Celebrate Bill Kreutzmann’s 70th Birthday With Our Favorite Moments From His Legendary Career

first_imgIn addition to his musical prowess, Billy has proven to be a highly entertaining historian for the band. In his 2015 memoir Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, Kreutzmann goes into gritty detail about the band’s long, strange trip. Ever hear about the time they dosed the camera crew with LSD during the taping of their guest appearance on Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Dark” show? Watch Bill tell the hilarious story on CONAN: Nearly 52 years ago to the day, on May 5, 1965, a nearly-19-year-old Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with a new little jug band called The Warlocks for their first ever gig at a pizza parlor in Palo Alto, CA. That band would eventually change its name to the Grateful Dead, and go on to become one of the most musically and culturally influential bands of all time. Today, as we celebrate Kreutzmann’s 70th birthday, we take a look back at some of our favorite Billy moments from years past.As one-half of the Dead’s legendary two-piece rhythm section (along with Mickey Hart), Kreutzmann helped define the role of the jam band drummer by both propelling the full band’s improvisations and taking the audience on a percussion-only journey with a nightly “Drums” segment. Check out this video of one of our favorite “Drums”, from Halloween 1980 at Radio City Music Hall:Though many years have passed, Bill and Mickey—also known as the Rhythm Devils—are just as creative and inventive as ever. If you need proof, take a listen to this mind-blowing “Drums” from just last year at Dead & Company’s November 7th, 2015 Madison Square Garden show (starts at 51:10): Even since Jerry Garcia’s untimely passing in 1995, Kreutzmann has continued to tour heavily, keeping the spirit and music of the Grateful Dead alive with a variety of outfits including The Other Ones, The Dead, The Rhythm Devils, and Dead & Company. Watch Kreutzmann perform with his newest solo project creation, Billy & the Kids, at Red Rocks in 2015:Bill has also been known to make surprise appearances when the mood strikes him, from inconspicuously joining a street performer’s drum jam in San Francisco to jumping in with an unwitting Wes Williams Band for an emotional performance of  “Scarlet Begonias” in New Orleans.  Happy 70th, Bill, here’s to many more years worth of music and memories!last_img read more

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Grexit: Economic choice or political nightmare?

first_imgThe heated discussions over whether Greece should be allowed to write off its debt and what precedent that would set for the rest of peripheral Europe ignore a far bigger danger than just economic disruption. The alternative for Greece of EU support is quite simple. It has a thousand years of cultural linkage with Russia (and the Ukraine). At a time when the EU is struggling to contain Russian president Vladimir Putin and faces the very real possibility of getting sucked into a proxy war with Russia over the Ukraine, the EU needs to beware of bearing Greeks as gifts! A Greek exit from the euro would inevitably lead to an exit of the EU itself by a desperate Greece, led by a far left leadership that has strong sympathies with Russia at a time when Russian nationalism itself has become buttressed by its commonality with Greece through Orthodox Christianity. Moscow was known as the ‘third Rome’ – the bastion of Orthodox Christianity – after the fall of Greek-speaking Constantinople in 1453. Greece moving into Russia’s sphere of influence supplied with appropriate economic support would be a rational response by both Greece and Russia in the wake of a chaotic Grexit.The focus by Northern Europe, led by Germany, on the necessity of Greece’s sticking to austerity and debt repayment, come what may, is both misguided and hypocritical. To ‘extend and pretend’ that debt write-offs are not required and will not be tolerated is particularly bizarre given that West Germany had 50% of its debt written off in 1953. This was at the height of the Cold War, on the insistence of the US as it tried to develop a prosperous and stable Western Europe, strong enough to be able to stand up to the Soviet Union. As Europe faces a new existential crisis over Greece, that need to create a prosperous and stable EU strong enough to stand up to a post-Soviet Union Russia has become greater than ever. That idea should be the primary factor guiding EU decision-making over Greece and trumps concerns over the precedent it could set for Portugal, Italy and so on. Moreover, the years of austerity have led to real change in Greece. The corollary to the story of the Greek American millionaire is that, whilst he was unwilling to invest in Greece for many years, in 2014, he was more positive than he had ever been and was active in both private equity and real estate.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE The ongoing Greek saga is not simply about debt – it’s about the raison d’etre of the EU itself, says Joseph MariathasanI can remember asking a Greek American millionaire at the height of the euro-zone crisis what he thought about lending more to Greece. He thought briefly and then said that, for the European Union (EU), it was like it would be for him if his son were to ask him for a $100,000 loan. As he explained, he would have been willing to lend the money if his son were spending it on an MBA or starting a business. However, if his son had said he wanted it so he could spend the next three years boozing with his buddies, he would have been somewhat more reluctant!That attitude has pervaded the discussions in Europe on what to do about Greece. There appears to be a generally held view that Greece falsified its statistics to join the euro, and that its politicians then used the access to cheap debt not to rebuild its infrastructure or invest in new industries but to bribe voters by spending lavishly on a bloated public sector and an unsustainable welfare system. But that dismissal of addressing Greece’s ongoing debt burden misses a far more fundamental issue that strikes at the heart of the raison d’etre of the EU itself.The EU is a direct development of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) established in 1951, just a few years after World War II, whose prime purpose was to prevent another European war. That rationale appears to have been forgotten in the debate over Greece. With hindsight, few would disagree with the notion that both Greece and the EU would have been better off now had Greece not joined the euro. But the past is the past, and the issue now is what to do next.last_img read more

