The time is near and the mission’s never been more clear! On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11th and 12th, Phish will open up their 2019 summer tour with a pair of performances at St Louis, MO’s Chafeitz Arena, located on on the campus of Saint Louis University.Related: Phish Announces 2019 Summer Tour WebcastsPhish—comprised of Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell—has had some monumental musical moments both with the band and outside of the band since their last full tour in the fall in 2018. On Halloween night, Phish succeeded in executing one of the biggest pranks in the band’s 35-year-career at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, presenting a “cover” of ultra-obscure Scandanavian prog-rock album, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt, that turned out to be a collection of new original music written in character as the fictional band. Phish knocked it out of the park as they pulled off this stunt, executing 10 brand-new songs with precision and confidence. Those songs quickly entered the Phish repertoire during their ensuing NYC and Mexico runs in late 2018 and early 2019, respectively.In April, Trey debuted his new Ghosts of the Forest project, which included Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist Celisse Henderson. The new project served as a grieving process for Trey, after losing his lifelong friend, Chris “C Cott” Cottrell, to a battle with adrenal cancer. Trey and Chris had been the best of friends since they were 15 years old and the new material is packed with raw emotion. Although Ghosts of the Forest may not perform in a live setting again, Trey has started to run through the songs with his solo outfit.With a heap of new material to draw from and plenty of recent practice under their belts, things are looking extremely bright for Phish and their devoted phans this summer. Beyond Phish’s MSG New Year’s Eve run and Mexico destination event in February, this tour will be the band’s first chance to properly experiment with Kasvot Växt material and welcome Ghosts of the Forest tunes into their expansive and ever-evolving catalog.As we anticipate what’s to come this summer, we’re taking a look back at past Phish memories in the various places the band will stop on this tour.St Louis, MO – Chafeitz Arena – June 11th & 12thPhish has a longstanding history with St. Louis dating back to the early 90s, but have surprisingly only played The Gateway City twice since returning from their hiatus in 2009. The band offered up an extremely intimate performance at the gorgeous Fox Theatre on their 2009 summer comeback tour (6/16/09), followed by an exploratory show at Chafeitz Arena in 2012 (8/28/12).Phish – “Limb By Limb” – St. Louis, MO – 8/28/12[Video: PhrankieC87]Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo – June 14th & 16thAlthough Trey, Mike, Fishman, and Page had played Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival with various side projects prior to 2009, the band had never played the festival as a uni until returning from their breakup. Phish’s 2009 Bonnaroo appearance included a late-night set on Friday and a two-set headlining performance on Sunday. The band busted out AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” for the first time since 1997 during their late-night, followed by a Bruce Springsteen sit-in during their Sunday show. Phish returned to the Farm on 6/10/12 following their tour-opening shows in Worcester for a show that saw them welcome Kenny Rogers and dust off “Shafty” for only the fifth time-ever!Phish w/ Bruce Springsteen – “Glory Days” – Bonnaroo – 6/14/09[Video: robe5k]Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage – June 18thPhish has only played one show in Toronto since 2000, perhaps due to the headaches of crossing the border while on tour. The band’s originally scheduled show on 7/9/13 at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre was postponed due to, “insurmountable transportation and public safety issues resulting from the power outage in Toronto after severe downpours in the city.” They utilized an off night 13 days later on 7/22/19 to make up for the unfortunate postponement.Phish – “David Bowie” [Pro-Shot] – Toronto, ON – 7/22/13[Video: Phish]Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center – June 19thPhish always brings the heat to Cuyahoga Falls, OH’s Blossom Music Center, located outside of Akron. The band’s 2019 appearance at Blossom will mark their ninth show at the venue and the first since 2015. In 2011, the band debuted “Steam” at their one-off performance, which they went on to use as their New Year’s Eve gag later that year. In 2015, Trey gave a shout-out to Ween‘s Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (aka Gene and Dean Ween), encouraging them to get Ween back together. Whether or not Trey’s plea had an impact, Ween did ultimately wind up reuniting the following year.Phish – “Steam” – Blossom – 6/4/11[Video: shinepigeon]Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion – June 21stUnfortunately for fans in the South, Phish’s upcoming performance in Charlotte is their closest thing to a “hometown” show this summer. Formerly the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Phish has played this shed five times since regrouping in 2009. Here’s hoping the South gets some extra special treatment this summer—like they did when Phish pulled out Gamehendge rarities like “Col. Forbin’s Ascent” > “Fly Famous Mockingbird” and “Icculus” there in on 6/17/11.Phish – “Icculus” – Charlotte, NC – 6/17/11[Audio: John Philbin]Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion – June 22nd & 23rdColumbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion has become a favorite of the band’s in their 3.0 era. Other than 2012, 2016, and 2017, Phish has played Merriweather at least once every summer since 2009. When most people think of Phish and Merriweather’s recent connections, “Tweezer” immediately comes to mind. Fans have dubbed the Phish’s 7/27/14 show at Merriweather Post Pavilion as “Tweezerfest,” while the band’s 8/12/18 performance at Merriweather has been known to go by “Threeprise“.Phish – “I Been Around” – Merriweather Post Pavilion – 7/27/14[Video: Phish]Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – June 25th & 26thLocated not far from Jon Fishman’s home in Lincolnville, Phish will return to Bangor, ME’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion for the first time since 2013, and only the second time ever. Their only other stop in at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion came on the opening night of their 2013 summer tour.Phish – “Wolfman’s Brother” [Pro-Shot] – Bangor, ME – 7/3/13[Video: Phish]Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion – 6/28-6/30Phish will offer up their first three-night run of the summer at Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion, a venue with which the band’s become extremely familiar with over their illustrious career. Due to corporate sponsorship changes, the venue has gone through a series of names including the E Centre, the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, and the Susquehanna Bank Center. In 2009, the band debuted “Sugar Shack” and “Joy” in Camden. In 2010, Phish honored Michael Jackson on the one-year anniversary of his death with a “Billie Jean” jam.Phish – “2001” > “Billie Jean” jam > 2001″ – Camden, NJ – 6/25/10[Video: Phishfunk78]Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – 7/2 & 7/3Saratoga Performing Arts Center, affectionately referred to as “SPAC,” has been a favorite summer shed for Phish since 1992—and a favorite lot scene for fans for just as long. Located on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park, the band has played the venue every summer since 2009 aside from 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018, offering up a number of memorable performances. Even before that, SPAC played host to a number of all-time Phish moments—like this monster “Piper” from 6/19/04.Phish – “Piper” – SPAC – 6/14/09[Uploaded by weekapaug986]Boston, MA – Fenway Park – June 5th & 6thFollowing a day off to celebrate America’s Independence Day, Phish will return to Boston’s beloved Fenway Park for the first time in 10 years. Phish opened up their 2009 summer tour with a one-off performance at the home of the Boston Red Sox. Clad in Red Sox jerseys, the band began their Fenway 2009 show with a special a capella “Star Spangled Banner” performed from the pitcher’s mound.Earlier in the summer, on June 24th, Fenway will host a special “Phish Night” at a Boston Red Sox game in honor of the band’s impending visit. While the band themselves were not included in Fenway’s Phish Night announcement, they do not have a show scheduled for that evening as they make their way from Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME—a route that takes them right through Boston on June 24th. Will Phish make an appearance to reprise their National Anthem performance at the Boston Red Sox’s Phish Night? Stranger things have happened. We’ll have to wait and see.Phish – “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Fenway Park – 5/31/09[Video: notmkdevo]Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena – 7/8 & 7/9Phish will offer up their debut performances at Uncasville, CT’s Mohegan Sun Arena in July. The band has a longstanding history playing in Connecticut dating back to their early days, their only CT stops since 2009 have been in the state capital of Hartford. However, many of those Hartford performances have produced notable highlights—like the 6/18/10 show that ended with a double dose of “Tweeprise” after the band neglected to “Reprise” their “Tweezer” at Hershey Park a few days prior. Arguably the toughest tickets of the tour, fans can look forward to an entertaining two nights indoors at the casino resort.Phish – “Tweezer Reprise” > “Tweezer Reprise” – Hartford, CT – 6/18/10[Video: HarpuaFSB]East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre – July 12th, 13th, & 14thPhish is set to return to East Troy, WI’s iconic Alpine Valley Music Theatre for the first time since 2015. Situated on the side of the ski mountain (or rather, hill), Alpine Valley seems to always bring out the best in the band. Following their two-night run in 2010, Phish released Live at the Legendary Alpine Valley Music Theatre, which contains their entire performance from 8/14/2010 (“AC/DC Bag” through “David Bowie” and “Ghost” through “Quinn the Eskimo”), as well as bonus footage from 8/15/2010. In their last of three 2015 Alpine shows in 2015, Phish delivered a first set comprised entirely of tour debuts and rarities including just the second-ever “The Very Long Fuse”, “Col. Forbin’s Ascent” > “Fly Famous Mockingbird”, “Saw It Again”, “Esther”, “Weigh”, “The Sloth”, “Sanity”, and “Split Open And Melt”.Phish – “Reba” – Alpine – 8/14/10[Video: ohkeepahblog]Commerce City, CO – Dicks Sporting Good Park – 8/30, 8/31, & 9/1What can we say about the magic of Phish Dicks that hasn’t already been said? Phish will close out their summer tour with a three-night run at Commerce City, CO’s Dicks Sporting Goods Park, a venue that has become an annual staple for the band to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. Despite almost always taking a break between the main leg of the tour and Dicks, the band finds a way to harness the energy of the Rocky Mountains to produce some of best jams of the year (and often some setlist shenanigans, taboot). Phish’s ninth tour-closing run in a row at Dicks should be nothing short of incredible.Phish – “Light” – Dicks – 9/1/12[Video: Phish]For more information on Phish’s summer tour, head here. Be safe, have fun, and we’ll see you out there!
