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Groovy Photos With a Huge Wow Factor

In a world where on most days there is more bad news than good, we get nostalgic for a simpler time, with people we admired and looked up to as role models catching our attention and making us believe in the power of magic, glamor, and elegance.

From young, vulnerable up and coming musicians who had no idea they could ever be iconic stars to starlets who were still hoping for a big break, take a look at some photos that will touch your heart and your mind, and make you believe in magic again.

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson meeting at the LA forum – 1980’s.

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson formed a partnership in the 1980’s to work on three demos.  “There Must be More to Life than This” features vocals from both Freddie and Michael; Freddie released the song on the Queen album, Queen Forever.

While the song was written in the Hot Space sessions, it wasn’t finished.  Freddie Mercury would go on to release his own version as a solo work on his 1985 debut, Mr. Bad.  The other songs were “Victory,” which was later used as an album cover by the Jacksons, and “State of Shock,” which had Rolling Stones undertones.

In a world where on most days there is more bad news than good, we get nostalgic for a simpler time, with people we admired and looked up to as role models catching our attention and making us believe in the power of magic, glamor, and elegance.

From young...

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Celebrities at Their Grooviest Moments

In a world where on most days there is more bad news than good, we get nostalgic for a simpler time, with people we admired and looked up to as role models catching our attention and making us believe in the power of magic, glamor, and elegance.

From young, vulnerable up and coming musicians who had no idea they could ever be iconic stars to starlets who were still hoping for a big break, take a look at some photos that will touch your heart and your mind, and make you believe in magic again.

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson meeting at the LA forum – 1980’s.

Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson formed a partnership in the 1980’s to work on three demos.  “There Must be More to Life than This” features vocals from both Freddie and Michael; Freddie released the song on the Queen album, Queen Forever.

While the song was written in the Hot Space sessions, it wasn’t finished.  Freddie Mercury would go on to release his own version as a solo work on his 1985 debut, Mr. Bad.  The other songs were “Victory,” which was later used as an album cover by the Jacksons, and “State of Shock,” which had Rolling Stones undertones.

In a world where on most days there is more bad news than good, we get nostalgic for a simpler time, with people we admired and looked up to as role models catching our attention and making us believe in the power of magic, glamor, and elegance.

From young...

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“True Blood” star, Nelsan Ellis dies at the age of 39.

Nelsan Ellis, famous for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series “True Blood” died yesterday (08.07.2017) after complications from heart failure. He was 39 years old.

Ellis was born in 1977 and grew up between Chicago and Alabama. At the age of 17 he tried his luck joining the Marine Core but dropped out and five years later he was accepted to Juilliard and graduated in 2004. During his time there he made friends with later True Blood co-star Rutina Wesley.
True Blood brought Ellis his much sought after success. During the seven seasons he was part of the series, Ellis walked away with two Satellite Awards, an Ewwy for best supporting dramatic actor award and a NewNowNext Award for actor on the brink of fame.

Other than True Blood, Ellis was cast as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a supporting performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In 2013 he joined the “Get on Up” cast, playing Bobby Byrd, Brown’s long-time friend.

“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis,” said “True Blood” costar Joe Manganiello. “He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP.”

HBO released a statement saying the network was “extremely saddened” by Ellis’s death. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood,” the statement read. “Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball, called Ellis “a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”

Nelsan Ellis, famous for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series “True Blood” died yesterday (08.07.2017) after complications from heart failure. He was 39 years old.
Ellis was born in 1977 and grew up between Chicago and Alabama. At the...

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Is the Era of King James Over?

“If there was one thing that stands out to you about them (Golden State Warriors), whether it’s speed or whatever, what would it — what was it for tonight?” a reporter asked Lebron James after game 1 press.
“KD”. King James concluded.

Maybe for the first time in his career, one could see a micro-crack in his armor. After game number 2, it isn’t getting any better. The King Cavalier gave it all in game 2, 29 points, 14 assists (10 in the first 2 quarters) and 11 rebounds but even a king cavalier can’t defeat these Warriors alone.

