“Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people of Gaza live in a virtual prison. To protest the fact that a year after the terror attack by Israeli armed forces destroyed most of their homes, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, they have no possibility to rebuild because their borders are closed. The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government, (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the US tax payers), would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza. How lame is that? And how predictable! I live in the USA and during this time Dec 25th 2009-Jan3rd 2010 I saw no reference to Gaza or the Freedom March or the multi national protesters gathered there. Anyway I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of” We shall overcome”.It seems appropriate.
Roger Waters UN Address – Nov 29, 2012
Roger Waters, speaking on behalf of the Russell Tribunal, delivers a very nicely put speech in front of delegates on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This day also marks an important development in the Palestinians’ bid to statehood as they are now recognized as a non-member observer state. Hopefully the world sees both sides of the story and that both conflicting parties go into negotiations towards a two-state peaceful solution and put an end this long and dragged out conflict. Enough is enough!
Conceived and created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. From its inception through 1997, and its revival in 2003, the festival toured North America. In 2004, the festival organizers decided to expand the dates to two days per city, however poor ticket sales forced the 2004 tour to be cancelled. In 2005, Farrell and the William Morris Agency partnered up with Austin, Texas-based company Capital Sports Entertainment (now C3 Presents) and retooled it into its current format as a weekend destination festival.
The Festival Best Concerts
Arctic Monkeys at Lollapalooza 2014 (full show)
Foster The People
Cage The Elephant
Portugal The Man
t’s hard to believe that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers haven’t had a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 until now. His latest album, “Hypnotic Eye,” has finally topped the charts, selling 131,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard notes this is Petty’s best debut since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991 and it’s the most he’s sold in one week since 1994’s “Wildflowers.”
Possibly aiding the sales of “Hypnotic Eye” is a buy-in plan that Petty packaged with ticket sales to his upcoming arena tour. At the point of purchase, fans had the chance to pre-order the album for an additional cost. illboard said that “albums redeemed” counted towards the sales number.
“Hypnotic Eye” is the band’s 13th studio album and is an 11 song collection that’s a throwback (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/07/29/stream-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers-new-album-hypnotic-eye/) to the sound of their first two albums, 1976’s “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” and 1978’s “You’re Gonna Get It.” In June, they released the first single, “American Dream Plan B,” with four more tracks being made public in July.
In response to this milestone, Petty posted a simple acknowledgement on Twitter earlier today: