Steely Dan are notoriously fussy when it comes to their pristine funk sound, so their performance at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend is all the more special. For their appearance at the historic venue, Steely Dan will team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for their first-ever performance with an orchestra.In an interview with the LA Times, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker talk about the decision to team up with the orchestra for new interpretations of the old favorites. “It’s gonna surprise us as much as anyone else, really,” said Fagen. “We talked to the arranger, Vince Mendoza, and we tried to give him some clues as to what might work and what might not work.”The Steely duo were then asked about how this collaboration came to be, since they are notorious for their particularity. That notoriety was mentioned to the pair, and Becker replied, “That’s why we haven’t done this type of thing before. I don’t know if we’ve ever been offered one, frankly. But for some reason we decided we were gonna do this one. I’m not sure why or why not. I guess at this point we feel like —”Fagen chimed in, saying, “We just like to live on the edge.” Becker continued, saying “And we feel like our band is our band. It’s very solid; they can’t take that away. So basically you’re talking about some fiddle players et cetera.”Still, an orchestral Steely Dan concert would be quite intriguing, and it’s all going down this Saturday, June 18th at the Hollywood Bowl. The remainder of the LA Times interview talks about Coachella (“It was funny to see all these kids wearing these designer versions of the Pocahontas costumes that the girls were wearing in 1966,” says Fagen), Desert Trip (“There was some talk of us doing it next year.”) and more!
AUSTRALIA avoided a first Test series whitewash at home with a consolation seven-wicket victory in Adelaide as South Africa won the series 2-1.The Proteas were bowled out for 250 before Australia chased 127 on the fourth evening of the day-night Test.David Warner made 47, Steve Smith 40 and Matt Renshaw, the England-born opener, 34 not out off 137 balls.Earlier, Stephen Cook converted his overnight 81 into 104 for South Africa as Mitchell Starc took 4-80.Victory ended Australia’s run of five successive Test defeats, and was their first in any form of cricket since beating Ireland in a one-day international in September.South Africa’s series triumph was their third in a row in Australia.The match ended a fractious tour during which South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was fined for ball-tampering, and a member of their security staff jostled with an Australian journalist at the airport.Australia play the first of three one-day internationals against New Zealand on 4 December before hosting Pakistan in a three-Test series from 15 December.South Africa’s next assignment is the visit of Sri Lanka, with a three-Test series starting on 26 December.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 259 for 9 decl (F. du Plessis 118no; J. Hazlewood 4-68) Australia 1st innings 383 (U. Khawaja 145, S. Smith 59, P. Handscomb 54, M. Starc 53) South Africa 2nd innings (Overnight: 194-6)S. Cook b Starc 104D. Elgar c Smith b Starc 0H. Amla c Wade b Hazlewood 45J. Duminy b Lyon 26F. du Plessis c Handscomb b Starc 12T. Bavuma c Smith b Lyon 21K. Abbott lbw b Lyon 0Q. de Kock lbw b Bird 5V. Philander lbw b Starc 17K. Rabada c Wade b Hazlewood 7T. Shamsi not out 0Extras (lb-10 nb-3) 13Total (all out, 85.2 overs) 250Fall of wickets: 1-1 D. Elgar,2-82 H. Amla,3-131 J. Duminy,4-154 F. du Plessis,5-190 T. Bavuma,6-194 K. Abbott,7-201 Q. de Kock,8-235 V. Philander,9-250 K. Rabada,10-250 S. CookBowling: M. Starc 23.2 – 5 – 80 – 4(nb-1) J. Hazlewood 20 – 8 – 41 – 2J. Bird 20 – 3 – 54 – 1(nb-2), N. Lyon 21 – 4 – 60 – 3,D. Warner 1 – 0 – 5 – 0.AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 127 runs)M. Renshaw not out 34D. Warner run out (Bavuma, de Kock) 47U. Khawaja lbw b Shamsi 0S. Smith c de Kock b Abbott 40P. Handscomb not out 1Extras (lb-4 nb-1) 5Total (for 3 wickets, 40.5 overs) 127Fall of wickets: 1-64 D. Warner,2-64 U. Khawaja,3-125 S. SmithDid not bat: N. Maddinson, M. Wade, M. Starc, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon, J. BirdBowling: K. Abbott 10 – 2 – 26 – 1, V. Philander 7 – 2 – 20 – 0, K. Rabada 9 – 4 – 28 – 0(nb-1),T. Shamsi 14.5 – 4 – 49 – 1.
