Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!
Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! is the ninth studio album released by British band Jethro Tull, recorded in December 1975 and released in 1976. It is the first album to include bassist John Glascock who contributes with backing vocals. Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! is the last Jethro Tull concept album, which follows the story of Ray Lomas, an ageing rocker who finds fame with the changes of musical trends. Like their previous album, Minstrel in the Gallery, the band recorded the album in the Maison Rouge Mobile Studio, they recorded "Too Old to Rock'n'Roll: Too Young to Die!" and "The Chequered Flag" along with outtakes "Salamander's Rag Time", "Commercial Traveller" and "Advertising Man" on 19 and 20 November 1975, "Big Dipper" on 3 January 1976, "Pied Piper" and "Quizz Kid" on 4 and 5 January, "Taxi Grab", "Pied Piper", "Crazed Institution" and "Old Rocker" on 8 January, "From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser", "Salamander" and "Pied Piper" along with outtake "A Small Cigar" on 12 January, "Bad-Eyed and Loveless" along with outtake "A Small Cigar" on 27 January 1976.
Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson says the point of the album was to illustrate how his style of music may go out of popularity with every other fashion and fad, but he is determined that if he sticks to it, everything comes back around and the style will rise again. Ian Anderson explains that the concept came from the turmoil of the rise of the punk movement, was not meant to be autobiographical of him as an ageing songwriter, although "some members of the press took the album as our attempt to'get with' the punks". Anderson stated that the basis of the concept is "to point out that this business is cyclic, that if you stick around long enough, you do come into fashion again." Intended to be a rock musical, the story would follow an ageing and retired rock star named Ray Lomas - winning money in a'Quizz' show, trying to commit suicide and waking up years to find out that the grease fashion has returned. Although much of the album concept is only explained in the cartoons printed in the sleeves, there are changes in the plot or in details between the cartoons and the music.
A clip of the title track was released in the Slipstream video, which returned to much of the original album's concept. Rolling Stone complained about the "muddled story" of the album, saying that "Ian Anderson should stick to music, because he most is not a storyteller." The same review praised Anderson's skill at musical composition, the guitar solos of Martin Barre. Chris Welch, writing for Melody Maker, gave a mixed review, saying that he "long for the beat of Barriemore Barlow to break free, or the guitar of Martin Barre to swoop", at the same time he praised Anderson's poetics. AllMusic's review called the album "one of the minor efforts in the catalogue". Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!, as an album, had lower sales than the preceding album Minstrel in the Gallery and following album Songs from the Wood. It reached No. 14 in the United States, No. 25 in Britain, No. 10 in Austria, No. 10 in Norway and in Denmark, No. 27 in Sweden. It was Jethro Tull's only album of the 1970s not to achieve Gold certification.
Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! was remastered in 2002 and the CD version contains two bonus tracks that were cut from the original LP, "Small Cigar" and "Strip Cartoon". The album has been released in a box set called Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! - The TV Special Edition in November 2015. The box set contains unreleased tracks and outtakes of songs from the album remixed by Steven Wilson, besides an 80-page booklet telling the story of the recording and the video of the special TV show recorded in 1976 and available for the first time. All tracks written by Ian Anderson. "A Small Cigar" appeared on the 1993 album Nightcap. "Strip Cartoon" was first released as the b-side of the 1977 single "The Whistler". Jethro TullIan Anderson – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, additional electric guitar and percussion Martin Barre – electric guitar John Evan – piano, keyboards John Glascock – backing vocals, bass guitar Barriemore Barlow – drums, percussionAdditional musiciansDavid Palmer – saxophone, piano Maddy Prior – backing vocals Angela Allen – backing vocals Orchestrations by David Palmer.
