AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Fantasy Sports Online Gambling Paddy Power Betfair steals a US march Email Address The news that Paddy Power Betfair is buying a majority stake in FanDuel has gone a long way to silencing its critics, says Scott LongleyUntil the news broke that Paddy Power Betfair had gotten a headstart in the race to establish a sizeable US footprint by buying up a majority stake in FanDuel, some were beginning to question the point of the company.It may seem unnecessarily doom-laden given the events following the SCOTUS decision to nix PASPA, but such were the worries after the company announced at the time of its first quarter trading update that it was embarking on a £500m share buyback.The news seemed to crystallise the fears being expressed about the net effect of the spate of mega-mergers. What if size wasn’t everything? Paddy Power Betfair’s buyback seemed to indicate that for all its hard-won enormity, the company was somehow lacking a creative spark.To some, there is no surer sign a large company has somewhat lost its way than a share buyback programme. It can be sold as a positive for shareholders – some will opt to get cash for their shares while those left see the benefit of less shares on the market and will have a larger stake in future dividends.Yet the argument that shareholders know better what to do with the spare cash being generated by any company – PPB had £330m of cash on the balance sheet as of the end of March – is, for all the blandishments, something of an admittance of defeat.In the words of Paul Leyland, analyst at gambling consultancy Regulus Partners, the company appeared to have lost its “mojo”. Accusing the company and new-ish chief executive Peter Jackson – who took over from Breon Corcoran in January – of playing too defensively, he suggested then that “handing the strategic keys back to shareholders” via the buyback was “playing it safe”. He added that a company of Paddy Power Betfair’s “power and scale should be making more mischief than this”.I’m Breon and so’s my wife Yet Jackson would have known better at the time. Although it is very early days when it comes to the nascent regulated US sports betting market, Paddy Power Betfair has by virtue of this move immediately established itself as far and away the largest company active in the market, with pro forma US revenues (including PPB’s existing TVG and Draft businesses) of $265m.More to the point, Paddy Power Betfair now has access to FanDuel’s 1.3 million actives (as of 2017), who play daily fantasy sports (DFS) legally in 40 states. For those who believed that fantasy was dead and buried – including perhaps even the private equity owners of FanDuel, who managed to elbow out founders Nigel and Lesley Eccles last year and now retain at least a 20% stake for the next five years – it is a welcome second coming.Whichever way you look at it, the SCOTUS PASPA decision revives daily fantasy and particularly the fortunes of FanDuel itself and its major rival DraftKings, which similarly rode the wave of post-decision enthusiasm with the announcement of its own plans to enter into the sports betting markets.DFS may be seen by many – particularly the European-based sports betting industry – as only a gateway to the real thing. But for the time being it is, as they say, the only game in town in many states and it will take time for the politicians and various stakeholders to get their sports betting legislative ducks in a row.The FanDuel deal is an early play for US dominance but it also marks another stage of development in the super-heated European gaming M&A furnace. The speed of the deal announcement and the strategic sense of it all will perhaps have had the effect of slightly bruising the egos of those helming the other big beasts in the sector.Hence, perhaps, the almost Trumpian claims of the current M&A king Kenny Alexander, who used GVC’s recent trading statement to suggest that the company had been holding “many, many” talks about US partnerships, adding that “whatever we announce, it’s going to be big, it’s going to be bold, it’s going to be aggressive”.Given the excitement within the sector generated by the Supreme Court’s opinion on PASPA, the likelihood is that more big and bold announcements will be made even before a post-PASPA bet is struck in New Jersey or anywhere else.Related articles: Paddy Power Betfair buys FanDuel for US wagering push Paddy Power Betfair reveals revenue, profit drop in Q1 A new dawn for sports betting in the US (paywall) Topics: Finance Sports betting DFS DFS Regions: US 1st June 2018 | By Joanne Christie The news that Paddy Power Betfair is buying a majority stake in FanDuel has gone a long way to silencing its critics, says Scott Longley
