Last night, Buckethead brought his spring tour out to the famed Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, delivering music that spans the prolific artist’s lengthy career. Most well known for his guitar playing (or is he most well known for the KFC bucket?), a video captured from the performance shows Buckethead let loose, by himself, on the bass.It’s no surprise that Buckethead is such a talented bassist, as his playing technique is impeccable on the guitar. Couple that with his unbelievable body of work recording with various instruments in the studio, and you have a undeniable recipe for a great solo. After he rocks the bass, Buckethead picks up the guitar and lets loose for a soaring instrumental.Watch the magic from last night’s show below, courtesy of Jim Croy.
Despite Wes Hoolahan – a January transfer target for Villa boss Paul Lambert that failed to come to fruition – opening the scoring in the third minute, the home side later rattled in their four goals in a devastating 16-minute spell. The result leaves Norwich four points above the relegation zone, but Hughton knows what to expect and how to handle the situation. “As a team, we have to take it on the chin; as a manager I have to accept any criticism that comes my way after a defeat,” said Hughton. “You have to lick your wounds. It’s a low point at the moment because we came into the game in good form, so this is a real hammer blow. “But you have to assess, and we weren’t good enough. That’s a fact. We were beaten, and well beaten in that 16-minute period. “But this is difficult because this is a result I didn’t see coming.” With so many managers sacked in the top flight this season, there are no guarantees Hughton will not be next. So when asked whether he felt he would still have the next 10 games, he replied: “I put all of my efforts into the job I do, so it (his future) is not something I think about. All season long questions have been raised with regard to Hughton’s future as Norwich fight to beat relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Last week’s 1-0 win over Champions League-chasing Tottenham will have kept the wolves from the door but in the wake of the Canaries’ latest capitulation against Villa, they will be snapping and snarling again. Press Association “The only way I can affect things is by getting the results we need. “We are one of 10 teams in the bottom half of the table that has had difficulties at some stage. “So all of my efforts and thoughts go into preparing the team, trying to do the best job I can, hoping to get good enough results.” Villa, with one of the worst home records in the Premier League, were awful for the opening 20 minutes during which the fans were starting to get on the backs of the players. But a wonder strike from Christian Benteke, volleying home from 15 yards after he had taken a Ron Vlaar pass on his chest to tee himself up, set Villa on their way in the 25th minute. Benteke headed home his 10th goal of the season two minutes later, with Leandro Bacuna rounding off a stunning counter-attack soon after before Norwich skipper Sebastien Bassong turned a Fabien Delph cross into his own net in the 41st minute. “It wasn’t a great start for us by any stretch of the imagination, but there was no panic,” said former Norwich manager Lambert. “For a half-hour period we were then blistering. I thought we looked fantastic. That was as good a period as we have played. “Christian’s first goal set the tone for what was to happen, and his goal was brill. “As soon as he scored that goal, his whole game changed, and there is no doubt when he is at it he is an absolute handful. “For the third goal, the counter-attack was absolutely fantastic.” Benteke was naturally delighted with his contribution, but knows the result was crucial for the team. “We started really bad, but made some changes and got the first goal and it was good for the team,” said Benteke. “After we scored the first goal we really played some good football and showed good character as well.” Villa are now up to 11th in the table, seven points clear of the drop zone, not that Lambert is bothered by his side’s position at present. “I never really look at it (the table),” said Lambert. “People were saying last week West Ham (in 10th) were well and truly out of it, and now all of a sudden we’re level, so it’s how you want to look at it.” The victory clearly relaxed Lambert as unlike many who were asked to leave the Trinity Road stand of Villa Park when a fire alarm sounded, the Scot did not evacuate, admitting: “I knew it was a false alarm.” The alarm bells, however, are ringing for Hughton and Norwich again. Norwich manager Chris Hughton is ready to again take the flak he is likely to face following his side’s 4-1 thrashing at Aston Villa.
