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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. 

Click here to listen to the interview:


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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  • Meat Loaf Schedules Third Series of Dates for Las Vegas Residency

    Webster PRAfter wrapping up a second series of performances of his RockTellz & CockTails show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Meat Loaf has now lined up a third residency.  The veteran singer's new engagement will include 21 dates, beginning May 6 and running through June 21.  During the stint, which again will be held at the PH Showroom at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, performances will take place each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.

    RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf combines a rock concert with a multimedia display featuring archival film and photos, as well as a Q&A session.  During each show, Meat Loaf sings many of his classic hits from his Bat out of Hell trilogy, including "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," as well as other memorable songs from throughout his career.  He also shares a variety of exciting stories about his many years in show business.

    "I'm having so much fun with this show and am thrilled to be coming back again," says Meat Loaf in a statement.  "It's exciting every night for me to step on that stage with a show that draws together all aspects of my career.  It really is the show I was born to do."

    Tickets for the show cost from $69 to $149, not including taxes and fees.  VIP packages -- including a meet-and-greet with Meat Loaf, premium seats, an autographed scarf and a souvenir photo -- can be purchased for $750.  Tickets are available now at the Planet Hollywood Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, and at Ticketmaster.com. Visit RockTellz.com to check out a complete list of performances and more details about the show.

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  • Bob Dylan Off the Hook on Hate-Speech Charges in France

    Columbia RecordsBob Dylan is off the hook after charges of hate speech, brought against him in France last year, have been dismissed.  At issue was an alleged racist remark he made about Croatians in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview. 

    On Tuesday a court in Paris dismissed a case brought against Dylan last November by the Council of Croats in France, according to Agence France-Presse.

    Dylan was sued over an answer he gave Rolling Stone to a question about parallels between the U.S. of the 1860s and present-day America.  "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," the magazine quoted Dylan as saying, leading the Croatian group to sue under French hate-speech laws.

    However, a judge ruled that Dylan was not culpable because he hadn't given consent for his comments to be published in the French-language edition of the magazine.  The judge did order the magazine's French editor to stand trial, though, the AFP reports.

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  • Paul McCartney Announces Six New US Tour Dates

    Photo: MJ KimPaul McCartney has added six more dates to the U.S. leg of his ongoing Out There Tour on top of the four he revealed last week.  Among the newly announced shows will be his first-ever full headlining concerts in Lubbock, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City.

    Sir Paul will kick off the stateside leg on June 14 in Lubbock, which was the hometown of one of his musical idols, the late Buddy Holly.  The ex-Beatles star will rock Jacksonville on June 22, having only previously performed a four-song set in the city in 2005 during the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show.

    McCartney will play Dallas on June 16 and Atlanta on June 21.  He last performed in the Texas metropolis back in 2005, although he did visit nearby Arlington, Texas, during his 2009 summer tour.  His last trip to Atlanta also took place in '09.

    Rounding out the new shows, McCartney will perform in Nashville on June 25 and in Salt Lake City on August 7.  Paul only played in those cities once before, during his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.

    Tickets for the new U.S. dates will go on sale to the general public on April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.  PaulMcCartney.com members and American Express Card members will get the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets starting, respectively, this Thursday and this Monday at 10 a.m. local time.

    By the way, McCartney's previously announced U.S. concerts -- June 19 in New Orleans; June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky; July 5 in Albany, New York; and July 7 in Pittsburgh -- all have sold out.

    First up for the rock legend will be a Latin American leg that gets under way this Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay.  He also has shows lined up in Japan and South Korea in late May.

    Here are all of McCartney's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

    6/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
    6/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
    6/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
    6/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
    6/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    6/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
    6/26 -- Louisville, KY, Yum! Center
    7/5 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
    7/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
    8/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena

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  • Pete Townshend Says The Who Will Launch 50th Anniversary Tour in Late 2104; New Album a Possibility

    Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThis past October, Who singer Roger Daltey revealed to Rolling Stone that his band was planning to launch a 50th anniversary tour sometime in 2015, but now guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend is reporting that the trek will get under way a bit earlier.  Townshend tells Billboard that the outing will start around Christmastime in the United Kingdom and then will make its way to North America next year.

    "It will be a world tour," explains the 68-year-old rocker.  "I'm not crazy about going on the road, but I'm in good shape and once I start doing it -- and I'm still very good at it -- I'll take some pleasure from it."  The trek is expected to be the band's last major tour.

    Meanwhile, Pete reports that he's finally hoping to put together a new Who studio album, which would be a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire.

