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THE 2015 BOUDIN BOWL IS HERE!

 

Be sure to tune in Thursday night on Classic Hits 92.5

at 6 PM with Sports Announcer Tracy Jagneaux and Color Analyst Tim Fontenot live from the Faubourg Memorial Stadium


Win Joan Jett CD's on Face Book

Go to our Face Book Page at Classic Hits 92.5 and share the photo of one of the two CD's we're giving away and you're qualified to win. Winners will be announced Feb. 4. Good luck!!!

 


Fred's Lounge, Gravy and the Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Special

Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI


The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Recording Academy Says Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Won't Receive a Grammy if Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" Wins

    Sam Jones; Martyn AtkinsAs reported Monday, a rep for U.K. pop star Sam Smith confirmed that Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Smith's 2014 hit, "Stay with Me," as part of the amicable settlement of a copyright dispute.  The agreement was reached after Smith acknowledged that his song's melody bears similarities to Petty's 1989 hit, "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.

    Since "Stay with Me" has been nominated in several categories at this year's Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, the question has arisen: would Petty and Lynne share in any trophies if the tune wins?  The Recording Academy says no.

    As Recording Academy senior vice president Bill Freimuth explains to Billboard, "Since Lynne and Petty didn't do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by [James] Napier, [William] Phillips and Smith for 'Stay With Me.'  Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win."

    Freimuth says instead, Tom and Jeff "would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work."

    As Billboard points out, news of the agreement to add Petty and Lynne to the credits won't affect the Grammy voting, since final ballots had to have been cast by January 16.  The 57th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles February 8, and will air live on CBS.  Smith is slated to sing "Stay with Me" on the broadcast.

    A statement from Smith's rep maintained that Sam and his "Stay with Me" co-writers were "not previously familiar" with "I Won't Back Down" and that "the likeness was a complete coincidence."

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  • Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet to Wrap Up "Ride Out" Tour with Nashville Show

    Credit: William RummelBob Seger and the Silver Bullet have announced a final date for their 2014-2015 tour in support of Seger's latest studio album, Ride Out -- a March 28 concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  The show will be the 40th of the trek, which launched on November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and will bring the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer back to the city where he recorded Ride Out.

    Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com, BobSeger.com and LiveNation.com.  Members of the Michigan rocker's fan club will have the chance to buy pre-sale tickets beginning on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time, while Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale that same day at 4 p.m. via the Citi Private Pass program.

    Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's next show is scheduled for Tuesday night in Charleston, West Virginia.  Here are all of their upcoming dates:

    1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
    1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
    1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
    2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
    2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
    2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
    2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
    2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
    2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
    2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
    2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
    2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
    2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
    3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
    3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
    3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
    3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena
    3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
    3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center
    3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
    3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
    3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

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  • Will Prince Make a Surprise Appearance at the Grammys?

    Warner Bros. RecordsPrince hasn't been announced as a performer at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, but he may just show up as a surprise guest, a source tells Us Weekly.

    The 56-year-old Purple Rain" singer “has something very, very special in the works,” according to the source.

    Prince popped up unannounced earlier this month at the Golden Globe Awards to present Best Original Song honors to John Legend and Common for their song “Glory,” from the film Selma.

    Prince released two albums in 2014, including, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with 3RDEYEGIRL.

    The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 8 on CBS.

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  • Alice Cooper on Touring with Motley Crue in 2015: "Let's Not Break Up a Great Combination"

    Live Nation EntertainmentAfter serving as the opening act for the 2014 installment of Motley Crue's Final Tour, Alice Cooper will be heading out on the road again with the glam-metal mavens in 2015 for what will be their last-ever North American trek.  The shock rocker tells ABC News Radio that when the Crue asked him to join them on this year's tour, he gladly accepted, telling them, "Sure, let's not break up a great combination."

    Cooper says the great thing about the bill "is that both bands are cut from the same bolt, you know, high energy rock 'n' roll, theatrical, take-no-prisoners kind of show.  So that's why we wanted to be on it."

