Roy Orbison hologram tour moves stateside

Roy Orbison’s hologram will no longer be a mystery to me.

The “In Dreams” tour, featuring a holographic version of the iconic rock-and-roll musician, will kick off a 28-stop tour through the United States in October, complete with a full live orchestra and “newly recorded, never-before-heard, digitally…

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Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France

Cyclists from all over the globe are racing in one of the most challenging competitions in sports — the Tour de France.

The 105th Tour de France kicks off Saturday, July 7 in Noirmoutier en l’Île, a scenic, coastal town in western France. The 22 teams, which each have nine racers, will cycle the 21-stage race that spans a total of 2,082.2 miles and tours almost all of France. The last stage of the 2018 Tour de France ends in Paris on Sunday, July 29.

According to the organizers, 3.5 billion people in 190 countries tune in to watch the Tour de France each year and it is one of the best-attended annual sporting event on the planet, with 12 million roadside spectators cheering on cyclists.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Tour de France, including important dates, how to watch the races and who this year’s favorites are.

When does the 2018 Tour de France start?

This year, the Grand Départ starts around 10 a.m. local time in Noirmoutier en l’Île on July 7.

The 22 starting teams will cycle through most of France and make a pitstop in Spain before finishing in Paris on Sunday, July 29.

There will be two rest days, one individual time trial, a team time trial and three mountain finishes.

Who are the 2018 Tour de France favorites?

Four-time Tour de France champ, Christopher Froome, is the favorite to take home the title this year after winning the 2017 race. The British rider, who is part of Team Sky, will face heavy competition from Movistar team member Nairo Quintana and Richie Porter from BMC Racing.

Froome nearly didn’t compete this year after organizers announced he would be banned for suspected doping — a problem that has plagued the sports world, most notably affecting cycling with Lance Armstrong’s downfall. But Froome was cleared of any wrongdoing and will be going for his fifth Tour de France win.

There will be 176 riders total from countries all over the world including five Americans cycling in the 2018 Tour de France.

How can I watch the 2018 Tour de France?

The 2018 Tour de France will be broadcast live on NBC or NBCSN and and NBC Sports Gold with commentary by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin.

You can also watch the competition through the Tour Tracker App, a free app that lets users livestream stages of the race and get push notifications on their phones for their favorite cyclists.

What is the 2018 Tour de France schedule?

The 2,082-mile race will be divided into 21 stages, with cyclist riding through Fougères, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteuax and Houilles in France.

During the three-week race, cyclists will ride on a variety of challenging routes including hills, high mountains and dust-covered roads before finishing in Paris at the end of the month.

Each of the 21 stages has a distinctive set of challenges for cyclists. Kicking off on Île de Noirmoutier, a small island off the Atlantic coast of France, cyclists will cross a bridge to the mainland while navigating the twisting Vendée coastline.

Stage 9 is expected to be a fan favorite because of its complexities. On July 15, cyclists will ride through 15 cobbled paths from Arras to Roubaix, alongside the Belgian border. The bumpy ride can be dangerous for competitors, and is where a fall is most likely to happen — dashing hopes of victory.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Take Gorgeous Pics Alongside Blue Ivy, During Mini Break From Their Tour

Beyonce and Jay Z have been very busy while on their joint On the Run II world tour, but they found some free time during which they could just relax with the family. Beyonce took to her social media of choice, Instagram, to share a few fantastic photos featuring her at the seaside alongside her rapper hubby and six year old daughter Blue Ivy.

One snap was of the married power couple posing on some stone steps and even though the photos were supposed to be casual and personal ones from their mini vacation, they still looked like superstars.

Queen Bey stunned in a colorful dress while Jay Z wore a polo shirt and a pair of black pants.

As to create ambiance and to give a little but more personality to the photo, Beyonce took her white heels off and placed them near a Corona bottle.

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But that was not their only snap. In the slideshow, there was also one that featured the family on the dock of a boatyard.

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The infant twins, Rumi and Sir, were nowhere to be seen during the family photo shoot but Blue Ivy definitely was!

The photos were not accompanied by any captions but we have heard that Beyonce and Jay Z were invited to the wedding of Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, in Spain so that might be where they were when they took the pics.

The star studded ceremony was a way for the couple to distress as they are currently on their European leg of their tour and these sort of things can be really tiring and stressful.

Not to mention that their latest date did not even go smoothly. Beyonce remained stranded on a flying stage when it malfunctioned, and staff had to bring a ladder just to get her down.

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Trump praises Foxconn factory during tour

President Trump flew to Wisconsin Thursday to take part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new $ 10 billion Foxconn plant that he said would be “the eighth wonder of the world.” Trump said the decision by the Taiwan-based maker of LCD screens and assembler of Apple iPhones to build the facility showed that “America is…
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Bonobo talks ‘Migration,’ the end of his lengthy tour and the state of the U.S. ahead of Brooklyn show

Electronic music producer Bonobo is migrating to Brooklyn this weekend.

The DJ and musician Simon Green is set to wrap up the tour behind his latest record “Migration” on Sunday — with a special performance at The Brooklyn Mirage that features 3-D projection mapping.

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Reef Beneath on Tour – Patagonia Film

Sometimes it’s the things we don’t see that matter most. Connected by a shared passion for the ocean and a desire to protect it, Belinda Baggs, Kimi Werner and Wayne Lynch embarked on a sailing journey along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The largest living structure on earth, the reef provides habitats for thousands of species. The reef, however, is under threat. Currently almost half of its coral has been lost or damaged, most of this in some way attributable to human impact, the biggest single factor being climate change. The three sailors explored the reef and experienced personally how something as vast and wonderful as the Great Barrier Reef can at the same time be entirely vulnerable, realizing as they sailed and swam that time is fast running out to save it.

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Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wetsuit Repair Tour

Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wagon is about to hit the road again, this time with the equipment and expertise to handle wetsuit repairs.

All wetsuit brands are welcome, as long as the suits are DRY. The team will be offering clothing repairs as well. First come, first served, limit of one item per person. And as always, all repairs are free!

Patagonia’s Worn Wear program was created in 2013 to encourage people to change their relationship with stuff. The program provides significant resources for responsible care, repair, reuse, resale and recycling at the end of a garment’s life. Known for building highly durable products, Patagonia strongly believes in the intangible value of things that accumulate meaning over time. The memories contained in patches, stitches and scars can’t be replaced with something new – and Worn Wear aims to help customers celebrate those stories.

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June 16 & 17

Long Beach Surf Shop

Tofino, BC

12pm – 5pm

June 23 & 24

La Push Surf Beach

Washington

12pm – 5pm

June 30 & July 1

Cleanline Surf

Seaside, OR

12pm – 5pm

July 2 & 3

Moment Surf Company

Pacific City, OR

12pm – 5pm

July 10 & 11

Proof Lab Surf Shop

Mill Valley, CA

12pm – 5pm

July 13 & 14

Patagonia Outlet Santa Cruz

12pm – 5pm

July 18 & 19

Patagonia Cardiff

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Rick Astley 2018 UK tour tickets on sale soon! Dates, venues and prices for the upcoming gigs

RICK Astley is making a comeback in 2018 with a UK tour and a brand new album.

Here’s everything you need to know about where he’s playing and how you can get tickets…

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What are the Rick Astley UK tour dates?

