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Get Ready To Win in the Non Blonde Cafe this Holiday

Enjoy the Sounds of the Season now through Christmas Day on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Turkey Shoot Contest


Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win a turkey for Thanksgiving. Starting today, we are running our Turkey Shoot contest. Whenever you hear the hear the shotgun blast, call us up on the contest line at 506-2444 and be caller five. Our DJ will put you on the air and join you in a special turkey hunt. Be careful, you may end up shooting another critter. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.

Win a free download of the new Lynyrd Skynyrd live Album

The Legends of Swamp Pop Show tickets will be given away Friday on Classic Hits 92.5

Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI will qualify listeners Friday to give away five sets of tickets for the Swamp Pop Revue show at Paragon Casino Saturday November 28. Just call us up and be caller five when you hear Johnnie Allan's whistle sound at 506-2444. Our drawing is set for 3;00pm Friday. One caller per family and you must 21 or older. The show will feature Johnie Allan, Tommy McLain, Warren Storm, T.K. Hulin, G G Shinn, Willie Tee, Cypress and Louisiana Express. Good luck from Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.

Get Ready To Win Tickets to the K C and the Sunshine Band Concert at Paragon Casino


Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI  is giving our lucky listeners a chance to win tickets to attend one of the hottest dance bands of the 1970's: K C and the Sunshine Band. Beginning now,  you can qualify  for our big drawing  on Friday  by texting the word "KC" to our text to win number at 337-459-6021. One qualifier per family. You must be 21 or older to qualify. We will draw the names of five winners Friday at noon where each winner  will win a pair of tickets to the November  13 show  at Paragon Casino. Good luck from the station that has more winners: Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!




Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Monster Mash. Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Elvis and the LaSalle Street Undertakers

Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI had a visit from Elvis and the LaSalle Undertakers today. Be watching for their new video coming out in the next few days in time for Halloween on Facebook, Twitter and our other sites.

Listen to Halloween themed hits all this week and all day Halloween Day on Classic Hits 92.5

Tune in all this week as we air Halloween themed songs. All day Saturday, we will program hit songs from our Halloween Hall of Hits with Josh in the morning and Carly i n the afternoon. Happy Halloween!!!

2015 Louisiana Cotton Festival This Week and KVPI will be there


OCTOBER 18, 2015


    The 62nd Annual Louisiana Cotton Festival kicks off tonight and runs all the way through Sunday at the civic center grounds in Ville Platte.

     Tonight (Monday)  at 6:30 it is the Contredanse (French Square Dance) and the Crowning of the King and Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Admission $5 adults and $2 for children. KVPI FM will be there for the broadcast of the event.

    Tuesday at 3:30pm, it is the 4-H Cotton Food Fest inside the civic center with judging beginning at 4;00pm and at  4:00pm, it is the 4-H Cotton Picking Pet Show in the Civic Center Pavilion. KVPI FM with Becky and Emily will be there broadcasting live for the Pet show at 4:00pm.

    Wednesday and Thursday- Carnival Bracelet Hours from 5-10pm.

     Friday- Only day where there is an admission charge for the fairgrounds $6 adults and children 13 and up and $2 for kids 12 and under. 1-5pm- Carnival bracelet hours; Street Dance- 6:0pm- Ashton Dupre; 8:00pm- Chubby Carrier and 90 Degrees West- 90 Degrees West.

   Saturday- Bracelet Hours at carnival from 1-5pm; 5:30pm- Coronation of the new Cotton Festival Queen to replace Queen Cotton Karlee Farris and the crowning of the Cotton Festival King- Troy Hebert, Commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Col. Cotton-Brenda Saucier; Angie Rozas- Grand Parade Marshal. Admission $5 per person at the civic center.

   Sunday- 8:30am- Cotton Harvest Mass at Our Lady Queen of All Saints; 12 Noon- Grand Parade of Cotton starting at Citizens Bank to Sacred Heart on Main Street; 1-5pm- Bracelet Day at Carnival; 2;00pm- Running of the Tournoi at Industrial Park. Admission $5. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI with Stephanie and Carly will be broadcasting the Tournoi live.

