The Killers Honor Tom Petty With Joyful “American Girl” At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions [Video]

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The Killers Honor Tom Petty With Joyful “American Girl” At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions [Video]

first_imgOn 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]last_img read more

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Guyana fall 13-11 to Ecuador at South American Youth Games 3X3 basketball

first_imgGUYANA’S 3X3 team were edged 13-11 by Ecuador in their opening game at the South American Youth Games in Santiago, Chile yesterday.It was Guyana’s first time playing at an International 3X3 tournament, and the quartet of Nigel Bowen, Isaiah Hintzen, Akeem Crandon and Shamar France were hoping for a perfect start in their quest for gold.Having lost to Venezuela 19-17 in their first game, Ecuador came into the game knowing that the clash against Guyana was a ‘must-win’.Aaron Garcia, the team’s main marksman, who finished the game with five points, was a bother for the Guyanese and, along with his teammate Michael Toctaquiza (four), caused much trouble for the players from the Land of Many Waters.Akeem Crandon, team’s ‘big man’, kept Guyana in the game. Crandon finished with a team-high five points, while Nigel Bowen finished with four points. Hintzen and France scored a point each.Guyana will play Venezuela today from 12:25hrs, and will have to win by a considerable margin if they are to top the group and feature in Saturday’s quarter-finals.The semi-finals and final will be contested on Sunday. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

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Hampton ‘starstruck’ by Thurston meeting

first_imgFollowing his Four Nations campaign with the Kangaroos, Thurston returned to Cowboys training last week where he met new recruits such as Hampton and former Bronco Carlin Anderson before getting down to work.Born in Wagga Wagga, Hampton played much of his junior football in Mareeba in North Queensland before moving to Melbourne to link with the Storm as a teenager.He spent seven seasons in the company of the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk but despite playing against Thurston on two occasions was admittedly nervous prior to their first meeting.”I feel pretty comfortable approaching him now where when he first did arrive I was a little bit starstruck to be honest,” Hampton said.”I grew up watching him and I’ve watched a lot of him over the years of how he plays and how he holds himself off the field as well. “There are a few of the greats down in Melbourne as well – Slater, Smith, Cronk, [Jesse] Bromwich – so I’m not sure whether it’s because I went down there at such a young age, getting to know those boys over the years and how comfortable you end up with them.”They’re friends now and will be forever but the reputation that ‘JT’ has both on and off the field and how great of a player and person he is, it was a little bit daunting for me to first meet him.”I’ve played against him a few times but I’ve never actually met him until last week. It was a bit daunting but a week and a half in now really happy being involved with him and excited to learn from him in the coming weeks and into the future.”A half coming through the junior ranks, Hampton became a jack of all trades in his past two seasons at Melbourne, playing fullback, centre, five-eighth and halfback as well as hooking and lock forward roles off the bench.It is that utility value that most attracted Cowboys coach Paul Green and why after studying Smith and Cronk at close quarters Hampton has now turned his attention to the four-time Dally M Medal winner.”It does get difficult at times playing in different positions but I’m really enjoying it at the moment,” Hampton said.”I haven’t played heaps at hooker. Here and there when ‘Smithy’ was in the Origin camp and when he needed a rest I’d come on and play maybe 10 minutes every now and again. I did a fair bit of training at hooker and I enjoy playing through the middle and that utility role. “Any time I am in the halves I’m always looking about. I’m always looking at what [Thurston] is doing and he’s always one step ahead.”He trains really, really hard and he’s always on the ball and knows what he’s doing and that’s something that I can definitely improve.”Hampton’s first senior appearance as a Cowboy alongside Thurston will likely come at next weekend’s Downer NRL Auckland Nines where he hopes to press his claims as North Queensland’s No.1 utility option ahead of the likes of Ray Thompson and Josh Chudleigh.”If I do get in that Nines squad – and it’s a totally different game to a 13-on-13 game – but I’m sure that it will be a good chance for me to put into play the new structures that I’ve learnt,” Hampton said.”It will definitely be a good place to start and show ‘Greeny’ that I am keen and eager to push for that utility spot.”last_img read more

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