Guitarist Warren Haynes continues to honor the music of the Grateful Dead with his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations, performing Garcia’s music not only with orchestras, but also with his own guitar, Wolf. With the exciting announcement yesterday that Melvin Seals, a longtime member of the JGB, would join Haynes for an upcoming Symphonic Celebration on Garcia’s birthday at Red Rocks, fans could not be more excited for these upcoming shows.To get his fans in a Grateful mood, Haynes shared a playlist chock full of his favorite Garcia songs. Check out the playlist, and read his thoughts on each and every track below, courtesy of the Warren Haynes website.Warren Haynes’ Favorite Grateful Dead SongsTERRAPIN STATION – The quintessential Grateful Dead “time capsule” song. CHINA DOLL – I much prefer “live” versions to the studio version. Beautiful haunting melody and lyrics. CRAZY FINGERS – I love the way the music and melody, which sound nothing like traditional reggae music, are superimposed over the reggae beat. Great chord changes. COMES A TIME – I always loved the Garcia/Hunter ballads. Gave Jerry plenty of space to emote in. His voice really delivers the emotion of the lyric and melody. BROKEDOWN PALACE – Another beautiful ballad with a timeless lyric and music that spans back through the history of American music. SHAKEDOWN STREET – I prefer the slower, funkier “live” versions to the studio version but it’s a classic part of the Dead repertoire. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND – One of Hunter’s best lyrics – really paints a picture of a beautiful, fictitious story. HELP ON THE WAY > SLIPKNOT – Classic 1, 2 punch – fans hate to hear them separated, but either on it’s own is great. Cool juxtaposition of a straight ahead, R&B influenced, tune in to a very complex instrumental that’s influenced by jazz and classical music. RIPPLE – The simplest, but perfect, melody – also one of Hunter’s best lyrics. The audience has to sing along-they have no choice. BLUES FOR ALLAH – Uniquely beautiful piece of music. KING SOLOMON’S MARBLES – Another complex instrumental very influenced by jazz and jazz fusion. STELLA BLUE – Another timeless ballad composed in a way that shows influences from decades before the birth of Rock and Roll. WHARF RAT – One of those “slow-burn” Dead tunes that signifies their unique, instantly identifiable sound. Great song but also a great vehicle for improvisation. SCARLET BEGONIAS > FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN – Another pair of classics that the audience loves to hear together, but are equally powerful apart.
Ben:As Super Bowl XLIII approaches this Sunday, every sports pundit, analyst, broadcaster and fan will be discussing who is going to win the big game.There is no question the Arizona Cardinals will come out on top, giving the team its first-ever Super Bowl Championship. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers may have a few more years experience and have many players who played on the previous championship team just a few years ago. But look at all of the teams the Cardinals beat in the playoffs.They were able to win against a supposedly stout defense and high-powered offense in Charlotte against the Panthers in the second round of the playoffs. They only allowed the two-headed giant of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart 75 total yards on the way to a 33-13 win.The Cardinals were able to come home the next week and take out the Philadelphia Eagles, who had more experience and supposedly better leadership than the Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald was able to score three touchdowns helping pave the road from Phoenix to Tampa Bay.So, why can’t they do the same thing against the Steelers?The Steelers come into the game as roughly touchdown favorites to the Cardinals, which will surely add locker room fodder to pump the players up. But with the high-flying offensive combo of Kurt Warner and Fitzgerald and a defense who has come on strong in the post-season, Arizona will come up with a win Sunday no one thought they would ever achieve. The new “Steel Curtain” will surely be broken this Sunday.Jonah:The Cardinals? Really?Ben, I bet a month ago you wouldn’t have picked Arizona to make the playoffs — now you think they can beat the best defense in the league?I’d like to see if Kurt Warner and his grandpa legs escape Troy Polamalu and the Steelers’ front seven.It’s not only the Steelers’ experience that’s going to run all over the Cardinals — their sheer talent at all positions will tear those birds apart.Going into the playoffs, it could have easily been said the Cardinals were the worst team. They lost seven games in by far the worst conference in the NFL, and even though they tore apart the Falcons and the Eagles, it doesn’t mean they can compete with the Steelers.That’s right, they won’t even compete with them.You know what this matchup reminds me of? The Raiders vs. Buccaneers match in Super Bowl XXXVII. That season, the Bucs destroyed the Raiders in a clash between the best offense and the best defense in the league.With Warner playing the part of Rich Gannon, I’m sure nothing will change this year. The Steelers defense — no matter how good Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald are — will simply be too much for the Cardinals to handle.Already this postseason, Pittsburgh was able to handle one of the league’s toughest defenses: the Ravens. I don’t see the Steelers having any problems with the mediocre defense the Cardinals bring to the table.Come Sunday, we will see the Steelers shining the Lombardi Trophy with their Terrible Towels.
The ex-Proteas opener was provisionally suspended last month, having been found guilty of a string of breaches of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) code of conduct relating to fixing a match or matches in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge Series.Petersen, 36, admitted four charges of “failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct” and as many charges of “failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the code by another participant”.He also accepted four charges of “failing to co-operate with the investigators by not providing accurate and complete information to them”, and one charge of “concealing and destroying information that was relevant to the investigation”.CSA withdrew Petersen’s charges relating to “fixing or contriving to fix any match and seeking, accepting or offering to accept any bribe or other reward to fix or influence any match”.Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said: “Our aim to deal thoroughly with any form of corruption in the game remains steadfast and we will do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the game.”Alviro has realised his mistakes and has acknowledged contravening the code. He is obliged under the code to have disclosed various approaches that were made to him to engage in corrupt activities.”While having provided certain information to the investigators he had also withheld and concealed certain material information, such as the meetings with Bodi [former Proteas, Lions and Titans player Gulam, who was banned for 20 years after admitting match-fixing charges] and certain fixers.”This was directly relevant to the investigation and hence why we have imposed a two-year ban which Alviro accepts.”Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati and Thami Tsolekile were all banned by CSA for offences in relation to the Ram Slam domestic Twenty20 competition.