Watch The Foo Fighters & Rick Astley Rickroll CalJam To The Tune Of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

first_imgOn October 7th, CalJam took over the Glen Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California, serving as a kickass record release party to celebrate the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold. In founding the event, Dave Grohl drew his inspiration from the original California Jam, a 1974 rock festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway that featured Deep Purple; Black Sabbath; the Eagles; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Emerson, Lake and Palmer among others. Surprisingly, this weekend’s CalJam felt much closer in spirit to its predecessor than even the 16-mile and decades-long divide would suggest. CalJam 2017’s lineup was dominated by hard-driving, ear-splitting rock and roll—the likes of which are rarely seen topping major festival bills, let alone clumped together for a single Saturday.Watch Dave Grohl’s 8-Year-Old Daughter Rock The Drums In Iceland On Friday With The Foo FightersRoyal Blood brought more than enough brash head-bangers to set off a massive afternoon mosh in the pit at Glen Helen Pavilion, dubbed the CalJam 17 stage for the occasion. The UK-based duo of vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher placed itself in the close company of acts like the White Stripes and the Black Keys with standards such as “Figure it Out” and “Little Monster.” By the same token, the Brighton residents distinguished themselves with their bluesier forebears—and jumped whole-hog into heavy metal—with the dynamic distortions of “Lights Out” and “Come On Over.”They weren’t the only purveyors of a bootstrapped music spirit. The Kills aren’t strictly a duo anymore, at least not after adding a collection of percussionists to their act. But in Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, the band still has a two-part core that can compete with groups of all shapes and sizes at its end of the sonic spectrum. Mosshart reminded the crowd of as much with her menacing farewell during “Black Balloon,” as did Hince with both his guitar and his drum machine on “Hard Habit to Break” from Ash & Ice, the group’s latest release. Unfortunately, only the truly dedicated festival travelers managed to catch their set on the smaller Sun Stage in between acts at the main venue.In that way, CalJam fell victim to the same #FirstWorldProblem that’s become the bane of every festival from Coachella to Bonnaroo: the dreaded overlap. The difference here, aside from the scrunched schedule, is that the acts stepping on each other’s toes weren’t from wildly different genres who happened to land at the same eclectic festival. Instead, the conflicts at CalJam often pitted likeminded rockers against one another.Foo Fighters Respond To Westboro Baptist Church Protest In Most Epic Way PossibleCage the Elephant brought American blues-rock and punk back to the fore in the evening, but only after nailing their rendition of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” the lone Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover of the day. Lead singer Matt Shultz then commenced his typical command of the stage, thrusting and wailing his way through “In One Ear,” “No Rest For the Wicked,” “Mess Around,” “Trouble,” and “Shake Me Down” while stripping from a full suit and tie down his skivvies (mic belt included).The garage rockers from Bowling Green eventually gave way to the desert daze and dazzling lights of Queens of the Stone Age. The sunburnt metal ensemble relied heavily on its 2013 release …Like Clockwork, opening with “If I Had a Tail” and belting out bangers like “My God is the Sun” and “Smooth Sailing.” Considering the proximity to QOTSA’s home base in Palm Desert, it was only fitting to also hear sand-aged standards like “Millionaire,” “No One Knows,” “I Wanna Make It With You,” “Little Sister,” “Go With the Flow,” and “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” sprinkled in—if not cemented—between groovier new tunes like “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “The Evil Has Landed” and “Domesticated Animals” from this year’s LP, Villains.As much as Queens made of its 75-minute set, there was no competing with the Foo Fighters’ epic two-plus-hour journey to close out the festival. Grohl slowly and steadily brought his whole band into the mix with an opener of “Times Like These,” followed by a face-melting run of “All My Life,” “Learn to Fly” and “The Pretender.” The new album, for which this whole shindig was arranged, got plenty of shine. Grohl proudly introduced “The Sky Is a Neighborhood,” one of the singles off Concrete and Gold, before inviting Mosshart and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz on stage for “La Dee Da.” The group allowed the dusty crowd to catch its breath with more mellow additions to the Foo catalog, like “Sunday Rain” and “Dirty Water,” the latter of which featured The Bird and the Bee’s Inara George among the supporting vocalists.With all that stage time on their hands, the Foo Fighters were bound to bust out some surprises. They rickrolled the entire Inland Empire with Rick Astley himself, brought on Joe Perry to play Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line,” and invited Liam Gallagher back onstage for a rendition of “Come Together.” It wouldn’t have been a proper Foo show, though, without ample callbacks to the band’s ever-expanding discography—”My Hero” here, “Monkey Wrench” there, “White Limo” in between and, of course, “Everlong” to close out the festival. [Video: Albert Lam]The lineup itself would’ve been enough to satiate rock-and-roll fans for three days at a weekend-long festival. Instead, CalJam packed all that into a single day, along with carnival rides, water slides, a Foo Fighters museum, a recording studio set up by Gibson, and a slew of scrumptious options from a variety of food and beverage vendors. And if you camped at the adjacent park, you probably indulged in Friday night vibes from the Police Experience, the Atomic Punks, and Trouble Funk if you weren’t busy reminiscing about the Ramones to “Rock N’ Roll High School” at the outdoor movie theatre.Indeed, the new CalJam had something for everyone. The festival offered plenty for anyone who grew up on the alternative rock of the 1990s and 2000s, but more importantly, served as a tribute to the electric pioneers who paved the way more than 40 years ago.last_img read more

