Friday, April 27, 2018

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

New amazing video by U2.

#U2eiTour #U2SongsofExperience U2 Experience and Innocence tour almost here.

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

Directed by David Mushegain



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

The door is open to go through
If I could I would come, too
But the path is made by you
As you're walking start singing and stop talking

Oh, if I could hear myself when I say
(Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way

So young to be the words of your own song
I know the rage in you is strong
Write a world where we can belong
To each other and sing it like no other

Oh, if I could hear myself when I say
(Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way

If the moonlight caught you crying on Killiney Bay
Oh, sing your song
Let your song be sung
If you listen you can hear the silence say
"When you think you're done
You've just begun"

Love is bigger than anything in its way
Love is bigger than anything in its way
Love is bigger than anything in its way

Thursday, January 18, 2018

U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way (Official Video)

U2 is here again with a new video.

U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way (Official Video)

A Few Words from the Directors ‘Broken Fingaz Crew’:

“The video addresses the current political situation: 2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders, who use people's fear to build more walls and segregation.

The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation, and in the same way, we've combined our psychedelic pop style with political imagery; shot entirely analogue, using paper cut and stop motion animation techniques”.

Editor: Adam Albo



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way

Get out of your own way, hey, hey
Get out of your own way, hey, hey

Love hurts
Now you're the girl who's left with no words
Your heart's a balloon, but then it bursts
It doesn't take a cannon, just a pin
Your skin's not covering
And resistance
Love has got to fight for its existence
The enemy has armies for assistance
The amorist, the glamorous, the kiss
A fist, listen to this, oh

Get out of your own way, oh, I
Get out of your own way, oh, I

I could sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I'd make it alright, alright
Nothing's stopping you except what's inside
I can help you, but it's your fight, your fight

Fight back
Don't take it lyin' down, you got to bite back
The face of liberty's starting to crack
She had a plan up until she got smacked in the mouth
And it all went south
Like freedom
The slaves are lookin' for someone to lead them
The master's lookin' for someone to need him
The promised land is there for those who need it most
And Lincoln's ghost said...

Get out of your own way, oh, I
Get out of your own way, oh, I

I could sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I'd make it alright, alright
Nothing's stopping you except what's inside
I can help you, but it's your fight, your fight

Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way

Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kelly Clarkson & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden.
Today: The amazing Kelly Clarkson.
Awesome Kelly Clarkson in the Carpool Karaoke video. The first American Idol Winner.

Kelly Clarkson Carpool Karaoke
Published on Nov 29, 2017
James asks Kelly Clarkson to help him carpool through Los Angeles traffic while singing her classics and new music, and arranges for Kelly and her husband Brandon to have some quality time together.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

P!nk & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden.
Today: The amazing P!nk.
Awesome Pink in the Carpool Karaoke video.

P!nk Carpool Karaoke
Published on Nov 14, 2017
James enlists some commuting help from P!nk, driving around Los Angeles singing her classics, and the two end upside down to prove once and for all you can sing better inverted.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Walk On Water

Here it is the new video of 30 Seconds To Mars.
"Walk On Water" shot completely on the 4th of July 2017.

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Walk On Water



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Walk On Water

[Intro]
(Do you believe?) Walk on water

[Verse 1]
Can you even see what you're fighting for?
Blood lust in a holy war
Listen up, hear the patriot shout:
"Times are changing"
In the end, the choice was clear
Take a shot in the face of fear
Fist up in the firing line
Times are changing

[Chorus]
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?
(Do you believe?)

[Verse 2]
Look at the sky, see a dying star
White lies, it's a man on fire
Making love with the devil hurts
Times are changing
A thin line, the whole truth
The far right, the left view
Breaking all those promises made
Times are changing

[Chorus]
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?

[Bridge]
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water

[Chorus]
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?
Do you believe? Walk on water
(Do you believe that you can walk on water?)
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?

[Outro]
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Linkin Park 2017-10-28 Mashable, 'F*ck depression': Linkin Park tribute concert celebrates Chester Bennington's life

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'F*ck depression': Linkin Park tribute concert celebrates Chester Bennington's life


Musicians from Linkin Park; Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Brad Delsen, Rob Bourdon and Mike Shinoda perform during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California.


Musicians from Linkin Park; Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Brad Delsen, Rob Bourdon and Mike Shinoda perform during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California.



"I don't have the words and I don't think any of us do," Linkin Park's pianist and vocalist Mike Shinoda told the sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night.

He didn't need them. The band, joined by a laundry list of famous friends, orchestrated a truly beautiful and cathartic tribute concert that was much more powerful than words. They celebrated the life of the band's singer, Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in July.

Helping fill the stage were members of popular bands who had their heyday around the turn of the century like Blink182, Sum 41, Yellowcard, Bush, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, No Doubt, and many, many more. Limited by no specific genre or style, it felt like the entire industry came together to support the band and honor the life of their friend. The musicians helped sing some of Bennington's parts or filled in on guitar in Linkin Park's songs, while others performed their own tributes.

Fans' countless crying faces were projected onto screens surrounding the stage, but the event didn't feel like a funeral — this was a celebration. Linkin Park's songs are dark and emotionally driven, adding a deep layer of intimacy between the band and its fans. It was hard not to choke up hearing the crowd sing powerful lyrics like "In the end, it doesn't even matter," and "Who cares if one more light goes out in the sky of a million stars?"

Every song, in some way, felt related to Bennington's tragic death and that much more meaningful.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Musicians from Linkin Park; Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn perform with Steve Aoki during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Shinoda had once shared the role of band frontman with Bennington — on this night the responsibility was his alone. He proved he was up to the task, acting with professionalism and genuine love for both the music and Linkin Park's fans. A band performing without a lead singer may sound impossible — Shinoda called the concert one of the "hardest things I think we've ever decided to do." In honor of Bennington, though, Linkin Park made it work.

After a few songs to kick things off, the stage went dark and a single microphone stand covered in greenery was illuminated at the center of the stage. No one sang into the mic as the band performed "Numb," one of Linkin Park's most popular songs off the band's 2003 album Meteora.

After a few bars, the crowd came to the realization that nobody was going to step out from the back of the stage to sing this one for Bennington. It was on the fans to fill the void. The audience became a little closer with that knowledge, tension eased. Those who knew the words sang a little bit louder. The emotional moment appears in the video below, complete with chants of "Chester! Chester! Chester!" to close out the song.



While the music alone spoke volumes, musicians also used the stage to advocate for mental health awareness, which received praise and cheers from the crowd of over 18,000.

"There's been a lot of vilification of people with depression, and addiction, and being troubled, and being in the public eye, and being made fun of for the challenges that we as a huge community of people with notoriety have gone through. And it's an extremely, isolating, challenging journey to go through," Alanis Morissette said to the crowd as she introduced the song "Rest" off her upcoming album. "And so, for me, I just want to offer empathy to all people in the public eye. To all of you here tonight, to everyone around the planet who's grieving."

The crowd roared for Morissette, who's probably one of the last people you'd expect to perform at a Linkin Park concert. There was no ego that night. Nobody scoffed at the mix of genres or musical backgrounds the diverse lineup presented. The crowd may have been filled with rockers, but none of that seemed to matter.

Later in the evening, Bennington's microphone made another appearance as Talinda Ann Bentley, Chester's wife, took the stage to thank the Linkin Park family, the performers, and crowd. She introduced a new mental health resource, called 320 in collaboration with Change Direction, in honor of her husband.


Talinda Ann Bentley speaks during the Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California.


Talinda Ann Bentley speaks during the Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California.

Image: Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock


"It is time to recognize that mental health is as important as our physical health," Bentley said to the crowd. "It is my mission to make it easier to have access to mental health resources ... Together we will build a recourse, not only for those suffering emotionally, but also for friends, and family members, and medical practitioners, who are seeking answers to questions about mental health, illness, and addiction, so they can best support people in their lives."

Bentley announced there were mental health professionals from Change Direction available at the show for anyone seeking help.

"Fuck depression, let's make Chester proud," Bentley said before exiting the stage.

While the show could have been somber, it was packed with energetic and uplifting performances, including one from Bennington himself. Using footage and audio from a performance from Linkin Park at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2014, the band played "New Divide" with Bennington at the helm. If I closed my eyes, it felt like Bennington was on stage, singing along with the crowd packed with devoted fans. The song, for a brief moment, brought Bennington back to life to perform one last time.

As the masses exited the venue they were greeted with a memorial wall, where they wrote tributes and messages to Bennington. The vibe was positive and people were in good spirits despite being stuck in an endless line of people slowly trying to exit the massive venue.


Fans write messages on memorial wall for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, located outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.


Fans write messages on memorial wall for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, located outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Image: Mashable/Brian Koerber


"I thought it was wonderful. I thought it was beautiful," longtime fan Angela Schippers, 35, of Moreno Valley, California, said about the concert after signing the wall.

"I just thanked Chester for all the beautiful music that inspired everyone," she said.


Longtime Linkin Park fan Angela Schippers signs a memorial for Chester Bennington.


Longtime Linkin Park fan Angela Schippers signs a memorial for Chester Bennington.
 
Image: Mashable/Brian Koerber


"It was so good, so fun. I go to a lot of concerts [and this was] one of the best concerts I've ever been to. And the thing is, I don't know all their music," Jason Wisch, a Los Angeles native, admitted. "It was poetic."

Before ending the show, Shinoda touched on a topic that was on every fan's mind: What will happen to the beloved band now that its lead singer is gone?

"You guys, we don't know where we're going from here, we certainly appreciate your support as we get there ... most importantly, keep Chester in your hearts and make Chester proud," he said.

This was so much more than a concert, or a memorial for a dear friend — it was proof that music can heal and bring people together for good. There's no doubt: Bennington would have been proud of what he saw on stage on Friday. Proud of his friends, proud of his bandmates, proud of his family, and most importantly, proud of his fans.

Linkin Park 2017-10-28 Forbes, Linkin Park Make Chester Bennington Proud With Heartfelt And Powerful Tribute

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Linkin Park Make Chester Bennington Proud With Heartfelt And Powerful Tribute



I write about music and the business of music

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Musicians from Linkin Park; Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn and Dave Farrell perform during the 'Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington' event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Early in the three-hour tribute Linkin Park paid to late lead singer Chester Bennington, Friday night, October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl, the band showed a video clip that made the rounds recently. Part of the group’s effort to showcase the lighter, fun side of Bennington, the clip saw him singing a song called “Lollipops And Unicorns,” an absurd, if catchy little ditty.

After the clip LP producer/emcee Mike Shinoda quipped, “Did you really just sing along to a You Tube clip? If that’s the case you don’t even need us here tonight.” Yes, they did sing along to the clip, as they did to everything during the epic show. And the 18,000 fans needed the band there as much the band needed the fans there.

Back in 2004, I received a call from a publicist explaining that Linkin Park were on the road in support of their second album, Meteora, and they had been traveling with a great rock photographer Greg Watermann. It was near the end of the tour that they realized they might have a coffee table book, but they needed someone to write the copy to go with the photos. Would I be interested?

Other than the fact the band’s debut, Hybrid Theory, had been a monster success I really did not know much about them. But they were, at the time, the biggest-selling rock band in the world and to be asked was a tremendous honor. So I said I was interested, I got the gig to my surprise, and two days later I was on a plane to somewhere in Florida to meet them for the end of the tour.

Because they wanted to tell the true story of the band and in particular Meteora, the album that followed Hybrid Theory, I was given unparalleled access, including even sleeping on their tour bus.

One of the things I was also given was a bag of fan art and letters. This was intended to show me the relationship between the band, who did meet and greets after every show, and their diehard fans. Thirteen years later, Shinoda mentioned that connection numerous times at the Hollywood Bowl, saying that in the trying times since Bennington’s shocking suicide this past July the fans had lifted them up time and again.

That connection is deep and profound. Reading through the art and letters at the time I saw fans who said time and again LP had saved their lives or helped them through dark times. After the massive commercial breakthrough of Hybrid Theory, a rap/rock record, I had numerous music industry friends ask me if I really liked Linkin Park. The answer was yes and I cited the relationship they had with their fans as proof the band was much more than the novelty of rap/rock detractors wanted to label them.

So this Hollywood Bowl tribute to Chester Bennington was necessary for both fans and band. The fans needed the chance to celebrate a musical hero and the band needed to see if they could get back on stage as a five-piece and to say goodbye through music.

The night promised to be intense and emotional, which it was. At one point Shinoda called it a roller coaster of emotions and added no one was sure what would come next. It proved true throughout the incredibly powerful 31-song set.

