The members of Phish have long been Prince fans, getting their start around the same time when Prince was peaking in his popularity during the 1980’s. While Phish has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain” many times over, and even “1999″ on New Year’s Eve 1998, the band’s ties to the Purple One run even deeper than covering his music.In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Trey Anastasio recalls a singular night – November 11th, 1996 – that Phish and Prince crossed paths. The entire band was invited to Prince’s Paisley Park mansion when they were in town for a show in Minneapolis.Anastasio recalls the intimate crowd, which included Ziggy Marley, Boyz II Men and a couple hundred others. “We were kind of standing in the corner,” said Anastasio. “One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.” At the party, Prince plugged in and played some tunes with his band. Anastasio recalls the music vividly. “It was really cool. He was such a great guitar player, but people don’t point out he was a great rhythm guitar player. The band was playing this funky stuff. He had a woman singing with him, a kind of gospel singer, and she stepped out and started killing it. He stepped back, and I remember thinking that everybody tries to play like James Brown’s rhythm guitar player. Jammy guys do it a lot, and they all get it wrong, myself included. He was playing the most badass little rhythms with the drummer as soon as he got out of the spotlight. I was so fascinated by what he was playing. That’s when I noticed what a great guitar player he was.”He continued to muse over Prince’s musical abilities in the interview. “The guy had the best bands… They were unbelievable. And that’s a skill in itself. Zappa didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Prince didn’t just stumble into having bands that good. Bandleading is an art form. I have a little bit of experience in this, and let me tell you, I always admire people who consistently have great bands. Prince had figured out a way to hire really unique, really talented, really tight bands. And it’s easy to get one. But try getting two or three. That’s different. It’s horrible that he’s gone. I was heartbroken. He was way, way too young.”While Anastasio never got to meet Prince, he was certainly in awe of his talents. “I don’t think he would have known who I was, but it didn’t matter.” He also called it “an unforgettable night.” RIP, Prince.
Is it too early to make one’s way to Namboole? This #FOMO is too much. #UGAvsCOM #MujjeTulumbe pic.twitter.com/8siZYSkFUC— Fredrick Tumusiime (@tufre80) September 4, 2016 ___________________________________________________________________Kick off 5pm___________________________________________________________________15___________________________________________________________________30_________________________________________________________________45____________________________________________________________________________HALF TIME_________________________________________________00___________________________________________________________________ 60___________________________________________________________________75_________________________________________________________________90___________________________________________________________________#MujjeTulumbe Tweets*******PREVIEWSunday September 4Mandela Stadium, NambooleUganda vs Comoros 5pmCranes coach Micho Milutin Sredejovic believes Uganda can finally make it, but like many long-suffering fans, knows we have been here before. Uganda’s football history since 1978 is full of near misses, most recently against Kenya in 2011 and against Zambia in 2013.The last two games tell why Micho is calling for cool heads, on and off the pitch. Exactly like it is now, all Cranes needed against Kenya was a win, while against Zambia they needed not only a win, but one more goal. Both did not come and Chipolopolo advanced 9-8 on penalties.In the years before, there were even more painful close shaves, failing to beat Nigeria after missing a late penalty in Nakivubo in 1993 and a rude welcome to Mandela Stadium Namboole where Rwanda defeated Uganda 1-0 in 2003.“We need to remain focused and avoid being complacent so that we can re-write Uganda’s AFCON history and make it back to the competition after the last appearance in 1978,” Micho warned after excitement reached a high after Cranes’ stunning win in Botswana in June.Micho told FUFA.co.ug, ” This is one game like many others we have played. We shall need calm heads but with the value attached to it, we need to finish every move and chance created. I also call upon the fans to cheer up the team at all times.”Cranes’ taskAll Uganda has to do is beat Comoros to advance to their first Nations Cup final since 1978. If Cranes win their final game, they will be one of the two best second placed teams, that will make it to Gabon.They set themselves up in this position by stunning Botswana 2-1 in June. 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts GabonTable of the 2nd best teamsOnly four other teams, CAR, Tunisia, Mali (already qualified) and Benin can end up with 13 points, but if CAR and Tunisia get the 13 points, they will deny their 2nd placed teams the chance, as that will leave them at 10 and 12 points respectively.Mali and Benin play each other in the final match, so even if both get 13 points, one will be group leader – leaving Uganda as the second team at 13.Teams that have qualified for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (full fixtures page 2)Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)Morocco (Group F winners)Egypt (Group G winners)Ghana (Group H winners)Algeria (Group J winners)Senegal (Group K winners)Zimbabwe (Group L winners)Cameroon (Group M winners)Mali (Group C winners or runners-up)Groups in contention for two second best qualification placesGroup A Liberia 5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia 5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo 5 2 2 1 6 4 8Djibouti 5 0 0 5 1 19 0Final gamesTunisia vs LiberiaTogo vs DjiboutiGroup BDR Congo 5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R. 5 3 1 1 8 7 10Angola 5 1 1 3 6 7 4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Final gameDR Congs vs CARGroup CMali 5 4 1 0 8 1 13Benin 5 3 2 0 10 5 11S.Sudan 5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea 5 0 1 4 2 6 1Final gamesMali vs BeninGroup DB. Faso 5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda 5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana 5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros 5 1 0 4 2 6 3Final gamesUganda vs ComorosBurkina Faso v BotswanaShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 PICTORIAL: The nation expects. The stage is set. Will Cranes finally deliver in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Sunday when they take on Comoros?
