The Disco Biscuits Revive “Haleakala Crater”, Perform Full ‘Hot Air Balloon’ Rock Opera At Hometown NYE Run [Full Videos]

first_imgAll in all, the 20th anniversary of The Hot Air Balloon Rock Opera was an enormous success, but the Biscuits had one last set to finish 2018 strong. Like they’ve done so many times before, they counted down into the new year with “Helicopters”, as the band and fans screamed, “Happy New Year, Look Out Below!”. They cranked the energy up as high as they could to finish the run as strong as it started, jamming into “Mr. Don” > “The Great Abyss” and back into the ending of “Helicopters” in true Bisco fashion.When the lights came on, the crowd was speechless. All they could do was cheer as loud as they possibly could. It was obvious that the band and crew had worked tirelessly to create the best possible experience for their die-hard fans to look back on, and it will be remembered as one of the most historic runs in Biscuits history. The band is showing no signs of letting up in 2019, with a three-night run at The Capitol Theatre scheduled in less than a month. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride, because the Disco Biscuits are here to stay.12/31/18 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/18Set 1: The Overture, Once The Fiddler Paid, The Very Moon[1]> Voices Insane, EulogySet 2: Bazaar Escape[2]> Mulberry’s Dream, Above The Waves, Hot Air Balloon[3]Set 3: Helicopters[4]> Mr. Don[5]> The Great Abyss> Helicopters[4]Encore: Run Like Hell[1] with Holly Bowling on piano during intro[2] with ‘Voices Insane’ bridge[3] with New Year’s Eve countdown[4] with New Year’s Eve lyrics[5] unfinishedSets 1 and 2 were the 9th complete performance of the Hot Air Balloon rock opera, played on the 20th anniversary of its debut Another year has come and gone, and the Disco Biscuits ended it in spectacular fashion at The Fillmore in their home city of Philadelphia, PA. After a stretch of shows in Frisco, Colorado, and Mexico for Holidaze, the band and crew were primed to put on a four-night run that would be engraved in the minds of fans for years to come.From the first set to the final note, the compositions were tight and the jams were driven and thematic. All four members were clicking at an exceptionally high level and their synchronicity was beyond evident as they performed with the same aggressiveness that catapulted them to success twenty-plus years ago.The first night of the run started off with a bang with a monstrous “Basis for A Day > Crystal Ball > Basis for A Day”. The second “Basis” jam will be looked back on as one of the most impressive jams of 2018. Fans looked at each other in disbelief as an unforgiving tidal wave of trance-fusion rushed from the stage. It was pure mayhem in the best possible way. Keyboardist Aron Magner used his synthesizers like weapons of digital destruction as bassist Marc Brownstein and drummer Allen Aucoin provided a necessary backbone. Once the melody got tossed to guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig, he caught it and sprinted into the end zone with ease. They finished the set with one of the most classic 1.0 segments in their catalogue, “Stone > Devils Waltz”. It showcases a completely different side of the band and is a prime example of how vast their spectrum of sound is.They kept their foot on the gas in the second set with a handful of standout moments, one being a memorable version of an inverted “Highwire” sandwiched in between “Hope”. Another came when they jammed out of “7-11” into their classic cover of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”. But nobody in attendance or watching at home will argue that the most unforgettable moment came at the end of the set. For the first time since 12/27/04, the Disco Biscuits busted out the famed “Haleakala Crater”, a song that many fans have been chasing for well over ten years. There were tears, there were smiles, there were cheers, high fives, and hugs. It was a truly extraordinary moment in Biscuits history as it was the first time that the song has been played with drummer Allen Aucoin behind the kit.12/28/18 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]12/28/18 – “Haleakala Crater”[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/18Set 1: Basis For A Day> Crystal Ball> Basis For A Day, Stone> The Devil’s WaltzSet 2: Hope> Highwire[1]> Hope, 7-11[2]> Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Haleakala Crater[3]Encore: Floes[1] inverted version[2] unfinished[3] last played 12/27/2004 (675 shows)Once the Disco Biscuits have momentum on their side, the sky is the limit and the musical possibilities are endless. They could not miss during the first set of 12/29. There was no noodling or miscommunications between band members. None of them stepped on each other’s toes or overplayed in a way that was unnecessary. Their individual decision making was conducive to one thing and one thing only—laying down the most impressive and complete set possible.After opening with a phenomenal standalone version of “42”, they took the crowd into deep waters with a three-song segment that was patient and explosive. “Resurrection > Naeba (inverted) > Pilin’ It Higher” was everything that a diehard Biscuits fan looks for when travelling around the country to see them. Since adding two Fender Stratocasters to his setup, Barber’s playing has been passionate and reinvigorated. “Resurrection” is one of the most groove-heavy songs that the Biscuits play, with a thick bassline and a steady rhythm that swings naturally. The band jammed into an inverted “Naeba” and the song’s blissfulness washed over the crowd, but that brightness soon turned into a nasty sonic assault of darkness. The extreme contrast in the Biscuits sound is what makes them stand out as the premier jamtronica act in the scene. “Pilin’ It Higher” gave Allen a chance to show off his ridiculous drum n’ bass chops as it always does, and his mechanics were absolutely brain shattering. Set one of 12/29 will