Regions: UK & Ireland Horse racing Tags: Race Track and Racino The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has appointed Julie Harrington, the former head of British Cycling, as its new chief executive. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: People Sports betting Strategy Horse racing BHA appoints Harrington as new chief executive 11th August 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has appointed Julie Harrington, the former head of British Cycling, as its new chief executive.Harrington will take on her new role with the organisation on 4 January 2021, with current chief executive Nick Rust to continue leading the BHA until then,A former member of the BHA Board, Harrington spent four years as the chief executive of British Cycling, while she also had an eight-year spell as a senior executive at Northern Racing.Harrington’s other major roles have included operations director for the English Football Association, as well as regional marketing director at Whitbread Inns and retail sector director for British Airways.“I’m so excited to be coming home to racing and playing my part helping this great sport to achieve a prosperity from which everyone benefits,” Harrington said.“I know how important collaboration across racing has been over the past few months and I look forward to working with colleagues from all parts of the sport. The BHA and its team of dedicated officials do a great job in keeping racing safe, clean and fair.”BHA chair Annamarie Phelps paid tribute to outgoing CEO Rust, who announced his departure in January this year. Phelps said Rust and his team would continue to work to help racing through the next phase of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) until Harrington takes charge.“There’ll be no let-up over the coming months and the sport will see a seamless transition to our new CEO,” Phelps said.“I want to thank all those at the BHA and the industry bodies who are working so hard and I’m confident that racing will continue to lead the way towards a full resumption of sport.”Image: BHA Email Address
“COPY” 2013 2013 Area: 117 m² Area: 117 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects ArchDaily Save this picture!© Asako Yamazaki+ 16 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/514096/house-in-funabashi-koji-hatano-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/514096/house-in-funabashi-koji-hatano-architects Clipboard Projects “COPY” Year: Japan Photographs Houses photographs: Asako YamazakiPhotographs: Asako YamazakiText description provided by the architects. Residential two-story wooden of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. The site is the flagpole site entrance from the road is narrow, the back is wide. Residential part is surrounded by the neighboring house is a three-way, but it faces the west side only beautiful green.Save this picture!© Asako YamazakiRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWhat do incorporate into the room this beautiful green, and is planning with an emphasis on ties between the room in this house. First floor, place a living on the west side tip good view most, I have placed the dining room, the mother followed. If you retract the sliding door between the room and mother dining, Space is continuous room living, dining, mother, to the east of the garden from the garden on the west side.Save this picture!© Asako YamazakiThe atrium and the top of the living, by providing the opening of two layers, and then incorporate into the room more green. Place the study facing the atrium, second floor, I place a children’s room and bedroom to the side.Save this picture!First Floor PlanAlso to the second floor from the first floor, and through the atrium, study, bedroom, children’s room is, space is continuous. There is no hallway, each room has led to slow as the entire house. I think it captures the beautiful green in the whole house, that it became home to the whole family, such as popular with ties around the living room.Project gallerySee allShow lessShigeru Ban’s “Kooky” Architecture: Just What the World Needs?MiscVIDEO: The Models of Richard MeierVideos Share CopyHouses•Chiba, Japan House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects Year: Architects: Koji Hatano Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeKoji Hatano ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesChibaHousesJapanPublished on June 12, 2014Cite: “House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects” 12 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
+ posts Twitter Linkedin Market Square makes changes in response to student complaints Previous articleTCU powers past SE Louisiana 90-77Next articleTCU students studying in Paris are safe Ernest Dominick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls to the TCU Police Department drop this semester Ernest Dominick Frogs for the Cure celebrate recent success Ernest Dominick is a journalism major with a minor in general business. He is from Marksville, Louisiana but has been based in Dallas since 2006. He is currently serving as a reporter for Greek Life at TCU. Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ Linkedin Botanic Garden to host 8th bi-annual butterfly exhibit Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ TCU campus reopens Saturday, classes to resume Monday Twitter Co-facilitators Evan Konnecky and Elizabeth Cordes lead a training for IFC students. Facebook Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds grand opening for butterfly exhibit printStudents involved in fraternity and sorority life at TCU took on 90-minute sessions of bystander intervention trainings that covered hazing and other misconduct situations this fall.The bystander intervention trainings were implemented after a mandatory Interfraternity Council (IFC) bylaw was created. The bylaw requires all new members of Greek organizations to go through the skill-building trainings.The presentation identified bystanders as individuals that witness emergencies. Other issues were discussed such as the scope of sexual misconduct, rape culture, Title IX, and hazing.“Other than just focusing on sexual assault, the trainings highlight the importance of stopping hazing, alcohol and drug abuse,” Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs David Cozzens said.Recent cases of hazing were used as studies for the participants to cross-examine such as the incident at Clemson University.Presenters used the TCU Mission Statement as an example of a code to follow as a positive bystander. Short videos and GIFs were used to facilitate discussion on what scenarios needed intervention.“These trainings go into what being a Horned Frog is all about,” co-facilitator Elizabeth Cordes said.Cozzens said the bystander committee aims to broaden the trainings and create a full-fledged program that identifies other risky behaviors that all TCU students could be affected by.“We plan on opening up the presentation and being strategic about how we target all TCU students,” Cozzens said.Cordes said that because students have heard of these issues before, one of the challenges they face is presenting the information in a new and exciting way.National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) President Lana Fuller said tailoring the program for TCU students would help get the message across.“It hits closer to home when people see things that affect them personally.”Cozzens said he hopes the trainings will create a “domino effect” of change that will ultimately alter the entire campus community.“We hope these trainings create more aware sophomores and juniors that are able to articulate what’s right and wrong for new incoming classes and are more willing to step up in situations where something isn’t right. “Those interested in getting involved should email [email protected] ReddIt ReddIt Facebook Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ Alcohol violations on opening game day remain low
Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Philippine authorities to stop hounding the Rappler news website, after officials yesterday confirmed that a previously dismissed defamation action against Rappler has been revived and last week brought a tax evasion complaint against the site. All this would be laughable if the site’s survival were not at stake. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the entity responsible for ordering judicial investigations, tried unconvincingly yesterday to explain its decision to revive a defamation complaint that, according to an NBI official on 22 February, had been closed because there was “no basis.” The information that the case had been dropped was a “premature disclosure,” the head of the NBI said yesterday.The Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), a finance ministry offshoot, meanwhile announced on 8 March that it has filed a complaint accusing Rappler of evading 133.86 million pesos (2.5 million dollars) in taxes. No credible audit was produced to justify this extraordinary sum and Rappler editor Maria Ressa described the complaint as “ludicrous.”“The behaviour of these various government agencies towards Rappler are tantamount to persecution,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on international bodies to step up their pressure on the Philippine authorities for an end to this offensive against media freedom. At the same time, we hail the complete transparency of Rappler, which is the best weapon against these crude manoeuvres by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.”No let-up in harassmentPresident Duterte’s declared war on Rappler was stepped up in January when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was revoking the website’s licence on the grounds that it was not 100% Philippine-owned. The site has appealed against this decision on the grounds that its sources of foreign funding have no shares in the company and therefore no decision-making power.Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm that is Rappler’s main source of foreign funding, announced last month that it was donating its Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to 14 Philippine managers of Rappler in order to ensure that the SEC had absolutely no grounds for its “unwarranted ruling.”It was this move by Omidyar Network that accounts for the defamation and tax evasion complaints of the past few days. The authorities needed new ways to keep hounding Rappler.What with the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice, a total of five government entities are now bringing pressure to bear on a media outlet that has made a name for itself with its investigative coverage of government corruption and abuses.“Grave concern”Despite Rappler’s defensive measures, Duterte has used these attacks to obstruct the activities of the website’s reporters. Pia Ranada has been denied access to the Malacañang presidential palace since last month although she is Rappler’s accredited Malacañang correspondent.After RSF referred the issue to the United Nations in January, three UN special rapporteurs said they were “gravely concerned” about the government’s attempts to shut down Rappler. By way of response, President Duarte referred to UN human rights experts last weekend as “sons of bitches” and said they should be fed to crocodiles. Rappler editor Maria Ressa arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation on 22 February for a hearing at which a complaint against the website was closed. The case has since then been reopened (photo: Noel Celis / AFP). RSF_en PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentUnited NationsInternet Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago RSF is conducting a thorough survey of media ownership in the Philippines, which is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Philippines Receive email alerts Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped June 1, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentUnited NationsInternet Help by sharing this information March 13, 2018 Philippine government brings two new complaints against Rappler February 16, 2021 Find out more to go further News May 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News
Office workers in the north of England and Scotland are the most likely to buy lunch in a bakery (13%), followed by those in the Midlands and Wales (11%) and the South (6%).A survey by Bakehouse found that supermarkets are the most popular place to buy lunch for Southern office workers (46%), while those in offices in the Midlands and Wales favour sandwich shops (40%) and Scots split their allegiance equally between supermarkets and sandwich shops (35%).When they are out shopping for food, sandwiches are the lunch of choice for the majority of workers around the country. However, those in the Midlands and Wales are the most likely to sample savoury pastries (27%) and sweet bakery products (18%), but Southerners are those most likely to buy other alternatives to sandwiches, such as fruit, crisps, ready meals or soup.And just to bust a few myths, Scottish and Northern office workers spend the most on lunch, forking out an average of £3.15 each day while 3% of Southerners confess to spending less than £1. Those in the North and Scotland are also the most likely to look out for meal deals (43%) while 74% of those in the Midlands and Wales said their lunch-buying habits hadn’t changed recently.Also, many office workers from every region can be tempted to make an impulse purchase if they see an attractive display of pastries: 56% in the South, 57% in the Midlands and 62% in the North.However, clear shelf labels, fully stocked shelves and freshly baked options are all deemed more important than meal deals or money-off offers by everyone across the regions. More than two-thirds of those in each region also agreed that they like to see new products in the freshly baked savoury category.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has closed. It’s been replaced by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).FCDO guidance, services and informationThese services are now provided by FCDO: foreign travel advice consular help and services abroad document legislation History of FCOFCO was a ministerial department from October 1968 to September 2020. It merged with the Department for International Development to create FCDO.
The latest artists to be added to the Mempho Music Festival lineup are DJ Logic and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation), who will both perform at the Incendia / Orion Dome on October 6th and 7th, 2018. Nestled in the heart of Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, the two-day camping (and glamping) event will see headlining performances from Beck, Post Malone, Nas, Phoenix, and Janelle Monáe.Also performing Mempho Music Festival are Mac DeMarco, Milky Chance, Rich The Kid, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Juicy J, Lucero, and a very special Stones Throw set, headed by Chuck Leavell and featuring Rolling Stones members Karl Denson, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Darryl Jones, and Tim Ries. The Bar-Kays, Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, Danny Barnes’ Space Program, and a tribute to Royal Studios, featuring William Bell, Bobby Rush, Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, & Hi Rhythm will also all be performing. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will be on site as an artist at large.The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ Logic, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip-hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.A vanguard in his own right, Rob Garza has consistently pushed conceptual frontiers. The San Francisco-based producer and co-founder of Thievery Corporation has maintained a prolific career owing to his ever-evolving taste and diverse influences based off the cultures and styles encountered during his travels. Constantly inspired by his surroundings and experiences, Garza’s artistic foresight has always supported a fundamental motif of connecting people through music. As a solo artist, Rob Garza infuses his own adept house and nu-disco artistry into every one of his productions, boasting a specific style that is perceptive, powerful and globally-stimulated.DJ Logic and Rob Garza will both be holding down the Orion Dome at Mempho Music Festival, produced by Incendia. As Incendia’s website notes, “Incendia is a concept borne of the love, appreciation for, and possibilities that lay within the nature of a simple flame. Marrying the worlds of design, art, and science, a breathtaking environment has been created, thanks to the mathematical grace and precision of the geodesic concept coupled with the application of a proprietary fire-capturing technique.” Check out the magic of the dome below:[Video: Incendia Fire Domes ]Mempho Music Festival is the first major music festival held in the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, which plays host to a diverse range of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, and more. Building off Mempho Fest’s inaugural year, in 2018, the festival will offer multiple live music stages and an interactive dome that melds together the worlds of music, art, science, and design.This year, Mempho Music Festival has partnered with CID Entertainment to provide VIP and Super VIP experiences, including on-site camping and glamping options. For more information on packages, head to the official website.
