Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release The Who’s First Ever Full Live Performance Of ‘Tommy’

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Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing yet another new live recording from The Who.

TommyLive at the Royal Albert Hall will be released Oct. 13 in stores and online on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP, and digital platforms.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $15.98, Blu-ray for $21.98, 2CD for $19.98 and 3LP for $39.98. Prices for digital will be announced soon.  Pre-orders are open for each platform now.

Originally recorded this past April at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall, the recording sees the band performing its seminal album in its entirety live for the first time ever.  The concert was a benefit performance for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Audiences can view a trailer for the recording online now here.

The primary performance was only one part of what made the concert such a key moment in the band’s history.  The band treated itssold-out audience to a set of other classic songs from its rich catalogue after it finished performing the concept album.  The concert’s full set list is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) Introduction

2) Overture

3) It’s A Boy

4) 1921

5) Amazing Journey

6) Sparks

7) Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)

8) Christmas

9) Cousin Kevin

10) The Acid Queen

11) Do You Think It’s Alright?

12) Fiddle About

13) Pinball Wizard

14) There’s A Doctor

15) Go To The Mirror!

16) Tommy Can You Hear Me?

17) Smash The Mirror

18) Underture

19) I’m Free

20) Miracle Cure

21) Sensation

22) Sally Simpson

23) Welcome

24) Tommy’s Holiday Camp

25) We’re Not Gonna Take It

26) I Can’t Explain

27) Join Together

28) I Can See For Miles

29) Who Are You

30) Love, Reign O’er Me

31) Baba O’Reilly

32) Won’t Get Fooled Again

As an extra bonus for audiences, the recording’s upcoming release will also present a behind-the-scenes featurette and full-screen animations of ‘The Acid Queen’ and ‘Pinball Wizard’ with live performance audio.

More information on Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall is available online now along with all of The Who’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.thewho.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheWho

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock, The Who Shine Again With Band’s Latest Live Recording

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Veteran rock band The Who’s latest live recording Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 is one of this year’s top new live recordings.  The concert, originally recorded June 11, 2004 during the band’s headlining performance of the festivals’ second night, this recording is yet another standout performance from one of the greatest names in the musical universe today.  That is evidenced in part through the concert’s 23-song set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to discuss in examining this recording’s overall presentation, as the set list itself.  It will be discussed later.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, this latest live offering from The Who proves, once again, to be one of this year’s top new live recordings.

The Who’s latest live recording Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 is one of this year’s top new live recordings.  That is due in part to the recording’s extensive set list.  The 23-song set list is important to note for a variety of reasons beginning with its featured songs.  The songs featured in this concert’s set list set it distinctly apart from the band’s 2015 live recording Live at Hyde Park (which like this recording, was also released via Eagle Rock Entertainment).  Some of the songs in the two concerts’ set lists are the same.  However, almost half of the songs featured in the Isle of Wight concert recording (nine songs in total), are not featured in the band’s Hyde Park concert recording.  This is important to note because it gives the Isle of Wight Festival’s set list its own identity separate from that of the Hyde Park Show.  More simply put, it means that this set list isn’t just a carbon copy of that previous set list, which will make any audience happy.

On a secondary level, the concert’s set list is important to note due to its sequencing.  Thanks to the thought put into the set’s sequencing, the music’s energy rises and falls at all of the right points from start to finish.  That is evident early on in the concert’s two-hour-plus (132 minutes total) run time.  The concert starts off with full-on fire and energy, with that energy flowing through the set’s first four songs.  Things slow down a little bit from there as the band moves into ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ before picking back up again in ‘Bargain.’  The song’s finale gradually slows down just enough to let audiences rest before the band launches into the much higher-energy ‘Baba O’Reily.’  The set’s energy stays relatively high from there as the band works through ‘The Punk and the Godfather’ and ‘5:15’ before pulling back for a little while in ‘Love Reign O’er Me,’ ‘Eminence Front,’ ‘Drowned’ and ‘Naked Eye.’  The solid sequencing and energy continues from there throughout the second half of the show, ensuring audiences’ continued engagement and entertainment.

