The Lonely Island Welcomes Michael Bolton, Debuts New Song In First-Ever Live Concert [Videos]

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first_imgView Videos/PhotosWatch The Lonely Island in the official Clusterfest preview video below. You can get your tickets here.Clusterfest Preview Video starring The Lonely Island[Video: Comedy Central] Now, to clarify—last night was not the group’s official “first-ever live performance.” That will come this coming weekend (June 1st–3rd) when The Lonely Island headlines Comedy Central‘s second annual Clusterfest in San Francisco along with comedians like Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies and music from Wu-Tang Clan, T-Pain, Third Eye Blind, Salt-N-Pepa, Action Bronson, and more. However, to make sure they were in top form for their official live debut, Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone announced a show last night, May 28th, at The Canyon at the Rose in Pasadena, CA billed as the “First Ever Warm Up Show For Our First Ever Concert.”The “first ever warm up show” wound up selling out the ~1,300-capacity venue, and the crowd was treated to sing-along renditions of The Lonely Island’s viral hits in their (unofficial) first time ever played in concert. In addition to old favorites—complete with wardrobe changes to match the respective song’s videos—The Lonely Island debuted a new song that centers on steroid use in sports. In it, Samberg and Schaffer present themselves as notorious home run hitters/juicers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire before Taccone emerges for a Shakespearian-style rap as Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. They also welcomed a number of celebrity cameos, including an amusing bit with singer Michael Bolton, who also had a key cameo in Popstar. You watch clips of the new song and the old favorites and take a look at some hilarious photos from The Lonely Island’s Pasadena show below: Last night, The Lonely Island played a show in Pasadena, CA. Yes, that The Lonely Island: the Saturday Night Live parody bit-turned-Grammy-nominated hip-hop trio who crafted a slew of celebrity-assisted viral videos for high-brow musical masterpieces like “Jizz In My Pants“, “I’m On A Boat” ft. T-Pain, “I Just Had Sex” ft. Akon, and a number of Justin Timberlake collaborations including “Dick In A Box”.The trio—which features Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone—has always been something of a simulation of a performing act, rather than an actual one. Millions of people have watched them pretend to be star musicians for years, and their pretending has frequently paid off in real commercial success, real albums, and real notoriety. However, before last night they’d never played a real live concert. Below, watch a clip from their 2016 parody film, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, in which the members of The Lonely Island portray the members of fictional 90’s boy band, Style Boyz:last_img read more


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first_img Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Camelot Group, the operating company of the National Lottery, has faced media and political backlash following reports that 16 and 17-year-olds have spent £47 million on National Lottery games. The Sunday Times accused Camelot of ‘exploiting a loophole’ in UK gambling laws, allowing children to wager on National Lottery instant-win products without any form of intervention. Quoting ‘latest figures’, the Sunday Times stated that 16-and-17 year olds had spent £47 million on National Lottery games during 2017-18, with two-thirds playing online instant-win and scratchcard games. The Times investigation accused Camelot of knowingly securing ‘exclusive access to a teenage market denied to other betting firms’, in which children could gamble up to £350 a week without providing customer care checks. Critics stated that Camelot has purposely intended its National Lottery games hub to appeal to teenage audiences, with instant-win games designed on popular video games and reality TV programmes such as Donkey Kong and Love Island.In the report, the National Lottery is identified as the first gambling experience for the majority of teenage audiences, contributing to the UKGC’s 2018 findings that  ‘55,000 children aged 11-16 were “problem gamblers” and 450,000 children gambled regularly’. Anne Longfield OBE, the Children’s Commissioner for England, expressed her disappointment at Camelot for abusing its position of privilege and disbelief that a gambling platform could engage under-18s.  The Times added that Camelot has increased its dependence on instant-win and scratchcard games which now account for 43% of all sales – as the operator records a shrinking return on its  National Lottery weekly draws.    Furthermore, the government is accused of inaction in addressing the issue of underage problem gambling, having seen no momentum on a consultation launched in July 2019 by former Sports Secretary Mims Davies, in which the raising the age-limits of the National Lottery was the key agenda. DCMS stated that it is currently considering its response to the minimum age consultation, and that protecting teenagers from gambling will play a central role in the development of a new Gambling Act.Camelot issued a response stating that it would support ‘a review of the minimum age for playing National Lottery games for the next licence period as it has been more than 25 years since these restrictions were set’.Despite securing a six-month contract extension under lockdown, Camelot competes to renew its National Lottery operating concession, which will expire in 2023, in which tender observers detail that it faces critical questions on how it will revive its lottery draws appeal to the general public.  Providing feedback to the House of Lords report on gambling harm actions, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton stated that a decision to raise age limits on National Lottery products ultimately lay with the government, and would be supported by the company.“For 25 years the age has been 16 so it is probably a good time to look at it. We do not have that many people playing at 16 or 17 online . . . Our position is that it is ultimately a matter for the government and if the government wants to raise the age to 18, we will support that,” Railton said. StumbleUpon Related Articles Share National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020last_img read more


