Daniel Gluskoter – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Mon, 10 Aug 2020 05:46:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Streaking A’s brawl past Astros 7-2 for ninth straight win https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/09/streaking-as-smoke-astros-7-2-for-ninth-straight-win/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/09/streaking-as-smoke-astros-7-2-for-ninth-straight-win/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 05:00:57 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14811 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The streaking A’s remained undefeated in August, completing a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros 7-2 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon in a game highlighted by the first true benches-clearing brawl of the Covid era. Tempers flared in the seventh after Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second …

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The streaking A’s remained undefeated in August, completing a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros 7-2 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon in a game highlighted by the first true benches-clearing brawl of the
Covid era.

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Tempers flared in the seventh inning Sunday during the finale of a three-game weekend series between the A’s and the Houston Astros. After Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second time in two innings, the Oakland outfielder charged the Astros dugout resulting in a benches clearing melee. The A’s prevailed where it counts, on the scoreboard, posting a 7-2 victory for their ninth consecutive win.

Tempers flared in the seventh after Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second time in two innings. Laureano initially gestured towards pitcher Astros pitcher Humberto Castellanos but took first base. Moments later, Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron appeared to antagonize the A’s outfielder from the Astros bench which resulted in Laureano slamming his helmet to the ground while sprinting in the direction of the Houston dugout before being tackled by Astros back-up catcher Dustin Garneau, who played with Oakland in 2019.

Jesus Luzardo pitched 5 2/3 strong innings to earn his first Major League win in just his second career start before Yusmeiro Petit pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth with the tying runner on base. Burch Smith came on in the seventh and pitched the final three innings to record the first save of his big league career and extend Oakland’s winning streak to nine games.

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A’s pitcher Jesús Luzardo delivers a pitch on the way to his first career win Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Luzardo threw 5 2/3 innings as Oakland completed a three game sweep of the Astros 7-2 to run their winning streak to nine games.

With the win, the A’s (12-4) matched their 2013 squad for the best record after 16 games over the last 30 years while extending their lead in the AL West to five games over Texas and 5.5 over the Astros.

The A’s now hit the road for an eight game road trip that will take them to Anaheim, San Francisco and Arizona. Sean Manaea is set to face the Angels Julio Teheran Monday night in the opener.

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Gallo’s blast helps Texas salvage final game against Giants https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/02/gallos-blast-helps-texas-salvage-final-game-against-giants/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/08/02/gallos-blast-helps-texas-salvage-final-game-against-giants/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 04:14:39 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14799 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Joey Gallo’s three-run home run in the seventh-inning off Tyler Anderson led the Texas Rangers to a 9–5 win over the Giants Sunday afternoon at Oracle Field. Gallo’s blast, his third of the year, capped a three hit day and allowed Texas to escape San Francisco with a bit of dignity after …

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Joey Gallo’s three-run home run in the seventh-inning off Tyler Anderson led the Texas Rangers to a 9–5 win over the Giants Sunday afternoon at Oracle Field.

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Joey Gallo gets congratulated at home plate following his three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon at Oracle Field. Gallo’s blast put Texas ahead to stay on the way to a 9-5 win over the Giants.

Gallo’s blast, his third of the year, capped a three hit day and allowed Texas to escape San Francisco with a bit of dignity after being outscored by 16–5 in the first two games of the series.

San Francisco had rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two run homer by rookie catcher Chadwick Tromp, but Texas wasted no time jumping on Andrew Triggs and Tyler Anderson for four runs in their next at bat to break the game open and salvage the finale of the three game weekend series.

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Giants rookie catcher Chadwick Tromp follows the path of his two-run home run against the Rangers Sunday afternoon. The shot tied the game at five, but Texas would come back to score a 9-5 win in the finale of the three-game series.

Jeff Samardzija had his second straight rough outing on the young season, giving up five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, actually lowering his ERA to 9.31.

Evan Longoria hit his first home run of the year for the Giants, and Donovan Solano had a perfect day at the plate with two singles and two walks to raise his average to .484.

The loss concluded San Francisco first home stand of the season with a split of the six game set. The Giants will now return to the road for a season long ten game trek through Colorado, Los Angeles and Houston. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to face the Rockies Chi Chi Gonzalez Monday night in the opener.

