So true about Tom Petty -beautiful story by Bob Lefsetz

He wasn’t running on fumes.

Most aged, classic bands have been beaten down, believing their audience still cared they released new music to little acclaim and then gave up, gussied up their look and went on endless victory parades where they played their hits to an aged audience and it isn’t adulation so much as money, they need it, to pay their bills, there was never that much money in the beginning, when royalty rates were low and tickets were four, five and six dollars, and then they got divorced, after spending everything, believing it was gonna come in forever, and now you can see them, but it’s not them, not the hungry people who needed it way back when, who created the soundtrack to our lives.

You can’t make that much money in music. So now people dream of being techies, and bankers, and we need both, but their efforts are transitory at best. Whereas when we hear Tom Petty’s songs on the radio they still have impact, meaning, he lives on, even though he’s dead.

And that’s hard to compute, that someone’s gone. But the truth is we know our rock musicians, even if we don’t.

We listened to the albums, we read about them, they’re far from faceless, and we never forget their work, it is never superseded.

You might have a computer in the closet that runs MS-DOS, even OS9, but you never break it out, it’s ancient history, but you still play those old records, even if it’s mostly in your head, they’re ingrained in your brain.

But the difference with Petty is he never retired.

Never gave up. Never stopped recording new music. Never stopped taking chances. Doing his radio show.

While everybody else gave up and took the money, like Dylan, doing adverts, and Townshend, approving big league synchs, Petty sat on the sidelines, while Neil Young promoted the specious Pono, while everybody in Hollywood was making tech investments, Tom was just a musician, that was enough for him.

And it was enough for us.

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Press on All Blacks -Cape Town

Today was the team announcement and then the press conference and training All the top stars are playing and these pics are a snapshot of the day .
Training was at Bishops school at 3pm today

Springboks shuffle pack for New Zealand clash at Newlands

Lood de Jager has earned a well-deserved start, while Pieter-Steph du Toit moves from lock to blindside flank to give the Springboks more lineout options – both on attack and defence – on Saturday against the All Blacks in Cape Town.

In another change to the loose trio, Francois Louw will run out at No 8 in place of the injured Uzair Cassiem, while there is also a first Test start for Steven Kitshoff, who comes into the side as replacement for stalwart prop Tendai Mtawarira.

Kitshoff has played a record 18 matches off the bench in his position behind Mtawarira, the most-capped Springbok prop of all time with 95 caps to his name, who is unavailable for the match because of family reasons.

With Kitshoff earning his first start in the Springbok jersey, Wilco Louw has been drafted onto the bench. The former Junior Springbok and SA ‘A’ prop is the only uncapped player in the match 23.

Regarding the release of Mtawarira from the squad and the selection of Kitshoff, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said: “Losing your most experience player is not ideal, but family comes first in our caring environment.

“It’s a well-deserved starting opportunity for Steven. He has been working extremely hard in the last two seasons and fully deserves his chance.

“Wilco has established himself during the Vodacom Super Rugby season, while he also continued that form in the Currie Cup. When he gets the opportunity to play, it will be something special on his home ground,” said Coetzee.

The reshuffled loose trio is because of the injury-enforced absence of Cassiem, who sustained a fractured rib in last weekend’s 27-27 draw against the Wallabies in Bloemfontein. Cassiem will be out of action for up to six weeks.

The Springbok coach said his side will be looking for improvement in all areas.

“Our preparations have gone well this week and we are looking forward to Saturday’s Test at DHL Newlands,” said Coetzee.

“Francois is a seasoned openside flanker and although it’s his first Test start in the No 8 jersey, he has a good understanding of the role we expect from him. I believe his vast experience will see him settle in quickly in this role. Jean-Luc du Preez will again provide good impact off the bench.”

Meanwhile, Coetzee added the Springboks will be looking to improve in all facets of the game: “The All Blacks will again test us in every department. They don’t seem to have any weak areas, so we will have to show that we’ve learnt from our experience in Albany. Saturday is another huge opportunity for us to continue to grow as a team and build on our cohesion.”

