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Magician/Hypnotist Rob Rue Visits J.C. and Randy

Rob Rue having a lot of fun with J.C. and Randy Wednesday.


Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Angie Briley, in our Bud n Boiling contest. She won a crawfish boiling pot, crawfish table, beer and a sack of crawfish. Shown here are Rodney Moras, Angie Briley, KVPI's Becky Vidrine and Wes Clark. Both Rodney and Wes represent Southwest Beverage, our local Budweiser Distributor.


Get Ready to Win in our KVPI

Get ready to win in our "Bud and Boilin" contest. Call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call (Elvis singing Crawfish). You must be 21 or older. One qualifer per family. Grand prize drawing is set for Good Friday. Our grand prize winner will win a Crawfish boiling pot, crawfish table, a sack of crawfish and Budweiser beer. Good luck from Oldies 92-5 KVPI and Southwest Beverage.


New Doo Wop Oldies Show Begins Sunday Nights on Oldies 92-5 KVPI

Oldies 92.5 KVPI is proud to announce a new 50's Doo Wop Oldies Show Sunday nights from 9:00-12 midnight. Cool Bobby B's "Doo Wop Stop" heard from coast to coast will now be heard each weekend in Acadiana on Oldies 92-5 KVPI and on oldies925.com.


Visit with Tiffany Heinen of Party Down South

 

Tiffany Heinen, star on the reality TV show Party Down South recently paid a visit to the JC & Randy Show. 

Click here to listen to clips!


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

 


Tiffany from CMT's Party Down South was a special guest on The JC & Randy Show this morning!

 

Be sure to catch Party Down South on Thursday nights @ 9 pm on CMT!


Fighting for Farrah

Two year old Farrah Courville of Ville Platte, LA is being treated at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, TN for Neuroblastoma, a tumor on her kidney.  Her parents, Jarred Courville and Katrina M. Deville, of Ville Platte, LA, picked up their lives, left their jobs and boarded a flight to Memphis to be with their baby as she faces surgery, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, a bone marrow transplant and radiation.  They've been told they will be in Memphis a minimum of 18 months.

According to Farrah’s parents, her chemo treatments are causing terrible diaper rash issues and her Mom has found only one brand of diaper is better suited for Farrah’s needs.  The Pampers Swaddlers, Size 5T, is the only brand Farrah does not have any issue with but, the problem is that this brand is not available through St. Jude’s Hospital therefore, they have to supply their own.  Right now, Farrah has to be changed every hour, if not more, and they are going through approximately 24 diapers on a daily basis; sometimes more.  Farrah’s Mom, Katrina, assured us that she will share any diapers that Farrah doesn’t need with the other babies at St. Jude’s.


Note from Farrah’s Mom:

Due to the chemotherapy causing several side effects, including skin sensitivity, upset stomach, and diaper rash, Farrah has to use only one type of diaper which is Pampers Swaddlers, 5T.  We tried all of the others that St. Jude’s does carry and nothing else works.  It has been so bad that we had to get wound care to take a look and it only got better when we began using this particular type of diaper along with barrier wipes and prescription butt balm and changing her every hour or before if she is wet.  They are the most expensive diaper and she needs much more than usual since we change her often and we are having to provide our own even when we’re inpatient because St. Jude’s does not carry them.

According to Farrah’s parents, her first operation will take place in about a month.  She has been through several rounds of chemo thus far leading up to the first surgery.  We will keep you posted on her progress.  You can also follow Farrah on her mom’s FB Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/465552476888400/

You can also help by sending coupons for diapers and monetary donations for the family, as well. (Checks can be made to Jarred Courville or Katrina M. Deville)  Gift cards are also accepted.  There is also a “Go Fund Me” Account set-up with all money raised going straight to Farrah and her family to help with whatever essentials they are needing while at St. Jude’s.  http://www.gofundme.com/7cj1uk

There are so many volunteers working with selling T-Shirts, jewelry, benefit pageants, a fundraiser in Turkey Creek on May 17th, etc.  Family, friends and total strangers are pulling together to help this family. 

Contact info is:  St. Judes Hospital, ATTN:  Farrah Courville, 350 N. 3rd St., Memphis, TN  38105.  Contact telephone number for Katrina M. Deville is:  901-356-0338.



Win Monster Jam Tickets on Oldies 92.5 KVPI

Get ready to win family four packs of tickets to attend the Monster Jam Show Sunday March 16 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Call us at 506-2444 when you hear the Monster Truck sound effect. We will qualify you for the drawing on Thursday March 13. Good luck from your friends at Oldies 92-5 KVPI!


J.C. and Randy Show

 

Catch the  J.C.and Randy  Show weekday mornings from 9-12 noon on Oldies 92-5 KVPI.

Great conversation and classic hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's.


Thirsty Thursday is Back!!


