Seminal Rock band Guns N’ Roses are officially back on tour. After the shocking January announcement that Appetite for Destruction-era members Slash and Duff McKagan would rejoin the band for a few shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and two headlining shows at Coachella, fans have been chomping at the bit to see the band hit the road on a proper tour. Well, fans got what they asked for last night, as Guns N’ Roses played an incredible show at Detroit’s Ford Field last night to kick off their 25-date “Not In This Lifetime” stadium tour, as originally reported by Rolling Stone.Famous in more recent years for their absurdly late start times, Guns N’ Roses actually took the stage two minutes early at 9:43pm, possibly a tongue-in-cheek reference to their past transgressions, and definitely as a sign that they were ready to blow the roof off the place. The band opened with “It’s So Easy”, before setting the audience afire with their Appetite for Destruction hit “Mr. Brownstone.” GNR ran through most of their most famous tunes, as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Rocket Queen,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “November Rain,” and “Nighttrain” were all played throughout the evening, leaving the crowd in awe as they got to experience this long-broken-up band playing one hit after another. Singer Axl Rose impressed throughout with his ridiculous vocal range, and Slash melted faces with his incredible guitar playing, including a show-stopping cover of “Love”, the theme from The Godfather that served as a de-facto intro to “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.Guns N’ Roses have always included a series of covers in their sets, and they are a band that always knows how to make the tracks their own. Last night’s show showcased some of their best covers, as the band busted out “Live and Let Die” by Wings, “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan, and “The Seeker” by The Who.Watch Guns N’ Roses tear apart their classic “Welcome to The Jungle” below, courtesy of YouTube user VideoGremmie:Watch video of Slash rip up “Love (Theme from The Godfather)” before leading the band into “Sweet Child O’ Mine” below, courtesy of YouTube user Andy Schupbach:Watch GNR play their epic ballad “November Rain” below, courtesy once again of VideoGremmie:Watch the finale of “Paradise City” below, courtesy of YouTube user Uncle Sam – Alive In Detroit:Check out the full setlist below, and welcome back to the road Guns N’ Roses!Setlist: Guns N’ Roses at Ford Field, Detroit, MI – 6/23/2016Set: It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Chinese Democracy, Welcome to the Jungle, Double Talkin’ Jive, Estranged, Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings cover), Rocket Queen, You Could Be Mine, Raw Power, This I Love, Civil War, Coma, Speak Softly, Love (Theme from The Godfather/Andy Williams), Sweet Child O’ Mine, Better, Out Ta Get Me, Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover), November Rain, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover), NightrainEncore: Don’t Cry, The Seeker (The Who cover), Paradise City
Dolph Schayes could do everything on a basketball court besides dunk. But players didn’t do that in his time anyway.Schayes redefined what it meant to be a big man in the NBA, even as he persisted with a rooted-to-the-ground, two-handed set shot well into the era of the jumper. Yet after thinking about what it was that made him special, how he cemented his place among the greatest of all time, Schayes reduces his on-court brilliance to near nothingness.“If you’re tall, you have a distinct advantage,” he said. “See, the basket’s 10 feet off the ground, so the closer you are to the basket, the easier to rebound and all that stuff.”And so Schayes underlines the life outlook that produced his own legend. Basketball was always a game for Schayes, who was the franchise player for the Syracuse Nationals from 1948-1963 and is voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.The 12-time All-Star revolutionized the post position by moving beyond it. Men of his stature were expected to work the paint and the boards, and little else. But Schayes was constantly moving.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrowing up in the Bronx during the Great Depression, delivering laundry for change, the notion that he could be paid to play the sport was foreign.His game was shaped by what he considers the purest form of basketball in the Bronx schoolyards of Public School 91 and Junior High 79 (Preston). Playing three-on-three each day allowed Schayes to transcend the pigeon-holing dimensions of his outsized body and the sport.“When you’re 6 (feet) 5 (inches) and you’re 11 years old, you’re the same; just play center and stay inside,” he said. “But when we played basketball I did everything. I passed, I dribbled, I played outside.”During his Hall of Fame career in Syracuse, the 6-foot-8-inch Schayes towered over any guards that could keep up with him on the perimeter.“He would play the strong forward, what they call today — comparing with the terms that they use today and what they expect that particular position person to do,” former SU guard Manny Breland said. “And he was the personification of that particular position in terms of ability to shoot, to set and put the ball on the floor, and get to the hoop and those kinds of things. And also rebound.”After winning Rookie of the Year in 1949, Schayes led the Nationals in scoring for 12 straight seasons. Yet Schayes was no distanced superstar. It was not becoming of the man or the era.Schayes frequented the Onondaga War Memorial downtown for SU games, where he watched the collegiate players he occasionally scrimmaged with after Nationals practices.“Those guys, particularly Dolph, would come,” Breland said. “And so there was that kind of camaraderie; the bond was kind of built because we were ballplayers, even though he was a pro and I was in college.”It was at one such game in 1951 that he was introduced to Naomi Gross. She wore a fur-collared coat that day as did Schayes. And when they met, a static spark flew between the two.They married later that year. It was “a whirlwind courtship.”Schayes was a first-round draft pick twice. The New York Knicks chose him fourth in the 1948 Basketball Association of America draft and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks picked him first in the National Basketball League before trading his rights to Syracuse.A representative from the Knicks called Schayes, who still lived at home and commuted to New York University’s Bronx campus. New York offered him a league-maximum contract worth $5,000.The Nats sent their owner Danny Biasone and general manager Leo Ferris down to Manhattan, where they met Schayes and his father at the Paramount Hotel. They offered him a $7,500 contract. Then Ferris reached into his pocket for Schayes’ signing bonus.He took out 500 $1 bills.