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Dead & Company Welcome Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon At Alpine Valley Closer [Videos/Photos]


first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, Dead & Company concluded their two-night run at the legendary Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. As per tradition in a multi-night run, the Grateful Dead-inspired band flexed their creativity by expanding upon a wicked first night and adding new flavors for round two. Fifteen shows into the summer tour and Dead & Company welcomed their first guest to the stage on Saturday night, vocalist/guitarist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, to close the first set.The first set opened with an appropriate “The Music Never Stopped”, led by Grateful Dead original Bob Weir and newfound Dead Head John Mayer, kicking off night two in total celebration mode. A cover of Rob Wasserman‘s “Easy Answers” came next, marking the third performance of this tour and the fourth ever.The Music Never StoppedJohn Mayer and Bob Weir continued to swap vocals between “Alabama Getaway”, “Big River”, and “Jack Straw” before welcoming their guest, Justin Vernon, marking the first of the tour. The Eau Claire native contributed his sultry vocals and silky guitar pickings to “Black Muddy River”, “Friend of the Devil”, and “Bird Song” to close the first set. Vernon is most well known for his signature style of singing in his own indie folk band Bon Iver. Most recently, Vernon announced a new band with Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, who released a Grateful Dead tribute album in 2016, Day of the Dead, and even recorded and toured with Bob Weir as part of his Campfire Band in 2017. On Day of the Dead, Vernon’s first band DeYarmond Edison backed Bruce Hornsby on a studio version of “Black Muddy River”, and the version was revived at Vernon’s own Eaux Claires Music Festival in 2016. While the sit-in might have felt random to longtime Grateful Dead fans, it’s an interesting step forward in the evolution of the band’s live repertoire.“Bird Song” with Justin Vernon[Video: Milwaukee Live]After the scheduled break, Dead & Company returned to the moonlit stage for a rocking second set. Bob Weir, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti harmoniously sung The Band‘s “The Weight” to open the second set, marking the song’s third performance of the tour and the sixth ever. The high notes continued with “Shakedown Street”, “Althea”, and a “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” of the ages, turning heads of fans everywhere calling it the “set of the tour”. The percussionists kept the momentum for a far-out “Drums / Space” portion of the evening before the rest of the band returned to the stage.The WeightChina Cat > I Know You Rider[Video: Still Dead]The tour’s second and sixth ever “All Along The Watchtower” came next, as Bob Weir took lead on the Bob Dylan classic. Weir continued with the lead vocal duty to close the show with “Standing on the Moon” and “Sugar Magnolia”. During the latter, Weir’s microphone stopped working and he gave the stand a powerful smack to the ground. After his technician came to revive the microphone stand, Weir jokingly gave it a “test” before taking the first verse of the song. Dead & Company encored with “One More Saturday Night” to close their show.[Video: Uberdemon76]Dead & Company have a bit of a break before they head to George, Washington for a night at the Gorge Amphitheatre on June 29th, before they continue their way throughout the Midwest. Check out their full tour schedule on the band’s official website here.Setlist: Dead & Company | Alpine Valley Music Theatre | East Troy, WI | 6/23/2018I: Music Never Stopped, Easy Answers, Alabama Getaway, Big River, Jackstraw, Black Muddy River*, Friend Of The Devil*II: The Weight, Shakedown Street, Althea, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Drums/Space > Watchtower > Standing on the Moon, Sugar MagnoliaE: One More Saturday NightDead & Company | Alpine Valley Music Theatre | East Troy, WI | 6/23/2018 | Photos: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more


Croatia Airlines has introduced a direct route from Zagreb to Montenegro and Bulgaria


first_imgRegular international flights from Zagreb to Sofia are scheduled from May 1 to the end of October this year, three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be performed by 8-seat Dash 400-Q76 aircraft. As of today, return airline tickets for flights between the Croatian capital and the capital of Bulgaria are available at promotional prices starting at 139 euros. Today, Croatia Airlines presented the new international routes Zagreb – Sofia and Zagreb – Podgorica. Two days later, on May 3, 2020, regular international flights on the route are introduced Zagreb – Podgorica, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flights will also be operated by Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, and passengers have at their disposal promotional return airfare prices of 119 euros.  During this year’s tourist season, Croatia Airlines aircraft will fly directly in regular traffic to 40 destinations in 26 countries. Cover photo: Croatia Airlineslast_img read more


