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  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

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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.


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

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

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

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

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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


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

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


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


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

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


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

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


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • Ringo Starr Named Spokesperson for Skechers

    Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.

    The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.  

    Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit."

     

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  • Bob Seger Talks New Album, "Ride Out"; Discusses Possibility of Retiring from the Road

    Capitol RecordsLast week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out.  The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.

    It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself.  One of these, Hiatt's "Detroit Made," even was chosen as the record's lead single.

    Seger says of the tune, an homage to the Detroit auto industry, "I just loved the subject matter, 'cause, you know, I'm [from] Michigan...we all love cars 'cause of…Detroit, and everybody loves their classic cars.  And I said, 'This is a natural.'"

    Bob got to road test "Detroit Made" during his last tour, and even used the song to open about half of those concerts, noting that "it really went over good" live.

    Meanwhile, the second single from Ride Out is romantic ballad titled "You Take Me In," which he wrote for his wife.  Seger tells ABC News Radio that he'd penned the song about three years ago but hadn't played it for his spouse until about three months back, when his label sent him a test pressing of Ride Out.  Bob recalls that he put the tune on while he and his wife were driving together in their car.

    "[I]t starts up and she says, 'What's this?'  I said, 'This is your song," he says, laughing.  "So about halfway through, she reaches for the glove box, gets the tissues out.  So, it was a great moment."

    Another song from Ride Out that been receiving a lot of media attention is "It's Your World," which focuses on the various environmental problems that we're facing on the planet.

    Seger tells ABC News Radio, "I read every environmental article I see and [the tune is] like a summing up of all those things."

    He adds, "I guess when you get older, you worry about your kids' future...I'm not going to be around nearly as long as they are and, and you just worry about the mess we're going to leave them."

    Seger kicks off the first of two confirmed North American tour legs in support of Ride Out with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan.  There's been some speculation that the trek could be Bob's last, but the veteran rocker says that even if he does decide to quit the road, he doesn't like the idea of officially labeling an outing a "farewell tour."

    "I wouldn't want to announce it out," he explains.  "It'd be the saddest tour in the world, you know, if it was our last tour.  So I just really kind of take it tour by tour."

    That being said, Seger points out that when his 2015 tour leg winds down around April, he will evaluate how he's feeling with regard to doing future shows.

    "I think the determining factor of when I retire will be my voice," he notes.  "If I feel it's starting to slip, if I feel I can't really sing well enough anymore, I'll be the first one out the door."

    Visit BobSeger.com to check out a list all of Seger's upcoming concerts.

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  • Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of National Anthem at World Series

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    Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.

    Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform the national anthem Wednesday night before Game Two.

    The country group Little Big Town will perform the song before Game Three on Friday.

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  • Paul McCartney Discusses Twerking, Tattoos and Favorite Current Tunes in New Twitter Q&A

    MPL/Mary McCartney Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.

    Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended.  McCartney said the tunes that he's enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters' new single, "Something from Nothing," and the Sia hit "Chandelier."  As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, "There are many," while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint show.

    McCartney also named his favorite television shows -- Veep and Family Feud -- and his favorite Meryl Streep movie, which he says is The Devil Wears Prada, while adding that "everything she does is brilliant."

    The 72-year-old also revealed that his favorite bass line to play is The Beatles' "Being for the Benefit for Mr. Kite," noting that "it's challenging."  In addition, he admitted that he often will forget the words to his own tunes in concert, pointing out, "I think that the people in my audience know the songs better than I do.  Excuse is I've written rather a lot."

    On the sillier side of things, McCartney revealed that the last time he twerked he "was with Katy Perry," adding that the pop starlet "was rather good at it!"  He also reported that he has no tattoos anywhere on his body, "not even on my a**."

    During the Q&A session, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams got in on the act, submitting the question, "Are you a cyborg?" to which Paul responded, "I am in fact an alien!"  Speaking about aliens, McCartney named the film Alien as his favorite horror movie because, as he explained, he liked "the bit of chest-popping!"