OK, now Crestron and Control4 have to take Savant seriously, as they just signed a definitive agreement to purchase GE Lighting, a division of GE (NYSE: GE). Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.Savant Founder and CEO Robert Madonna said, “Savant’s mission from the start has been to create the number one smart home brand in the world, and I am confident that the acquisition of GE Lighting has moved us significantly toward that ultimate goal. We are committed to ensuring that GE Lighting’s long history of industry leadership continues while bringing exceptional value and reliability to retail partners and consumers as the number one intelligent lighting company worldwide. Never before has connectivity, security, intelligent lighting and entertainment, all enjoyed within the comforts of home, been more top of mind with consumers.”GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., said, “Today’s transaction is another important step in the transformation of GE into a more focused industrial company. Our GE Lighting colleagues will join a fast-growing leader in home automation that shares their passion for bringing the future to light. Together with Savant, GE Lighting will continue its legacy of innovation, while we at GE will continue to advance the infrastructure technologies that are core to our company and draw on the roots of our founder, Thomas Edison.”GE Lighting’s portfolio includes home lighting and smart home solutions. It will remain headquartered in Cleveland, and its more than 700 employees will transfer to Savant upon completion of the transaction.Savant’s current products and solutions span lighting, security, climate and whole-house entertainment. Its lines include smart speakers and energy management. While the acquisition of GE Lighting will broaden both companies’ market reach, according to Savant, the company will continue to invest heavily in the development of the most advanced products, solutions, and services for this market.The proposed transaction includes a long-term licensing agreement for the use of the GE brand. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close mid-2020.
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The contracts involve the transportation of a jack-up drilling rig, dredging equipment, military and various other cargoes.Dockwise Shipping, in company with industry partners, will transport the drilling rig Soraya to its new assignment in Thailand.On behalf of various clients, the company has also been contracted to transport three dredging cargoes to Japan, Angola and Bahrain, various barges to Angola and Nigeria, cranes and gantries to the United Arabic Emirates, as well as winning a project move for the Canadian navy. All projects are for execution in the first half of 2009.André Goedée, Chief Executive, Dockwise Ltd., said: “The market conditions Dockwise experienced in the final quarter of 2008 are continuing into 2009. The market for drilling rig transportation continues to show mobility of rig equipment , but also the market for port and marine Infrastructure remains active.”This continued good start to the year will help Dockwise sustain the generation of free cash flows to reduce our net debt level – a priority for the current year.”
Examining the market for loco-hauled coaches in Europe and North America, SCI Verkehr finds that capacity issues have driven operators to favour double-deck stockAndreas WolfSenior Market AnalystSCI Verkehr GmbHCURRENTLY there are about 225 000 loco-hauled passenger coaches in use on the world’s railways. The largest fleets are found in India and China, which together account for more than one-third of the world total. Europe and North America account for another third, with approximately 42 000 vehicles in Western Europe, 23 500 in Eastern Europe and just 6 500 in North America (Fig 1).For the purposes of its latest study, SCI Verkehr has defined the market as unpowered loco-hauled vehicles. It is important to note that this excludes any vehicles which form part of a multiple-unit or fixed-formation trainset, even if the individual cars are not self-propelled. Over the past few years, deregulation and regionalisation of the European passenger rail sector, and the resulting growth of competition between operators, has prompted the procurement of large fleets of new stock. Most of this investment has gone into multiple-unit trainsets for regional, inter-urban and high speed services. Meanwhile, the loco-hauled passenger fleet has diminished as older stock is taken out of service. The ongoing substitution by multiple-units has seen a comparably low level of procurement, and we forecast an average of around 450 loco-hauled coaches per year will be ordered in Europe between 2005 and 2009. These orders are likely to focus on specific niches: double-deck stock for regional and main line