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Oakland bullpen shuts down Angels to offset Trout’s 4 RBI’s https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/26/oakland-bullpen-shuts-down-angels-to-offset-trouts-4-rbis/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/07/26/oakland-bullpen-shuts-down-angels-to-offset-trouts-4-rbis/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 05:00:52 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14776 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Jumping out to a 5-0 first inning lead before Shohei Ohtani could record an out, the A’s rode five shut out innings from their bullpen to record a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. In what had the potential to be a marquee early-season pitching matchup …

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Jumping out to a 5-0 first inning lead before Shohei Ohtani could record an out, the A’s rode five shut out innings from their bullpen to record a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.

In what had the potential to be a marquee early-season pitching matchup featuring Oakland ace Mike Fiers going up against Ohtani, the Angels right hander was wild from the start and didn’t record an out, giving up three hits along with three walks on just 30 pitches against the six batters he faced in his first pitching appearance since September 2018.

The A’s overcame a three-run home run by the Angels Mike Trout in the third, his first of the year. Trout finished the day with four RBI’s, driving in all of the Los Angeles runs.

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Sean Murphy receives congratulations from Tony Kemp following his 448-foot sixth inning home run during the A’s 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.

 

Mark Canha, batting fifth, dropped a two RBI single to right center to put Oakland up 3-0, a lead they would never relinquish. Sean Murphy blasted a 448 foot missile to left-center in the sixth to produce the games final run. Liam Hendriks, the A’s sixth pitcher of the game, came on with two outs in the eighth and proceeded to retire the four batters he faced for his first save of the young season.

The two teams return to action Monday afternoon in the conclusion of the four game series with Oakland’s Chris Bassitt facing the Angels Griffin Canning. First pitch is at 12:40 PM

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Niners D dominates Vikes 27-10 to advance to conference final https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/11/niners-d-dominates-vikings-27-10-to-advance-to-conference-final/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/11/niners-d-dominates-vikings-27-10-to-advance-to-conference-final/#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2020 03:43:57 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13799 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Showing the benefit of an extra week of rest thanks to a bye week, the 49ers used a dominating defensive performance to destroy the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 at Levi’s Stadium Saturday afternoon to advance to the 16th NFC Championship game in franchise history. Buoyed by the return of injured starters Dee Ford …

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Showing the benefit of an extra week of rest thanks to a bye week, the 49ers used a dominating defensive performance to destroy the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 at Levi’s Stadium Saturday afternoon to advance to the 16th NFC Championship game in franchise history.

Buoyed by the return of injured starters Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander, San Francisco’s rejuvenated defense limited Minnesota to seven first downs and 147 yards of offense, the fewest in 49ers playoff history and the lowest total in the NFL playoffs in the last five years.

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San Francisco linebacker Nick Bosa grabs Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins for the first of his two sacks on the day during the 49ers 27-10 win over Minnesota.

The Niners got six sacks from five different players, two by Nick Bosa, and Richard Sherman intercepted Kirk Cousins early in the third quarter to set up a touchdown drive when the Vikings were still in the game in spite of a listless first half by their offense, to help lead San Francisco to their first playoff win since 2013. Minnesota had 11 possessions and went three-and-out seven times while going just 2-for-12 on third downs. Dalvin Cook, the tenth leading rusher in the NFL during the regular season, was held to just 18 yards.

The 49ers running attack controlled the game as Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Raheem Mostert added 58 on 12 carries as San Francisco ate up huge portions of the clock, controlling the ball for over 38 minutes while limiting the Vikings to just over 21 minutes of offensive play. Mostert also recovered a fumble on special teams late in the third quarter deep in Minnesota territory to set up a Niners field goal for the final score of the game.

After holding Minnesota to a three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, the Niners responded with an eight-play, 61 yard drive that culminated with a three yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Kendrick Bourne. Appearing in his first game in the post-season, Garoppolo wasn’t a major factor in the win, completing a pedestrian 11-19 for 131 yards with an interception along with the touchdown.

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Kendrick Bourne rejoices after a 21 yard third quarter reception during the 49ers 27-10 playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings. Bourne added a touchdown reception on San Francisco’s opening drive.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan, asked about the importance of the touchdown on the opening drive setting the tone and getting the crowd involved, stated “It’s huge. We didn’t play all last week. You’re at your home crowd and you want to come out and be like that. You could hear the fans just in pregame warmups. The stadium was electric. It was different than it’s been. When our defense holds them, I want to say it was three-and-out to start. We get in there, are able to go down and get seven. It’s a great feeling.”

Shanahan added, “The Bye Week helped the most. None of those guys (Alexander, Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt) would have been available last week. So, it was perfect to give them the week that they had, so their first game back was now. I think they all got out of it, from what I know of, pretty clean and should be ready to go again next week.”

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Raheem Mostert sidesteps Minnesota’s Eric Wilson on the way to a 58 yard rushing day Saturday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

Five years after his Seahawks were denied the opportunity to repeat as Super Bowl champions on the game’s final, Sherman’s mission of returning to the ultimate game after tearing his Achilles was bolstered by his interception, but after the game he was more interested in giving credit to the 49ers offense. “It’s not like you can say, going into a game against our offense, you’ve got to stop this guy (All-Pro tight end George Kittle) and it’s over. I don’t know what George’s numbers were, but he had impact today. You’ve got to account for him.”

Sherman added, “You’ve got to account for Raheem (Mostert). You’ve got to account for Emmanuel (Sanders). Deebo (Samuels). Jimmy. T-Cole (Coleman). A lot of balance. And on defense, you have to worry about all three levels.” He added, “This team deserves it. Jimmy Garoppolo played a fantastic game on offense. Kyle Shanahan deserves it. He’s a heck of a coach. Robert Saleh deserves it. [Special teams coordinator Richard] Hightower deserves it. All our position coaches. Our D-Line. Team deserves it. We work week in and week out. We try to put our best on the line. We don’t always get the results we want, but this team is a team, it’s a family.”

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Raheem Mostert (31) congratulate each other in the closing seconds of the Niners 27-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at Levi’s Stadium as Richard Sherman (left) and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (center) look on.

With the win, the 49ers will host the winner of Sunday’s Seahawks-Packers game for a chance to play in Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

GAME NOTES:

San Francisco has already faced both of their potential Championship game foes during the regular season. The Niners embarrassed Green Bay 37-8 in a Week 11 Sunday night game at Levi’s, and traded road wins with Seattle in a pair of games that both came down to the final play.

With the win: The Niners improved to 5-1 against the Vikings in postseason play, with each game coming in the Divisional Round. San Francisco also improved their overall record to 16-7 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The 21 rushing yards allowed by the 49ers defense is the fewest allowed in a postseason game in franchise history.

The last time the 49ers held a postseason opponent without a first down on seven-or-more drives was Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 against the Chargers.

The six sacks tied for the second most in a postseason game in franchise history. In addition to Bosa’s two sacks, Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford and Solomon Thomas each took down Cousins for a loss.

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Peter Frampton goes out on top, calling it a career in Concord https://martineztribune.com/2019/10/14/peter-frampton-goes-out-on-top-calling-it-a-career-in-concord/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/10/14/peter-frampton-goes-out-on-top-calling-it-a-career-in-concord/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2019 07:00:22 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13459 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER In an era where musicians routinely promote farewell tours to cash in on their riches, only to return to the road countless times shortly thereafter, there was a legitimate sense of finality to Peter Frampton‘s performance at the Concord Pavilion Saturday night. The 69-year-old, Frampton, who first gained prominence as a 16-year old …

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In an era where musicians routinely promote farewell tours to cash in on their riches, only to return to the road countless times shortly thereafter, there was a legitimate sense of finality to Peter Frampton‘s performance at the Concord Pavilion Saturday night.

The 69-year-old, Frampton, who first gained prominence as a 16-year old lead singer and guitarist for the British band The Herd, three years prior to co-founding Humble Pie with Steve Marriott, announced publicly in February that he had been diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis, a degenerative disorder causing muscle inflammation, weakness and atrophy. It’s a progressive disease whose symptoms include weakness in the wrists and fingers, as well as the muscles that lift the foot. San Francisco Giants fans might recognize it as the same disease that has plagued longtime announcer Mike Krukow, and seen it’s effects on him since he first made his condition public in 2014.

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Peter Frampton performs Saturday night at the Concord Pavilion on the final stop of his Farewell Tour.