  • Oct 25: Glasgow – SEC Armadillo
  • Oct 26: Hull – Hull Venue
  • Oct 27: Manchester – Manchester Arena
  • Oct 29 – 30: Gateshead – Sage One
  • Oct 30: Gateshead – Sage One
  • Nov 1: Plymouth – Plymouth Pavilions
  • Nov 2: Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
  • Nov 3: Brighton – Brighton Centre
  • Nov 5: Southend – Cliffs Pavilion
  • Nov 6: Cambridge – Corn Exchange
  • Nov 8-9: London – Eventim Apollo
  • Nov 10: Bournemouth – Bournemouth International Centre
  • Nov 12-13: Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
  • Nov 15: Brimingham – Genting Arena
  • Nov 16: Leeds – First Direct Arena
  • Nov 17: Liverpool – Liverpool Echo Arena
Rick Astley will release his new album Beautiful Life on July 8
Rick Astley will release his new album Beautiful Life on July 8

When are tickets for Rick Astley’s UK tour on sale? How can I buy them?

Tickets for Rick Astley’s UK tour go on sale on Friday June 8 at 9.30am.

They are available on Seetickets and Live Nation.

Gabrielle, known for her hits such as Out Of Reach and Walk On By will be the support act.

Rick sold 100,000 tickets when he last went on tour in 2017.


When is Rick Astley’s 2018 album Beautiful Life released?

Rick’s latest album Beautiful Life will be released on July 20, 2018.

It is currently available to pre-order via his official website. 

This will be Rick’s eighth studio album – his last one was 50, released in 2016.

He has sold over 40 million records worldwide over the course of his 30 year career.


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Stevie Wonder Planning A ‘Peace And Love’ Tour

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Stevie Wonder discussed politics, talked pop culture and poked fun at his eyesight — sometimes all at once — between playing his hits at a tiny West Hollywood club in preparation for a series of shows.

“So Donald!” Wonder yelled at one point during a set at the Peppermint Club that ran into the early hours Thursday.

He made sure the crowd knew he didn’t mean Donald Trump.

“Donald Glover! I saw your last video!” Wonder said to big laughs. He had to acknowledge that Glover, who sat in the back of the room alongside actress Angela Basset and grooved to Wonder songs such as “My Cherie Amour” and “Living for the City,” has been all the buzz since the premiere of his satirically violent and political video “This is America.”

“I got some songs on the next project, I think it would be great for us to collaborate, and do some visuals,” he told Glover, an actor whose hip-hop moniker is Childish Gambino. “In a time when the world seems so asleep, it’s great to know when people are woke.”

Glover later joined him on stage for an encore featuring “Superstition,” with help from Jessie J, Kelly Rowland, Luke Kelly and Shelea.

The 68-year-old Wonder had summoned fellow musicians, friends, fans and a handful of reporters to the club for a special announcement, saying he plans to play a series of shows in the coming months to celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times.

“So much is going on in the world. And there is too much confusion,” Wonder said. “The one thing we know for sure that we can celebrate is our life, our love and our music… The positive will win in the end.”

He gave no specifics on the shows other than saying Las Vegas will be in the mix. He went on to say he hopes to have his long-in-the-works album “Through The Eyes of Wonder” done before the end of the year.

Yet his unique set felt like the real point of the evening, as Wonder led his five-piece band through “Higher Ground,” ”Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “Overjoyed.”

After “Superstition,” Wonder led Glover and the others in a messy rendition of “Do You Love Me?” in honor of his 88-year-old mentor and Motown founder Berry Gordy, who wrote the 1962 hit for the Contours and sat in the booth nearest the stage for most of the night.

Wonder laughed as he struggled to remember the song as he went along, admitting in the middle, “I never played this live before!”

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Taylor Swift Kicks Off Her Reputation Stadium Tour in Arizona — Find Out All the Details

She’s back!

Taylor Swift returned to the stage Tuesday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to kick off her massive Reputation Stadium Tour.

Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opened for Swift, who performed a total of 24 hits throughout the night. Her set list included nearly all the songs off her latest album reputation and fan favorites like “All Too Well” off her Red album and “Shake It Off” and “Style” off her 1989 album.

As teased by the Grammy winner, 28, over the last couple weeks, she had plenty of costume changes and surprises in store for her loyal Swifties.

“Taylor couldn’t be more excited about the tour. She has been rehearsing nonstop and perfecting everything. She can’t stop talking about it. It’s so fun to see her this happy and excited,” a source close to the entertainer tells PEOPLE exclusively, adding that Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn will be attending shows when he can. (The actor was spotted by fans in the crowd, and Swift reportedly pointed at him while singing her hit “Gorgeous.”)

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“The team that she hired for the tour is equally excited. It’s the best to work for Taylor. She is demanding and wants everyone to give 100 percent, but she is also very appreciative and takes amazing care of her team,” adds the source. “The tour will be a really fun experience for everyone.”

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A record-breaking 59,157 fans made up the audience, and many excitedly shared photos and snippets of the superstar on stage:

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Swift also opened up about the “low” point in her life “a couple of years ago” before singing “Long Live” and alluded to her feud with Kim Kardashian West, who leaked a phone call between the singer and her husband Kanye West in 2016.

“A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. And then a lot of people called me a lot of names on social media,” Swift told her audience. “And I went through some really low times for a while because of it. I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was gonna get to do this anymore and I guess the snakes … I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name calling to bully you on social media and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to beat you. It can strengthen you instead.”

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Hours before kicking off her first show, Swift revealed a surprising gift from fellow pop star Katy Perry, whom she’s had a complicated relationship with over the last several years.

“Hey Old Friend — I’ve been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us,” Perry, 33, wrote in the partially obscured letter, in which she also wrote she was “deeply sorry” and wanted to “clear the air.” The note was accompanied by an olive branch.

And on Tuesday morning, Swift’s close friend and fellow singer Kelsea Ballerini shared a sweet message on her Instagram account wishing her good luck.

“Happy tour kickoff to my friend that is equally as inviting, warm, and entertaining drinking wine on the couch as she is on stage,” Ballerini, 24, captioned a seemingly recent image of her with Swift, barefoot on a sofa sipping vino. “That being said, I can’t wait to come fangirl and get inspired. Potentially with a sign. Potentially also with some kind of snake apparel. Go get em, sister.”

Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour  will see her play dates across North America, Europe and Oceania through November.


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19 Jun – TWICKENHAM – James Bay

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You don’t have to be a cockeyed optimist to believe that, although times are tough, they could be worse. Just imagine the mess if James Comey were still running the FBI. Near the end of his forceful Thursday interview, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Comey if he would have kept working for President Trump…
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Did Tamar Braxton Get Sister Traci Kicked Off Toni’s Tour?

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It looks like the Braxton sisters are caught in some drama…again.

Apparently, due to some family infighting, Toni Braxton has kicked her sister Traci Braxton off her upcoming  “Sex and Cigarettes” solo tour. According to TMZ, sources connected to the family believe Tamar Braxton, who is also going on tour with Toni, had something to so with it as she is upset with her sisters and mother for how they’ve been treating her estranged husband, Vincent Herbert, on their reality show.

Remember: Tamar thinks the show’s been edited to vilify her ex, the same man who has been accused of physically and emotionally abusing her.

In the meantime, poor Traci…rumor has it she was working on new music and wanted to perform it on the tour. However, Tamar’s people are saying she had nothing to do with why Traci got dropped.

