Summer is Coming! Time to get your good time on at Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin'!
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.
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?
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.
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 email@example.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 certificatefrom 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
Image Courtesy of Webster PRPat Benatar and her guitarist/husband, Neil Giraldo, have a busy year planned, with dozens of North American dates lined up as part of their ongoing 35th Anniversary Tour. But the rocking couple took a little time off to chat with famed newsman Dan Rather for an upcoming episode of his AXS TV showThe Big Interview.
In the hour-long program, which debuts on July 21, Benatar and Giraldo, who have been married since 1981, open up about their long musical and personal relationship.
"It was great to share with Dan our story," says Giraldo about their appearance on The Big Interview. "He really took the time to explore our partnership and understand how we have worked together to create music, but we were also able to talk about all the other aspects of our partnership personal and professional. It's not all about the music there is so much more to who we are."
Meanwhile, Pat and Neil recently released a live album and home video capturing a 2014 performance from their 35th anniversary trek. RollingStone.com has posted a clip from the DVD featuring Benatar performing a mashup of her hit "Heartbreaker" and the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire."
In an accompanying interview with Rolling Stone, Giraldo reveals that it was his idea to cover "Ring of Fire," explaining, "I think of weird stuff for us to do, cover songs to do. I always thought it would be a good song for us, because we're like Johnny and [his wife] June [Carter Cash]."
Benatar and Giraldo recently added a bunch of additional dates to their 2015 tour, which now is mapped out through a Septmber 6 concert in Palmer, Alaska. Here are all of the duo's forthcoming shows:
6/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 6/27 -- Lawrenceburg, IN, Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg Event Center 6/30 -- Newport News, VA, CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts 7/1 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre 7/3 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel - Seneca Events Center 7/4 -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort - Sherman Summer Stage 7/5 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse 7/7 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino - Showroom 7/8 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre 7/10 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park 7/11 -- New York, NY, Edison Ballroom 7/13 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens Amphitheater 7/14 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at the Heights 7/16 -- Louisville, KY, Brown Theatre 7/17 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesville 7/18 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles 7/20 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 7/21 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 7/23 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre Performing Arts 7/24 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino 7/25 -- Laughlin, NV, The Edgewater Casino Resort 7/28 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards 7/29 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 7/31 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 8/1 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre 8/2 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up 8/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre 8/7 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 8/11 -- Apple Valley, MN, Minnesota Zoo 8/12 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts 8/13 -- Bismarck, MD, Bismarck Events Center 8/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawre 8/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Resort and Casino 8/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 8/21 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 8/22 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds 8/25 -- Turlock, CA, Turlock Community Theatre 8/26 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino 8/28 -- Boise, ID, Western Idaho Fairgrounds 8/29 -- Manson, WA, Mill Bay Casino Deep Water 8/31 -- Monroe, WA, Evergreen State Fair 9/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pacific National Exhibition 9/3 -- Salem, OR, L.B. Day Amphitheatre 9/4 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 9/6 -- Palmer, AK, Alaska State Fair
Credit: Olaf HeineFor a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discuss the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge.
"It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage," says The Edge in the interview. "Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I was already there. I stepped off on what I thought was the stage and I had basically cut the corner. It was one of those things you do only once."
Bassist Adam Clayton says he was "sick in the pit of my stomach" watching the fall, and drummer Larry Mullen remembers thinking that the tour might "start and end in the same evening" had The Edge's injuries been more significant.
"It would have been the shortest tour in history," adds The Edge.
Last year, U2 frontman Bono suffered a fall of his own when he injured himself in a cycling accident. The singer has said that he still can't play guitar due to his injuries, but now he's starting to look at his body in a different way.
"Edge says that I look at my body like it's an inconvenience," Bono says. "And that I need to be more mindful. And you know I've been disagreeing with Edge all my life on musical matters, but I'm starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones."
You can watch the entire CBS Sunday Morning interview with U2 when the show airs May 24 at 9 a.m. ET.