Saturday’s match kicks off at 17h05 and is both teams’ final fixture of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The Springbok team to play the All Blacks in Cape Town:
15. Andries Coetzee, Emirates Lions – 8 caps, 0 points
14. Dillyn Leyds, DHL Stormers – 4 caps, 0 points
13. Jesse Kriel, Vodacom Bulls – 24 caps, 30 points (6 tries)
12. Jan Serfontein, Vodacom Bulls – 34 caps, 25 points (5 tries)
11. Courtnall Skosan, Emirates Lions – 8 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
10. Elton Jantjies, Emirates Lions / NTT Shining Arcs (Japan) – 19 caps, 191 points (2 tries, 35 conversions, 37 penalties)
9. Ross Cronje, Emirates Lions – 5 caps, 5 points (1 try)
8. Francois Louw, Bath, England – 53 caps, 40 points (8 tries)
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, DHL Stormers – 28 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
6. Siya Kolisi, DHL Stormers – 24 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
5. Lood de Jager, Vodacom Bulls – 31 caps, 20 points (4 tries)
4. Eben Etzebeth (captain), DHL Stormers – 62 caps, 15 points (3 tries)
3. Ruan Dreyer, Emirates Lions – 3 caps, 5 points (1 try)
2. Malcolm Marx, Emirates Lions – 10 caps, 10 points (2 tries)
1. Steven Kitshoff, DHL Stormers – 18 caps, 0 points
Replacements:
16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, Cell C Sharks – 22 caps, 5 points (1 try)
17. Trevor Nyakane, Vodacom Bulls – 33 caps, 5 points (1 try)
18. Wilco Louw, DHL Stormers – uncapped
19. Franco Mostert, Emirates Lions / Ricoh Black Rams (Jap) – 14 caps, 0 points
20. Jean-Luc du Preez, Cell C Sharks – 9 caps, 5 points (1 try)
21. Rudy Paige, Vodacom Bulls – 11 caps, 5 points (1 try)
22. Handré Pollard, Vodacom Bulls – 21 caps, 188 points (2 tries, 29 conversions, 37 penalties, 3 drop goals)
23. Damian de Allende, DHL Stormers – 25 caps, 15 points (3 tries)

Facts and Stats:

Test caps:
· The total Test caps in the Springbok starting line-up is 331.
· There are 102 caps in the backline and 229 caps amongst the forwards, with a further 136 caps amongst the replacements.
· The average caps per player in the backline is 15, the forwards are 29 and the 17 caps.
· The average age of the starting 15 is 26 years.

Milestones
· Elton Jantjies needs nine points to reach 200 points in Tests for South Africa.
· Handré Pollard needs 12 points to reach 200 points in Tests for South Africa.
· After a record 18 Tests as a substitute, Steven Kitshoff will on Saturday finally make his first start in a Test match.
· Wilco Louw will make his Test and tournament debut should he come off the bench.

· The very first Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at DHL Newlands in Cape Town took place on 1 September, 1928. The Test was won by New Zealand with a score of 13-5.
· During the next 80 years, eight more Test matches between the Springboks and All Blacks were played at this famous ground, the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa.

· Saturday’s match will be the Springbok’s 10th Test match against New Zealand at this venue.

· The Springbok record for the previous nine matches is: P 9; W 3; L 6; PF: 89; PA: 130; TF: 7; TA: 12; Average score: 10-14. Win%: 33%.

· South Africa’s overall record at the ground: P 52; W 35; L 15; D 2; PF: 1 014; PA: 637; TF: 131; TA: 67; Average score: 20-12. Win%: 67%.

· South Africa’s overall record against New Zealand is: P: 94; W: 35; L: 56; D: 3; PF: 1 458; PA: 1 920; TF: 140; TA: 209; Average score: 16-20. Win%: 37%.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

P!NK announces her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 today

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2017 – Known for her incredible and entertaining live show, international pop icon P!NK announces her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 today.

The 40-date North American arena tour produced by Live Nation will start in Phoenix, AZ on March 1st and culminate in Los Angeles, CA at The Forum on June 2nd.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, October 10th at 10am local time through Thursday, October 12th at 10pm local time.

U.S. and Canadian residents who purchase tickets online between October 10th and October 20th will be able to redeem (1) physical copy of P!NK’s new album “Beautiful Trauma,” out Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017.

All albums must be redeemed by October 20, 2017 at 11:59pm PDT. Tickets will be on sale starting Friday, October 13th to the general public.

P!NK last hit the road on her The Truth About Love Tour which saw her play 142 sold out shows across 13 countries.

The Los Angeles Times said, “Pink remains perhaps the most gifted and imaginative physical performer in pop right now,” while Rolling Stone claimed, “the singer had demonstrated an epic workout of vocals, stagecraft and stunt-work without missing a note,” and The Hollywood Reporter raved, “she still is one of pop’s most powerful vocalists.”

