moe. has been on a tear during their recent fall tour run, playing night after night of power-packed jam performances. Riding the wave of musical energy, moe. took to their hometown of Buffalo, NY, playing the first of two sold-out shows at the Town Ballroom in style.Recently, moe. performed a full set tribute to Pink Floyd at the Peach Festival (listen here), and has since been working their songs into setlists throughout this fall tour. We’ve seen renditions of “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” and “Fearless” thus far, but last night’s version of “Comfortably Numb” might take the cake. Chuck Garvey plays his heart out during the guitar solo, recreating the David Gilmour melody with a tenacity.Fortunately there’s full fan-shot video of the cover for us to enjoy. Check it out below, courtesy of Nathan Wiseman.Of course, “Comfortably Numb” was only one of many, many highlights from the whole show. It was one of only two covers last night, as moe. focused on their originals and the improvisation within them. With big versions of “Buster” and “meat.,” not to mention the encore of Frank Zappa’s “Cosmik Debris,” this night was loaded with high-energy grooves from moe.Check out the band’s full setlist, below.Setlist: moe. at Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY – 10/1/16I: Rainshine, Jazz Wank > Buster > Lazarus > George > Comfortably Numb > BusterII: Lost Along The Way, Blond Hair And Blue Eyes, meat. > Akimbo > Silver Sun > Seat Of My Pants > Meat.Encore: Cosmik Debris[Photo via Tara Gracer Photography from Chicago, IL]
ANAHEIM — The day after the Angels were eliminated, most of their regulars had the day off, but Albert Pujols was not among them.Pujols started on Thursday, as he did again on Friday and for Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.By contrast, as the Angels were playing out the string on a losing season last year, Pujols didn’t play at all over the final five games. He was resting a sore right foot that eventually required surgery, making consecutive offseasons with surgery.As the 37-year-old Pujols enters this winter, he says he’s feeling good, the proof being his presence in the lineup when he could easily be sitting out. On Friday night, he stole a base — which he does occasionally when not held close — and scored from second on a single to left. General Manager Billy Eppler said Pujols has told him he has some work he wants to do, regarding nutrition and conditioning, over the winter. Obviously, if Pujols is in better shape, he has a chance to produce better.“There is no doubt he is going to improve his back-of-the-baseball-card type numbers,” Eppler said. “He’s endured so much. There is just too much this guy has in him to expect anything less. He’s always been a player that has been so driven and so focused on his profession. That has not wavered one bit. I don’t think there’s any reason to expect anything other than a strong performance.”The Angels need it, because Pujols has four years and $114 million remaining on his contract, which means he is an immovable object on the roster. Eppler said he’s going into the winter planning on Pujols being a middle of the order hitter in 2018.“I expect him to do what he does,” Eppler said. “That’s be productive.”The production in 2017 has been limited. Pujols has driven in 101 runs, including one on Saturday night. It’s the result of coming to bat with a league-high 448 runners on base. Pujols still drove in 17.41 percent of them, the highest percentage of any Angels player who batted with at least 100 runners on.Pujols’ .242 batting average would be a career-worst, as would his .287 on-base percentage and .674 OPS. With runners in scoring position, though, Pujols hit .264 with a .323 on-base percentage and a .771 OPS.“I know he’s come through in a lot of big spots, night in and night out, month in and month out,” Eppler said. “He’s still somebody that has a lot of presence in the order, who teams are cautious with.”While other teams may view him as still better than his 2017 stats indicate, there has still been a significant discussion in the media this season of his decline. His WAR (-1.6 on Baseball-Reference and -1.8 on Fangraphs) rank him among the worst players in baseball. Those numbers may be misleading because of the weight placed on fielding and baserunning, which are obviously weaknesses now for Pujols.Pujols is clear on the negative reports about him.“I (couldn’t) care less about you guys,” Pujols said, referring to the media. “I don’t play for you guys. I (couldn’t) care less about what you guys write. You can criticize whatever you want. One hundred RBIs … I’ll take that every time.”His disappointment, he said, is not over his performance, but that the team came up short.“It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about the ballclub. We had a shot to be in the postseason and obviously over the last 10 games we took a few steps back. That’s my disappointment. … It (stinks) that tomorrow you’re going to hang the jersey in the locker and then go home and watch the rest of the playoffs when you know you have a team that could have been there.” The prospect of Pujols having a surgery-free winter is the primary reason he and the Angels are optimistic that he can improve his performance in 2018.“Just having a full offseason with my training will be awesome,” Pujols said on Saturday. “The last couple years I haven’t been able to come into camp in better shape, the way I always do.”Pujols said he pushed himself to play following the December procedure on his right plantar fascia. He said during the season he was bothered in May by a sore hamstring and in early September by a knee he jammed on a slide into second, but he’s OK now.Considering that, he said he’s satisfied with the numbers he produced, most specifically a 14th season of 100 RBIs, equaling Alex Rodriguez’s major league record.“I wasn’t even supposed to be ready until May to do baseball activity,” Pujols said. “To be able to go to spring training and be able to start right away doing things slowly, I prepared myself as much as I can for the season.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
This week at the Regent Theater: Alice through the looking glass (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Other movies:Some like it hot – Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon – Thursday, July 14.The Goonies – fund raiser for Sumner County Young Professionals – Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.Alice through the looking glass rated: PG-13 (for fantasy action/peril and some language). Time: 1 hour 48 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 29%. Audience review: 57% liked it. Criticâ€™s consensus: Alice Through the Looking Glass is just as visually impressive as its predecessor, but that isn’t enough to cover for an underwhelming story that fails to live up to its classic characters.For more information on great movies being played visit the Wellington Regent website at https://www.facebook.com/wellington.regent?fref=tsComing soon: Teenage Ninja Turtles – June 24.