Archive for September, 2014
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