Charlie Watts dies at 80

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Dies At 80

Charlie Watts, the unshakeable drummer for The Rolling Stones, died this morning. According to a publicist, he died in a hospital in London, surrounded by family. No cause of death was given. He was 80 years old. Watts was born on June 2, 1941. Growing up, he was mostly a fan of jazz — people like Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. It was listening to Gerry Mulligan’s “Walking Shoes” as a kid that inspired him to play drums. After bouncing around various jazz clubs as the British blues scene was picking up, he met Mick Jagger and then the rest of the Stones. Watts played his first gig with them in 1963. Where most rock bands take their cues from the drummer, Watts was the type to hang back. He told NPR in 2012 that in the early days, he’d have to sit close to guitarist Keith Richards’ amplifier during live set. “And they weren’t very big amplifiers. So with an audience shouting, I needed that to know where the changes came,” Watts said. Watts gave off a different vibe from his bandmates in more ways than one. Aesthetically he preferred tailored suits, while the others took the stage with their more bohemian looks. He also did his best to stay out of the limelight, using some of the band’s early successes to buy a 16th century mansion in Sussex. But he was no less of a core member of the group, giving the band a steady backdrop to rock on for nearly 60 years. […]

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Neil Peart

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at Age 67

Neil Peart, legendary drummer and lyricist for the band Rush, died this past Tuesday, January 7 in Santa Monica, CA. He was 67-years-old. The cause of death was brain cancer, “which he had been quietly battling for three years”, according to Elliot Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. Peart retired in 2015. His retirement also marked the end of Rush. Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have issued the following statement regarding the death of drummer Neil Peart, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from brain cancer: “It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name. “Rest in peace brother. “Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020” Our thoughts are with Peart’s loved ones during this difficult time. RIP Neil, you inspired many and will be missed by many more.

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gamescom 2019

gamescom 2019 Events

The events of gamescom 2019 Gaming meets entertainment! Numerous events and acts from all over the world await you at gamescom 2019. Location Koelmesse GmbH Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany Dates & Times The public dates for gamescom 2019 are the 21st-24th August 2019. Trade visitors for the business and entertainment area have access to gamescom 2019 from the 20th August 2019 (Halls 1-10). Their admittance is as follows: Tuesday 20th August (9am-7pm) Wednesday 21st August (9am-8pm) Thursday 22nd August (9am-8pm) Private visitors for the entertainment area have access to gamescom 2019 from the 21st August 2019 (Halls 5-10) Their admittance is as follows: Wednesday 21st August (10am-8pm) Thursday 22nd August (10am-8pm) Friday 23rd August (9am-8pm) Saturday 24th August (9am-8pm) Tickets Tickets are available for gamescom 2019 on the official website. Trade Visitor Tickets are available here Private Visitor Tickets are available here Guests will be given different wristbands corresponding to their age. These wristbands are issued to those with valid photo ID. Under 12 years old = no wristband 12-15 years old = green wristband 16-17 years old = blue wristband 18 years old and up = red wristband Personalized tickets can not be re-sold. Events: Events Date Speaker JBL Car Lottery Media Markt E-Business GmbH Hall 10.1 Stand D020 E041 19.08-24.08.2019 | jeweils von 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. more  gamescom: Opening Night Live Koelnmesse GmbH 19.08.2019 | 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Youth Forum NRW Jugendforum NRW Amt für Kinder, Jugend und Familie der Stadt Köln Hall 10.2 booth: B-011/C-018 20.08.2019 | 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. more  gamescom jobs & careers Jobs und Karriere/ IDG Business Media GmbH […]

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IRON MAIDEN: Legacy of The Beast

IRON MAIDEN take IGN behind-the-scenes on their huge, game-inspired LEGACY OF THE BEAST World Tour…