Veteran German international striker Miroslav Klose heads into his fourth World Cup finals not content just with having become the all-time record national goalscorer but determined to leave Brazil as the record marksman in World Cup history.Klose, Poland-born but whose father moved to France and where he lived till he was eight before joining his footballing dad in Germany, became Germany’s all-time top-scorer on Friday when he netted his 69th goal in his 132nd appearance in their 6-1 friendly thrashing of Armenia.He bettered the previous record set by Gerd Mueller, who scored the winner in the 1974 World Cup final to claim his 68th goal in 62 appearances for West Germany.Klose, who in an interview with a Polish newspaper in 2008 said he preferred to be called European rather than German or Polish, could return from Brazil as the all-time top scorer at World Cup finals as his 14 goals leaves him one short of retired Brazilian star Ronaldo’s record of 15.Klose was the top-scorer at the 2006 World Cup in Germany with five goals, having finished second with another five at the 2002 tournament, while he scored four in South Africa four years ago.”I hope to have the chance to score one or two goals, and anyone who knows me is aware that the World Cup scoring record is a target of mine,” said Klose. His longevity — he has been a constant presence since making his debut in 2001 — is remarkable and saw him celebrate his 36th birthday at the German base in Brazil on Monday which was feted in unusual fashion.About 20 members of the local Indian tribe the Pataxos dressed in traditional grass skirts, feather head dresses and bows danced round Klose and sang to him.While that should remain a memory etched in Klose’s mind forever and the photograph of it one to show his twin boys Luan and Noah he has he still believes a future in the game post World Cup.He signed a contract extension in May with his Italian side Lazio until June 2015, with an extra year’s option, but expects next season to be his last.”At the moment, I assume that 2015 will be the end, but it depends on my fitness and any injuries,” he told German daily Bild. ‘His strength is his will’:Klose jets to Brazil with question marks over his fitness after an injury-ravaged season restricted him to seven goals in 22 appearances for Lazio.”When he’s fit, then he is terribly important for my team,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew, a self-confessed Klose fan.”His secret is his professionalism, his strength is his will.”Klose said Germany’s impressive display against Armenia, with five goals in 17 second-half minutes, was more important to him than breaking Mueller’s record. “Of course, the goal record means a lot to me, but it was more important for us to be in form,” said Klose.”When we play as well as we did in the second-half, then we create plenty of chances and I’ll score goals.”I want to play and I know I can help the team.”No European side has ever won a World Cup in south America in six attempts and Klose says the climate will count against Europe’s teams.”Realistically, there are five or six teams playing for the title,” said Klose, the only recognised striker in Loew’s squad. “The south American teams have an advantage, in my opinion, as they know the climate better.”I have spoken to my Lazio colleagues who played for Italy last year at the Confed Cup and they said they were struggling for air after 20 minutes.”You need a fit team to go to Brazil and push themselves to the limits.”Aside from Ronaldo’s record there is another one that the former Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern star is edging closer to — Lothar Matthaeus’ record of 150 appearances for Germany.With 19 World Cup appearances, he could also break Matthaeus’ record of 25 appearances at World Cup finals — providing Germany go all the way to the final or third-placed play-off.
The Madison Square Garden Co., owners of The Forum in Inglewood, filed a lawsuit Friday against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature, alleging the state officials violated California’s constitution by giving special treatment to a proposed Los Angeles Clippers arena project.AB 987, a law signed in 2018, grants protections from lengthy lawsuits to the Clippers project in exchange for meeting certain environmental standards. Newsom certified the project last month.However, under the state constitution, a special statute becomes invalid if a “general statute can be made applicable.” MSG argues AB 987 violates this part of the constitution because a similar and more general law, AB 900, has been used to fast-track other sports complexes in the past. Both laws require substantial investments in the local economy and the creation of high-wage jobs.“Thus, not only can a general statute be ‘made applicable’ within the meaning of the constitutional prohibition, the Legislature already has enacted such statutes,” the lawsuit states. “The Legislature nonetheless enacted AB 987 as special, one-off legislation for the benefit of a single private party.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers ‘undeterred’ by lawsuitThe Clippers want to build their 18,000-seat arena on 28 acres of land just south of the NFL’s new SoFi Stadium, which bypassed a full environmental review through a ballot measure.Once completed, the $1.2 billion basketball arena would host hundreds of events per year, including games and concerts.On Friday, Chris Meany, the lead developer on the Clippers project, said the team remains undeterred and looks forward to opening the facility in time for the 2024-25 NBA season.“Today’s filing of yet another merit-less lawsuit by the Madison Square Garden Co. is the latest desperate attempt in an all-out legal onslaught to slow the development of the proposed Clippers arena in Inglewood,” he said in a statement. “MSG’s hubris in continuing to file such actions is exceeded only by its brazen and malicious attempts to make patently false statements and mischaracterize virtually every aspect of a project that will greatly benefit the citizens of Inglewood, who overwhelmingly support the arena.”Lawsuit one of severalMSG has waged war against the Clippers project since its announcement. The company first sued Inglewood, alleging Mayor James T. Butts Jr. tricked executives into signing over land for the Clippers’ competing arena by falsely claiming it would be used for a technology park instead. The city has contested that claim and the case is still ongoing.MSG largely funded Butts’ challenger in the recent mayoral election and has indirectly supported activists who have separately challenged the arena project through other lawsuits.The California Air Resources Board, which had to approve the Clippers arena project under AB 987 before it went to the governor, stalled on its decision for nearly a year. The agency attributed the long delays to the significant opposition.MSG officials say they vehemently oppose the project because they believe it will be harmful to residents.An environmental impact report released last month showed the project will result in a “significant” and “unavoidable” increase in traffic, noise and pollutants. The Clippers have pledged the project will have the “most stringent environmental standards in state history for a sports venue” and to provide $100 million in community benefits.City officials similarly have expressed confidence in their ability to handle the impacts based on the city’s long history of coordinating major events in that area.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, Golden State gets No. 2 pick Kawhi Leonard’s playmaking is more than a passing fancy for Clippers In approving the bill, the Legislature declared the “unique circumstance of the construction” of a sports venue in a city with the “largest minority population in the United States” warranted the special statute.In its lawsuit, MSG — which is concerned about competition for concerts from a state-of-the-art arena roughly a mile away — argues the Legislature’s explanation is insufficient to avoid violating the constitution.The lawsuit also alleges AB 987 further violates the state’s founding document by limiting the possibility of judicial review by making the governor’s initial certification exempt from a court challenge and by requiring any lawsuits against the project to wrap up within 270 days.MSG argues AB 987 is less stringent than AB 900 and gives more time for the developers to meet required environmental standards.The special legislation for the Clippers is not necessarily unique among sports venues. 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