J.C and Randy Broadcasts Live at Swamp Pop Museum

Oldies 92-5's J.C. and Randy took their show on the road Friday at the Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum for the museum's third anniversary. Several Swamp Pop music stars were on hand including Bobby "Boo Ga" Page who cracked up our two hosts.


4-H Students visited KVPI to tape National 4-H Week messages

Evangeline Parish 4-H Students visited KVPI Studios recently to tape National 4-H Week messages to air October 7-11.


The Mamou High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios

The Mamou High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios to record special cheers to be used on the air during football season. Go Mamou High!!


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visited KVPI Studios Sept. 11

The Pine Prairie High School Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios Sept. 11 to record special cheers during football season. Go Panthers!


Sacred Heart Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Sacred Heart High School Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers that will air in the next few days. Go Trojans!


Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI Studios to record special cheers for football season on Sept. 13. Here they are visiting with DJ Swabby.


KVPI/Crawfish Barn Player of the Week

Kendrick Ceaser, the KVPI/Crawfish Barn Player of the Week!

 


Oldies 92-5 KVPI will be giving away tickets to see The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show

Congratulations to our winners: Gloria Lafleur, Tommy Morris, Becky Buller, Patrice Fontenot and Connie Cary. They each won a pair of tickets to join J.C. and Randy at the Fab Four concert Saturday September 14 at Paragon Casino. Thanks toi everyone who qualified.


Listen to our coverage of the Ville Platte 8 Year old All Stars in State Competition

Be sure to listen in as we cover our Ville Platte 8 Year Old All Stars as they host the State Tournament at our new Recreational Facility. Go All Stars!


Ville Platte 9 Year Olds Compete in State Tournament in Pineville

Be sure to tune in as we cover the Ville Platte 9 year old All Stars in the State Tournament live from Pineville.


Ville Platte 12 Year Olds in District Tournament Live From Vinton

The Ville Platte 12 year old Dixie Youth Majors All Stars are in the District Tournament this week from Vinton over Oldies 92-5 KVPI with Sports Director Randy Guillory.


Ville Platte Super Ten's All Stars playing in the District Tournament over KVPI AM

KVPI 1050 AM is following our Ville Platte Super Ten's All Stars in Deridder with Sports Announcer Lance Reed.

KVPI FM is following our Ville Platte 12 year old all stars playing the District Tournament in Vinton with Sports Director Randy Guillory.


We're Giving Away Blue Bayou Tickets to Lucky Listener Club Members

Congratulations to our winners in our Blue Bayou ticket giveaway. We drew from our growing membership rolls of our FM Listener E Club and our AM Backstage Pass Club. Here are our winners: Tracy Gautreaux, Sonia Ardoin, Tommy Atkinson, Debbie Charlie, Dayna Fontenot, Vivian LaFleur, , Shawn Soileau, Jessie Reed, Heather Thomas and April Domingue.


J.C. and Randy Facebook Fan of the Week

Congratulations to Holly Romero, our Facebook Fan of the Week, meeting with J.C. and Randy during their live radio show.


Ville Platte Dixie Youth 11 Year Old All Stars in District Tourney Live on KVPI FM This Weekend


Smoked Meat Festival This Weekend in Ville Platte
News and Events for The 21st Annual Smoked Meat Festival Admission to Festival: Adults.....$9.00 Children under 12 years.....$2.00 ***ID's REQUIRED, No ice chests or pets allowed Lawn chairs welcomed! Friday, June 28th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.......Set up of booths -- Civic Center Grounds 4:00 pm.........................Festival gates open to the public 6:00 pm.........................BANDS BEGIN (times approximate) 12:00Midnight..............Music Ends; Festival ground must be cleared by 1:00 am Saturday, June 29th 8:00 - 9:00 am .............Cookery contestants check in at Registration desk at the Civic Center 8:00 am.........................Festival gates open to the public 9:00 am - Noon.............Hospitality Room -- Civic Center Meeting (open to veterans & invited guest only) 10:00-1:00-Live remote broadcast over Oldies 92.5 KVPI FM 11:00 - 11:30 am ..........Cookery contestants turn in contest entries in the Civic Center 12:00Noon.....................Festival Opening Ceremony - Main Band Stand Guest Speaker Walt Piper CSM US Army Ret and original member of Cajun Pawn Stars 5:00pm..........................2013 Smoked Meat Royalty Introduced 2013 Cook off Winners Announced. 6:00pm......................... Music Starts 12:00Midnight..............Music ends; food booths open till midnight 1:00 am.........................Festival gates close. Festival grounds must be cleared. BAND SCHEDULE for the 21st Smoked Meat Festival Friday June 28th Music Line Up: 6:00 - 8:00 ..................................Wicked Waters 8:00 - 10:00 ................................Jamie Bergeron 10:00 - 12:00 ..............................Catagory 6 Saturday June 29th Music Line Up 6:00 - 8:15 ..................................James Dupre 8:15 - 10:30 ................................90 Degrees West 10:30 - 12:00 ..............................John Michael Montgomery

Get ready to win circus tickets to the Cajundome

Congratulations to our winners in our ticket giveaway:

Hope Fontenot, Sandra Fontenot and Brittany Pierce each won a four pack of tickets while Meghan Hudspeth won a pair of tickets to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus coming to the Cajundome. Thanks to everyone who qualified.

 


Classic Rock Summer Kick Off Saturday May 25


First Annual Evangeline Parish French Camp for Kids

The First Annual Parish French Camp for Kids June 17-21 at Chataignier Elementary School from 9:00am to 12 noon. The camp is for children ages 4-7. Children will play, sing, exercise, color and count in French . There will be a little showcase for parents, grand parents and friends at the end of the camp. Special discount pricing for early bird registration by May 10. Final deadline to register is May 31. Registration forms are available at KVPI, Ville Platte City Hall and Ville Platte Library. Let's make this a big success by signing up your children today.


Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner in our Mystery Mom Contest

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Jamie Ardoin, shown on the right, being presented the Paragon Casino prize certificates from  KVPI's Cheryl DeBaillon . That is her daughter holding her Mother's Day bouquet from the Flower Patch.


Oldies 92-5 KVPI has a special prize for Mom on Mother's Day

Congratulations to our winners in our Mystery Mom contest. Our Grand Prize winner is Jamie Ardoin. She has won a $350 prize package at Paragon Casino including a one night stay, meal and a spa treatment. Our consolation moms each won a bouquet of flowers compliments of The Flower Patch in Ville Platte. They are: Annette Johnson, Carolyn menard, Liz Lafleur and Betsy Fontenot. Thanks to everyone who qualified. Happy Mother's Day from Oldies 92.5.


CBS News Commentator Dave Ross joins KVPI Noon Report

CBS News Commentator Dave Ross joins the KVPI Noon News reportstarting Monday at 12:05. Hear his take on what's going on in the world weekdays on Noon Report on KVPI AM and FM.


Boggy Bayou Representatives visit J.C. and Randy

Boggy Bayou Festival President Bernice Ardoin, in the middle,  along with current Boggy Bayou Festival Queen Carly Chaumont, in rear, visits with J.C. and Randy during their show today.


Memphis DJ Alex Ward's popular Oldies Show comes to Oldies 92.5 KVPI

DJ Alex Ward , shown here with Cleve Duncan of the legendary Doo Wop group, the Penguins, begins to air his popular oldies show Sunday nights from 6-8pm right here on Oldies 92.5 . Listen to classic commercials, interview clips and the stories behind your favorite oldies on the "Pig and Whistle Oldies Show".


Oldies 92-5 KVPI Captures Radio Station of the Year Honors

For the third year, Oldies 92-5 KVPI-FM was recognized by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Thursday as "Radio Station of the Year" for our community service. Also our Traffic Director Cheryl DeBaillon was given the Distinguished Service award for her many years  in the radio industry. Attending the Prestige Awards were from left Mark Layne, Cheryl DeBaillon, Becky Vidrine, Bonnie Fontenot, Randy Guillory and Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, President of Ville Platte Broadcasting Company.


Oldies 92-5 KVPI Valentine Photo Grand Prize Winner is Tiffany Deshotel and Rusty LaFleur

Our grand prize winning couple was the top vote getters receiving 599 votes. They will receive the Croton watch , a romantic one night stay at Coushatta Casino Hotel and a meal for two at the Big Sky Steak House at Coushatta Casino. Coming in second was Darrel and Alicia Ortego with 503 votes and coming in third place with Gene and Linda Wilson with 283 votes. Thanks to all the couples who participated in our contest. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Oldies 92-5 KVPI!


Evangeline Parish Dance Team who danced at the Superbowl visited KVPI Studios

High School girls from Ville Platte and Pine Prairie who participated during half time dancing with Beyonce at the Super Bowl, visited KVPI Studios. While they visited with us, they taped an interview that we will play back Wednesday Feb. 13 at 3:30pm.


Time Warp is on Oldies 92-5 KVPI

Time Warp, radio's favorite journey through the past, bringing you the sights and sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's mixed with greatest  classic rock of all time hosted by the legendary Bill St. James  , Sundays from 2:00-6:00pm on Oldies 92.5 KVPI.


Randy gets a special gift from fans of JC and Randy

It's Hammer Time!!


Foreign Exchange Students Visit KVPI Studios

We interviewed Tom from Belgium, Andrea from Spain and Ida from Norway. Hear that interview today at 12:30pm on KVPI AM and FM. All three students are International Student Exchange students. The local representative is Ranisha Richard who is need of more host families. Contact her at (337) 322-1249. 

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Tournoi Queens Visit Oldies 92-5 Studios

Tournoi Queens Shay, Winter and Leah visit Oldies 92-5 KVPI Studios.


Ville Platte High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI-FM

Ville Platte High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios this week and recorded special cheers for this football season.


Sacred Heart High Cheerleaders Visit Oldies 92.5

The Sacred Heart High Cheerleaders visited  KVPI studios Monday to record special cheers for the football season.


Oldies 92-5 KVPI is giving you a chance to sit in on a sports broadcast

KVPI SPORTS IS GIVING SOME LUCKY LISTENER THE CHANCE TO SIT IN DURING OUR OF OUR SPORTS BROADCASTS. THROUGH THE YEARS, SPORTS DIRECTOR RANDY GUILLORY (GILL-REE) HAS DONE HUNDREDS  OF  GAMES INVOLVING LOCAL AND AREA TEAMS AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HIS SPORTS COVERAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND OTHERS. NOW WE’RE GIVING ONE OF OUR SPORTS FANS THE CHANCE TO SIT IN THE PRESS BOX THIS FOOTBALL SEASON AND WATCH WHILE RANDY DOES HIS PLAY BY PLAY. TO QUALIFY, EMAIL US AT KVPIAMFM@GMAIL.COM OR GO TO OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND CLICK LIKE. WE’LL HAVE A DRAWING ON OCTOBER 3 FROM ALL OF OUR ENTRIES AND SELECT ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER. YOU MUST BE 18 OR OLDER. GOOD LUCK FROM KVPI SPORTS.


Coast To Coast AM is coming to KVPI AM

Tune in to the most listened to overnight show in America nightly on our sister station, KVPI 1050 AM: "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory". Every night, 12 midnight to 6:00am, listen to discussions of conspiracy theories, UFO's, life after death and the unexplained. Be sure to tune in.


Lopstock 11 September 29

Make plans to attend the annual Lopstock event Saturday Sept. 29 with Bert Miller, Doug Ardoin and the Original 1950's Boogie Kings and special guests.


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  • Bruce Springsteen Premieres Video for New Song, "American Beauty"

    Columbia RecordsOn Saturday, Bruce Springsteen released a new EP titled American Beauty for Record Store Day.  The EP, which was made available exclusively on 12-inch vinyl, features four previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same sessions that yielded the Boss' High Hopes album.

    Now, a video featuring Springsteen and his E Street Band performing the EP's title track live has debuted online.  The clip was filmed, appropriately, on the day American Beauty was released.  Bruce and company are shown playing the tune onstage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, prior to a scheduled concert at the venue.

    In a note about the American Beauty disc, Springsteen says of the title track, "I get to sing in a part of my range I don't often visit and that along with its 'guitar wall of sound' gives it a little 'exile on E Street' power."

    Springsteen's current U.S. tour is scheduled through a May 17-18 stand in Uncasville, Connecticut.  His next scheduled show takes place Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  • New Teaser-Trailer Shows Unveiling of Deluxe Reissue of Led Zeppelin's Debut Album

    Atlantic Records/RhinoA new video teaser gives Led Zeppelin fans a peek inside the Super Deluxe Box Set edition of the upcoming reissue of their eponymous 1969 debut album.  The 35-second trailer, which you can see on Led Zeppelin's official YouTube channel, is accompanied by audio of a live version of "Communication Breakdown" that's part of the package's bonus content.

    As displayed in the video, the Led Zeppelin super deluxe set includes a remastered edition of the original album, both on CD and high-quality vinyl; a CD and double LP featuring performances from a 1969 Paris concert by the band; a collectible print of the cover art; a 72-page hardback book with photos and archival images; a replica of the group's original Atlantic Records press kit; and a download card offering access to an high-def digital audio version of the album.

    Led Zeppelin also recently posted a video that featured the full version of a medley of "Good Times, Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown" from the bonus Live in Paris, 1969 disc.

    As previously reported, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.

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  • William Hurt Exits Gregg Allman Biopic Project

    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Danny ClinchAnother problem has developed for Midnight Rider, the biographical film about Gregg Allman, as one of the movie's main stars, William Hurt, has dropped out of the troubled production, according to Deadline.  The news follows a tragic accident that occurred this past February during the first day of shooting in Wayne County, Georgia, when a 27-year-old camera assistant named Sarah Jones was killed and seven other crew members were injured by a train.

    Hurt, who had signed on to portray Allman as an older man in the movie, was involved in the scene that was being filmed -- a dream sequence involving a mattress positioned on a train trestle -- when the incident took place.  Deadline reports that a source close to the production told the website that the filmmakers "were already looking to recast some roles," including the lead part, prior to Hurt's exit.

    Filming on Midnight Rider was suspended several days after the accident, although a source close to director/producer Randall Miller recently told Deadline that discussions had begun about starting pre-production again as early as June, this time in the Los Angeles area.  Meanwhile, an investigation about whether any party is legally responsible for Jones' death is ongoing.

    Midnight Rider is based on Gregg Allman's 2012 autobiography, My Cross to Bear, and the Allman Brothers Band frontman is one of the film's producers.

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  • New Documentary About The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Premiering Tonight in NYC

    Image credit: Peter SimonA new documentary about founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir gets its premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir will be shown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, and will feature a special musical set by Weir himself following the screening.

    The movie follows Weir's life, from his early years as a high-school dropout following author Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters communal group, through his amazing 30-year adventure as a member of the world's most celebrated jam band and beyond.  The Other One features candid conversations with Bob, as well as interviews with his Dead band mates Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; various family members; and musical friends such as Sammy Hagar, Bruce Hornsby and Phish's Mike Gordon.

    In addition, the movie includes concert and behind-the-scenes footage, and takes a look at how the Grateful Dead was affected by and influenced the cultural changes the world underwent during the group's existence.

    The Other One was directed by Mike Fleiss, whose credits also include the 2011 documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.  The Tribeca Film Festival will host encore screenings of the movie this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the AMC Loews Village 7 theater.  The flick also will be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 29 and May 2.

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  • Joan Jett, Axl Rose Set to Receive Special Honors Tonight at "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards

    RevolverMag.comJoan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will receive special honors at the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

    The sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony takes place tonight in Los Angeles.  Joan Jett and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose both will receive special honors at the big event, which celebrates outstanding achievements by hard-rock artists.

    Jett will make history by being the first woman ever to receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal."  Joan joins past Golden God recipients including Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.

    Rose will be presented with this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The singer will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

    This year's ceremony also will feature live performances from Jett and her band The Blackhearts, Guns N' Roses, Korn and Zakk Wylde, among others.

    Meanwhile, among this year's Golden Gods nominees is Black Sabbath, who received nods for Album of the Year and Comeback of the Year.  Band members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler also will compete, respectively, for prizes in the Best Guitarist and Best Bassist category.  Other nominees in various categories include Deep Purple, Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Alice in Chains.  To check out a full list of nominees, visit GoldenGods2014.com.

    The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Club and will begin at 7 p.m. PT.  If you can't make it out to the extravaganza, you can still watch a live stream of the event at Amazon.com.

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  • Peter Frampton Releasing Album of Music from 2013 Ballet Project

    Red DistributionPeter Frampton is preparing to release a mini-album featuring musical pieces he created for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.  Hummingbird in a Box, which hits stores on June 24, is a suite of seven songs the veteran guitar whiz composed with Nashville-based songwriter Gordon Kennedy, with whom he's worked on his previous three studio efforts.

    The music from Hummingbird in a Box was debuted at a series of April 2013 performances by the Cincinnati Ballet at the city's Aronoff Center for the Arts.  Those shows featured Frampton and his band accompanying the dance company by playing some of his classic songs as well as the new pieces.

    Framptron says about the project, "Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience.  There were no boundaries.  We were able to push the composing envelope."

    Adds, Kennedy, "Songwriters and musicians create music to move people.  This was beautiful, graceful and instantly gratifying!"

    As previously reported, Frampton will be on hand to give an introductory speech on May 6 when the Cincinnati Ballet gives a New York City performance that will feature some of the Hummingbird in a Box material.

    Meanwhile, Frampton has now lined up more than 30 tour dates this year, including solo headlining dates, joint shows with The Doobie Brothers and Frampton's Guitar Circus concerts with special guest Buddy Guy.  Peter's itinerary kicks off with a June 22 performance in Cincinnati.  Check out his full schedule at Frampton.com/Live.

    Here is the Hummingbird in a Box track list:

    "The Promenade's Retreat"
    "Hummingbird in a Box"
    "The One in 901"
    "Friendly Fire"
    "Heart to My Chest"
    "Shadow of My Mind"
    "Norman Wisdom"

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  • Blondie Marking 40th Anniversary with Two-Disc Package Featuring New Album, Hits Compilation

    PRNewsFoto/BlondieBlondie will celebrate its 40th anniversary in a big way, by releasing a new two-disc collection combining a brand-new studio effort and an album of updated versions of the group's best-known tunes.  Due out on May 13, Blondie 4(0) Ever will include the influential New York band's long-awaited 10th studio album, Ghosts of a Download, as well as Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, which boasts renditions of 11 classic Blondie songs rerecorded by the veteran New Wave act's current lineup.

    Ghosts of Download finds Blondie exploring a variety of genres, including modern electronic and dance music, reggae, pop and rock.  A number of guest artists make appearances on the record, including Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, New York City club performer Miss Guy, Colombian group Systema Solar and Oakland–based Panamanian rap act Los Rakas.  The album features a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1983 hit "Relax."

    Among the many memorable songs included on Deluxe Redux are "Heart of Glass," "Tide Is High," "Rapture," "One Way or Another" and "Call Me."

    Blondie 4(0) Ever will be available in a variety of configurations, including a deluxe edition that features the two CDs, a bonus DVD boasting footage of a 1977 performance at CBGB, a collectible poster and five postcards with photographs taken by guitarist Chris Stein.  There's also the standard two-CD set, a digital download and a vinyl package offering LP versions of the two albums together with the DVD.

    Fans pre-ordering the digital version of Blondie 4(0) Ever via Amazon or iTunes will receive three bonus Ghosts of Download tracks, and also will be able to instantly download the new song "I Want to Drag You Around."

    Two preview tracks from Blondie 4(0) Ever, the Ghosts of Download tune "Sugar on the Side" and a new rendition of "One Way or Another," can be heard now at the band's official YouTube channel.

    Here is the full Blondie 4(0) Ever track list:

    Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits
    "Heart of Glass"
    "Dreaming"
    "Tide Is High"
    "Maria"
    "Sunday Girl"
    "Hanging on the Telephone"
    "Rapture"
    "One Way or Another"
    "Call Me"
    "Atomic"
    "Rip Her to Shreds"

    Ghosts of Download
    "Sugar on the Side"
    "Rave"
    "A Rose by Any Name"
    "I Want to Drag You Around"
    "Winter"
    "I Screwed Up"
    "Relax"
    "Take Me in the Night"
    "Make a Way"
    "Mile High"
    "Euphoria"
    "Take It Back"
    "Backroom"

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  • Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot

    Photo: Steve ErleStar auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.

    In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle."  She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.

    By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs.  He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.

    Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.  

    Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature.  The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.

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  • Wrist Injury Forces Gregg Allman to Miss Two Scheduled Australian Concerts

    Michael Loccisano/GABB14/Getty Images for Blackbird ProductionsHealth issues continue to plague Gregg Allman.  The 66-year-old rocker has had to pull out of the last two dates of his brief Australian tour because he's been hampered by a wrist injury he suffered shortly before heading Down Under.

    The affected concerts were a show this past Monday in Sydney and a performance that's scheduled for Wednesday in Melbourne. Neither event was canceled; instead, opening acts Gov't Mule and Devon Allman, Gregg's son, are playing longer sets at each show.

    The events' promoters, Bluesfest Touring, have issued a statement explaining, "Gregg Allman broke his wrist not long before the tour commenced and since, his injury has unexpectedly worsened leaving him in severe pain and unable to perform.  Gregg will be returning to the US immediately to seek medical treatment." 

    Ticket holders for the Melbourne gig have the choice of getting a full refund or attending the concert and receiving a partial refund.

    Jambands.com reports that Gregg's injury rendered him unable to play organ at the finale of The Allman Brothers Band's performance at its 2014 Wanee Festival on April 12.  Prior to that, the singer was sidelined by a case of bronchitis that led The Allman Brothers to postpone the last four shows of their March residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

    Gregg is slated to launch a series of U.S. solo shows on May 3 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.  He recently added seven dates to his schedule.

    Here's the complete list of Allman's stateside solo concerts:

    5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
    5/17 -- Dana Point, CA, Doheny Blues Festival*
    5/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay*
    5/21 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
    5/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa
    5/24 -- Aptos, CA, Santa Cruz Blues Festival
    5/25 -- Avila Beach, CA, Avila Beach Resort
    5/28 -- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, The Green at Gulf Place
    6/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
    6/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
    6/24 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
    6/25 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up
    6/27 -- Porterville, CA, Eagle Mountain Casino*
    6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
    7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.
    7/2 -- Seattle, WA, Woodland Park Zoo*
    7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
    7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
    8/5 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head*
    8/6 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head*
    8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
    8/9 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park*

    * = newly-added date

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  • Crosby, Stills & Nash Add Three New Shows to Upcoming US Tour

    Photo: Eleanor StillsCrosby, Stills & Nash fans will have a few more chances to see the legendary folk-rock trio in concert this year in the U.S.  The group, whose 2014 stateside tour stretches from early July all the way to early October, has added three more dates to its itinerary.

    The new shows are a July 11 gig at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the third performance CSN has scheduled at the famed venue this year, and September 16 and 17 concerts in two respective Oregon cities -- Portland and Eugene.  Pre-sale tickets for the three shows will be available starting this Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time.  One dollar from each general-admission ticket sold for the trek will be donated to charity.  In addition, special benefit seats and packages are being sold via GuacFund.org.

    The upcoming tour will feature Crosby, Stills & Nash performing songs from throughout their long career, as well as brand-new material from each of the members.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be supported by the same group of touring musicians that has accompanied them for the last few years -- guitarist Shane Fontayne, drummer Steve DiStanislao, bassist Kevin McCormick and keyboardists James Raymond and Todd Caldwell.

