As most Life on the Scene readers know, we jump around on a variety of topics so here is today’s random post. If you live in an area of the United States that has Sprouts Farmers Market, you may want to print out this coupon that is valid through September 18, 2014 to grab yourself a FREE bag of Sprouts Organic Tortilla Chips. Two of my favorite things in the same sentence – FREE and tortilla chips! Yum!
While you are on the Sprouts Farmers Market website to grab your freebie coupon, don’t forget to check out their regular coupon section which has a bunch of great coupons you can print right now (remember, most sites let you print two (2) copies of each coupon so you can save even more on your next trip to the grocery store)! These coupons all look to be valid until September 30, 2014 so that gives you while to find a good sale on these products.
A few coupons that jump out at me include:
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Earthbound Farm Deep Green Blends Kale or Power 1lb. Bag – Yum! I love kale
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Evolution Fresh Juice (15.2 oz.)
Singer Billy Idol has already had a busy 2014 as he finished up his first album in nearly a decade, “Kings and Queens of the Underground” and prepared his autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” for print. His book is scheduled for release from Touchstone books on October 7th, with the album to follow on his own BFI Records label on October 21st.
The first single, “Can’t Break me Down” is available now for your listening pleasure on Billy Idol’s website. You can also pre-order the album (or grab any IDOL tracks you may be missing) on iTunes and receive an instant download of the new single “Can’t Break Me Down”. What do you think of the new single? Share your thoughts in the comments below. I really like the sound of it and think it’s a modern twist on Billy Idol – a great way to keep moving his career forward.
“Dancing With Myself” can be pre-ordered now via Amazon in Kindle, Hard Cover and Audio CD (no word if it’s actually IDOL reading his book to us!)
IDOL is expected to launch a full world tour to extend well into 2015 in support of the new album and autobiography. Have you already purchased tickets to one of the European dates? Let us know in the comments below. Life on the Scene may be interested in posting a reader’s review and/or photos of an upcoming show! An initial stream of European concert dates are already on sale and include stops in:
NOVEMBER 5 (WED), BIRMINGHAM, UK, O2 ACADEMY
NOVEMBER 9 (SUN), LONDON, UK, EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH
NOVEMBER 10 (MON), MANCHESTER, UK, O2 APOLLO
NOVEMBER 12 (WED), STUTTGART, DE, PORSCHE ARENA
NOVEMBER 13 (THU), FRANKFURT, DE, JAHRHUNDERTHALLE
NOVEMBER 16 (SUN), AMSTERDAM, NL, HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL
NOVEMBER 18 (TUE), DUSSELDORF, DE, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC HALLE
NOVEMBER 19 (WED), BRUSSELS, BE, ROYAL CIRCUS
NOVEMBER 21 (FRI), NUREMBERG, DE, ARENA
NOVEMBER 22 (SAT), LUCERN, CH, MESSE LUCERNE
NOVEMBER 23 (SUN), MILAN, IT, FABRIQUE
Life on the Scene noted today that Billy Idol is mentioned in the lineup for the CBGB Music & Film Festival that takes place in New York, October 8-12, 2014. Billy will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, October 9th, discussing his autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” and later performing with longtime guitarist and musical collaborator, Steve Stevens. Look for US tour dates to come from Billy Idol soon! Also check with your local bookseller to see if he will be doing a book signing in your area later this year. Other artists in the lineup include Jane’s Addiction and Duff McKagan, Tickets are separate for each artist performing throughout the weekend and will go on sale soon.
Life On The Scene has long been a supporter of the iconic Australian band INXS, so today we were happy to hear from drummer Jon Farriss and learn that he’s currently in Los Angeles working on “solo creative endeavors- producing, songwriting, and collaborating”.
INXS announced an end to their touring days on stage in Perth, Western Australia in November of 2012 after more than 35 years of performing together. Not much has been heard from the band members since that time aside from an occasional appearance at social events around Australia.
Earlier in 2014, Jon Farriss launched his own website and has been making conscious effort to be more present on social media. You can connect with Jon on Twitter here and there’s also a place to sign up on his website to receive email updates from him. I’m looking forward to seeing where this next chapter in his musical career takes him!
In the meantime, tune in to some of your favorite INXS tracks from their vast catalog on iTunes. What’s your favorite INXS song? Tell us in the comments below!