KVPI Will Give 2 Lucky Listeners A Pair of Tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge Each Week Until Halloween

It's that time of the year again!! KVPI will give 2 lucky listeners a pair of tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge each week until Halloween. Are you ready to be scared out of your skin? Then, LIKE the Facebook post, SHARE it with others, and COMMENT "SCARED" on the post. Good Luck from all of us here at KVPI.

Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, October 3rd

Join us this Saturday, October 3rd from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.

Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 26th


Join us this Saturday, September 26th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) before and after the LSU game. keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI

The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015

The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015, from 6:00pm through 10:00pm from LSU Eunice. The auction will be broadcast live on KVPI (FM 92.5) as well via its online app and on LSUE's Channel # 197. Due to the Blue Jay Radio Auction on KVPI FM Wednesday night, our weekly coach's show will air at 6:30pm Wednesday on KVPI 1050 AM this week only.

Join Us For The First Ever Album Of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 19th Starting at 8 a.m.


Join us this Saturday, September 19th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for the first ever Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Michael Jackson's Thriller album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.). keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.

Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios Friday Sept. 11 to record special cheers to air throughout the football season. Good luck to the Basile High Bearcats!!

Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios Sept. 2

The Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers during football season. Here they are surrounding KVPI DJ Emily O . They are:Kaitlyn Roddy, Regan Carraway, Paige Whittington, Payton Whittington, Sammy Fusilier, Malene Guillory, Shelbi Rials, Sara Vidrine, Taylor Olson, Tori Johnson, Madison Welch, Bailee Deville, Blaire Fontenot and Kasey Roddy.

The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders Visit the KVPI Studios



Boom! The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders were in the house today recording cheers for our high school football action. Pictured below with Steph are Laura Manuel, Megan Morein, Olivia Vollman, Logan Shipp, Baylee Veillon, Eve Fontenot, Caroline Duplechin, Dori Monier (Mascot), Olivia Brignac, Mallory Fontenot, Kaylie McCoy, Sara Reilly, Joanie Dupre', Madison Jordan, Caroline LaHaye and Hallie Daire. Thanks for coming in girls!





KVPI AM FM Staff 2015

KVPI Staff August 13, 2015: John Lafleur, Annona Balfa, Becky Vidrine, Emily Oliver, Carly  Chaumont, Stephanie Ware, Cheryl DeBaillon, Jim Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Josh Godwin, Gene Swabby Soileau and Micah Chatman. Seated: Bonnie Fontenot and Mark Layne.

Classic Hits 92.5 salutes Elvis Presley Thursday

It's Elvis Day on Spotlight Thursday as we remember The King of Rock and Roll who died this week in 1977 at his home in Graceland. Hear 50's Elvis, Movie Elvis from the 1960's and his great live recordings from the 1970's all day Thursday and on Party Time Thursday night.

Dixie Youth World Series Action Live from South Carolina on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Tune in to our live coverage of the Dixie Youth World Series from Lexington, South Carolina this week as KVPI Sports covers our Ville Platte Dixie Majors team competing in the tournament. Sports Announcer Chris Bordelon will be doing the play by play each night. Thanks to our KVPI Sponsors.

Plenty of Baseball Action Right Now On KVPI AM and FM

KVPI Sports will be bringing you live play by play action live from Ponchatoula as we cover Dixie Youth Regional Tournament Action this weekend. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracy Jagneaux will be covering our Ville Platte Dixie Majors 12 year old all stars while Sports Announcer Thomas Scully will be covering the Ville Platte Super Ten All Stars. Also we are covering the Ville Platte 8 year old All Star girls competing in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Highland, Texas with James Shiver and Gene Swabby Soileau.

Summer is here! Be listening for the cue to call on Classic Hits 92.5

Register your Father registered today!

Every Friday for the next five weeks we will be giving you a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing in Baton Rouge. To qualify for the weekly drawing, just call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call, the Blue Bayou water slide spash. You must be 18 or older and one qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.

Snap Snap Snap! Get your pics in or come by and we'll snap it for you!

Keep listening as we will be giving you the chance to win sheets of tickets for the Cajun Heartland State Fair on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!