    McCartney also used the Twitter event to premiere an unreleased demo version of the Wings tune "Beware My Love" that features late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.  The track will appear on the deluxe, remastered edition of the 1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound album, which will be released on November 4.

    To check out McCartney's entire Q&A, visit Twitter.com./PaulMcCartney.

     

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  • Rolling Stones Sax Player Bobby Keys to Miss Band's Australian Tour

    Image Courtesy of Brian RasicWhen The Rolling Stones kick off their rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday, they'll do it without their longtime touring saxophone player, Bobby Keys.  According to a message on the band's official website, the 70-year-old musician, whose association with The Stones dates back to the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed, will miss the nine-date trek because he's been "a bit under the weather" and "is under doctor's orders to take it a bit easy for the next month."

    Filling in for Keys during the outing will be Karl Denson, who leads his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and was a founding member of the California-based acid-jazz outfit The Greyboy Allstars.

    Denson says of getting the chance to perform with The Rolling Stones, "It's the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips…It's going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life."

    Keys has been an in-demand session and touring musician for decades, and has appeared on such classic Stones songs as "Brown Sugar," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," "Bitch," and "Happy."  He's also played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker and many other stars.

    The Down Under leg of The Rolling Stones' 14 On Fire Tour begins in Adelaide, Australia, and runs through a November 22 show in Auckland, New Zealand.  You can check out a promo video for the trek on the band's official YouTube channel.

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  • Deluxe Reissue of 1977 Solo Album by Founding Byrd Gene Clark to Be Released Next Month

    High Moon RecordsA deluxe CD edition of Two Sides to Every Story, a long-out-of-print 1977 solo album by late founding Byrds singer Gene Clark, will be released on November 18.  The remastered 10-track disc comes packaged in a hardbound "Eco-Book" featuring 26 pages of previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes, lyrics and more.

    The album also contains a download card allowing access to more than 90 minutes of high-quality digital bonus recordings from a 1975 concert Clark played with a full backing group.  In addition, an unaired 1974 radio interview with Gene is included.

    Two Sides to Every Story features a mix of heavily country-influenced songs, melancholy pop ballads and mid-tempo rock tunes.  Clark wrote seven and the 10 songs on the album, which also includes a rendition of the well-known traditional tune "In the Pines."  Among the guest musicians appearing on the record are Emmylou Harris, ex-Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and frequent Clark collaborator Doug Dillard.

    In conjunction with the Two Sides to Every Story reissue, and to mark what would have been Gene's 70th birthday, his son Kai Clark has organized a tribute concert that will take place November 16 at the Hotel Café in West Hollywood, California.  Kai also will perform at the show, as will Clark collaborator Carla Olson and several other artists.

    Clark was The Byrds' most prolific songwriter during the band's early years, penning such tunes as "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Here Without You" and -- with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby -- "Eight Miles High."  Gene left the group during the recording of its third album, 1966's Fifth Dimension.  He went on to have a long, prolific solo career in which he pioneered the country-rock genre, but never achieved the commercial success of his old band.  He died in 1991 at the age of 46 from complications of an ulcer.

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  • Aerosmith's Joe Perry Says He Wanted New Memoir to Be as "Equal as Possible" About the Band's Story

    Image Courtesy of Simon & SchusterAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he's wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles.  In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America's greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.

    A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe's complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.  Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.

    "I didn't want to have this be like a 'well, he did this and he did that' [story]," says Joe.  "I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven's and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there."

    Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.

    "You go…'do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I'm responsible for…the down side of that?" he notes.  "And, of course, the answer's 'yes,'…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story."

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks "an up book," pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is "still able to work out all those problems" it's faced through the years.

    Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn't mean that's the end of the band's story.

    "I'm here to say the band is not breaking up," he declares.  "We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so...I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up 'til now."

    That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there's a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.

    "We don't know how much longer it's gonna go," he notes.  "Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn't know what was gonna happen with that.  I mean, we're all at that age where things like that can happen."  Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour.  As Perry points out, "10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger."

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  • Expanded, 40th Anniversary Edition of Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" Arriving in December

    Universal Music EnterprisesThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S.  To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.

    Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38.  The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the album featured "Dreamer," a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.

    All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp's two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

    The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London's Hammersmith Odeon.  The show features renditions of all of the album's songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band's next studio effort, 1975's Crisis? What Crisis?  The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.

    The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.

    Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:

    Disc 1:
    "School"
    "Bloody Well Right"
    "Hide in Your Shell"/"Asylum"
    "Dreamer"/"Rudy"
    "If Everyone Was Listening"
    "Crime of the Century"

    Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith '75
    "School"
    "Bloody Well Right"
    "Hide in Your Shell"
    "Asylum"
    "Sister Moonshine"
    "Just a Normal Day"
    "Another Man's Woman"
    "Lady" "A -- You're Adorable"
    "Dreamer"
    "Rudy"
    "If Everyone Was Listening"
    "Crime of the Century

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  • Happy 88th Birthday to Chuck Berry!

    Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementHail, hail, Chuck Berry, who celebrates his 88th birthday today.  The rock 'n' roll pioneer has been a national treasure since he duck-walked onto the music scene some 60 years ago.  Not that we need reminding, but his many unforgettable tunes include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee."

    With his catchy melodies, his witty lyrics and his trademark guitar riffs, it's hard to gauge the impact Berry's had on rock music.  He directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks, and that's just for starters.  Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.

    The rocking octogenarian may have slowed down a bit in recent years, but he's still at it.  He continues to play a monthly show at Blueberry Hill club's Duck Room in his hometown of St. Louis, as well as other occasional concerts.  In August, Berry was honored for his career achievements with Sweden's prestigious Polar Prize, although he was unable attend the ceremony because of illness.

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  • Jimmy Page Says "There Is Not Going to Be Any More" Led Zeppelin Concerts; Talks Plans for Solo Music and Shows

    Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinJimmy Page has weighed in once again about the prospects for a possible Led Zeppelin reunion and, not surprisingly, he's not optimistic.  In a new Billboard interview, the guitar great points out that it's been seven years since the band's last performance, at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, and notes that "quite clearly…there is not going to be any more because obviously you need the will of all people involved."

    Looking back at the preparation for the concert, Page tells the magazine that "from the point of view of Jason [Bonham], myself and John Paul Jones, there was a real will to actually work at it, but there was only one concert."  He adds, "I thought there was going to be more.  It was intimated that there was going to be more."

    Of course, it's been made clear in numerous interviews that singer Robert Plant was the sole hold-out when it came to extending the reunion.

    In other news, Page tells Billboard that, now that he's finished work on the expanded Led Zeppelin reissues, he is indeed planning to focus on a solo project in 2015.  He says, "My master plan is to be playing live next year.  I haven't got another 20-30 years left in me, so I really need to get out there and present myself the way that I like to present myself and to be seen and be heard."

    Jimmy guarantees that Led Zeppelin music will be a part of his live show, "because I'm really proud of the music that I did and the instrumental side of it -- things like 'Black Mountain Side,' 'White Summer' and 'Dazed and Confused.'"  He adds that he'll try to bring something fresh to the live performances of his old group's tunes, noting that he "wouldn't go out and make it look like a tribute band."

    Page insists that he also plans to work on some new original music, while admitting that he hasn't put a band together yet to back him.

    With regard to the sound of the new material, Jimmy says, "It wouldn't really be me if I didn't have music that was in various genres and moods, but there will be some surprises to go along with that.  That's the idea."

    He tells Billboard that he can't be more specific "because I haven't had the chance to really work on it."  Page adds, "But given the momentum of working and knowing that I'm going to be doing concerts, I'm getting ready to start putting all the pieces into play."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    ABC TO LAUNCH TYRA BANKS' 'THE F.A.B.': ABC will be home to Tyra Banks' new syndicated lifestyle show, The F.A.B. (Fun And Beautiful.) The model and reality host will be joined by Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and YouTuber Leah Ashley to round out the panel of experts who will be covering a wide range of topics. The show will be launching in the fall of 2015. Network exec Lisa Hackner said in a statement, "At 40, Tyra has never been more relevant than she is today and her massive and growing digital footprint exemplifies her connection with women of all ages. Tyra has curated a fresh and authentic panel of co-hosts that is diverse in expertise, digitally connected and also share a magical chemistry."

    RYAN MURPHY SELLS ANOTHER HORROR SERIES: Ryan Murphy and the rest of his Glee team have decided to stay in the horror genre following the success of American Horror Story. Fox has ordered their new comedy-horror series called Scream Queens about a college campus rocked by a series of murders. Ryan said in a statement, "I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens. We hope to create a whole new genre -- comedy-horror -- and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We've already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles, and we're very grateful to Dana Walden and Gary Newman for their enthusiastic support." The show is expected to debut next fall.

    'MY LITTLE PONY' MOVIE ON THE WAY: Hasbro has announced plans for a big-screen version of My Little Pony. The animated movie will be written by Joe Ballarini who previously worked on Ice Age: Continental Drift. It will hit theaters in 2017.

    NEW DETAILS ON 'SHARKNADO 3': Syfy has revealed that the third installment of the Sharknado series will be taking please on the "feast coast" which is from Washington D.C. to Orlando, Florida. The previous installments took place in New York City and L.A. No casting announcements have been made yet but Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are expected to reprise their roles.

    USA RENEWS 'CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST': USA is keeping the cameras rolling on the Chrisley family. The network has announced plans for a 12-episode third season of their reality series Chrisley Knows Best. The second season premiered last week and scored its highest ratings to date. The family will also star in a holiday special airing this December.

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  • DESIGNER OSCAR DE LA RENTA HAS DIED

    Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82. He had been battling cancer since 2006.

    Oscar rose to fame for dressing Jackie Kennedy in the 60s. His work was popular with other first ladies including Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and more. Most recently, Amal Alamuddin wore one of his designs for her wedding to George Clooney. He told the International Business Times last year, "The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."

    • He is survived by his second wife Annette Reed and his adopted son Moises.
    • Peter Copping was named creative director of the brand last week.

    HOLLYWOOD REACTS:

    Taylor Swift:

    My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.

    A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:03pm PDT

    Anderson Cooper:

    Sad to hear of the death of #OscardelaRenta. What a remarkable life and career, and a kind and generous man.

    — Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) October 21, 2014

    Bethenny Frankel:

    In shock. I saved an oscar de la renta dress for 4 yrs to wear to a special occasion #TheAngelBall & he passes away. #riposcar

    — Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) October 21, 2014

    Johnny Weir:

    Thank you for your art and glamour Mr. De la Renta. You will be so missed.

    — Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) October 21, 2014

    Kathy Griffin:

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  • JIMMY FALLON PREVIEWS NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK

    Jimmy Fallon's upcoming children's book is all about trying to get your child to say "dada." The picture book, called Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, will be hitting stores on June 9th and acts as a how-to book in couching your kid to speak up.

    The Tonight Show host said, "This is one of the few celebrity books that you can tell was actually written by a celebrity." The idea came about after Jimmy's daughter, Winnie Rose, learned how to call out to her mother before saying "Dada." The proud papa added, "My baby personally approved of the beautiful artwork by Miguel Ordóñez."

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  • SHONDA RHIMES REACTS TO CRITICISM OF HER SHOW'S GAY SCENES

    Shonda Rhimes could not care less if you have a problem with the gay scenes on her shows. The TV mogul took to Twitter on Sunday (October 19th) to respond to a user who wrote, "The gay scenes in Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot."

    Shonda wrote back, "There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them. If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY. If u use the phrase "gay scenes", u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE." She later added, "Ok, tweeps. Someone got me all riled up and fighting 4 my friends and their love and the equality of all -- I am supposed to be WRITING. So, I know you lovelies are asking me questions but I have to go. And finish making script notes. So you have more #GreysAnatomy to watch. I love all you Tweeples. Even the ones who still need to grow. And remember that at some point, someone discriminated against you too. I don't know why this kind of hate is out there. Ugh. #onelove. At least in Shondaland. Have a great rest of your weekend!"

    • Peter Nowalk, the creator of How to Get Away With Murder, recently chatted with E! about the show's gay scenes saying, "I knew I wanted to push the envelope, especially with the gay sex. And to me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn't see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it's a lack of vision that you don't see it on TV, but ABC has never had a note about any of the weird stuff in the show, so I'm gonna keep it going."

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  • MOTHER WANTS TOYS R US TO STOP SELLING 'BREAKING BAD' ACTION FIGURES

    A mother in Florida is petitioning to convince Toys R Us to stop carrying Breaking Bad action figures from their stores. Susan Schrivjer has collected over 2,500 signatures to get the toys removed because she feels the nature of the show goes against the image that Toys R Us puts out for itself.

    The line includes a Walter White figure, Walter White as Heisenberg, and Jesse Pinkman in a hazmat suit. Walter White also comes carrying a bag of his blue meth. Susan told her local Fox affiliate, "Kids mimic their action figures, if you will. Do you want your child in an orange jumpsuit?" She goes on to say that she "shouldn't be forced to explain why someone who sells those drugs deserves to be made into an action figure."

    • The company responded by saying that the toys are clearly marked to be for children 15 and over and that they are sold in section of the store for adult action figures.
    • Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston also caught wind of the controversy and tweeted on Monday (October 20th,) "Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest."

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  • BETHENNY FRANKEL CONFIRMS 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' RETURN

    Despite previous interviews claiming she was eyeing some other reality project, Bethenny Frankel has officially confirmed her return to The Real Housewives of New York City.

    She broke the news in a press release on Monday (October 20th) saying, "I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City. Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!" Bethenny also told Us Weekly, "I'm such a different person and in such a different place than when I was on first season. Slightly exciting, a little bit of anxiousness, but it feels fresh. It doesn't feel like how I felt going into the third season of the Housewives. There was just so much muck and I just didn't feel it was good energy."

    • Andy Cohen addressed the news saying, "Bethenny is one of the most popular Housewives in the history of the franchise and I couldn't be more excited she is coming home to Bravo!"
    • Bethenny quit the show after appearing on the first three seasons. She starred on two network spin-offs -- Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After.
    • She left Bravo to host her own daytime talk show which lasted only one season.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KRISTEN STEWART IS READY FOR A BREAK: Kristen Stewart is ready to take a break from acting to pursue her other artistic interests. While promoting her new film Camp X-Ray, she discussed her futures plans with USA Today saying, "I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years. I'm an actor and that's my art form, and because I started that so young, I've always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create. I'm going to take so much time off. I'm going to buy a live-work space in downtown LA and I'm going to make some stuff with my hands. Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago. I'm making a short film. I'm making a bunch of stuff. I don't know how I'll put it out. But I'm not going to hold it so preciously close to me. I write all the time." According to IMDB, Kristen currently has six other films in various stages of production in addition to Camp X-Ray.

    JAMES FRANCO ACCUSED OF TACKLING PHOTOGRAPHER: A photographer filled out a police report over the weekend claiming that he injured his back and damaged his camera as a result of being tackled by James Franco. The incident occurred at a Lana Del Rey concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday (October 17th) where witnesses say James was allegedly laughing as ran head first into the paparazzo. James has not addressed the incident. He attended the show with Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen.

    REPORT: KIM KARDASHIAN HAS DIVA DEMANDS TO PROMOTE A PRODUCT: A company looking to hire Kim Kardashian to promote their product has leaked an email of the reality star's alleged demands in order to make an endorsement deal. According to Radar Online, Kim charges $750,000 to $1 million as just a flat fee. The email from her rep also states that she requires, "5 first class tickets, plus 1 coach, first class hotel accommodations -- 1 suite for talent and standard rooms for others in party, portal to portal first class exclusive ground transportation, airport greeter service, security, glam fee --day rate for her hair and makeup squad, and a per diem. We would need approval over photographer, all photos used in print materials, glam squad -- hair, makeup, stylist, manicurist, hotel/airline/car service and PR usage. We would need to review and approve the media plan with her PR team." The email also reportedly explains that Kendall Jenner is also available for similar price but less of the added demands.

    SHIA LABEOUF OPENS UP ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FATHER: Shia LaBeouf appears in the new issue of Interview where opens up about his difficult relationship with his dad. He tells the magazine, "The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain. The only time my dad will ever talk to me is when I need him at work. He knows to pick up the Skype phone call, and he knows what I'm looking for. It's not to say 'Hey, Dad.' We manipulate each other. We service each other. I use him when I go to work. It's not a real conversation; it's just an excuse to rev up. He's the marionette puppeteer. My dad is the key to most of my base emotions. My greatest and my worst memories are with my father, all my major trauma and major celebration came from him. It's a negative gift. And I'm not ready to let go of it, because anger has a lot of power."

    NICHOLAS BRENDON ADDRESSES WEEKEND ARREST: Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon has issued a statement apologizing for the behavior that led to his arrest in a hotel in Idaho on Friday night (October 17th.) The statement reads, "I apologize. Usually those words end a message like this but I am beginning with them to emphasize how much I regret disappointing my family, my fans, and myself. I can offer an explanation but I make no excuse for my unacceptable behavior." Nicholas adds, "For the past 5 days, I have been taking prescription pain medication to help me manage a cyst behind my knee cap, which is scheduled for corrective surgery on Monday morning. I made the poor decision to mix this prescribed medication with alcohol. The result was embarrassing and unacceptable. I intend to seek appropriate treatment and therapy for my medical ailments as well as my emotional demons. Again: I apologize. Those two small words don't begin to express my regrets, but they do mark the beginning of my recovery. During this difficult time, I appreciate understanding as I pursue rehabilitation -- and I value support as I earn redemption with my family, friends, and fans." Nicholas recently married his girlfriend, Moonda Tee, in Las Vegas -- one week after getting engaged.

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  • JONATHAN BENNETT ELIMINATED FROM 'DWTS'

    Last night (October 20th) on Dancing With The Stars, during the sixth week of competition, actor Jonathan Bennett was the latest contestant of the season to be sent home.

    The three couples in jeopardy included Janel Parrish along with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Bennett and his partner Allison Holker, and Michael Waltrip with his partner Emma Slater. Michael and Emma was safe, leaving Janel and Jonathan as the remaining two contestants. The couple with the lowest combined total of viewer votes and judges scores from the last two weeks was Jonathan and Allison, who were eliminated. "I came here to do this show, to have fun and just like have a really great experience and to bring life back into my life. And that's what I did" said Bennett.

    The show featured guest co-host Leah Remini who filled in for Erin Andrews, and rapper Pitbull replaced Len Goodman as a guest judge. He also performed his single "Fireball".

    The remaining contestants include Waltrip, Parrish, Tommy Chong, Antonio Sabato Jr, Sadie Robertson, Lea Thompson, Bethany Mota and Alfonso Ribeiro.

    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS PITBULL PERFORMS FIREBALL
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JULIANNE ON JONATHAN BENNETTS JAZZ PERFORMANCE
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JONATHAN BENNETT ON BEING ON THE SHOW
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JONATHAN BENNETT IS ELIMINATED

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  • KRISTEN BELL GIVES IN TO ALL PREGNANCY CRAVINGS

    Kristen Bell usually tries to stay healthy but pregnancy is her free pass to give into her cravings. She recently attended a charity event in L.A. where she discussed carrying her second child with Us Weekly.

    The House of Lies star told the magazine, "I just like food. If it can be digested, chances are I'll want it. Pretty much what I normally eat, which is fairly healthy, but I give in a lot more to cravings. It occurs to me more often how delicious Kettle chips are when I'm pregnant. I give into my cravings more often because if I'm not going to do it now, when will I do it?" She added, "I've been more active this pregnancy I think because I chase around a toddler. I really benefited from applying prenatal yoga."

    • Kristen and husband Dax Shepard are also parents to daughter Lincoln who was born in March 2013.

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