A few samples…

…of the digital art I created in teaching myself Adobe Photoshop ad Adobe Illustrator. Most using stock vectors and fonts, just learning the ins and outs of how to do things.

 

LYNYRD SKYNYRD HEADLINES CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE TUESDAY ON DISCOVERY

LYNYRD SKYNYRD SET TO ROCK THE HOUSE – AND THE BIKES – DOWN ON  CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGETune In Tuesday night on Discovery to catch Skynyrd performance

New York, NY (December 10, 2012) – Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the previously announced CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE on Tuesday, December 11th at 9pm ET/PT.  Lynyrd Skynyrd joins an already extensive list of Discovery talent participating in this major television event, including AMERICAN CHOPPER stars Paul Teutul Senior and Paul Teutul Junior, OUTLAW GARAGE star Jesse James, and FAST ‘N LOUD stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman.With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida with their most recent album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, debuting at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977.  The band will be performing the title track from the new album as well as their hit “Sweet Home Alabama” during the show.

Last year, Paul Jr. beat out his father Paul Sr and nemesis Jesse James to take the title and the honor of ultimate bike builder when he won Discovery’s first ever AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE.  This year, all three are back – plus FAST ‘N LOUD stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman—to duke it out in an incredible four way bike build-off.   In this two-night special, fans will to vote on their favorite bike after seeing the four finished products during our regularly-scheduled AMERICAN CHOPPER on Monday, December 10th at 9pm ET/PT.  The following evening at 9:00pm ET/PT, CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE will air from Las Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for what’s sure to be a night that will go down in Discovery history.

For more information on Lynyrd Skynyrd, visit www.lynyrdskynyrd.com.

Source: Webster PR

LYNYRD SKYNYRD SET TO ROCK THE HOUSE – AND THE BIKES – DOWN ON CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE

LYNYRD SKYNYRD SET TO ROCK THE HOUSE – AND THE BIKES – DOWN ON  CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE

(New York, NY) – Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the previously announced CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE on Tuesday, December 11th at 9pm ET/PT.  Lynyrd Skynyrd joins an already extensive list of Discovery talent  participating in this major television event, including AMERICAN CHOPPER stars Paul Teutul Senior and Paul Teutul Junior, OUTLAW GARAGE star Jesse James, and FAST ‘N LOUD stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman.

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida with their most recent album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, debuting at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977.  The band will be performing the title track from the new album as well as their hit “Sweet Home Alabama” during the show.

Last year, Paul Jr. beat out his father Paul Sr and nemesis Jesse James to take the title and the honor of ultimate bike builder when he won Discovery’s first ever AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE.  This year, all three are back – plus FAST ‘N LOUD stars Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman—to duke it out in an incredible four way bike build-off.   In this two-night special, fans will to vote on their favorite bike after seeing the four finished products during our regularly-scheduled AMERICAN CHOPPER on Monday, December 10th at 9pm ET/PT.  The following evening at 9:00pm ET/PT, CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE will air from Las Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for what’s sure to be a night that will go down in Discovery history.

About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.1 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com

 

SOURCE: Webster PR

COUNTRY MUSIC ICON GEORGE JONES ANNOUNCES FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT OF CAREER

COUNTRY MUSIC ICON GEORGE JONES ANNOUNCES FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT OF CAREER

THE GRAND TOUR MAKES A STOP AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

Nashville, TN (November 12, 2012) – Outback Concerts in association with Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones announce the final Nashville show as part of The Grand Tour to be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Special guest Tanya Tucker will be on hand for the Nashville concert amongst other friends of The Possum, yet to be announced.

“The Grand Tour will have surprises throughout the shows – you never know who may show up! The Possum has lots of friends so it is going to be the most exciting thing to see who shows up during the final show. You should come too – and we can be surprised together!” said Jones.

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour”. The tour is expected to make approximately 60 stops next year. “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises.

Tickets for the Nashville show go on-sale Friday, November 16th at 10am at all Ticketmaster locations.

Fans of ‘The Possum’ can see him at his upcoming concerts listed below or at www.georgejones.com.

George Jones on Tour (2012-2013)
11/09 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre
11/10 – Morton, MN – Jackpot Junction Casino
11/16 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
11/17 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall
11/23 – Winnie, TX – Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena
11/24 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino
12/01 – Elizabeth, IN – Horseshoe Casino
12/15 – Jackson, TN – Carl Perkins Civic Center
02/02 – Tunica, MS – Sam’s Town
02/07 – Lakeland, FL – Youkey Theater
02/22 – Greenville, TX – Greenville Memorial Auditorium
02/23 – Forrest City, AR – East Arkansas Community College
03/15 – Joliet, IL – Realto Square Theater
03/16 – Muncie, IN – Emens Auditorium
03/22 – Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
04/05 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
04/06 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum
04/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
04/20 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
04/27 – Huntsville, AL – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
05/17 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
05/18 – Spartanburg, SC – Memorial Auditorium
06/01 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theater
06/02 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater
11/09 – Grant, OK – Choctaw Event Center

About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade since the ’50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was presented with a GRAMMY(r) Lifetime Achievement Award this year and holds a National Medal of Arts. At 80, Jones continues to be an active country music superstar, headlining dozens of concerts each year.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

 

SOURCE: Webster PR

31st Annual Tennessee State Pow Wow Photos

This was the second pow wow that I have ever attended. It is very much a spiritual experience, as well as a learning experience. While I have no known lineage in the Native American culture, I do relate the the spiritualism, the simple and straightforward teachings and the emphasis on family and tradition.

I have been interested in Native American Indian cultures since at least 1994, possibly earlier, just from traveling by car on vacation to Tennessee or Florida from my native Pennsylvania.

A few years ago, Marty Stuart released a CD called Badlands about the Lakota people. I enjoyed that CD thorough. As time and funds have allowed, I have read a few books, watched some documentaries and learned more about the culture. The Internet has definitely opened up a lot of information.

Becoming a diehard Lynyrd Skynyrd fan in 2010, Rickey Medlocke has also influenced my desire to learn more about Native Americans and their culture.

What I admire most about the people and the culture is the sense of pride and perseverance, the desire to maintain a culture that lives simply and wholly with the land. At this year’s pow wow, I listened to Arvel Bird tell stories that I related to, that I have witnessed at various points in my life. It put meaning to moments in time that I never correlated before.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the photos. There are over 1,000 of them — it would have taken forever to whittle them down to just a few. Please share them with your friends if you like them. 🙂

Tennessee State Pow Wow Photos – October 20, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd Fan Pack from Classic Rock Magazine (UK)

A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
There are two things to know about me that those who are my friends and family know about me – I love baseball (my Phillies in particular) and I love music, both with a passion (maybe music more so than baseball).

I love all kinds of music, but there are a few artists that I really latch onto and my love for them last years and years. I spend a lot of time learning about these artists and really get to know what makes them tick. One of those has been Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Lynyrd Skynyrd started recording back in 1970-71, I was born in 1971, therefore I didn’t know much of them back then. They’ve influenced many artists I like, Travis Tritt being an early stand out name in that group. I was big into country and he was one I remember also being a big Skynyrd fan. I knew a few of the songs and listened to them, although probably mostly covers of them, outside of Sweet Home Alabama. I don’t know that there is an American born since it’s release that hasn’t heard that song. It’s everywhere.

Anyway, fast forward to the year 2010. At that point I had been working for Bret Michaels for about 12-13 years. The aforementioned Sweet Home Alabama is a staple on the his home away from home, the tour bus. After show parties, just sitting around, you will not go a day in Bret Michaels World without hearing Lynyrd Skynyrd. During the summer of 2010, Bret is opening for Skynyrd. I do what I always do when Bret works with someone, I get to know them and do my research. My co-worker and roommate referred to me today in am email to someone as “all around music aficionado/Bret Michaels historian.”

I can’t help myself. I love music. I can’t remember the television show I just watched, but little bits and pieces of music history get stuck in my head and are often referred to whenever possible. I love to learn new things – a variety of subjects, too. So when I made plans to head up to New Jersey (it’s just Jersey to me – growing up just outside of Philly, it’s just Jersey), I bought a DVD of Lynyrd Skynyrd live.

I purchased Lynyrd Skynyrd Live From Freedom Hall on June 25, 2010. I was flying to Jersey to see Skynyrd July 1 (their show was July 2). Obviously, I have never see Skynyrd live before, so I wanted to know what they were like on stage. The Freedom Hall CD/DVD set was fairly new and although the line-up I was going to see was different, it was still Skynyrd to me.