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 — London, UK – In advance of the 2019 North, Central and South American legs of IRON MAIDEN’s Legacy Of The Beast World Tour, gaming and entertainment giant IGN were granted unique behind-the-scenes access at several shows during the band’s 2018 European run. Unveiling the story of how one of music’s most iconic global names took inspiration from their own mobile game to create arguably their most celebrated live show of all time, the video piece features interviews with both Iron Maiden’s drummer Nicko McBrain and Manager, Rod Smallwood, on their hallowed stage at Birmingham’s Genting Arena last year. The game was created in close collaboration with IRON MAIDEN and its management team, with the band visiting the game studio in April 2016 prior to the game’s launch in July that year. MAIDEN founder member and bassist STEVE HARRIS recently, personally oversaw the design of a ‘Bass Eddie’ character centred on the classic “Fear of the Dark (Live)” single artwork, that is now not too dissimilar to ‘Arry himself! Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, is available now for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The Legacy Of The Beast World Tour sees the stage design built around the different interlocking “worlds” of the game with a set list covering a large selection of Eighties material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity. Rock and gaming fans will know that MAIDEN pioneered the game/tour concept with their own Ed Hunter project back in 1999. Dave Shack, Managing […]

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gamescom 2018

gamescom 2018: gaming and fun for the whole family – Event Schedule

gamescom 2018 opens with world premieres Political guests of honour are Dorothee Bär, Germany’s Minister of State for Digitalisation, and Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia ‘Diversity wins’ is the central theme of gamescom 2018 The gamescom 2018 partner country is Spain Berlin, 19 July 2018 – gamescom 2018 is marking its tenth anniversary by opening with several surprises: A number of games will make their global debut at the opening, where they will be introduced by their developers. The political guests of honour will be Dorothee Bär, who as Germany’s Minister of State for Digitalisation is the federal official responsible for all games-related issues, and Armin Laschet, Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. And for the first time, holders of a ‘wild card’, which allows private visitors to attend gamescom on the exclusive trade visitor and media day, will additionally be able to take part in the official opening. This was announced today by the gamescom sponsor, game – the German Games Industry Association, and Koelnmesse, the event organiser, at a press event in Berlin. The partner country of gamescom 2018 is Spain. The leading theme this year, ‘Diversity wins’, spotlights the great diversity and versatility of games as an entertainment medium, cultural asset and important door opener to digitisation for millions of people. ‘The new opening gets right to the heart of the strengths of gamescom: the world’s largest event for computer and video games stands for first-class entertainment, but also keeps its eye on the societal discourse around games,’ says Felix […]

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Comic-Con International: San Diego

Programs and Events Schedule at Comic-Con International: San Diego

Comic-Con International once again features a massive schedule of programming events—the largest of any comics or pop culture convention in the country, if not the world! This is the largest and most extensive Comic-Con International programming schedule to date. It spans all four days and includes 19 separate rooms in the Convention Center, ranging from 256 seats to the massive 6,500-seat Hall H. Beyond the Convention Center, you will find Comic-Con programming at four other locations in downtown: the San Diego Central Library, the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theatre, and the Marriott Marquis. Programs at the Central Library are located in the Shiley Special Events Suite (9th Floor) and The Neil Morgan Auditorium (ground floor, opposite the library). The library is across the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge at 330 Park Blvd. (you can also enter at 11th Ave. and K St.). Programs at the Hilton Bayfront, just south of the Convention Center, are in the Indigo Ballroom. The Horton Grand Theatre is at 444 4th Avenue, two blocks east of the Convention Center. The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel meeting facility is located on the Harbor Drive of the hotel, adjacent to the Convention Center on the Hall A side. Programs are in Grand Ballroom 1 & 2, Grand Ballroom 9, and Marina Ballroom DE. The Marriott Marquis serves as the headquarters hotel for anime, films, nighttime games, the Hospitality Suite, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. The Comic Creator Connection is still in the Santa Rosa Room on Friday and […]

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E3 2018 Press Conference Schedule

