first_imgOn Monday night, as reported by The Seattle Times, comedian Will Ferrell joined a number of high-profile musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Brandi Carlile at a fundraiser for Cancer for College—a nonprofit that gives young survivors of cancer tuition funds for college. Dubbed “One Classy Night In Seattle,” the house band also included Brandi Carlile’s bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth; Chad Smith’s RHCP bandmate, Josh Klinghoffer; and Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band.One Classy Night In Seattle’s lineup with Will Ferrell and Chad Smith is unsurprising, given the two have a long history together as friends, doppelgängers, musical “collaborators,” and philanthropists for Cancer for College. In 2014, the two notable look-a-likes agreed to stage a drum battle, with Ferrell accepting only under the condition that the two of them raise $300,000 for Cancer for College. However, despite their friendship, as recently as fall of 2017, Smith stormed off the stage during a gig at Musicians Institute after a heckler yelled “Will Ferrell!” during a performance. He seemed to be kidding (mostly), but regardless it appears as though the two are still friends.During Monday night’s show, the band—which Ferrell named after the classic pre-teen Judy Blume novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—played a number of covers, including songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., and Led Zeppelin. During the show, Ferrell introduced a “local, homegrown kid” and invited out Eddie Vedder, McCready’s Pearl Jam bandmate, to join the motley crew of musicians for a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”, marking one of the major highlights and biggest surprises of the evening. With Carlile taking over vocals, Vedder stayed mostly in the background playing the tambourine, while Ferrell reemerged mid-song with his iconic cowbell.You can watch Eddie Vedder join the musical and comedic supergroup for a cover of “Personal Jesus” as well as a take on Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (sans Vedder), below, courtesy of MrBubbrub.Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Personal Jesus”[Video: MrBubbrub]Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”[Video: MrBubbrub][H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more


first_imgBefore he starts cutting hair, Maulanasyah sprays his protective gear and his customers’ hands with sanitizer.He has worn the gear for the past two weeks as part of efforts to cut the risks from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus that has killed at least 240 people and infected nearly 3,000 in the world’s fourth most populous country.Health workers in Indonesia have paid a high price, with at least 24 doctors dying from the disease, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association. In Jakarta, 130 medical workers have been infected, according to the city government said.Jakarta has ordered businesses and schools to close in a bid to contain the virus and it plans large-scale social restrictions enforced by security personnel. Though Maulanasyah’s salon is outside Jakarta, where many of the cases in the country have been clustered, his income has dwindled from about 500,000 rupiah ($31) a day to 100,000 rupiah ($6.20).Customer Abdul Rahman Fattah said he felt safer having his hair cut this way but conceded that the cumbersome outfit worn by Maulanasyah meant the result may not always be perfect.As another precautionary measure, Maulanasyah allows only four people in the salon and urges everyone to keep their distance.”This is to protect myself because I have a family, my child and wife, therefore I need to ensure my safety at work because I don’t know whether the people who come here are infected or not,” he said. Topics :center_img Indonesian hair stylist Herman Maulanasyah knows that he may look comical in his makeshift protective gear but he sees that as a small price if it helps protect him and his customers from the novel coronavirus.Clad in a plastic sheet held together with tape, a ski mask, a gas mask and latex gloves, Maulanasyah, 40, welcomes customers at his salon in the city of Bogor, south of Jakarta, even as the virus spreads across the country.”Please don’t judge, I’m not making it for fun or to look ridiculous, this is how I show my appreciation to the health workers,” Maulanasyah told Reuters at the salon he has run for 15 years.last_img read more