Art Center Alum Wields Transformative Impact on Starbucks’ Evolving Identity

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Country Star Jason Aldean Addresses Vegas Shooting, Honors Tom Petty On SNL [Video]

first_imgCountry star Jason Aldean was onstage performing at Route 91 Harvest Festival when every music fan’s worst nightmare came true last Sunday in Las Vegas. During county superstar Jason Aldean‘s set at Route 91 Harvest Festival, a shooter opened fire on the thousands of concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street from the concert’s grounds, killing nearly 60 people and injuring more than 500 more.On Saturday night, Aldean made an unannounced appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he spoke about the Vegas shooting and the subsequent fallout during the show’s cold open. The singer wore his emotions on his sleeve, stoically yet sincerely addressing the millions watching.“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said. “So many people are hurting and they’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They’re all part of our family. I want to say to them, we hurt for you and we hurt with you,” he continued. “You can be sure we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”Following his brief statement, Aldean and his band counted into a particularly appropriate cover of Tom Petty‘s Full Moon Fever (1989) classic “I Won’t Back Down.” This week, the world also said goodbye to Petty after he suffered a heart attack and passed away on Monday, October 2nd, the day after the Vegas shooting. Aldean’s rendition of the defiant anthem was both a fitting tribute to the late legend and an earnest message of hope after the horrifying events in Las Vegas a week ago.Below, you can watch Jason Aldean perform Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” on SNL in the wake of the horrific mass shooting during his performance in Las Vegas last weekend:Aldean’s appearance on SNL, hosted this week by Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, marked the Georgia native’s first public performance since the shooting. He canceled three scheduled concerts on his They Don’t Know Tour this weekend out of respect for the victims and is set to return to the road on October 12th in Tulsa, Oklahoma.last_img read more

Aduana Stars threaten to quit Premier League

first_imgAduana Stars have threatened to withdraw from the Ghana Premier League following the closure of their home venue, the Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa.The Dormaa based side will now play their remaining two home matches on a neutral ground.The Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association closed down the venue following physical assault on referee Solomon Mordey by fans of the club during last Sunday’s league match against Liberty Professionals.Aduana’s Operations director George Gyawu in an interview with Joy sports noted that, they will not accept the ban and if the verdict is not rescinded, they will pull out from playing in the top-flight.“I think is very bad on their part to give us this ban, maybe we will follow Berekum Arsenal and quit the league,” Gyawu disclosed to Joy Sports“Nobody assaulted the referee and if they persist with this ban then we will advice ourselves. “We should get the referees report and that of the match commissioner’s to verify and know what exactly they wrote.“If we find out they are cheating us then I think is better we follow Arsenal and also quit the league because there is no point in playing when there is no truth.”last_img read more