When a mike was placed under the spotlight during the front of “Numb” at the beginning of the show and the 18,000 strong sang the entire song it was spine-tingling, moving and heartbreaking, words that came up again and again.

I considered Bennington a friend and as such I was dreading this show for the emotional toll. I spoke to another friend after the show who had also worked with LP and she used the words, “Angry, sad and joyous.” We both concurred that during the epic singalong of “In The End,” which Shinoda introduced by saying, “You are our favorite guests,” to the crowd, it was impossible to get through singing the song without sobbing.

In spite of the tremendous heaviness of the occasion, Linkin Park accomplished wondrous things in making this an often joyous celebration. The presence of artists like Blink-182, Alanis Morissette, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Machine Gun Kelly, Steve Aoki, Avenged Sevenfold, members of System Of A Down and more, as well as video tributes from Paul McCartney and Metallica, among others, added an incredible amount of star power and lifted the crowd every time.

But Shinoda was not wrong in calling the crowd their favorite guests. This show was about the bond between Linkin Park and their fans, all of whom were mourning the loss of someone they considered a family member, whether they knew him or not.

After Bennington’s death I read countless comments from people who said they’d never felt this way over the death of a celebrity. I read those comments in part to help me understand my grief. I knew Bennington, when we saw each other we were friends, we would talk, catch up, point out how good it was to see each other. But he wasn’t an everyday presence in my life so I wasn’t sure why the pain was so strong.

I’m still not, but I do know this show was something I needed as both a fan and a friend. And it was something that was necessary for the LP community. At the end of the night Bennington’s widow Talinda came out and spoke about how happy Chester would have been to see everybody brought together like this and lifting each other up.

She referenced, as Shinoda did numerous times as well, the hashtag that had emerged, “Make Chester Proud.” And that this night would have done so. Both Linkin Park and their fans have every right to be proud of what they did tonight. It wasn’t about a night of great music, though there were countless highlights and memorable moments, especially a devastating new song, “Looking For An Answer,” Shinoda played.

They billed this night as a celebration of Bennington’s life. But it was clearly as much about figuring out how to go on in the face of tragedy and coming to grips with the fact there will never be answers. Tonight, more than 18,000 people who loved Chester Bennington gathered to celebrate his life and legacy. It wasn’t a perfect night. One song the band flubbed the beginning and Shinoda said, “F**k that, we’re starting over. Chester wouldn’t take that s**t.” But it was a night of beauty, of power, of love, of incredible sorrow and of joy. So yeah, Linkin Park definitely made both Chester and their fans proud.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Linkin Park & Ken Jeong - Carpool Karaoke

A special Apple Music Carpool Karaoke video.
Today: Linkin Park time.
Funny stuff like always in the Carpool Karaoke videos.

Linkin Park - Carpool Karaoke ft. Ken Jeong FULL HD
Published on Oct 12, 2017
With the blessing of Chester's family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Miley Cyrus & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden.
Today: Miley Cyrus time.
Funny stuff like always in the Carpool Karaoke videos.

Miley Cyrus Carpool Karaoke
Published on Oct 10, 2017
James and Miley Cyrus drive to work while singing her biggest hits, playing High or Not High, and trying to make themselves cry.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

U2 - You're The Best Thing About Me

The amazing new video from U2 is here (6 PM). Today just a special day, also the birth (9:40 PM) of my 4th niece Sara from my brother and her wife.

So I dedicate this song and this amazing video to Sara and to my brother and his wife.

U2 - You’re The Best Thing About Me (Official Video)



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - You're The Best Thing About Me

When you look so good, the pain in your face doesn't show
When you look so good and baby, you don't even know
When the world is ours but the world is not your kind of thing
Full of shooting stars, brighter as they're vanishing
Oh you've seen enough to know it's children who teach
You're still free enough to wake up on a bed or a beach

You're the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You're the best thing about me
I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You're the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You're the best thing about me
The best thing about me

I been crying out, "How bad can a good time be?"
Shooting off my mouth, that's another great thing about me
I have everything but I feel like nothing at all
There's no risky thing for a man who's determined to fall

You're the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You're the best thing about me
I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You're the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You're the best thing about me

Why am I
Why am I walking away?
Walking away
Why am I walking away?