I absolutely fell in love with Skynyrd. I will never say I am anyone’s biggest fan or number one fan, I will always tell you when I became a fan of someone. I wasn’t a big fan of Poison ‘back in the day’ but I became I fan in 1995 when I saw Bret Michaels on TNN Country News that year. I won’t make up any stories, I’ll just tell you what made me fall in love with the music.

Back to Skynyrd — I watched Rickey Medlocke go crazy on stage, playing with an amazing passion and put every ounce of himself into every note, every move and every moment of the show. The whole band was electric – Billy Powell was in that video, as was Ean Evans. I was hooked. Admittedly Rickey became my favorite member, his energy was and still is unbelievable. But after seeing them live and purchasing more live DVDs from a variety of time periods, I fell in love with all the members. There is a magic to Lynyrd Skynyrd as Rickey often says. There really is. The music is what draws you in, their live performance of said music is the icing in the cake.

For the last two years, I have read books, bought more CDs and downloads, collected magazines and so forth. My roommate calls it obsessed. Maybe I am, but there is so much history for me to explore and catch up on, I’ve missed a lot. They’ve been Lynyrd Skynyrd as long as I have been alive and, well, I have only been collecting CDs, DVDs, books and magazines on them since 2010. There is much to learn. I guess I could have read all the books and web sites and gotten it all out of the way before I collected the music and videos, but my passion is for the music. Doesn’t matter what line-up of the band, there are songs I can listen to over and over and over. For obvious reasons, I have latched on to the line-up I saw live in 2010. That line-up was Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Dale Krantz-Rossington, Michael Cartellone, Peter Keys, Carol Chase, Mark Matejka and Robert Kearns.

I have only met Peter Keys, he came to a Poison show here in Nashville this year. And, well I did meet Robert Kearns, too. I, of course, was backstage prior to the show catching up with Janna who was on the road with Bret (I don’t travel with him, but I do travel to see him in certain cities). She stopped and chatted with Peter and Robert about Bret, who had just two months prior to going out with Skynyrd had his brain hemorrhage, so that’s what we talked about. So technically, I met Peter twice.

Anyway, back to the show 38 Special went on first, so I watched with a friend I invited from the side of the stage. Donnie Van Zant is something else. A nice guy, too. No I didn’t meet him, but in the middle of a song he did come over and asked if we were good. Bret went on second and Skynyrd was the headliner. I learned quickly in my research that no one can follow Lynyrd Skynyrd – throughout their history some of the biggest names in music have been left in the dust when coming on after Skynyrd. When you see them live, you’ll understand.

They give 1000% to every show and despite any nervousness they may have, it never shows on stage. They are master showmen.

FAST FORWARD TO 2012…
I started writing this piece to discuss the Classic Rock Magazine (UK) Lynyrd Skynyrd Fan Pack. For the release of their new CD Last of A Dyin’ Breed, as every band does, there is promotions, interviews, and exclusive bonus tracks to get people excited about the release. A friend I made through the Skynyrd message board posted a link to this UK magazine fan pack. I bought one. UK magazines and releases are different than US their US counterparts. So I ordered a fan pack. (You can order one here if you are interested – Classic Rock Lynyrd SKynyrd Fan Pack)

The fan pack arrived just before my trip to Atlanta to see Skynyrd after the Phillies vs. Braves game at Turner Field. (I met my Mom and brother at the airport and was taking them with me to the game and concert. Skynyrd did not disappoint and they made a fan out of my Mom.) I read the first part of the magazine in the fan pack on the flight into Atlanta. I read the first 50 pages on the second leg of my trip into Atlanta.

The sections I read before the game and concert were the making of the album, track by track and the interviews with Gary, Johnny and Rickey. I read the rest of the magazine between Atlanta and Philly after the concert. The rest of the magazine had interviews with Mark, Michael, Peter Keys, new bassist Johnny Colt, the Honkettes (Dale and Carol), as well as an abbreviated history, information about the members who had passed and reviews of their back catalog.