Toni isn’t saying anything.

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Riding Along Toyota’s Black History Tour

Last February, Toyota conducted a Black History Tour. As a child of the 1960s, and witness to riots in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I was super excited to attend to learn more about our history, and was joined by several journalist and blogger peers.

The mission was simple yet precise: Visit historical sites in the Northeast corridor and travel from site to site in the latest 2017 Toyota cars and compact SUVs.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

Stops included: Madame C.J. Walker’s estate in New York State; Harlem in New York City; historic churches and sites in Philadelphia; and finally—the drive back to my home area of suburban Washington, D.C., to visit the newest jewel among the incredible collection of Smithsonian Museums: the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The trip was truly life-changing, especially learning about the history of our struggle in Philadelphia, and of course visiting the first-rate, superbly curated NMAAHC. During our multi-hour visit there, I was at an exhibit showing Revolutionary War hero James Armistead.

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I froze.  My father’s name was James Armstead. Was this one of my ancestors who held a surname that evolved into mine? As I choked up with tears and pride for the way he fought to be free, I realized that my story was one of tens of thousands that others might have experienced visiting the museum that covers our history from pre-slavery to today.

In December, Toyota hosted yet another Black History Tour. The mission this time was to drive 2018 Toyotas from historical sites in Atlanta to the even deeper South, with additional stops in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi; and finally Jackson, Mississippi, to witness the inauguration of another stirring display of our history, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

In Atlanta, we experienced a bus tour of the Martin Luther King National Site, where an eternal flame burns in his memory; saw the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King often preached, viewed his statue on the ground of the Georgia State capitol building, and learned much from our tour guide, Tom Houck, who from 1965–1971 worked with the NAACP, SCLC, and other civil rights groups across the nation.

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Houck was also a personal assistant and driver for Dr. King from 1966 until his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. As a white American, Houck had many stories to tell about being branded a “nigger lover,” often at great personal peril.

After the Atlanta portion of the trip, we hit the road to Alabama (in an all-new 2018 Camry XLE with red leather)!

After several hours on the road, my drive partner, Tami Reed of TalkingwithTami.com, and I approached Montgomery, Alabama. This was during the time when a nominee for U.S. Senator of Alabama was being accused of sexual misconduct. To say it was a tense time in the state is an understatement, as war lines were political and racial.

My mind raced as we entered Montgomery, as Alabama has a terrible legacy of denying civil rights to African Americans. I remember Governor George Wallace blocking the doors of schools to thwart integration.

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I remember brutal “Commissioner of Public Safety” Bull Connor, ordering police to attack peaceful protestors with high-pressure fire hoses and police dogs, while protecting Klansmen and any others who sought to espouse white supremacy.

The bombing of the “Freedom Riders” bus and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that took the lives of four little girls came to mind. Dr. King once called Birmingham a “symbol of hardcore resistance to integration.” All of this swirled and stirred up clouds of emotion within me.

And then I smiled when we pulled up to the Dexter Parsonage Museum, which chronicles the history of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Visitors can tour the home next door where Dr. King and his wife Coretta raised their family while he was an Associate Pastor at the church.

The Parsonage, built in 1912, has been restored to its appearance when Dr. King and his family lived there. Much of the furniture was actually used by Dr. King, and it’s now a part of the National Register of Historic Places. While on the front porch of the Parsonage, we were alerted to look at the differences in the two front windows on the porch. The reason one looked newer is due to the ugly fact that his home was firebombed by Ku Klux Klan supremacists and was a constant target for hate.

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From The Dexter Personage Museum tour, we drove on to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Dr. King served the church from 1954 until 1959, part of a long, distinguished line of pastors at this historic place of worship, located just one block from the once hate-filled State House. The church is now a World Heritage Site.

When we arrived, it was early evening, and the choir was practicing for Sunday services. Guess who got to sing with the choir? All of us on the tour! After meeting current pastor Rev. Cromwell A. Handy, Tour Director Wanda Battle gave us a tour of the church museum. Adorning a complete wall in the museum was an incredible mural of our history, from slavery to martyrdom.

Incidentally, our accommodations in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel were along a street that was once famous for its slave warehouses. Just by chance I noticed the signs while having breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.

So now it was time once again to raise the emotional stakes, as we were about to drive from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. It was the same route (from Selma to Montgomery) that freedom marchers took to show a watching nation that freedom in the Deep South was far from free.

Mother Nature threw a serious curveball during this leg of our journey, as a major storm blanketed the South in snow and ice. No worries, as our Camry’s advanced traction control systems and some common sense behind the wheel got us through.

We arrived in icy Selma in time to visit the National Voting Rights Museum, which took a close look at another side of the story. Many died for the right to vote, and the museum houses an actual period voting machine, which was beyond the reach and dreams of many in Alabama.

The National Voting Rights Museum is at the base of the infamous Edmund Pettus bridge, where Selma to Montgomery marchers were met with tear gas, water cannons, police dogs, and batons to keep them from continuing their equality march. This sad episode of American history played out on a national stage, as broadcast networks aired the carnage of what was to be named “Bloody Sunday” on televisions across the country.

Next, we headed to Jackson for the opening of two adjacent museums, one dedicated to the Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi. There was some controversy with this event. President Trump had accepted an invitation to attend, leading to a boycott of the opening by many of those who led the way during the struggle, including Congressman Lewis.

On that very cold morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, we assembled to watch history. Many luminaries spoke at the grand-opening ceremony, none more powerful and poignant than Myrlie Evers, the widow of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers, who was gunned down in his Mississippi driveway more the 50 years ago. Trump took a private tour and left the museum, giving meaningful remarks to those assembled before his departure.

There were several displays that really made me emotional. The first was a list of names of those lynched in Mississippi from the early 1900s to about 1970. There were so many panels of names, and these were very tall panels, I wondered whether some names had been repeated. They were not repeated.

I viewed a display which included the photos of two young white people who sat with “coloreds” during a lunch counter sit-in, a common form of peaceful protest during those turbulent times. They were subsequently harassed, with condiments poured on their heads, and arrested. “I look so young in that picture,” said the diminutive woman standing beside me. “Is that you?” I asked her. She responded, “yes,” as she began to tell me her story of courage. Joan Trumpauer was one of scores of white activists who played significant roles in the struggle.

By the way, at each stop during our tour, a check was presented by Toyota.

The company is deeply committed to making an economic presence through plants and executive offices here in the U.S., and a social presence through the scores of programs, events, and facilities they’ve sponsored. And Toyota has demonstrated this commitment through these two amazing tours.

 

 

 

 

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We have two brand new dates and venues to add to the UK No Filter Tour! The Rolling Stones will also be playing St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on 29th May and Ricoh Stadium, Coventry on 2nd June.