In addition, P!NK releases another track, “Whatever You Want” from her highly anticipated seventh studio album Beautiful Trauma which is available for pre-order now and due out in stores on October 13th

The track was produced and written by Max Martin and Shellback along with additional writing credits from P!NK.

P!NK has also released two other tracks from the album, first single, “What About Us” and “Beautiful Trauma” to rave reviews.

Beautiful Trauma 2018 Tour Dates

DATE CITY VENUE
03/01/18 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
03/03/18 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
03/05/18 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
03/06/18 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
03/09/18 Chicago, IL United Center
03/12/18 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
03/14/18 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
03/15/18 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
03/17/18 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
03/18/18 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
03/20/18 Toronto, ON* Air Canada Centre
03/23/18 Montreal, QC* Bell Centre
03/25/18 Detroit, MI* Little Caesars Arena
03/27/18 Louisville, KY* KFC Yum! Center
03/28/18 Cleveland, OH* Quicken Loans Arena
04/04/18 New York, NY* Madison Square Garden
04/07/18 Pittsburgh, PA* PPG Paints Arena
04/09/18 Boston, MA* TD Garden
04/13/18 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
04/14/18 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
04/16/18 Washington, DC* Capital One Arena (fka Verizon Center)
04/19/18 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
04/21/18 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
04/24/18 Orlando, FL Amway Center
04/25/18 Fort Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
04/28/18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
05/01/18 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
05/08/18 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
05/09/18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
05/12/18 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
05/13/18 Seattle, WA KeyArena
05/15/18 Portland, OR Moda Center
05/18/18 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
05/22/18 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
05/23/18 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
05/25/18 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
05/26/18 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
05/28/18 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
05/31/18 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
06/02/18 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

*Bleachers supporting

Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released six studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 42 million albums, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1).

In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013.

She has sold out arenas all over the world, made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s Thanks for Sharing and released a side project with singer/songwriter Dallas Green entitled You+Me.

Last year, P!NK released “Just Like Fire” from Walt Disney Studios’ feature film Alice Through The Looking Glass.

The track was #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart for 6 consecutive weeks and has over 155 million views of the music video.

P!NK was featured on Kenny Chesney’s “Setting The World on Fire,” marking her first #1 on the Country Airplay Chart and Hot Country Songs Chart. The track also received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group performance earning P!NK her 18th Grammy nomination.

P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry. She was formerly a spokesperson for COVERGIRL and remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.

For More Information:
Official Website: http://www.pinkspage.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pink
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pink
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PinkVEVO

Rested All Blacks slot straight in to match day team to play Springboks at Newlands

The All Blacks team to play South Africa at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, this Saturday 7 October 2017 is :

The matchday 23 (with Test caps in brackets) is:

1. Kane Hames (4)
2. Dane Coles (53)
3. Nepo Laulala (8)
4. Samuel Whitelock (91)
5. Scott Barrett (12)
6. Liam Squire (11)
7. Sam Cane (48)
8. Kieran Read (105) – Captain
9. Aaron Smith (66)
10. Beauden Barrett (58)
11. Rieko Ioane (8)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (41)
13. Ryan Crotty (30)
14. Nehe Milner-Skudder (10)
15. Damian McKenzie (7)

16. Codie Taylor (24)
17. Wyatt Crockett (66)
18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (9)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (13)
20. Matt Todd (9)
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (26)
22. Lima Sopoaga (11)
23. David Havili (1)

As expected, the five All Blacks who came to South Africa early ( the holiday makers who spent time on Camps Bay beach see pic below ) have all been named in the matchday 23.

Samuel Whitelock returns to the second row alongside Scott Barrett, Liam Squire is at blindside flanker and Sam Cane is at openside, with Matt Todd moving to the bench.

In the backs, Ryan Crotty has been named at centre, while Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the right wing.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been named at reserve halfback while Lima Sopoaga provides additional back cover alongside David Havili.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “We’ve settled in well in Cape Town this week.

However, our preparation has been different because of the need to recover well from all the travel.

This has meant that there’s been less time on the park and an even greater emphasis than normal on the mental side of our preparation.

As always, getting real clarity of our roles and how we want to play has been key.

“We know we’ll be playing a proud Springbok side which will be determined to rectify what happened in Albany.