    CSN's upcoming tour leg gets under way July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is mapped out through an October 4 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.  Check out the band's full schedule at CrosbyStillsNash.com.

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  • ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN UMA THURMAN AND ARKI BUSSON CALLED OFF AGAIN

    Uma Thurman had allegedly called off her engagement to fiancé Arpad "Arki" Busson for the second time. According to UK's Daily Mail, Uma attended a gala earlier this month without her man or her engagement ring on.

    A source revealed, "Uma and Arki were due to attend a gala together on April 8, but Uma showed up without her engagement ring or her fiancé. Arki was scheduled to attend and it seemed clear there was only one reason why he didn't show -- because he and Uma are no longer an item." Another insider explained, "Uma lives in New York while Arki lives in London. He has been out and about without Uma since October when he went to a Halloween party alone. They have been at one or two events together, like Harvey Weinstein's pre-Bafta party in February, but on that occasion they looked miserable."

    • Uma and Arpad began dating back in 2007 and they got engaged for the first time in 2008. The Kill Bill actress returned the ring in 2009 but the couple tried to make it work again in 2011. They got engaged for the second time in 2012 while she was pregnant with their daughter Rosalind.
    • Uma has two children from her marriage to Ethan Hawke. Arki has two sons from a relationship with model Elle Macpherson.
    • The most recent split has yet to be confirmed by reps for both Thurman and Busson.

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  • MOTHERHOOD CAN STILL HAPPEN FOR CAMERON DIAZ

    Cameron Diaz isn't feeling the pressure to have a child. The 41-year-old actress recently got candid about the idea of motherhood during an interview with UK's Telegraph.

    She revealed, "I've never said never to anything in life. If I wanted kids, at any point in life, I would have them. But I'm certain that if at any point I wanted a child, that child would find its way into my life, whether through adoption, or through being in a relationship with somebody who has a child. I can't see the future, but one thing I do know is that I'm not childless. I have a ton of children in my life. I can have a kid any second, if I want. All my friends would be like, 'Sure, come and get them.'" The Other Woman star added, "I also, by the way, have a lot of girl friends who don't have children. It's not like I'm the spinster who didn't have a child. I just didn't do that in life, and I'm OK with that. I know the choices I made. I know why I made them. I'm very much a person who lives in the moment. When you come from where I do, there are so many ways my life could have gone."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    LAURA PREPON SETS RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT TOM CRUISE: Orange is the New Black actress Laura Prepon recently chatted with SheKnows.com about recent Page Six rumors that she has been secretly dating Tom Cruise. She told the website, "It's just so funny that, when people don't know, they just make stuff up...apparently I'm dating Tom Cruise right now. And apparently he doesn't want me doing the show because I portray a lesbian and I'm a Scientologist. This is false; where are they even getting this stuff? It's unbelievable to me." The 34-year-old expresses her opinion that people are just making up these rumors because of the misconception regarding Scientology.

    REPORT: KRIS JENNER BOUGHT HER MOTHER A BONG: Kris Jenner reportedly made a stop at a medical marijuana shop on Easter Sunday to purchase a $200 bong and some accessories. The store manager told Radar Online, "She said that she needed a pipe for her mother. She was saying her mom had back pain. I explained to her that she needed to get a medicinal marijuana card in order to go to a dispensary. She didn't know about that, so she was curious." Jenner was previously also seen dropping by a pot shop while filming Keeping Up With the Kardashians last Friday (April 18th.)

    MATT BOMER WAS MARRIED BEFORE HE CAME OUT: Matt Bomer reveals in the new issue of Details magazine that he was married his husband Simon Halls one year prior to coming out publicly in 2011. The Normal Heart actor revealed his sexuality while receiving an award at the Desert AIDS Project's Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in February 2012 by saying, "I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment. God bless you." Matt and Simon are parents to three sons -- six-year-old twins and an eight-year-old.

    KATE UPTON REVEALS WHAT SHE WANTS IN A MAN: Kate Upton is looking for a guy who can make her laugh. The model-actress told E! News at the premiere of The Other Woman, "I look for someone with a sense of humor and someone I could be myself with." She was previously linked to Dancing With the Stars performer Maksim Chmerkovskiy before they split up in December.

    JOSH HARTNETT DOESN'T RECOMMEND DATING CO-STARS: Former Hollywood heartthrob Josh Hartnett appears in the new issue of Elle where he warns against dating co-stars. He tells the magazine, "I don't recommend it to young actors. You can make a lot of enemies in the business that way. But when you work with somebody every day, it's like trial dating. You develop a fantasy about them. It doesn't always work out." In the past, Josh is rumored to have dated Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, and Amanda Seyfried. He is currently dating Tamsin Egerton.

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  • THE REASON BEHIND TORI SPELLING'S NEW REALITY SHOW

    Tori Spelling signed up for her newest reality series True Tori in the hopes of seeing the record straight regarding the recent tabloid rumors about her family. The former Beverly Hills 90210 actress posted a new message to her blog on Monday (April 21st) to explain to fans why she signed her family up for a new show in the middle of her marital issues with Dean McDermott.

    Tori wrote, "Our family has been going through an incredibly difficult and trying time, and the story of what I've been going through has been told by everyone...except for me. So, it's time for me to set the record straight. Throughout my life, the tabloids have told every story you could imagine -- and they always got it wrong. I needed the chance to tell my own story. At the moment, I don't know if it will have a happy ending. But I need to get my voice back, and this is my way of doing that."

    • She went on to say, "I also wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your unconditional love, positivity and support over the last several months. I'm forever thankful for the support of my incredible fans and friends."

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  • KATE HUDSON ADDRESSES RELATIONSHIP ISSUES

    Kate Hudson believes that making a relationship work requires a person to accept that everyone has flaws. The engaged actress appears in the new issue of Self magazine where she discusses the key to making a relationship work.

    Kate explains, "Relationships are the most challenging things. It's where you do the most work in your life. You come face-to-face with yourself, and if you can deal with realizing we're all flawed, accept it and work with it, you might have a really amazing, lasting relationship." The Wish I Were Here star goes on to say, "If I look at my parents -- Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell -- who've been together thirty-something years, I'd say no matter what they've been through, they share similar values and really like each other. It sounds simple, but it's not"

    • Many news outlets recently reported that Kate and her fiancé Matthew Bellamy were on the verge of splitting up in recent months but managed to work things out.

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  • KRISTEN BELL DISCUSSES DECISION TO POSE NUDE IN ALLURE

    Kristen Bell shows a lot of skin in Allure's annual nude issue and the House of Lies actress says she just wanted to prove to herself that she can. The 33-year-old chats with the magazine about her body insecurities and her favorite part of the human body.

    Kristen explains, "My belly skin has made me self-conscious, and it's only gotten worse since I've had a baby. I talk a big game about being comfortable no matter my size and I wanted to put my money where my mouth was." She continues, "I'm a big fan of buns. Buns and cakes. On anybody. Not just my own. I mean, I'm a fan of my own buns. I'm very happy with the amount that I've been given, and I often attempt to sculpt them into something more than what I've been given. But I notice other people's buns quite a bit."

    • The issue also features Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Nia Long, and Minnie Driver.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    ELLEN DEGENERES TO LAUNCH NEW DESIGN COMPETITION FOR HGTV: Ellen DeGeneres is teaming up with HGTV for a new furniture design competition series. The project is being called Ellen's Design Challenge and follows six contestants trying to design and create furniture in a 24-hour window. The talk show host said in a statement, "I'm so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture. One time I found a beautiful one-of-a-kind armoire that spoke to me in a way I'd never experienced. It turned out there was a drifter living inside of it, but that's a story for another time."

    NEW TINA FEY COMEDY WITH AMY POEHLER GETS RELEASE DATE: Universal has announced that the new Tina Fey comedy with Amy Poehler will be released on December 18th, 2015. The Golden Globes co-hosts will be playing sisters who spend one last weekend in their childhood home. It is being directed by Jason Moore -- the man behind Pitch Perfect.

    AARON SORKIN APOLOGIZES FOR 'THE NEWSROOM': Aaron Sorkin attended the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday (April 22nd) where he took a moment to apologize for screwing up his HBO series The Newsroom. He told the crowd, "I'm going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don't mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I'd like to start over." He went on to admit that he is "just now starting to learn how to write the show." HBO renewed the series for a third and final season set to premiere this year.

    VOGUE DENIES ANY PLANS TO WORK WITH TERRY RICHARDSON: Vogue magazine has issued a statement to distance themselves from recent allegations between photographer Terry Richardson and model Emma Appleton. Over the weekend Emma tweeted but quickly deleted a screengrab of a text reportedly from Terry which read, "If I can f**k you I will book you in New York for a shoot for Vogue." The magazine responded saying, "The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future." Richardson has yet to address the issue.

    GILLIAN FLYNN ADDRESSES CHANGES IN 'GONE GIRL' ADAPTATION: Gillian Flynn wants to assure fans of her novel Gone Girl that the changes made in adapting the book into a movie are not nearly as drastic as it has been reported. The author participated in a Reddit AMA on Tuesday (April 22nd) where she wrote, "Those reports have been greatly exaggerated! Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways -- you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room and you just don't have room for everything. But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact. I've been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter. Screenwriting definitely works different parts of your brain than writing a novel. I do love that with novels, you can really sprawl out–it feels quite decadent. With screenwriting, you have to justify every choice. It's a nice discipline, but definitely not decadent."

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