The ITA All-Stars will be presented their awards during a luncheon on Saturday, August 26th in the USTA President's Suite during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Hess. Select team members will also participate in an on court exhibition during the pre-show inside Ashe Stadium. Later in the day the USTA will provide the ITA All-Stars will a behind-the-scenes tour of the US Open facilities as well as a private reception at the ESPN Zone in the heart of New York City that evening.
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets had its origins not with Nick Mason, but with guitarist Lee Harris (formerly with the new wave, post-punk band Blockheads). Harris realized that no one asks Nick Mason to do anything anymore and no one was really performing the ancient stuff from Pink Floyd's oeuvre. Harris happened to be good friends with bassist Guy Pratt, Pink Floyd's bassist since the A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour. Harris didn't think Mason would ever consider his idea, so he sold it to Pratt and Pratt loved it. And so Pratt took it to Mason and the idea took off.So, Pratt was also friends with Gary Kemp, lead guitarist and backing vocalist of new wave band Spandau Ballet, and Dom Beken, keyboardist from The Orb and collaborator of Rick Wright who is responsible for maintaining Wright's archive. He suggested them to Mason and they started rehearsing just to see what would happen. A rehearsal with family and friends was well-received and then a sold-out test show at Dingwalls, a 500-seat club in London in May 2018. A couple more small shows eventually led to a European tour in September 2018, followed by a North American tour in 2019.This package contains 2 CDs of the live set recorded from concerts held at The Roundhouse in London, on May 3 and 4, 2019. It also includes a DVD of the performance. The live set included performances of selected songs from Pink Floyd's albums from 1967 to 1972, all pre-Dark Side material. The only album that no material was taken from was the studio portion of Ummagumma. The set list also included the singles Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, and Point Me at the Sky. It also included the song Vegetable Man which was considered for either their second album or as their third single, but was scrapped (it later appeared in the The Early Years box set).So, Mason didn't want this to be just a covers band. He let the members add their personalities to the songs. Some of them were extended, some of the bass lines were modified, additional guitar solos were added, more modern keyboards were melded into it, and slight rearrangements here and there. But although they had this freedom to put their own stamp on these early songs, they tried to be respectful of the originals. The end result is a refreshing experience giving us not just a taste of what these might have sounded like back in the day, but bringing them into the present in a very tasteful manner for newer generations to hear.One thing that really touches me with this one is it's diversity. They pulled a wide range of different types of songs from a five-year period in which Pink Floyd was experimenting in many ways just find who they were as a band. From dizzying psychedelic wipeouts using many interesting effects, to whimsical fairy-tale psychedelic pop songs, to heavy rock and rollers, to grandiose and pompous displays of instrumental prog rock. The gang here really put some thought into these selections so that they would gel together in a seamless manner,Highlights for me were performances of Astronomy Domine; the amazing riff of Lucifer Sam; the very robotic and electronic feel they gave to Obscured by Clouds/When You're In; a stunning performance of Remember a Day that would make Rick Wright proud; the seamless integration of the first part of "If" with selections from the Atom Heart Mother suite, ending with a reprise of the second part of "If"; the wonderfully complex bass riff of Let There Be More Light; an extended performance of Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (complete with gong); the whimsical Bike; the fan classic One of These Days; and an amazing performance of the band's namesake, the instrumental A Saucerful of Secrets.The band is tight, plays well together, and plays off of each other skillfully. Lee Harris is no David Gilmour or Syd Barrett, but he pulls off all the solos with grace and skill. Pratt's bass playing is, in my opinion, an improvement over Waters. Kemp's guitar work is also skilled and definitely has the effects down pat. Both Kemp's and Pratt's vocals are no replacement for the originals and that might be the only thing somebody might have something negative to say. However, they made these songs their own and stamped their personalities on it. The harmonies the two do together are a nice fit. Beken very much nailed Wright's style of playing