Orchestra conducted by David Palmer. Additional personnelRobin Black – sound engineer Michael Farrell – cover design, illustrations David Gibbons – design, illustrations Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Album review by William Ruhlmann, credits & releases at AllMusic.com Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Album releases & credits at Discogs.com Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Album credits & user reviews at ProgArchives.com Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Album review by vanderb0b at SputnikMusic.com Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Album to be listened as stream at Play. Spotify.com Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! Album to be listened as stream at Play. Spotify.com
Big Dipper (Michigan's Adventure)
Big Dipper is a steel roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure near Muskegon, Michigan. It was manufactured by Chance Rides, it is a family coaster aimed at smaller children. The height limit is 36 inches with a parent; the roller coaster was part of a large upgrade to the entrance of the park. During this same year, new entrance turnstiles were installed, a new gate was constructed, Mad Mouse was built, new buildings were constructed. Official page
Big Dipper Ice Arena
The Big Dipper Ice Arena, colloquially known as "The Big Dipper", is a multi-purpose arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. The arena is operated by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Constructed as an airplane hangar for the Lend-Lease program in Tanacross, southeast of Fairbanks, the building was dismantled, transported to Fairbanks and reassembled in 1968, it has undergone two major renovations since then. The building is home to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs ice hockey team; the borough's parks and recreation department is headquartered in the building. Prior to 1968, the building now known as the Big Dipper was an aircraft hangar located in Tanacross, Alaska. Constructed during World War II, the building saw little use after the war. In 1968, Hez Ray, a teacher and coach at Lathrop High School, organized a crew of volunteers and undertook a project to move the derelict hangar to Fairbanks and repurpose it as an ice skating arena; the group purchased the hangar for a dollar and, using equipment donated by Fairbanks construction companies, dismantled the building and moved it to Fairbanks.
The volunteers reconstructed the building in its present location from the dismantled parts of the hangar. After rebuilding the hangar, the volunteers built an ice rink and bleachers inside, but due to a lack of resources the building itself was reconstructed as it had been in Tanacross. Heated restrooms and locker rooms with showers were added in 1972-1973; the building itself remained unheated until its 1980s renovation, with large portable space heaters associated with airplane hangars used on occasion in the winter, in an attempt to provide some heat to the facility during events. The Alaska Gold Kings, a hockey team which began in 1975 as a league team sponsored by the Teamsters Union Local 959, played at the Dipper for more than two decades before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado; the World Eskimo Indian Olympics was held in the building for most of its existence. When the Dipper was unavailable due to renovations, WEIO decided to hold their 2007 event at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, the first time it was held outside of Fairbanks.
As an enticement to remain in Fairbanks, WEIO was offered the Carlson Center in place of the Dipper for future events, where it has been held since. Media related to Big Dipper Ice Arena at Wikimedia Commons
Hot Wheels SideWinder
Hot Wheels SideWinder is a steel roller coaster operating at Dreamworld. The roller coaster is one of the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere, after being the tallest when it was first built. Designed by Arrow Dynamics,built in Melbourne by Able Leisure Pty. Ltd the ride was installed at Luna Park Sydney in 1995 as the Big Dipper before being sold and relocated to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in 2001; when it was brought to Dreamworld, the ride was the first roller coaster to be opened on the Gold Coast since 1997. The roller coaster was named Cyclone from 2001 until 2015; the steel roller coaster, designed by Arrow Dynamics, was constructed by Able Leisure Pty Ltd in Newport Melbourne at a cost of A$8,000,000 during the 1994 redevelopment of Luna Park Sydney. Construction of the ride used over 15,000 sets of nuts and bolts. Opening in 1995, the new roller coaster became a point of contention with residents, was cited as the main example of the noise pollution generated by the amusement park. After appeals to various courts by both the "resident action group" and the park's new owners, it was decreed that the roller coaster could only operate at certain times, under strict conditions.
These conditions caused major shareholder Wittingslow Amusements to consider'walking out' on the operating company. The park's administration was doubtful of Luna Park's survival under the restrictions, was proven correct when Luna Park closed in February 1996; the roller coaster remained on site until late 2001, operating on several occasions for charity-supporting events, including those for the Variety Club and The Spastic Centre. Between 1996 and 2001, the roller coaster was filmed for sequences in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen film Our Lips Are Sealed and for Farscape Season 3 episode Infinite Possibilities Part I: Daedalus Demands. Developers looking to redevelop Luna Park were sold the land on the condition that the Big Dipper be sold prior to any developments; the ride was purchased in 2001 by Macquarie Leisure Trust, the owners of Dreamworld, for A$3 million. A further A$2.5 million was spent to relocate and modify the roller coaster, as well as to develop the roller coaster's new theme.
