On Saturday night, Dave Matthews Band made a triumphant return after a yearlong hiatus. While the band played A Concert For Charlottesville–organized by bandleader Dave Matthews to raise funds for the victims killed and injured during the Unite the Right rally–the September 24, 2017 performance marked their first since the September 2-4 weekend at The Gorge Amphitheatre in 2016. While the Dave Matthews Band will resume full touring operations this May, the band started 2018 with a concert held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota to celebrate The Night Before Super Bowl LII last night. Since the news broke on Friday that longtime fiddler Boyd Tinsley would be taking a break from the newly-reunited band to focus on his family and health, speculation ran deep in wondering what the timing of the announcement meant. The band responded with support, and took the stage on Saturday night without Tinsley.The sold-out show went on with an impressive 21-song setlist, honoring two of the biggest performers that stole the Super Bowl Halftime show in previous years, Prince (2006) and Tom Petty (2008). The concert also included several bust-out originals, including “You Never Know”, which was last played on 7/26/14, “Alligator Pie”, which was last played on 7/13/13, “Time Bomb”, which was last played on 7/6/13, and their cover of Petty’s “Runnin Down A Dream”, which was last played on 9/7/13. About halfway through the set, Dave Matthews Band invited pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph to join the band for their original tune “Jimi Thing”, followed by Prince’s “Sexy M.F.” With the shock of Boyd Tinsley’s announcement the night before the show still tingling, Dave Matthews Band pulled through with an exciting set of music. Check out some fan-shot videos from Saturday night’s performance below…Jimi Thing with Robert Randolph[Video: Parker Harrington]Sexy M.F. with Robert Randolph[Video: DMoir5150]Runnin Down A Dream[Video: DMoir5150]You Never Know[Video: DMoir5150]Ants Marching[Video: Gregory Frank]Boyd Tinsley has been a Dave Matthews Band mainstay for more than a quarter of a century, first joining the band as a featured guest on an early demo for “Tripping Billies” in 1991 before signing on full-time in April of 1992 ahead of their 1993 debut, Remember Two Things. In addition to violin and some backup vocals, Tinsley has been a key contributor to the band’s songwriting process and has co-writing credits for several of the band’s songs, including “So Much To Say”, the band’s only GRAMMY-winner. We join the Dave Matthews Band in offering our support in Tinsley’s undoubtedly difficult decision.Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | Xcel Energy Center | St. Paul, MN | 2/3/18Don’t Drink the Water, So Much to Say, Satellite, Why I Am, You Never Know, #41, Granny, The Space Between, Alligator Pie, Jimi Thing*, Sexy M.F (Prince)*, Runnin’ Down a Dream (Tom Petty), Samurai Cop, When the World Ends, Time Bomb, What Would You Say, You & Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > RapunzelE: Grey Street, Ants Marching
easyJet, the leading European airline, continues to expand into the Croatian market with the opening of seven new routes from Croatia.New routes include four new routes from Pula to Basel, Liverpool, London Southend and Milan Malpensa. In this way, EasyJet expands the choice of Croatian passengers in connection with European primary destinations, as well as European tourists with Croatia.”We are very excited to launch seven new routes from Croatia next year, offering over a million points for sale during 2018 to and from Croatia. We expect a record summer next year, with more than 3.100 flights and more than 540.000 seats offered for sale to and from Croatia in July and August 2018. Since our first flight to Croatia in 2009, easyJet has transported more than 3,8 million customers , supporting the growing Croatian tourism industry.With over 46 routes from Croatia, easyJet is committed to making travel easy and affordable for our Croatian customers by offering them a wide connection with major European cities, whether it is a business trip, the so-called. city break trip or visit friends and relativesSaid Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager for easyJet.This year, the airline transported a record number of passengers to and from Croatia, ie more than 910.000 passengers, which is an increase of 35% compared to the previous year. easyJet now connects Croatia with six European countries and over 23 destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris-Orly, and currently serves 46 routes from four Croatian airports, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar.
FIFA is expected to expand the World Cup to 40 teams on a dramatic day in Zurich, according to multiple reports.The proposal should be ratified by FIFA’s executive committee later on Thursday – despite the dawn raids which saw two unnamed officials, reportedly Concacaf president Alfredo Hawit and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout, arrested.The current quota of 32 nations started at the 1998 World Cup in France, with the eight-team boost expected to increase spots available to non-European countries.Europe currently has 13 automatic spots, with the other continents lagging well behind in terms of representation – Africa (five places), South America (four and a half), Asia (four and a half), North and Central America (three and a half) and Oceania (half a place). The final berth goes to the host.Should the vote go as predicted, the new format could start from the 2026 tournament.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports