Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Americans marked a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. The virus forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with smaller, more subdued ceremonies like car convoys and online tributes instead of parades. Observances were cancelled or toned down across the country. On the weekend that marks the unofficial start…

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Watch METALLICA’s Entire March 2014 Lima, Peru Concert

METALLICA has posted another video as part of its new concert series, “#MetallicaMondays”, where the band is streaming a complete live show for fans on the group’s YouTube channel and on Facebook every week. The latest concert to be shared was recorded on March 20, 2014 at at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru. The concert footage was directed by Marcia Kaspustin.

The setlist was as follows:

01. Battery
02. Master Of Puppets
03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
04. Disposable Heroes
05. The Unforgiven
06. Lords Of Summer
07. …And Justice For All
08. The Four Horsemen
09. Whiplash
10. Orion
11. One
12. Ride The Lightning
13. Fight Fire With Fire
14. Fade To Black
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:

16. Creeping Death
17. Hit The Lights
18. Seek And Destroy

The band said in a statement, “While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance?”

METALLICA has been largely out of the public eye since last fall when the band canceled an Australian tour and announced that frontman James Hetfield was returning to rehab for the first time since 2002 to battle his addictions.

Hetfield made his first major public appearance since entering rehab on January 30, when an exhibit featuring 10 of his classic custom cars opened at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

In March, METALLICA announced that its South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been postponed until December. In addition, the band’s appearances at four Danny Wimmer Presents-produced festivals in May and September have been canceled: Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome To Rockville in Daytona, Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that METALLICA has to be in better than average shape to play its music live. “There’s a physicality to our music that we cannot ignore, so we just kind of have to keep ourselves in a certain sort of physical sort of state where that we can’t let ourselves get to a point where we can’t play these songs,” he said. “That’s just not allowed. When we write this music, we have to make sure that we can play it and play it when we need to play it.”

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1 more death, 40 new cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Health officials said Monday another person has died from the coronavirus in North Dakota and 40 additional people have tested positive for COVID-19. The latest victim was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions. She was from Cass County, as were 37 of the people who most recently tested positive. A total of 54…

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Honoring the fallen with flowers

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Traditionally, on Memorial Day people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flowers arrangements or plants on grave sites at cemeteries. Local greenhouses and flowers shops are busy filling orders. Red, white and blue arrangements as well as hanging baskets are popular for this holiday. Nachtigall’s Greenhouse Typically people will choose flowers that can withstand the wind,…

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FLOOR JANSEN Didn’t Try To Copy Previous NIGHTWISH Singers: ‘From The Get-Go, I Was Giving It My Own Twist’

In a new interview with Heavy New York, NIGHTWISH frontwoman Floor Jansen reflected on her first concert with the band, which took place in October 2012 in Seattle, Washington. At the time, Jansen was approached to sing for NIGHTWISH on the band’s North American tour after the group parted ways with its vocalist of five years, Anette Olzon.

Asked if she was asked by NIGHTWISH to replicate the previous singers’ vocal styles on the the band’s older songs, Jansen said: “I joined halfway [through a] world tour, halfway through [a tour of] the U.S., with zero preparation time, so there were no more expecations than, ‘Please see if we can finish it from the first song to the last.’ I had 48 hours to learn a 90-minute setlist. I was familiar with their work, just not the album they were touring with at the time, ‘Imaginaerum’. My vocal style is different from the ladies before me, so it makes no sense to try and copy them. So from the get-go, I was giving it my own twist. It helps that I’ve been around for a while to have a sound of my own, and, of course, throughout the time that I’ve been in the band, that sound became more and more NIGHTWISH. I try to give each song what it seems to ask for. And that’s also a cooperation with the band, of course, but that’s more with the new stuff that we have been working on from scratch. But even the old stuff, it makes no sense for me to sort of try and copy-paste somebody else’s vocals. In that sense, I’ve always been very forward in making it sound NIGHTWISH-worthy but still with my twist.”

Jansen officially joined NIGHTWISH in 2013 and made her recording debut with the group on 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” album.

NIGHTWISH‘s ninth studio album, “Human. :II: Nature.”, was released on April 10 via Nuclear Blast. The long-awaited follow-up to “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” is a double album containing nine tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.

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