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Brave Passengers Can Ride “Titanic II” Starting in 2022

Would you be brave enough to step foot on the ship?

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Just in time for the spooky and macabre season surrounding Halloween, news out of Dubai looks to resurrect one of history’s most heartbreaking moments.

In 1912, nearly 1,500 men, women, and children found themselves moving on to the next life after their cruise on the Titanic’s maiden voyage was cut short by catastrophe.  The ship herself would become the thing of legend after striking an iceberg and sinking dramatically to the murky depths of the frozen North Atlantic.  She was considered “unsinkable” by the company who created her, and was believed to be the most technologically advanced ship in the world at the time of the accident.

To add further fright, a team of scientists reached the Titanic’s wreckage in 1985, providing the world with a glimpse of the dark depths and jagged edges of her precarious position nearly 13,000 feet below the surface.

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Now, for the brave of heart, a replica of the ill-fated ship is preparing to set sail in 2022.

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A replica of the infamous ship dubbed the Titanic II is set to make its first voyage in 2022, thanks to Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who’s fronting a group called Blue Star Line.

Blue Star Line is trying to create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while adding modern safety procedures and 21st century technology.

It will welcome 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, which is almost the exact same number on board the boat that sank in 1912.

The group even provides video updates on the ship’s progress:

The ship’s frist voyage will be from Dubai to England, and, from there, Titanic II will resume the service that her previous incarnation was originally destined for:  A jaunt across the same cold, North Atlantic vastness between England and New York.

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Legendary Guitarist Set to Boycott Venues Requiring Vaccine Proof

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With nearly half of Americans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration has hit a wall.  The folks who are left unvaccinated are, by and large, abstaining by their own decision.  They don’t want a vaccine, and they don’t believe that the federal government has any right to tell them otherwise. But some private companies have begun suggesting that they may institute new regulations that would require customers or users to prove that they’ve been vaccinated in order to interact with them.  This could include some convert venues requiring that ticket holders can prove their vaccine status before seeing their favorite musical acts once they hit the road again. Legendary blues guitarist Eric Clapton isn’t into it.  At all. Eric Clapton has said he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to prove that they have received their full vaccination from the coronavirus. The musician and outspoken vaccine skeptic issued a statement that was highly critical of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that vaccine passes would be required to enter nightclubs and other live performance venues in light of increasing coronavirus cases. The “Wonderful Tonight” singer issued a statement on the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti, a known COVID-19 vaccination skeptic as well. In it, he issued a direct response to Johnson’s announcement and called the situation for those who do not wish to get the vaccine discriminatory. “Slow hand” got right to the point. “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021 I feel honor-bound to make an announcement of my own,” Clapton said. “I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel…

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