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John Mayer Surprises Crowd With Grateful Dead Cover, Talks Dave Chappelle On Jimmy Kimmel Live! [Videos]

first_imgLast night, John Mayer stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he chatted about his many varied projects, performed one of his newer songs for the studio audience, and delivered a mini outdoor performance that featured a reverent rendition of The Grateful Dead‘s “Fire on the Mountain”.The impetus for Mayer’s appearance was to promote his new Instagram show. Mayer has long had a large and engaged presence on the platform thanks to his near-constant, rambling, often-bizarre stories and live feeds that seem endearingly more interested in amusing him than the 3.5M people who follow him. With the recent launch of Instagram TV, Mayer is expanding his off-kilter Instagram presence onto the new platform. You can watch the trailer for Mayer’s new IGTV show below:John Mayer Instagram TV Show Trailer[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]While the whole thing seems pretty strange to pretty much everybody, it of course makes perfect sense to Mayer, who has built a unique career out of doing a bunch of very different things. As he joked to Kimmel, he admires oddball entertainment Rennaissance man Bill Murray and aspires to be the Bill Murray of music [Note to John: Bill Murray is already the Bill Murray of music, but we get what you mean].Mayer chatted with Jimmy Kimmel about his diverse portfolio of projects, from his own highly successful solo work to his gig with Dead & Company. “As soon as I heard the music and fell in love with it, I was like ‘I gotta play with these guys,’” he mused. “That’s how nervy I am. Most people would say ‘this is nice, I want to listen to this more.’ I go, ‘get me in that band.’” Kimmel responded, “What John Stamos is to the Beach Boys, you are to the Dead.” Mayer fired back in step, prompting big laughs: “I do not mind the comparison. I would like to be what John Stamos is to all things.”Mayer also spoke about his duo performances with master comic Dave Chappelle. At the shows, the two entertainers both sing songs and tell jokes, giving them each a chance to try their hand at the other’s craft—buoyed by their long-running friendship and the charismatic chemistry it affords them. As John jokes:Advice to anyone who’s struggling as a stand-up comic, one of the best things that you can do is just stand next to Dave Chappelle onstage. If you get the opportunity. He’s better at what he does than anybody is at anything they do. That’s why you go see Dave. He’s a great comic, but you’re also watching someone just nail something. … All I have to do is say two funny things and people walk out going “those guys were hilarious!” …As much as I wanna be a comic, I get a couple jokes in. And then he wants to be a singer, and he’ll sing a couple songs. He’ll sing “Creep”… and I bet you think its the TLC “Creep”, but it’s the Radiohead “Creep”.He goes on to marvel at Dave’s ability to command a crowd, even when singing, telling a story about watching Chappelle softly start singing Prince‘s “1999” only to have the entire audience singing along with the track’s famous synth lines by the time he hit the chorus. “He’s one of the greatest leaders of a room I’ve ever seen,” Mayer explains. Check out the segment below:John Mayer Talks Dead & Company, Bill Murray. Friendship with Dave Chappelle[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]In addition to chatting with Jimmy and debuting his IGTV trailer, John Mayer also performed a mini-concert in their outdoor space, as is customary for Kimmel’s musical guests. The show only aired a portion of the performance, including his recently released single, “New Light”. The set included a number of his more well-known originals as well as a surprise cover of the Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain”, a nod to his work with Dead & Company. As Mayer said following the cover, “Most of you probably never heard that last song before… but it was played in an effort to bring both families together.” You can watch the “Fire” cover and more footage from Mayer’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance below:John Mayer – “New Light” [Pro-Shot]John Mayer – “Dear Marie” [Video: Dear Marie BR]John Mayer – “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room”[Video: Gummy Visuals]John Mayer – “Fire on the Mountain” [Grateful Dead cover][Video: Christina Reeves]last_img read more

UN: Central African Republic faces dire humanitarian plight

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says violence-torn Central African Republic is facing an increasingly dire humanitarian situation with high insecurity on the main supply route from Cameroon blocking humanitarian deliveries. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that prices for basic foods have nearly doubled and sometimes tripled. He says this is happening as 2.3 million people are already projected to need food, while rapid assessments show “alarming figures of severe malnutrition among the newly displaced.” The United Nations reported Friday that 200,000 people have fled their homes in less than two months and are displaced inside and outside the country.last_img

The owners have had 100 people in their backyard, can you beat it?