On yet another level, audiences will be pleased to note that the set list presented in this concert is exactly the same both on DVD/BD as on CD.  This is important to note because it was not the case in the Hyde Park performance recording.  In the case of that recording, the set lists were slightly different between the DVD/BD side and CD side.  Some of the songs included in the set list in that concert’s BD/DVD side were set aside in the CD side as “bonus tracks,” essentially breaking up the set for whatever reason.  Luckily that wasn’t the case with this presentation.  The set list for the Isle of Wight Festival concert is the same on both sides, maintaining a certain sense of continuity between the two sides.  Considering this, it is one more way in which the recording’s set list proves to be integral to the recording’s overall presentation. Together with the songs themselves and their sequencing the three elements show in full why the concert’s set list is so important to the recording’s overall presentation.  Even with this in mind, it should be noted that the set list is not the only important piece of the recording’s whole.  The band’s performance thereof is just as important to note as the set list.

The set list featured in Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 is clearly an important piece of this recording’s overall presentation, as has already been pointed out.  It is not the recording’s only important element, though.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to discuss in examining the recording’s overall presentation as the set list.  Watching this concert, it is obvious that founding members Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend were both at least in their 50s if not their 60s.  Yet neither man showed his age by any means.  Rather both men performed with the fire that made them fan favorites in their youth.  That includes not only the men’s performances of the songs but their interactions with the audience between songs.  At one point, Townshend makes a joke about the sound not being turned up loud enough, referencing the old adage that if it’s too loud, you’re too old.  At another point, he makes a joke about the age of the band’s audience, and how many were probably conceived at the band’s last Isle of Wight performance in 1970.  Apparently Townshend, for whatever reason, served as the band’s mouthpiece between songs, saving the singing largely for Daltry, even though Townshend does get his moments in the spotlight. Staying on that train of thought, it should be noted that there is a little bit of foul language used between some of the songs, so viewer discretion is advised.  Even with that in mind, the foul language is kept to a minimum, so it isn’t too bad.  That being the case, the performances by Townshend and Daltry couples with those of their fellow musicians—Simon Townshend (guitars,vocals), Pino Palladino (bass), Zak Starkey (drums) and John Bundrick (keyboards)—to make for a performance from start to finish that will keep audiences completely entertained and engaged thanks to their collective energies.  Considering that, it becomes clear why the band’s performance of the set list is so critical to the recording’s overall presentation.  It is still not the last of the elements to be noted.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.

The set list featured in The Who’s latest live recording and the band’s performance of that set list are both critical to the recording’s overall presentation, as has already been noted.  While both elements are clearly important to the recording’s whole, they are not its only important elements.  The recording’s companion booklet rounds out its most important elements.  The booklet is so important to discuss because of the history that it provides audiences.  Audiences learn through Matt Kent’s liner notes that this festival performance marked the band’s first festival performance since it performed at Live Aid in 1985.  They also discover that only two years prior, the band had lost fellow founding member, bassist John Entwhistle, and what followed.  Other highlights are noted in those liner notes, setting the stage (no pun intended) for the performance contained within this set, along with lots more history that audiences will enjoy learning.  Keeping this in mind, the information provided within the pages of the recording’s companion booklet proves to be just as integral to the concert’s overall experience as the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  Considering all of this, it becomes fully clear that each element is critical to the recording.  Of course there is still far more that could be noted including the recording’s production values (which are impressive in their own right), editing and more to evaluate the recording’s whole.  Those elements solidify even more the recording’s place in this year’s list of top new live recordings, and a piece that any fan of The Who should have in his or her own music library.

The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004, is one of this year’s top new live recordings.  That is evident through so many elements.  From the set list to the band’s performance thereof to the recording’s companion booklet and even the concert’s production values and editing, so many elements serve to support that statement.  Considering this (and even the concert’s availability on so many platforms and its average price point), this recording proves in whole that it deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings and why it deserves that spot.  It proves, too, to be a recording that any fan of The Who should have in his or her music library.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 2004 is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Dope Unveils ‘Hold On’ Video

Dope has unveiled its latest music video.

The veteran hard rock oufit released the video for the song ‘Hold On’ today. The song is the official lead single from the band’s upcoming album Blood Money Part 1.  The album will be released Friday, October 28th via Entertainment One.  It can be pre-ordered online now here.

Front man Edsel Dope said of the song and its companion video, which was co-directed by [Edsel] Dope that the two are unlike anything that he has ever crafted.  “This is by far the most personal and vulnerable piece of art that I’ve ever released,” he said.  “Unlike some of Dope’s more theatrically-driven works, ‘Hold On’ is totally uninhibited.  It is a reflection of my own personal story, told through a singular piece of art.  Truthfully, this was a very difficult piece for me to complete at times; but in the end, it has also been a very healing experience.  I hope that the vulnerability and sincerity will resonate with people.”

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

The complete track listing for Blood Money Part I is noted below.

BLOOD MONEY PART I TRACK LISTING

  1. Intro: Confessions of a Felon
  2. Blood Money
  3. Shoulda Known Better
  4. Lexipro
  5. Hold On
  6. 1999
  7. Razorblade Butterfly
  8. Drug Music
  9. A New Low
  10. Hypocrite
  11. X-Hale
  12. End of the World
  13. Selfish
  14. Numb
  15. Violet

Dope recently announced an extensive tour in support of its upcoming album that will launch September 13th in San Francisco, California.  It will run through Otober 30th in West Hollywood, California and includes a stop in North Carolina, too.  The tour will feature Dope’s original lineup of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus, and Racci Shay.  Flaw and Motograter will serve as support acts for the duration of the tour.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy: eOne Music

Courtesy: eOne Music

TOUR DATES:
09/13 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
09/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
09/15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
09/16 – Pasco, WA @ La Tropicana
09/17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
09/18 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
09/19 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls Venue
09/20 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
09/21 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
09/22 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
09/23 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
09/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
09/25 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
09/26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Big’s Bar
09/27 – Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb
09/28 – Stevens Point, WI @ Live On Main
09/29 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s
09/30 – Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
10/01 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
10/02 – Madison, WI @ Sonic Boom
10/03 – Toledo, OH @ Realm
10/04 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
10/06 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
10/07 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/08 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
10/09 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
10/10 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
10/11 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/12 – Montreal, QC @ Pirahna Bar
10/13 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/14 – Worcester, MA @ Rock N Shock @ Palladium
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
10/16 – Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
10/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Heaven – Masquerade
10/18 – Lake Charles, LA @ The Centerstage
10/19 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
10/20 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/21 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/22 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
10/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
10/24 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
10/25 – Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
10/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
10/27 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Counts Vamp’d
10/29 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
10/30 – W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

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Are Khloe And Lamar Back Together? That And More In The New Issue Of Us Weekly

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It’s Khloe and Lamar Take Two.  In the new November 11th issue of Us Weekly magazine, Odom has allegedly apologized to Khloe and asked for her forgiveness according to an insider close to the situation.  The unnamed insider said of Lamar’s apology, “Lamar broke down and apologized deeply to her” and that “he got clean, and that’s why she started talking to him again.  She was willing to give him a second chance.”  The article also quotes the anonymous figure as saying that Khloe wasn’t the only one that had to be won over.  His mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, was in attendance at the time of Odom’s apology and that while she was forgiving, she had a small warning for the NBA star.  “She told him she loved him and he said the same.  But she also told him, ‘Don’t you ever do this again.’”

Also in the new issue of Us Weekly, Hart of Dixie star Rachel Bilson is featured in this week’s ’25 Things You Don’t Know About Me.’  Here’s a quick look at some of the things fans might not know about her.

–“I was in a full-on standoff fight with my pet pig; it ended in tears.”

–“The most starstruck I’ve ever been was when I saw Larry David.”

–“Paul Rudd is my hero.”

–“I was memorized the entire dance to Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” and performed it in my living room.”

In “Hot Hollywood” section, Us Weekly takes a look at just how much celebrities charge to make appearances.  Kristin Stewart, star of the Twilight franchise, charged $500,000 just to spend fifteen minutes with a prince that donated money to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund.  And veteran action star Sylvester Stallone was at the recent New York Comic Con, charging $445 for photos.

The features noted here are just part of what readers have to look forward to in the new issue of Us Weekly.  The November 11th issue also includes features on Prince George, Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, and an exclusive interview with Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey.  That’s all in the new issue of Us Weekly.  More information on this and other stories from Us Weekly is available online at http://www.facebook.com/UsWeekly and http://www.UsMagazine.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Fall Fashion Takes Center Stage In New Issue Of Us Weekly Magazine

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The new upcoming issue of Us Weekly Magazine is one that any woman will appreciate.  The September 16th issue of the magazine will be a full fifty-page issue centered entirely on fall fashion.  The special edition will feature insider fashion advice from celebrities such as:  Pharrell, Vera Wang, Khloe Kardashian and plenty more.  It will also feature a list of one hundred items that can be bought for under $100 and a full article on Splurging versus Saving.