Photo: Guy WebsterAXS TV will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by offering up an evening of programming this Sunday, May 24, that focuses on "America's band, The Beach Boys. The marathon will includes the network's premiere screening of Brian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian, a recent concert special filmed this past December in Las Vegas that showcased songs from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, plus classics from his old band.
The program, which originally aired as an episode of PBS' Soundstage last month, captures Brian Wilson performing with many of the guest artists who appeared on No Pier Pressure, including fellow founding Beach Boy Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, jazz trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop act Capital Cities. Brian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian debuts on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET.
Kicking off the programming block at 7 p.m. ET will be The Beach Boys 50 -- Doin' It Again, a documentary that takes a look at the making of the group's 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, and its 50th anniversary tour the same year.
Later in the evening, at 9:25 p.m. ET, AXS TV will air The Beach Boys 50 -- Live in Concert, which captures the band playing 21 songs at a concert in Phoenix during the aforementioned 2012 tour.
Finishing off the Beach Boys-related fun, fun, fun at 10:40 p.m. ET will be the star-studded special MusiCares Person of the Year 2005: Brian Wilson. The show, filmed at the Hollywood Palladium, documents the Grammy organization's salute to Wilson, which included performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael McDonald, The Backstreet Boys, John Legend and many other acclaimed musicians. Brian also took to the stage with his backing group to play a few songs.
Proper RecordsFounding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music. Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.
Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it.
"I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells Rolling Stone. "Whether they're sculptors, writers, poets or musicians, they just carry on as long as they can. So then I thought, 'What the hell.'"
Wyman was inspired to make the record after rediscovering some forgotten demos of songs he felt never got their due. He decided to revisit those tunes, as well as some other old songs that hadn't made it onto his earlier solo albums, and record updated versions of them.
Bill explains to Rolling Stone that he used the stripped-down sounds of a number of acclaimed songwriters as inspiration for the album.
"I wanted it to be inspired a bit like After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, to capture the simplicity of those couple of albums he did around that time," he points out. "I was also inspired by J.J. Cale, who I had done stuff with in The Rhythm Kings, and Tom Waits and the way he sings."
Wyman adds that another influence on the new album was 80-yar-old Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, describing his 1984 tune "Dance Me to the End of Love" as "wonderful."
Back to Basics also features a number of brand-new compositions that Wyman says he wrote "in my house on a little acoustic guitar." He notes that since he's not a guitar player, "I usually just mess about on the bottom strings for little guitar licks and riffs."
Meanwhile, Bill says he has no interest in ever reuniting with The Rolling Stones again.
"You can't go back and relive something and have it be the same," he insists, while pointing out that he's "still great mates" with his former band mates.
"We still send each other Christmas and birthday presents as we always did," Wyman reveals, "and sometimes I do gigs with Charlie [Watts] and his band or with Ronnie Wood if he's doing a special."
Bill says he "loved every minute" of his 31 years in the band, and is "proud of everything we did," but was very ready to retire from The Stones after the three major tours they mounted in 1989 and '90.
"I thought, 'That's enough for me, there's nowhere else to go,'" he recalls. "I was happy to move on because there were so many other things that I wanted to do in my life that I had planned to years and years and years before, never expecting as anyone did that the band would last that long."
Back to Basics will hit stores in the U.K. on June 22. No U.S. release has been announced yet.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park. The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
According to the Street Easy real estate website, the co-op residence boasts wraparound balconies, a living room, library, master bedroom, and master sitting room that all face Central Park above the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, plus a formal dining room and "a double height gallery." The duplex also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that are 40 feet high.
The Post reports the building was built in 1967 by late developer Manny Duell, who created the duplex for his wife. She lived there until her death in 2014.
McCartney launches a series of European tour dates this weekend with a May 23-24 stand at London's O2 Arena.
Stony Brook UniversityEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and on Friday, one of that area's top universities presented the Piano Man with an honorary degree at its 55th commencement ceremony.
Billy received a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University, which has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: he's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than 200 thousand dollars.
Speaking to the students, Billy said he'd keep his remarks short because "it's Memorial Day weekend and I don't want anyone getting melanoma from sitting out here for too long." He then told the students, “I hope that by now you have found what it is you love and I hope that you have learned the skills you need to make what you love your life’s work."
He added, "I wish for you the stamina to continue that work when you encounter resistance and tough times…'cause if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just wasting your time.”
This degree is far from the first that Billy Joel has received. He's got a wall full of diplomas from, among others, Syracuse University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Fairfield University and Hofstra University. Not bad for a guy who never even graduated from high school. He did eventually receive his diploma, though, 25 years after he ditched school for a life in music.
Image Courtesy of The WhoA pot-smoking Who fan almost brought the band's concert this week at New York's Nassau Coliseum to a halt when Roger Daltrey complained that the smoke was affecting his voice. Newsday reports that several songs into the show, Daltrey threatened to walk off the stage if the offending audience member didn't stop smoking.
In fan-filmed video of the event posted online, the frontman is heard saying, "If you don't put it down, then I'm telling you now, the show will be over. It's your choice. I'm doing my best."
The crowd then begins chanting, "Eat it, eat it," prompting guitarist Pete Townshend to join in. An animated Townshend then suggests makes an alternate suggestion. "Stick it up your f**king a**," he declares. "It's the quickest way. I think it's better than eating it."
Daltrey gets in on the off-color fun by adding, "And by far the most pleasurable," to which Townshend responds, "That depends."
Roger has been struggling with voice problems in recent years, and The Who had to postpone three concerts on its current tour earlier this month when he was diagnosed with swollen vocal cords. According to Newsday, Daltrey suffers from an allergy to marijuana smoke.
The Who's next concert takes place tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The band winds down the current North American leg of it's The Who Hits 50! Tour on Saturday, May 30, in Forest Hills, New York. The British rock legends then will launch a European in June, but will return for another series of North American shows that will kick off September 14 in San Diego. Check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers' evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock 'n' soul band will be released on August 21.
The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, New York.Most of the albums included in the collection are expanded with bonus tracks that have never before been available on CD or digitally.
The box set spans from 1959's Shout! through 1983's Between the Sheets. Among the many memorable songs featured on the retrospective is their early classic "Shout," as well as their hits "It's Your Thing," "That Lady" and "Fight the Power," the last of which comes from the group's chart-topping 1975 album The Heat Is On. The box set also includes the 1971 compilation In the Beginning, which features tracks The Isleys made in the mid-1960s when Jimi Hendrix was a member of their backing band.
The Isley Brothers have had an immense influence on modern soul and hip-hop. Among the artists who have sampled the band's tunes or have cited them as an inspiration are The Notorious B.I.G., R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.
While several of the Isley siblings have passed away, the group remains active today, led by surviving brothers Ronald and Ernie.
Here is the list of albums featured in The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) box set:
Shout! (1959)* It's Our Thing (1969)* The Brothers: Isley (1969)* The Isley Brothers Live at Yankee Stadium (1969) Get into Something (1970)* In the Beginning...The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)* Givin' It Back (1971)* Brother, Brother, Brother (1972)* The Isleys Live (1973) 3 3 (1973)* Live It Up (1974)* The Heat Is On (1975)* Harvest for the World (1976)* Go for Your Guns (1977)* Showdown (1978)* Winner Takes All (1979) (two CDs)* Go All the Way (1980)* Wild in Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live at Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)* Grand Slam (1981)* Inside You (1981)* The Real Deal (1982)* Between the Sheets (1983)*
Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.
The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.
- U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.
-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for "Pink Houses," a song from Mellencamp's 1985 album, Scarecrow.
- Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody features the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play.
"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.
Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7. Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans' adopted hometown.
Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his hit "I'm No Angel" and other selections from his solo catalog. Allman's son Devon makes a guest appearance at the concert.
The video portion of the release, which will be Allman's first solo DVD, includes interview segments interspersed with the performances, as well as two bonus songs -- "Stormy Monday" and "Floating Bridge." The set also contains a feature titled The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H.
The Gregg Allman Live package features liner notes penned by Allman Brothers historian John Lynskey. The liner notes quote Gregg as saying about the show, "Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there. Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now. I'm so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin' that night."