While it’s necessary for us to try and anticipate what they’re going to bring to the match, it’s more important for us to focus on what we’re going to bring to the encounter.

Our skill execution, our physicality and our ability to play our ‘triple threat’ game will be critical.

“The team is really looking forward to playing at Newlands after a nine-year absence.

The beach boys: Squire ,Cane ,Sopoaga.Whitelock,Crotty -Camps Bay Beach

“We know we have a huge fanbase here and the hospitality and reception we have received from the local folks has been fantastic.”

Key notes:

• The All Blacks and South Africa have played each other 94 times, with 56 wins to the All Blacks, 35 to South Africa and three draws.

• The All Blacks have scored 49 tries this year, so the next one makes 50 – and that will be the 13th time this century. It is ten years since any other team has reached 50 tries.

• This will be the tenth time the All Blacks have played South Africa at Newlands.

The last match there was in 2008, which the All Blacks won 19-0.

The Boks took it up the nought ..I was at that game along with Stuart Rubin marketing boss for BMG Records and the next year we did the 1st Music Exchange conference.

• David Havili’s debut try last weekend was the 100th Test match try converted by Beauden Barrett.

As well, Barrett has already equalled his last year’s Investec Rugby Championship record of 23 conversions for the season. The all-time record for the All Blacks is 27.

• Barrett and his teammate Damian McKenzie have each made 57 carries this campaign, more than any other player at the tournament.

• The All Blacks won The Rugby Championship in 2012 – 2014 and again in 2016 and 2017, have held the Freedom Cup (played between New Zealand and South Africa) since 2010 and the Bledisloe Cup (played between New Zealand and Australia) since 2003.

PICTURE GALLERY MUSIC EXCHANGE #MEX17 SUNDOWNERS AT SOUTH BEACH IN CAMPS BAY

MARTIN MYERS ,RAZIA MYERS ,CASEY BARCLAY

JANN KLOSE ,ALICIA MADISON ,CHRISTIAN WRIGHT ,TONY GRUND

AMANDA BACK ,CHRISTAIN WRIGHT

AMANDA BLACK AND SOPHIA FOSTER

ALICIA MADISON ,JANN KLOSE ,TONY GRUND, MARCELIA ARCENGIAS, CHRISTIAN WRIGHT

JASON CURTIS ,WILLIAM MASEMOLA . CHARLIE HAMILTON

MS AND MISS Nyota Parker

Ameen Harron

James Stewart ,Andre Ensil ,Martin Myers

Tony Grund ,Brandon Bakshi ,Alicia Madison ,Jann Klose

Peter Smith and Ze Nobrega

Razia Myers ,Anton Groenewald

Amanda Black ,Jann Klose ,Siphokazi Jonas ,Colin Sher

James Stewart ,Menno Visser

Bevan Trevor ,Brandon Bakshi

Martin Myers ,Christian Wright ,Casey Barclay ,Lisa Shanader

All Blacks assistant coach speaks about Success

On Tuesday in the leafy suburb of Newlands assistant coach Ian Foster rolled into the press conference bang on time at 12h30 and proceeded to hold court for 20 mins in an engaging conversation, even having to navigate the proverbial silly question that always rears its head be it a visiting rugby team or music star “Please have you got some words for all you Cape Fans “ – cringe.

This writer went the more cerebral route and took a leaf out of the management books and asked the question about Success and how ,success can be a bad teacher.

Ian’s answer was short and crisp yet rather telling in that you measure success with results ( the world looks at success as a win or loss ) and you could even break a game down into sections as well .”The previous week we had a successful 1st half against Argentina yet the 2nd half was not as crisp.

“How successfully did we play ? Can we get better? -Yes we can. and that is what drives us.” remarked Ian Foster

Their is no complacency in what we want to do -We want to put on an 80 min performance ”

Ominous warning indeed even after the 57 nil demolition of the Boks in Albany a few weeks back.

“It was a special game,but we did not perform the week after that .”

“What happens in the past is poor indicator for future performances.” This test on Saturday will be special ,in fact all test matches against the Boks are special test matches .

“The Boks bring out the best in us for sure .SA vs All Blacks you have to be 100% otherwise you feel it.”

After Ian spoke Dane Coles and Sam Whitelock discussed forward play and getting the body and time clock ready for the week.

Not too much on the field running around is key this week and today Wednesday is the day off for the team .The All Blacks name their team on Thursday morning.

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