On Saturday night, Phish returned to Madison Square Garden for the second night of their sold-out New Year’s run. Phish continued their quest in delivering standout renditions of Halloween’s Kasvot Väx material, unveiling “Turtle In The Clouds” in the first set, followed by “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” sandwiched in between a monstrous 20-minute “Tweezer”. Friday night’s opening show had some standout moments, but Phish’s follow-up on Saturday night harnessed the band’s electric energy that started percolating at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.Phish took no time to dive head-first into a show opening “Buried Alive”, lighting the sold-out arena ablaze out of the gates. The heat continued to rise as the quartet moved into “Blaze On”, with Mike Gordon laying down a rhythmic groove that Jon Fishman quickly joined in on. Moving out of the compositional structure of “Blaze On”, Trey Anastasio took the reigns, carefully taking his time to allow Page McConnell to fill in the open space on his clav. Phish continued in their trend of working through impressive second-takes on Kasvot Växt material, as the band delivered “Turtle In The Clouds” next. Trey and Mike had fun playing with all of the tune’s goofy theatrics, despite no white outfits or the original synth onstage that Trey played at “Turtle In The Clouds”” debut.Following a brief pause, Anastasio led his bandmates into a standard take on “The Sloth”, before smoothly flowing into a rocking rendition of “46 Days”. With Fishman having some fun hopping around between his cowbells and woodblocks, Anastasio laid down some serious effects, chopping up segments of his guitar riff. McConnell got down to business, unleashing an impressive melodic array of sound on his grand piano, before passing the torch back to Anastasio to finish “46 Days” off with a confident and aggressive solo. The unstoppable locomotive that Phish harnesses kept on chugging, as Vermont’s finest pushed on into “Cities”. Following a funky “Cities” intro, McConnell set a plinko-esque vibe to the jam, with Gordon strutting his stuff on his 5-string Modulus bass. The “Cities’” plinko-funk segment led way to a slowed down melodic groove, before the lights went down, giving the four-piece a slight chance to catch their breaths.Phish surprised everyone with “Corinna”, played last at Phish’s 2016 MSG New Year’s run, and played for only the seventh time since Phish’s triumphant return in 2009. Trey absolutely nailed the vocals, treating the Taj Mahal cover with the utmost respect, as Gordon laid down a bass-bomb heavy solo, with the New York City arena erupting with applause. The rare “Corinna” led way to “Ya Mar”, before Phish powered their way into a set closing “Wolfman’s Brother”. Phish blasted off into Type II territory, before landing in a “Wolfman’s Party”, tossing “Party Time” quotes around the room. With Anastasio dancing in and out of “Wolfman’s” central theme, he eventually landed in a fiery-hot peaking solo to close out the set.Following setbreak, Phish came back out to open their second set with “Carini”, as Chris Kuroda moved his spaceship-like light rig in unimaginable movements above the band’s heads. The opening “Carini” jam seemed promising with Trey harassing the dark and evil Phish that we all beg and plead for, but the band seemed to be eager to move forward, hopping into the opening riff of “Tweezer”. As fans always hope and expect, last night’s “Tweezer” got taken out for a serious ride, with the band pausing, giving their attentive crowd a chance to “woo.” Next, Trey and Mike added some creative lyrical scatting, before Mike rocked an earth-shattering bass solo.“Tweezer’s” epic voyage continued pushing the bar higher, with Trey and Page tossing solos back and forth, continuing to build on each other’s quick-witted moves. The band slowed the “Tweezer” jam down a few notches, incorporating a funky groove into the midst, before delivering their fourth Kasvot Växt song of the weekend with “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long”. There was no possibility of Phish’s energy being contained, as the band trucked forward, screaming out the recently debuted song’s chorus with tenacity and smiles all around. As Fishman started to cackle and giggle, Trey leaned towards him exclaiming, “funk for the people Bob Weaver.” Trey continued to makes his rounds as he headed over to Mike, teasing him yelling out, “cactussssss, go catussss.”Following some special improvisational treatment in “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long”, Anastasio led the way right back into “Tweezer”, breaking into free-flowing blissful territory. Kuroda continued to dazzle Madison Square Garden with his electrifying beams of light, tilting his spaceship of a rig from side-to-side. As “Tweezer” came to a halt, Phish pushed forward with “No Quarter”, tearing through the Led Zeppelin cover in grandiose fashion. McConnell’s smooth-sailing work on his synth set the tone, with Gordon sprinkling in some eerie bass lines over Anastasio’s gritty guitar work on his Languedoc. The remainder of Phish’s rowdy second set concluded with “2001” and “First Tube”, allowing Anastasio to jump up and down between his amplifiers, blowing the roof off of the Garden at Phish’s second night of their MSG sold-out New Year’s run.Phish came back out to encore The Rolling Stones’ “Shine A Light”, as Anastasio took one final moment to flex his vocal chops, basking in the glory of the band’s noteworthy second set. “Tweezer Reprise” brought the glorious evening to a close, leaving the explosive room with huge expectations for the remaining two nights of Phish’s New Year’s run.Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/29/2018Set One: Buried Alive, Blaze On, Turtle In The Clouds, The Sloth > 46 Days –> Cities, Corinna, Ya Mar, Wolfman’s BrotherSet Two: Carini –> Tweezer > Death Don’t Hurt Very Long –> Tweezer > No Quarter > 2001 > First TubeEncore: Shine A Light > Tweezer Reprise
President Drew Faust met with members of the Graduate Student Council. She thanked the council members for their contributions to Harvard and shared her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is a two-way proposition: it’s about listening to others and communicating back. It’s about creating a resonance between what you hope for those who are your followers, and what they hope for themselves. It’s about your ability to articulate those strivings in a way that can mobilize people.”
Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong has raised USD 900 million through a sale and leaseback transaction of one of Dream Cruises’ ships – the 2016-built, 150,000 gross ton Genting Dream.The sale and leaseback deal was closed with a consortium of four Chinese leasing companies, through their special purpose vehicles indirectly wholly-owned by Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., CMB Financial Leasing Co., CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Limited and China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. DNB Markets acted as advisor to Genting Hong Kong.The company said that a part of the funds received was used for repayment of the outstanding balance of approximately USD 502 million in respect of the existing bank loan for the Genting Dream.“We are very appreciative of the consortium for supporting Genting Hong Kong in the refinancing of Genting Dream which allows a longer repayment period with a balloon payment at the end of 12 years,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Hong Kong. “With the completion of this transaction, the group is now focusing on launching new summer itineraries for Dream Cruises which will showcase the best of Southeast Asia with exciting new destinations including Christmas Island and Belitung in addition to popular destinations such as Palawan and Kota Kinabalu. As well, we are looking forward to the highly anticipated debuts of Crystal Endeavor in August this year and of Global Dream in 2021.” In just over three years of operation, Dream Cruises has grown its fleet to three ships: Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream.
The Uruguayan said: “I actually think he is playing better than he did last year, but he is scoring fewer goals. “It’s about finding a balance. We don’t want him to be the best player on the pitch every week without scoring, but nor do we want him to be awful and scoring a goal every now and then. “He needs to find the balance between playing well and scoring – and he will get there. “We need to keep on creating chances for him and it is only when we stop creating chances that he will have a problem. “There’s a big difference between a striker who doesn’t score because his team is not creating chances, and one who has chances but is missing them.” Wickham is not alone in enduring a barren spell in front of goal with none of Poyet’s three main frontmen – Scotland international Steven Fletcher and United States counterpart Jozy Altidore are the others – having yet registered this season. But as he heads into Saturday’s home clash with Stoke, which will provide Sunderland with their latest attempt to secure a first Premier League win of the season, Poyet is happy that the youngster has improved significantly as a player during their time together. The 46-year-old said: “He is holding the ball the ball up better now, and I think that’s due to the way we train and the fact that he knows just what we want him to do. The 21-year-old striker scored five times in three Barclays Premier League appearances at the end of the last campaign to help drag the Black Cats back from the brink of relegation. Poyet, who recalled the former Ipswich frontman from a loan spell at Leeds to hand him his big chance, has installed Wickham as his first-choice lone striker this time around and although he is yet to open his account, the manager is convinced he is offering even more to the team. Gus Poyet is confident Connor Wickham is playing better now than when his goals helped spark Sunderland’s remarkable recovery last season. “It’s not just about doing it in games, it’s also about taking care of the ball every day in training, and he does that. “He has been impressive and he has been a massive player for us. I enjoy watching him and I just want to start seeing him put the ball in the net.” Poyet will welcome defender Wes Brown (calf) back to the squad. However, loan signing Sebastian Coates is out with a thigh injury, while midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini remains a doubt with an ankle problem. Mark Hughes is hoping to take full advantage of Sunderland’s struggles in front of goal as he prepares to take his Stoke side back to Wearside for the second time in under two weeks. Hughes believes his side’s counter-attacking style of play is perfectly suited to capitalising on any frustrations felt by the Black Cats as they push for points at the Stadium of Light. Hughes, who led his side to a 2-1 win over the same opponents in last month’s Capital One Cup clash, told his club’s official website: “They seem to be struggling at the moment and drawing a lot of games. If they are a bit blunt up front hopefully we can capitalise on that. “We’re very much in a positive frame of mind after Monday and we’re going into a game against opponents we have played quite recently and overcome. “It’s different in the Premier League – they will make changes and we probably will as well – and they will want to make amends but that may help us to a certain extent because we will always be a threat on the break.” Potters full-back Phil Bardsley spent six years at Sunderland before leaving for the Britannia Stadium this summer and has already tasted victory against his former club having played a full part in the cup success. And the Scotland international wants more of the same this time. “We have already been up there once this season and managed to win the game, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage in this game too,” he told Stoke City Player. “It was a little bit strange when we went up there last week for the cup game because I spent so long up there, and still have a lot of people I am close to at the club. “I’m a professional footballer though and I am a Stoke City player now. My only priority is doing everything I possibly can to help us record the three points from the game.” Monday’s 1-0 win over Sunderland’s north-east neighbours Newcastle came at a price with Mame Biram Diouf limping off with an injury which will keep him out of Saturday’s clash. Press Association