    Besides the fact that both acts put on spectacularly theatrical and hard-rocking shows, Cooper tells ABC News Radio that another reason he was enthusiastic about touring with the Crue again was that they all got along so well last year.

    "There was never any hassle," explains Alice.  "You know, you get two bands together and there's gonna be an ego clash.  Never happened.  Both crews worked together.  All the bands respected each other.  So there was never one day where there was a problem."

    One of the big highlights of Motley Crue's Final Tour show is the Cruecifly -- a ceiling-level roller coaster on which Tommy Lee takes a wild ride with his drum kit, which flips over and does some other cool tricks.  Cooper, who knows a thing or two about over-the-top stage props, points out that when he was first introduced to the Cruecifly, he expected Motley Crue to experience some "Spinal Tap moments" during the show.

    "I looked at the construction of this thing and I said, 'It's gonna do what?!'" he recalls.  "And I knew that there would be a few times when there'd be glitches in this.  But, it doesn't matter…When Tommy's up there playing and that thing goes on and starts moving around, it's incredible."

    In addition to being Motley Crue's special guest on most of their late-summer North American tour dates, Alice will accompany the band on their planned spring visit to Australia and New Zealand.  He tells ABC News Radio that he also will be playing plenty of his own headlining dates throughout 2015.

    The North American leg of Motley Crue's Final Tour runs from a July 22 concert in Eugene, Oregon, through a September 10 show in Mexico City.  Cooper is slated to open nearly all of those dates through a September 4 gig in New Orleans.  The Crue also is expected to play a series of fall international dates before bringing their career as a touring band to a close with a December 30-31 stand at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles.

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  • Home Video of Hall & Oates' "Live in Dublin" Concert Film Set for March 31 Release

    Eagle Rock EntertainmentFollowing the recent announcement that a film documenting Daryl Hall & John Oates' first-ever concert in Dublin, Ireland, will be screened in select U.S. theaters on February 19, comes word that the show will make its way to home video in March.

    Daryl Hall and John Oates: Live in Dublin will be released on March 31 as a DVD/two-CD set and Blu-ray, as well as a digital download.  The show was filmed at the city's the Olympia Theatre on July 15, 2014.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo played a hit-packed 15-song set that included such memorable tunes "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl," "She's Gone," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Out of Touch," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes" and "Maneater."

    The video also features a new interview with Hall and Oates.  You can check out a trailer for Live in Dublin now at the Daryl Hall & John Oates official YouTube channel.

    Meanwhile, the duo has a couple of 2015 tour dates lined up -- a February 26 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a March 1 gig in Washington, D.C.

    Here is the complete set list for Daryl Hall and John Oates: Live in Dublin:

    "Maneater"
    "Out of Touch"
    "Say It Isn't So"
    "Family Man"
    "It's Uncanny"
    "Back Together Again"
    "Las Vegas Turnaround"
    "She's Gone"
    "Sara Smile"
    "Do What You Want, Be What You Are"
    "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)"
    "Rich Girl"
    "You Make My Dreams"
    "Kiss on My List"
    "Private Eyes"

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  • Diana Ross Announces Mini-Residency Dates in Vegas; Lionel Richie & Janet Jackson to Follow?

    RBP ConcertsDiana Ross has announced dates for her mini-residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas, and reports indicate that  Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may soon be following suit with residency deals of their own.

    According to The Las Vegas Sun, the Supremes singer will do nine shows in April.  Her new show, titled The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, will run April 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and 18.

    Diana's set list will be comprised of songs from her nearly five-decade career, including Motown classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and pop favorites like "I'm Coming Out."  Tickets go on sale Friday.

    Richie, Jackson and Martin are looking at dates over the next two years for their mini-residencies, The Las Vegas Sun reports.  The Venetian residencies will be in direct competition with the performers at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  Rod Stewart and Elton John currently have deals at the Colosseum, and Mariah Carey, as well as country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, will start residencies there in the summer.

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  • Mark Knopfler Releasing New Album, "Tracker," in March; Touring North America in September-October

    Verve/Universal MusicMark Knopfler has revealed that his latest solo album, Tracker, will be released on March 17, and the ex-Dire Straits frontman will support the record with a major tour that will include a lengthy North American leg taking place in September and October. 

    The standard version of Tracker features 11 new tunes by Knopfler, including songs paying homage to two lauded late British literary figures, psychological fiction author Beryl Bainbridge and modernist poet Basil Bunting.  The first single, "Beryl," which was inspired by Bainbridge, can be heard in its entirety now on VEVO.com.

    "The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades," Knopfler explains in a statement.  "Out of me tracking time -- looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."

    Tracker is available as a single CD, a digital download and a double-LP vinyl set, as well as a deluxe edition boasting four bonus cuts and a box set with six extra tracks.  The box set features CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a DVD containing a short film by director Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler about Tracker.  The package also features a numbered art print, six photo prints and liner notes penned by respected American author Richard Ford.

    Knopfler's North American tour runs from a September 10 concert in Vancouver, Canada, through an October 31 performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Fans buying tickets for the shows online will receive one physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased.  Tickets go on sale to the general public for most concerts starting this Friday, January 30, while pre-sale tickets will be available for fan-club members beginning Tuesday, January 27.  First up for Mark is a European tour leg that gets under way on May 15 in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a July 31 show in Barcelona, Spain.  Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.

    Here is the track list for Tracker:

    "Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes"
    "Basil"
    "River Towns"
    "Skydiver"
    "Mighty Man"
    "Broken Bones"
    "Long Cool Girl"
    "Lights of Taormina"
    "Silver Eagle"
    "Beryl"
    "Wherever I Go"
    *".38 Special"
    *"My Heart Has Never Changed"
    *"Terminal of Tribute To"
    *"Heart of Oak"
    **"Time Will End All Sorrow"
    **"Oklahoma Ponies"

    * = deluxe & box set bonus track
    ** = box set bonus track.

    And here is Knopfler's North American tour itinerary:

    9/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    9/11-12 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
    9/13 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
    9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
    9/18 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
    9/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre
    9/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
    9/21 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
    9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
    9/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
    9/26 -- Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre
    9/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
    9/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
    9/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
    10/2 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
    10/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre
    10/4 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
    10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
    10/7 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
    10/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
    10/10 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
    10/11 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater
    10/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall
    10/14 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
    10/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
    10/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
    10/18 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
    10/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
    10/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
    10/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
    10/25 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
    10/27 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
    10/30 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
    10/31 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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  • Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne Now Considered Co-Writers of UK Pop Star Sam Smith's Hit, "Stay with Me"

    Sam Jones; Martyn Atkins; Image Group LA/ABCTom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne are now listed on the songwriting credits of one of last year's biggest pop hits: "Stay with Me," the smash ballad by young U.K. singer Sam Smith.  Smith's rep confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, after a report was published recently in British tabloid The Sun revealing that the 22-year-old singer had amicably settled a copyright dispute brought by Petty's publishers over supposed similarities between "Stay with Me" and Tom's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.

    Smith's spokesperson explained in a statement to Rolling Stone, "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down'…contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions.  Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."

    Sam's rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

    It's unclear if Petty and Lynne will receive back royalties from the tune, which has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.

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  • Randy Bachman Unveils Cover Art, Track List for Upcoming Album, "Heavy Blues"

    True North RecordingsNew details have been revealed about Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, including the cover art, the full track list and information about the guest guitarists who have contributed to the project.

    The album features 11 original songs written by the founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member, including "Little Girl Lost" featuring Neil Young, the title track with Peter Frampton, "Oh My Lord" featuring lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph, "Ton of Bricks" and "Bad Child" with contemporary blues star Joe Bonamassa.  In addition, the late Jeff Healey appears on a song called "Confessin' to the Devil."

    Randy is releasing the album under the name Bachman, which refers to the power trio he formed with bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon to record all the tracks.  In support of Heavy Blues, which will be released on April 14, Bachman the band will be hitting the road on a North American tour that kicks off April 1 in Milwaukee.  Only five U.S. dates have been confirmed so far, but more will be announced soon.

    Here is the track list for Heavy Blues:

    "The Edge"
    "Ton of Bricks" (featuring Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday)
    "Bad Child" (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
    "Little Girl Lost" (featuring Neil Young)
    "Learn to Fly"
    "Oh My Lord" (featuring Robert Randolph)
    "Confessin' to the Devil" (featuring Jeff Healey)
    "Heavy Blues" (featuring Peter Frampton)
    "Wild Texas Ride"
    "Please Come to Paris" (featuring Canadian folk-rock singer Luke Doucet)
    "We Need to Talk"

    Here's a list of all of Bachman's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

    4/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino - The Northern Lights Theater
    4/2 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater
    4/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
    4/24 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
    4/25 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture

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  • Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour

    Danny ClinchThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired, but Gregg Allman isn’t slowing down.  He’s just announced a 21-date spring U.S. tour, kicking off in Ohio in March, and wrapping May 9 in Austin, Texas.

    Allman, who turned 67 last month, has rarely been more busy.  He just wrapped up an outing that concluded with a show Sunday night at AT&T park in San Francisco.  He also scored a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance, for his fresh take with Taj Mahal on the Allman Brothers staple “Statesboro Blues,” from last year’s album Gregg Allman: All My Friends.

    Speaking of friends, Allman will be supported this spring on various dates by Nashville-based blues rockers SIMO, Americana fiddle player and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and Allman’s son Devon Allman and his Devon Allman Band.

    For ticket info, head to GreggAllman.com.  Here’s the tour itinerary:

    3/13 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Casino
    3/14 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre
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  • SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY BLOWS LID OFF SCIENTOLOGY

    A new documentary from Alex Gibney called Going Clear premiered at Sundance over the weekend and it makes some pretty heavy claims about Scientology.

    According to The Daily Beast, one of the biggest bombshells in the film is the allegation that the organization used intimidation tactics to get Tom Cruise to break up with Nicole Kidman. Marty Rathbun, the former second-in-command, explains that church leader David Miscavige was reportedly suspicious of Nicole because her father was a renowned psychologist in Australia and Scientology is opposed to psychiatry and psychology. She also supposedly convinced Tom to pull away from the church between 1992 and 2001 which led Miscavige to assign Marty to "facilitate the breakup." The plan included tapping Nicole's phone and gathering personal information about Tom. They also worked with the couple's adopted children, Connor and Isabella, to turn them against their mom so Tom could get custody after the split.

    • Tom and Nicole split up in 2001.
    • The documentary also claims that Scientology has gone through great lengths to appease Tom -- including installing A/V equipment in his house, buying him limos and airplanes, and even having members design a meadow for Tom and Nicole to run through because it was something Tom had always wanted to do.
    • A rep for the church released a statement slamming the movie saying, "The Church has documented evidence that those featured in Gibney’s film regurgitating their stale, discredited allegations are admitted perjurers, admitted liars and professional anti-Scientologists whose living depends on the filing of false claims. All have been gone so long from the Church they know nothing of it today. Yet Gibney and HBO stonewalled more than a dozen requests by the Church to offer relevant information about them, with more than 25 individuals with firsthand information eager to speak. To this day, neither HBO nor Gibney can deny that they have yet to present the Church with a single allegation from the film so the Church may have an opportunity to respond. The Church never sought special treatment, only fair treatment."
    • HBO reportedly hired a team of 160 lawyers to look at the movie before it screened for anyone.