I can see it all so clearly
I can see what you can't see
I can see you love her loudly
When she needs you quietly

You're the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You're the best thing about me

Why am I
Why am I walking away?
Walking away
Why am I walking away?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Foo Fighters & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden. Today: Foo Fighters time.
One of my favourite rock crazy bands.
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley. SO GOOD.

Foo Fighters Carpool Karaoke
Published on Sep 20, 2017
James and the Foo Fighters take a drive through Los Angeles singing the band's classics before dropping into a music store for a quick drumming session with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Linkin Park - One More Light (Official Video)

Hard to see it. We, the World miss you brother Chester Bennington. You died so young.

Hope to hear your music till the day I die. Your voice was magical.

Linkin Park are: Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joe Hahn.

This is the new video from Linkin Park released September 18, 2017. Almost 2 months after Chester Bennington hunged himself in his home (July 20, 2017) with 41 years old (born in March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.).

One More Light (Official Video) - Linkin Park
Published on Sep 18, 2017

"One More Light" music video directed by Joe Hahn & Mark Fiore.

“It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it. I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection.”
- JOE HAHN

“One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.”
- MIKE SHINODA

Visit http://chester.linkinpark.com

Download/Stream the new album 'One More Light' - http://lprk.co/onemorelight

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ElkY 2017-09-13 PokerStars Blog, Something you didn't know about... Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier

http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/en/blog/2017/something-you-didnt-know-about-bertrand-elky-grospellier-168049.shtml

Something you didn't know about... Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier


ElkY Cover Image.jpg

The French poker star discusses his time as a professional StarCraft gamer in South Korea, his passion for fast-paced card game Hearthstone and the buzz he gets from Twitch streaming...

With his crop of platinum blond hair and collection of snazzy sunglasses, Bertrand Grospellier, otherwise known simply as 'ElkY', is an instantly recognisable figure on the international poker scene. The Team PokerStars Pro also sits comfortably atop France's all-time money list with live tournament winnings of $13.5m, while his tour de force was completing poker's coveted 'Triple Crown' in 2011 (WSOP, EPT and WPT titles).

The 36-year-old is also a bit of an online poker phenom. Back in 2009, he entered the Guinness Book of Records for the most Sit & Go poker tournaments played within the space of an hour. That was 62. Indeed, lightning reflexes and unwavering endurance come easy to ElkY after plying his trade as a professional gamer before discovering poker. We caught up with him at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, to hear more about his gaming life outside poker...

ElkY World Record.jpgElkY on his way to setting a Guinness world record in 2009

Have you always been passionate about computer games?

Yes. My brother, who is ten years older than me, was given a computer and our sister didn't want to play with him. So I started playing games with him from three years old and got into gaming that way. But I also liked all kinds of games, including board games.

Before you rose to fame in poker, you were a professional gamer in South Korea, ranked one of the top StarCraft players in the world. How did that happen?

I'd visited the country in 1999 and 2000 but I moved there in 2001 because at the time South Korea was the only place you could become a professional StarCraft gamer and make a living from it. They were really advanced with eSports and it was on TV. I loved living in South Korea and life was really fun. The capital Seoul is a huge city and there is so much to do all the time. If you want to get a haircut at midnight, you can. It's non-stop action. It was a dream because we were being paid to play video games, sometimes in front of 20,000 people in arenas, and we would get recognised in the street. One time, we were mobbed on the subway by fans and spent over an hour signing autographs. A unique thing about Korea was that a lot of our fans were older - some were in their forties or fifties, which is quite different to Europe.

Where does the nickname 'ElkY' come from?

ElkY was my character name from role-playing games, so I kept using it. Also, Koreans have a problem pronouncing my real name, which meant it was easier for them to call me by my game ID.

Out of interest, why is there a capital 'Y' in ElkY?

I just thought it looked cooler and more symmetrical.

Did you learn Korean?

Sure, I can speak Korean, although not perfectly. But I can get around in Korea quite easily. Living with Koreans made it easier to learn the language.

How long did you live in that part of the world?

Six years. For the first four years, I was a StarCraft professional. Once I got into poker, I decided to move back to London because by 2006 I had become a PokerStars Team Pro and there were so many tournaments in Europe. It didn't make sense living in Korea and going back and forth every other week. It was just too tiring, so I moved to London in 2007. As well as doing well at poker, I was spending a lot of time on the road as part of my StarCraft deal, and my Korean teammates had to join the army as everyone has to sign up with the military for 26 months. So I decided to focus on poker and became a pro about a year before signing with PokerStars.

ElkY PCA Win.jpgElkY won the PCA Main Event in 2008 for $2,000,000

In 2015, you signed for professional eSports outfit Team Liquid as a Hearthstone player. How did this deal come about?

I've always been a fan of Team Liquid and I've known the founder since 2002 as we played StarCraft together in Korea. We stayed in touch and they offered me the opportunity to sign for them in 2015. However, I haven't played much Hearthstone for them this year as it takes a lot of practice and I've been busy with poker pretty much this entire year with live events. But I'm looking forward to the next opportunity I get to compete for Team Liquid.

What similarities does the turn-based card game Hearthstone share with poker?

Both have incomplete information because you never know exactly what your opponent has in his hand. Like poker, you can try to guess based on how he played previous hands. In both games you need to know the probabilities. In poker you need to know the odds of your opponent having certain cards or you hitting your full house and so on. It's the same in Hearthstone. A lot of the time you will be having choices and you need to decide which move is likely to win you the game. Also, you have to take much more risk when you are behind in Hearthstone, very much like you do when short stacked in poker tournaments and go all-in because you need to take a lot more risks. There are so many things in common between poker and Hearthstone, including variance.

How did it feel to win your first Hearthstone tournament in 2016?

It felt really great. I'd been playing eight months and coming close to a win. It wasn't the biggest event but there were still a lot of really good players in the tournament. It felt like a real accomplishment and was encouragement for me to play more and compete.

You're also a regular Twitch streamer. What's the appeal of streaming for you?

I really love the interaction with the community and your fan base. It's really fun to play poker or games and you can interact with viewers, especially seeing as poker is naturally an individual game. With Twitch, the people sometimes stay up to 4am or 5am for the big tournaments to see where I finish. It is also a way for people to discover poker. My best moment on Twitch was when I came fifth in a $2k SCOOP [Spring Championship of Online Poker] event for something like $70,000. It was crazy because you could see there were more and more people watching and cheering. It was exciting and definitely my most memorable Twitch moment.

ElkY Twitch_13sept17.jpgElkY streaming live on Twitch with fellow streaming sensation Jason Somerville


What else do you get up to away from poker?

I like to run and I'm in training to run a marathon next year. I'm not that bothered which marathon it is but I just want to get ready for it and hopefully run more than one. Besides running, I hang out with my girlfriend, watch TV and play video games. I also do yoga with my girlfriend, although I'm not super into it - I'm more into meditation than yoga. I try to meditate almost every day, especially during busy periods, which helps a lot with my game. Staying healthy with the right preparation is one of the most underrated aspects of poker. At the WSOP you can play 10- to 12-hour days, so if you're not in super shape then you're more likely to make a mistake, especially if you're tired and unhealthy.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Conan Hits The Gym With Kevin Hart - CONAN on TBS (and outtakes)

2 amazing videos from the late night host Conan O'Brien, CONAN on TBS.

So funny with Kevin Hart.

Conan Hits The Gym With Kevin Hart - CONAN on TBS



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Published on Sep 29, 2016

Kevin and Conan work all the major muscle groups: biceps, lats, and of course, the taint.

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Outtakes From Conan & Kevin Hart's Workout - CONAN on TBS



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Published on Oct 14, 2016

When Conan and Kevin hit the gym, there's no way for anyone to keep a straight face.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart And Conan Help A Student Driver - CONAN on TBS (and outtakes)

2 amazing videos from the late night host Conan O'Brien, CONAN on TBS.

So funny with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart And Conan Help A Student Driver - CONAN on TBS (and outtakes)



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Published on Jan 5, 2016

#CONAN Highlight: A CONAN staffer is learning the rules of the road, with a little help from Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, & Conan. Look out, fellow drivers!

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Outtakes From The Student Driver Remote - CONAN on TBS



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Published on Jan 14, 2016

CONAN Highlight: Deleted scenes from the best driving instructors in the world: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube & Conan O'Brien.

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