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OHMYGOSSIP — The Rolling Stones have announced two more UK dates for their ‘No Filter Tour’.
The rock group – which includes Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – are set to wow crowds at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on May 29 and Ricoh Stadium, Coventry on June 2, adding to their previously dates announced for May and June in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
The tour has received an overwhelming response so far, with the group having already added a third London date.
The ‘Satisfaction’ hitmakers famously played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2013 and also sold out two unforgettable nights at London’s Hyde Park, 44 years after they played the landmark location for free.
Guitarist Keith said: “It’s such a joy to play with this band there’s no stopping us, we’re only just getting started really.”
Whilst frontman Mick added: ”This part of the ‘No Filter’ tour is really special for the Stones. We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer and playing to fans in the UK and Ireland. It’s always exhilarating going to cities we haven’t played for quite a while and also some new venues for us like Old Trafford and The London Stadium.”
Drummer Charlie said previously: “The Stones audience is the glue that keeps us together. The best and most satisfying moment is when you are reaching the end of the show and they are all going nuts.”
With bassist and rhythm guitarist Ronnie adding at the time: “When I look out at the sea of people when we play all I can see is smiles. It’s heart-warming and I’m glad we make people happy. Music makes me happy, and it makes them happy … its infectious.”
Tickets for the two new dates of the tour – Southampton and Coventry – go on general sale on Thursday (15.03.18).
The Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ UK tour dates are as follows:
May 22, London, London Stadium
May 25, London, London Stadium
May 26, Southampton, St. Mary’s Stadium
June 2, Coventry, Ricoh Stadium
June 5, Manchester, Old Trafford Football Stadium
June 9, Edinburgh, BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 15, Cardiff, Principality Stadium
June 19, London, Twickenham Stadium

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The 5th Avenue Theatrehas announced an incredible six-show lineup for its201819 season, which includes launching the national tour of the acclaimed sensationCome From Away, the timeless beloved musicalAnnie,rock ‘n’ roll hit paradeRock of Ages, the sumptuous West Coast premiere of Little Dancer, a lavish and loving staging of the iconicWest Side Storyand an exciting new collaboration with ACT A Contemporary TheatreUrinetown. Additionally, The 5th will host a one week run of the national tour ofThe Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical.
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The World Tour is Back on March 11th in Australia

WSL Press Release

LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Friday, March 9, 2018) –  The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce new innovations, partnerships, and distribution channels ahead of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) season. Dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, the WSL demonstrates this commitment through the progressive investments in this year’s Championship Tour and beyond.

“Our team worked hard in the off-season with the common goal of continuing to build surfing’s visibility,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. “We are proud to welcome great partners to the WSL family and new viewers around the globe, and we are excited to capitalize on new innovations to bring the best fan experience possible to professional surfing.”

The League is excited to welcome new official partners to the WSL family in 2018, including Lifeproof in North America and Australia, Boost Mobile in Australia, and Michelob ULTRA as the Presenting Partner of the first-ever Founders’ Cup of Surfing, with additional partnership announcements planned in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, the WSL announced a groundbreaking partnership with Facebook as the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019, including all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

As part of the Partnership, fans can expect enhanced Facebook LIVE broadcast graphics, interactivity with the WSL commentators via Facebook LIVE commentating, and WSL original programming on Facebook Watch. For the first time ever, fans will experience the broadcast in Spanish, along with English and Portuguese.

In addition to its Facebook partnership, WSL has renewed linear television agreements in its core markets of USA, Brazil, Australia, France, Portugal, and Japan. The League will have television distribution for the 2018 season in over 100 countries through new and existing broadcast partners.

WSL PUTS FAN EXPERIENCE FIRST 

This year’s live WSL CT broadcast will introduce an array of new enhancements and innovations heading into the 2018 season. With the mission of bringing fans as close to the action as possible, the enhancements will look to provide unique and exclusive views into professional surfing.

The 2018 season will highlight the athletes, legends, and unique characters first-hand through their feedback on the commentary panel. Viewers can expect to see surfers ‘on set’ with the commentary team or with a VIP headset at every event to give their perspectives on the competition. Fans will also hear from the judges with daily check-ins to provide more visibility and transparency.

WSL will also feature ‘Course Maps’ through the partnership with Virtual Eye. The Course Maps feature will bring each of our tours stops to life via animated graphics to not only show the location of each stop on Tour, but also the dynamics that help it produce some of the best waves in the world. In addition to this update, fans will be able to experience GPS-driven graphics and data, measuring speed, air-height, and time in the barrel during the live event. The commentators will also continue to use the telestrator tool to provide deeper insights into the competitive action.

With the goal to make surfing more accessible to the public, the WSL is about to deliver a season-long campaign to educate and demystify some of the more technical and complex elements of the sport, through all WSL channels, with ten initiatives. The athletes will lift the lid on what makes this extraordinary sport so special.

NEW ON TOUR

The 2018 CT calendar will include new locations such as the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., and Keramas in Bali, Indonesia. The world’s best women surfers will also join the men at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

For the first time ever, Championship Tour surfing will be seen on a world-class, man-made wave. With the technology designed by Kelly Slater, stadium surfing will be enjoyed live and up-close by thousands of fans at Surf Ranch in Lemoore California. In another innovation, a team-versus-team specialty event, Founders’ Cup of Surfing, will take place in May, and is perfect for global broadcast with further details to follow.

Additional changes to the WSL Championship Tour include the elimination of Round 5 from men’s events and Round 4 from women’s events. The respective three-person rounds, which have been non-elimination up until this season, will now advance 1st and 2nd-place finishing surfers directly to the Quarterfinals with 3rd finishing 9th in the event.

The overlapping format, which allows for two heats to run simultaneously when conditions permit, has been extended to venues in Gold Coast and France to join Bells Beach, Jeffreys Bay and Pipeline where this format was already permitted.

With the focus on improving the fan and competitive experience, these changes help us to condense the length of the events and ensure that the athletes compete in the best conditions possible.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

With a new, region-based competitive format on display at the first-ever Founders’ Cup of Surfing in May, WSL is poised to unite its fans in support of regional surf teams for the first time – with an eye toward building fervor for surfing’s first-ever inclusion in the Olympics in 2020.

Led by reigning two-time WSL Champions John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS), the first event of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018. Fans can experience all the enhanced broadcast features via WorldSurfLeague.com, Facebook LIVE, or on the WSL app.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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3x World Champion Mick Fanning Announces His Retirement From WSL World Tour

WSL PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – Late last night, 3x WSL Champion Mick Fanning announced his retirement from the WSL Championship Tour. He will surf the first two events of the 2018 CT season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, and will retire from competitive surfing on the CT after his final heat in the famous Bells Bowl.
“I feel like I’ve just lost the drive to compete day-in day-out now,” says Mick. “It’s been something I’ve been doing for 17 years, and even before that through QS and Juniors, and I feel that I just can’t give it 100 percent anymore. I’m just not enjoying it as much as I was in the past. I still love surfing, and I’m still super excited by it, but I feel that there’s other paths for me to take at this stage in my life.

“As for choosing to retire at Bells, I’ve always had in mind that my last event on Tour was going to be Bells. That’s basically where I started my career, it was my first ever CT win, and I feel really connected down there.”

Mick first joined the WSL Championship Tour in 2002, after winning his first CT event as a wildcard entry at the 2001 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The win confirmed Fanning as a major threat to the upper echelons of surfing and put his name on the map as a man who was going to make history.

In 2002, his first year on Tour, he won at Jeffreys Bay – a wave that went on to become one of his pet events – as well as one of the most pivotal moments in his career, and life, when he was attacked by a shark during the Final heat of the event in 2015.

In 2004, after two years of being on the Championship Tour, Mick sustained a career-threatening injury while surfing in the Mentawais, tearing his hamstring off the bone and putting him out of the water for months. But rather than give up, Mick took this injury and used it as motivation to come back even stronger. He was back competing amongst the elite by 2005, winning his maiden WSL Title in 2007.

