Today, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]
Prime Minister, Dr Denzil DouglasBASSETTERE, St. Kitts CMC – As St Kitts Nevis celebrates 30 years of Independence, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas announced that civil servants will be granted a pay increase by the end of the year.In his Independence message on Thursday, Douglas said Government workers must be rewarded for their outstanding service.“In addition the double salary that was paid this month to Government workers and any increase in the salary of Government workers over the next few months will act as a fiscal stimulus. We are convinced that our public servants and pensioners deserve to be rewarded for their outstanding service over the years and we have therefore set in place the appropriate mechanisms to decide on a pay increase for Government workers by year end.”The Prime Minister noted that based on several projects and initiatives as well as his administration’s goal to increase growth, economic activity in the country continues to rise.“I am confident that we have turned the corner in this regard and that the numerous projects and initiatives that I have outlined here today, will dramatically raise the level of economic activity.”Douglas, who came into power in 1995, said the people must be the centre of any successful development strategy.“Consequently, our people have been the actors in the development process that we initiated here in 1995 and they have also been the object and purpose of our development effort. We could not see how it would be possible for our economy to make the required quantum leap in development if the majority of our young people were unemployed and in a state of frustration and disenchantment.”The Prime Minister pointed to several programmes undertaken by his administration including the construction of a new hospital, the distribution of free laptop computers in schools, expanding financial resources available to students and housing initiatives.We have also provided direct assistance to lower income families through the provision of affordable subsidized housing and through the implementation of an impressive array of social development programmes ….”He also assured the nation that the minimum wage is still under review “because we are determined that we will protect and improve the standard of living of the lowest paid workers among us.”Concerning the country’s development ,the Prime Minister said the progress made over the last 30 years is impressive but noted that much more needs to be done.“In fact, in this term in office alone we have halved our national debt, reduced crime, improved the reliability of electricity, replaced all deficits in our fiscal account with healthy surpluses, and wiped out bank overdrafts with positive and substantial bank balances. It is not surprising that we have been labeled a high income country by the international financial institutions,” he said. Caribbean Media Corporation Share Share NewsRegional Pay hike for St Kitts civil servants by: – September 20, 2013 Tweet Sharing is caring! 11 Views no discussions Share
The Yankees were ousted by the Astros in the American League Championship Series on Saturday, and it seems several of their players were dealing with some injuries.While speaking with reporters during a news conference on Thursday, Yankees general manager and senior vice president Brian Cashman announced that pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and first baseman Luke Voit underwent surgery. Rob Manfred debunks theory of ‘dejuiced’ baseballs in postseason Phillies hire Joe Girardi as manager on 3-year deal Cubs hire David Ross as manager on 3-year deal Related News Tanaka had bones spurs removed from his elbow while Voit had several core muscle injuries repaired. Both players are expected to be ready for Spring Training.Updated Yankees injury information from GM Brian Cashman. pic.twitter.com/N9693Bc792— YES Network (@YESNetwork) October 24, 2019Cashman also said outfielder Aaron Hicks will have Tommy John surgery on Oct. 30 and miss 8–10 months. Hicks, 30, exited the Yankees’ game against the Tigers on Sept. 10 with an elbow injury. It was later revealed the injury initially occurred on Aug. 3 and the team ruled Hicks out for the season. He made a surprise return to the field in the ALCS. After the Yankees’ loss to the Astros on Saturday, Hicks said he didn’t expect to have Tommy John surgery, and as early as Monday no decision had been made regarding his medical treatment, according to the New York Post.Tanaka, 30, made three starts for the Yankees this postseason, going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 12 strikeouts and four walks in 16 innings pitched. Voit, 28, was left off the roster for the ALDS and was removed from the ALCS roster in favor of Hicks. During the regular season, the Missouri native hit .263 with 21 homers and 62 RBIs in 118 games for New York.