undoubtedly be re-listened to for years to come.It seemed it would be a  difficult task to top that set, but the Biscuits followed it up with a massive palindrome that would best be described as non-stop tenacity. “Reactor > Orch Theme > I-Man > Gangster > I-Man > Orch Theme > Reactor” is the type of set that a fan would submit to the band as a fantasy setlist. It was dynamic with peaks and valleys that kept the audience engaged from start to finish. By the time they dropped into “Gangster”, the foundation of The Fillmore was shaking with a ferociousness that most outsiders wouldn’t be able to handle. But for the fans that have been to countless Biscuits shows, it was heavenly in the most sinister way possible. The jam out of “Gangster” was flawless, as they dropped their volume all the way down and the crowd went crazy, Barber laughing away. One can only imagine that he was thinking: “We cannot miss tonight”. The “I-man” was beautiful, but the jam into “Orch Theme” was comparable to a volcanic eruption. After landing in the ending of “Reactor”, they encored with an especially bluesy version of “Barfly” that had fans singing along in unison. All in all, it was one of the most complete shows of the year.12/29/18 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/18Set 1: 42, Resurrection> Naeba[1]> Pilin’ It High[2]Set 2: Reactor> Orch Theme> I-Man> Gangster> I-Man> Orch Theme> ReactorEncore: Barfly[3][1] inverted version[2] Perfume version[3] last played 12/26/2014 (136 shows)By the time the third night came around, the band and fans were riding so high, it would be impossible for the music not to hold up to the previous nights. The first set contained another segment that is a definite contender for segment of the year, as “Feeling Twisted > Catalyst (inverted) > Morph Dusseldorf (inverted) > Down to the Bottom” featured the most risk-taking of the run to that point.It was the first time that the band inverted “Catalyst” and only the second time that they inverted “Morph Dusseldorf”, both of which are challenging feats that can only be achieved when the band is playing at their best. The funk jam out of “Morph” had the crowd swaying as one as Brownstein and Allen gave Barber and Magner a pocket to sit in and explore for as long as they wanted. The tone of Barber’s new Stratocaster sounded perfect as he found one immaculate riff after another. He capped it off with one of the most ferocious guitar solos that he’s played on the new axe. From there, Allen sped the tempo up to a steady gallop and the band slid into “Down to the Bottom” with undeniable swagger, ending the set on a high note.The Biscuits fanbase lost a few great fans in 2018, so when they opened up the second set of 12/30 with “Eulogy”, there were definitely some watery eyes in the room. Next came a standalone version of “House Dog Party Favor” that got digitally psychedelic before building into one of the steepest peaks of the run.Just like the previous night, they finished off the second set with a tremendous segment. The band used space to their advantage during “Mindless Dribble” > “Crickets” (inverted) > “Sabre Dance”. Magner and Barber took turns painting illustrious auditory landscapes on the enormous canvas that Brownstein and Allen provided. During the first notes of “Crickets”, they were all smiling with a contagious youthful energy. It was as if they somehow captured their emotions from twenty years ago in a bottle and popped the cork for this run. “Sabre Dance” is another challenging composition that is easy to get lost in, but they nailed it. They finally encored with “Svenghali”, another glorious example of the Disco Biscuits and their signature trance-fusion.12/30/18 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/18Set 1: Frog Legs, Feeling Twisted> Catalyst[1][2]> Morph Dusseldorf[1]> Down To The BottomSet 2: Eulogy[3], House Dog Party Favor, Mindless Dribble> Crickets[1]> Sabre Dance[4]Encore: Svenghali[1] inverted version[2] first time inverted[3] last played 12/27/2013 (165 shows)[4] last played 7/18/2015 (117 shows)By the time New Year’s Eve came around, rumors were flying about what they had up their sleeve for the finale. A number of fans had a feeling the band would play their Hot Air Balloon rock opera in its entirety, and they turned out to be right.Upon entering The Fillmore for the final Biscuits show of the year, fans were greeted by staff and handed a playbill that read, “The Disco Biscuits Present A 20th Anniversary Performance of The Hot Air Balloon Rock Opera.” The two-act song cycle was written by Gutwillig in 1998 and debuted on New Year’s Eve at the intimate Silk City Diner in Philadelphia. It has only been played in its entirety three times in the 2000’s, and only once since Allen Aucoin joined the band. The last time was on Halloween in 2007, so a lot of the younger fans had never witnessed it.The band split the acts up in the first two sets of the night and let the music speak for itself, taking the crowd on a journey through the heartfelt story of love and the dedication to not only following your heart, but also following your dreams. The love triangle between Corrinado, Leora of the Sequoias, and her husband, the merciless ruler Manilla Trane has the ability to speak to anyone that’s willing to listen.The night opened with “The Overture” and was followed by “Once the Fiddler Paid”, the first two scenes of the story. Ghost Light pianist Holly Bowling, dressed as Leora, joined the band for one of the most elegant intros of “The Very Moon” to date. She exited the stage as the band jammed the song out and transitioned into “Voices Insane: with focus and devotion. They closed the first set with Eulogy, as it’s written in Act I, revisiting it in context after playing it the night before.The second set opened with “Bazaar Escape”, one of the most difficult compositions in the Biscuits catalog, and it was by far one of the most excellent renditions of the past ten years. The transition into “Mulberry’s Dream” was seamless, and the song contained some of the most exploratory improvisation of night. Nobody could have imagined what would happened next during “Above the Waves” as a waterfall poured down from in front of the lighting rig. The crew spent hours setting up the special effect that created an extremely psychedelic experience for the fans when mixed with the lighting design from Johnny R. Goode. The band capped off the set with the final scene of Act II, the titular “Hot Air Balloon”. It was a truly transcendental experience for everyone involved.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Premier League extends suspension