“To a guy who worked for nickels and dimes delivering dry cleaning, that looked like a lot of money,” Schayes said. “We decided since I’ll only play a year or two, because I have a college degree and so, we took the money.”Two seasons was all it took for Schayes to become the team’s leading scorer. He led the league in scoring during the 1950s and became the first player in NBA history to 15,000 points.Schayes retired from playing in 1964 after a legendary career, in which he led the Nationals to the 1954-55 NBA championship and saw the team become the Philadelphia 76ers in 1963. He then coached the 76ers through the winter, and owned and operated a camp on Lake George in the summer.The camp needed a golf instructor, so he hired the recent SU graduate Jim Boeheim.For six summers, Boeheim and Schayes teamed up in the Warren County summer camp league. Schayes would grab three other counselors and Boeheim. They never lost. Schayes was still a fierce competitor.“Boeheim used to piss me off because he never passed me the ball; he kept shooting it,” Schayes joked. “I’d say, ‘Jim, I’m the owner, you got to pass me the ball.’”“Not true, not true,” Boeheim said with a chuckle. “But he did most of the rebounding, the hard dirty work, and I did most of the shooting on the team.”Schayes did win NBA Coach of the Year in 1966, but he doesn’t take much credit for the honor.“I had a very good team. I had a guy named Wilt Chamberlain. Did you ever hear of Wilt? And also Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, pretty good players,” Schayes said of his fellow Hall of Famers. “So I would just say ‘All right guys, go out and play.’”No matter how the voting sportswriters saw the season, for Schayes, it couldn’t be about him.Nearly five decades after his playing career, Schayes hunches over to around 6 feet 2 inches in his otherwise plain real estate office. He is pointing and reminiscing in front of an “NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team” poster.He’s on it with Jordan, Bird, Magic, all the greats, but his finger — and his memory — is fixed on the Celtics’ John Havlicek.“He stole the ball you know,” Schayes said, referring to the immortalized play in which Havlicek stole Hal Greer’s inbounds pass and the 1966 Eastern Conference championship from Schayes and Philadelphia.The secretary is tiring of Schayes’ ramblings. She wants him to point to his own image on the poster.“Where are you, Dolph?” she says.So he raises his hand from Havlicek for the first time since he inched his aging frame to the wall. He brings his right hand to chest height and turns his index finger on his own chest.“I’m right here.” Comments Related Stories Nationals’ great Schayes enjoys 2nd career as landlordHalf a century later, Syracuse Nationals remembered as tough, elite team that provided city with a pulseShot clock originated in Nationals to remedy basketball’s slow pace Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2012 at 1:56 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_
A spell of four games in 11 days has taken its toll, with City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus sustaining a knee ligament injury which will sideline him for four to six weeks.Full-back Kyle Walker also limped off after the victory over Watford with what appeared to be a groin injury.“We are going to check it out, he (Walker) might have a little problem,” Guardiola said.“But what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have. We are going to kill them.“The federation bosses have to reflect a little bit. It’s not normal to play (December) 31st and two days later.“I know the show must go on, but… that is not normal.“They (the authorities) have to control it. They don’t protect the players and they are who the people come to watch.“Here in England you don’t protect the players, you have to look for the quality, not the quantity.”Guardiola is the latest in a long list of high-profile managers to question the traditional English fixture schedule this season, his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho being chief among them.And while the City manager believes in the traditions of the English game, he believes the Premier League will have to review television schedules which have led to a lopsided fixture list with some teams playing on two-days recovery and others up to five.– ‘Players need recovery’ –“Of course, space them out. I’m not saying change Boxing Day (December 26) but you cannot play at midday at Selhurst Park, come back, celebrate New Year’s Eve but are thinking about the game two days later,” he said.“People say it’s impossible. It’s not basketball or tennis, the players need recovery. Just see how many players have muscular injuries.“The show must go on but were have a lot of people here, to take care of them but the schedule does not protect the players.”Meanwhile, Jesus’ loss is a blow to player and club, especially in a World Cup year that promises so much for the 20-year-old Brazilian star.“Hopefully he will be back as soon as possible,” Guardiola said.De Bruyne’s performance against Watford was a particularly impressive effort, given that he only passed himself fit four hours before kick-off.“Kevin went out on the pitch in the afternoon and wanted to play,” said Guardiola.“He had some pain but wanted to play, if he wants to play then I want him to play.”The same was true of the returning David Silva, who had been absent due to complications involving the health of his pregnant wife.The midfielder has been travelling between Manchester and Spain and Guardiola is prepared to give the Spanish international more time off if he requires it.“We are very happy David is back,” he said. “We don’t know how long but he made another exhibition. He’s essential, he showed how important he is for us.“Maybe (he will return). He’s free to stay or leave, it depends. He wants to stay because he enjoys it but family is the most important thing in life.“It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points, I’d never push him. Some days he will be here, some he will be out, it depends how his family is.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s side is on a record-breaking sprint towards the Premier League titleMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Pep Guardiola saw Manchester City return to winning ways at the end of the Premier League’s exhausting holiday schedule, but warned the English game is in danger of destroying its top stars.City beat Watford 3-1 on Tuesday, 48 hours after the leaders saw their 18-game winning streak come to an end in a draw at Crystal Palace.