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The History and Evolution of the Houston Astros: A Comprehensive Guide
The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. They were founded in 1962 as the Colt .45s and changed their name to the Astros in 1965 when they moved into the Astrodome, which was then known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The team has had a long and storied history, with many notable players and moments. In this comprehensive guide, we will take a look at the history and evolution of the Houston Astros.
The early years of the Houston Astros were marked by struggles on the field. The team finished last in their division in each of their first three seasons. However, they began to turn things around in 1965 when they changed their name to the Astros and moved into the Astrodome. In 1969, they made it to their first ever postseason but lost to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series.
The Killer B’s Era
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Astros had one of their most successful periods on the field thanks to a group of players known as “The Killer B’s.” This group included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltran, and Roy Oswalt. During this time period, they made it to four postseasons but were never able to win a World Series.
The Rebuilding Years
After The Killer B’s era came to an end, the Astros went through a period of rebuilding that lasted several years. However, during this time period they drafted several key players who would go on to play important roles in their future success. This included Jose Altuve who would go on to become one of their best players ever.
In recent years, the Astros have experienced a great deal of success on the field. In 2017, they won their first ever World Series championship, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. They followed that up with another successful season in 2018, making it to the ALCS before falling to the Boston Red Sox.
The Houston Astros have had a long and storied history that has been marked by both struggles and successes. From their early years of futility to their recent success on the field, this team has remained an important part of Major League Baseball. With a roster filled with talented young players like Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, it seems likely that their success will continue for years to come.
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Ghost Division is the second song on The Art of War album by Sabaton .
- 1 Information
- 2 Background
- 3 Historic Fact
- 8 Sabaton History
- 10 References
Information [ ]
- The song tells about second chapter - "Waging War" in Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" book.
- According to Pär , the song was easily written and recorded. 
- In the Studiosession #3 video, Joakim is shown while conducting the recordings of female choirs for the backing vocals for the chorus of "Ghost Division".
- It apppeared on Cliffs of Gallipoli single as a b-side.
- First thing that comes to Joakim when he thinks about the song is that the style of the song was so new to the band that it was being so hard-hitting and direct but also so many memories from the first couple of seconds on stage. 
- It was one of the most requested songs on Sabaton History channel. 
Background [ ]
Joakim : "At the start of The Art of War album, we’ve got a fucking aggressive moshing song, "Ghost Division", about Rommel’s push into France. And it’s not really the best move to start an album that way, not from a German point of view, or a French point of view either. [Laughs] But musically, that song feels like fucking Blitzkrieg tanks running you over. That was the perfect subject to fit the song, and it was almost kind of a safe bet, because Rommel was never accused of any war crimes. He wasn’t part of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He was a general doing his job, a very good soldier and commander. And when the Nazis forced him to commit suicide, even Winston Churchill said that the British had now lost their last gentlemanly opponent." 
Pär : "In "Ghost Division" we wrote about the armored division under the command of Erwin Rommel. The guy was not an avid Nazi, he just followed orders, and at the same time he was a great commander who could show a lot of respect to the opponent and his soldiers. I think he managed to remain human after all. Even if he fought on the "wrong side." 
Joakim : "(...) There are thirteen chapters in the book and thirteen tracks on the album, and each song corresponds with a chapter. The first chapter is an introduction, but the second chapter states outright that in war, sometimes you can be too hasty and make stupid decisions by rushing, but no war has ever been won by taking it easy or going on the defensive. So in a sense, it’s talking about Blitzkrieg." 
Historic Fact [ ]
As the German Wehrmacht invaded France in 1940, Erwin Rommel and his 7th Panzer division set a new record for the longest thrust in one day, covering 200 miles. Not even the German high command could keep track of where they were located at all times during the French campaign, due to their speed and their ability to appear where they were least expected. They were given the name: Ghost Division. 
The 7th Panzer Division, commanded by Erwin Rommel, participated in the invasion of Belgium and France in 1940. By the third day of the invasion, the 7th along with three divisions commanded by General Heinz Guderian reached the river Meuse. By the 16th of May, the 7th had reached its assigned objective at Avesnes where it was supposed to stop and await further orders, but Rommel decided to press on. On the 20th of May, the division reached Arras where they encountered heavy resistance from the British forces. They reached Lille on the 27th of May which they sieged until the 31st. On the 17th of June 1940, the division was ordered to advance on Cherbourg. The division advanced 240 kilometers in 24 hours, and after two days of battle, won against the French garrison. The speed and surprise they were able to achieved was considerable, to the point that the German high command lost track of the Division and thus they earned the nickname “Ghost Division”. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz) 
- Ghost Division opens almost every Sabaton concert since it was released.