E3 takes place June 12-14, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. EA kicks things off on Saturday, June 9, with its EA Play briefing, while Microsoft and Bethesda will follow on Sunday afternoon and evening, respectively. Devolver Digital, a relative newcomer to E3 press conferences, will also host one on Sunday. Square Enix follows these on Monday morning; Ubisoft then takes its turn in the afternoon, with Sony’s presentation slated for later that evening. The PC Gaming Show also happens on Monday. Nintendo then concludes the press conferences with its briefing on Tuesday morning. We’ve laid out the exact schedule below, complete with times, for all of this year’s press conferences. E3 2018 Press Conference Schedule Saturday, June 9 Electronic Arts — 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 7 PM BST (4 AM AET on June 10) Sunday, June 10 Microsoft — 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 11) Bethesda — 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET (2:30 AM BST / 11:30 AM AET on June 11) Devolver Digital — 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET (4 AM BST / 1 PM AET on June 11) Monday, June 11 Square Enix — 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST (3 AM AET on June 12) Ubisoft — 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 12) PC Gaming Show — 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET / 11 […]

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CES Opens in Las Vegas with Record-Breaking Crowd

LAS VEGAS — CES®2018 opened its doors Jan. 9, 2018, unveiling the next-generation of technology and address global challenges across a record-breaking show floor that spans more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space and features more than 3,900 exhibitors, including some 900 startups. More than 20,000 products will launch at CES 2018 this week. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, CES 2018 runs through Friday, Jan. 12, in Las Vegas at multiple venues. CES draws the global technology industry and leaders from other business sectors from 150 countries including Fortune 500 executives, manufacturers, retailers, corporate buyers, content producers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials, installers, advertising and marketing executives, financial analysts and the media from every corner of the globe. From tech powerhouses to innovative startups, companies big and small from all industries come to CES to introduce the latest innovation to the global market. Exhibitors feature products from all facets of tech, from audio, vehicle technology and wireless to drones, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, sensor tech and more. Manufacturers, developers and suppliers gather at CES to not only showcase game-changing technology to the world, but to also build strong business relationships with new and existing industries. Tech East:Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate) and Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance) Where innovations in audio, drones, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, vehicle technology,video, wireless devices, wireless services, digital imaging/photography or anything “i” come tomarket. It’s also home to many international exhibitors. Tech West: Sands Expo […]

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Local Comics And Card Store Closing After Almost 30 Years

Broadway Comics And Cards Closing Its Doors After Almost 30 Years SACRAMENTO (via CBS13) – Broadway comics and Cards have been open next to tower cafe for nearly 3 decades. But rising rents and a shift to more online sales has forced the owner to make a tough decision. Wedged in between Tower Café and Joe Marty’s Bar and Grille in Sacramento, CA, is Broadway Comics and Cards. “I’ve been here since February 19, 1988,” said owner Wilson Lew. Lew has thousands of comics stacked in boxes, kept in plastic. And some are from decades ago. “Oh my gosh, this smells so good,” said Lew thumbing through a 1972 Mister Miracle book. Like a true fan, he can tell quality, with a whiff. “It’s a different experience to have a comic book in your hands and have that experience,” Lew continued. When Broadway Comics and Cards opened for business 30 years ago, comics were a hot commodity and business was good. “There would be people coming in, lining up buying two, three, four, five copies,” said Lew, “one to read and two to save.” But since then, times have changed. “Everybody is buying online or digitally downloading,” said Lew. Walk-up sales have fallen off and the cost to stay open continues to rise. “They raised my rent twice in the last 12 months,” he continued. Lew tried to supplement the books with popular trends over the years. “Pokemon was big; it was huge,” said Lew. “There would be like five monster zones,” said Matthew Henderson, […]

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Mega Man 11

Capcom Reveals Mega Man® 11 in Celebration of Video Game Icon’s 30th Anniversary

Legendary Series Returns in 2018 with Brand New Mainline Mega Man® Game and Legacy Titles for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC SAN FRANCISCO – Dec. 4, 2017 – Today during the Mega Man® 30th Anniversary Livestream in partnership with Twitch, Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, revealed Mega Man® 11, the next evolution in the long-running 32 million unit-selling action platformer series. Led by a talented, veteran development team at Capcom, the new game features tight side-scrolling action gameplay the series is known for while completely revolutionizing the experience for modern consoles.Mega Man 11 will be a great entry for both fans and newcomers to the series to dive into as it retains its signature challenge while offering a variety of difficulty options. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC in late 2018. Read the full story and watch the new trailer on the PPN Blog here.

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