    "I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs]," he says. "I'll be pulling some songs out of [his long-in-the-works project] 'Floss' to give to Roger to see if we've got enough to make an album."  He adds, "It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."

    Reflecting on the tour that will mark his band's half-century-long career, Townshend tells Billboard that although he's prepared for it, the trek comes at a transitional period in his life.

    "I'll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying," he points out.  "I knew it would happen.  I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy.  It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of."

    As previously reported, outside of his work with The Who, Townshend has co-written and recorded a new song titled "It Must Be Done" that will get its premiere on the April 30 episode of the FX espionage-drama series The Americans, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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  • Chicago to Unveil Innovative New Album This Summer

    Chicago Records IIChicago will return this summer with a new album called NOW – also known as Chicago 36.  The project was put together on a mobile recording system called The Rig, which was spearheaded by longtime trumpet player Lee Loughnane, in hotel rooms and other locations across the country while the band was on tour. 

    Engineer Hank Linderman acted as coordinating producer for the album, which features 10 tracks.  Chicago already released several of the tunes as digital singles over the last several months.

    NOW will arrive, appropriately enough, on the 4th of July and will be available in five different formats.  The biggest one will set you back 98 dollars and will include the CD with a six-panel digipak, a full-color lyric book, a t-shirt, a mug and other goodies.  For more information, or to pre-order the new disc, visit the official Chicago website.

    Here is the track listing for Chicago NOW XXXVI:

    "NOW"
    "More Will Be Revealed"
    "America"
    "Crazy Happy"
    "Free at Last"
    "Love Lives On"
    "Something’s Coming, I Know"
    "Watching All the Colors"
    "Nice Girl"
    "Naked in the Garden of Allah"
    "Another Trippy Day"

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  • Cream's Jack Bruce Releases Diverse New Solo Album, "Silver Rails"

    Cherry Red RecordsSilver Rails, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce's first new solo album in more than decade, was released in the U.S. this week.  The album finds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer exploring an eclectic variety of styles with help from some well-known guest musicians, including such respected guitarists as Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth and Bernie Marsden.

    Among the genres Jack tackles on the record are Caribbean-flavored pop, blues, introspective ballads, melodic mid-tempo rock and heavy rock.  "I've always liked so many different kinds of music and that's always shown up, especially in my solo albums," Bruce explained in a recent interview with ABC News Radio.

    He pointed out that he used his first solo album, 1969's Songs to a Tailor, as a template for Silver Rails, noting that he was interested in putting together a similarly diverse collection of tunes.  "I thought this is now like the same thing, but it's more of a sideways look, if you like," Jack said.

    Bruce also told ABC News Radio that the timing of the recording sessions luckily fit in well with the schedules of his guest musicians.

    "All of the solo guitar players -- the songs were really written with them in mind," he noted, and pretty much all the people I approached were free and willing to do it."

    Bruce collaborated on most of the tracks with his longtime lyricist Pete Brown, with whom he's been writing songs since 1966 during his early days in Cream.

    "I think he's done a tremendous job on this album.  I think he's written about seven of the lyrics," said Bruce.  "And I think we're probably about the longest still-running songwriting partnership, certainly in [the U.K.]"

    He singled out the song "Reach for the Night" as a particularly insightful set of lyrics penned by Brown.  "I think he's succeeded in coming up with a little kind of potted biography of the darker side of my life," said Bruce.  "He's very unique in the sense that he seems to know me so well.  He's able to write [things that,] although they're very personal, it's not upsetting when he writes them."

    Jack also is happy with Silver Rails' lead track, "Candlelight," which he co-wrote with his wife, Margrit Seyffer.  "That was her first lyric that she's written," he pointed out.  "I just love those words."

    Several versions of Silver Rails is available, including a standard CD, a two-disc deluxe edition containing a Making of Silver Rails documentary on DVD, and a vinyl LP.

    Bruce currently has no shows scheduled, but he told ABC News Radio that he does plan to line up some dates in support of the new album, and hopes eventually to make his way back to North America sometime this year.

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  • Jethro's Tull's Ian Anderson Releases New Concept Album, "Homo Erraticus"

    Calliandra RecordsIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick II, a sequel to his band's 1972 concept album that was based on a poem written by a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock.  Now, the singer has recorded a new chapter to Bostock's saga, an album titled Homo Erraticus, which hit stores on Tuesday.

    According to the scenario created by Anderson, Bostock went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Ian's tour manager.  Homo Erraticus is a collection of songs that the fictional Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Anderson inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt -- who was born in 1865 and died 1928.  Parritt's work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.  Perhaps to help fans understand the convoluted concept behind the album, Anderson has launched a new website dedicated to the project, HomoErraticus.com.