Check back with us too, as we’ll be sure to let you know when more information is available about Jon’s upcoming solo work.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been going on for a few weeks now, and to date, has raised more than $1.7 million dollars and international awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, has skyrocketed!
For those who aren’t familiar with ALS, the ALS Association offers this brief description of the disease on their website – “ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”
With the joy of a successful fundraising campaign going viral also comes great backlash. There is no shortage of disparaging comments to go along with the great cheers for those raising funds for ALS and other charities of their choice this summer. Many aren’t happy to see water being so carelessly tossed around and the spotlight being taken away from other charitable organizations.
To be perfectly honest, I have enjoyed watching many, many videos of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in particular Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Shemar Moore, Aerosmith, Kate Hudson, Susan Sarandon and Tom Hiddleston to name a few. I’ve also enjoyed seeing several of my friends take part as well. It has been a welcome relief after the shocking news of the death of comedic genius Robin Williams last month. I needed the silliness and laughter.
In the true international fashion of today’s social media, I was nominated for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge by my friend Steve in England. I accepted – my daughter and my niece were thrilled to be armed with buckets of ice and water to douse me! I chose to stand in a vegetable garden so the water we used would also help our veggies grow. I used the challenge to donate to ALS, as well as some local animal rescue groups in California that I am familiar with and support, Treasured Tails Canine Rescue, and Precious Paws. I also donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in support of mental health awareness. I encourage everyone to donate to these organizations. Whether it’s a monetary donation, your time or needed supplies these charities or others in your area will appreciate your efforts to make your community a better place!
I nominated my friend Doug in California, my friend, guitarist Tim Farriss of the Australian band INXS and singer Billy Idol (who has a new album and autobiography out this autumn but we’ll get to that in another post!). We look forward to seeing your videos guys!
Here’s my video below
The United States of America is broken. We live in a country that is failing its citizens. Growing up I learned about the different political parties representing our country, that each has its own ideals based on their moral beliefs. We learned the purpose of having a fairly equal representation of those parties in our governing offices is to work together, to compromise on issues affecting our country and its citizens – things like healthcare, wages, housing, and protecting our population.
However, our political parties of today have long forgotten the art of compromise, their primary goal is only to further their own agendas and keep the pockets of those already rolling in wealth well lined. Our parties no longer work together to help the American people. They merely work against the opposing party to prevent any positive change for the American people without any regard for the impact these decisions will have on Americans.
An article recently posted on PBS.org pictures hunger in America, showcasing how a variety of families survive on their meager earnings and the small amount of government assistance each receives. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/picturing-hunger-in-america/#the-rundown . The article also highlights how those in need spend endless hours waiting to get any assistance they are applying for. How is an unemployed person supposed to effectively search for a job that will sustain them when they spend half of one day waiting to turn in paperwork to apply for food stamps only to be told they need to wait further to actually receive the aid if they are approved? Then that person spends the better part of another day waiting to turn in paperwork for the next type of assistance they may be applying for.
Back in December Congress voted to end the extension of unemployment benefits for more than one million Americans. The rug was instantly pulled out from under anyone on unemployment. Instead of receiving a bi-weekly unemployment claim, they were mailed a surprise letter indicating their claim had ended, even if they had money remaining on their claim. While I understand, and support one of the opinions behind this move – to get those off unemployment that are just milking the system, its overall effect has been to send more Americans into the system of applying for benefits, increasing the burden on our already overtaxed economy.
I am one of the more than one million Americans affected by this vote. I was laid off by my employer of nearly 8 years in 2013 when they decided to close their California office and move operations east. In addition to constantly applying for as many jobs in my field as possible, I have spent the better part of the last two months seeking assistance of every kind possible that I could locate with almost no results. I started with dialing 211, the United Way, which is supposed to be a collective listing of resources that a person in need can contact in their area. The people that answer the phones are woefully under trained. I called twice in fact and each time they looked up resources by my zip code and simply told me there wasn’t any rental assistance available in my area and they also weren’t helping with gas bills right now. They neglected to tell me that there is an entire list of resources available on my county website and that while some agencies are approved to offer rental assistance, they are out of funding right now and the same goes for utility bill assistance. I only discovered that these resources existed because I am a tech savvy person. What happens when an elderly person or anyone who isn’t tech savvy calls and receives the same answer? Does that person just give up because they were told there aren’t resources available?