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  • BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH APOLOGIZES FOR CHOICE OF LANGUAGE DURING SPEECH ABOUT INEQUALITY

    Benedict Cumberbatch has issued an apology for referring to blacks as "colored" people during an interview on PBS' Tavis Smiley. The Imitation Game star was discussing racial inequality in the movie business when he said, "I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really different in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here in the US than in the UK, and that's something that needs to change. Something's gone wrong, we're not representative enough in our culture of different races and that really does need to step up a pace."

    The actor released a new statement apologizing for his choice of words saying, "I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive. The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term. I feel the complete fool I am and while I am sorry to have offended people. I apologize again to anyone who I offended for this thoughtless use of inappropriate language about an issue which affects friends of mine and which I care about deeply."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    EMMA WATSON CAST IN LIVE-ACTION 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST': Emma Watson has been cast as Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast. The former Harry Potter star wrote on Facebook on Monday (January 25th,) "I'm finally able to tell you...that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it." The studio has hired Dreamgirls director Bill Condon to helm the project.

    LOUIS C.K. CANCELS NEW YORK SHOW: The snowy weather in New York City forced Louis C.K. to cancel his scheduled show tonight (January 27th) at Madison Square Garden. The show would have been his fourth at the venue and was going to break the record for the most times a comedian has sold out MSG in a single tour. An email was sent out to ticket holders on Monday (January 26th) letting them know that they would be receiving a full refund.

    'JESSICA JONES' ADDS FORMER 'DOCTOR WHO' STAR: Former Doctor Who star, David Tennant, has joined the cast of Marvel's upcoming Netflix series Jessica Jones. He will be playing the villain known as Killgrave. Krysten Ritter has already been cast in the titular role. The show's 13-episode first season will debut on the streaming service later this year.

    FOX'S RUMORED 'X-MEN' SERIES IS MOVING FORWARD: Fox is reportedly negotiating a deal with Marvel to make their rumored X-Men series a reality. 24 executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as showrunners. The network has already found success with superhero shows with the freshman drama Gotham which has been renewed for a second season.

    ADAM SANDLER'S FIRST NETFLIX FILM IS A WESTERN: The first film Adam Sandler will release as part of his deal with Netflix will be a Western comedy called The Ridiculous 6. The comedian has also recruited big names for the film including Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell, and Breaking Bad's Lavell Crawford. It also rumored that Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, and Whitney Cummings will appear in the film. Production is expected to begin next month.

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  • POLICE QUESTION EMILE HIRSCH OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT AT SUNDANCE

    Savages star Emile Hirsch was questioned by cops in Park City, Utah early on Sunday morning for his involvement in an incident at Tao nightclub. According to Page Six, the authorities were called to the scene when the 29-year-old was accused of assaulting a female movie exec who works for Paramount.

    A witness revealed, "Something happened between the movie exec and Emile, and she said she had been assaulted and asked security to call the police. Emile didn't leave the scene, and calmly waited for the police to arrive, and spoke with them until around 5 a.m., after which he went home with his friends. No arrests were made." Another source said that the exec chose not to press charges at the scene but was considering the option for later on.

    • A spokesman for the Park City Police said in a statement, "We are still investigating the details of the case and can't provide any further information at this time."
    • Emile is at Sundance promoting the film Ten Thousand Saints about a teenager who is sent to live with his father in Manhattan after his friend overdoses.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    EDWARD NORTON FINALLY REAVEALS SON'S NAME: Edward Norton has finally revealed the name of his son with Shauna Robertson nearly two years after his birth. Sources tell Us Weekly that the couple named him Atlas. He was born in March 2013. Edward and Shauna got married in 2012 -- a few months prior to Atlas' birth.

    PATRICK DEMPSEY HINTED AT MARRIAGE ISSUES PRIOR TO SPLIT ANNOUNCEMENT: Patrick Dempsey gave a bit of a hint about his marriage drama to the Associated Press on Friday (January 23rd) a few hours before news broke that his wife filed for divorce. He didn't discuss the relationship specifically but he did say, "It would be nice to be one-pointed and not spread so thin sometimes. I think where I'm going is to really streamline and be much more specific in balancing things a little bit better than I have in the past."

    JAMES CAAN IS SPLITTING FROM HIS WIFE AGAIN: James Caan has filed paperwork to end his marriage to his wife Linda for the third time. He previously filed back in 2005 and again in 2009 but the case was dismissed both times. They have been married for 18 years and have two sons together -- 19-year-old James and 16-year-old Jacob. James had three previous marriages before he and Linda got together.

    NIKKI REED GUSHES OVER IAN SOMERHALDER AT SUNDANCE: Nikki Reed may be freshly divorced but she is so ready to walk down the aisle again. The Twilight actress had nothing but good things to say about her fiancé, Ian Somerhalder, while attending a party at Sundance over the weekend. Nikki told Us Magazine, "He's so beautiful inside and out! He's quite possibly the most amazing man that's ever walked the planet, it's crazy. I'm so lucky, I love him." Nikki and Ian have only been dating for six months.

    LUPITA NYONG'O AND JARED LETO GOT FLIRTY AFTER THE SAG AWARDS: Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o took the stage together at the SAG awards on Sunday (January 25th) but their real fun allegedly went down at the Weinstein-Netflix after-party. A source told E! News, "They were having tons of fun together. They were together most of the night whether they were outside chatting or inside dancing." Another witness said that there was no visible PDA but the vibe definitely seemed flirty.

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  • SOFIA VERGARA TALKS WEDDING PLANNING

    Sofia Vergara attended Sunday's (January 25th) SAG Awards with fiancé Joe Manganiello where she offered an update on their wedding planning on the red carpet.

    The Modern Family star told Us Weekly, "We're trying right now to figure it out. He's shooting and promoting Magic Mike and I'm promoting my movie with Reese Witherspoon, so we're kind of busy so we're trying to do it maybe this fall. This summer is too busy." Sofia added, "It's going to be big. We started off with 20 on the guest list, and now there's like pages and pages."

    • She also chatted about Joe's proposal with Access Hollywood saying, "You know with me it's all about the bling bling so he knew what I needed. I opened it up and I checked it to see. And then I was like, 'Yes!' No I'm joking; he's so handsome that it I would have said 'okay' anyway."
    • They got engaged around the holidays after around six months of dating.
    • Sofia was previously engaged to Nick Loeb.

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  • NO-SHOW MARK RUFFALO REACTS TO SAG WIN

    Mark Ruffalo was not on hand to be handed his SAG award at Sunday's (January 25th) ceremony but he still got to make an acceptance speech thanks to social media. The Normal Heart star shared a photo of his reaction to the win and then tweeted out his thank yous.

    Mark wrote, "Ha ha ha! Sunny and my kids just woke me up to tell me I won a SAG award. Have to be at work in 4 hours. Thank you! @SAGawards. Thank you @ryanmurphy24 for giving me the incredible part! Thank you Larry Kramer teaching is all a little more about love. Thanks @MattBomer my dear friend and partner in #TheNormalHeart you were an inspiration and friend every day. Thank you @HBO and Dante Di Lereto, Dede Gardner and Plan B for Producing such a beautiful movie. You did the impossible. To all the people who lived through the AIDS crisis and lost the ones you loved. This award is yours. @SAGawards You are heros. Thank you @alfredMolina, Julia Roberts, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Sean Meehan, Jonathan Groff, BD Wong, and the rest of Cast."

    Ruffalo's Reaction Face:

    Upon waking and hearing from my wife and kids that I won a @sagawards for #TheNormalHeart Love wins tonight!

    A photo posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Jan 25, 2015 at 6:45pm PST

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