Be sure to tune in Thursday, May 7 @ 8 pm (CT) on GAC for a very special feature on

Congratulations to KVPI's Jennifer Meylian-Ville Platte's Co-Woman of the Year 2015


Congratulations to KVPI's Program Director Jennifer Meylian named as 2015 Co-Ville Platte Woman of the Year along with Linda Lebsack. Shown next to Jennifer is her daughter, Lindsey.

Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5


Be sure to tune in all this week as we give you a chance to win free passes to this weekend's Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!!

KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday

KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network

KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network

KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network

Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is about to kick off and Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave you a chance to win tickets to attend!
Monday, we started taking text messages with the word “JAZZ” in them… we received A LOT! Close to 300!
Today… we have our winners!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Melanie Courville! She won TWO weekend passes good for either weekend of the Jazz Fest!
And Congratulations to our Runner Up, Brenda Vidrine! She won TWO one day passes good for either weekend as well!
We hope you both have a great time… take pictures and sing your hearts out! It’s going to be an awesome Jazz Festival this year!
Thank you to all that sent us those text messag

We have Disney on Ice Prize Packs for that Little Princess in your life!

DORA THE EXPLORER AT THE ZOO OF ACADIANA & Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win tickets!

Congratulations to our two Grand Prize winners in our "Bud and Boilin" Contest

Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Louis Muse in the left and Tammy Johnson in the right photo. Both of our winners are greeted by Rodney Moras with Southwest Beverage Budweiser and KVPI Program Director Jennifer Meylian. Happy Easter!!

Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Easter Egg Contest Winner, Lori Guillory, for finding our golden egg in the Teen Room in the Evangeline Parish Library based on the clues we gave. KVPI's Stephanie Ware is congratulating our winner. Lori wins a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card.

KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.

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.

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

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!



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  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


  • Steven Tyler Schedules Solo Concerts This March in Niagara Falls, Canada

    Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler recently told ABC Radio that he plans to release his debut solo album, a country-influenced project he's been working on in Nashville, sometime in early 2016 and then support it with a tour.  Now the legendary rocker has scheduled a two-night stand, March 29 and 31, at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Canada, in what could be the first dates of a 2016 solo trek.

    Tyler will be backed at the shows by the Nashville-based group Loving Mary, which features longtime Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen and award-winning country songwriter Rebecca Lynn Howard.  Steven will be singing a mix of Aerosmith classics and new solo material at the gigs.

    Prior to the Niagara Falls shows, Tyler will give a solo performance on February 6 at the Endymion Extravaganza, which will be held at New Orleans' Superdome following the Mardi Gras parade celebrating the Krewe of Endymion's 50th anniversary.  The Krewe of Edymion is one of the three so-called "Super Krewes" that put on over-the-top, spectacular parades every year during Mardi Gras.

    As previously reported, Tyler also is among the many stars who will perform at an all-star special celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday that will be taped this Saturday in New York City.  The show, titled Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, will premiere December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

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  • Journey Singer Arnel Pineda Releasing Holiday Single and EP This Month

    Imagen RecordsJourney's current lead singer, Arnel Pineda, will help fans get into the holiday spirit this year by releasing a solo EP on December 18 titled Sounds of Christmas.  In advance of the disc, a single called "This Christmas" will go on sale one week earlier, on December 11.

    "This Christmas" is a soaring, heartfelt ballad that features a chorus that goes, "Let me be your Santa/ Let me be your gift/ Let me be your hero/ Let me be your freedom/ Ooh, this Christmas."  The tune was released to radio this past week.

    Meanwhile, the Philippines-born Pineda, who joined Journey in 2007, also is working on his first full-length solo album.  The record is expected to arrive in the spring of 2016.

    As previously reported, Journey will launch an expansive North American co-headlining tour with The Doobies Brothers in May, with ex-Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason also on board as the opening act.

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  • Ian Anderson Bringing "Jethro Tull" Rock Opera Back to the US in the Spring

    Image Courtesy of Ian AndersonJethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson recently wrapped up a brief fall U.S. tour during which he performed a new rock opera inspired by the 18th century English agriculturalist after whom his famous band is named, Jethro Tull.  Now Anderson and his solo group are set to return to the States in the spring for another short trek that will showcase the Jethro Tull rock opera.