The focus on fashion isn’t all that readers have to look forward to in the new issue of Us Weekly.  Lauren Conrad, reality star-turned-entrepreneur is interviewed in the upcoming issue.  She discusses in her interview, her busy life after reality television.  She talks about running two clothing lines, being an author, running multiple websites and much more in her interview.  She discusses how she manages to balance it all and still have time for a personal life, too.  And for those wondering about Conrad’s personal life, she notes about boyfriend William Tell that the couple is taking things very slowly, and that there’s no rush for marriage right now.  “We aren’t in a rush,” she said.  “We’re happy where we are.”  And what of the couple’s future as potential parents?  She adds on this subject that her friends have told her to wait until she’s at least thirty.  She jokingly responded to this saying, “I’m not far off! Two and a half years – that flies by.”

The upcoming issue of Us Weekly also has the latest gossip on the split between Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom.  Also featured is the latest on the recent official announcement of the split between veteran actor director Clint Eastwood and wife Dina.  The full article is available here:  http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/clint-eastwood-dina-eastwood-split-shocking-wife-swap-post-split-201349#ixzz2dvkwwVuF.  All that and much more will be available in the new issue of Us Weekly.  More information on these stories and more is available on the official Us Magazine Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/UsWeekly and its official website, http://www.UsMagazine.com.

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Honey Boo Boo, Bruce Willis, The Bachelorette Focus Of Us Weekly This Week

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Courtesy: Us Weekly Magazine

 

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The latest edition of ABC’s hit reality dating show, The Bachelorette is winding down.  Its finale will air on Monday, August 5th.  As audiences count down to this season’s finale, Us Weekly magazine takes an in-depth look at the upcoming season finale for its cover story.  One of the big revelations from this season’s last episode is that of her final three suitors, contestant Desiree Hartsock will see one of the trio depart the show before the rose ceremony.  Making matters even more interesting for viewers is that the the departed contest in question was the object of Hartsock’s affections.  And in learning of the subject’s departure, Hartsock was left quite broken-hearted.  An insider with The Bachelorette was quoted of saying about this season’s final episode, “Des didn’t see it coming.”  When asked about how she felt about seeing herself in the upcoming finale, Hartsock told Us Weekly, “No one’s excited to see themselves cry.”  The new edition of Us Weekly hits newsstands tomorrow, Friday, July 26th.

Also in this week’s edition Us Weekly, Adam Levine’s fiancé, Behati Prinsloo, dishes on the couple’s engagement and upcoming nuptials.  Prinsloo notes in her interview with Us Weekly that she is still trying to get acclimated to all of the changes.  “It was a surprise,” she said.  “It hasn’t even sunk in yet!  Last night, I forgot I slept with my ring on.  I woke up and went, Oh hello!’”  Levine proposed to Prinsloo only three weeks after the couple had gotten back together. 

In movie news, Us Weekly sits down with actor Garrett Hudlund in this week’s new issue and discusses his choice to not star in the upcoming big screen adaptation of author E.L. James’ novel 50 Shades of Grey.  The magazine has confirmed that Hudlund turned down the lead role of Christian Grey in the interview.  According to a source close to the film, Hudlund turned down the role because “doing a possible trilogy was too big a commitment and producers wouldn’t let him do just one film.”  Fans can check out the new issue of Us Weekly for all of the details on who might take Hudlund’s place in the series’ lead role.

Us Weekly also sat down with veteran actor Bruce Willis for a very candid interview about his image on screen versus who he is away from the cameras.  Willis joked about being a gentleman when asked about his Red 2 co-star Mary-Louise Parker.  “I don’t know if I’m a real gentleman. I would say I’m an OK gentleman.”  Willis proved he was a gentleman as Us Weekly caught him using a prop gun to shoot a blank at a bee that came too close to Parker.  “Yeah, that’s a real thing that happened,” he admitted.  “I shot it in the wing and it spun to the ground. But I did not kill the bee. No bees were injured.”  When he was asked about his role of dad to his four daughters, Willis said, “I love making my kids laugh.  I even try to make my youngest daughter laugh now [Mable, 16 months].  She can’t really run away, even when she doesn’t like my jokes!”

