John Mayer Calls Dead & Company The Best Thing That’s Happened To His Career

first_imgWith their recent tour announcement, fans can rest assured that Dead & Company will be returning triumphantly in 2017. The vivacious ensemble sees Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart team with Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and most surprisingly, John Mayer.Now set to embark on their third major tour (fall 2015 and summer 2016 being the other two), Mayer has had some time to reflect on the impact those shows have had on his career. In a new interview with CBS New York’s Fresh 102.7, Mayer talks about the different experiences as a solo artist versus a member of a band, and how that has helped him personally grow as a musician and as a person.You can watch this new interview in the video player below.last_img

West Hempstead Rape, Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 21-year-old woman at gunpoint in West Hempstead three months ago, Nassau County police said.Levar Burton was charged with kidnapping, first-degree rape and sexual abuse. The 24-year-old Amityville man was also charged last week with robbery and sexual abuse stemming from a case in Great Neck earlier this month. And now investigators are asking any other potential victims that might have been targeted by the suspect to come forward.“This individual is misguided,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a Nassau police spokesman, told reporters during a news conference Tuesday at police headquarters. “His actions are reprehensible.”Police alleged that Burton was masked and armed with a handgun when he approached the first victim on Terminal Road, forced her to drive to an unknown location and sexually assaulted her at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.The suspect fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.Then, at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, Burton approached a 37-year-old woman from behind while the victim was walking on Middle Neck Road, demanded money from the victim and touched her inappropriately before stealing two phones from her and fleeing the scene, police said.LeBrun said that Burton threatened both victims and there was evidence that linked the cases, but he could not be more specific. The suspect worked as a newspaper delivery driver for MRG Distribution, but that it was unclear whether Burton was on the clock at the time of the attacks, he added.He was released last week on $100,000 bail before being arrested Monday for the December incident. Burton will be arraigned Tuesday on the new charges at First District Court in Hempstead.Special Victims Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this suspect to call them at 516-573-4022.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Placid feeling in return ‘home’

first_imgHaving had a couple of days to recover from Wisconsin’s four-overtime victory over Harvard Saturday night, Badger coach Mark Johnson has had time to reflect on one of the most exciting games of his hockey career.”It ranks up there,” Johnson said of the quarterfinal win. “It’s much more nerve-wracking and much more difficult being a coach than it is being a player, as I found out the last couple years when you get this far, and you get this deep, and you’re so close. I told my assistant coaches, I wish I could play this game. I don’t prefer playing than coaching, but it ranks up there.”Johnson, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, knows a thing or two about exciting games. With the latest win, he will get a chance to return to Lake Placid, site of the 1980 Olympics, when the Badgers head to the Frozen Four this weekend. Johnson did, however, downplay the significance of the site in his Monday press conference.”Myself personally, it’s not about me. It’s about the team right now. It’s about the players. They’ve worked hard. All the kids that are born in the U.S.A. have been to Lake Placid with the select camps that they’ve participated in as they’ve gone through the process of becoming a player.”Frozen Four up nextThough beating Harvard in the first round seemed to be a pretty trying task for Wisconsin, this weekend will present even more challenging opponents as the Badgers return to the Frozen Four for the second consecutive season.”When you get down to four teams, it becomes more difficult,” Johnson said. “You look at matchups. We had some upsets over the weekend. Our task doesn’t get easier, but we’re still playing, and that’s the best part of it. You’ll regroup. You’ll practice for a couple days, put a game plan together and go after it.”Like their heavily attended quarterfinal game, Johnson anticipates the Frozen Four games to be exciting and well-played also.”When you get down to these matchups right now, they’re going to be good games. Whether it’s going to be our game or BC against Duluth, they’re going to be good games. They’re going to be playoff-type atmospheres, and they’re going to be close contests. I’m sure it’ll be another one-goal affair similar to what we saw last year.”St. Lawrence Awaits the Badgers in the SemisUp first for the Badgers in Lake Placid will be St. Lawrence, led by Sabrine Harbec, the nation’s second-leading scorer. Last season, Wisconsin played a tough game against the Saints in the semifinals but emerged with a 1-0 victory. This year, Johnson is expecting another hard-fought game.”It’ll be another tough battle. Obviously, the veteran players that they have went through it last season and are certainly going to want to do more to make sure they win the game instead of lose it. They’ve got a solid team. They’ve got six excellent defensemen. They’ve got some kids up front that can score some goals, so our hands are going to be full. We have to play like we did against Harvard. If we play that well, I like our chances.”Against the Crimson, UW at least had a home-ice advantage going for them. Playing in upstate New York though, a significant distance away and against the host team, will just add to the difficulty of earning a win against the Saints.”They’re the host team,” Johnson said. “They’re hosting the tournament, and they’re certainly going to have some people in the building, because they won’t have to travel too far. It’ll be a road game for us, but we’ve been pretty solid.”Despite playing on the road, Johnson is confident his team will be ready to play and give it all they have.”Throw everything you have at them,” Johnson said. “Leave everything at the rink, leave everything on the ice, and then you can walk away from the game and be proud of your effort.”last_img read more