 

Some four years after first learning of his own diagnosis, Frampton’s symptoms have become more noticeable. He’s fallen on stage and indicated that performing live is continuing to get more and more difficult. When announcing the tour, he said, “I’ve had a very good run. The reason I’m calling it the ‘farewell tour,’ is because I know that I will be at the top of my game for this tour and will make it through this and people won’t be saying, ‘Oh you know, he can’t play as good.’ I can. But we just don’t know for how long.” Not knowing how much longer he’d be able to play guitar, or perform onstage, he immediately went into the studio to undertake multiple recording projects along with plotting what will likely be his last big tour.

Dubbed Peter Frampton FinaleThe Farewell Tour, the final stop of the four month tour reached Concord with many fans of the beloved English-American traveling long distances to celebrate the end of an era. A businessman seated next to me came from St. Louis just to be one of the 12,000 fans that packed the Pavilion on a beautiful autumn evening. On the shortlist as one of the biggest omissions to not be inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, along with Jethro Tull and Ian Hunter, Frampton co-founded Humble Pie, one of rock’s first super-groups, in 1969 before starting his solo career three years later.

Taking the stage appearing slim but vibrant in a black leather jacket and blue jeans, the long flowing locks that helped him become pin-up material following the 1976 release of Frampton Comes Alive are long gone but the guitar virtuosity, golden pipes and passion to entertain at the highest level remain intact.

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Peter Frampton performs Saturday night at the Concord Pavilion on the final stop of his Farewell Tour.

 

Opening a 130-minute set that provided a near perfect overview of his 16 studio albums, Frampton took the stage to the first of many video tribute compilations with “Baby (Somethin’s Happening)” from 1974’s Somethin’s Happening, the last of his four early albums that would provide the bulk of the contents of his upcoming double live album that would change his life forever when it was released two years later.

The unheralded “Lying” from Premonition and “Lines on My Face” would follow, as the first three songs, along with Frampton’s engaging dialogue with the audience, stretched to 25 minutes. Paying tribute to some of his bandmates from the early days no longer with us, it would be indicative of the intimate storyteller role he embraced throughout the evening.

Another of the six tracks played on the night from the 16-million selling Frampton Comes Alive, “Show Me the Way” highlighted the amiable artist’s use of synthesizers to deliver the desired effect. Seemingly always smiling, Frampton began telling tales of crawling over bodies at Humble Pie’s party house prior to starting his solo career, before fast forwarding to deciding go into the studio to make a blues album after touring with Steve Miller last year. Actually, after coming to grips with his illness, he went into his Nashville studio and made 3 1/2 albums, a creative burst of energy motivated by his desire to record as much music as he can while his affliction will still allow it.

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Peter Frampton performs Saturday night at the Concord Pavilion on the final stop of his Farewell Tour.

 

The first to be released, All Blues, has hovered near the top of the blues charts since it dropped in June, and it provided the birthplace of the set’s next trio of songs. An instrumental cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia (On My Mind)” and the Freddie King songs “Me and My Guitar” and “Same Old Blues” fit nicely in the middle of show while also ably demonstrating Frampton’s natural ability both as a blues guitarist and vocalist.

After returning to rock with the title track of 1981’s Breaking All the Rules, Frampton detailed how he reached out to fellow musicians including Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones to assist him in recording 2005’s fully instrumental Fingertips. The resulting album earned him a Grammy for best instrumental album of the year, and yielded a beautiful cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” which he dedicated to Chris Cornell prior to concluding the song with voice box vocals as an image of Cornell flashed on the video monitor behind the stage.

Still, the best was yet to come. The infectious groove and guitar pyrotechnics of “(I’ll Give You) Money” set the stage for Frampton to return to storyteller mode while introducing “Baby, I Love Your Way” and its memorable hooks that dominated radio waves. A 15-minute version of “Do You Feel Like We Do” insured that any of the few members of the crowd still seated would be on their feet for the remainder of the evening, ecstatic and singing along as the band left the stage for a moment before returning for an electrifying three song encore.

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Peter Frampton salutes the crowd Saturday night at the Concord Pavilion on the final stop of his Farewell Tour.

 

Digging deeply into his roots for “Four Day Creep” and “ I Don’t Need No Doctor,” a pair of Humble Pie tracks from their epic 1971 live album Rockin’ The Fillmore, before closing out the evening, and perhaps his touring career, with a rousing performance of The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” the fervor in the audience reached near manic proportions. As a joyous Frampton invited the entire cast of his behind the scenes personnel to join him onstage one last time, resulting in an endless series of hugs and embraces, he spoke to the crowd of it’s inspiration healing him. It would be the only time all night that he referenced his illness.