    The 13-date tour gets under way on April 1 in Waukegan, Illinois, and is plotted out through an April 16 show in Atlanta.  The outing, which will stop at venues mostly in the Midwest, will visit such other major cities as Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cincinnati; and Nashville.

    The Jethro Tull show reimagines the agriculturalist in a scenario set in the near future, and features new songs that delve into such topical themes as climate change, population growth and the mass production of food.  The concert also includes performances of classic Tull tunes like "Heavy Horses," "Songs from the Wood," "Aqualung," "Living in the Past" and "Locomotive Breath," some of which feature revised lyrics to help them to fit in better with the narrative.

    Anderson currently is winding down a run of European performances of the rock opera, and he also has a pair of U.K. Christmas concerts, scheduled on December 10 in Lincoln and December 11 in St. Albans.  You can check out Ian's full itinerary at

    Here are all of Anderson's confirmed upcoming U.S. performances of the Jethro Tull rock opera:

    4/1 -- Waukegan IL, Genesee Theatre
    4/2 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
    4/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
    4/5 -- Omaha, NE, Holland Performing Arts Center
    4/7 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Embassy Theatre
    4/8 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
    4/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Devos Performance Hall
    4/11 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
    4/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, Aronoff Center for the Arts
    4/13 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
    4/15 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
    4/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre

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  • "Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia" Concert Special Airing on PBS

    Courtesy of © Matt KentA TV special featuring the debut live performance of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia, a new orchestral version of The Who's famous 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia, will air on a variety of PBS stations in December.  The show, which took place this past July at London's Royal Albert Hall, stars lauded British tenor Alfie Boe in the lead role of Jimmy and also features performances by Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and actor Phil Daniels.

    Classic Quadrophenia features musical accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  To create the new orchestrations for Quadrophenia's songs, Townshend called on his longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, who is an accomplished composer, musician, singer and songwriter.

    With regard to Boe's interpretation of the Quadrophenia material, Townshend says, "Alfie is a true star, who gives every performance his all.  He reminds me of [Who frontman] Roger Daltrey in that -- he's also a real pleasure to work with.  I never thought I'd hear a classical tenor singing my songs, and for them to work so well -- but Alfie makes it happen."

    Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia premiered over the weekend on select PBS stations, and will continue to be shown on various channels on the coming weeks as part of holiday pledge drives.  Viewers who pledge money to their local stations will have the opportunity to receive a DVD or Blu-ray version of the show as a gift, as well as the companion Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia studio album.  The DVD, Blu-ray and album also can be purchased at

    Here is a list of the songs performed in the Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia special:

    "I Am the Sea"
    "The Real Me"
    "Cut My Hair"
    "The Punk and the Godfather"
    "I'm One"
    "The Dirty Jobs"
    "Helpless Dancer"
    "Is It in My Head"
    "I've Had Enough"
    "Sea and Sand"
    "Bell Boy"
    "Doctor Jimmy"
    "The Rock"
    "Love, Reign O'er Me"
    "The Real Me" (encore)

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  • Keith Richards on Mick Jagger's Solo Albums: "He Really Had Nothing to Say"

    Credit: Mark SeligerKeith Richards recently released Crosseyed Heart, his third solo studio album and his first in 23 years.  In a new interview with GQ, the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist says he didn't consider working on music outside of his famous group until frontman Mick Jagger decided to put The Stones on hold to focus on his own solo career during the 1980s.

    "I only did my records because [Mick] wasn't working with us," Richards maintains, while suggesting that he feels the frontman's motivations behind making his albums were less than genuine.

    "[Jagger's solo records] had something to do with ego," he tells the magazine.  "He really had nothing to say."

    Keith admits he never even bothered to listen to Jagger's solo albums, adding, "I never thought of making records as a way of being famous or making a statement.  I just want to make good records with good musicians, to play with the best and learn."

    In the interview, Richards also discussed the time he infamously snorted some of his late father's ashes.

    "I had him in a box in England.  I bought this little oak sapling, my idea being that he was gonna fertilize the tree, but when I pulled the top off of the box, wafts of Dad landed on the table," the 71-year-old rocker explains.  "And my dad knows I'd always liked my cocaine, a snort here and there.  So I just…had a line of Dad."

    Regarding what his family might do with his own remains after he passes on, Keith says with a laugh, "I suppose I'll leave everyone a straw."

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  • Paul McCartney Urges Support for "Meat Free Mondays" at Upcoming Climate Conference

    Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney and his daughters Mary and Stella have written a joint open letter to U.K. prime minister David Cameron asking him to back the Meat Free Mondays campaign they've been promoting since 2009 at the international climate control conference COP21 taking place December 7 and 8 in Paris.  The message urges Cameron to support the inclusion of meat reduction in a new global climate agreement world leaders will attempt to reach at the conference.

    The Meat Free Mondays initiative asks people to skip eating meat one day each week to help reduce harmful greenhouse gases emitted by the production of meat.

    In their letter, the McCartneys say to Cameron, "Next week you and other world leaders will meet in Paris for the COP21 to try and reach an ambitious global climate deal that keeps global warming well below 2 degrees.  A simple but significant environmental action that the U.K. and other countries can take, with the added benefit of improved health, would be to endorse Meat Free Monday."

    The message claims that the mass production of meat "depletes precious resources, including land, water and energy, to increasingly unsustainable levels," is "a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change" and is "a major factor in loss of species and biodiversity."

    The McCartneys suggest that there are a number of simple ways to promote meat reduction, including implementing Meat Free Mondays in schools and hospitals; serving vegetarian meals during government functions; and encouraging restaurants to feature more meat-free menu items.

    In conjunction with the letter, Paul McCartney has made a video in which he discusses how people can support the Meat Free Mondays initiative.

    "Talk to your people, talk to the schools, talk to your friends, talk to anyone you need to talk to and encourage this idea," he says.  "If enough of us do it, it could really make a big difference."

    For more information about the COP21 conference, visit

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  • Bob Weir to Perform at Holiday Fundraiser Next Month in San Francisco

    Sonja Flemming/CBSGrateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir will perform at a holiday charity event being co-organized by the Jerry Garcia Foundation that's scheduled for Friday, December 18, at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Francisco.  Door proceeds from the WhyHunger Holiday Benefit will be donated to Yoko Ono's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign, which seeks to aid hungry and impoverished children around the world through the WhyHunger organization's feeding and agricultural-education programs.

    The benefit will be hosted by famed Woodstock Festival speaker and peace activist Wavy Gravy, and will feature a number of other musical performers in addition to Weir, including the groups Rainbow Full of Sound and Keystone Revisited.

    In addition, artist Stanley Mouse, who has created art for The Beatles and The Grateful Dead, has designed a poster for the WhyHunger Holiday Benefit.

    "We have so much gratitude to all those coming together to raise awareness and support for this great cause," said Keelin Garcia, youngest daughter of the late Jerry Garcia and co-founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation.  "Music and the arts continue to change the world for the better."

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  • Ronnie Wood Says His "Rock & Roll Diary" Opens a Window on the Beginning of His Musical Adventure

    Credit: Ross HalfinRonnie Wood's recently published book, How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, is a replica of a handwritten journal the longtime Rolling Stones guitarist kept in 1965 when, at age 17, he was a member of the British group The Birds.  The book offers a candid look at Wood's busy life as part of an enthusiastic young band toiling to make a name for itself while crossing paths with such legendary U.K. acts as The Who, The Yardbirds and many others.

    "We never had a proper hit record, but we were rubbing shoulders with all the number-one acts at the time," Ronnie tells ABC Radio.  "And always in the back of my mind I wanted to be in The Stones anyway.  I knew it was my first stepping stone…to get to The Stones.  But it's interesting for me to have the little window of the beginning of the adventure."

    Wood notes that the diary documents a time when he and The Birds were "just treading the boards of England, really, up and down the motorways and the small roads and little clubs and ballrooms.  And just doing what every young musician in the '60s did."

    The book features Wood's comments about the many shows and events the band played, the gear and clothes he purchased, his attempts at songwriting, and the various adventures he had with his band mates, fellow musicians and friends, including his girlfriend Krissy, who went on to become his first wife.

    To augment the book, Wood included some of the artwork he drew depicting various scenes from his life in 1965 and wrote some new commentary reflecting on various events at the time.

    "I just spiced it up with some drawings that I did around the time or from memory of the times," he notes.  "But also, just to clue people in what was happening around the time, I did a few little addition paragraphs.  But, basically, the diary is reproduced as is."

    Wood tells ABC Radio it was his manager, Sherry Daly, who suggested that he publish the journal.

    "She said, 'This is a lovely little gem.  People would love this little glimpse into the life of this little 17-year-old musician climbing the ladder and working almost every night of the week,'" he explains.

    Wood says that when he read the diary again, the memories it evoked seemed "like almost yesterday…and it was hard to believe it was 50 years ago.  My head went right into the way I was feeling at the time."

    In conjunction with the book, Wood recorded a new track titled "How Can It Be?" inspired by a Birds tune with the same name that was the second song he ever wrote.

    "I just thought I'd go in the studio and just do a one-take thing of all the instruments and just see how it would sound if I revisited it," he says.  "It was quite interesting."

    Fans who purchase a copy of How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary can download the track for free.

    Wood reports that he may eventually release a follow-up to the book.

    "I have a very small [journal] from 1966, which also contains some little gems of info," he tells ABC Radio.  "I think if this…diary goes over well, then there is a '66 one I know for sure."

    For more information about How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, visit

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  • U2's Bono and The Edge to Perform at World AIDS Day Event

    A.M.P.A.S./Michael YadaBono and The Edge of U2 are among the artists that will be performing at an event at New York's Carnegie Hall to mark World AIDS Day, which is this Tuesday, December 1.

    The "It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done" event is sponsored by two charity organizations co-founded by Bono: ONE, which combats poverty and preventable disease, and (RED), which raises money and awareness in the fight against AIDS.  The evening will celebrate progress in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty, as well as commemorate the 10-year anniversary of both charities.

    Pop star Jessie J and rock singer Hozier also will perform at the event, which The Daily Show host Trevor Noah will emcee, while Vice President Joe Biden, Bono and Stephen Colbert are among the night's scheduled speakers.  Biden will honor former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg for his philanthropic contributions.

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  • Ringo Starr Auctioning First Pressing of The Beatles' "White Album" at Memorabilia Sale This Week

    Image Courtesy of Julien's AuctionsA massive three-day memorabilia auction of items from the personal archives of Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, will take place December 1, 2 and 3 at the Julien's Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills, California.  More than 1,300 collectibles will be up for bid at the sale, among them some incredibly rare Beatles mementos, including the very first U.K. mono pressing of the Fab Four's self-titled 1968 double album, also known as "The White Album."

    According to The Guardian, it had been believed that John Lennon had received the first pressing of "The White Album," as Paul McCartney had once maintained that Lennon had "shouted loudest" for it.  However, the background info provided by Julien's Auctions suggests that Starr always had been in possession of the double LP -- which features the catalog number "No.0000001" -- noting that the drummer claimed that he'd kept it locked in a London bank vault for 35 years.

    Bidding for the album will start at $20,000, but it's estimated to fetch as much as $60,000 at the auction.  A copy of The Beatles featuring the "No.0000005" serial was sold for almost $30,000 in 2008.

    Other collectibles going on the block include Starr's 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, which he played between May 1963 and February 1964 on some of The Beatles' biggest hits, and Lennon's 1964 "Beatle Backer" Rickenbacker guitar, which he gave to Ringo in 1968.  The instruments are expected to bring in from $300,000 to $500,000 and from $600,000 to $800,000, respectively.

    Proceeds from the auction will benefit Starr and Bach's Lotus Foundation, which raises money for various charity's that focus on social welfare issues around the world.

    You can check out full details about the auction, including a complete list of items, at

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    'DOCTOR WHO' NABS PETER JACKSON: Oscar-winner Peter Jackson has signed on to direct an episode of Doctor Who. He confirmed the news on Facebook with a video featuring the show's star, Peter Capaldi. It is unclear when the episode will air.