operations, and premium inter-city stock. Competitive pressures from other modes are likely to drive further growth in the modernisation and refurbishment market. Double-deckers dominateIn the 2000-04 period, around two-thirds of new coaches purchased in Europe and North America were double-deck. Germany dominated the market in Western Europe, although large orders were also recorded in Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. In Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and Finland, new loco-hauled stock is almost exclusively double-deck. Spain was the only country which purchased a high number of single-deck coaches, due to the delivery of new Talgo stock. Double-deck coaches for commuter rail operators also dominated the North American market.Over the past five years, Bombardier has been the dominant manufacturer in the Western European market, taking approximately two-thirds of all orders. In second place was Talgo, which had an 18% market share thanks to large deliveries in Finland and Spain. Deliveries to OSE, DB and ÖBB gave Siemens an 11% market share. Most of Alstom’s loco-hauled passenger business during 2000-04 was won through consortium projects awarded to Bombardier, notably in Switzerland and Belgium.Growing demand in the suburban, regional and short-distance inter-city markets is driving the increased procurement of double-deck coaches (Fig 2). Thanks to their higher seating capacity, such trains can carry up to 40% more passengers within the same length, avoiding expensive infrastructure works to extend platforms and remodel stations or add track capacity for extra services.Overall, the cost per seat of double-deckers is considerably lower than that for single-deck coaches. But individual operators base their purchasing decisions on reliability, availability, compatibility with specific needs and operating costs, as well as the initial capital cost.In investment terms, the procurement of single-deck stock only makes sense today where double-deck vehicles cannot be used for technical reasons. But other factors may also come into the equation – such as single-deck inter-city coaches offering more space for individual passengers or low-floor commuter stock providing generous free access for rapid boarding or alighting. Italian market will growWe anticipate that the Italian market will become increasingly significant in 2005-09. Trenitalia’s procurement programme includes 300 Vivalto double-deck commuter coaches, and the first of these have already been delivered. The Vivaltos are coming from the Corifer consortium, made up of Magliola, Fervet, Rail Services International and Officine Ferroviarie Veronesi, with bogies from Siemens Transportation Systems.A further 150 to 200 vehicles are scheduled for delivery in the medium term, and eventually Trenitalia expects to acquire a total of more than 900 double-deck coaches. The operator is also drawing up plans to replace more than 2000 older single-deck coaches with newer designs to enhance capacity.The German market will remain at a consistently high level due to the competitive structure now established. DB Regio has around 1900 double-deck coaches of the type built in Görlitz, which marks a significant change in the make-up of the commuter fleet, given that there were essentially no double-deck coaches in service in West Germany at the beginning of the 1990s. As well as DB AG, German private operators are increasingly active in the market. Bombardier has supplied 90 low-floor passenger coaches for Connex, which will enter service this month on the Marschbahn between Hamburg and Westerland. In Niedersachsen, the Land transport authority LNVG has purchased 106 new double-deck coaches from Görlitz for use by contract operator Metronom. At the end of May 2005 LNVG called down a second option from its original 2001 contract, which will see Bombardier deliver a further 78 double-deck coaches in 2006 and 2007. Loco-hauled inter-cityAustria remains an important market, thanks to ÖBB’s strategic decision in favour of loco-hauled trains for inter-city services, rather than fixed-formation trainsets. In June 2005 ÖBB invited bids for 20 push-pull inter-city sets, for operation at up to 230 km/h. Delivery of the 140 single-deck coaches and 20 driving trailers was originally expected to start in January 2006, but as yet no contract has been awarded.High speed trains have not yet ventured into Eastern Europe, and passenger services are still dominated by classic trains of loco-hauled coaches. The current trend is mainly to purchase small builds of high-quality inter-city coaches able to run at higher speeds on IC and EC routes, releasing older coaches to be refurbished for use on regional services.The poor financial situation of many railways in Eastern Europe, and low levels of state funding, mean that the current demand for new stock cannot be afforded. We believe that procurement of new vehicles will remain difficult, at least for the next five years. However, the potential for rail to drive economic development in the region has become the focus of increasing political debate. Inter-city services on trans-European corridors, above all else, could benefit from EU funding assistance.Despite a few high-profile orders, the ongoing substitution of loco-hauled stock by multiple-units means that the size of the European passenger coach market will continue to shrink. In Germany alone, DB’s loco-hauled fleet has already been cut by more than 25 %. We estimate that in Western Europe the loco-hauled fleet will contract