    Describing Homo Erraticus in a recent Billboard interview, Anderson says, "I slightly jokingly say it's a folk-prog-metal album with classical music and folk music influences.  We have a rich arrangement of essentially rock music, but with lots of elements which are part and parcel of my style, I suppose."

    Ian also revealed to Billboard that he pretty much has decided to retire the Jethro Tull name.  "It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume," he explained.  "And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."

    Anderson has lined up a 30-plus-date fall U.S. tour with his solo band in support of Homo Erraticus that will kick off September 12 in Seattle and is mapped out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey. Each show will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull material.

    Here is the full list of Anderson's confirmed solo U.S. dates:

    9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
    9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
    9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
    9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
    9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
    9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
    9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
    9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
    9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
    9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
    9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
    9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
    9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
    10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
    10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
    10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
    10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
    10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
    10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
    10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
    10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
    10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
    10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC
    10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
    11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
    11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
    11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
    11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
    11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
    11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
    11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
    11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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  • Aretha Franklin Laughs Off Rumored Fight with Patti Labelle

    Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleEarlier this month, The News Nerd published a satirical story about Aretha Franklin getting into a physical altercation with Patti LaBelle.  Now, Franklin has decided to address the story, which many people actually thought was true.

    "I've never heard anything crazier -- regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta," Aretha said in a statement.  "On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time."

    She continued, "Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti."

    Last last month, Franklin was captured pulling her arm away from LaBelle, who was trying to greet Aretha at the "Women of Soul" concert at the White House.

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  • New Compilation to Feature Performances from Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Concert Series

    Vanguard RecordsThe third installment in a series of compilations featuring performances from the Midnight Ramble concerts late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm hosted at his home studio and barn in Woodstock, New York, is scheduled to be released on July 1.  The album, titled The Levon Helm Band -- The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, includes 13 songs from various shows recorded between October 2005 and August 2010.

    The Midnight Ramble events have been held regularly at Helm's studio since 2005, and often feature appearances by well-known guest artists.  The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 includes guest performances by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, Elvis Costello and legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.  The album also features Helm contributing lead vocals to four tracks, while members of his longtime backing group -- including daughter Amy, guitarist Jimmy Vivino and musical director Larry Campbell -- also sing various tunes on the record.

    Helm, who died in April 2012 at age 71 after a battle with cancer, handpicked the songs included on the compilation and also designed its cover art.  The Levon Helm Band has continued to host Midnight Rambles fairly regularly at the barn.

    Here's the full track list of The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 compilation:

    "The Same Thing" -- Levon Helm (2/14/09)
    "Ain't That Good News" -- Amy Helm (8/28/10)
    "God Don't Never Change" -- Jimmy Vivino (1/10/09)
    "Drivin' Wheel" -- Levon Helm (5/16/09)
    "I'm a Jealous Man" -- Larry Campbell (1/31/09)
    "Stagger Lee" -- Little Sammy Davis (10/18/05)
    "Simple Twist of Fate" -- Brian Mitchell (3/14/09)
    "One More Shot" -- Levon Helm (12/9/06)
    "Turn Around" -- Teresa Williams (5/9/09)
    "The Beautiful Lie" -- Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain (1/3/09)
    "A Certain Girl" -- Allen Toussaint (1/1/07)
    "Shake Your Money Maker" -- Chris Robinson (8/23/08)
    "Take Me to the River -- Levon Helm (2/10/07)

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  • Gregg Allman Set to Play Series of US Solo Shows

    Photo: Danny ClinchAfter playing a couple of headlining sets with The Allman Brothers Band over the weekend at the group's annual Wanee Festival, frontman Gregg Allman will now hit the road solo for a slew of late-spring and summer concerts.  First up will be a brief series of Australian concerts, running from April 18 to April 23, followed by a U.S. trek that will kick off with a May 3 show in New Orleans.

    Allman's solo itinerary includes more than a dozen concerts, stretching through an August 8 performance in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  In the midst of his solo shows, Gregg also will join The Allman Brothers Band for a June 8 appearance at the 2014 Mountain Jam festival in Hunter, New York.  The Allmans' schedule also includes performances at their Peach Music Festival in mid August in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and at the Lock'n Festival in early September in Arrington, Virginia.