“After so many years on tour, it’s been so fun,” says Mick. “It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, you have your peaks and valleys, but you know, when I look back on my time on tour it’s amazing memories – from building myself up to compete, to heat wins and event wins, celebrating with friends and just seeing places I never thought I’d even get to.”

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning will retire from competitive surfing on the WSL Championship Tour after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning will retire from competitive surfing on the WSL Championship Tour after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Over the course of his career, Mick has been through more than most could imagine. He’s seen both personal triumph and personal tragedy under the scrutiny of the public eye, worked through injuries that would have ended careers, and punched a shark on live television, coming out completely physically unscathed.

Throughout 16 years at the elite level, Fanning has won 22 Championship Tour events and three WSL Titles, cementing him as one of the greatest surfers and sportsmen in history.

While Mick is retiring from full-time competitive surfing, he will continue to work with the WSL in an Ambassadorial role where he will support the WSL’s ocean health platform PURE, surfing development and various other projects.

Congratulations Mick, we couldn’t be more proud of you and everything that you’ve achieved – and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

#CheersMick

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Billy Kemper and Paige Alms Win 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour Titles

WSL PRESS RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Wednesday, February 28, 2018) – Today, Billy Kemper (HAW) and Paige Alms (HAW) officially earned the World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) men’s and women’s titles for the 2017/2018 season.

The 2017/2018 BWT season witnessed incredible performances from the world’s best surfers across three unique competitions — the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico, the Pe’ahi Challenge in Hawaii, and the Nazaré Challenge in Portugal.

“Congratulations to our Big Wave Tour Champions, Paige Alms and Billy Kemper,” said Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner. “Both of these competitors showcased groundbreaking performances this season in extremely challenging conditions. They truly demonstrate the commitment and courage required to compete and win at this level.

“This season we called on the Puerto Escondido Challenge, the Pe’ahi Challenge, and the Nazaré Challenge. Pe’ahi received a Gold coefficient with 55-foot face waves, and both Puerto and Nazaré received a Bronze coefficient with 35-foot face waves. We were not able to run the Mavericks Challenge this big wave season due to unfavorable conditions but are excited about the opportunity to run starting in October 2018.”

Maui’s Billy Kemper earned his first Big Wave Tour Title by making the Finals in all three BWT events this season, including runner-up finishes at Pe’ahi and Nazaré.

“I am overwhelmed and excited to be the Men’s Big Wave Tour Champion,” said Kemper. “It has been nothing but a blessing to be on this path, and I am so thankful for my family and everyone who has supported me to get here. I lost my older brother when I was eight years old and we thought he was going to be a World Champion. I wanted to live out my brother’s dream and accomplish this for my family.”

Over the past three years, Kemper has become a force on the big wave scene, most notably with his back-to-back Pe’ahi Challenge victories. In 2017, Kemper finished sixth on the BWT rankings but won the prestigious Big Wave Award Ride of the Year recognition for his incredible barrel at the Pe’ahi Challenge in 2016.

“Last year, my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer,” Kemper said. “Everything I did this year was for my mom and the reality is that this, my goal to become champion, had a time limit to it. I felt like this was my chance and my opportunity. Tomorrow is never promised. It was hard enough leaving my mom for a week for the Nazaré Challenge. I basically told myself that it was an all-or-nothing situation. My goal was to have my mom see me as the best I ever was, right now, and I wanted to win this for her. I am so excited to be able to celebrate with my family and share this with my mom. It is truly a blessing and I am so thankful.”

The BWT Title race took a pivotal turn during the final event of the season, the Nazaré Challenge when Kemper’s second-place finish moved him just past Kai Lenny (HAW) for the rankings’ lead. Both Kemper and Lenny are leading the next generation of big wave surfers with their innovative and fearless performances in all conditions.

“I want to be a force to be reckoned with,” said Kemper. “I am very excited and thankful to be a part of this generation of surfers and a part of this turning point in surfing. There has been a changing of the guard on the Championship Tour — with surfers like John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson — and I’ve tried to take that as motivation into the Big Wave Tour. I want to bring something new and I am excited to be one of the frontrunners of this generation in big wave surfing.”

Today’s achievement marks Alms’ second BWT title-clinching, after earning the Big Wave crown last year. Alms successfully defended her Pe’ahi Challenge win in massive waves last October to take the Big Wave Rankings’ lead and further evidence her dominance at the infamous Jaws break.

“Winning a World Title, let alone two, has been a childhood dream since I can remember,” said Alms. “I am so honored to be able to win twice and bring the trophy back home to Maui, where it all started for me. It is an amazing feeling to be at the top with these awards and titles, but to be honest, win or lose, I feel like I’m always winning. Being able to do what I do and share that with my friends and family, I’m winning everyday. I hope that what I am accomplishing in my career will give hope and inspire the next generation to go after their goals and dreams.”

Alms has been charging big waves since she was 15 years old and now looks to be unstoppable amongst her competitors and against monstrous conditions. The Maui surfer earned the Women’s Best Performance recognition at the Big Wave Awards in 2017 after six-straight nominations starting in 2012.

In addition to her big-wave pursuits, Alms was also featured in a 2015 documentary called The Wave I Ride, from director Devyn Bisson. The film portrayed Alms’ journey to the big-wave arena, including both her support system — specifically, her partner and shaper, Sean Ordonez, and her mother — and the odd jobs and training routine that she has juggled along the way.

This year’s Women’s Big Wave Tour witnessed Alms win the Pe’ahi Challenge, with big wave legend Keala Kennelly (HAW) earning second place and Justine Dupont (FRA) in third.

“I believe that having a platform to perform in the best conditions with only six women in the water is one of the best ways to push the level of the sport,” continued Alms. “As big wave lineups get more and more crowded, I really look forward to having these events that allow for an empty lineup and being able to pick and choose our waves that you truly want. I really look forward to having more than one event next season. Although I think Jaws is by far the best wave on the tour, it will be nice to challenge ourselves in other conditions. I am really excited to surf Mavericks with just a handful of surfers out.”

Alms and Kemper will be recognized at the WSL Awards on March 8 on the Gold Coast of Australia and the Big Wave Awards scheduled for April 28 in Southern California.

WSL 2017/2018 Men’s Big Wave Tour Top 10
1 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 27,140 pts
2 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 24,829 pts
3 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 17,757 pts
4 – Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 14,123 pts
5 – Lucas Chianca (BRA) 13,331 pts
6 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 12,779 pts
7 – Tom Lowe (GBR) 9,081pts
8 – Alex Botelho (PRT) 7,897 pts
9 – Greg Long (USA) 7,538 pts
10 – Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 6,944 pts

WSL 2017/2018 Women’s Big Wave Tour Top 6
1 – Paige Alms  (HAW) 10,000 pts
2 – Keala Kennelly  (HAW) 8,333 pts
3 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 6,944 pts
4 – Bianca Valenti (USA)    5,787 pts
5 – Andrea Moller (BRA)    4,823 pts
6 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 4,019 pts

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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UK, IRE AND EU NO FILTER TOUR ANNOUNCED!

The news you’ve all been waiting for! The Rolling Stones are bringing the No Filter tour to the UK and Ireland this summer, with some additional European shows!

