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Posted: 10:23 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

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Rage guitarist going on tour with Springsteen. Billy Joel & Fleetwood Mac to headline New Orleans Jazz Festival. Bob Seger will team up with Kid Rock. Stephen Stills 4 cd box set due in March. Ozzy injured in house fire. Eight reasons to end your unhappy relationship before Feb. 14th. Five white lies that are OK to tell your husband sometimes. Tips for sleeping well while you are sick. Eight surprising things you can buy in bulk. Ten classic office pranks that never get old.




Guitarist Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine will fill in for Steve Van Zandt during Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's Australian tour. Rolling Stone reported that Van Zandt will be previously engaged shooting his Netflix series, Lillyhammer, and Morello will sub during the nine-date trek, which kicks off on March 14th in Boondall, Australia. Van Zandt will be back on board on April 29th when the tour hits Fornebu, Norway.

Morello and Springsteen have had an active recent history, with Morello often popping up at Springsteen gigs and playing incendiary solos on Springsteen's 1995 classic 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad" -- which Rage Against the Machine covered in 2000. Most recently Morello was featured on two Wrecking Ball cuts, "Jack of All Trades" and "This Depression," as well as sitting in with Springsteen during his most recent appearance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and at "The Boss'" March appearance in Austin the night of his keynote address at South By Southwest. Morello will be among the musicians paying tribute to Springsteen on February 8th, when he's honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year in L.A.

Bruce Springsteen makes no bones about the importance and luxury of performing live for his fans on any given night: "The level of responsibility, to be living in the moment at that time when eight o'clock comes around, or whatever. And I got a real strong desire to do it (laughs) because I've gotten so much out of it and it's meant so much to me and it was really my 'life rope,' when I was young, before I was could let other things in my life. Y'know, it kept me afloat."



Billy Joel and Fleetwood Mac will headline the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Festival, which will be held in "The Big Easy" from April 26th to May 5th. Billy Joel will perform on April 27th and Fleetwood Mac will play on May 4th. Among the other high profile acts set to appear are Earth, Wind, Fire, Willie Nelson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, B.B. King, Dr. John, Patti Smith, Los Lobos, Jeffrey Osbourne, Taj Mahal & The Big Tuba Band, George Benson, Jimmy Cliff, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, John Mayer, the Black Keys, and many more.

The Jazz Fest performance will mark Billy's first full on concert performance since March 11th, 2010 when he wrapped the final dates of his most recent Face To Face tour with Elton John in Albany, New York.

Billy Joel has long maintained that he could care less what people think of how manages his career, his art, or his life: "I gotta tell you -- I've never done anything to be popular. I do it because I like to do it. In 1978, I did the 52nd Street album because that's what I felt like doing. Now you can believe this or not; this is the truth -- I do what I do because I wanna do it, and because I like it, and because it feels good."

Mick Fleetwood said that over 45 years after first forming Fleetwood Mac with the great Peter Green, he couldn't be prouder of the band become a standard bearer for surviving the music business: "I think just the basic survival element of the history of this band alone -- not only just the band that we're talking about now, but from when it first started back in England -- that it has fared against incredible odds, and is still there."

Billy Joel's next "Evening Of Questions and Answers and A Little Bit Of Music" lecture will take place on January 30th at Nashville's Langford Auditorium.



Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will team up with and Kid Rock & The Twisted Brown Trucker Band for two Midwest dates in March. Seger and Rock will play a double bill on March 15th in Saint Paul, Minneapolis at the Xcel Energy Center and March 16th at Fargo, North Dakota's Fargodome.

Seger and Kid Rock have been friends since 2000, and in 2004 Rock inducted Seger into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Two years later Rock teamed up with Seger on his 2006 Face The Promise album for a duet of Vince Gill's "Real Mean Bottle." Seger appeared on Kid Rock's Born Free album playing piano on his duet with Sheryl Crow, "Collide." Seger and his Silver Bullet Band have often rehearsed at Rock's rehearsal warehouse in Detroit.

Bob Seger said that we can expect both Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow to appear on the song "Hannah" -- which will be on Seger's still-untitled upcoming album due out later this year: "We record Friday nights in Nashville and it just so happened that Rock was playing that night, and Sheryl Crow was at his show -- and of course she lives in Nashville, near there -- and they came over and they sang on a song with me. So that was fun."



Coming on March 26th will be the career spanning four-CD Stephen Stills box set, Carry On. The 82-track collection was compiled by Graham Nash and longtime Crosby, Stills, & Nash photographer and collaborator, Joel Bernstein with Stills' help and features a whopping 113-page booklet. The collection, which includes Stills best-loved works with the Buffalo Springfield, CSN, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, , along with his own solo work, features the oldest known Stills track in existence -- "Travelin'" -- a previously unreleased recording that Stills made at age 17 while his military dad was stationed in Costa Rica. The most recent cut stems from CSN's 2012 summer run at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre with a live rendition of "Girl From North Country."

Highlights on Carry On include "No-Name Jam" -- one of the many unreleased 1970 jams with Jimi Hendrix, along with such deep vault gems as "Welfare Blues" (1984), "Little Miss Bright Eyes" (1973), and "Who Ran Away?" (1968), and early demo versions of "49 Bye-Byes," David Crosby's "The Lee Shore," and "Black Coral" -- a song Stills and Neil Young released as a duo in 1976 -- with the newly released version being a full CSNY recording.

Among the legendary musicians who appear on Carry On are Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, and Maynard Ferguson, among many, many more.

After nearly 50 years in the business Stephen Stills said that these days he's way wanting to know what critics say about his role in rock history or his current work: "It really will f*** you up. My father managed to do a really good job with my self-consciousness, so I don't need any more. I good artistic critique is about all that I'm up for (laughs)."



Ozzy Osbourne was injured on Thursday morning (January 17th) while attempting to put out a fire in the Beverly Hills home he shares with his wife Sharon. According to Blabbermouth, firefighters were called to the house after a candle Sharon had left burning through the night exploded in its glass vase, sparking a blaze in their living room.

On Thursday's edition of the CBS morning program The Talk, which she co-hosts, Sharon explained, "At five o' clock (in the morning), I heard a noise like metal had fallen . . . A few minutes later, my eyes are stinging and my throat's closing up. (I thought), 'Something's weird smelling in here.' Then my dog started to bark. I go downstairs and the whole living room (was on fire)."

She added that Ozzy, who had a cast on his hand due to having surgery the day before, attempted to put the fire out. Sharon then threw water on it, causing it to erupt even more.

Ozzy ended up losing his eyebrows and his hair from his ears down, while his cheeks were also singed.

Sharon said, "We are, like, two idiots . . . everything you are not meant to do -- go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on -- we did it all."

She added that the firemen gave them "a lecture," with Ozzy saying, "You tell her, you tell her, no more candles!"

Sharon then apologized to her husband on the air, saying he made his hand injury worse by putting himself out. She concluded, "I'm sorry and I love you and I will never light a candle again . . . I want to thank the firemen from Beverly Hills Fire Station because you are magnificent there and I want to say to everyone out there, please, please check your candles before you go to bed."



1) The gifts will not be what you expect. If you're hanging onto the relationship because you're expecting some kind of elaborate Valentines Day gift, I would rethink that. If you're not into the relationship any longer chances are their not either, so don't expect some big spending. The best gift is having your freedom if you're unhappy with someone.

2) Don't waste your money. Gift giving is reciprocal and you don't have to waste your time and money buying something for someone you don't want to be with or spend time with any more.

3) Avoid public displays of affection. Let's say you have your eye on someone at the office and they have given you the signals they're interested as well. Your soon-to-be ex could send some flowers to the office on Valentines Day, putting a damper on the interest of your new suitor.

4) No unwanted sex on Valentines Day. Chances are you will go out to dinner with your mate on Valentine's Day and this special evening will most likely end with sex. If you're not into them you're probably not into having sex with them, so breaking up before will save you from this one.

5) Wake up on your own. If you have sex with them, chances are you're spending the night together. That means you not only have to spend Valentines Day with them but the morning after. Who wants to wake up to someone they don't like? You can start fresh on your own terms on Feb. 15 if you break up now.

6) No more "I love yous." Greeting cards to your lover are part of the deal on Valentines Day. If you break up before Feb. 14, you don't have to write "I love you" in a card when you don't really feel the emotion.

7) No more social media tagging. Facebook is often an active place for any couple in a relationship, sharing photos and messages. If you break up before Valentines Day, you don't have to worry about being tagged in any photos from your Valentines Day dinner date. This is a step forward in the right direction for your new life as a "single" person on Facebook.

8) Celebrate singles night. Don't worry about being alone on Valentines Day. There are lots of singles parties that are happening with people looking to connect with someone. If you break up prior to the holiday, you can go to one of these places where everyone is looking for a new love just like you.



1) No, honey, he wasn't that cute: Picture this. You just left Les Miserables starring the adorable (handsome, sexy, large, strong) Hugh Jackman and your man is feeling a little insecure. If this were you, would you REALLY want him telling you that Amanda Seyfried is so beautiful, especially when you are rocking the top knot and J.Crew Saturday pants? I think not. He would lie to you. You should do the same.

2) I have a headache: It's a cliché for a reason. There are some nights sex just sounds really unappealing. But he doesn't need to hear that. All he needs to know is that he's not getting laid for a good reason. So give him one. Even if it's a lie.

3) You look great: Men get insecure, too. They want to know how their shoes look with those jeans or if their button-down is too tight. Sometimes it's good to be honest. But sometimes they just want to hear they look good. Even if they don't.

4) I didn't notice you put on any weight at all! Yes. We did. But there is a time and place for honesty, and when he is feeling low or bad about himself is NOT that time.

5) It was on sale: While generally I am not one to condone lying about money and, in general, you shouldn't, men do get all bent out of shape about things they don't get. Like, yes, some women pay $200 jeans. This shouldn't be that shocking. But for some men it is. If you tell them things are on sale, sometimes they relax. Sometimes they don't. But, you know, that's a discussion for another time.



1) Be Careful With Cold Meds. Even though your first instinct might be to hit up the pharmacy, turns out, everyone reacts to nighttime medications differently. Some people may even have adverse reactions that keep them up instead of lulling them to sleep, like feeling jittery or anxious, or experiencing a rapid heartbeat. The decongestant pseudoephedrine might be behind these symptoms, according to WebMD.

2) Why Elevating Your Head Works.Propping yourself (preferably up on a wedge pillow to protect your neck) puts gravity back to work in your favor, says Jennifer Collins, M.D., an assistant professor of allergy and immunology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Instead of choking on that unfortunate post-nasal drip, you'll breathe more easily through the nose and alleviate any sinus pressure that may have moved into the ears while lying down flat, she says.

3) Get Steamy. Sure, it's relaxing. But the real reason a hot bath or shower lulls you to sleep is thanks to the cooling effect after you step out of the tub. This drop in temperature helps trigger your body to prepare for sleep. But steam also offers cold and flu symptom relief. That moisture in the air can help loosen congestion in your nose and chest, keep your entire body moisturized and help you breathe easier while you sleep, says Collins. A humidifier can help, too!

4) Try Tea.A little chamomile, passionflower or other "sleepy time" teas before bed can help you relax before bed. "Plus," adds Collins, "you're also getting fluids when you drink tea." Sweeten with a drop or two of honey for the additional benefit of soothing that sore throat, which might otherwise fuel your tossing and turning.

5) Keep H2O Handy. While you might dread trekking to the bathroom in the middle of the night when you feel like garbage, staying hydrated throughout the day will ease congestion and help you feel better all over. A runny nose, breathing through the mouth and coughing all contribute to dehydration, says Collins, but it's important that your respiratory system stays moisturized. Plus, keeping a water bottle nearby can help you squash any middle-of-the-night coughing.

6) Stick To Cat Naps. If you're home sick, take it easy, but try to avoid sleeping all day long. While rest is obviously essential to your health, too much napping throughout daylight hours can make it harder to fall asleep at night. Try relaxing activities like board games, reading or catching up on your Netflix queue.

7) Remember Good Sleep Hygiene. Many of the age-old rules still apply to the bedroom, even when you're feeling under the weather. A sleep-promoting bedroom is cool, dark and quiet, used only for sex and sleep and ideally, free of light-emitting gadgets like cell phones and laptops.While some people might be tempted to try a stronger sleep medication when sleep is particularly elusive, sleeping pills shouldn't be mixed with most cold medicines, as many are alcohol-based and can cause dangerous interactions, cautions Collins.



1) Airline tickets. Sky-bound commuters and serial vacationers can save hundreds by buying plane-ticket packages. This year, the JetBlue targeted business travelers with Go Packs, ranging from $699 to $2,499, that included ten nonstop, one-way flights between certain airports from September 13 through December 19th. JetBlue would not say for sure whether Go Packs will be offered again, but the ticket packages have proved popular with its customers. To keep an eye out for other plane-ticket packages, enlist some help from Sign up for alerts based on your selected departure city, and the Watchdog will let you know via e-mail when it finds a cheap flight or package of flights.

2) Mobile minutes. Avoid hefty overage charges by embracing your chattiness with an unlimited, low-cost, prepaid plan. Same goes for texting addicts and data suckers. For example, Boost Mobile, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, offers unlimited minutes, texts and data for Android phones starting at $55 a month.

3) Gym memberships. Many gyms, including Bally Total Fitness and Washington Sports Club, periodically offer friends-and-family discounts if you sign up together or if current members recruit newbies. For example, 24 Hour Fitness recently offered a deal for current members to add family to their membership for $30 a month per person with no initiation fee. Regular rates can range from $40 to $75 per month per person, depending on your location. If your gym isn't currently advertising this kind of deal, ask about a discount anyway; membership costs may be negotiable.

4) Season tickets. If you're really invested in a team, buying tickets for the whole season all at once instead of game by game can be a big financial win. And if the season heads into extra innings, you'll get first dibs on playoff tickets. Season-ticket deals can be found outside the sports arena, too. Many theaters, museums, aquariums, amusement parks and other venues offer discounted passes for frequent visitors.

5) Fruits and vegetables. Get your fill of veggies every month straight from your local harvest at a healthy discount. You can find a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program in your area at Subscribe for periodic packages of locally grown fruits, vegetables and other products with one upfront payment. Andrea Muse, author of Buying in Bulk and founder of, estimates that you can save up to 50% off your grocery bill if you buy in bulk correctly. She recommends starting small so that you can work the quantities into your cooking routine and storage space.

6) Prescriptions. If you're coping with a chronic condition, you shouldn't have to suffer the high costs of medications, too. You might already know that you can save by ordering a 90-day supply from a mail-order pharmacy instead of getting a 30-day refill. But you may not realize that your neighborhood pharmacy can probably bag you the same bargain -- and with face-to-face interaction with your local pharmacist.

7) Gift cards. For a great bulk deal on gift cards, you will have to head to a warehouse store, where you can buy multiple restaurant gift cards for less than face value. At Costco, you could pay just $80 for two $50 cards for eateries such as California Pizza Kitchen and McCormick & Schmick's. You can also get discounted packs of movie tickets at warehouse stores.

8) College degrees. Hope kid sis doesn't mind a hand-me-down sorority sweater. If you can persuade your close-in-age kids to attend the same college, you might be able to cut back on some tuition costs. Many schools offer discounts for siblings in attendance at the same time. Having multiple kids in college can also get you a break with college aid. With the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if you qualify for need-based assistance, your family's expected contribution to college expenses would stay the same regardless of how many students you're covering.



1) The Phony Phone Message. Find the number for your nearest zoo. Give your colleague a message to call and ask to speak with Mrs. C Lyon.

2) Suspect Signature. Change a colleague's email signature to read "Lots of love and hugs, [Their Name]."

3) Noise Pollution. Hide a wireless doorbell in your colleague's office/cubicle/desk. Keep ringing it.

4) New Folder. Make your colleague a new folder on his or her desktop. Label it for maximum embarrassment. "My Nudey Pics" works well.

5) The Coin Trick. Stick a coin to the floor in a busy area of your workplace. See how many people bend down to pick it up.

6) Remote Control. Get a wireless mouse with a tiny USB receiver and plug it into your colleague's computer. Give the mouse a wiggle every now and then.

7) Heavy Handset. Find some double-sided sticky tape. Tape your colleague's phone handset down to the base. Dial his number and watch as the entire phone lifts up when he answers.

8) Wrong Number. Collaborate with colleagues to phone your victim repeatedly asking for "Bill." At the end of the day, get someone to call pretending to be Bill asking if there are any messages for him.

9) Sticky Pens.Super glue your colleague's pens to her desk. It's simple, but very effective.

10) Bieber Fever.Finally, why not "decorate" a colleague's office/cubicle/desk with images of The Bieb? They'll secretly love it.



Thanks for listening to The Eagle while you work. Keep it fabulous, Houston!


Jennifer Tyler

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