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]
Griffith earned an Academy Award nomination for Working Girl. Her other notable film credits include Nobody’s Fool, Another Day in Paradise, Celebrity and RKO 281. Griffith, who made her Broadway debut in 2003 as Roxie Hart in Chicago (which has the same lead producer as Pippin ) told Indiewire she’s eyeing a Broadway return. “I’m going to do a lot of things,” the actress said of her future plans. “I’m going to do Pippin on Broadway in January. It’s not about my career now. It’s just about finding great work and having a good time. My kids are almost grown. I’m getting divorced [from Antonio Banderas]. I’m just happy. I’m really joyful. Life is good.” Will screen star Melanie Griffith fly into the Tony-winning revival of Pippin? The answer is yes, if you ask the blonde bombshell herself. Related Shows Griffith would undoubtedly play Berthe in Pippin. The role earned Andrea Martin a 2013 Tony Award and is currently being played by Priscilla Lopez. View Comments Pippin Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
Press Association After two fantastic years in Glasgow, the highly-rated 22-year-old headed south of the border in July for a Scottish record fee of £12.5million. The move capped an incredible rise for the Kenyan, whose superb display in the famous 2-1 win over Barcelona was undoubtedly the highlight of his time at Parkhead. Victor Wanyama does not regret swapping Celtic for Southampton, despite seeing his former club handed a dream Champions League draw. “It was my decision after meeting with the chairman and the manager,” said Wanyama, whose brother McDonald Mariga plays for Parma in Serie A. “I was just happy with the things they were telling me and that’s why I chose Southampton. “The ambition of the club they had and I was just happy to come and join them. “It has been a little bit easier to get used to the change, because the teammates here have been really helpful and it has been easy for me to settle in.” Southampton have so far struggled with consistency in their second season back in the top flight. An opening day win at West Brom was the perfect start, yet it was followed up by a home draw with Sunderland and a loss against Norwich. Mauricio Pochettino’s side line-up next line-up against West Ham, whose physicality would seem to make this an ideal game for Wanyama. “I think it is going to be a hard game, but we are ready for it and looking forward to the challenge,” he said of Sunday’s match at St Mary’s. “We have been working hard and we had some good results, and also some bad ones, but I think we are still on track and looking forward to doing well. “I would say first is to just do better than last season and from there we will see what happens. I think that is possible.” Celtic again face the Spanish giants in this year’s Champions League group stage, which also sees Celtic face mouth-watering matches with AC Milan and Ajax. So, with such glamour ties coming up, would Wanyama preferred to have stayed on an extra year in Glasgow? “No, obviously Champions League they are good games, but it was time for me also to move on,” he said. “I will be just looking forward to support them. “I believe one day [Champions League football is achievable at Southampton]. Everything step by step and I believe one day we will be also there.” Wanyama’s Celtic departure during the summer looked inevitable, although Southampton did not always look like it would be his destination. Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Cardiff were all linked with the powerful midfielder, but it was Saints that were given permission to speak to him. Initial talks broke down following suggestions of issues with his representatives, but the impasse in discussions was finally broken and he penned a four-year deal.
Members of the panel included Professor Rebecca Brown of the USC Gould School of Law, Breck Kadaba, a J.D. candidate at the USC Gould School of Law and Alex Fullman, editor in chief of the USC Journal of Law and Society. Lee Epstein, provost professor of law and political science and Rader Family trustee chair in law, served as a moderator for the discussion.Some of the issues covered during the event included the recent health care law, super PACs and the issue of blind donations, content-based restrictions and the effect of freedom of speech on law and Prop. 8 in California, all in the context of where they stand constitutionally.The constantly debated health care law was the first issue covered. Brown covered the issue by defining Congress’ powers, which most importantly in this instance include the regulation of commerce and taxes.In her argument, Brown scrutinized the health care law from the perspective of the Constitution.“The theory objecting to this was that when you make a person buy [health care], the status of that person before the law that takes effect is not commercial at all,” Brown said.The next topic covered was money in politics, specifically focusing on super PACs and the recent Citizens United decision.Fullman said that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, which gave corporations the right to spend independent money wherever they please without disclosure, could be harmful to elections.“There’s a real need for disclosure. There’s a lot of dark money and that is the real threat to the integrity to our electoral system,” Fullman said.Next, law student Breck Kadaba addressed the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the right to free speech.Kadaba stressed the United States’ puritanical roots and its devotion, as both a country and a government, to the words and policies of the Constitution as the reason for many of these policies, especially the Supreme Court’s unwillingness to create a strict definition for free speech.“The court doesn’t want to be the person to come down and say, ‘Well, here’s the line,’” Kadaba said.The panelists finished the discussion with the topic of the Prop. 8 case and the constitutionality of gay marriage. Though the case has been kicked up to the Supreme Court, the justices have not yet revealed whether or not they will take the case.The main issue in the case, according to Brown, is whether prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying could be ruled as discrimination.“Every person in this country is entitled not to be grouped and treated more burdensomely than anyone else without a rational reason,” Brown said. The USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics hosted a panel Monday on contemporary constitutional issues in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. constitution.Analysis · Law student Breck Kadaba (left), Journal of Law and Society editor Alex Fullman, Professor Rebecca Brown and moderator Lee Epstein tackled issues from Prop. 8 to Super PACs. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan