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“We’re not a team, we’re a time-bomb”

I would like to watch Director Joss Whedon’s latest film “Avengers Assemble”,which is out on DVD on Monday 17th September and stars Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson.

It starts when Mega rich industrialist and Philanthropist Tony Stark (Downey Jnr) finds out that Evil Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is threatening global security & plotting the downfall of the human race.This leads Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who is the director of an international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D, to launch a daring recruitment effort to assemble Earth’s Mightiest superheroes in order to defeat Loki, who is possibly the darkest villain the Earth has ever known, and pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

So He assemble a team of Superheroes, comprising of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and two of the world’s greatest assassins, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner),

Sadly at first the team don’t get on at all – Stark describes Hulk as having ‘breathtaking anger management issues’, Tony Stark, himself is described as a volatile, self-obsessed loose cannon, who doesn’t play well with others, and Captain America, is a stiff-upper-lip product of the Forties, whose values are at odds with those of modern society and Soon the differing attitudes of the superheroes have them acting at cross purposes, giving Loki and his cronies free reign to trash Manhattan. However this proves to be just the motivation the Superheroes need and they realise that they must coordinate their efforts and all work together in order to defeat Loki and his rampaging hordes, then the movie builds into a stirring and exciting climax.

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Battle Born by The Killers

I am a big fan of  The Killers and would like to get the new album Battle Born, which is the fourth studio album from the  iconic indie rockers, and is released on September 17, 2012. The title of the album is taken from the Nevada state motto, and is also the name of the band’s Vegas studio where the album was recorded. Full of exciting, catchy keyboard-driven pop rock the album is flush with stirring, singalong melodies, which draw on the dynamics of stadium rock established by classic bands from the Who (whose familiar sequencer-guitar mix is echoed on A Matter of Time) to Springsteen (whose spirit of epic, yearning Americana is evoked on Runaways and The Way it Was) and U2 (on Heart of a Girl, Flowers seems to be channelling Bono’s gospel roar). The album also features a diverse list of production talent, including Brendan O’Brien, Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois, Björk collaborator Damian Taylor and Stuart Price.

1. Flesh And Bone
2. Runaways
3. The Way It Was
4. Here With Me
5. A Matter Of Time
6. Deadlines And Commitments
7. Miss Atomic Bomb
8. The Rising Tide
9. Heart Of A Girl
10. From Here On Out
11. Be Still
12. Battle Born
13. Carry Me Home
14. Flesh And Bone (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
15. Prize Fighter

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Sweet Home Alabama

Ean Evans American musician with Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was born 16th September 1960, Steve Gaines, the guitarist with Lynyrd Skynyrd was Born 14th September 1949 and Ed King, the other Guitarist with Lynrd Skynyrd was also born 14th September 1949, so I thought I would write a peice on Lynyrd Skynyrd

Best known for popularizing the Southern hard rock genre during the 1970s Lynyrd Skynyrd were Originally formed In the summer of 1964, when teenage friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, and Gary Rossington formed the band “The Noble Five” in Jacksonville, Florida. The band changed in 1965 to “My Backyard”, when Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns joined. In 1968, the group won a local Battle of the Bands contest and the opening slot on several Southeast shows for the California-based psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. the group eventually settled on the name “Leonard Skinner”, a mocking tribute to a physical-education teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for strictly enforcing the school’s policy against boys having long hair.

During the 1970’s the band experienced many line-up changes and in 1972 the band was discovered at one of their shows at a club in Atlanta, GA. They soon changed the spelling of their name to “Lynyrd Skynyrd”and their fan base continued to grow rapidly throughout 1973, largely due to their opening slot on The Who’s Quadrophenia tour in the United States. Their 1974 follow-up, Second Helping, was the band’s breakthrough hit, and featured their most popular single, “Sweet Home Alabama” helping them rise to worldwide recognition. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s third album, Nuthin’ Fancy, was released in 1975 and the fourth album Gimme Back My Bullets was released in January 1976, but did not achieve the same success as the previous two albums. Steve Gaines joined the band in June 1976 and the newly-reconstituted band recorded the double-live album One More From the Road at the Fox Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia) in Atlanta, and performed at the Knebworth festival, which also featured The Rolling Stones. The next album 1977’s Street Survivors turned out to be a showcase for guitarist/vocalist Steve Gaines and included the iconic rock anthem “Free Bird”.

Sadly though, On October 20, 1977, just three days after the release of Street Survivors, and at the peak of their success, three members (Including Gaines) all died in an airplane crash, Following the crash and the ensuing press, Street Survivors became the band’s second platinum album and reached No. 5 on the U.S. album chart. The single “What’s Your Name” reached No. 13 on the single airplay charts in January 1978. Surviving members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny as frontman. A version of the band continues to tour and record, with only Gary Rossington of its original members remaining as of 2012. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006


Also born on  16th September

  • born 16th September 1925 – B. B. King, Legendary American Blues musician
  • born 16th September 1948 – Kenney Jones, English musician (The Small Faces Faces; The Who)
  • born 16th September 1984 – Katie Melua, Georgian/British singer
  • born 16th September 1976 – Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club)
  • born 16th September 1969 – Justine Frischmann, English musician (Elastica)
  • born 16th September 1964 – Dave Sabo, American musician (Skid Row)
  • born 16th September 1961 – Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)