Klopp worriedLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp insists he respects the FA Cup but that won’t stop Liverpool’s manager prioritising his fatigued players’ health in Sunday’s FA Cup derby clash against Everton.Naby Keita became the latest addition to Liverpool’s growing injury list when he pick up a groin problem before the runaway leaders’ 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the Premier League on Thursday.With defenders Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho and forward Rhian Brewster all out, Klopp finds himself down to just 12 fit senior outfield players, plus new signing Takumi Minamino and a number of youth team members.A third round Merseyside derby at Anfield would traditionally see seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool field a full-strength team.But regardless of the FA Cup’s place in Liverpool’s storied history, Klopp, who has yet to win the competition, hinted he would be forced to rest several stars after a frantic festive period that included six games in 16 days.“We respect them and we respect the competition, respect what the people want us to achieve – that’s a very important part of it – but I cannot do things because of the name of the opponent,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.“People have told me already a couple of times I wouldn’t respect the cup competitions but that is not true.“But my first job is to respect the players, my absolutely number one job. I see them every day, every second, I see them all the time and I have to make a decision is it allowed to bring them again or not?“I am usually not emotional, I try to make decisions because of situations and not because of the opponent.”– Everton opportunity? –Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 in the league at Anfield a month ago but that was the final game of Marco Silva’s reign. Klopp expects a much sterner test this time, especially as new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is the only boss to beat Liverpool this season while the Italian was in charge of Napoli.“I heard a little bit of what Carlo said this morning and they are obviously on fire and we have to make sure we are ready for that,” Klopp said.“We need the crowd because that’s the only advantage we have: it is just two teams who play each other, two teams from the same city.”Everton, who suffered their first defeat under Ancelotti at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday, have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield since 1999.Ancelotti, an FA Cup winner with Chelsea in 2010, on Friday urged his players to seize a “fantastic opportunity” in the tie.“It is a fantastic challenge but also a fantastic opportunity,” Ancelotti said.“We are going to play against the best team in this moment, they are world champions so congratulations to them, but this is a fantastic challenge for us.”Ancelotti guided Napoli to a 2-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool in September and took a point from a 1-1 draw at Anfield in November before he was sacked.Asked the secret to beating Klopp, the 60-year-old offered a shrug and a smile. “Score more goals,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp
Brightline executive say they expect to more than double the system’s annual ridership in coming years with the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.According to the company’s recent financial filing, “We believe the three new stations … will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes.”The high-speed rail line, which is still being re-branded as Virgin Trains USA, considers the three new stations to be top priorities as it also builds a 170-mile rail extension to Orlando International Airport.Company spokesman Ben Porritt says Brightline determined the passenger figures from “independent and internal ridership studies in addition to traffic software and traffic patterns,” and also based on when the stations become operational and have established track records.Brightline currently has stations in downtown West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.It is now pursuing marketing partnerships with cruise lines, as the financial filing states, “A large number of cruise passengers originate from points north of Miami and are potential customers for our new train-to-port product.”PortMiami’s cruise passenger traffic is projected to increase from 5.6 million in 2018 to more than 9 million within the next five years.The rail system carried 701,061 riders through last month, according to the filing. That number is more than double the 340,456 passengers from the same period last year.The company has reached preliminary agreements with Miami-Dade County for its new Aventura and PortMiami stations. In addition, the Boca Raton City Council voted unanimously last month to pursue an agreement with Brightline to build a station in the city’s business and shopping district. As part of that deal, the city would pay for a parking garage.Neither the company nor the city mentioned cost figures for the planned Boca Raton station.Brightline says Miami-Dade County will spend about $77 million to buy land and build the Aventura station.As for the PortMiami station, Brightline says it would build the facility on an acre of land for which the company would pay the county millions in rent, according to a memorandum from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to commissioners.
Get the family charged up for the big game at the official Palm Beach County Miami Super Bowl celebration event on Thursday, January 30 from 6 – 9 p.m. in Downtown West Palm Beach at the Waterfront. Super Clematis by Night will include a variety of free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.The event will be held on the Waterfront at 101 N. Clematis Street from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite football jerseys and team colors in anticipation of one of the biggest nights in American sports.The special-edition of the popular free weekly concert series will focus on Super Bowl LIV! The celebration includes themed football activities, a turf playing field, marching bands, bouncy obstacle courses, NFL players and mascots, giveaways, and more. Musical group Smash Mouth is slated to perform at the party.The City of West Palm Beach will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally recognize the re-opening of the 100 block. The ribbon cutting will take place at on January 30 at 5:30 p.m. on South Clematis Street.“We are thrilled that the Super Bowl Host Committee has selected Clematis by Night as the venue for its largest Palm Beach County event,” said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “As the NFL celebrates its 100th season and we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our City, I can think of no better way to mark these milestones. We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to the West Palm Beach Waterfront in advance of the big game.”Super Bowl LIV is scheduled to be played on February 2, 2020 and will air on WFLX FOX 29. This will be the sixth Super Bowl hosted in Miami Gardens, and the first since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.For more information about Super Clematis by Night, or the City of West Palm Beach’s other free community events, visit www.wpb.org/events.
(Sarasota, FL) – A Sarasota is under arrest for the 66th time. The fugitive, Kizer Pontoon, is back behind bars after evading capture for months.A man behind bars on the Suncoast finds himself in a familiar place. He was arrested for the sixty sixth time Wednesday after being on the run since last year. https://t.co/O7ffb2kQ83— ABC7 Sarasota (@mysuncoast) February 7, 2020 Deputies in Sarasota arrested Pontoon on Wednesday for a host of charges after he’d been on the run since last year.The 28-year-old Pontoon has been arrested over the years on a laundry list of charges, from drugs, fleeing, fraud, aggravated assault, grand theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and on and on and on. Criminal defense attorneys and law enforcement officials say Pontoon’s story isn’t unique in Florida.Criminals commit crimes, get arrested, get a light sentence, get out, and commit more crimes. And so it goes.