String Cheese Wraps Up Montana Run With Beatles, Johnny Cash Covers & More

first_imgAfter more than a decade, The String Cheese Incident made their triumphant return to the great state of Montana for two nights of jamming music. With a great opening night in the books, the band returned for a powerful finale with a number of 2016 debuts, some great covers and more!The band opened up with “Close Your Eyes,” and brought out “Indian Creek” for the first time of the year. They also featured two songs from their new SCI Sound Lab project in the first set, “Sweet Spot” and “Believe.” One of the big highlights from the show was the “Birdland > Wheel Hoss > Birdland” that opened set two, but 2016 debut covers of The Beatles’ “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” really helped make this show one to remember. They closed out the run with the ever-fitting “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” an ode to the mountainous state of Montana.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of String Cheese (Twitter). Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula, MTSet One: Close Your Eyes, Little Hands > Indian Creek, Sweet Spot, Wake Up > Pack It Up > BelieveSet Two: Birdland > Wheel Hoss > Birdland,  Outside and Inside, Falling Through The Cracks > She Came In Through The Bathroom Window > Rivertrance, Piece Of Mine > BeautifulEncore: Ring Of FireEncore 2: How Mountain Girls Can Love[Photo via SCI on Facebook]last_img read more

O’Connell: England better than ever

first_imgPaul O’Connell believes England’s class of 2015 are the strongest he has faced in his career – more powerful even than Sir Clive Woodward’s 2003 World Cup winners. “They are very disciplined and very organised. I’ve worked with Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell – they are brilliant coaches and brilliant man-managers. “They are very clever tactical guys as well, and I would say the players are really responding to and enjoying that. “So it’s a combination of a lot of things that has put them in a really strong position.” For the majority of the week’s build-up Ireland’s coaches and players have sought to diffuse the notion that beating England matters more to the squad than any other victory. O’Connell, however, who will win his 99th Ireland cap this weekend, admitted Joe Schmidt’s side must channel all the emotion that goes into facing England. Munster lock O’Connell believes boss Lancaster’s insistence on his players upholding high levels of conduct underpins their solid progression in his tenure. “I think passion still plays a big role in rugby: you still have to play with passion and emotion, but also you still have to have your head screwed on from a discipline point of view,” he said. “It’s a big emotional occasion and we’ll be drawing on that as much as we can. “England have great strength in depth, they have been building that and they seem to have a great attitude throughout their squad. “They have a great mentality and discipline, and they are really organised. “It hasn’t surprised me they’ve done well. I thought they were harshly criticised in the autumn. “That Wales game was a standard-bearer for the rest of the competition and they really did set the standard there. “We’ve obviously lost the last four in a row against them and that’s disappointing. “Last year I thought we put ourselves in a great position to win after 50 minutes and it’s testament to them as a team that they came back to win. “They are an excellent side, very organised, very disciplined and a strong team, and that’s probably why we have a poor record against them in recent years.” Hooker Dylan Hartley continues to bristle against his woeful disciplinary record that now stretches to 50 weeks of career bans, even though Lancaster has unequivocally backed the England front-rower. Hartley will surpass Brian Moore as England’s second-most capped hooker this weekend, and O’Connell said he is not surprised Lancaster has kept faith with Northampton’s gritty competitor. “I think we all make mistakes. It’s down to the quality of the person then, and the player, to respond,” O’Connell said. “He’s obviously captained Northampton for a long time. He’s obviously a good-quality guy, and we’ve all made slip-ups. “I think the character of the people that England seem to be selecting at the moment seems to be a big part of their success. “I don’t know Dylan Hartley that well – I’ve only met him a few times – but he seems to be a good guy. “For me he’s a fantastic player, and that’s what they go to.” Ireland captain O’Connell bestowed the ultimate compliment on England and head coach Stuart Lancaster, ahead of Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam eliminator. O’Connell was a second-half replacement when England battered Ireland 42-6 in Dublin to claim the Grand Slam in 2003, before marching to the World Cup crown in Australia later the same year. Ireland’s 35-year-old talisman and skipper admitted victory over England at the Aviva Stadium, even with the visitors making light of a raft of injuries, would rank among the finest of his Test career. “It would be right up there with anything we’ve achieved,” O’Connell said of a potential victory over England on Sunday. “Beating England is always a big thing for Irish teams. “I don’t think I’ve beaten an England team or a squad as strong as this one in my time playing for Ireland. “I think this is the strongest that I’ve come across them in my career, so they will be right up there. “They are a very big side, very powerful men – a big strong powerful bench as well. “Stuart Lancaster seems to have created something similar to what we have here, in that there’s incredible competition for places. “The likes of James Haskell have been waiting to get in there for a long time, and he’s gotten in there and he realises he needs to take his chance and he’s been excellent. Press Associationlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal confirms Man United want to sign new striker

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed the club are in the process of recruiting a new striker.Senior sources at the Red Devils were insistent last week the Premier League side were not after a new front man, but after United’s 1-0 win over Club America at the weekend Van Gaal hinted a “surprise” signing might be in store.And on the eve of United’s second tour match in California against the San Jose Earthquakes, the United boss again dropped a cryptic clue which suggested a forward could be coming to Old Trafford.“He is in the process,” Van Gaal said bluntly when asked about his “surprise” signing.When asked whether United were close to signing the striker in question, Van Gaal said: “No. It is not a striker that the media has written, but you have to wait and see.“The transfer period is open until September 1. You have to wait.”United have been linked with a number of forwards in the last few weeks, including Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.A German newspaper claimed United had bid £70million for Lewandowski’s team-mate Thomas Muller on Monday, but sources at Old Trafford denied an offer had been tabled. 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more