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first_imgFormer England manager Graham Taylor has died at the age of 72.As a club manager, Taylor led Watford from the Fourth Division to runners-up in the old First Division in six seasons, and to the 1984 FA Cup final.He took Aston Villa to second in the First Division, returning to Watford and Villa after his spell in charge of the national side, and managing Wolves.He became England boss in 1990 but resigned in 1993 after the team failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.Taylor later became a renowned pundit for BBC Sport.A family statement said: “With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack. “The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”Watford will hold a minute’s applause in honour of their former manager before their home Premier League game against Middlesbrough on Saturday, and their players will wear black armbands.The EFL said a minute’s applause will be held before this weekend’s league fixtures, while clubs will have the option of wearing black armbands.Tributes have been pouring in, including from musician Sir Elton John, who owned Watford during both of Taylor’s spells at the club.”I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham’s passing. He was like a brother to me,” he wrote on Instagram. “We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever.”He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to uncharted territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius.”Aston Villa said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and that Taylor would be “fondly remembered” by staff who worked with him.”Graham will always have a place of honour in our history books for his achievements while at the helm,” the club added.Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said: “He was a hugely popular and respected figure in the game, not just in English football but international circles as well. “I know Graham was very proud of his time as England manager and it was always great to see him at football grounds across the country.”He had an exceptional knowledge and a love for the game that never diminished over the years. He will be much missed by us all at Wembley and St George’s Park.”Match of the Day pundit and former England striker Alan Shearer was given his international debut by Taylor.”I held him in the very, very highest regard because of what he gave to me,” he told BBC Sport. “He set me on the road, as it were. I’ll never ever forget that.”Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the League Managers’ Association website: “Graham was one of the old-school managers. He started as a very young man of 28, having suffered a career-ending injury as a player. “He was the natural choice to become the England manager when he did and this was the pinnacle of a hugely successful career.”I have very fond memories of Graham. He was approachable, open and honest. If he could help you in any way, he always would.”Howard Wilkinson, chairman of the LMA – of which Taylor was the first president, said: “Football has lost one of its greatest servants and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Rita, his daughters Joanne and Karen, and the rest of his family.”Much of Taylor’s work as a pundit at the BBC was carried out for BBC Radio 5 live, and controller Jonathan Wall said: “His colleagues loved working with him, and for our listeners he was a much-loved pundit. He leaves us with wonderful warm memories and so many stories. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”Taylor started out as a player and, after coming through the youth ranks with Scunthorpe, was a defender at Grimsby and Lincoln City. He became manager at Lincoln in 1972 aged 28, and led them to the old Fourth Division title in 1975-76 before joining Watford.In his first spell as Hornets boss between 1977 and 1987, Taylor took the club to the top flight and they finished second to Liverpool in 1983.He was appointed by Villa in 1987 and, after leading them to promotion into the top tier, took them to second in 1990.His exploits led to his appointment as England manager, but he had a turbulent spell in charge of the national team as they failed to make it out of the group at Euro 92 and did not qualify for the World Cup in the United States two years later.Taylor’s return to club management came with a brief stint at Wolves before he again took over at Watford, leading them to two promotions in as many years as he guided them back into English football’s top flight. He also returned to manage Villa in 2002 but retired a year later.His association with Watford continued when he became chairman in 2009, a post he held for three years, and the club renamed their Rous Stand at Vicarage Road after Taylor in 2014.”In this day and age, when a stand is named after somebody, it’s for commercial reasons. I felt honoured,” he told BBC Three Counties Radio at the time.last_img read more