On whenever they plan to replace the song with another:
Pär : "I don’t think so. Often during the first song the sound is bad and we don’t hear each other. Luckily this gets better after the first song, after some fine-tuning. Ghost Division is just an easy song for all of us to play, we don’t need to hear each other to play it. Especially on a festival where we can do only a short soundcheck. That’s why we always start with that, it’s a safe and easy song, also very energetic for the crowd. We just don’t see us starting with another song than that one." 
Is "Ghost Division" is still fun song to play live:
Joakim : (...) it’s a song we’ve played many many times, I don’t really have to think about what the next vocal line is. It just appears naturally. But then if you do something really, really much, it becomes second nature, and then it’s kind of fun again because I don’t have to think at all about anything else besides doing something fun with the crowd or kicking a band member in the ass or something like that. So ‘Ghost Division’ is really fun to play because that’s…. I can actually enjoy seeing the crowd. “Oh, there’s that guy I remember him! He’s been to many shows. And oh fuck! Uhh, what’s her name again?” You know it could be, “Wow! There’s a good atmosphere tonight.” or “Wow! It’s good here but people on the right are a little bit slow, I got to get them going” you know. I don’t have to think about anything about the song or the lyrics. That is programmed in my spine, so it’s kind of liberating. So I can actually experience the song or the music or the atmosphere without thinking about what I’m doing. 
SABATON - Ghost Division (OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO)
SABATON - Ghost Division (Live - The Great Tour - Oberhausen)
Sabaton History [ ]
Ghost Division – Rommel's 7th Panzer Division – Sabaton History 073 -Official-
Gallery [ ]
References [ ]
- ↑ Sabaton.net
- ↑ Sabaton History
- ↑ metalunderground.com
- ↑ rockmetal.pl
- ↑ The Art Of War booklet
- ↑ gigview.be
- ↑ californiarocknews.com
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SABATON History Channel Uploads "Ghost Division" - Rommel's 7th Panzer Division; Video
June 25, 2020, 3 years ago
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The Sabaton History Channel has released Episode 073, "Ghost Division" - Rommel's 7th Panzer Division. Watch below.
A message states: "In the night of 17 May 1940, confusing reports were reaching French High Command. They spoke of what was thought impossible: The German Army had broken through the Maginot Line in the north. Scattered and panicked soldiers spoke of a "Division Fantôme" - a Ghost Division! It was Generalmajor Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division that was wreaking havoc in the French rear. In an unauthorized push, Rommel had seized the opportunity to rush the French fortress garrisons by a surprise armor attack straight from the move. Now in open space and with the night sky illuminated by burning French tanks and trucks, it was crucial for the Ghost Division to exploit its tactical victory. Alone and cut off like an island in a sea of enemies, this was easier said than done."
Sabaton recently released a live video for "Angels Calling" featuring Apocalyptica, shot on stage in Vienna, Austria on January 21 during The Great Tour. Check it out below:
Sabaton have announced new tour dates for early next year in their native Sweden.
"This will be the biggest tour for Sabaton in Sweden and probably bigger than any other metal band tour ever done there. We looked for places where nobody thought Sabaton would play, which is the reason we wanted to play there. This is a chance for us to give something back to all of Sweden, as a thank you for the fantastic support over the last 20 years," comments Pär Sundström.
Tour dates are as follows:
January 22 - Karlstad - Nöjesfabriken 23 - Örebro - Conventum Kongress 25 - Umeå - Idun Folkets Hus 26 - Östersund - Folkets Hus 28 - Piteå - Rivierahallen Pite Havsbad 29 - Luleå - Kulturens Hus 30 - Skellefteå - Folkparken
February 1 - Helsingborg - Sundspärlan 2 - Malmö - Slaghthuset 3 - Halmstad - Live 4 - Trollhättan - Apollon 6 - Ronneby - Klubb Ronn< 7 - Eskilstuna - Lokomotivet 9 - Husqvarna - Folkets Park 10 - Kristianstad - Södra Kasern 12 - Älmhult - Arenan Älmhults Handelsplats 13 - Borås - Åhaga 14 - Linköping - Garden 15 - Kalmar - KalmarSalen 17 - Norrköping - Flygeln 18 - Gävle - Gasklockorna 19 - Borlänge - Galaxen 20 - Falun - Magasinet
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