Sammy Hagar is on the brink rumors of host his annual Acoustic-four-A-Cure gain concert Van , with well-known pals together with Dave Grohl, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Benatar, Sarah McLachlan and Bob Weir elevating funds for pediatric cancer.

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studies at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Usual co-host James Hetfield, on the excursion with Metallica, is sitting this one out. But Hagar has grown used to multitasking, as he is also promoting his new album, “This Is Sammy Hagar Vol. 1 — When the Party Started,” appearing on the second season of his “Rock ’n’ Roll Road Trip” tour collection on AXS TV and planning an excursion along with his band the Circle. There’s usually that Van Halen reunion to consider too. Hagar, sixty-nine, spoke to us from an excursion stop in Florida.

Q: So James can’t make it this year?

A: No, James is on tour with Metallica. It’s kind of a bummer. We pointed out it, and at first, I thought perhaps we pass one. But then we each agreed that’s now not cool. I’m looking for a lifestyles-size cutout of him that I can put onstage with me. I’ll position the microphone in his face and he’ll move, “Yeaaah!”

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Q: He’s had a number of the fine moments of these live shows, like singing Adele along with his daughter or singing the Beatles music.

A: Having an accomplice like James is so unusual and special. He’s so uncomfortable with it. There’s no question about it. James might be uncomfortable in Metallica. He’s simply uncomfortable. He’s the sort of good-hearted man. I’m sitting there behind the scenes with him, and I pass, “James, it’s all cool, guy. I’m no longer exact at this both.” He creates a tension while he performs acoustically that’s without a doubt powerful.

Q: Have you taken into consideration taking Acoustic-4-A-Cure out on the road, like a slightly more youthful version of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band?

A: I would love to do it. Between everything else I’ve got taking place in my life, I don’t even have time to tour with my personal band. To attempt to take another band on, don’t even get me started.

Q: You’re doing a right excursion q4. Did you pass over appearing often?

A: I constantly pass over being onstage. But I don’t omit to be on tour. The way I’ve been doing it for approximately the remaining seven or 8 years, I’ll simply take shows — you recognize, Dallas and perhaps Houston. But I got so antique remaining yr, I discovered myself having to head over to my studio five days per week and rehearse to get my voice into form. Next factor I realize, all I’m doing is getting equipped for two shows. I wouldn’t do greater than 40 or 50 suggests a yr. I just can’t. It’s my body and my time. And in my coronary heart, I get accessible onstage and I cross, “You realize, I don’t sense like doing it this night.”

XBOX 720 Rumors: Facts and Fiction

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Unlike most electronic devices, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s XBOX 360 have been able to hold their own by lasting as long as they have at the top of a very competitive market; their run has been absolutely impressive.

That being said, rumors are rife in the gaming industry that Microsoft have been laboring on a new gaming console, XBOX 720, that is set to give Sony’s PlayStation 4, Project Shield and Nintendo Wii U a run for their money in what has been dubbed as the ‘next generation’ of video game technology. Little is, however, known regarding the XBOX 720 but there is always some bit of truth behind every rumor and some of that can be back in this report.

Production

Thankful to the leaks that we have been able to get, we can say with some degree of certainty that Microsoft has had XBOX 720 as a work in progress for a number of years now. This already shows the amount of deliberation and patience that Microsoft is willing to put into this project, a commendable feat to say the least. Also, we can deduce that it is not going to be long now, maybe months before Microsoft announces its release into the market. That alone is enough to stir some excitement in gaming enthusiasts.

However, it is prudent to acknowledge that much of this still remains to be but mere speculations. In fact, the purported name of this ‘next generation’ video gaming console may or may not be XBOX 720. Some are of the impression that Microsoft will name it ‘XBOX Infinity’ while others will argue that it will indeed be XBOX 720. The name is, however, trivial at this stage.

Hardware

Worth noting is that rumors already gave the processing power of the XBOX 720 a supreme status in comparison with what we already know to expect of Nintendo Wii U. It is reported that it will have an outstanding 1.2 teraflops of power; more comprehensively, the gaming console is expected to have an 8-core 1.6GHz chip with a 768-thread-packing GPU. That is quite some power.