and you even hear a little bit of his experience from The Orb here and there. He keeps with the original sounds when it seems right and ventures off into new territory in places where it seems to make the songs better than the originals. It's a nice and refreshing touch. The star of the show is of course, Nick Mason. The pre-Dark Side period of Pink Floyd has some of the most complex and adventurous drumming Mason did during his career. At the age of 74 (at the time of the recording of this concert), he can still perform this amazing stuff in all its glory. I was quite impressed with his performance. And he hasn't forgotten how to use the mallets. The lighting at the show was in the true Pink Floyd fashion. The Victorian features of The Roundhouse give it an almost surreal atmosphere. The building was originally constructed in 1847 and it contained a railway turntable inside of it. It reopened in 1964, first as a cultural centre with a theatre, and in 1966 as an arts venue. Both Pink Floyd and Soft Machine performed on its opening night. Performances were on a makeshift stage with power running from nearby buildings. So in a way, this 2019 performance was a way of making a full circle back to the beginnings of Mason's career.The DVD also has some bonus features. There is a short film of some of their band rehearsals. This was nice and all that, but it was too short and not enough band banter to make it interesting. The meat of the bonus features are interviews with each of the band's members. This was a joy to watch to learn about how they all knew each other and how the band evolved and some of the history of Pink Floyd. So, in closing, a big thank you to Lee Harris for having this gem of an idea. And a big thank you to Nick Mason for having the guts to bring this early period of Pink Floyd back to life and presenting it in such a refreshing and tasteful manner. A well deserved five stars. social review comments | Review PermalinkPosted Thursday, December 3, 2020 | Review this album | Report (Review #2482187)
What happen when the former drummer decide to tour that obscure material ? Well, ist nice, ist fun to see some older classic like see emily play, let there be more light, if, atom heart mother (some part) or even bike xd. Those song never get a live version like comfortably numb or wish you were here. Theyre is no fresh material, but some songs get new sequence with improvisation and new part so you could say theyre is indeed new material. I recommand, ist in now ways perfect, nick drumming tend to be a little bit dull (he is far more older then in live at pompei) but ist still a very good show/live album social review comments | Review PermalinkPosted Friday, September 18, 2020 | Review this album | Report (Review #2448756)
Finnick OdairAge14 (65th Hunger Games)24 (Catching Fire)24-25 (Mockingjay)OccupationMentorProstitute (unwillingly)SoldierTribute (75th Hunger Games)Victor (65th Hunger Games)HomeVictors' Village in District 4District 13 (briefly)GenderMaleWeaponKnifeNetSpearTridentFateDeceasedBook AppearancesCatching FireMockingjayMovie AppearancesCatching FireMockingjay - Part 1Mockingjay - Part 2Portrayed bySam Claflin
Finnick Odair was a male victor from District 4 and the winner of the 65th Hunger Games. Ten years later, he was reaped into the Third Quarter Quell, of which he was one of the survivors. Finnick participated in the Second Rebellion but was killed by lizard mutts during a mission to infiltrate the Capitol. Before his death, he married his longtime sweetheart Annie Cresta, who later gave birth to their son.
During the 65th Hunger Games, Finnick was mentored by a previous District 4 victor, Mags Flanagan (winner of the 11th Hunger Games), and won the Games at age 14, making him the youngest victor in the history of the Games. Katniss Everdeen attributed Finnick's success to a combination of his extraordinary physical skill and his widespread popularity among Capitol citizens, the latter due in part to good looks. As a Career Tribute, Finnick was well prepared for the arena; displaying accomplished fighting skills with the spears and knives he initially gathered from the Cornucopia, Finnick received many gifts during the Games, including a trident - which Katniss thought might have been the most expensive item she had ever seen given to a tribute - which he used in combination with a net woven from vines found in the arena to ensure his victory, snaring and immobilizing his opponents before spearing them.
After his victory, Finnick was forced into prostitution by President Snow, and his loved ones threatened with death if he didn't comply. The general public was not aware of this arrangement, simply believing that Finnick took many romantic partners during his visits to the Capitol. However, instead of money, Finnick asked his "lovers" for secrets, which years later would prove extremely valuable. 2b1af7f3a8