Finnish roundup: TELA, Fennia, VER


first_imgBy the end of June, according to recently reported figures from the pension providers, allocations to equities and equity-like investments was 47.1%, and fixed income allocations stood at an average of 42.5%. These allocations have changed from 43.9% and 45.3%, respectively, at the end of June 2013.Property investments accounted for 10.4% at the end of June 2014, down from 10.8% 12 months earlier.Rissanen predicted that the role of returns in the financing of pensions would gradually increase over the next few decades due to the rise in pension expenditure.Meanwhile, in its interim report, Finnish insurance company Fennia said a high level of solvency had allowed it to take more risk with investments in its life and pensions unit in the first half, for the sake of boosting returns.Seppo Rinta, chief executive at Fennia Liv, said: “Our pensions business is continuing to grow. The company’s good solvency position made it possible to undertake result-oriented risk-taking in our investment.”Premium income rose to €67m in the January-to-June period from €49m.The net return on investments was 4.1%, compared with 5.2% for the whole of 2013.At the end of June, assets under management increased to €705m from €693m at the end of 2013.Solvency capital grew to €156m from €137m at the end of December, and the solvency level rose to 23.5% from 21%.In other news, Finland’s State Pension Fund, VER, reported an investment return of 4.8% in the first half, up from 0.6% in the same period last year, with fixed income investments reversing their year-earlier losses.The total value of investments rose to €17.1bn at the end of June from €16.3bn at the end of December.VER’s managing director Timo Löyttyniemi said the world’s economic development had been unstable and vulnerable for some time.“Expectations are high that the US will boost the rest of the world towards an improved situation,” he said.Fixed income investments returned 3.6% in the first half, bouncing back from a 2% loss in the first half of 2013 and a 1.6% loss for the whole of 2013.Equities, meanwhile, returned 6.8%, up from 4.3% in the first half of last year.The category of ‘other investments’ returned 2.8% in the first half, compared with 1.6% in the same period in 2013.In this asset segment, private equity returns produced the best returns, benefiting from a strong stock market, while property funds were helped by the continued positive trend in the real estate markets.Allocations to the different asset classes were broadly stable at 51.8% to fixed income, 39.5% to equities and 8.6% to ‘other’ investments at the end of June, with these allocations having changed by less than 0.5 percentage points each since the end of December. Finnish earnings-related pension funds made returns on investments of 4.4% on average in the first half of this year – up from 2.3% in the same period last year – and total assets across providers rose by €3.7bn in the second quarter to stand at €169.2bn at the end of June, according to Finnish pensions alliance TELA.In an analysis of first-half figures reported by providers in the sector, TELA, which represents occupational pension providers in Finland, said that during the period the financial markets had been affected by a number of uncertainties, tentative growth and geopolitical crises.Within this context, Finnish occupational pension providers were successful with their investment strategies, TELA said.Maria Rissanen, an analyst at the alliance, said: “Equity markets in North America have risen more than European equity markets, and there is a clear difference between the expected economic growth in these two regions.”last_img read more


‘I hope he’s not another Anderson!’ – Man United fans torn on £46m rumour


first_img Renato Sanches is the subject of a rumoured £46m deal between the clubs Following the success of Anthony Martial’s move to Old Trafford, Manchester United are set to land yet another of Europe’s top teenagers.According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are close to sealing a £46m deal for Benfica’s 18-year-old sensation Renato Sanches from Benfica.The Portuguese club’s president Luis Filipe Vieira was spotted in London on Thursday evening with the view to completing the move.The fee is thought to include £31m up front with a further £15m of add-ons.But despite Martial’s impact, some Manchester United fans are unsure about spending another huge amount of money on an unproven, unknown teenager.Others are excited at the prospect of adding another talented youngster to the impressive collection already at the club.See below for the best reactions to the Sanches reports! 1last_img read more