May 17 – Croke Park, Dublin*
May 22 – London Stadium, London
Jun 05 – Old Trafford Football Stadium, Manchester
Jun 09 – BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Jun 15 –  Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Jun 19 – Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham
Jun 22 – Olympiastadion, Berlin
Jun 26 – Orange Velodrome, Marseille
Jun 30 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart
Jul 04 – Letnany Airport, Prague
Jul 08 – PGE Narodowy Stadium, Warsaw

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There will be exclusive ticket presales for all dates, to those who are signed up to the official mailing list.

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The presales start as follows:

UK / GERMANY / WARSAW – TUESDAY 27 FEB 12PM GMT (sign up by 11:59PM 26 Feb)

DUBLIN / FRANCE / PRAGUE – TBA

You will be sent a code and link via email shortly before each presale starts. Ensure you complete all steps in the sign up process and validate your email.

Tickets for UK, Germany and Warsaw dates will go on general sale Friday March 2nd at 9am GMT. France will go on general sale Friday March 16th at 9am GMT. We will announce the presale for France and presales/general on sale dates for Dublin and Prague soon, so stay tuned.

 

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Fishing for plastic: the Amsterdam canal tour with a difference

A trip with Plastic Whale isn’t about sightseeing. Inspired by the plastics crisis, it offers the chance to help clean the city’s waterways, in a boat made from recycled material

We push off from the quay by Amsterdam’s Westerkerk, leaving the tourist bustle and long, fidgety queue for the Anne Frank House behind us. Our little electric boat heads quietly south down the Keizersgracht canal for a tour of the city. Our guide, Erik, points out the sights: a famous hotel, a secret church, the seven bridges view but we are distracted, focused on the plastic debris that bobs by our boat. As with more than 15,000 people before us, we have jumped on board one of Amsterdam’s most unusual boat trips: a plastic fishing tour of the canals – and we are eager to see what we can find.

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Kanoa Igarashi To Represent Japan On Elite World Surf League Championship Tour

WSL PRESS RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, California, USA (Monday, February 12, 2018) – Kanoa Igarashi, 20, will represent Japan heading into the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season. A dual citizen of Japan and the United States, Igarashi decided to change his representing country as he eyes the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will include surfing for the first time.

“I am going to be representing Japan this year on the Championship Tour,” Igarashi said. “I am proud to surf for Japan. My parents are Japanese, my whole family is Japanese. I have a lot of support and fans over there. We do not have any Japanese surfers on the CT, so it is something for them to cheer for and have that part in the WSL. I am sure they are really excited, and I am looking forward to it. My family is stoked.”

With this change, Igarashi becomes the first competitor to officially represent Japan on the WSL CT. In 2016, Igarashi joined the CT as its youngest member (then 17) and has proven to be a leader in the next generation of progressive surfers. Igarashi’s career has been decorated with impressive performances as he has ranked in the Top 20 for the past two years. His standout victories include first at the Vans US Open of Surfing in 2017 and a runner-up finish at the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2016.

“I want to be able to compete in the Olympics and represent Japan,” continued Igarashi. “I grew up competing for USA and have a lot of support over here, but this is a different part of my career now. The Olympics is the greatest competition in all of sports and it is something that you dream of doing as a kid. I never thought it would be possible as a surfer. It is a really exciting time for surfing. I am going to do my best to represent surfing in the best way possible.”

Igarashi will compete under Japan for the first time in the 2018 WSL Championship Tour kickoff event, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com. Kanoa Igarashi To Represent Japan On Elite World Surf League Championship Tour

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Rumors Abound, but Talk of a Spice Girls Reunion Tour Is ‘Premature’

For fans of the Spice Girls, speculation has been rampant about a possible reunion tour ever since it was revealed that the five original band members – Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm – had gathered over lunch at Horner’s home earlier this month. But those hoping to see Posh, Scary, Sporty, […]

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Lucas Chianca Wins WSL Big Wave Tour Nazaré Challenge

NAZARÉ, Portugal (Sunday, February 11, 2018) – Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca (BRA) won the World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) Nazaré Challenge today after incredible performances at the Praia do Norte (North Beach) big-wave break in Nazaré, Portugal.

The second-ever BWT event at Nazaré ran over two days after dangerous conditions threatened the competitors following the opening heats on Saturday. Big Wave Tour Commissioner Mike Parsons, alongside the judging panel, rated conditions a Bronze coefficient with wave faces in the 25-to-35-foot category.

Competing in his second-ever BWT event, Chianca earned his first Finals appearance and first BWT win today after dominating the competitive 24-man field, made up of the world’s best male big wave surfers. The 22-year-old demonstrated command over Nazaré’s powerful waves and challenging whitewater speeds to climb up to World No. 5 on the Big Wave Tour rankings.

 

Nazare Challenge 2018
Lucas Chianca of Brasil advanced to the Semifinal 2018 Nazaré Challenge after winning in Round One Heat 1at Nazaré, Leiria,Portugal.

 

“I am stoked to win this event,” Chianca said. “Thank you to everyone for all of their support. I am grateful to win this event and all these guys competing are so crazy and inspiring. It was hard because when you get the call for BWT events, it is at the last minute. We flew here as soon as we got the call, were a bit tired, and then just went straight into the competition the next day. The waves yesterday were so gnarly and scary. And then today, we were on again. I am super stoked. Thank you.”

The six-man Final witnessed reigning BWT Champion Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF), 2017/2018 Puerto Escondido Challenge winner Kai Lenny (HAW), two-time Pe’ahi Challenge winner Billy Kemper (HAW), and up-and-comers Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Nathan Florence (HAW), and Chianca go all out for the event win.

Lenny kicked off the hour-long Final with a low-range score, a 3.83 (out of a possible 10). The next wave of the set saw a split peak between Baker and Chianca. Baker was only able to pick up a 3.50, while Chianca gained control of the heat with an authoritative 7.33. Gonzalez challenged Chianca with two mid-range scores, but the Brazilian punctuated his performance with a solid 6.73. Kemper stayed patient and was able to collect a 4.83 and 4.67 at the end of the heat to surpass Gonzalez, Lenny, Baker, and Florence for second place.

 

Kemper’s runner-up finish now puts him at World No. 1 on the Big Wave Tour rankings, topping Lenny by only 2,311 points. His recent success, both on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) and Big Wave Tour, is a testament to his training and commitment to surfing. Not only does Kemper lead the BWT ranks, he recently won the Sunset Open Qualifying Series to put him in second place on the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional QS rankings.

“I am over the moon right now,” said Kemper. “First and foremost, I want to thank the country of Portugal. All of the people here are absolutely amazing and this place is beautiful. The warm welcome that you give all of us surfers is next to none. I am very thankful. I came here with that goal to make the Final and do as best as I could. Obviously, that was in my mind the whole time, but I just took it heat-by-heat, wave-by-wave. I am very thankful and stoked to end up where I am at.”

Jamie Mitchell (AUS), 2016/2017 Nazaré Challenge winner, was eliminated in the first Semifinal heat along with yesterday’s Round One standouts Alex Botelho (PRT) and Peter Mel (USA). Mitchell fought his way through the six-man lineup but fell just 1.20 points short of advancing to the Final. The Australian currently sits in 6th on the BWT rankings with only 17 days remaining in the tour window.

Tom Lowe (GBR) attracted international attention after his pencil-dive wipeout from a monstrous Nazaré wave in 2016 and came into this event ready to perform. The surfer from Cornwall proved to be a serious threat with his Round 1 Heat 4 win but could not find the same rhythm to advance out of the Semifinals. Lowe has become a household name with his Top 10 ranking on the WSL Big Wave Tour this season and will exit in 11th place.