It’s not that the two teams aren’t familiar with each other. This is the third consecutive finals with the teams claiming a championship each in the previous two episodes. But this Warriors team is different. They are faster, more versatile and with endless amounts of energy and creativity. The Cavs and the King are like sailors trying to clear the water from a leaking hull. It worked for the first few minutes in game 1 and the entire first half of game 2. Despite the tables turning and the Warriors turning over 20 possessions vs. the Cavs 9 turn overs (4:20 in game 1) after half time, Lebron was drained and the Warriors took over to defeat the Cavs, including Curry scoring after taking Lebron for a one on one.

Not What We Expected

There have been many team and personal rivalries throughout NBA history. The Celtics vs The Lakers, Bird vs. Magic in the 80’s, Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls, but after game 2, this media flamed rivalry seemed so artificial. We waited the entire season, 82 games and the entire conference playoff series for this climax! We waited for the Cavs and the Warriors to square off for the third (and possibly last) time. The first two episodes of this trilogy rivalry between the Cavs and the Warriors were close. Each team had its stronger and weaker points against each other and each took a title, when it was somewhat an underdog.

And then entered Kevin Durant and the first jump ball (and the second) and we knew it was over before it started. The known x-factor came into his element. Unlike his time in OKC with Russel Westbrook, with Steve Kerr on the lines, Curry and a different basketball mindset Durant is the best show in town. Either helping Klay Thompson recover his shooting skills or giving Curry an assist option for a graceful dunk or to get it back outside for a three pointer. In the first two games of the series Durant scored 71 points, 22 rebounds and 14 assists.

King James stated after the match: “You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the post-season, and then in the off-season you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that’s what stands out. I mean, it’s no if, ands, or buts. It is what it is. We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us. But that’s what stands out.”

The Warriors now hold an NBA record of 14:0 in this playoff season, after breaking the league win record last year (and losing the championship). When Tyronn Lue said flatly during his game 1 post game remarks “They’re the best I ever seen,” it wasn’t defeatism, it was gradually coming to grips with the truth. With KD in the mix, the Warriors are currently simply too good.

 

“If there was one thing that stands out to you about them (Golden State Warriors), whether it’s speed or whatever, what would it — what was it for tonight?” a reporter asked Lebron James after game 1 press.
“KD”. King...

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U2 2017 : Joshua Tree Tour

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end. OneRepublic, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers will rotate as opening acts. The tour starts at BC Place on May 12th and ends in Cleveland at FirstEnergy Stadium on July 1st. Then, the group will fly to Europe and run shows with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The first time in the history of U2, The Joshua Tree Tour will be an event where the group will play a classic album in concert. The album that they picked is probably one of the greatest and full of hits like “With or Without You”, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Some of the rarely played songs like “In God’s Country”, “Trip Through Your Wires” and “Exit” will make those hardcore fans very happy. Also, “Red Hill Mining Town” will live up to its first live performance.

The structure of the show is still under construction. U2 guitarist The Edge said:” The show might not necessarily start with Track 1, Side 1 “Where The Streets Have No Name” because we feel like maybe we need to build up to that moment and we are still in the middle of figuring out exactly how the running order will go.”

Last year, at the time the group was working on the finishing touches for their new album Songs of Experience, the idea for The Joshua Tree tour was born. The Edge said:” The election happened and suddenly the world changed. We’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.”

Guys in the group came to the conclusion that worldwide political situation is very similar to like it was back in 1987 when The Joshua Tree was made. So the band saw the opportunity to make a tour and give themselves some time to think about the new album. Edge said:”The Joshua Tree album was written in the mid-1980s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. It just felt like, ‘Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.’ We needed to put the album on ice for a minute just to really think about it one more time before putting it out; just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say.”

The singer, Bono, also had a few words to say about The Joshua Tree and the upcoming tour:” Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years and it’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current: love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarization … all the greats. I’ve sung some of these songs a lot, but never all of them. I’m up for it and if our audience is as excited as we are, it’s going to be a great night.”

If you are interested to hear U2 again, tickets sale starts on Tuesday, January 17th, for the US shows.       

Stadiums all across America and Europe will not be the hosts for just sports events this year, but also for the well known U2. The group will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by performing the 1987 album from beginning to the end...