Phish began their fall tour in style tonight with a show at the North Charleston Coliseum, the first of two nights at the venue. The show featured several songs from their new album Big Boat, multiple jams in the first set, a second set that was filled with many standout moments of improv, and a rare three-song encore. When the dust settled, Phish had delivered one of their best tour-opening shows in recent memory.The band showcased ambitious intentions from the get-go, kicking things off with the Phish debut of “Petrichor”. The 13-minute composition made its debut as a Trey Anastasio orchestral track a few years ago, and was included as the final song on Phish’s recently released album Big Boat. Phish nailed the composed section before launching into a small improv segment at the end of the tune. “Ghost” followed, and the band almost immediately launched into a jam segment that was sure to remind fans who were possibly dismayed by the new album exactly why they like Phish in the first place. The band was strong, adventurous, and experimental as they locked in as a unit, delivering an early show highlight with an awesome version of “Ghost”.Phish kept things bouncing along with a standard, but still fun version of “Heavy Things”, before Page McConnell took a minute to say hello to the crowd and thank them for coming. The band then went into his Big Boat standout “Home”, during which they stretched the song out from its form, adding a short but raging jam at the end that gave fans a brief look at the song’s potential. “Poor Heart” gave the audience good reason to hoot and holler, with Mike Gordon providing a slick bass solo in the middle of the song. “Poor Heart” gave way to “Bathtub Gin”, giving Phish another early opportunity to offer up some improvisation, and they took the opportunity and ran with it, with Anastasio and Gordon playing off each other perfectly before Jon Fishman caught them with the beat. McConnell started pushing the band with a double time piano part, and Anastasio responded with a glorious peak before bringing the song to its conclusion.The band kept the energy up with a dark and dirty performance of “555”, before gifting the audience with a powerful version of “Horn”. Phish then brought the first set to a close with an excellent performance of “More” from Big Boat. The band was on fire during this song, bringing the energy up to a huge peak before completing the song and walking off stage to a huge applause from the thrilled Charleston crowd.Phish returned to the stage for their second set with a rockin’ version of “No Men In No Man’s Land” that featured a short-but-sweet jam that quickly dissolved into “Down With Disease”. “Disease” included wild improvisation that eventually slowed down into a sludgy, Led Zeppelin-esque type II section, with Anastasio screeching his guitar at the end of the impressive moment. The band made a seamless segue into their cover of The Talking Heads‘ “Cities”, which slowed things down and simultaneously kicked the energy into a whole other gear. McConnell picked things up on his clavinet at the end of the song before the song fizzled out and “Roggae” began. “Roggae” was an excellent call in this slot, with its psychedelic guitar swirls a perfect compliment to the songs that came before it.Phish continued the psychedelic rock vibes with a great “Twenty Years Later”, before transitioning into the reliable and melodic jam vehicle “Light”. Anastasio’s guitar prowess was on full display during “Light”, as he led the band through a furious improv section, with Fishman pushing the beat more and more until he dropped into a “No Men In No Man’s Land” tease. The full band followed Fishman as the beat slowed down, but the improv kept going, making for a true type II segment. The “Light” jam flowed directly into a triumphant version of “Free”.The band then started up a loose and funky version of Stevie Wonder‘s “Boogie On Reggae Woman”. The crowd went nuts for “Boogie On”, with Gordon leaning into the groove before Phish started up their classic “Harry Hood”. This version saw Anastasio adding some interesting and experimental flourishes to the songs’s opening segment, before the band settled on the song’s usual beautiful improv section. “Harry Hood” closed the euphoric second set, which featured multiple standout jams and a non-stop flow throughout.Phish started their encore with the second “Winterqueen” of 2016, but things really picked up with “Tube”. The band stretched “Tube” out a bit, pushing the song’s form and going into a short bit of improv before bringing the song to a close. The band then surprised fans by starting up a fast and wild “Rocky Top” to complete the rare three-set encore.Phish started their tour with a huge show in Charleston, and fans have to be excited with the energy and creativity that was on display at such an early point in their tour. Phish return to the North Charleston Coliseum tomorrow night to finish their two-night run at the venue.Phish | North Charleston Coliseum | Charleston, SC | 10/14/2016Set One: Petrichor, Ghost, Heavy Things, Home, Poor Heart, Bathtub Gin, 555, Horn, MoreSet Two: No Men In No Man’s Land > Down With Disease -> Cities > Roggae > Twenty Years Later > Light > Free, Boogie On Reggae Woman > Harry HoodEncore: Winterqueen, Tube, Rocky Top
Image courtesy of NakilatQatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat has taken over full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya from Shell’s trading and shipping unit.The 217,591-cbm Al Ghashamiya is the eighth LNG vessel that comes under the management of Nakilat as part of the planned transition with Shell Trading and Shipping Company (STASCo) revealed in October last year.This move brings the total number of vessels managed by Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL) to 16, comprising of 12 LNG and 4 LPG carriers.The Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by LNG producer Qatargas.The vessel was built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. It was delivered to Nakilat in April 2009.
