello has hit .400 with a 1.200 OPS, although in just 40 plate appearances. The Angels are trying to see if he could have some positional versatility, by teaching him to play first base. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trevor Cahill, who is out with a back injury, played catch for the second day in a row. He is eligible to come off the injured list, but he’s not scheduled to pitch at least through the four games in Toronto next week. …Alex Meyer, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery, recently had a setback and has stopped throwing again, Ausmus said. …The Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship parade will be Monday morning at 10, local time, just hours before the Angels open their series against the Blue Jays.UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 1-1, 4.35 ERA) at Rays (RHP Charlie Morton, 8-0, 2.10 ERA), Saturday, 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMlast_img read more

Rooney urges Man United flops to show respect

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United’s under-achieving stars to show more respect for their troubled club.United are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League and have made a slow start to their Champions League campaign.Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton did little to lift the gloom around Old Trafford, with United manager Jose Mourinho under scrutiny following a spluttering run which has seen key players fail to produce consistent performances.Mourinho has clashed with United stars including Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.And Rooney, who became United’s record goalscorer before leaving in 2017, believes it is down to the team’s highly-paid stars to play with more pride and passion regardless of their issues with Mourinho. In an interview with Football Focus, published on the BBC Sport website, DC United striker Rooney said: “Obviously they are going through a difficult period at the minute, but Jose Mourinho is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better.“In my experience, I have never seen or heard of a player not wanting to play in the game because they have had a falling out with the manager.“I don’t think as a player you could do that, you’ve got to respect the club and the fans and also respect your team-mates.“I don’t think any player, certainly at Manchester United, will be not playing for Jose, I’m sure they’re all working hard behind the scenes to get results.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more