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Polish Offshore Wind Farms Clear Another Hurdle

first_imgMFW Bałtyk III Sp. z o.o., a joint venture between Equinor and Polenergia S.A., has secured an environmental decision for the offshore grid infrastructure connecting two offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 1440MW to the Polish national grid system.The decision was issued by the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection (RDOŚ) in Gdansk.In May 2018, Polenergia and Equinor signed an agreement to jointly own and develop the two offshore wind projects in the Polish Baltic Sea – Polenergia Bałtyk II and Polenergia Bałtyk III.The wind farms will be located in areas approximately 27km and 40km from the port of Łeba in water depths of 20-40m.Polenergia Bałtyk III is expected to deliver first power in 2025, with Polenergia Bałtyk II following in 2027.last_img

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One dead, another injured in shooting near Churchill’s pub

first_imgPolice in Miami are currently investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another person injured just outside of a bar in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.The incident occurred around 9:00 pm Sunday near Churchill’s Pub on Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 55th Street.Authorities say a man who had been shot walked into the pub seeking help. Patrons at the bar then contacted the police and the man was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. As police began their investigation into the shooting, they then noticed another victim who had been shot dead inside of a crashed vehicle not too far from the crime scene.Investigators say a single bullet hole could be seen on the passenger side of the white Lexus that had crashed into the side of a building near Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 52nd Street.The victim was found dead next to the driver side door.Authorities are now searching for witnesses or possible surveillance footage from the scene.If you have any information about this incident you are asked to contact Crimestoppers at (305) 471- TIPS.last_img read more

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Paul Heckingbottom opens up about his sacking as Leeds United manager

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 LIVING THE DREAM moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND Former Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has told talkSPORT he hopes the club back new boss Marcelo Bielsa and ‘give the fans what they have been crying out for’.Heckingbottom spoke with Jim White on Thursday and opened up about his brief spell at Elland Road and his surprise departure.The 41-year-old was axed by the Championship club on June 1 after just four months in charge, replacing him with former Argentina boss Bielsa.In his interview with talkSPORT, he explained he has no hard feelings about the club’s decision to part ways.He also said he hopes Leeds can push on under their experienced new chief – and perhaps even secure promotion back to the Premier League after 14 long years outside the top flight.“I really wish everybody at Leeds United well,” he told Jim White.“It was a great experience for me, I had good time there and I worked with some really good people.“It was just a change of direction from the club – they’ve gone with an experienced manager who is known all over the world. Bielsa was most recently in charge of Ligue 1 side Lille LATEST targets “I just hope they back him and give him the support to make changes and give the fans there what they are crying out for.“For me the Championship this season is wide open – there are no stand-out teams.“All three relegated clubs are going to do really well, I see those three being really strong.“But I think if Leeds invest and bring the players in, there’s no reason why not.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Paul Heckingbottom IN FULL above REVEALED Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

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