    5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
    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
    6/28 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
    7/1 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise State U.
    7/5 -- Spokane, WA, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
    7/6 -- Portland, OR, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
    8/8 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent

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  • CELEBRITIES GATHER FOR DREW BARRYMORE'S BABY SHOWER

    Drew Barrymore's shower for her second child brought big names to her house in the Hollywood Hills over the weekend. Sources tell E! News that the events lasted all afternoon on Saturday (April 12th) and included around 50 guests.

    The insider revealed, "It was a big backyard party with around 50 guests. Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow were in attendance along with many of Drew's close friends and some of Will's family. Everyone had a great afternoon out in the sun. There was tons of laughter and music coming from the house. Drew was so happy to see her friends and have one last shindig before the baby comes later this month. It was a really relaxed atmosphere and all about getting together with the people she loves. Reese was one of the first guests to arrive and one of the last to leave. She had a great afternoon celebrating Drew."

    • Drew's Charlie's Angels co-star Cameron Diaz was also in attendance.
    • The 38-year-old is expected to give birth to her second daughter in about two weeks. She and husband Will Kopelman are also parents to Olive who was born in September 2012.

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  • CAMERON DIAZ LEARNS FROM EVERY RELATIONSHIP

    Cameron Diaz views every relationship as a learning experience. The actress opens up in the May issue of InStyle about the idea of monogamy and her own relationship history.

    She reveals, "I don't know if anyone is really naturally monogamous. We all have the same instincts as animals. But we live in a society where it's been ingrained in us to do these things. I'm 41 years old -- I've been through everything, OK? I'm grateful for all of it -- whether it was quick and passing or something that lingered too long." Cameron adds, "There is not one thing I've been through that hasn't been a lesson that led me to this moment, and I can't believe how great life keeps getting."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    ROSIE O'DONNELL SLAM LINDSAY LOHAN REALITY SHOW: Rosie O'Donnell took to Twitter on Sunday (April 13th) to express how disturbed she was from watching Lindsay Lohan's docu-series on OWN. The outspoken comedian wrote, "The Lindsay show is a tragedy -- on every level -- I hope one day she gets sober for real and watches these episodes -- n sees what we all do." She later added to her disappointment with the show by writing, "So a chat with O can cure addiction and mental illness s#vzc@#@j @#n#m." Rosie also compared Lindsay's plight to another celebrity who publicly fought addiction adding, "Remember Whitney anyone ?????" in reference to Whitney Houston.

    HEIDI KLUM IN HOT WATER OVER 'GERMANY'S NEXT TOP MODEL' PHOTO SHOOT: Heidi Klum has come under fire for promoting a racially insensitive photo shoot which took place on a recent episode of Germany's Next Top Model. The shoot featured the aspiring models made up to look like Native Americans by donning headdresses and face paint. She shared the photos on her Facebook page a few weeks back and was quickly called out for being culturally and racially offensive. A spokesperson for the show issues a statement saying, "By no means was our intention to insult Native Americans or in any way demean their heritage. We sincerely apologize."

    MEGAN FOX DISCUSSES WORKING WITH MICHAEL BAY AGAIN: Megan Fox is singing a different tune about Michael Bay years after comparing him to Hitler and Napoleon in Wonderland magazine back in 2009. She was promoting her work in his new adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Entertainment Weekly saying, "He was one of the most lovely people that I dealt with in making this movie. I've always loved Michael. We've had our battles in the past but even when I've been really outspoken about difficulties we've had, I've always followed up by saying that I have a particular affinity to him. He can be very vulnerable, and he's very likeable and loveable. I've always been very vocal about that as well. But, sometimes we clash because we both have very willful, powerful personalities."

    JOHNNY WEIR'S DIVORCE MAY BE BACK ON: Less than 24-hours after reports surfaced that Johnny Weir may be reconciling with husband Victor Voronov, sources tell Radar Online that the split may be back on. An insider told the website, "Johnny and Victor are once again broken up, and it's because of Johnny's mom interfering. Victor thinks Johnny's mother has too much control of him, and has treated him like a second class citizen. Johnny never defends Victor to his mother, and it has just gotten out of control in the brief time the couple was broken up. According to Victor, there can't be three people in the marriage. For now, the two are again at war with each other, with plans for the divorce to proceed."

    PAUL RUDD STEPS OUT LOOKING BUFF: Paul Rudd stepped out for a little fun in the sun on vacation late last week showing off the physique he has been working on for his latest project, The 45-year-old was flaunting his bulging biceps which he has been building up for his new gig as star of Marvel's upcoming film Ant-Man. The film will be hitting theaters on July 17th, 2015.

