Robert Plant Shares New Single “Bluebirds Over The Mountain,” Announces Tour

first_imgRobert Plant is a musician who needs no introduction. As the iconic Led Zeppelin singer gears up for the release of his eleventh LP, Carry Fire, Plant has announced the first North American headline dates on his upcoming world tour celebrating the album–due out October 13. Following the release of “Bone Of Saints” and “The May Queen,” Robert Plant has released “Bluebirds Over The Mountain.” Written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys, “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” features special guest Chrissie Hynde joining Plant on vocals. The track is accompanied by a striking companion visual, which you can enjoy below:On Carry Fire, Plant once again teams with his Sensational Space Shifters, a group composed of Justin Adams, John Baggott, Dave Smith and Liam “Skin” Tyson, though other numbers on the record include cameos from cellist Redi Hasa, violist/violinist Seth Lakeman, and vocalist Chrissie Hynde. Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will begin their North American tour on February 9 at Raleigh, NC’s Memorial Auditorium and then continue through early March (complete dates below). Additional dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit Robert Plant’s website.According to the press release, Plant is very committed to getting tickets into the hands of his fans and not scalpers or bots, and so is collaborating with Ticketmaster to sell Pre-sale tickets through its Verified Fan ® program. Fans can visit robertplant.tmverifiedfan.com to register for Verified Fan Pre-sale access now until registration closes on Wednesday, September 27, at 12pm Eastern Time. Those verified and selected will receive a text invitation two to four hours before the Pre-sale begins on Thursday, September 28 at 12pm Eastern. The general public on-sale will be on Friday, September 29.In addition, every ticket purchased online will be joined by either a physical or digital copy of the new album, Carry Fire, upon its October 13 release. Instructions on how to redeem the album will be emailed after ticket purchase.Carry Fire is available now for pre-order at all digital music retailers and via Plant’s website. All pre-orders are joined by instant grat downloads of the tracks “The May Queen” and “Bones of Saints,” along with the just unveiled album highlight “Bluebirds Over The Mountain.” Those three songs are also available now for individual purchase at all DSPs and streaming services. In addition, all pre-orders made via Nonesuch or robertplant.com will receive an exclusive limited edition print inspired by the album’s cover art.ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERSCARRY FIRE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2018FEBRUARY9 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium11 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium12 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre16 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre17 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre22 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre24 – Denver, CO – Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre26 – Phoenix, AZ – Symphony Hall28 – Oakland, CA – Fox TheaterMARCH2 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum TheatreADDITIONAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED*****ROBERT PLANT // Carry Fire (Nonesuch/Warner. Bros)Release Date: Friday, October 131. The May Queen2. New World…3. Season’s Song4. Dance With You Tonight5. Carving Up The World Again… a wall and not a fence6. A Way With Words7. Carry Fire8. Bones Of Saints9. Keep It Hid10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain11. Heaven SentPRODUCED BY ROBERT PLANT“enwog yth wnair, gair gyrddbwyll armes, telynores twyll”last_img read more

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Vahid Tarokh wins prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

first_imgVahid Tarokh, Perkins Professor of Applied Mathematics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow of Electrical Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.Tarokh is among 180 scientists, scholars, and artists chosen this year as Fellows from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants across the United States and Canada.The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation selects candidates on the basis of “prior achievement and exceptional promise.”Tarokh is the only person selected this year in the field of applied mathematics. The $35,000 fellowship will support his research, which aims to understand the spectral properties and pseudo-randomness of matrices constructed from deterministic structures such as codes, block designs, and graphs.“I’m very grateful to the Guggenheim Foundation for their support,” says Tarokh. “It gives me the opportunity to explore a high-risk idea that may have enormous potential applications.”last_img read more

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Tonya Pinkins Mysteriously Exits Mother Courage and Her Children

first_imgTony winner Tonya Pinkins is set to quit Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children off-Broadway after the January 5, 2016 performance. No reason was given for the departure; the Classic Stage Company production had been set to officially open on January 7. CSC has now postponed the opening with replacement casting to be announced later. Directed by Brian Kulick and featuring original music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, the show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 24.Pinkins won the Tony for her performance in Jelly’s Last Jam. According to The New York Times, the actress penned a statement revealing why she was departing the show, but her lawyer advised her not to share it.The indomitable Mother Courage (Pinkins) follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children, in this timeless tale of war and big business updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo.The cast also includes Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi Williams. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Related Shows Mother Courage and Her Children View Commentslast_img read more