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Professional football in England will not resume until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic. A statement from the Premier League, EFL and the Football Association, along with the Women’s professional game, the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers’ Association confirmed the extension to the suspension. The governing bodies had originally agreed a suspension last Friday until early April. The statement read: “We have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than April 30.” The joint statement said the bodies were united in their commitment to getting the 2019-20 campaign finished, and that the FA board had agreed to extend indefinitely the season end date, which is usually fixed at June 1. “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19,” the statement read. It added: “We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. “We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition. “The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. “We will continue to follow government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.” The Premier League had initially been suspended until April 4, with the EFL suspension originally ending a day earlier. The EFL held a board meeting on Wednesday and has agreed a £50 million short-term relief package to assist cash-strapped clubs during the coronavirus crisis.Tags: EFLEuro 2020Football AssociationPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Julius Randle unafraid, unfazed vs. Metta World Peace

first_imgWorld Peace, meanwhile, had just returned from Italy after playing overseas there.World Peace argued those two factors contributed to both players feeling rusty. “I had some advantages, and he had some advantages,” World Peace said of Randle. “He’s going to continue to gain advantages as long as he continues to gain intelligence.”World Peace chuckled when asked if it was intelligent for Randle to play aggressively against him. After all, World Peace once gave James Harden a concussion after inadvertently swinging his elbow at him. In 2004, as an Indiana Pacer, the former Ron Artest drew an 86-game suspension for going into the Pistons crowd and punching a fan for throwing a drink at him.“I’m still pretty edgy. I don’t show it as much emotionally. But mentally, I’m really, really angry, “ World Peace said, laughing. “I’m able to control it better. I can control it better than The Hulk.”Still, World Peace sounded invested in Randle’s development. World Peace said the Lakers initially asked him to practice at their facility earlier this summer partly to train Randle. World Peace has since remained a constant presence during informal workouts for the past month and a half.Four years after his four-season tenure (2009-13) in Los Angeles, the team still might sign the 35-year-old veteran which would result in World Peace, Randle and Brandon Bass competing for minutes. “You learn his tricks,” Randle said of training with World Peace. “He’s a tough defender. He didn’t give anything easy and he didn’t take any possessions off. So it was tough, but it was great for me.” Did that give Randle extra confidence he can succeed against top NBA talent?“No matter who is guarding me, I’m going to be confident,” Randle said. “Does it give me reassurance? Not really. I always had confidence in myself. But it was a great test for me.”World Peace stressed keeping proper body positioning so Randle can make quicker rotations. World Peace also has encouraged Randle to drive-and-kick, a skill World Peace believes will enhance his playmaking abilities and add to the Lakers’ spacing.“His potential is great. I think he catches on real quickly,” World Peace said of Randle. “If he can continue to learn the little things, you’ll see the Lakers in the playoffs.”Editors note: Story has been updated to corectly identify Metta Wold Peace’s age as 35. He usually intimidates opponents by flexing his biceps, roughing them up or scowling at them.But Metta World Peace’s presence hardly scared Julius Randle. Randle, who played only 14 minutes in his NBA debut last season before suffering a season-ending right leg injury, trained with World Peace this summer.And the Lakers’ former first round draft pick proved he could match and absorb World Peace’s strength. “This guy is arguably one of the greatest defenders of all time, so my thing is, ‘Let me test myself.’” Randle recalled, laughing. “‘Let me see where I’m at and how good I am.’” I have no fear in anybody.”Randle passed the test against World Peace, whose 17-year NBA career included a defensive player of the year award in 2004 and a key role in the Lakers’ 2010 NBA championship run.Not bad for Randle to have that on his resume entering the Lakers’ training camp, which begins Sept. 29 in Hawaii. “Every now and then, Metta got the best of (Randle),” Lakers coach Byron Scott said earlier this summer. “But when he hit Metta, Metta kind of bounced off of him.”World Peace hardly sounded interested in offering diplomacy. He acknowledged that Randle “attacked me.” But World Peace promptly dismissed the implications surrounding that matchup for two reasons. Randle had just received medical clearance for full-court five-on-five drills after spending the past year rehabbing his surgically repaired right leg.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more