Today’s win marked a first for Chianca, but also a last for his mentor, Carlos Burlé (BRA). A fellow Brazilian who pioneered big-wave surfing and rose to become a BWT Champion, Burlé retired last year but competed at this event as an end-of-career victory lap.The fifty-year-old big wave surfer was eliminated yesterday in Round One Heat 2.

“I am super stoked to be able to work with Lucas (Chianca) — such a great talent — and be able to help the sport still after retiring,” said Burlé. “It has been an amazing life pursuing big waves and watching and witnessing all the building of this beautiful sport that I love so much. What I see for big wave surfing is a bright future. I see a lot of young surfers coming with talent and performance in huge waves. It is going to get better and better as the time passes by.”

The Mavericks Challenge still has the potential to run before the Big Wave Tour season closes on February 28, 2018. BWT officials will continue to monitor swell systems and weather patterns and will only call the event on when surf reaches the 30-foot-plus mark, mobilizing on 72 hours’ notice.

Nazaré Challenge Final Results:
1 – 
Lucas Chianca (BRA) 19.89
2 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 13.93
3 – Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 13.83
4 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 13.23
5 – Grant Baker (ZAF) 11.04
6 – Nathan Florence (HAW) 10.89

Nazaré Challenge Semifinal Results:
SF 1: 
Lucas Chianca (BRA) 14.91, Billy Kemper (HAW) 13.17, Nathan Florence (HAW) 13.13, Alex Botelho (PRT) 12.31,  Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 11.93, Peter Mel (USA) 11.63
SF 2: Kai Lenny (HAW) 18.70, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 17.69, Grant Baker (ZAF) 16.99, Nic von Rupp (PRT) 11.43, Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.04, Tom Lowe (GBR) 10.51

Nazaré Challenge Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: 
Lucas Chianca (BRA) 17.63, Billy Kemper (HAW) 16.33, Nathan Florence (HAW) 14.31, João de Macedo (PRT) 11.56, Hugo Vau (PRT) 9.43, Pedro Calado (BRA) 7.13
Heat 2: Peter Mel (USA) 15.43, Alex Botelho (PRT) 14.23,  Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 9.66, Tom Butler (GBR) 3.14, Carlos Burlé (BRA) 0.00, Aaron Gold (HAW) 0.00
Heat 3: Nic von Rupp (PRT) 20.23, Kai Lenny (HAW) 20.23, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 17.57,  Francisco Porcella (ITA) 14.11, Cristian Merello (CHL) 12.77, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 11.39
Heat 4: Tom Lowe (GBR) 15.10, Grant Baker (ZAF) 13.84, Ian Walsh (HAW) 12.90, Nic Lamb (USA) 11.43, Antonio Silva (PRT) 6.06, Kealii Mamala (HAW) 5.00

WSL Men’s BWT Rankings Top 5 (following Nazaré Challenge):
1 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 27,140 pts
2 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 24, 829 pts
3 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 17,757 pts
4 – Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 14,123 pts
5 – Lucas Chianca (BRA) 13,331 pts

The 2017/2018 Nazaré Challenge is presented Jogos Santa Casa, and proudly supported by Tourism of Portugal, West Tourism, and Nazaré City Council. The 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour is proudly supported by Corona, the Official Beer of the Big Wave Tour (excluding North America), and Quiksilver Airlift, the Official Inflatable Vest of the 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour.

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Victoria Beckham Gives an Update on the Rumored Spice Girls Reunion Tour

Update, February 10: Victoria Beckham may have just set the record straight about the Spice Girls Reunion Tour rumors that began circulating earlier this week. According to British Vogue, the designer declared “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour,” at a preview of her F/W 18 collection today. But while a tour isn’t in the works right now, Beckham didn’t dismiss the idea of something happening down the line. “You know, there’s so much bad stuff going on, and the Spice Girls were about fun and celebrating individuality,” she said. “I think there’s so much that the brand can do, and it’s such a positive message for young kids. What does that look like in the future? It’s not me in a cat-suit.”

Originally posted on February 7: Remember Victoria Beckham’s mysterious Spice Girls Instagram post last week? We’ve been crossing our fingers that the group had something exciting up their sleeves, and now it appears we know what it is. TMZ reports that a reunion tour is officially happening, with stops in both the UK and the U.S. planned. Because friendship lasts forever, right? 

Although the cult ’90s group has not confirmed the news, TMZ reports that they’re in talks with former manager Simon Fuller and are in the “rough planning” stage, intending to kick off the tour in late summer. Plus, we can reportedly expect new tour merch, but no new music. All we can say is: You can bet we’ll be booking tickets immediately. Can you imagine how good the stage costumes will be? If the news is true, we can’t wait to see what they’ll be wearing during the tour. See you there!

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Victoria Beckham: There won’t be a Spice Girls tour

OHMYGOSSIP — Victoria Beckham says there will be no Spice Girls tour.
The 43-year-old star recently reunited with her former bandmates – Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel B and Mel C – to plot plans for a reunion but Victoria insists there won’t be any tour in the near futuree.
She told Vogue magazine: “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour. It was so great to see the girls. We had such a fun lunch. It was really, really, really lovely. I still speak to them all individually, but for us all to get together was really lovely. There’s something so strong in the message of what the Spice Girls stood for. What is that in the future? What does that look like? We were just bouncing ideas around. Brainstorming. But this [fashion] is what I do.”
Meanwhile, her bandmate Geri previously confessed she had given up hope about the girl group reuniting.
Speaking about the possibility of the band reforming for the 20th anniversary of their debut single ‘Wannabe’, Geri said: “We all pushed for it, like, ‘Come on, let’s try and make it happen.’ It didn’t. You get to a point where you go, ‘Do you know what, just let it go.’ And I was having a baby. I’d really sort of let it go. It’s funny, they say let things go and I really had. That’s when I decided to go into television. A BBC executive said, ‘We think you should do primetime entertainment.’ She really encouraged me to do it.”

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From Sex Tips to Full-Frontal Nudity, the Wildest Stories Jamie Dornan Told on Fifty Shades Press Tour

Jamie Dornan, Dakota JohnsonJamie Dornan has been sharing some pretty intimate stories this past week.
The actor has been giving a number of interviews leading up to the release of his new movie, Fifty Shades Freed,…

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Big Wave Tour Nazarè Challenge 2018 Was Given The Green Light

WSL Press Release

NAZARÉ, Portugal (Wednesday, February 7, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) is placing the Nazaré Challenge in Nazaré, Portugal on Green Alert to commence on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Praia do Norte (North Beach), a break notorious for its powerful waves and dangerous whitewater speeds, has seen monstrous waves this season and now event organizers are tracking conditions favorable enough to run the highly-anticipated competition.
“We are excited about what we are seeing at Nazaré,” said Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner. “We are calling the WSL Nazaré Challenge ON for this Saturday, February 10. With a solid swell coming from the NW, we are looking at around 9-to-12 feet of deepwater swell that will translate to 25-to-35 foot faces by mid-morning and potentially pushing 40 feet later in the day. There is potential that the winds might come up when we run, so we plan to start early in the morning and finish before it comes up too high.”