    PATTON OSWALT ADDED TO 'MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000' REBOOT: Patton Oswalt has been added to the cast of the upcoming reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He will play the son of evil henchman TV's Frank named TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. Series creator Joel Hodgson wrote on the show's Kickstarter page, "You know, the funny thing is that when we launched our Kickstarter, I hadn't even approached Patton about being on MST3K...but I had thought a lot about getting him involved. Anyway, even though we won't start working on contracts until after the Kickstarter ends, it seems pretty safe to say that Patton will be on board with us, on camera AND as a special guest writer too!"

    ABC FAMILY RENEWS 'THE FOSTERS': The Fosters has been renewed for a fourth season by ABC Family. Network EVP Karey Burke said in a statement, "We have so many more stories to tell about The Fosters family. These incredible characters have come into our lives and touched so many -- from Stef and Lena's wedding to the adoptions of Callie and Jude." The season three winter premiere will air on January 25th.

    CBS ORDERS FULL SEASOIN OF 'SUPERGIRL': Supergirl isn't going anywhere. CBS has ordered seven additional episodes of the freshman series to bring the show to a full 20-episode season. It has averaged 11.2 million viewers per episode.

    ESPN HIRES BACK RACHEL NICHOLS: Rachel Nichols is leaving CNN to get a new show on her former network, ESPN. She will host her new show and report for SportsCenter and other programs. Rachel left ESPN back in 2013. She is expected to make her return in early 2016.

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    Emma Watson admits that she is finally figuring herself out at the age of 25. She appears in the PORTER's Winter Escape Issue 12 where she discusses growing up as Hermione and what she has learned as an adult.

    Emma explains, "I've spent more than half of my life pretending to be someone else. While my contemporaries were dying their hair and figuring out who they were, I was figuring out who Hermione was and how best to portray her. Now at 25, for the first time in my life I feel like I have a sense of self that I'm comfortable with. I actually do have things that I want to say and I want to be my most authentic self." She goes on to say, "I don't want there to be a big separation between the public and the private person. It's definitely the harder road to tread, but without a doubt, ultimately the most rewarding. It sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but I'm very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one. When you watch the work of someone like actress Emma Thompson, you feel like you're seeing something true, and I aspire to that."

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    Brad Pitt loves being a dad even though it is chaotic.

    The father of six recently told The Telegraph, "Everyone talks about the joy of having kids – blah, blah, blah. But I never knew how much I could love something until I looked in the faces of my children. There's a lot of love, a lot of fighting, a lot of refereeing; a lot of teeth-brushing and spilling. Chaos, total chaos. But so much fun." When asked if he and Angelina planned to have more kids, he responded, "Listen, Angie and I were aiming for a dozen, but we crapped out after six."

    • Brad also explained how his own upbringing has influenced his approach to fatherhood saying, "One thing my folks always stressed was being capable, doing things for yourself. He was really big on integrity -- and that informed a lot of what we try to do now. I feel like my job is to show 'em around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are."
    • Brad is father to 14-year-old Maddox, 11-year-old Pax, 10-year-old Zahara, nine-year-old Shiloh, and seven-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

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    Several cast members from Seinfeld created personalized videos to a terminally ill fan for his birthday before he lost his fight to cancer. 67-year-old Jim Calder received messages from the actors as the characters they portrayed on the series during its nine seasons.

    His son James told The Huffington Post, "We immediately thought of his favorite TV show, Seinfeld. We started planning how to pitch this to the Seinfeld characters and started to reach out through published articles about the project, social media outreach and word of mouth. The Seinfeld birthday project was born, but we really weren’t sure how and if it would flourish." John O'Hurley, AKA J. Peterman, was the first to make a video which prompted Patrick Warburton to make a video as David Puddy.

    • Other participants included Wayne Knight as Newman, Larry Thomas as Soup Nazi, and Lisa Mende as Carol.
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus also participated but did not act as Elaine.
    • According to Daily Dot, Jerry Stiller also made a video as George Costanza's father but requested that the family not share them.
    • Michael Richards offered to call James' father on his actual birthday but did not want to create a video.
    • James did not live to see his birthday but his son showed him the videos early to try and lift his spirits.