Several of the supports needed modifications to make them rest on the ground because they were located on top of a single story building. It took 136 trucks to carry the track from Luna Park Sydney to Dreamworld. In the first 6 months of the ride's release in December 2001, more than half of all visitors to Dreamworld rode the Cyclone putting its popularity above The Giant Drop and Tower of Terror, but still lagging behind Thunder River Rapids Ride and Rocky Hollow Log Ride according to Macquarie Leisure Trust, owners of Dreamworld, they clarify: "the Thunder River Rapids and the Log Ride remain the most popular attractions in the park due to their large capacity and ride frequency". The Trust concluded that the Cyclone's success, along with the impact of social changes in Australian culture were able to offset the negative impact of the Ansett collapse and increase attendance by 6.9% and total revenue by 13.3%. They did not attribute a specific portion of this to the Cyclone itself; the ride reopened as the Cyclone at its new location in Dreamworld on 26 December 2001, in a ceremony dedicated by Peter Beattie and Merri Rose MPs.
Dreamworld's chief executive, Tony Braxton-Smith, stated the ride was similar to being in an actual cyclone: "the name Cyclone fits the ride with lots of nail-biting twists and hair-raising turns to simulate being caught in a real cyclone". The intention of the ride's spiral queue design was to occupy patrons through both visual and physical stimuli such as theatrical lighting and shaking floors. At a point prior to 2008, the queue line was switched with the exit ramp resulting in patrons lining up on the ramp that wraps around the building, exiting through the deactivated interior queue; the Cyclone closed on 12 October 2015 for a refurbishment to become part of a new Motorsport Experience precinct at Dreamworld. As part of the upgrades, the ride was fitted with a new train built by Vekoma that featured onboard audio and renamed Hot Wheels SideWinder; the Motorsport Experience precinct opened on 26 December 2015 with the refurbished roller coaster and V8 Supercars RedLine simulators, as well as a collection of Peter Brock's cars in Brock's Garage.
Riders queue inside a spiral building with a variety of Hot Wheels themeing. The 900-metre -long ride stands 40 metres above ground at its highest point; the ride features two inversions towards the end of the ride - a reverse sidewinder followed by a vertical loop. The single six-car train seats 24 passengers, reaches a top speed of 85 kilometres and a top acceleration of 3.0 g during the course of the two-minute ride. The onboard audio played on this ride is. Media related to Cyclone at Wikimedia Commons Hot Wheels SideWinder at the Roller Coaster DataBase Video of a passenger's point of view on the Cyclone from UK Rides
Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, England. The ride was first built in 1923 by John Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; the ride operates with two trains, each containing three four-bench cars, seating two people per bench. The roller coaster is referenced in the Jethro Tull song Big Dipper, from their 1976 album Too Old to Rock'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! The ride was designated as a Grade II listed building on 19 April 2017. On 13 February 2010, The Big Dipper returned after months of refurbishment resulting from the accident sustained in August 2009; the iconic Big Dipper station received a £500,000 upgrade in time for the 2010 season. The refurbishment has been sympathetic to the original design of the ride station, which dates back to the 1930s. A new fountain has been added, the track was refurbished and the cars have been repainted dark blue with new panels fitted on the exterior using an arrow design. On 26 June 1975 part of the main lift hill and first drop, was damaged by fire.
On 11 August 2009, two trains carrying a total of 32 guests collided. 21 guests required treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries ranging from whiplash and broken noses, to cuts and bruises. On 5 June 2010, part of a train derailed. There were no injuries and the ride resumed operations a short time later. In August 1998, Richard Rodriguez set a world record by riding the Big Dipper for over 1000 hours. There is a plaque commemorating this event in the ride's station. Although he doubled this mark two years to 2000 hours, Guinness World Records nullified the achievements by altering the rules in 2007 and Rodriguez's new record was set on the Big One and Big Dipper and stands at 405 hours 40 minutes. Listed buildings in Blackpool
Berto "Robert" DiPierdomenico is a retired Australian rules footballer who represented Hawthorn in the Australian Football League from the 1970s to the 1990s. Popularly known by his nickname "Dipper", DiPierdomenico is one of the most successful Italian Australians to play Australian football, his contribution to the game was recognized by selection in the VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century. DiPierdomenico was born in Hawthorn to parents Stefano and Antonietta, who had emigrated to Australia from Abbateggio, Italy. A hyperactive child who suffered from stuttering, Dipper attended numerous schools in Hawthorn and neighbouring areas, including Kew High, where he met his future wife Cheryl Bayley, Swinburne Tech, where his headmaster was his future Hawthorn coach, John Kennedy Senior, DiPierdomenico began playing football in his early teens for local clubs East Hawthorn and North Kew before signing for VFL club Hawthorn as an eighteen-year-old. Beginning his career with the Hawthorn Football Club in 1975, DiPierdomenico started playing 99 reserve-grade games as he flitted between first team and reserve-grade football.