first_img4 Havenwood Court, Albany Creek.Mrs Staunton said it’s time for both the family and the home to begin a new chapter.“We really hope that another family will get to have the joy that we’ve experienced there,” she said. the kitchen area at 4 Havenwood Court, Albany Creek.Mrs Staunton said she’s loved the home’s features too – from ducted airconditioning through to the self-cleaning pool.“We put in a sound system throughout the house and down to the pool – wherever you are you can have the music playing.” Inside 4 Havenwood Court, Albany Creek.The couple built the home in 2000 and had raised four children here so the five bedrooms, open plan living, formal spaces and great outdoor areas had all received a workout.Despite its party appeal the home also afforded Mrs Staunton quiet space to enjoy its bush setting.“Of the morning after the children have gone and my husband is off to work, I just love to make a cup of tea and sit out the back and listen to the birds – it’s so relaxing and calming.” 4 Havenwood Court, Albany Creek.Mrs Staunton said for her and husband Patrick, the ability to accommodate a crowd across the enormous yard and pool space had made for joyous celebrations.“We’ve had a hundred people in the back yard at Christmas parties, 80th birthday celebrations, anniversaries, 18ths and 21sts,” Mrs Staunton said.“There’s so much livability in the pool house area and the outdoor area that we can have an enormous amount of people and wake up in the morning and the house is still almost as it was before it started.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 4 Havenwood Court, Albany Creek.If you’ve been looking for a house to comfortably host a crowd, 4 Havenwood Court, Albany Creek, could be your next venue.Set on a 1729sq m block, the beautiful two-level house with its expansive floor area was just part of the appeal, according to owner Bernadette Staunton.last_img read more

Midfielder Van Gaal’s major target

first_img The midfielder was a regular in Van Gaal’s Holland team until he suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. In an uncharacteristic move, Van Gaal last year declared his interest in signing the 25-year-old once his injury problems were over. Strootman recently suffered another setback which will keep him out until the end of the season, but a summer move is not out of the question. Paul Pogba, property of Serie A rivals Juventus, keeps being linked with his former club. Rooney looks like he will have to spend some time in midfield from now until the end of the season. There has been no hint of objection to that move from the 29-year-old himself, according to Van Gaal. “He’s happy. Otherwise he should come to me and say he’s not happy and he never does,” said Van Gaal, who takes his team to Preston in the FA Cup on Monday. “He’s always friendly to me. He wants to perform what I want so that’s what I see.” Van Gaal admits the United skipper may still be yearning for a move back to his preferred role, though. “Of course when the whole world is writing he has to be in the striker’s position, he will be thinking ‘maybe, hey’. He’s human,” the Dutchman added. Veteran Preston striker Kevin Davies stirred up the tension between the two teams this week by claiming United’s players did not look happy under Van Gaal. “They’re not exciting as they used to be but the club has had big change,” the former Bolton forward said. Davies’ comments were put to Van Gaal at a press conference on Friday. But after spending a big chunk of the press conference talking about Sam Allardyce’s “long-ball United” jibe and Paul Scholes’ criticism of his former club, the Dutchman was in no mood to get involved in a war of words with Davies. “I can’t react to everybody’s opinion,” he said. “There’s such an amount of opinions from fans, and I don’t think he is a fan.” United will be without Michael Carrick for Monday’s tie at Deepdale as he has suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf injury, but Daley Blind should return following his head injury. Van Gaal will make a late call on Robin van Persie, who is suffering with an unspecified injury. The lack of such a figure in the current United squad has led the Dutchman to deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield. While Rooney is happy in midfield, according to Van Gaal, there is a feeling that the England captain is being placed there as a stop-gap until a more suitable candidate becomes available. When asked whether he was playing Rooney there because he felt no-one else was capable of fulfilling that midfield role, Van Gaal said: “Of course that’s the case. I’m looking for balance and I need it in midfield. “The last games I played with Adnan Januzaj and Angel di Maria in the midfield positions. Then you need a certain balance for those kind of creative players. “So when you have these creative players and you think that (Radamel) Falcao and Robin van Persie are also creative, then you have four creative players. Then you have to look for balance in your team.” When it was put to him that signing a creative midfielder should be top of his agenda this summer, Van Gaal agreed “Yes, of course,” the 63-year-old said. Roma’s Kevin Strootman fits the bill perfectly. Press Association Van Gaal has spent more than £150million on seven new players since he took charge of Manchester United just over seven months ago, but he is still not happy with the squad at his disposal. Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera accounted for over two thirds of United’s spending spree last year, but Van Gaal thinks he still lacks a dynamic midfielder to dictate play. Louis van Gaal will make signing a creative midfielder his top priority this summer. last_img read more

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