by an average of 1% per year, which will reduce the fleet to around 40 000 coaches by the end of 2009. Stocks in Eastern Europe could fall by up to 10% over the same period. North American fleet expandsOn the other hand, the fleet of loco-hauled coaches in North America is expected to grow steadily. A fairly high volume of orders for regional passenger services is still to be expected in the future, although this will be somewhat lower than order levels in recent years.Several major operators, such as Metra in Chicago, have recently completed major procurement programmes. However, the average age of many commuter rail fleets remains high, which indicates that further new purchases will be required. In addition, the trend that has been driving more and more cities back to rail as an effective mode of urban transport is set to continue.During the 1990s, several new commuter rail networks were put into operation, and these are continuing to expand, as are several long-established networks. In addition, the next batch of new projects is coming to fruition. This bodes well for future orders. The focus will continue to be on double-deck coaches, as this is seen as the best way to maximise capacity at peak times without the need for major investment in the infrastructure. The biggest suppliers of loco-hauled coaches for the North American market are Alstom, Sumitomo, Bombardier and Kawasaki. In 2000-04, these four firms shared almost all the available business, with Alstom as market leader.Refurbishment sector is growing The high degree of operating flexibility and the long life expectancy of the traditional loco-hauled passenger coach provide a good basis for a growing second-hand market. In turn, this will lead to growth in the coach refurbishment market in the next few years. We anticipate that in 2005-09 approximately 1 250 coaches a year will be refurbished in the three market regions. The largest of these by far is Western Europe, which will account for approximately 850 vehicles per year. The financial constraints in Eastern Europe suggest that refurbishment will be much more significant than new build, running to an estimated 300 coaches a year.Refurbishment intervals are also becoming shorter (Fig 3). Whereas loco-hauled coaches would traditionally have undergone one engineering-led mid-life refit half-way through a 40 to 50 year life, market pressures mean that coaches have to be refurbished more frequently to maintain an ambience competitive with road and air travel.Today, only 8% of refurbishment work is carried out at intervals greater than 25 years. The majority of coaches are revamped at between 15 and 20 years, but it is indicative of future trends that 40% of operators are now refurbishing vehicles at intervals of less than 15 years. As passenger expectations rise, coupled with more intensive use of the smaller numbers of vehicles in traffic, we could start to see coaches being refurbished at even more frequent intervals. In some cases, 10-year intervals are being proposed for the future. Thus we believe that the demand for servicing and refurbishment services will continue to grow, despite the overall decrease in the size of the European loco-hauled fleet.Privatisation, deregulation and contracting out of operations are increasingly focusing train operators’ efforts on their core business. This means that servicing, maintenance and repair of rolling stock is being outsourced to external contractors. Many of the manufacturers are becoming heavily involved in this business, and some are developing or upgrading their own maintenance facilities. This development is particularly marked in the UK. One benefit of this approach is that experience gathered from working with older vehicles can be fed back directly into the design and development of new generations of rolling stock. The extent of refurbishment can also vary greatly, to meet the requirements of individual operators or vehicle owners. Thus it is only possible to give average values for the various regions. In Western Europe, the complete refurbishment of a passenger coach costs around €300 000 to €400 000. In Eastern Europe, the price ranges from €200 000 to €250 000. The work usually includes renovation or replacement of major subsystems and components. Seats or seat covers, and carpets or floor coverings, are replaced in almost every case. Structural improvements and pressure-sealing, plus rewiring and the introduction of radio and data transmission links can also be incorporated, but these are more commonly reasons cited for new procurement.In the future, we believe there is a growing potential for operators to outsource such areas as conversion, painting, repair of accident damage and reprofiling wheels. So the market volume for the maintenance companies can be expected to increase over the next few years.Apart from the major manufacturers, smaller companies operating within national markets and some of the workshops owned or spun-off by the bigger train operators have successfully entered the refurbishment and maintenance market. Between them, these enterprises have considerable experience, and the sector has enough capacity to offer high quality services in refurbishment at relatively low cost. Although Asian manufacturers have been able to break into the European market for multiple-units, we do not believe that there is the same potential in either new build or refurbishment in the loco-hauled sector.The Passenger Coach Market – Europe and North America was published by SCI Verkehr earlier this year.