Peter Frampton’s setlist on October 12, 2019 at the Concord Pavilion:

    1. Baby (Somethin’s Happening)
    2. Lying
    3. Lines on My Face
    4. Show Me the Way
    5. The Lodger
    6. Georgia (On My Mind)
    7. Me and My Guitar
    8. Same Old Blues
    9. Breaking All the Rules
    10. Black Hole Sun
    11. (I’ll Give You) Money
    12. Baby, I Love Your Way
    13. Do You Feel Like We Do

      ENCORE:

    14. Four Day Creep
    15. I Don’t Need No Doctor
    16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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The Who continues to orchestrate rock history at Chase Center https://martineztribune.com/2019/10/11/the-who-continues-to-orchestrate-rock-history-at-chase-center/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:00:35 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13432 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Arriving at the Chase Center Wednesday night to perform for the first time since lead singer Roger Daltrey lost his voice early in a concert in Houston two weeks ago, The Who wasted little time reestablishing their presence as one of the most iconic bands of the rock era. As the unmistakable …

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Arriving at the Chase Center Wednesday night to perform for the first time since lead singer Roger Daltrey lost his voice early in a concert in Houston two weeks ago, The Who wasted little time reestablishing their presence as one of the most iconic bands of the rock era. As the unmistakable opening strains of “Overture” from Tommy kicked off a career spanning setlist that provided a far more diverse overview of their catalogue than their most recent Bay Area appearance at Outside Lands in 2017, it was crystal clear that these kids are still quite alright.

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Roger Daltery and Pete Townshend of The Who perform in a recent file photo.

 

Dubbed as the Moving On! tour in advance of the December release of their first new album since 2006, the iconic English rockers are Mod’s no more, a fact later documented by guitarist Pete Townshend’s encore proclamation to the crowd that he Daltrey are just “A couple of co-dependent old chaps.” The band’s well polished two and a quarter hour performance featured a sampling of their most recognizable hits that have become classic rock staples for at least three generations of fans.

Supported throughout most of the night by a 48-piece orchestra fronted by Keith Levenson, Townshend and Daltrey performed 23 songs, all but a handful with the orchestral backing. It did seem they provided more punch during the period they had the stage to themselves, performing early songs ranging from “Substitute” and “I Can See for Miles” to 1982’s upbeat “You Better You Bet,” along with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Behind Blue Eyes” from the 1971 classic Who’s Next, but there were some great moments where their limitations were clearly enhanced by the extra manpower which included percussion, brass, violin and cello accompaniments from the crowded stage.

Daltrey, 75, has clearly regained his voice enough to continue providing spot on vocals. While the scent of herbal supplements was heavy in the arena, prompting him to quip “Whoever is smoking pot in the front row, can you please smoke it the other way or eat it ?”, the one time pin up idol demonstrated no loss of his showmanship in fronting the still bombastic band, as his many microphone twirls and tambourine bashes continued to demonstrate. The 74-year old Townshend’s vocal contributions to “I’m One” and “Eminence Front” also showed that time has had little affect on his golden pipes as he deadpanned that “Roger is even older than I am,” and that there would be “wheelchairs and oxygen available to fans at the end of the show.”

The Who’s first studio album since 2006, WHO, is set to be released on December 6th.

 

The two new songs preimered from WHO, “Hero Ground Zero” and “Ball and Chain” provide great promise for the upcoming album. And any production that also includes tracks including the bombastic “Who Are You,” the always epic “Love, Reign O’er Me”, the legendary “Pinball Wizard” or a finale of “Baba O’Riley” (defined in Webster’s as how to play harmonica on a classic rock track with a picture of Daltrey) has clearly left nothing on the table. Yet for a show that provided no encore, one of the most lasting memories will be the nearly five minutes that Daltrey and Townshend addressed the crowd after the music had concluded.

Along with band introductions that included Pete’s brother Simon Townshend on guitar and Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums, the duo generously thanked the crowd for it’s support over the years. But Townshend’s tributes to deceased bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle “part of the great band in the sky,” along with mentions that October 9th was both Entwistle and John Lennon’s birthday, were more personal moments that will also be remembered from a band that has been in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame since 1990.