Features

Kinect 2.0 is one of the most interesting features that is rumored to be incorporated into the XBOX 720 and sources have been quoted saying that Microsoft are keen on investing in the project as they see a bright future in motion-controlled video games.

On the other entertainment aspect of the gaming console, XBOX 720 will have a Blu-Ray player to enhance the movie experience and as you expect the gaming console will be left behind in the cloud-connection craze and will be able to support certain cloud-storage games. Exclusive shows and other TV programs will also feature in the gaming console, this is in line with the rumor that Microsoft is working to put up its own TV content.

Controversy

In a bid to stop second-hand games from being passed on to other gamers by means of sale or gift, it is rumored that Microsoft will install a code activation that will render this impossible. What would also be potentially unwelcomed by gamers is the internet dependency for gaming that is rumored to come with the XBOX 720. These concerns would go a long way I hampering the warm reception that the console would prefer.

Release date

Along with the cheerful carols and the merry making, the Christmas of 2013 could see the release of the ‘next generation’ gaming console; that’s one more reason to look forward to Christmas games. Unfortunately, though this is mere speculation and the due date of release still remains at Microsoft’s discretion.

New Orleans Jazz – News and Views – Sammy Penn

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SAMMY PENN: Born Morgan City Louisiana September 15, 1902. Died Florida September 18, 1969.

Let’s start off a little differently this time: to me, the greatest New Orleans drummers for my pleasure were Baby Dodds, Sammy Penn, and Cie Frazier. But Sammy had a wonderful second string to his bow. He sang with the same phrasing as the legendary Fats Domino, and with his big cigar and a huge smile was a master entertainer.

Sammy’s first job was in 1921 with Jake Johnson’s band, then with Chris Kelly’s Brass Band, Kid Rena’s Brass Band and the legendary Eureka Brass Band. He was the mainstay of the Kid Thomas band for a quarter of a century.

You must understand that entertainment was the name of the game. With Sammy Penn and Joe “Twat” Butler, Kid Thomas Valentine had a showband. Singers, personalities, and Thomas with his famous “bag of tricks” No wonder this band survived in New Orleans and then toured the world to represent the birthplace of jazz.

In a long interview with my friend Tom Stagg in his wonderful record shop “Good Rockin’,on to” he describes Sammy Penn’s drum kit as “ultra basic” A bass drum, a snare drum, a tom-tom and a cymbal attached to the bass drum. As Tom remembers, he drove the band relentlessly and with an amazing complexity of rhythmic sounds. This kit was simple but the rhythm was anything but!This is Tom’s recollection of the last weeks of his life. “Sammy returned from a doctor’s appointment with the news that he had very high blood pressure and heart murmurs. Sammy played at Preservation Hall that night and after another session with the Kid Thomas Band loaded their ontoa bus outside the Hall on St. Peters Street and set off with Sammy for a tour through Georgia to Florida. After only one concert, the bus returned to the Hall with only the driver, the road manager and the body of Sammy Penn.

Talking to Barry Martyn, he rates Sammy Penn highly in great drummers from New Orleans. Sammy played 4/4 on the bass drum and not the more familiar cut time of New Orleans drummers. George Lewis preferred that 4/4 sound and Joe Watkins played that way, but without the explosive accents and complex rhythms of Sammy Penn. Barry had the good fortune to sit in with the Kid Thomas Band and found that he could not hear himself and had to adjust his volume and style to suit the band.

So Sammy Penn was the drummer for Kid Thomas and his Algiers Stompers and spent the major part of his playing life with that band. As Barry Martyn said “When Joe James and Sammy died the band would never be quite the same again”

To hear him at his best, you should listen to “Kid Thomas Valentine Creole Jazz Band on American Music AMCD 49 and “Kid Thomas and his Algiers Stompers” on Riverside OJCCD 1833-2. My great joy is actually seeing the man in action on a DVD of the December Band produced by Big Bill Bissonnette (possibly still available by contacting him on his Jazz Crusade website – jazzcrusade.com).