Sunday, July 26, 2009

Faith No More, Brixton Academy, London

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It is unlikely there will have been many more bizarre opening songs in the history of live music. Faith No More, legendary funk-metallers back together for the first time in over a decade, in front of a full Brixton Academy packed full of patient fans who have waited so long for this moment, decide to start with ... "Reunited" by Peaches and Herb.

Most bands wouldn't choose to cover the soul duo's aptly named crooner, but then Faith No More are not most bands. Known for their unpredictability and myriad styles, the fact that tonight the whole group – save drummer Mike Bordin – have come dressed in suave pastel suits makes it an even more surreal moment, not least because they play it virtually straight, save Mike Patton's tongue-in-cheek boy-band moves.

The frontman has had no shortage of side-projects to keep him busy since the Californian group's last gig in 1998, and although bands such as Mr Bungle and Tomahawk haven't been without their admirers, nothing has come close to matching Faith No More's popularity.

Those lucky enough to be inside the south London venue are ready to get down to the serious business once the surprise opener is over, and so is Patton as he grasps a loud-hailer, launching into "The Real Thing", the title track of their breakthrough album. The song remains a tour de force, and is followed by "From Out of Nowhere", which sees a screaming Patton hurling himself towards the audience. It's a crowd-pleasing start, but they resist the temptation to stick to the greatest hits throughout the two-hour set. This isn't to everyone's taste – during some of the more experimental songs, parts of the crowd appear to be more interested in chatting to their neighbours.

Still, when they crank up the visceral thrills then no one is distracted. The close of "Be Aggressive", for example that sees the crowd joining in the chant of "Go! Fight!", or Billy Gould's relentless bass on "Surprise! You're Dead!" Predictably, the biggest cheer comes for "Epic", during which the crowd is bathed in light. It may be partially to blame for nu-metal, but it remains a massive song.

Also ensuring that any inattentive audience members are quickly recaptured is Patton himself. An incredibly versatile singer, he can switch from crooning to screaming in a second. With his slicked-back hair and manic glare making him look like Christian Bale in American Psycho, the unstable persona is something that he clearly embraces. At one point he puts the microphone in his mouth and leans back whie cackling manically like a cartoon villain.

We get two more covers, both of which are a bit more familiar to Faith No More fans – the Commodores' "Easy" and, in the second and final encore, "I Started a Joke" by the Bee Gees. They even find the time to slip in the Chariots of Fire theme tune, before sliding into "Stripsearch".

"Pristina" finishes off a night that encapsulates the appeal of Faith No More – unpredictable and experimental, but with a well-developed pop sensibility and taste for the dramatic. Time will tell whether a new album will make it more than a nostalgia trip, but either way it is good to have them back.

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Biography of Bruce Lee will be aired More Details

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Hong Kong - and women sister brother Bruce Lee is planning akan film biography of legendary kungfu expert. They promised the history of the life of Bruce Lee will be more accurate in the film ini.Phoebe Lee and Robert Lee appears in the signing ceremony with the JA Media in Beijing on Monday (20 / 7). Signed concur that 36 years after Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong at the age of 32 because of swelling in the brain.

Lee became a source of pride for the Chinese characters that defend the profile of China and worked in film work such as "Return of the Dragon." However, renacana making of this film series is not yet clear who will portray Lee.

Producer Manfred Wong said the company plans will describe life in three phases, the first time Lee through adolescence, who added that he wanted to focus more personality actors.

"There will be a kung fu ... But more importantly, we want to photograph nyta Bruce Lee. What's the real Bruce Lee? He is very humorous. He is very obedient to their parents. He was very kind to his family," said Wong, in Chinese news site

Robert Lee says he would like to give value kewibawaa the dimilki relatives. "We have read many books and seen many movies about Bruce Lee, but there are many inaccuracies in their movie," he said, without referring to a specific case or factual error.

"Age more than 70 years. I am old. I wanted to do something for my brother - to promote the story of the life of Bruce Lee," said Phoebe Lee.

Recently, China's state CCTV station broadcast 50 hours of running with the main film on Lee.

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Treis shrugs off injury to lead in Wales

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Richard Treis gave credence to the phrase, ‘beware the injured golfer’ when he shrugged off back muscle problems to take the lead after the third round of the SWALEC Wales Challenge.

The 29 year old Swedish born German battled to a two under par 70 at the demanding Vale Hotel Golf and Spa Resort on the outskirts of Cardiff to post a three under par total of 213 and take a one shot lead over Spain’s Jorge Campillo who carded a 71 for 214.

Home hopes of a first Welsh victory in the tournament since Sion Bebb won at Nefyn in 2006 were kept alive by Bridgend’s Rhys Davies who matched Treis’ 70 for a one under par total of 215 and a share of third place with the English duo of James Morrison and overnight leader Steve Surry.

But the third day was all about Treis who not only defied back pain but also a run of poor results on the 2009 European Challenge Tour which has seen him miss out on the weekend action in seven of the nine tournaments he has contested this year.

“I know the figures say that but sometimes you have to look a little further than the pure statistics,” said Treis who studied at the University of North Carolina for five years until 2005. “I feel I have been hitting the ball really well in practice recently but it has been a different matter taking it into tournaments.

“But, gradually of late, I have begun to feel that part of my game coming around and I think you can see from my scoring of this week that that is the case.”

The fact only five players in total have finished under par after three rounds goes some way to illustrating the difficulty of the National Course which has been windy and playing its full 7,266 yards thanks to pre-tournament rain.

Unquestionably the tougher of the two halves is the back nine but Treis has continually bucked that trend this week and continued to do so again. In Thursday’s first round he was home in two under par 34, on Friday it was 35 but on Saturday he surpassed both those with superb figures of 32.

He set the ball rolling with an eagle three on the 12th before holing from 20 feet for a birdie three on the 14th. Another birdie three followed at the testing 466 yard 17th before he extricated himself from the trees at the last for a pitch and putt par four, holing out in the end from 12 feet.

“I really don’t think there can be anyone in the field who has played the back nine as well as I have this week,” he said. “You can’t really explain why but it is best not to question it and just hope that I can do the same again tomorrow coming down the stretch.”

Second placed Campillo, another graduate from the US Collegiate system, will return to Indiana in the autumn to complete his business degree but gave himself the chance of taking care of golfing business first with a steady third round 71, his only departures from par coming with birdies at the second, seventh and 12th and bogeys at the fourth and 15th.

Understandably, the bulk of the crowd for the third day followed home favourite Rhys Davies and he did not disappoint them, his competent 70 keeping him well in the hunt for the title and the first prize of €24,000.

“It was pretty solid and a good score but if a few putts had dropped it might have been even better,” said the 24 year old. “I drove the ball well and gave myself plenty of chances from 15 to 20 feet but didn’t take many of them, hopefully I can make amends tomorrow.

“It was good to see some people out there supporting me and hopefully they can come back tomorrow and I will try and give them something to cheer about.”

Those who do come back will have to set their alarm clocks early because, with the threat of bad weather closing in, the final round will take place from a two tee start, beginning at 7.00am with the leaders hitting off from the first tee at 8.40am.

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