And in what has to be one of the most interesting features in this week’s issue of Us Weekly, June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s mom, sits down for an interview and shares her thoughts on parenting.  Us Weekly asked Shannon about her thoughts on keeping her kids from smoking and dressing inappropriately.  When asked about keeping her kids from smoking, she said, “It’d be hard because I did it when I was a teenager.”  When asked about her children’s attire, she had this to say.  “The s—t don’t happen in my house.  I don’t want my girls showing off too much.  I don’t allow [spaghetti strap] tank tops or short shorts.”  Here Comes Honey Boo Boo recently aired a special season premiere that allowed audiences to use a scratch and sniff card to smell certain items throughout the episode.  Leading fragrance guru Sean O’Mara discussed the promotion by TLC; specifically the experience of smelling the pork and beans.  O’Mara said of this experience, “This smelled more like roadkill than pork and beans. I would have played up the barbecue sauce.”  He also shared his comments on smelling the butter in the season premiere.  He said of this one, “It was meant to be butter, but smelled like cake frosting. I wouldn’t use it on a baked potato.”

These stories and much more are all in this week’s new issue of Us Weekly magazine.  It will be available Friday, July 26th on newsstands everywhere.  And for even more from Us Weekly readers can “Like” the magazine on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UsWeekly or check out the Us Weekly official website at http://www.UsMagazine.com

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ESPN The Magazine’s New Issue Out Today

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN The Magazine’s annual Kids in Sports issue hits newsstands today.  This edition is a very special issue.  That is because beginning with this issue of ESPN The Magazine kicks off two months of storytelling about youth in sports.  The stories will be told in print, online, and on TV, including a town hall with the Aspen Institute.  More information on all of this is available online at http://www.espn.com/kidsinsports

This issue of ESPN The Magazine will focus on a variety of topics, including what is sure to cause quite a bit of reaction in “Parent Confidential.”  This feature will focus on parents of over three hundred child athletes across the country.  The athletes vary in age ranging from nine to thirteen-years old in fifteen different sports.  Readers will be surprised to learn in this feature that seventy-three percent of elite youth athletes have felt pressure by their parents and an astonishing seventy-nine percent of those interviewed say that their parents have gotten upset over their performance on the field and court.  The irony here is that also noted in this feature is that of those elite youth athletes interviewed, some sixty-nine percent say that they have NEVER thought about quitting despite pressures and criticisms from their parents.  Even more eye opening, the interviews reveal that of those interviewed, seventy-nine percent of those youth athletes say they LOVE their sport and a minute seventeen percent say they like it a lot despite the pressures and criticisms.

The reaction by parents is just as eye opening as that of the youth athletes interviewed for this feature.  Some fifty-three percent of parents interviewed for the feature say that their marriages are stronger because their children play youth sports.  Eighty-four percent of parents interviewed claim that their children’s grades have actually improved as a result of playing youth sports.  Most eye opening of all of these numbers is that despite the dreams of parents of youth athletes, less than one percent of high school senior athletes reach the pros.  By comparison, fifty-eight percent of those same athletes say that one reason they play is to become a pro.  The views of the youths that believe they will go pro is just as astonishing as the other numbers revealed in this feature.  Some sixty-nine percent of youths age ten to thirteen and forty-one percent of teens age fourteen to eighteen believe that they will be good enough to go pro.  Thirty-two percent of parents actually expect their children to get athletic scholarships.  And eleven percent of parents interviewed believe their child will one day go pro.  These are quite the interesting numbers.  Why parents and their children feel how they do is explained in the brand new issue of ESPN the Magazine on newsstands today.    

Speaking of parents, their children and expectations of both, readers will also find interesting writer Tim Keown’s article, “After The NFL.”  The feature focuses on the impact that a career of hard hits has had on former NFL star Steve Hendrickson.  It goes on to note that despite knowing the negative effects of a career of taking and dishing out hits, Hendrickson still wants his son to pursue football.  From here it goes into a discussion on the nation’s youth football culture.  This article and each one included in the new edition of ESPN The Magazine are sure to create a number of discussions among readers.

There are other interesting features included in this brand new edition of ESPN The Magazine, including a piece titled, “Dear Me” in which current athletes write letters of advice to themselves as young athletes.  Among the athletes features in this piece are: Dwight Howard, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Murray, Abby Wambach, Gabby Douglas, Robbie Rogers, and Jeff Gordon. 

More information on these stories and more is available online at http://www.espn.com/kidsinsports.

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