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Jamal Crawford agrees to stay with LA Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ORLANDO, Fla. >> Time doesn’t always apply to Jamal Crawford. He sure doesn’t feel 36 years old on the basketball court, and his time on the open market certainly didn’t feel like a long weekend.Free agency started at midnight on Thursday. For Crawford, it ended Sunday afternoon with a three-year, $36 million contract to stay with the Clippers.The wait was excruciating.“It felt forever,” he said in a phone interview Sunday. “It was a wild process, for sure.” Their first offer to Crawford, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was low enough where the reports began to trickle out that, just maybe, Crawford would be taking off.Maybe he’d head to Golden State to team up with the Clippers’ rivals. Maybe he’d join the Washington Wizards or mentor the developing Philadelphia 76er locker room. There were other options, and Crawford seemed ready to take them.But, what no one knew, was that the Clippers had gotten Crawford and his wife to start feeling sentimental.The team sent over a tablet loaded with his highlights, memorable moments and quotes from the past four seasons.Even though they were apart on dollars and years, Crawford, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer kept plugging away.“We both had faith it would work out,” Crawford said of the negotiations.In four years with the organization, Crawford has won a pair of Sixth Man of the Year awards. This past season, he scored 14.2 points per game. In the playoffs, he upped that average to 17.3 points.With the Clippers on the outside of the Kevin Durant chase, the team was committed to returning as many of its free agents as possible, and getting Crawford was a must.First, they agreed to a deal with Austin Rivers. Then, they locked up Wesley Johnson.All the while, they were talking to Crawford, neither side willing to budge before the Clippers finally gave way Sunday afternoon.The Clippers’ roster has now taken almost complete shape, with six players signed to guaranteed deals, one to a non-guarenteed contract, another three drafted and another three committed to signing on or after July 7 when the free-agency moratorium ends.The Clippers can use a $2.2 million bi-annual except and veteran’s minimum contract, but they cannot exceed a hard cap of $117.3 million, which was triggered by using an exception to sign Johnson.The financial crunch forced the team to watch as productive backup center Cole Aldrich signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.NotesFirst-round pick Brice Johnson bounced back from a horrific debut in the Orlando Summer League to score 23 points and grab six rebounds in the Clippers’ 81-72 loss to Oklahoma City. Second-round picks Diamond Stone (3 points, 10 fouls) and David Michineau (3-for-12 shooting) both struggled. … Austin Rivers and North Carolina coach Roy Williams were among the people watching the Clippers’ game Sunday. center_img With billions of dollars being exchanged between teams and players in the first days of free agency, Crawford watched. With each deal, the anxiety and the excitement grew.It became hard to sleep.And, then, he got what he wanted all along — a multi-year deal to stay with the Clippers. The third year of the contract is partially guaranteed.The negotiations got off to a rocky start.It’s hard to send someone the wrong message with a $12 million offer for a single year of work, but somehow that’s what the Clippers did.last_img read more

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Mason City man sentenced to ten years in prison for vehicular homicide

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide after an accident that killed a passenger on his motorcycle. 41-year-old Brandon Kellar was charged last October with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence and vehicular homicide by reckless driving in connection with the September 28th 2018 accident at the intersection of 15th and South Pennsylvania in Mason City. 36-year-old Shawn True was a passenger on the motorcycle that collided with another vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Mason City police say the investigation determined that Kellar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash with a blood alcohol content of greater than the legal limit of .08. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Kellar agreed to plead guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving, a Class C felony. District Judge James Drew on Tuesday sentenced Kellar to ten years in prison and ordered that he pay $150,000 in restitution to True’s family.last_img read more

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