Pearl Jam brought their rock and roll to Boston’s Fenway Park last night, playing the second of two sold-out shows at the historic stadium. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Pearl Jam brought an exceptional setlist for their Sunday showing, spanning their career with hits from albums old and new, as well as some choice cover selections throughout.One of the more noteworthy moments of the show was a cover of Aerosmith’s “Draw The Line.” The band debuted the cover at the Fenway Park opener last Friday, dedicating it to the recently-hospitalized Joe Perry. Tonight’s version carried even more weight, as Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton sat in with the band for their second-ever performance of the song. (For the jam-oriented readers here, we’re not talking about the American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist of the same name). It made for quite the emotional moment.The show also featured some of the band’s most classic material, including “Better Man,” “Alive,” “Even Flow,” “Do The Evolution” and so many more. The band also brought back their song “Angel,” which hadn’t been played in 22 years before its appearance in Telluride, CO earlier this year. The show also included covers by Pink Floyd, The Ramones, The Who, and Neil Young throughout. J Mascis even joined in on the Neil Young cover, helping Pearl Jam with a little “Rockin’ In The Free World.” They ended the night with a performance of “Yellow Ledbetter” that included the “Star Spangled Banner, a reference to the baseball stadium and its time-honored traditions. What a night of music!You can watch video highlights and see the full setlist, all below.AnimalDraw The Line ft. Tom HamiltonImmortalityAngelFootstepsSmileLove Reign O’er MeBreathRockin’ In The Free World w/ J Mascis[Videos all by mfc172/YouTube]Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
As Adele Loar reached the summit of McAfee’s Knob she proudly posed for a picture displaying a flag for No Barriers USA. The 47-year-old retired Air Force Master Sgt. is hiking 2,190 miles, the entire distance of the Appalachian Trail, to raise money for No Barriers USA. This is an organization that helped “clear up her headspace”, as she put it, after being wounded in Iraq.Loar was a Special Agent assigned to the Strategic Counterintelligence Directorate in Baghdad, Iraq. Her team was tasked with gathering information from Iraqi Civilians to determine current threats. On February 20, 2006, while in route to a military base to deliver critical information the armored vehicle, Loar struck an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast pushed the SUV through a barrier and it fell 30-feet to the road below. The explosion did extensive damage to Loar’s body. Two team members riding with her, OSI Special Agent Daniel J. Kuhlmeier and Army Sgt. Jessie Davila, were killed at impact.Loar’s injuries included loss of sight in her right eye, damage to her shoulder and a broken jaw. She is also diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and suffers from survivor guilt.In the years following the event she struggled to maintain, often making commitments only to give up without finishing. Loar’s PTSD and survivor guilt were affecting her life and pushing her to quit.In 2014, No Barriers Warriors introduced Loar to backpacking that provides her with therapy in the form of hiking. This organization empowers veterans with disabilities to overcome barriers and unleash their full potential. Loar joined the Warriors to Summit program of No Barriers and climbed Mount Whitney in California with her team. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous United States with a summit height of 14,505 feet.“It took me over eight years to accept and be ok with surviving the attack. Two great men died, who had children and I really felt like the wrong person survived. Then it dawned on me, I was doing an injustice to the fallen, by not living.” —Adele LoarNo Barriers USA was founded in 2003. It was designed to help adults and children with disabilities bring positive change to their lives. They do this by providing transformative educational experiences with a focus on taking people out of their comfort zones and exploring the world. In 2010, No Barriers added its Soldiers to Summits program now known as, No Barriers Warriors. This program helps disabled veterans overcome their physical and mental health challenges.Loar’s victory on Mount Whitney and the program at No Barriers inspired her to live a “no barriers life”. It was this inspiration that provided the courage and faith in her abilities to meet the challenges associated with hiking the Appalachian Trail.Loar says she wanted to hike the AT as a fundraiser for No Barriers and to just to celebrate being alive.“It took me over eight years to accept and be ok with surviving the attack. Two great men died, who had children and I really felt like the wrong person survived. Then it dawned on me, I was doing an injustice to the fallen, by not living.”Loar began hiking the AT last year, but had to leave the trail when her brother suffered a heart attack. She returned to the AT this May to finish what she started and hopes to have the journey completed sometime in September.“The Appalachian Trail is helping me find inner peace,” she said. “In the woods, I feel happy. No one cares I’m half blind and I trip every other step, or I can’t remember where I’ve already walked. Everyone is supportive out here. When you get to talk with people, you become part of the trail together. Everyone wants everyone else to make it to Katahdin.”Each year thousands of disabled veterans return home from service and find greater challenges in their day to day lives than expected. The unseen disabilities are often as crippling as the physical disabilities. Thanks to organizations such as No Barriers USA, returning disabled veterans, like Loar, find help and encouragement that provides a path for strength and healing.Loar’s unstoppable forward motion, combined with a strong military past and her kind demeanor has earned her the trail name Storm. This twenty-one year Air Force veteran may have returned from service with scars, but she is proving to herself and her country that she is still a valuable member of society and a true soldier.
British shipbuilder Cammell Laird has launched a new GBP 10 million (USD 13.03 million) ferry it has built for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, will operate between Southampton and Isle of Wight.The 1,070 gross ton newbuild will officially join the fleet on arrival in Southampton, and enter service in May 2019, following a trials and training period.The launch event marks the debut of Red Funnel’s first dedicated RoRo freight ship since the company’s inception.“We are delighted by today’s launch of Red Kestrel…We’re thrilled that not only will Red Kestrel increase our total capacity and enhance convenience for our cross-Solent customers but we also take tremendous pride in supporting the revival of world-class shipbuilding in this country,” Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented.“We are especially proud to be working for a British ferry company, winning the contract against international competition,” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird Chief Operating Officer, said, adding that the shipyard sees a big market in ferry repair, conversion and newbuild.Red Kestrel is Red Funnel’s first ship to be designed for freight traffic. As a freight vessel, it is limited to 12 passengers and constructed specifically to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route, which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.At 74 meters in length, the newbuild will provide 265 lane meters of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity.To minimize the environmental footprint, the hull shape has been designed specifically to reduce wash and a propulsion package has been selected to make the vessel highly fuel efficient whilst meeting the latest Tier III emission regulations. The use of azimuth thrusters will also make the ship very maneuverable, according to Cammell Laird.The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red Funnel’s existing Raptor class RoPax ships and Red Kestrel will use the same berths in Southampton and East Cowes.Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3 million passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1 million passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.