Masters 2019: All eyes on Tiger Woods as leaders prepare for third round A pumped-up Phil Mickelson had fun at Matt Kuchar’s expense as he shared his excitement in an amusing video ahead of the third round of the Masters.Mickelson and Kuchar were drawn to play together on Saturday, with both men set to tee off three strokes adrift of the lead. In a video posted on his Twitter account as he arrived at Augusta, Mickelson said: “There’s nothing better than being in contention on the weekend at the Masters, driving up Magnolia Lane.”I’ve got a great pairing today with Matt Kuchar. Obviously, we’re not going to have any side action today, because I’d probably see like 0.06 percent if I did win, but we’re going to have a great day.”Weekend at @TheMasters hitting BOMBS and attacking pins.LFG!!! #Lefty pic.twitter.com/yTt0yVJ5tQ— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) April 13, 2019 Three-time Masters champion Mickelson opted to film his drive down the famous Magnolia Lane and made a light-hearted reference to the recent controversy involving Kuchar and a temporary caddie.Kuchar was criticised for initially paying local caddie David Ortiz $5,000 after winning $1.3m at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, although he went on to apologize and significantly increase the payment. Related News
Republicans and three Democrats in the legislature have approved a plan to boost per pupil state spending for Iowa’s public K-through-12 schools by a total of 79 million dollars. House Republicans voted to endorse that level of spending Monday evening. Representative Cecil Dolecheck is a Republican from Mount Ayr.“This budget…is adequate to maintain a quality education for students in the state of Iowa,” he said. “It does not fulfill all the wants that are out there. No budget usually does, but it funds the needs that are out there.” Senate Republicans, along with three Democrats in the senate, approved the roughly two percent increase in general state aid to schools Wednesday. Republican Senator Amy Sinclair of Allerton says about half the state budget is spent on education, from preschool to higher education.“When considering all taxpayer dollars…we spend $14,600 per child,” Sinclair said. “…You do the math. Multiply that out over 20 kids in a classroom and see what we’re putting into every classroom in the state of Iowa.” Democrats like Representative Heather Matson of Ankeny say it’s not enough.“This amount barely allows most districts to break even,” Madson says. “We need to do more than allow our school districts to survive. We need to fund them in a way that allows them to thrive.” Other Democrats, like Senator Jackie Smith of Sioux City, say state support of public schools hasn’t kept up with inflation.“We need to fully fund education,” she said. “We want the next generation to have a love of learning. We want teachers to make an influence and we want the most qualified teachers in classrooms, the ones that really love kids.” A separate bill related to state education spending passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support this week as well. It extends extra state money to schools dealing with big transportation budgets, plus about 170 districts will get about five dollars more per pupil. That’s meant to deal with a problem in Iowa’s school funding formula that has meant some districts have been getting less in per pupil funding than others.