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Ugandan Presidential Challengers Freed after Arrests

first_imgHere is a video of Kizza Besigye being arrested: Police released two Ugandan presidential challengers late on Thursday after they were arrested for planning campaign rallies without permission.The opposition leaders, former prime minister Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye, a leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, are both hoping to challenge veteran President Yoweri Museveni in elections next year.Police spokesman Fred Enanga told the state-run New Vision newspaper that “the two politicians recorded statements and had since been released unconditionally”.Police have made several warnings against holding public rallies without permission, with organisers required to submit details to the police at least three days before any meetings.Museveni, who has led the east African nation since 1986, has been endorsed by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to represent it in next year’s election.But Mbabazi, a former close ally of the president, announced last month he would challenge the 70-year-old incumbent for the nomination. The move sparked criticism from the government, which pointed out that many of the failings of which Mbabazi accuses Museveni, such as corruption and a lack of jobs happened when he was the party’s secretary general.Besigye is a three-time presidential election challenger and a former personal doctor to Museveni. After he lost elections in 2011, Besigye led repeated anti-government protests, at which he was regularly arrested and held for a few hours before being released.last_img read more

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IAAF World Relays: Ghana’s women’s 4x100m qualify for finals

first_imgGhana’s women’s 4x100m relay team have qualified for the finals of the 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan.The quartet qualified in 2nd place (44.12s) in a chaotic Heat 2 in which Great Britain and France dropped their batons and did not finish their races; while Canada were disqualified. Nigeria also encountered baton change problems before recovering to finish in a disappointing 4th place and miss out on a place in the finals.Ghana will now qualify for the World Athletics Championships irrespective of their position in the final. They just need to avoid disqualification in the race to qualify.Running in Lane 5, Flings Owusu-Agyapong started Ghana off on the first leg and handed over Gemma Acheampong on the second leg.Persis William-Mensah ran a strong 3rd leg to hold off the challenge from Great Britain but she still handed off to Hor Halutie in 5th position on the anchor leg with the likes of Denmark, France, Great Britain and Canada all ahead of Ghana.While the change over for Ghana was smooth, Britain and France dropped theirs in the final change over and Nigeria struggled with their handover. That allowed Hor to slip through and finish in 3rd with a time of 44.12s, behind Denmark (1st) and Canada (2nd).Canada were then disqualified and Ghana moved into 2nd position and a place the final.Overall, Ghana qualified the slowest, and will now come up against USA, Germany, Brazil, Jamaica, Australia, Italy and Denmark in tomorrow’s final.last_img read more

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NFL power rankings: Ravens jump Patriots; Cowboys, Colts climb; Steelers, Eagles dip for Week 12