The second-ever Nazaré Challenge in Portugal will see the world’s best take on some of the heaviest waves in the world. Defending event winner Jamie Mitchell (AUS) and the men’s big wave field will be put to the ultimate test as they battle the infamous break that has long been considered inaccessible to paddle-in-surfing. Kai Lenny (HAW), current Big Wave Tour rankings leaders, will look to improve his 13th place finish at Nazaré.

The 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour has completed its first two events of the season with Lenny winning the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico, and Ian Walsh (HAW) and Paige Alms (HAW) taking out the Pe’ahi Challenge in Hawaii.

Formed in 2009, the Big Wave Tour joined the WSL in 2014 and has produced historic performances at never-before-contested venues such as Nazaré in Portugal and Pe’ahi on Maui’s North Shore. Monitoring swell systems and weather patterns throughout the season, the Big Wave Tour only runs events when surf reaches the 30-foot-plus mark, mobilizing on 72 hours’ notice with an international field of Big Wave men’s and women’s athletes.

Surfline, Official Forecasters for the 2017/2018 Nazaré Challenge, are calling for:

XL to possibly XXL NW swell is developing for Nazare on Saturday the 10th thanks to a strong, double-barreled area of low pressure now stretching over Greenland. Model guidance indicates that wind of 40-45 knots will develop in this fetch over the next 12-24 hours, with seas of 35-40 feet also expected to develop just east of Greenland.

At this point, we’ll look for building, longer period NW swell through the morning on Saturday, with 20-35’+ faces. The swell looks to peak from around midday and hold over the afternoon with solid 25-35’+ faces and occasional sets to 40’+ faces. There will also be some short period NW swell running in the morning, which will give the surf at least somewhat of a jumbled feel, but that short period swell will ease through the day.

Wind, while not ideal, does look manageable. Offshore to side-offshore flow from the NE to NNE is currently expected in the morning in the 10-15 knot range, trending to side shore north at 15 knots+ from late morning through the afternoon.

The 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour is proudly supported by Corona, the Official Beer of the Big Wave Tour (excluding the US), and Quiksilver Airlift, the Official Inflatable Vest of the 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour.

The 2017/2018 Nazaré Challenge competitor list will be released closer to the event start. Please check back at WorldSurfLeague.com for updates.

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Elton John Announces More ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour Dates

After selling out the first 60 dates of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” live-retirement tour, Elton John has added a dozen North American concerts.  Tickets for the newly added dates go on sale to the general public beginning February 16 at 10am local time. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at EltonJohn.com. American Express Card Members can […]

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Former Championship Tour Competitor Matt Banting Set To Comeback From Injury at Vissla Sydney Surf Pro

Press Release

Coolangatta, QLD/AUS  (Wednesday,January 31, 2018) – With less than a month until the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 6000 event lands on Manly Beach, many of the world’s best surfers are gearing up to make a splash in Sydney’s biggest surf event.

With 6,000 QS points up for grabs, an estimated 220 surfers from over 20 different countries are expected to kick off their 2018 campaign in style when the event gets underway from 24 February – 4 March.

Someone who is accustomed to taking victories in Manly is 23-year-old Matt Banting – who at just 17 – made worldwide news back in 2012 when he not only claimed victory in the QS 6,000, but also the Pro Junior division at the Australian Open of Surfing.

After spending the last 12-months recovering from a pelvic injury, Banting is eager to get back to the location that cemented him as one of the world’s best and put him on the pathway to qualifying for the WSL Championship Tour in 2015.

“I think I’ve been pain-free since October 2017 and since then I’ve been focused on getting back to the level I was surfing at previously,” said Banting. “I think I was beginning to get a bit flustered by a lot of the pressure of being on tour back in 2016 and I probably took on too much. Now, I’m more focused on improving my own surfing and hopefully getting a few good results in 2018.”

“Winning in Manly back in 2012 is still one of the fondest memories I’ve ever had from professional surfing. I’ve actually started watching a lot of clips from events in Manly over the last few years and the waves have been really similar to home in previous years, so hopefully, it’s similar in 2018 and I’m prepared when the event kicks off.”

Banting will make his complete competitive return in the upcoming Vissla Great Lakes Pro pres. by D’Blanc before going into the Burton Automotive Pro and finally the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro at Manly.

In addition to the QS components of the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, a WSL sanctioned Pro Junior event will also take place on the opening weekend of the 24 – 25 February.

All the NSW professional surfing action gets underway from early January with the World Junior Championships, followed by the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series, The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final, Surfest and the Vissla Sydney Pro.

The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro will be proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event will also be proudly supported by Vissla, Northern Beaches Council, WSL and Surfing NSW.

The 2018 Vissla Sydney Surf Pro will be held from February 26th  – March 4th. For more information, highlights and images, head to www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App.

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Amid publicity tour, porn star denies affair with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels, in the midst of a publicity tour fueled by past allegations of a 2006 sexual relationship with a then-married Donald Trump, said in a statement on Tuesday the alleged affair never occurred.
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Slow-Ticketing Savvy: Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ Tour Becomes Highest-Grossing Solo Tour

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s 4:44 album has gotten a lot of buzz since it debuted this past summer, with themes of black economic empowerment, celebrity family feuds, infidelity, and social injustice becoming hot topics of discussion among fans and critics. (The album even inspired a financial fitness book by Ash “Cash” Exantus, a 2017 pick for BE Modern Man and financial literacy advocate who has created quite a buzz of his own.)

The momentum for 4:44 hasn’t stopped. According to reports, despite slow ticket sales, it was the highest-grossing solo tour, raking in more than $ 48 million in November and December for the 32-show tour.

Last year, Jay Z used a “slow ticketing model,” according to Billboard, “blocking out bots and scalpers that instantly buy up tickets by pricing premium tickets higher and closer to their actual value.” Lower-priced $ 6 tickets were being sold on sites like StubHub for less desirable seats. The result: When aggressive pricing is applied to front-row seats, VIP experiences, and platinum tickets, ticket resellers are faced with a major challenge because those tickets are closer to the actual market value—a major win for Jay Z and Live Nation in terms of capturing more revenue and creating little opportunity for brokers to hike up ticket prices for the best seats.

Some saw the low-priced tickets as a sign of soft interest in the tour but the rapper, along with Live Nation, has proven skeptics wrong with the latest gross earnings. Billboard also reports that average gross for the 4:44 Tour’s completed shows is up 21% over his 2013 Magna Carter Tour. Platinum-selling artists including Radiohead, the Weeknd, One Direction, and U2 have all presented sellout shows using the slow-ticketing model.

Jay Z’s use of the model comes as yet another major boss move the hip-hop mogul has made in the past year, having just cut another 10-year Live Nation deal that mostly covers his tour business and has reportedly shifted away from the full 360 model initially brokered. He also joined the likes of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Berry Gordy when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (with recorded congrats from former President Obama himself). And 2018 began with wins: The $ 810-million music industry leader was honored this month with four NAACP Image Award nominations, including one for “Entertainer of the Year,” and another for “Outstanding Album” for 4:44.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ tour shaping up to be a disaster

What is Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” worth? Not the jacked-up prices she’s charging for concert tickets. That’s the verdict from ticked-off fans, who are balking at buying seats for the 28-year-old pop star’s tour to promote her new “Reputation” album, citing stratospheric markups and greedy sales gimmicks. “I paid $ 150 for my ticket with amazing seats…
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