I learned some new things, I knew some of the information they discussed and it was fun hearing the stories. I was touched by Johnny Colt’s interview and his story of being the new kid in the band. I became friends with him on Facebook shortly after he joined the band, follow him on Instagram and he’s shared a few stories about joining the band, along with some behind the scenes photos. Johnny Colt was a founding member of the Black Crowes. I knew of them, have some of their music and all that jazz. I like literally thousands of different artists, but obviously I can’t follow every detail of every artist I like. I probably would if I could, but realistically I can’t. So I didn’t know much about Johnny Colt and still have a lot to learn about him. What I have learned is that he’s a genuine guy who is passionate about his beliefs and the projects he immerses himself in.

His joining Skynyrd is no different. Reading the interview in the Fan Pack magazine just proves how passionate he is. He is still working on his groove and his place on stage with the band, but he’s filling some pretty big shoes. I think he’s doing just fine and if he’s nervous or loses himself in the moment of each show, I didn’t see it on September 1, 2012. I’m sure there was some pressure for him, he was home and playing in front of many people he knows, I’m sure. Add that to being onstage next to Gary Rossington all night, and, well it can’t be easy. But, much like the rest of the band, he’s an intense player. He’s real and genuine and, from everything I’ve learned about Lynyrd Skynyrd, a perfect fit.

I didn’t read his interview until after I went to the show. Watching him from the front and seeing him interact with the audience, observing him (that’s kind of what I do at all shows, I observe everything going on, it’s kind of part of my job), it made reading that interview more than just an interview. It made me go back through my memory and as I edited my photos from the show, really think about what I saw of him on stage.

Over the past few months, Team Skynyrd has been tweeting and posting more than they have since I started following them. One of the tidbits they posted was about how shy Gary Rossington is. That made me smile. I am super shy around most people. I avoid crowded rooms and meeting new people. I don’t like talking to people on the phone, but I will chat like crazy and post like crazy on a message board, my Facebook and blog. You’d have to know me pretty well to get me to say all this to you in person — this really long post is easier typed than spoken for me. Probably why I like to write and blog, it is easier than talking to someone for me.

In the Fan Pack, Dale, Gary’s wife, talks about how shy he is. That he won’t even answer the door for room service. It is crazy to me to think that Gary Rossington is a lot like me. I can’t explain what that admission means to me, who is often painfully shy to the point of social anxiety. Backstage at a show, I am pretty outgoing with the crew members and people I have come to know. As much as I would love to meet a bunch of people I admire, I could almost never do it on my own. If I could I would have met Rickey Medlocke in 2010 when I walked past him looking for a friend. I was so embarrassed as I walked past him and my phone rang. I wasn’t all that close, but my ringtone was Skynyrd Nation. I am that shy. I know these guys are all approachable, but at the same time, I am me and that me is still shy. So to learn that about Gary Rossington, THE Gary Rossington – the guy who plays guitar like no one else – it touched me, you know they way those things do. He’s world famous and still a shy guy. I am almost the silent partner in Bret’s World, most people don’t know anything about me, you won’t see me interviewed for a biography special and I like it that way. I don’t like answering the phone, although I do when I have to. I just smiled when I think about Gary being the same way.

The Fan Pack was a really cool memento to get and I’m glad I read it at the time I did. I study and learn about the people that I really admire. In a way I learn more about why I love music and certain musicians. The interviews and the reviews, as I stated earlier, contained both information I knew and some new information. The Lynyrd Skynyrd story is one of triumph and tragedy, rebirth and triumph again.

I know this was a long-winded, yet short review of the fan pack. It is very worth the investment if you like Skynyrd. If you love Skynyrd, you probably already have it or ordered it. The pin, bottle opener, poster and CD are all great additions to every Skynyrd fan’s collection.

Here’s the link again – http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/music-bookazines/classic-rock-presents-lynyrd-skynyrd-last-of-a-dyin-breed/

A LITTLE SIDE NOTE…
While I will gush every now and again, I don’t often brag about what I do. Yes, I get to work for THE Bret Michaels, but he’s more than just my boss, he’s family, my friend. At the same time, when other really famous musicians know my work or comment on my work – it means everything to me. Shy little me (You can read my story on my other web site blog (My Stories), has talked to a few rock stars from the pages of my Metal Edge magazines from high school, helped a few rock stars to web sites or just get tickets to one of Bret’s shows.