Not realizing PTSD caused the constant nightmares and flashbacks spawned by being struck by a car twice, unlikely incidents that happened 14 years apart, and more than 40 surgeries, he internalized his anguish and at times turned to drinking, which isolated him from his wife and daughter.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNUpon discovering what PTSD entailed in 2010 via a magazine article — and recognizing he had most of its symptoms — Mellor finally sought treatment, receiving counseling and a service dog he said changed his life for the better.His disposition also thawed, leading him to become an advocate for mental health and eventually write a memoir on his life experiences.Mellor spoke to Sporting News about his upcoming book, “One Base at a Time,” which will be released June 11 and is available for preorder.The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Sporting News: What led to the decision to write this book?David Mellor: In the winter of 2010, my wife and my oldest daughter said, “You know, if you read a story of someone with similar experiences overcoming adversity, would it have inspired you during your journey?” It certainly would have. They said, “Well, then you should write your memoir.”I think writing my own story was very cathartic and very personal. (When I started the process), I had not yet been diagnosed with PTSD. People would see the scars on my leg and me limping, and when they would ask what had happened, I kept pretty much to the facts. I was worried my voice might crack or I may show emotion. At that time I thought it was a sign of weakness to ask for help, or for someone to see that side of me.SN: How did that mindset change?DM: I met my wife in 1982, and for years I had rehearsed while driving back and forth to college, out loud in the car I would practice finding the right words to explain to her all of the raw, buried emotions. How these symptoms were inside of me, from my flashbacks to my range of emotions and the nightmares and the triggers that would cause them. I just couldn’t find the right words.But when I realized (I might have PTSD), I knew it was an ‘a-ha’ moment. I went home and told my wife about it, and that really started the wheels to expand this book.Those concerns I had of being judged were not there because my wife said, “Honey, we’ll get through this together. Let’s go to the hospital tomorrow.” I walked into the hospital with my hat down, hoping no one would recognize me. Now when I go in to see the psychologist, I walk in proud and hoping someone will ask me why I’m there because I’m proud to be a PTSD survivor and I want to help others who are going through challenges.SN: Even so, are you nervous at all for your whole life story to be released in June? That seems like a big deal.DM: We just want to help others. When I look up in the stands at Fenway tomorrow, everyone excited and thrilled to be there, I also know most of them have challenges going on in their lives. Life is about compassion and helping each other and helping people find the courage to speak up.SN: Since you were first struck by a car in 1981, society has seemingly come a long way in discussing issues of mental health. You wrote about that a bit in your book, but how important is that ongoing shift to helping individuals?DM: We are making progress. Hopefully that progress continues, and hopefully this book helps play a small part in breaking that stigma of people asking for help. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of courage. SN: In recent years, athletes have disclosed their own battles with depression and other internal struggles. If that had been the case when you were younger, would that have changed your outlook? And what does it mean for people to use their platforms to discuss these issues?DM: I think it could have helped me then, and it’s certainly helping people now. My hat is off to the athletes, the people who have that platform, to share their own stories to show the human side of life.It’s wonderful that people share that side because they are helping more people than they know. David Mellor, the senior director of grounds for the Red Sox, did not expect to become a public voice for the mental health struggles he’s endured most of his adult life.In fact, as he gained fame for his MLB field innovations — such as using special patterns in outfield grass to mask late-season wear and tear — he mostly hid his decades-long pain, even from his own family.