Widespread Panic Brings Legendary ‘Mountain Jam’ To Vegas [Audio]

first_imgSetlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/11/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane only[H/T JamBase] Widespread Panic rocked their three-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend, with full support from Dirty Dozen Brass Band at all three shows. The phrase “Never Miss A Sunday Show” rang true, especially for this historical WSP performance.Four songs into their set led to an explosive surprise for the loyal fanbase. While executing their 1991 tune “The Last Straw,” Jimmy Herring used his guitar to signal a subtle segue toward what turned into a ten-minute version of The Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam.” While the Panic has played a full “Mountain Jam” before, it hadn’t been done since 1988, a full 2,744 shows ago. This marks the band’s biggest bust out in their 30-year career.The song choice, whether planned in advance or not, comes close to home for members of Widespread Panic. With Jimmy Herring having played with ABB in the summer of 2000, remaining a frequent collaborator since, and with drummer Duane Trucks, nephew of original ABB drummer Butch Trucks, brother to guitarist Derek Trucks, and another frequent inhabitant of the ABB drum kit, there was enough blood on the stage to resonate with fans of either southern rock band. While the Allman Brothers’ version of the song went on for sometimes up to an hour, this ten minute bust out will surely be remembered in WSP history for years to come.Enjoy the audio of “The Last Straw” > “Mountain Jam” in the clip below, courtesy of taper Todd Hodulik via PanicStream:last_img read more

​Danish pension funds silent on €40bn Nykredit-Sparinvest merger

first_imgTwo Danish asset managers backed by major pension funds are to join forces to create a €40bn financial services group.Nykredit and Sparinvest made a joint announcement on Friday regarding a conditional agreement to merge. Under the plan, Nykredit will buy a 75% stake in the Sparinvest from Sparinvest Holdings for DKK2.2bn (€301bn), leaving Sparinvest’s other shareholders with a 25% ownership interest.As part of the deal, the owners will also receive DKK155m as dividend for 2018, the two parties to the deal said.In November 2017, a group of five Danish pension funds led by PFA Pension bought a 16.9% stake in Nykredit for DKK11.6bn, putting paid to the lender’s plans for a stock market listing. Jørgen Søgaard-Andersen, SparinvestMeanwhile, Sparinvest chief executive Jørgen Søgaard-Andersen said the firm had high ambitions for its retail and institutional asset management business areas.“Joining our strengths will improve our capacity even further to meet future needs and requirements from customers – also in the long run,” he said. “By joining forces, we can support this development and provide enhanced customer experiences at both Sparinvest and Nykredit”Michael Rasmussen, NykreditThese insurance and pension firms appear to be exiting Sparinvest’s ownership circle. In Friday’s announcement, Nykredit and Sparinvest said the 49 banks – which together own more than 90% of the share capital – intended to remain as co-owners of the business, with their combined holding shrinking to 25%.Sparinvest, Denmark’s largest provider of index-linked investments, declined to identify the seven insurance and pension companies mentioned.The merger deal is subject to ongoing due diligence and regulatory approval, and is also dependent on approval at Sparinvest Holdings’ general meeting.Michael Rasmussen, Nykredit’s group chief executive, said the business plan was to form a partnership with the banks that distribute products from its mortgage lending subsidiary Totalkredit in order to offer investment products. Nykredit is Denmark’s biggest mortgage lender.Both Sparinvest and Nykredit had seen growth in managed assets in recent years, Rasmussen said.“By joining forces, we can support this development and provide enhanced customer experiences at both Sparinvest and Nykredit,” he added.center_img Spokespeople for PKA, PFA and PensionDanmark declined to comment on the transaction, while AP Pension and MP Pension had not responded by the time of publication.Sparinvest also has significant pension fund ownership. The DKK83bn asset manager is owned by a number of investors, including 49 banks and seven Danish insurance and pension companies.last_img read more

Australia reward consistent Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges with central contracts

first_imgBatsmen Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges and Joe Burns have been rewarded for their strong form over the past 12 months by being awarded central contracts by Cricket Australia on Friday.The trio became regulars in the side in the last year and have moved onto the centrally contracted list after the retirements of six players following last years’ unsuccessful Ashes series in England.They were not on the original list but were upgraded throughout the season with the more matches they played.Khawaja scored 713 runs in six tests at an average of 101.85 in the last 12 months, while he was also consistent in the small number of one-day and Twenty20 international matches he played.Voges, who only made his test debut last June, posted a Donald Bradman-esque average, scoring 1,337 runs at an average of 95.59, with five centuries and four half centuries.Burns scored three test centuries and 692 runs in his eight matches in the last 12 months at an average of 53.23.Cricket Australia typically award between 17 and 20 central contracts each year. Centrally contracted players earn a minimum of A$270,000 ($206,577) for the year, with match payments on top of that.Bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile, John Hastings and Peter Siddle, who is battling stress fractures in his back, were all given central contracts, as was test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.”We believe the players chosen in this group are those that are right in contention to represent the country over the next 12 months,” chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said in a statement.”Following a number of high-profile retirements, we believe this group of players gives us a healthy blend of youth and experience to represent Australia at the highest level, allowing us the best chance of maintaining our number-one rankings in test and ODI cricket, as well as improving our performances in the T20 format.”advertisementAustralia were knocked out of the World Twenty20 in India in the pool phase earlier this week, with their next tour a triangular one-day series against West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean in June.Centrally contracted players: George Bailey, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Adam Voges, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warnerlast_img read more