I work in the music business, but I shut that off and become a fan of the music I love. Just an ordinary fan like everyone who doesn’t work in the music business. I buy my own tickets to every show I go to. I don’t ask for tickets, passes or anything. I buy what I like and I’ll talk about it forever. When I love something I love it — it is completely genuine. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like something when I don’t post about it, ’cause I will tell you what I don’t dig, too. My favorites and opinions aren’t always popular, I prefer deep album cuts to singles for a lot of artists I listen to. I guess I latch on the artists that are genuine in that way too. I like real people. Bret Michaels and Lynyrd Skynyrd are those kind of people.

Gang of Outlaws – Nashville, Tennessee Photo Batch #1

Here are the first batch of photos from the Gang of Outlaws show at the Bridgestone Arena on June 20, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

These are from one of the two cameras I used at the show. This is the GE Digital Camera. Photos are pretty good for a $150 camera I think. 🙂

Click here to see the photos –> Gang of Outlaws Photos GE Camera

First Things First – Their First Music Video

Check it out folks –

Philly band, First Things First has released their first music video for the single “Love is For The _____.”

You can learn more about First Things First on Facebook – First Things First

About First Things First:
Biography
It pays off to spend countless hours networking and befriending others in the music industry, especially if you’re confident that you have something exceptional to offer. First Things First has done just that and it’s put them ahead of the game as they continue to dominate the local scene, headlining almost every show they play. Rising from the city of Brotherly Love’s fading music scene, First Things First has moved forward at a faster rate than any other band in the area with their influence dominating the social networks.

The band is made up of Stephen Schriner, Steve York, Vincent Cappello & Chris Guglielmi. Recorded in January 2011 by musical guru Brooks Paschal (Go Radio, VersaEmerge, There for Tomorrow and States), their ridiculously catchy EP “The Brighter Side” emerged in March of 2011 and provided for a memorable anthem of summer pop-punk tunes.

With endorsements through SJC Custom Drums, Clear Tune Monitors, Telefunken Microphones and Eloquent Creative Custom Stage Art as well as having toured New England twice, the Midwest and all over the greater Philadelphia region, First Things First has accomplished more in one year of being together than most bands do in three due to hard work, dedication and loyalty to their art.

Collectively influenced by the pop-punk masters who have gone before them such as Blink 182, The Starting Line, New Found Glory, Green Day and Yellowcard, First Things First is on the path to earning their place with the greats. Their distinctiveness sets them apart from other pop-punk bands.

In a world filled with obstacles, challenges and tragedies, First Things First hopes to lift spirits through their fun-loving carefree jams and remind folks that life isn’t as bad as they may think.

Sweet Home Alabama – New Cover Version

Howdy Frynds,

The biggest reason I am a die-hard Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, is my friend and my boss, Mr. Bret Michaels. He is the biggest Skynyrd fan I know (personally, that is) in addition to being frynds with the guys in Skynyrd. Anyway, Bret touring with Skynyrd in 2010, opened the floodgates for me personally in everything Skynyrd – I’ve gotten a lot (not all, yet) of the music, read a few books and scoured the Internet for old photos and information about Skynyrd and their music.  My roommate will tell you I’m obsessed, but I love Skynyrd’s music and listen to it everyday.

This summer, Bret is releasing an album with lots of special guests on it. Today, two digital singles became available on iTunes, one of which is Bret’s version of Sweet Home Alabama. I am a fan first, so I don’t like to bring my job to this board, but I really dig this version of Sweet Home Alabama. It’s different from the original. I ain’t gonna lie, my favorite parts of the song are the parts the Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington play on their guitars and that Peter Keys and Bobby Capps are on the tune as well. I love this version, it’s not the original, but I do love it.

I have had the chance to listen to it for quite a while, but I am very excited that the world gets to hear it.

It is on iTunes today, other services will follow, hard copy CDs later this summer.

Sweet Home Alabama – Bret Michaels
Featuring:
Gary Rossington, Guitar
Rickey Medlocke, Guitar
Peter Keys, Piano
Bobby Capps, Keyboards

Here’s the iTunes link: http://itunes.appl
e.com/us/album/sweet-home-alabama-feat.-rickey/id533269999

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

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