For nearly thirty years, Lenny Kravitz has been making waves in pop culture with a tried and true prescription of peace, love, and rock n’ roll. The man formerly known as Romeo Blue has been hitting the road hard in support of Raise Vibration, his eleventh full-length studio LP recently released to strong and spirited reviews. Bringing a well-rehearsed band and greatest hits setlist to the San Francisco scene, on Thursday, October 4th, Kravitz made his regular Bay Area tour stop, performing to a two-thirds full Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.Taking the stage twenty past nine to an atypically subdued Bay Area assembly, the erstwhile veteran retro-rager and core members of his band immediately cranked out what might be his biggest hit, 5’s saccharine-guitar rock anthem “Fly Away.” It’s hard to believe this song is twenty years old, but it certainly got people’s attention as they scurried towards the stage or their seats in the balcony. The bandleader stormed the platform atop the drum riser and immediately assumed the rock god pose while ripping guitars rang out in every direction. The band was locked in early and quickly segued into the Beatles-eque “Dig In”, off 2001’s multi-platinum certified Lenny. From the very beginning of the set, a few thing were crystal clear; firstly, at 54 years young, the son of Sy Kravitz and Roxie Roker hasn’t lost a step, a hair, gained a pound or a wrinkle. He quite simply might be the sexiest man alive, and that mojo is workin’ overtime when he prowls a stage. After a largely forgettable “Bring it On” (Its Time for a Love Revolution), a horn section stepped onstage right and joined the fray, and the vibe immediately launched skyward. Lenny and company, now bathed in canary lights, uncorked the massively-popular “American Woman”, The Guess-Who track that Kravitz reimagined to great success for the Austin Powers movie franchise. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – 10/4/2018 [Video: theoldwillow65]After stomping through the chunky “American Woman” groove for a good while, Lenny threw it over to Ludovic Louis for a masterful trumpet solo, and his contribution set the room ablaze. Soon enough, Lenny had directed the troupe into a slow, deliberate, impassioned reading of Peter Tosh’s iconic call to revolution, “Get Up Stand Up”, a song and mantra so very appropriate in these tense and troubled times. Bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, the late David Bowie’s low-end technician for many years, really bent down low to mine a proper steppin’ razor rumble, while drummer Franklin Vanderbilt laced up the One-Drop riddim just right. Louis was electrifying on the trumpet, blowing ethereal melodies into the night. The horn section was rounded out by two saxophonists; Michael Sherman was in a supporting role all evening, while LK band veteran Harold Todd serenaded the auditorium with searing solos throughout. Todd goes back to the roots of the funk-rock/jazz-funk scene in SoCal, where he was making records with DJ Greyboy (peep the credits on albums Freestylin and Land of the Lost) while Karl Denson handled sax for Lenny’s first two albums and tours. Shortly thereafter, Denson and DJ Greyboy teamed up, and Todd would join Kravitz’s band, where he’s been crushing the game for 25 years. Keyboardist George Laks has also been on the freedom train with Lenny for many moons, and on this night he would shine on Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes, and the occasional analog synth textures.After the Kingston vibes subsided, on “It Ain’t Over til It’s Over” (Mama Said) Lenny turned back the clock to 1991. He delivered a nuanced run through his omnipresent paean to former wife (and mother of daughter Zoe Kravitz, a talented artist in her own right) Lisa Bonet. This wildly-popular song is clearly an homage to soul icons that have come before him, however this is undeniably Kravitz’s voice and his lane. The chill zone continued as he grabbed the acoustic for a couple of ballads, “Just Can’t Get You Off of My Mind” never really connected and was mercifully short, but the titanic “Believe” that followed was a revelation of sorts. One of many beloved slow jams found on 1993’s Are You Gonna Go My Way, “Believe” still manages to make singing about accepting Christ as your savior sound crazy, sexy, and cool… especially coming from a half-Black, half-white, half-Jewish, half-Christian dreadlocked rock star. Speaking of torrid, lusty energy onstage, he followed “Believe”’s priestly-benediction with a luscious reading of 5’s riveting “I Belong to You,” among this writer’s favorite songs in the canon. For 25 years, virtuoso guitarist Craig Ross has been Lenny’s wingman and secret weapon. Buried beneath an enormous afro, clad in bell-bottoms and butterfly collars, and wielding only the finest in classic Gibson Les Paul’s and SG’s, Ross absolutely slays the stage each and every night with the type of rock n’ roll bombast and swagadelic attitude that provides the bandleader with a perfect foil. More than any other song, this kinetic kinship between the lead axeman and his boss is evidenced on “Always on the Run”, the best song found on a nearly perfect album, 1991’s Mama Said. Sadly, this rendition would be a short one, and BGCA was robbed of the ten-plus minutes of Swag Olympics that is usually “AOTR” outro jam. Lenny seemed to prioritize signing several t-shirts and vinyl from the audience, over captaining even one mercilessly-crunk stomp sesh. Nonetheless, Craig Ross came to the Bay to ball out on lead guitar, and this much weight, he did lift.Lenny Kravitz – “American Woman” – 10/4/2018[Video: Live Concert]“Where Are We Runnin’” (Baptism, 2004) gave way to “The Chamber”, the ornate and emotional opus found on 2014’s Strut. The latter took on a Blondie-esque aura, oozing early 80’s Lower East Side, most certainly a (welcome) departure from the pop drivel that proceeded it. “The Chamber” was quite possibly a nod in ethos and texture to the dearly departed Prince, who was a dear friend to Kravitz for nearly two decades.To close the set, Kravitz chose the pop single “Again,” much to the chagrin of many in our area. Yet the entire swollen contingent returned for a lengthy encore excursion into the title track of Lenny’s debut album, 1989’s Let Love Rule. The song that first put Kravitz on the map, where he has remained both on the charts and in our hearts. Fans belted out the chorus over and over again while each horn player took a ceremonial solo; Kravitz jumped in the audience, ran around the floor being chased by women, reappearing up in the balcony for another round of choruses, before racing back onstage to close the jam. As expected, the re-dreadlocked steeziologist strapped on the ever-ready Flying V and leaned on his trusty compadre Mr. Ross for a fiery rendition of the title track to 1993’s humongous smash LP Are You Gonna Go My Way. The skeletal band that remained onstage tore through the classic jam with reckless abandon, displaying a youthful energy that might as well been the same as when the song first took the culture by storm a quarter-century ago.Lenny Kravitz remains the epitome of an iconic rock star from the halcyon era of loud guitars, big hair, funky fashion, and heaping slabs of mojo. For my first Lenny show in a dozen years, this writer would have preferred more jams, less radio hits, and just a couple of rarities or chestnuts, not to mention the phenomenal, empowering title track to the brand-new LP Raise Vibration. With that said, the man is a contemporary pop star, and he’s gonna play the lowest common denominators and most popular songs; so the setlist was really to be expected. It was also performed masterfully, with vigor, panache and more than a touch of class. We can only hope that when Lenny finally releases his long-awaited, all-funk, blaxploitation concept album Negrophilia, he hits the road for some smaller rooms and unpacks a few deeper cuts for the forever faithful.Leaving the stage to a thunderous roar, Lenny left us with this gem: “We are ALL made out of love, to love. We are ALL of the same source.” Setlist: Lenny Kravitz | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | San Francisco, CA | 10/4/2018Set: Fly Away, Dig In, Bring It On, American Woman (The Guess Who cover) > Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers cover), It’s Enough, Low, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Can’t Get You Off My Mind, Believe, I Belong to You, Always on the Run, Where Are We Runnin’?, The Chamber, AgainEncore: Let Love Rule (extended jam), Are You Gonna Go My Way