On Saturday night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame officially welcomed their 2018 induction class at a lavish ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. As always, the night was filled with star-studded performances celebrating the evening’s guests of honor. This year, the Rock Hall inducted Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Nina Simone in addition to “Early Influencer” Sister Rosetta Tharpe.The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers was perviously tapped to give the induction speech for The Cars, one of his biggest early influences. However, he wound up playing a much bigger role in the show than expected, as The Killers opened the ceremony with an un-scheduled performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ “American Girl” (complete with “Free Fallin’” vocal quotes) in honor of the recently-departed rock legend, who himself was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.As Flowers told Rolling Stone, “To pay tribute to Tom Petty who has just done nothing but enrich our lives, and then for me to get to induct the Cars into the Hall of Fame, I mean, this is a hell of a night for me. People don’t realize how New Wave Tom Petty was. You don’t associate him with that movement at all, but a lot of those videos, and even some of the sentiments in the songs and the way that they’re presented were very New Wave. And then he obviously evolved, which, he was so great at that.”Below, you can watch The Killers’ show-opening tribute to Tom Petty at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony below:The Killers – “American Girl” (Tom Petty cover) – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction[Video: MarchofTheRashbaum]The Killers are set to headline a number of large-scale festivals this summer, including Boston Calling, BottleRock, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. For a full list of The Killers’ upcoming tour dates, hit the band’s website.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Topics : Unprecedented wildfires in Oregon have all but destroyed five small towns and a record number of deaths is feared, Governor Kate Brown said on Wednesday.Oregon was the hardest hit state in the US West, where nearly 100 extreme wildfires were stoked by high winds and temperatures.In central Oregon, rescuers saved people’s lives by pulling them from the Santiam River where they had taken refuge from flames that destroyed scores of riverside homes, officials said. The Santiam Valley town of Detroit, as well as Blue River and Vida in coastal Lane County and Phoenix and Talent in southern Oregon were substantially destroyed, Brown told a news conference.”This could be the greatest loss in human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” Brown said.The governor gave no indication of how many people may have died, but one of Oregon’s most deadly blazes was in 1936 when a fire destroyed the city of Brandon and killed 13 people.Firefighters in Oregon, California and Washington retreated from uncontrolled blazes that forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes and hundreds of thousands to lose power. “It was like driving through hell,” Jody Evans told local television station NewsChannel21 after a midnight evacuation from Detroit, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Salem.Evans fled the largest blaze in Oregon, known as the Beachie Fire, which threatened to join up with another wildfire to the west known as the Lionshead Fire.To the south, parts of Medford, Oregon, a popular retirement location with over 80,000 residents, were under evacuation orders or warnings as a growing wildfire closed a section of Interstate 5, the primary north-south highway in the West.As the fire moved north to Medford it heavily damaged Talent with about 6,000 residents and Phoenix, with around 5,000, according to local police.Brown saw no respite in the near term. “Winds continue to feed these fires and push them into our towns and cities,” she said, adding that thousands more Oregonians will need to evacuate over the next several hours.Climate scientists have blamed global warming for extreme wet and dry seasons in the US West that have caused grasses and scrub to flourish then dry out, leaving fuel that supercharges wildfires.In California, all 18 National Forests were closed due to what the US Forest Service called “unprecedented and historic fire conditions.”The Creek Fire about 35 miles (56 km) north of Fresno tore through the Sierra National Forest, susceptible due to drought and bark beetle damage, destroying over 360 homes and structures.“This fire is just burning at an explosive rate,” said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for California’s state fire authority. “You add the winds, the dry conditions, the hot temperatures, it’s the perfect recipe.”Across the United States wildfires have burned nearly 4.7 million acres in 2020, the highest year-to-date area since 2018, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.Most of the fires are in western states, where 17 new large blazes were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 96 that have burned more than 3.4 million acres – an area nearly the size of the US state of Connecticut.Home construction has encroached on forests in recent decades, and owners watched houses burn as firefighters are unable to save property.
Football:#GUSA2020 #LEGON2020*Day 1, Men FootballUENR vs UEWFull time: 0-1UHAS vs GIJFull time: 0-0Penalty shootout: 5-3UDS vs UPSAFull time: 1-0Volleyball:Male category:#GUSA2020 #LEGON2020Game 1, Volleyball (male)Unexplained absence by the UENR team. 15 mins wait time as per rules observed. UCC handed walkover victory.UCC vs UENRFinal Score 3 – 0Female category:#GUSA2020 #LEGON2020Game 2,Volleyball(female)End of 1ST SETUMaT vs UGScore 9 – 25End of 2ND SETUMaT vs UG8 – 25Set. 3UMaT. vs UG9 – 25#GUSA2020 #LEGON2020Game 1,Volleyball(female)UPSA vs UHASScore 25 – 10End of 1ST SETUPSA vs UHASScore 25 – 14End of 2ND SETUPSA vs UHASScore 25 – 16Tennis:TENNIS WOMEN SINGLEName Set 1 Set 2Priscilla Dosoo UG 6 6Theodora Boateng UPSA 0 1 Defending champions, University of Cape Coast (UCC) started their GUSA Games title defense with a streak of wins across the various sporting disciplines.However, debutants Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), struggled to make any significant impression on the first day of events.GIJ were humiliated by powerhouses, UCC in the men’s basketball game, losing 80-17. The football team’s hopes of making a name for themselves ended in tears after losing 5-3 on penalties following a goalless 90 minutes of action.Hosting school, the University of Ghana also started well in the 26th edition of the Ghana University Sports Association Games, earning victories in the female table tennis and female volleyball events.Here are the results from all the events that went on:#GUSA2020 #LEGON2020Day 1,basketballUCC vs GIJ80 – 17UEW vs UHAS77 – 12UPSA vs UENR42 – 28UDS vs UMat66 – 58KNUST vs GIMPA61 – 18