On Friday, it was “Fairies Wear Boots.” Saturday, “Sweet Leaf.” Sunday, “Children Of The Grave.” Last night, Widespread Panic continued their trend of covering a Black Sabbath tune in the encore, bringing out a wild debut version of “Electric Funeral” – in the middle of “Chilly Water” no less.Panic was on hand at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, playing to an enthusiastic crowd on a fall tour run that will ultimately land them in Colorado for three nights. With all eyes on the Halloween run, Panic continues to serve up fiery dishes of Southern-fried jam rock. The band has yet to repeat any songs on this tour as well, continuing to mine their deep catalog over the course of these four nights.“Let’s Get Down To Business” opened the show, before the classic Pops Staples cover “Hope In A Hopeless World” came next. The band touted out classics like “Heroes” and “Old Neighborhood,” included a great “Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” and ended the first set with “Conrad.”The band got to jamming in the second half, with “Steven’s Cat” opening and great segues like “Time Zones > Solid Rock” and a “Machine” that would ultimately lead into “Little Kin,” “Travelin’ Light,” “Barstools & Dreamers,” a mini “Drums” jam,” “Red Hot Mama” and “Fishwater.” Of course, you know the ending by now, as Panic brought out “Chilly Water” and segued into their debut of “Electric Funeral,” before returning to “Chilly Water” to end the set.In honor of the debut Black Sabbath cover, listen to the first three Sabbath tunes that the band played in Milwaukee below (though the “Fairies Wear Boots” video is actually from Austin).Fairies Wear BootsSweet LeafChildren Of The GraveYou can see the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic at the Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN – 10/25/16Set 1 Let’s Get Down To Business, Hope In A Hopeless World, Heroes, Old Neighborhood, Makes Sense To Me, I’m Not Alone, Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Conrad (60 mins)Set 2 Steven’s Cat, Wondering, Time Zones > Solid Rock, Machine > Little Kin > Travelin’ Light > Barstools & Dreamers > Mini-Drums > Fishwater > Red Hot Mama > Fishwater (80 mins)Encore Chilly Water > Electric Funeral > Chilly Water (16 mins)Notes [‘Electric Funeral’ first time played (Black Sabbath); 4th consecutive show featuring Black Sabbath in encore (Halloween theme?)]
Mercer and Aon Hewitt have predicted that no more than 10 pension funds in the Netherlands will have to apply rights discounts this year, citing improving equity markets and rising interest rates over the fourth quarter of 2016, triggered mainly by the election of Donald Trump as US president.The consultancies, weighing pension funds’ coverage ratios at year-end, said any cuts were likely to be limited to 1%, as they expect the funds to take advantage of the legal option of spreading out the required discount over a 10-year period.Both consultancies estimated that pension funds’ coverage increased by 1 percentage point, to 102% on average, over December.This matches Dutch schemes’ average funding at the start of last year and exceeds the critical coverage level at which immediate rights cuts are mandatory. Aon Hewitt said it was probable that about 10 small and medium-sized schemes will be forced to make cuts this year, while Mercer estimates that no more than three pension funds are facing discounts.The country’s largest pension funds – ABP, PFZW, PMT, BpfBOUW and PME – have already indicated that they will not have to apply rights cuts.However, Frank Driessen, chief commercial officer at Aon Hewitt, took pains to emphasise that Dutch pension funds’ overall financial position was far from rosy.“Many schemes are a long way off from indexation, while governance requirements, particularly for the smaller pension funds, are tough,” he said. Driessen said joining a general pension fund (APF) was not as straightforward as expected for many smaller schemes, “as APFs don’t accept underfunded schemes as new participants”.Mercer’s Van Ek, meanwhile, said that all asset classes produced positive results last year, with emerging market equities returning 15% and developed market equities 12%.“Without the average currency hedge of 50%, developed market equities would have generated almost 14%,” he added.Commodities, returning 17%, was the best-performing asset class.Government bonds, listed property and private equity returned 7%, 7.5% and 3%, respectively, while hedge funds returned 1%, Mercer said.
Press Association Qualify is likely to run next in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after being a late withdrawal from the Darley Irish Oaks. Trainer Aidan O’Brien felt conditions at the Curragh were not right for his shock Investec Oaks winner. “We were very worried about the ground (at the Curragh),” the Ballydoyle handler told At The Races. “We just thought it was safer to not mess up the routine and instead have a look at Goodwood. “We’re very happy with her.”