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  • TONY DOVOLANI EXPLAINS HIS SIDE OF FIGHT WITH NENE LEAKES

    Dancing With the Stars' Tony Dovolani isn't happy that he was made out to be the villain during a recent argument with partner NeNe Leakes on the show. The dancer is attempting to clear things up by telling his side of the story to Us Weekly.

    He told the magazine, "Apparently I was the villain. We had just both flown a red-eye to New York, we were both tired, the switch-up didn't do us any good. It put a bump in the road and we had a little tiff! What couple doesn't? They chose to show ours and make a story out of it...and that's fine."

    • NeNe told Tony that it seemed like he had an attitude with her during their first rehearsal since he was temporarily partnered with Candace Cameron Bure during switch-up week. She said to him, "You've got an attitude. If you want to go back to Candace, you call production so you can go back to Candace...I don't deserve an attitude. So goodbye."
    • Dovolani added that he and NeNe have apologized to each other since their little spat last week.

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  • ANDREW GARFIELD IS COMFORTABLE WITH NUDITY AND DISPLAYING HIS PACKAGE ON SCREEN

    Andrew Garfield doesn't have any qualms about rocking tights that show off his goods while saving lives on-screen as Spider-Man. The 30-year-old actor recently explained why being the web-slinger requires him to be comfortable with his body and having to consider how much is too much when it comes to how tightly the costume hugs his body.

    Andrew joked on an Australian TV show, "It takes a lot of consideration because you don't want it to be overwhelming and also you don't want it to be underwhelming. You don't want it to intimidate and you don't want it to the opposite of intimidate. So, yes there is thought but ultimately you have to trust that what you have is enough." He added, "I had one focus group -- and that focus group was Emma. She approved."

    • The UK native also recently chatted with Metro UK about being comfortable in his skin saying, "I love being naked. It's important to be naked and be in touch with our bodies and not have shame about what we're made of. I love being in touch with nature and my own nature."

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  • JAMES VAN DER BEEK REVEALS WHEN 'DAWSON'S CREEK' JUMPED THE SHARK

    Many long-running TV shows end up having their "jump the shark" moment and James Van Der Beek knows when it happened for Dawson's Creek. The Friends With Better Lives actor participated in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit on Monday (April 14th) where he reflected on his days in Capeside.

    When asked by a fan when he thought Dawson's Creek jumped the shark he responded, "When I had to convince Katie's character to wear a wire to snitch on her drug dealing dad because a Molotov cocktail had been thrown through a window, I remember thinking, "What show am I on again?" But then we crossed back over and got back to more relationship stuff. Six head writers in six years will take you all over the map." He went on to discuss why there was such a high turnover rate in the writer's room saying, "I think it was more a function of our writers being in such high demand that they were eventually wooed with offers to create their own shows, or just a matter of someone coming into an already established show with a very specific voice and everyone realizing a few steps down the road that it just wasn't quite the right fit."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    'MAGIC MIKE 2' GETS A RELEASE DATE: The upcoming sequel to Magic Mike will be getting a summer release. According to Deadline, Magic Mike XXL has been set for July 3, 2015 opening up against the next Terminator film. The project is being co-written by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. Steven Soderbergh will hand directing duties over to his go-to assistant director Greg Jacobs.

    FINAL SEASON OF 'GLEE' WILL INVOLVE A TIME JUMP: Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that the final season of the show next year will not be focused in New York City and will actually do a time leap ahead of where things leave off at the end of the current season. He explained to E! News, "We are going to do a time jump, and that's really all I'll say. My feeling about the last season of Glee is very clear, and that is that we will be reaching out to all of the regulars on the show, that original group of Glee club members and the teachers, and anybody who wants to come back can come back. Anybody who wants to be a part of the show, we welcome them."

    'TRUE DETECTIVE' WAS HBO'S HIGHEST RATED FRESHMAN SERIES: True Detective has officially become the most-watched freshman series in the history of HBO. The drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson earned an average of 11.9 viewers per episode. The previous record was held by Six Feet Under which averaged 11.4 million.

    FOX TO AIR BEHIND-THE-SCENES SPECIAL ON '24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY': Fox has announced plans to air a behind-the-scenes special preview of 24: Live Another Day. It will include chats with the stars, director, and producers as well as a look at the new London setting. The 30-minute program will air on May 3rd -- two days before the two-hour premiere of the return of Jack Bauer.

    NBC RELEASES TRAILER FOR 'ROSEMARY'S BABY': The official trailer for NBC's remake of Rosemary's Baby has been released. The two-part movie premieres on May 11th. It stars Zoe Saldana in the role of Rosemary -- originally played by Mia Farrow in the 1968 film.

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