While I am finally being called in to interview for some great companies in Southern California, those who are hiring are also being very thorough and going through long lists of applicants to decide who is right for the job. Long gone are the days when you’d interview and be hired on the spot or within a couple days, organizations are now taking weeks to make a decision.
During my research for great resources to help sustain my household during these challenging times, I entered a contest on 102.7 KIIS FM, Los Angeles hit radio station hoping to win a $1,000 prize. I discovered there is also a Ryan Seacrest Foundation and sent in my information to them. I never heard back from them, even though I provided information on the deadline I was facing.
I’ve reached the point where I am losing everything. The long list of resources who’s primary goal is listed as preventing homelessness don’t have any assistance to offer, decisions on jobs applied to are moving forward slowly so I am losing my rental home of six years.
I’m a college educated administrative professional with strong computer skills combined with great social media and freelance photography skills looking for a job in the Inland Empire area of Southern California along with a needing a new home that will accept me, a child, cats, dogs and an alligator lizard.
It seems the only true assistance out there today is community, people helping people as our government and assistance organizations continue to fail us. Today’s headlines focused on the story of Shanesha Taylor in Arizona, a homeless mother of two, who left her young sons in the car while she went into a job interview. While I don’t condone leaving young children unattended, why aren’t there more readily available resources in this situation? How is she supposed to get a job and take care of her family if there isn’t child care to support her so she can go on an interview? Luckily for Shanesha, Amanda Bishop stepped in and set up a fundraising effort on youcaring.com and quickly raised $70,000 for the mother of two. http://ktla.com/2014/04/01/homeless-mom-arrested-after-leaving-kids-in-car-during-job-interview/#axzz2xhHpgbUy She’s one of the lucky ones who had a kind stranger step in to help her during her time of need.
So I’m asking each one of you that read this to please help those in need around you, even if you don’t know them. We’re all battling something but if more of us work together, lives can be saved, lives can be improved. Be grateful for what you have and share your extras with those who need it.
Hungry Howie’s pizza is offering up a free small cheese pizza to customers this week who head over to their Facebook page, like the page and submit their name & email address for the coupon to be emailed to you. The catch is, you have to get the pizza this week as the coupon expires this Thursday, October 17, 2013 at close of business.
You can visit their webpage for a list of locations to see if there is one near you. When you complete the form on their Facebook page it does require you to select your store location so if yours isn’t on that list then it isn’t part of the promotion. A free little pizza sounds like a quick dinner option to me this week! Just add some garlic bread and a salad at home and you’re all set.
Hungry Howie’s is also a big support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation so your “like” on their Facebook page during the month of October will also generate a donation to the NBCF. There is also a donation link directly on the page if you care to donate more to a great cause.
As part of the ongoing celebration marking the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary, the stadium rockers will release Crossfire Hurricane next week in the USA which documents the key periods of the Rolling Stones’ career and their incredible journey.
As quoted from the Rolling Stones press release, “Directed by Brett Morgen, Crossfire Hurricane provides a visually stunning and an amazing perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60’s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candor, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.
With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will delight longtime devotees, as well as a new generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. Crossfire Hurricane places the viewer right on the frontline of the band’s most legendary escapades.
As befits the first rock band to reach the 50-year milestone with their global stature now greater than ever, the film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archives give the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach.
Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-Ray include previously unreleased concert footage – “Live in Germany ‘65”, NME Poll Winners concert footage from 1964 and 1965, a new interview with director Brett Morgen, “The Sound and Music of Crossfire Hurricane”, footage from The Arthur Haynes Show (1964), and the theatrical trailer.
Crossfire Hurricane received its worldwide premiere at the London Film Festival in October, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood all hit the red carpet.”
The Rolling Stones are currently in the midst of their 50 & Counting North American Tour which hits Anaheim, CA on May 15th. So far stops around the country have included guests like No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and Tom Waits along with the live debut of Emotional Rescue. There are scattered seats left for some of these shows. Don’t miss your chance to witness rock royalty live! Stop by Ticketmaster today and see if you can grab a pair of tickets before they disappear.