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    Lark Voorhies went on Instagram yesterday (November 30th) going off on her soon to be ex husband Jimmy Green. The former Saved By The Bell star filed for divorce last month after six months of marriage. She filed for a restraining order against him as well. Voorhies wrote on IG, "To whom this may concern. I am single! Jimmy couldn't fork up a dime for our divorce. There's an active restraining order that he continues to violate. No sex tape even physically exists. Do you really think he could afford a camera? I gave him money multiple times and put minutes on his Obama phone. You better take a U-Turn on that bus. Everyone in Pasadena knows you're a joke. Gang Member? You lost your job at Taco Bell. Your penis is NOTHING to brag about! Is it normal for a penis to smell like corn chips?"

    She continued, "I chose to not be in the spotlight. I am an amazing author (3 Books on Amazon) and I am currently working on a short film that I wrote & directed and putting the final touches on my highly anticipated album! I'm too busy to interact with you bugaboos. Take care and god bless! LV

    • Lark later said that her IG account was hacked, saying, "My Instagram account was hacked, I never wrote such things! LV"

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    KYLIE JENNER CLEARS UP TYGA RUMORS: Kylie Jenner appeared on Ellen on Monday (November 30th) where she cleared up the rumors about her and Tyga. She explained, "We're not broken up. We just...honestly, we became best friends before anything happened so I think that that's awesome. And we're just like, I don't know, hanging out." to defend herself as rumors circulate regarding her breakup with Joe Jonas and new romance with Zayn Malik. She wrote in tweets that have since been deleted, "I've found the only way to happiness is by living as though the microscope isn't there. If there was a real way to sit with each one of you and tell you my side of things, I would. But there's not, so I won't. There's just no need to be judgmental about situations that are not your own. Let live." Gigi added, "Sometimes life just happens.. For whatever reason in whatever timing. And sometimes it doesn't make sense til it does. That's it."


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    JJ Abrams had a very clear goal in mind when he decided to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens have a female lead.

    The director explained on Good Morning America on Monday (November 30th,) "Star Wars was always a boys' thing and a movie that dads take their sons to, and though that's still very much the case, I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well. I'm looking forward to kids seeing this movie and seeing themselves in it and seeing that they're capable of doing things that they never imagined possible." JJ added, "What I hope more than anything is that they see a movie that tells them that life is full of sort of unlimited possibility that there's a sense of incredible -- to use a George Lucas term, 'hope,' -- in the world, and that they feel better when they leave than when they got in there."

    • It was also recently revealed in Entertainment Weekly that Leia is now referred to as General instead of Princess.
    • The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley as Rey.

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    Katie Holmes has no regrets even after her high-profile split from Tom Cruise back in 2012.

    She appears in the December issue of Ocean Drive where she explains, "I don't regret anything that I've done. I've learned from everything, and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going. I have a very normal life, and I happen to work in an industry that is abnormal. Daily life, I take a train and cab; it's just about getting from here to there, and I don't care how I do it. I have to get there."

    • Katie also says of her career, "I don't shy away from risks. I'm just interested in a lot of different things. I don't even think of it as a risk; I think of it as something exciting and new. As I've grown up, I think that the harder you work the more successful you are. From what I have seen, the people at the top, they're just constantly working and constantly surrounding themselves with other successful, like-minded creative people."

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This day in music history: Tuesday, December 1st


1973, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Top Of The World', becoming the duo's second of three No.1 singles, following '(They Long to Be) Close to You' and preceding 'Please Mr. Postman.' Country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and her version became her first hit when it reached No.2 on the US country singles charts in mid-1973.

This day in music history: Wednesday, December 2nd


1995, Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her duet with Boyz II Men 'One Sweet Day'. It made Carey the first artist in history to have two consecutive single debut at No.1, 'Fantasy' being her first.

This day in music history: Thursday, December 3rd


1994, Boyz II Men knocked themselves off the No.1 position on the US singles chart when 'On Bended Knee' started a six week run a No.1. The group's 'I'll Make Love To You' had been at No.1 for a record breaking 14 weeks.

This day in music history: Friday, December 4th


1971, Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at No.1 on the US single chart with 'Family Affair', their third US No.1.

This day in music history: Monday, December 7th


1996, Toni Braxton started a 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Un- Break My Heart'. Written by Dianne Warren it gave Braxton her second US solo No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.

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