For a band that has survived much adversity and played their first “Farewell Tour” in 1989, one must continue to hope that they will grace stages in the Bay Area yet again, but you just never know. As their British colleague Mick Jagger has been known to say, “This Could Be The Last Time.” The tour continues with three shows this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl before heading to San Diego next Wednesday.

Opening act Liam Gallagher, the former lead singer for Oasis, seemingly set a new All-Time record for the shortest set by a musician of his stature, barely clocking in at 25 minutes. His newly released solo album, Why Me ? Why Not has been getting well-deserved strong reviews and continues to help carve out his identity as a solo artist. Hopefully he’ll be returning to Northern California to headline his own shows in 2020.

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Thousands attend SF’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival https://martineztribune.com/2019/10/06/san-franciscos-hardly-strictly-bluegrass-festival/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 01:30:36 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13389 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The 19th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco saw over 80 diverse acts perform during a three-day concert over the weekend that drew over 300,000 people to Golden Gate Park.   A gift from the late Warren Hellman to music fans throughout the Bay Area and beyond, the concerts started …

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The 19th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco saw over 80 diverse acts perform during a three-day concert over the weekend that drew over 300,000 people to Golden Gate Park.

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Robert Plant mugs for the crowd during his headlining performance at The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park Saturday evening.

 

A gift from the late Warren Hellman to music fans throughout the Bay Area and beyond, the concerts started out as a free festival devoted to bluegrass music but has evolved to include many different genre’s of sound as it’s grown into one of the largest free festivals in the country.

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Country singer Margo Price performs on the Banjo Stage during the Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass festival at Golden Gate Park.

 

Hellman, a successful financier and philanthropist who was an amateur banjo player himself, passed away in 2011, but his parting gift was creating an endowment to cover the costs that would ensure that the festival would continue long after he was gone.

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Calexico and Iron & Wine perform together on the Towers of Gold Stage during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Grace Potter, Tanya Tucker, St.Paul & The Broken Bones, The Waterboys, Margo Price, Judy Collins and Joan Osborne were among the performers at this years festival.

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Hordes of fans flocked to the three-day Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass festival at Golden Gate Park.

 

While Harris has traditionally closed out the three day Festival, it was Plant’s Saturday evening performance at dusk that was the most transcendent. Playing to an overflow crowd that had Lindley Meadow bursting at the seams, the former Led Zeppelin lead singer and Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famer delivered an eclectic 75 minute set of solo and cover material along with a generous dose of choice Zeppelin cuts including “When the Levee Breaks,” “ Black Dog,” “Gallows Pole” and a curfew busting “Ramble On.”

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A young fan rises above it all Saturday afternoon at the Hardly Strictly Bluesgrass festival at Golden Gate Park.

 

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A boy climbs tree to find a creative way to get a better look at the action during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Par.

 

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Diaz and Tampa Bay spoil the A’s playoff party at the Coliseum https://martineztribune.com/2019/10/02/diaz-and-tampa-bay-spoil-the-as-playoff-party-at-the-coliseum-5-1/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 05:51:37 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13337 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER For the second year in a row, the A’s dreams of postseason glory died a sudden painful death, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Wednesday night at the Coliseum in the AL Wild Card game. Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz ripped a leadoff home run against A’s starter Sean Manaea, his first …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

For the second year in a row, the A’s dreams of postseason glory died a sudden painful death, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Wednesday night at the Coliseum in the AL Wild Card game.

Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz ripped a leadoff home run against A’s starter Sean Manaea, his first of two in the game, and Oakland was never able to recover.

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Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz celebrates his lead-off home run after crossing the plate in Wednesday’s Wild Card game against the A’s at the Coliseum. Diaz would hit another homer in the third inning to help lead the Rays to a 5-1 win.

 

For A’s fans it was eerily similar to last years Wild Card game in Yankee Stadium, when Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first off of Liam Hendriks, launching an off-season of second guessing about using an “opener” to start a playoff game as New York raced out to a 6-0 lead before Oakland showed any signs of life on the way to a 7-2 loss.

But this year it was supposed to be different. The A’s won 97 games in the regular season for the second year in a row, and playoff inexperience was no longer a legitimate excuse. They also hit a franchise record 257 home runs during the season, tied for the eighth most in Major League history, but their offense was no where to be found against Rays starter Charlie Morton or a trio of relievers.