He kick-started his career in 1978, culminating in a best-on-ground performance in the 1978 VFL Grand Final. He went on to play 240 games and kick 130 goals with the Hawks, retiring in 1991, including five day and five night premierships with one of the most successful eras of domination a club has seen. DiPierdomenico was assigned guernsey number #53, but subsequently wore number #9, he was known for his toughness, the moustachioed Dipper was one of the much-loved, most media-covered characters in the VFL during the 1980s. DiPierdomenico somehow managed to avoid the Tribunal in 1986 to win the Brownlow Medal, tying with Greg Williams, playing for Sydney at the time. In the week, he would win his third Premiership medallion as the Hawks defeated Carlton by 42 points. Late in the first quarter of the 1989 VFL Grand Final, DiPierdomenico was running backwards to take a mark when he was met solidly from behind by Geelong star Gary Ablett; the force of the collision punctured one of his lungs. Despite the pain and unaware of the extent of the damage, DiPierdomenico continued to play until the final siren.
He featured among Hawthorn's best players and got reported. He collapsed shortly after the game and was rushed to the casualty ward of St. Vincent's Hospital, where doctors found out that DiPierdomenico had punctured a lung, he recounted the gravity of the situation years later: "By this time I'd been shifted into intensive care. The doctor came in and said if they didn't gag me I was gone... So there you are. I had eight days in hospital to think about. To tell you the truth, it scared me." DiPierdomenico has long been known for big persona, including his always smiling and jovial personality. After he retired, he became a popular media personality, as a boundary rider with the Seven Network. After Seven lost the rights to broadcast AFL in 2001, DiPierdomenico continued his tradition as a boundary-rider on radio station 3AW. In the 1990s, DiPierdomenico made an appearance, along with Dermott Brereton and Adrian Barich, in a charity rugby league match and scored a try, in typical comedian style dived over the line like superman to celebrate.
DiPierdomenico has appeared on advertising campaigns for Jenny Craig, Fasta Pasta and, most famously, his long association with Dimmeys & Forges in which his catchphrase in television and radio commercials is "Be there!" and "$9.99!". In 2010, he was stood down from his role in the Auskick junior development program after making a racist remark regarding Gavin Wanganeen, he coached the Peres Team for Peace in the 2008 Australian Football International Cup. DiPierdomenico made a cameo in TV series Neighbours in 1999, he appeared on the Channel 9 weight-loss show Excess Baggage in 2012. DiPierdomenico is an ambassador for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national charity protecting children from violence. Brownlow Medal 1986 Australian Football Hall of Fame 2007 VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century Butler and Binnie, Craig. "Dipper's tax bill nightmare." Herald Sun. 5 September. Cometti, Dennis. Centimetre Perfect. London: Allen and Unwin.. "Dipper Decides to Call it Quits." The Advertiser. 4 October.