RollingStone.com has premiered a clip from the DVD of Gregg and his band, along with Devon Allman, performing an epic 11-minute version of "One Way Out."
Meanwhile, Gregg has lined up a variety of solo shows this year, including a late-summer run of joint concerts with The Doobie Brothers. Check out his full itinerary at GreggAllman.com.
Here is the full track list of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA:
CD 1 "Statesboro Blues" "I'm No Angel" "Queen of Hearts" "I Can't Be Satisfied" "These Days" "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" "Brightest Smile in Town" "Hot'Lanta" "I've Found a Love"
CD 2 "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" "Before the Bullets Fly" "Melissa" "Midnight Rider" "Love Like Kerosene" "Whipping Post" "One Way Out"
DVD "Statesboro Blues" "I'm No Angel" "Queen of Hearts" Interview: What Macon Was To Us "I Can't Be Satisfied" "These Days" "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" Interview: Practicing in Macon "Brightest Smile in Town" "Hot'Lanta" "I've Found a Love" "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" "Before the Bullets Fly" "Melissa" Interview: We Worked Hard "Midnight Rider" "Love Like Kerosene" Interview: Songwriting for The Allman Brothers "Whipping Post" "One Way Out"
Actor John Stamos took to social media over the weekend to voice his disappointment that Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen have decided not to reprise their role of Michelle Tanner on the new Full House reunion series, Fuller House. Full House was one of the more popular sitcoms and Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of the reunion series which will air in 2016.
Stamos tweeted, "#heartbroken . . . I understand they're in a different place and I wish them the best . . . I promise you will not be disappointed with our reunion and spin off!!"
The 51 year-old actor, who is also serving as a producer on the new show, continued to share his thoughts via Facebook. He wrote, "Just so you reporters know, this is not a money gig for any of us, quite the opposite . . . We want to give the fans what they deserve for supporting us for so many years, we all just want to have fun . . . do it in a classy way on Netflix and have a good time."
He added, "Sad that a few don't share the rest of the cast's opinion . . . I can only wish them the best - JS."
Following the initial announcement of the show back in April, Mary-Kate Olsen claimed she didn't know anything about it which Stamos denied.
Fuller House will focus on the oldest Tanner daughter played by Candace Cameron-Bure who is now a widowed single mother attempting to raise two boys and a newborn in San Francisco.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards, her sister and co-star Kyle Richards, Nicky Hilton and her sister, Paris Hilton, were all at the One & Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday, May 23rd, for Brooke Brinson's wedding. Despite her recent rehab stay and arrest in Beverly Hills, Kim wouldn't miss her daughter's big day as she tied the knot for the second time with Fatburger heir Thayer Wiederhorn.
Brinson and Wiederhorn were married for the first time ten months ago at her aunt, Kathy Hilton's, Bel-Air mansion so that her ailing father, Monty Brinson, could walk her down the aisle.
During Saturday's reception, Richard told Wiederhorn during her speech, " . . . nothing feels better in my heart knowing that if my daughter isn't with me, she's with you."
BOBBY FLAY TAKES OFF THE GLOVES IN DIVORCE FIGHT:Bobby Flay and Stephanie March's divorce is starting to get ugly. March has tried to get the couple's prenup thrown out because she hasn't been able to get much acting work due to health issues including a burst appendix and three deep infections. Well Flay is firing back by saying the infections were caused by March's breast enhancement surgery which was an optional procedure. March is attempting to get more than the $5,000 a month in support outlined in the prenup.
KELLY RUTHERFORD CONTINUES LEGAL BATTLE FOR KIDS:Gossip Girls star Kelly Rutherford won a legal victory on Friday, May 22nd, when a California court awarded her temporary custody of her two children, Hermes and Helena. The children have been living in Monaco with their dad, David Giersch, since 2012.
The ruling only grants Rutherford the right to have the kids while the custody issue is decided but it remains to be seen if Monaco will honor the ruling.
BYRON ALLEN TAKES SHOTS AT OBAMA: Television host Byron Allen isn't a fan of President Obama. During an interview with TMZ.com, Allen called Obama "a white President in Black face." He also told him to "remember who you are" and that "it's OK to be President and a black man."
KRIS JENNER CATCHES HEAT FOR NOT USING THE N-WORD:Kris Jenner posted a short video of the fireworks show that took place before Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding in Versailles, a year ago. She captioned the clip, "End of the night . . . And of course in the rain, under umbrellas, Kanye treated us to fireworks . . . And if you listen closely . . . his huge hit song "Great People in Paris" . . . and boy did we dance the night away . . . Especially Khloe #justsayin." Some fans are taking shots at Jenner for not using the N-word and replacing it with "Great."
ANDREW GARFIELD AND EMMA STONE SPOTTED OUT: Although they allegedly broke off their three year relationship in March, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were spotted out shopping at Ralph's in Malibu grocery shopping on Saturday, May 23rd.
Sharon Osbourne has decided to take a month off from The Talk after a recent health scare. The 62 year-old collapsed after returning home to Loa Angeles from a trip on May 15th that included stops in New York and Toronto. According to People, the talk show co-host is suffering from extreme exhaustion.
A rep for Osbourne told E! News, "Her doctors report that she is suffering from 'extreme exhaustion' and assessed that she most likely returned to work too soon after being hospitalized recently for pneumonia . . . Sharon has been advised and has agreed to to take a month hiatus to recover fully from these recent events. Sharon would like to thank everyone at The Talk for granting her this time off and to all friends, family and others for their incredible support."
A couple of months ago, Osbourne contracted pneumonia after a hernia surgery. In 2012, she had a double mastectomy as a prevent measure against developing breast cancer. The Brit also is a colon cancer survivor.
Mama June wants Here Come Honey Boo Boo back on the air and she's retained legal counsel to make it happen. TMZ.com reports that June's lawyers contacted TLC on Friday, May 22nd, and informed the network that they could be sued for unfair treatment since they canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hours after a photo surfaced of Mama June hanging out with her convicted child molester ex-boyfriend Mark McDaniel. Meanwhile the network aired a marathon of 19 Kids & Counting despite the show's Josh Duggar's admission that he molested several girls as a teen.
The lawyer has advised the network that the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo cast is all onboard and willing to work for the previously agreed compensation.
TLC has one week to respond or the attorney will file a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages.
On Friday, May 22nd, Ireland decided by a vote of 1,201,607 to 734,300 to legalize same-sex marriage. Actor Colin Farrell, who wrote a letter in November supporting the constitutional change, couldn't be happier. The True Detective actor wrote, "Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel. How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland."
The issue is one that is close to home for Farrell as his brother is gay and was forced to move to Canada to marry his partner. In his November letter, Farrell explained, "My brother Eamon didn't choose to be gay . . . But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him."
GEORGE CLOONEY'S 'TOMORROWLAND' TAKES WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: George Clooney's Disney sci-fi project, Tomorrowland, is expected to take the weekend box office. The film raked in $32.2 million in the first three days of the four day weekend. Projected to come in a close second is Pitch Perfect 2 which raked in $30.3 million for the long weekend's first three days.
TLC CONTEMPLATING OPTIONS WITH '19 & COUNTING': After Josh Duggar's admission of molesting teenage girls, TLC is weighing its options for 19 & Counting. The network may cancel the show or just fire Duggar.
BEN STILLER'S MOTHER, ANNE MEARA, DIES: Comedian Anne Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller for 61 years, died on Saturday, May 23rd. She was 85 years-old and is survived by her son Ben Stiller, daughter Amy Stiller, husband Jerry Stiller and several grandchildren. Meara has an extensive list of movie and film credits.
GERARD DEPARDIEU IN TALKS FOR NEW NETFLIX SERIES: Gerard Depardieu is in negotiations to star in Marseille, a French series that will be similar to House of Cards. The project will be Netflix's first French language production.
NOBEL PRIZE WINNER JOHN FORBES NASH JR DIES IN CRASH: Nobel prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash and his wife, Alice, were killed in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike when they were ejected from a taxi cab. Nash was the inspiration the movie, A Beautiful Mind.