Manaea returned to the mound in September from Tommy John surgery and was dominant, fashioning a 4-0 record with a minuscule 1.21 ERA, leading A’s Manager Bob Melvin to give him the ball to start an elimination game ahead of Mike Fiers, who was Oakland’s unquestioned ace after going 15-4 in the regular season.

With a Wild Card record crowd of 54,005 looking on, Diaz immediately silenced the partisan Oakland crowd with a 372 foot blast to deep right center, and Avisail Garcia ripped and even longer two-run homer 426 feet to deep center an inning later. Diaz would go yard again leading off the third, sending Manaea to the showers while extending the Rays lead to 4-0.

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Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton delivers a pitch during the Rays 5-1 win over Oakland in the AL Wild Card game Wednesday night.

 

Meanwhile, Morton was pitching like the ace he was while going 16-6 in the regular season. Only two years removed from leading Houston to a World Series championship with a dominating Game 7 performance at Dodger Stadium, he also won Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS against the Yankees, making him the first pitcher to record wins in winner-take-all games in Major League history.  He never allowed the A’s bats to awaken, tossing five innings while only allowing an unearned run on five hits. Oakland scored their only run in the third without a hit, capitalizing on Marcus Semien’s hustle in going from first to third on Mike Brosseau’s throwing error before coming in to score on a Ramon Laureano sacrifice fly.

Yusmeiro Petit came on to pitch masterfully in relief of Manaea, shutting down the Rays for 2.2 innings before getting touched up for a solo shot by Tommy Pham in the fifth for Tampa’s fourth home run of the game to establish the games final margin. Jesús Luzardo, in just his seventh big league game, came on in the sixth and pitched three scoreless innings for Oakland.

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A despondent Matt Olson removes his batting gloves for the final time during the 2019 season following the A’s season-ending 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card game Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

 

“It’s frustrating,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s very sudden. Usually you have a series to kind of have a tomorrow and come back and win a game. And we’ve been really good this year about having a tough game and coming back and responding.”

“There’s no responding in a game like this. It’s a little out of the norm for baseball. Both teams battled to get to this point and knew it would be one and out. They just played better than we did.”

So, after advancing to the post-season for the fifth time in the past eight seasons and going a Major League best 60-29 (.674) since June 17, the A’s continue to look for their first series win since 2006 after another deflating loss in an elimination game.

GAME NOTES:

The loss extended the A’s futility in winner-take-all playoff games. They’ve now lost nine consecutive games when a win would have advanced them to the next round, or won a series, the longest such streak in Major League history. The last time Oakland won an elimination game was Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. It also dropped their record to 0-3 in Wild Card games.

 

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Daltrey and Townshend bringing The Who to the Chase Center https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/24/daltrey-and-townshend-bringing-the-who-to-the-chase-center/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 21:55:42 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13227 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER There’s not a lot of bands that can still fill arenas around the world in spite of only putting out one new studio album in close to 30 years. But you can certainly count The Who on that shortest of lists.   Soldiering on after the death of their iconic and exuberant …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

There’s not a lot of bands that can still fill arenas around the world in spite of only putting out one new studio album in close to 30 years. But you can certainly count The Who on that shortest of lists.

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who are returning to the Bay Area for an October 9th performance at the Chase Center. The band is also releasing a new album, “WHO,” their first since 2006, in time for the holidays.

 

Soldiering on after the death of their iconic and exuberant drummer Keith Moon in 1978 while still at the peak of their powers, and more recently the passing of bassist John “The Ox” Entwistle in 2002, The Who have overcome both the loss of half of their original band in addition to other tragedies to continue being relevant well into their sixth decade. Accompanied by a 48 piece orchestra, founding members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and company are preparing  to appear at the new Chase Center in San Francisco on October 9th as part of their Moving On!  tour in advance of the release of their first new album since 2006.

Nearly seven years after helping to bring the 2012 London Olympic Games to a close on their home turf, and a decade after headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, the iconic English rock band last embarked on a major tour in 2016 as part of their 50th Anniversary tour celebration.

Daltrey and Townshend, both now in their mid-70’s, have clearly rejected the “Hope I Die Before I Get Old” theme of their seminal break thru hit “My Generation” in exchange for educating yet another generation of fans to one of the most influential bands of both the 20th century and rock history.

