Phil Lesh and his ever-evolving cast of bandmates took the stage inside the Grate Room at his Terrapin Crossroads venue last night to recreate one of the Grateful Dead‘s classic shows. The performance on Wednesday at Lesh’s family-friendly venue was a full-set recreation of his former band’s 1987 concert originally held at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California on the same date, November 14th.Wednesday’s concert was the first of three “On This Day In Dead History” shows that Lesh has planned for this week, with the next two scheduled for Friday, November 16th, and Sunday, November 18th. Lesh was joined on Wednesday by Anders Osborne and Stu Allen on guitar, Steve Molitz on keys, and Nathan Graham holding down the rhythm section. Thankfully, by the power of Nugs.net, the entire show was streamed live from the San Rafael venue for Deadheads around the country to turn on, tune in and enjoy.Phil Lesh & Friends – Terrapin Crossroads – 11/14/18[Video: Nugs.net]The show begins right at the video’s 10:41 mark with that infamous, bold D-minor chord of “Shakedown Street” powering its way through the speakers. The lengthy opening jam provided the lineup with an immediate opportunity to stretch their group-mind abilities and take the title track from their 1978 Shakedown Street LP for a walk through the woods, just as the Dead used to do it. The first set continued after some solid jamming with “Little Red Rooster”, “Althea” and a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. The set would come to a close with the band playing through a fun version of The Meters‘ “Hey Pocky A-Way” followed by the always lively “Deal”, with Stu Allen leading the way on vocals for the dance-friendly song. To make for an even better free show stream experience, fans were encouraged to stick around at setbreak to tune into a performance from Colonel & The Mermaids.Set two started out hot with the galloping rhythm of “Maggie’s Farm” before the band quickly transitioned into “Cumberland Blues”. The second set was then off and running with an extended “Playing In The Band” > “Terrapin Station” segment, the latter featuring Phil trading off vocal duties with Allen. “Drums” > “Space” followed, as was customary by the Dead’s nightly setlists at that point in their career. The band continued with a stretch of Dead favorites (“I Need A Miracle” > “Stella Blues” > “Throwing Stones”) before ending with Bobby “Blue” Bland classic “Turn On Your Love Light”, best known to Deadheads as a quintessential Ron “Pigpen” McKernan live tune. Phil and company returned to the stage (following his organ donor rap) to close out the night with their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)”.Below, fans can also tune into the original audio from the Dead’s 1987 Long Beach performance below to hear to how well Phil and his new band did at revisiting the old show.Grateful Dead – 11/14/87 – Full Audio[Audio: Uploaded by Johnathan Aizen]Fans hoping to attend the next “On This Day In Dead History” show on Friday can click here for tickets. Although Phil Lesh has yet to announce which historical show his band will be revisiting, we do know that it was a show played on November 16th. If we had to guess, we’d bet they’ll be pulling out the setlist from the Dead’s performance at the Fillmore East on 11/16/70.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 11/14/18Set One: Shakedown Street, Little Red Rooster, Althea, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Hey Pocky A-Way, DealSet 2: Maggie’s Farm > Cumberland Blues, Playing In The Band > Terrapin Station > Drums/Space > I Need A Miracle > Stella Blue > Throwing Stones > Turn On Your Love LightEncore: Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
At a recent conference the German supervisor BaFin called on companies and unions to get in touch about how to set up the new vehicles and plans.However, Jasper pointed out it will take time for the first plans to be up and running: “We do not think any new vehicles will be set up before autumn 2018 by the social partners.”This is largely because in the last quarter of each year, the so-called Tarifverträge (collective bargaining agreements), are negotiated between social partners of employers and workers’ unions. Only companies having signed on to these agreements will be allowed to set up pure DC plans under the new legal framework.“It would be good if companies would be allowed to introduce these features on an individual basis in a works agreement, even if they are not part of a collective bargaining agreement,” Jasper noted.Similarly, members can only be auto-enrolled into DC pension plans set up as part of a collective bargaining agreement.Jasper said this limitation was “regrettable” but he added it was “very positive that auto-enrolment was mentioned in the law”.According to a survey held by WTW among German employees last year, the vast majority (72%) said they would be content to be enrolled into a pension plan with the possibility to opt out.The BRSG also requires employers to pass on any savings they make on social contributions by paying parts of the wages directly into pension plans.Employers who have outsourced such deferred compensation plans (Entgeltumwandlung) to a Pensionskassse, Pensionsfonds or Direktversicherung vehicle will have to make a 15% contribution. This applies to new plans from 2019 and to all plans from 2022.According to Willis Towers Watson’s Jasper, some companies were already passing on these savings via special arrangements, but he called on all companies to review their pension plans to check for any necessary changes.“We expect this new legal requirement to create a new standard that would put pressure on all employers to pass on savings they make on social contributions when paying into pension plans rather than employees’ current accounts,” he said.This would also mean employers that have set up the Entgeltumwandlung internally, including via book reserves, would have to make additional contributions to these plans. New defined contribution (DC) plans will strengthen funded pensions in Germany if they are widely accepted by employers and workers, according to Willis Towers Watson.Talking to IPE, Thomas Jasper, head of occupational pensions at Willis Towers Watson for Western Europe, said the adoption of changes brought in under the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz (BRSG) could change the country’s occupational pension landscape significantly. The law introducing DC plans will come into effect next year.“If the new pension plans without guarantees get widely accepted, companies will have to set them up via funded vehicles,” Jasper said.Direktzusagen pensions – in which benefits are paid directly from a company’s balance sheet rather than backed by financial assets – will in future only be allowed if employers grant a 0% guarantee.
The Premier County lost out at the death in yesterday’s Lidl National League Division 3 Final Replay against Waterford who claimed the title at the last kick of the game. The Tipp team will get their championship campaign underway next week, and manager Gerry McGill says they will have to get over their disappointment very quickly.