first_img31. Washington Redskins, 1-9 (31) MORE: Latest NFL QB power rankingsFrom 1-32, here’s how all of the league’s teams stack up against each other with only six weeks left in the 2019 regular season:NFL power rankings1. Baltimore Ravens, 8-2 (previous ranking: 3)The Ravens’ winning resume and high level of play offensively and defensively, led by Lamar Jackson and their deep secondary, no longer can be ignored. They are the best team in the NFL now after their beatdown of the Texans adds to a November to remember.2. New England Patriots 9-1 (1)The Patriots beat the Eagles with more of the dominant defense we saw before they ran into the Ravens in Week 9. But their offense keeps leaving much to be desired, and Tom Brady is the first one to keep pointing that out. They need to be on point in that area against the Cowboys.3. San Francisco 49ers, 9-1 (2)The 49ers came out a little gassed after playing 70 minutes of football during their first defeat Monday night, but despite all their small lapses and bigger mistakes, they fought to overcome them and knock off the Cardinals while dealing with more key injuries. Now they need to rev up for the Packers, Ravens and Saints in their next three games.4. New Orleans Saints, 8-2 (6)The Saints’ offense had a much-needed get well game at the Buccaneers because their principals, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, had monstrous games to open up everything else, per usual. The pass defense was impressive without Marshon Lattimore, too.5. Seattle Seahawks, 8-2 (4)The Seahawks got a well-deserved bye after last week’s Monday night marathon victory. They will go back to work with Russell Wilson trying to clip the Eagles’ wings while the 49ers and Packers have to play each other. 21. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4-6 (20)The Jaguars got Nick Foles back, and while he brought back some good downfield passing, the offense didn’t have the same dynamic, explosive, balanced feel it did with Gardner Minshew. One more road loss in the division to the Titans with Foles making mistakes, and the heat will be on Doug Marrone to go back to his rookie.22. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-7 (21)The Chargers went into Monday night desperate for a win in Mexico City to keep alive their fading hopes of an AFC playoff return. So much for Philip Rivers playing better now that the running game and defense have come alive — seven interceptions in two weeks won’t cut it.23. Detroit Lions, 3-6-1 (22)The Lions are showing plenty of offensive fight with Jeff Driskel filling in for Matthew Stafford, but their defense takes turns being destroyed by the run and the pass, much to the chagrin of Matt Patricia after the team’s big offseason investments.24. Atlanta Falcons, 3-7 (27)Dan Quinn has seen his defense respond now that he has help with the scheming and play-calling. The Falcons have gone from ineffective to dominant after the bye. Unfortunately, it’s too late for their playoff chances, but the development could save his job.25. Denver Broncos, 3-7 (23)Brandon Allen played valiantly on the road as their passing game put a real scare into the Vikings. But Vic Fangio’s defense continues to disappoint in key parts of games. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/93/c0/jameis-winston-100219-getty-ftrjpg_ftiqi927xmwy1dgovfolv4tmw.jpg?t=-1907027179&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d2/19/derek-carr-102019-getty-ftrjpg_1i1mpl11lq3591rd9fg96nc9fl.jpg?t=-360193115&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/84/e3/dwayne-haskins-080819-getty-ftrjpg_nt7a2jl708qp1e2a50hcd3nkq.jpg?t=1949749604&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/38/ae/mason-rudolph-091619-getty-ftrjpg_1hn3xmxgjz1l715ovmfw3tt49y.jpg?t=994917133&w=500&quality=80 16. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-5 (13)The Steelers are doing their best to win with running game and defense, but Mason Rudolph remains a liability, and now there are offensive injuries piling up, too. They need to find a way to take the five winnable games ahead before facing the Ravens in Week 17 to get into the playoffs.17. Carolina Panthers, 5-5 (16)Kyle Allen has suddenly become a red-zone turnover machine, as the shaky pass protection is hurting him. He is forcing throws off poor decision-making, and it has cost his team chances at victories the past two weeks. All the good vibes about Allen before Weeks 10 and 11 are now replaced with bigger questions about the future at QB in Carolina.18. Tennessee Titans, 5-5 (18)The Titans went into their bye having won three of the past four games with Ryan Tannehill starting and the offense showing the life it should have with Derrick Henry as the foundation. A win over the Jaguars in Week 12 would vault them right back into the AFC South race.19. Cleveland Browns, 4-6 (25)Myles Garrett and that ugly finish against the Steelers aside, the Browns suddenly have a winning streak because Baker Mayfield is playing much better with the offense making some good adjustments with Kareem Hunt in the mix. The Dolphins give them beautiful bridge matchup before they face the Steelers in a heated rematch.20. Chicago Bears, 4-6 (19)The Bears’ defense is doing its best to hold up with the offense remaining anemic, save for a few random big plays. A bad break-up seems more imminent for Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky in one way or another. 