Edwards, Mike. "Time of the essence for kids, says Dipper." Herald Sun. 13 August. Kartal, Y. "The club a party to Dipper's debut." Northern Territory News. 7 June. Robert DiPierdomenico's playing statistics from AFL Tables
The Great Dipper (album)
The Great Dipper is the third studio album by South Korean singer-songwriter Roy Kim. It was released on December 4, 2015 by MMO Entertainment, distributed through CJ E&M Music; the album features nine tracks in total, including the eponymous lead single, the first ballad title track of Kim's career. As of July 2016, The Great Dipper has sold over 7,000 physical copies and 460,000 individual track downloads in Kim's native country. In August 2015, during a backstage interview with Billboard K-Town at KCON 2015, Kim previewed his upcoming album: "The third album, I'm working on it. I don't know when it'll come out. I don't think people will like it." He added by saying, "It's going to be way more deep. In terms of the topics, the songwriting, it's going to be minimal in the way of arranging the music; that could change, it's all a secret, but now I've told you everything."Two months it was announced that Kim had renewed his contract with CJ E&M Music. On November 13, when Kim was filming his new music video, an official from CJ E&M Music stated that the artist was preparing for his comeback while aiming for early December.
The comeback date was confirmed as December 4, according to a teaser image uploaded onto Kim's official SNS accounts. The artist announced, on November 20, that his forthcoming album and its lead single would be entitled The Great Dipper. Kim expressed his special attachment to stars, which serve as the album's main theme. On December 1, Kim hosted a show called RoyStar FM on Melon Radio, stating, "Even on ordinary days, I'd written a lot of songs about stars because I thought we resembled them." Kim said that his new album would be different from his previous studio album since the album has more piano melodies than it has guitar tunes. On November 18, 2015, a teaser image for the album was revealed, along with a confirmed release date; the album's artwork was uploaded through Kim's official SNS channels on November 25. Two days a handwritten image of the album's track listing was posted onto Kim's Instagram account. On December 2, a 20-second music video teaser for the title track "The Great Dipper" was released via YouTube.
The album was released digitally at 12:00 am KST on December 4, alongside the music video for its eponymous lead track. Upon release, The Great Dipper reached number eight on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart; as of July 2016, the album has sold about 7,200 copies in Kim's native country. On December 16, Kim released music videos for some of the album's other tracks onto YouTube, as special gifts for his fans. "The Great Dipper", the album's lead single, is the first ballad title track that Kim has released, while all of his other songs have been acoustic folk songs. Inspired from the Big Dipper, consisting of the seven bright stars which have traditionally guided navigators, the song serenely expresses the emotions of love and longing experienced by ordinary people. According to the artist's label, the title track portrays the loneliness and sadness that Kim feels in his daily life; the song is about a man who promises to shine upon the woman he loves no matter where she is, like the Big Dipper. About writing the song, Kim commented, "At that time, I didn't sleep well studying for my final exams at university.
When I stepped outside to watch the sky, I could see the Big Dipper. I began writing the song after being impressed by the fact that we get to see the asterism wherever on Earth stars are visible, it was the Orion's Belt rather than the Big Dipper." He added that "Not only for romance or love, I hope the song becomes a direction for those who are pinched with cold, worried, or disoriented.""The Great Dipper" peaked at number 30 on the Gaon Digital Chart, having sold nearly 308,000 digital copies domestically as of the first half of 2016. On December 3, 2015, a day prior to the album's release, Kim held a comeback showcase at Understage, Yongsan-gu in Seoul. During the showcase, he premiered "The Great Dipper", "I Want to Love You", "Stay", he said that "I think this album peeled off my pretence. It talks about my candid stories that I'd concealed, reflects the trace of thinking about which direction I should go." The showcase aired through mobile live streaming on Naver's "V" phone application.
The artist began promoting his comeback album on various music programs, starting on KBS's Music Bank. He promoted the lead single on Music Bank, Show! Music Core, The Show, Show Champion, M! Countdown. On You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook, Kim performed the title track and "I Want to Love You". On November 23, it was announced that Kim would hold his year-end concert which shares the same name as the album's title. For three days from December 18 to 20, the artist performed at Yonsei University's Baekyang Hall in Seoul, in order to promote the album. English titles are adapted from the iTunes Store, credits from Naver Music. All tracks written by Kim Sang-woo. Additional notes: The title of track 2 refers to the "Big Dipper", the seven brightest stars of the constellation Ursa Major. "Remember Me" was intended for the soundtrack of the 2015 television series The Producers. "The Lullaby" is the only song from the album, written in English. Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. Locations Personnel The Great Dipper on YouTube Stay on YouTube I Want to Love You on YouTube Roy Kim's official website