Townshend is a songwriting genius, having written hundreds of songs and concept albums including a majority of both the magnum opus Tommy in addition to Quadrophenia and 1971’s Who’s Next, an innovative hard rock classic on most critics short list as one of the greatest albums of all time.

With just ten shows remaining on a North American tour that could be their last, recent reviews indicate that the band continues to perform a vintage two hour setlist at the highest level that few others from their era beside Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones can come close to matching.

The addition of Zak Starkey ( Ringo Starr’s son and the bands primary drummer since 1994) and guitarist Simon Townshend has went a long way towards supplementing any missing bombast from days long gone by. Also, striking lighting displays in addition to theatrical video montages both pay tribute to the bands history and provide a timeline of the last half century with sometimes psychedelic images ranging from Richard Nixon and Princess Diana to the more recent carnage of 9/11 and the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Iraq.

Performing hits ranging from “Who Are You” and “Love, Reign O’er Me,” to “You Better You Bet,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Baba O’Riley” to an introduction of their newest material should surely be incentive enough to catch a few more Daltrey microphone twirls and signature guitar windmills by Townshend for any true fan of rock.

It’s not going to be often that the excitement level at the Chase Center comes close to exceeding that of a Warriors game, but October 9th promises to be a rare opportunity to take in one of the last performances of this legendary band. Just don’t forget your earplugs for what is guaranteed to be both a high energy and high decibel performance.

Tickets for The Who’s October 9th performance at the Chase Center are available at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/the-who-moving-on-san-francisco-california-10-09-2019/event/1C005684E59D8C6F?_ga=2.212838036.1006123025.1566229467-1269572879.1566229467&affil_code=umg_uk

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Canha’s 11th inning walk-off gives A’s 1-0 win in pitchers duel https://martineztribune.com/2019/09/18/canhas-11th-inning-walk-off-gives-as-1-0-win-in-pitching-duel/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 02:19:12 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13194 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Mark Canha’s 11th inning double drove home Jurickson Profar with the only run of the game, breaking up a pitchers duel and giving the A’s a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum. Canha laced a 1-2 sinker from Royals reliever Jessie Hahn into right field to …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Mark Canha’s 11th inning double drove home Jurickson Profar with the only run of the game, breaking up a pitchers duel and giving the A’s a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Canha laced a 1-2 sinker from Royals reliever Jessie Hahn into right field to score Profar, who had walked to open the inning before stealing second base. It was the A’s 10th walk-off win of the season.

The win, Oakland’s eighth in nine games and 13th in their last 16, was the A’s 92nd of the year and put them a season high 31 games over .500. It also helped them extend their lead in the battle for the top Wild Card seed in the AL to 2.5 games over the Rays and Indians pending their games tonight.

 

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Oakland’s Mark Canha celebrates his 11th inning walk-off single with Matt Olson (28) Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum. Canha’s hit gave the A’s a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

 

A’s starting pitcher Homer Bailey set the tone, shutting down the Royals on just three hits in seven innings while striking out a season high 11 against his former team. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy was just as good, only allowing two hits over seven innings while striking out seven. Yusmeiro Petit, Jake Diekman and J.B. Wendelken pitched an additional four scoreless frames while striking out eight, giving Oakland pitchers 19 strikeouts for the game.

 

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Oakland second baseman Sheldon Neuse completes a fifth inning double play during the A’s 1-0 11 inning win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon.

 

After an off day Thursday, the A’s return to action at the Coliseum Friday for a three game series against Texas to conclude their regular season schedule at home. Mike Fiers (14-4, 4.09) is scheduled to face the Rangers Mike Minor (13-9, 3.33) in the opener.

GAME NOTES:

Following the game, Oakland announced that Blake Treinen will be shut down for the remainder of the regular season due to a stress reaction in his back.

The A’s finished the season 25-8 against AL Central opponents. It’s the second year in a row they’ve beaten up against the division, after going 26-8 last year. They also finished with a run differential of +89 in the 33 games in 2019.

After his performance Tuesday night, Liam Hendricks now has 116 strikeouts as a reliever this season, passing Rollie Fingers (115 in 1975) for most strikeouts by an A’s reliever in a single season.

A’s starting pitchers are 13-1 over the last 28 games dating back to August 20th.

Wednesday’s win was Oakland’s 50th of the year at home, tying their 2018 total with three games remaining. It’s the third best home record in the American League.

 

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