6. Green Bay Packers, 8-2 (5)The Packers have had two weeks to prepare for the 49ers, and a win coming out of the bye would give them control of the NFC’s top seed. Aaron Rodgers has a path back to the Super Bowl right in front of him, with plenty of help from Aaron Jones and Matt LaFleur.7. Minnesota Vikings, 8-3 (7)The Vikings would have blown that Broncos game last season. But this season, their offensive execution with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook has been terrific, whether they’re rolling out to leads or mounting comebacks. Mike Zimmer has done a solid coaching job, and Cousins has lived up to his contract.8. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-4 (9)Patrick Mahomes, evident by his key running against the Chargers, was a little healthier Monday night than he was when he picked apart the Titans in a losing effort last week. He got a big hand from the defense just when he needed it without Tyreek Hill going into the bye.9. Dallas Cowboys, 6-4 (10)The Cowboys are at their best when they give Dak Prescott complete control of the offense and make Ezekiel Elliott more of a dangerous complementary piece — not the other way around. They should keep trusting in Prescott’s passing with a season-defining matchup against the Patriots next.10. Houston Texans, 6-4 (8)The Texans had their shot against the Ravens, but their pass defense woes showed up big-time, and Deshaun Watson couldn’t do much about changing their fortunes. Now they’re in a fight to either win the AFC South or fall back on a wild card. Week 11 went mostly according to plan in the NFL. While the AFC powerhouses flexed their muscles a little more, a few of the better NFC teams had to dig deep to pull out games they desperately needed ahead of the stretch run.Still, there was enough good and bad to create some more shakeup in the league’s power struggle heading into Week 12, from the top to near the bottom. While there are seven teams that have eight or more wins, there are now 14 teams that have between four and six wins. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/67/dc/nick-foles-090319-getty-ftrjpg_1gn8r16l91etw19vbpz7p2dws2.jpg?t=-101895692&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/25/af/aaron-rodgers-102119-getty-ftrjpg_yq7s82g9yncv1m6ktps2xau2g.jpg?t=-264486099&w=500&quality=80 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3-7 (24)Jameis Winston can’t seem to shake his turnover woes for one reason or another, and just as it looked like he was a surefire long-term keeper, he dropped a four-interception game against the Saints. The pass defense, however, remains the bigger problem.27. Arizona Cardinals, 3-7-1 (26)The Cardinals tried their best to win a shootout with the 49ers a second time but were denied again. Kyler Murray keeps growing to raise their offensive efficiency, but the defense is an absolute mess against the pass, even with Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson as the headliners.28. New York Jets, 3-7 (29)The Jets are starting to respond offensively to Adam Gase, and it helps him that he knows he is not going anywhere as their head coach after this disappointing season. In Washington, they looked like a complete team for the first time under him.29. New York Giants, 2-8 (30)The Giants enjoyed a bye to help Daniel Jones evaluate his rookie season with a chance to finish strong. A little more help from Saqoun Barkley’s running and the defense would be nice over the final month and a half.30. Miami Dolphins, 2-8 (28)The Dolphins cooled off against the Bills as their defense went back to crumbling. At least their offense and special teams continue to play rather inspired, as there sadly is no more “tank for Tua” for multiple reasons. 11. Oakland Raiders, 6-4 (12)The Raiders have their running game and defense going to support Derek Carr’s combination of gutsy and efficient play. Jon Gruden remains in the coach of the year conversation with Kyle Shanahan and LaFleur.12. Indianapolis Colts, 6-4 (17)The Colts took back first place in the AFC South with the dominant defensive performance they needed at home against the Jaguars. Jacoby Brissett being healthy made a huge difference, as well, but now they have to keep enduring without Marlon Mack in the power running game.13. Los Angeles Rams, 6-4 (14)The Rams took care of the Bears by re-dedicating themselves to the running game out of necessity to boost their young offensive line and overcome their wide receiver limitations. Sean McVay’s reinvention has kept them alive in the playoff race despite the way the 49ers and Seahawks are playing.14. Buffalo Bills, 7-3 (15)The Bills are good at ripping through bad teams, and they did just that in whipping the Dolphins to stay ahead of surging group of AFC wild-card contenders. They need to beat up on the Broncos next with the Cowboys, Ravens and Patriots around the corner.15. Philadelphia Eagles, 5-5 (11)The Eagles’ offense was without both Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard against the Patriots, leaving the tight ends as the only real help for Carson Wentz. The defense has done well to tighten the screws, but they simply aren’t capable of scoring enough anymore. Rookie Dwayne Haskins still looks overwhelmed, but at least the return of running back Derrius Guice was a nice spark to the offense. It also doesn’t help when the defense is getting gashed in every which way.32. Cincinnati Bengals, 0-10 (32)The Bengals showed better effort in Oakland, but they still couldn’t get enough defensive stops or offensive execution from rookie Ryan Finley. It might come down to Week 16 against the Dolphins to avoid a winless season.last_img read more

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