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Alan White, longtime drummer of progressive-rock titans Yes, who also played with John Lennon and George Harrison, died Thursday at his Seattle home after a short illness, his family and the band reported on social media.

No further details were immediately announced; he was 72.

His family added in a Facebook post: “Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him.”

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While best known for his decades-long stint with Yes, White began working with the former Beatles at an early age, appearing with Lennon at his famous ‘Live Peace in Toronto’ concert in 1969 (in a backing band that also included Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Yoko Ono) as well as several of Lennon’s albums and singles at the time, most notably the 1970 song ‘Instant Karma!’, where his whipcrack drumming is front and centre.

He also played on Lennon’s Imagine album as well as George Harrison’s 1970 masterpiece All Things Must Pass.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017.

Inductee Alan White of Yes onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2017.

The group had announced on Sunday that “due to current health issues” White would not be taking part in next month’s British tour and would be replaced on drums by his friend Jay Schellen.

White was born in 1949 in England’s County Durham into a musical family. Though the young White began piano lessons around age six, his uncle caught the rhythm in his piano style and convinced the young Alan’s parents to buy him an Ajax drum kit for Christmas at age 12.

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He joined his first band, the Downbeats, shortly afterwards, and the group’s repertoire of Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers covers eventually led to a stint with pop singer Billy Fury.

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In 1969, Lennon saw White performing with a group called Griffin and recruited him as drummer for his Plastic Ono Band. White initially thought Lennon’s phone call was a prank but soon found himself flying to Toronto with Lennon, Ono, Clapton and Voorman for the hastily arranged gig, rehearsing songs in mid-flight by banging on a seat cushion.

The set, performed in front of some 20,000 people at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium on September 13, 1969, was later released as the album Live Peace in Toronto. It features the ad-hoc group playing some rock and roll covers, Lennon’s singles ‘Cold Turkey’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’, and two rough rave-ups with Ono on vocals.

He would go on to perform with Lennon on ‘Instant Karma!’ and the Imagine album as well as the live album, recorded in 1969, included with Some Time in New York City. In addition to All Things Must Pass, he worked on Harrison-produced albums by Billy Preston, Doris Troy and the Radha Krsna Temple’s album.

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Tony Kaye, Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Alan White and John Anderson of Yes attend Rock Walk Induction Party on May 24, 1994 at Guitar Center in Hollywood, California.

White’s career took a turn into progressive territory when he joined Yes in 1972, replacing founding drummer Bill Bruford, who’d left to join King Crimson. White joined the group for its Close to the Edge album and also appeared on much of the live triple album Yessongs, and his playing (and drum kit) grew in complexity to suit the group’s long and musically elaborate songs.

His Facebook page states: “Alan joined Yes on July 27, 1972, and with only three days to learn the music, Yes opened their US tour before 15,000 fans in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 1972.”

He remained with Yes for most of its many incarnations over the years, including its blockbuster 1983 comeback album 90215 and the smash single ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’; with the death of co-founder and bassist Chris Squire in 2015, White became the longest-standing member of the group. Over the years he also performed with Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Terry Reid, the Ventures and Ginger Baker.

Yes Alan White, Jon Anderson, Hans Tonino Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, & Chris Squire, Golden Records, Ahoy, Rotterdam, 1-7-1984, Foto Rob Verhorst

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During his time with Yes, White even released a solo album, 1976’s Ramshackled, that featured the group’s singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe on ‘Spring-Song of Innocence’; all five members of the band released solo albums at the time.

According to White’s family Facebook page, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rogena “Gigi” (née Walberg), his children, Jesse (Emily), their two children JJ and Ellie, and Cassi (Kela), and sister-in-law Andrea Holmqvist (Robert).

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Title: Alan White, drummer for Yes and John Lennon, dies at 72
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Published Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 00:05:00 GMT

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Is Megan Thee Stallion a ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ fan? ‘Gojo Thee Stallion,’ explained

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Prior to the 2024 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, some anime fans had no idea that rapper Megan Thee Stallion was an anime enthusiast. But watching her speech as she presented the Anime of the Year Award, there can be no doubt about it: Megan is a weeb.

Personally, I’m Megan Thee Stallion’s newest fan and follower, and I hope I’m not the only one whose heart she unexpectedly won. Despite not being too familiar with her music and her career, the way her personality shone during the ceremony, and everything I’ve found out thereafter, contributed to a feeling of kinship. United by nerdiness, we could say.

Megan has previously cosplayed as other anime characters. One such instance that broke the internet – but not as much as recently – was when she cosplayed My Hero Academia’s pro-hero Mirko. And, objectively, she looked stunning.

But, even though some like myself only found out about her passion for anime recently, the American artist has never truly hidden it, in fact, and admirably, she seems proud of her nerdy side.

Megan Thee Stallion many cosplays
Screengrabs via X/IG

But when she cosplayed a female version of Satoru Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen – who also won the Crunchyroll award for secondary anime character of the year – the internet went wild as if she had cast Domain Expansion over social media.

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Megan Thee Stallion is a Gojo fan
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When she “made it to Japan,” Megan Thee Stallion posted on her social media pictures of herself dressed up as a female Gojo – arguably, the most widely adored character in the series. The combination of the beloved rapper with the beloved S-rank jujutsu sorcerer took the internet by storm, or, shall we say, by Hollow Purple. It escalated to the point that the hashtag “Gojo Thee Stallion” was trending on X (formerly Twitter).

The match made in heaven had people collectively losing their minds. So much so that many talented artists scrambled to make incredible works of fan art, further immortalizing the moment:

Megan thee Stallion Gojo cosplay fan art
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♬ HISS – Megan Thee Stallion

If the Crunchyroll Anime Awards were aiming at reaching a wider audience and generating more chatter this year, they surely have managed to attain the feat. Bring Megan Thee Stallion again next year and I’ll sit down – along with many others surely – to watch the event once more in 2025.

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By: Margarida Bastos
Title: Is Megan Thee Stallion a ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ fan? ‘Gojo Thee Stallion,’ explained
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/anime/is-megan-thee-stallion-a-jujutsu-kaisen-fan-gojo-thee-stallion-explained/
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Oppenheimer Wins Big at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards

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Oppenheimer has now won both the Cinema Audio Society and the two key awards at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild. It is sweeping the season at an astonishing pace. The Zone of Interest did not win in its category, and was beaten by Society of the Snow. But really, Zone is more of Sound […]

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Title: Oppenheimer Wins Big at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards
Sourced From: www.awardsdaily.com/2024/03/03/oppenheimer-wins-big-at-the-mpse-golden-reel-awards/
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‘Attack On Titan’ should have been nominated for Anime of the Year and I’ll die on that hill

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This article contains spoilers for the final season of Attack on Titan

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards was a night to remember, partly because of the obvious snubs that fans like me couldn’t overlook. And yes, I’m talking about Attack On Titan’s snub for Anime of the Year.

Between the Bleach and Vinland Saga snubs, the anime community was in a justified uproar. However, the Anime of the Year award, the most anticipated award of the night, didn’t interest me because the near-perfect Attack On Titan didn’t even make the cut.

To put it mildly, Attack On Titan had an explosive year in 2023, finally concluding the highly acclaimed series after over 10 years. But the penultimate offering might have been arguably the most emotionally gripping moment in anime history. So why wasn’t it even a contender for the award? Crunchyroll, you will pay for these crimes! 

Why AOT Deserved an Anime of the Year Nomination

Two words: The Rumbling.

Attack on Titan has been a global phenomenon since its first season, but the twists and turns that led up to The Rumbling were the most satisfying. The plot only seemed to get more complex and mysterious with every new season, and every answer unveiled only led to a new question. The Final Season: Special 1 begins with The Rumbling, the highly anticipated catastrophic march of Colossal Titans on Marley, led by Eren, and covers how the characters rally together to stop him.

This special episode was perfect for many reasons. It brought us back to Eren’s point of view, showing us how he justified his actions to himself and how he had been grappling with the reality of his fate since he arrived in Marley. MAPPA also spared no details in depicting the devastation of The Rumbling, in a sequence that was quite difficult to watch, despite Attack on Titan’s reputation for gruesome scenes. Moreover, the special also had an emotional core, loaded with scenes like Armin and Annie’s heartfelt conversation, and Hange’s heart-wrenching send-off.

Altogether, all the themes of AOT were laid bare, and we saw the characters at their most vulnerable. Attack on Titan has been a colossal anime for a decade (pun intended), so a snub in the most recognized category seems quite dismissing of a decade’s worth of excellence. There is no doubt that this finale was more than award-worthy, and deserved to be recognized as such.

Did AOT get any nominations?

Fortunately, Attack on Titan wasn’t totally snubbed by the Crunchyroll Awards. Although the second part of the final episode wasn’t eligible for nominations due to its late release date of November, The Final Season, The Final Chapters: Special 1 received multiple nominations. Here are the categories that AOT received nominations in:

• Best Animation

• Best Continuing Series

• Best Director

• Best Cinematography

• Best Action

• Best Drama

• Best Main Character – Eren Jaeger

• Best Supporting Character – Hange Zoe

• Best Score

• Best Voice Artist Performance (Japanese) – Yuki Kaji

Overall, Attack On Titan earned many nominations at the 2024 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, but that is the precise reason why it deserved to have a spot among the Anime of the Year nominees. Nonetheless, the anime took home the awards for Best Drama and Best Score. Crunchyroll had better come through next year, and reward the fans, crew, cast, and of course, Hajime Isayama, with an Anime of the Year nomination for Attack On Titan at the 2025 Anime Awards.

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By: Demi Phillips
Title: ‘Attack On Titan’ should have been nominated for Anime of the Year and I’ll die on that hill
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/anime/attack-on-titan-should-have-been-nominated-for-anime-of-the-year-and-ill-die-on-that-hill/
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