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Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI is giving away tickets to see Whitesnake

Classic Hits is giving away five pairs of tickets to see "Whitesnake" in concert August 8 at Paragon Casino in Marksville. Here is how to enter our special drawing:


Just text the name "Whitesnake" to our "Text To Win" number at 337-459-6021. That's it. You will be automatically qualified for our big drawing next Thursday July 30 at noon on "The Non Blonde Cafe". One qualifier per family and you must 21 or older.


It will be the Classic Rock concert of the year and we're sending five of our listeners to see "Whitesnake". Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


Plenty of Baseball Action Right Now On KVPI AM and FM

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

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

Register your Father registered today!

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

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

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

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

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


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

Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5


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

KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday

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

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

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

Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

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

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

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

KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.

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

Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15

Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
























Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?


  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!



Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!




Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.

Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.

American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am

The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.

Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI

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

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

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

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

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!

KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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

James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

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

Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest


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

KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year


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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Paul McCartney Rocks Lollapalooza

    C Flanigan/FilmMagicAlternative rockers, hip hop, and emo performers bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney on night one of Lollapalooza.

    A sea of tens of thousands of fans spread across Grant Park in front of the stage as McCartney played a more than two-hour-long set, pounding out more than 30 songs on both guitar and piano.  The songs spanned the 73-year-old's entire career from the Beatles, to Wings, to a performance of his latest hit, the Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration "Four Five Seconds".

    He briefly paused between songs to tell stories of Jimi Hendrix and playing in Soviet Russia, and dedicatated his performance of "Here Today" to former band mate John Lennon. He brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to help him perform "Get Back".  Alabama Shakes had performed earlier in the day. Fireworks and flames lit the stage during McCartney's performance of "Live and Let Die," and fireworks also burst from the stage and into the full-mooned sky as he closed out the show promptly at 10 p.m. CT.

    The Friday headliner brought out not just the young music fans this year, but old as well.   Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said it was all McCartney's idea to perform. "You don't get Paul McCartney to do anything he doesn't want to do.  This was his wish."

    Farrell said McCartney's performance during the three day concert series along the lakefront just diversifies the crowd even more.  It's a trend he's been noticing over the last few years even before McCartney was announced. 

    "We were able to accomplish something that is extremely rare, and that is we were able to span the generations, and bring everyone else together collectively.  Where else do you do that?" he noted.  "You can be standing by an 18-year-old.  You can be standing by a nine-year-old. You can be standing near a 40-year-old.  It's really special."  

    Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected for the sold out weekend showcase in Chicago's Grant Park along the lakefront.   Other headliners this weekend include Metallica and Florence and the Machine.  

    Here is McCartney's setlist:

    "Magical Mystery Tour"
    "Save Us"
    "Got to Get You Into My Life"
    "Let Me Roll It"
    "Foxy Lady"
    "My Valentine"
    "Maybe I'm Amazed"
    "I've Just Seen a Face"
    "Four Five Seconds"/"We Can Work It Out"
    "And I Love Her"
    "Here Today"
    "Queenie Eye"
    "Lady Madonna"
    "Eleanor Rigby"
    "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
    "Ob La Di Ob La Da"
    "Band on the Run"
    "Back in the U.S.S.R."
    "Let it Be"
    "Live and Let Die"
    "Hey Jude"
    "Hi Hi Hi"
    "Can't Buy Me Love"
    "Get Back"
    "Helter Skelter"
    "Carry That Weight"

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  • Watch David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Others Performing Grateful Dead's "Ripple" in Support of Music Education

    Django Crosby; Julie SkarrattDavid Crosby, Jimmy Buffett and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann are among the musicians who have contributed to a new version of the Dead song "Ripple" as part of a campaign supporting music-education programs for children around the world.  The initiative, called the #RippleEffect, is a social media art project launched jointly by The Jerry Garcia Foundation and The Playing for Change Foundation, and timed to coincide with what would have been the late Grateful Dead frontman's 73rd birthday on August 1.

    The project urges people across the globe to create a visual "ripple effect" by sharing positive messages and stories of kindness and gratitude using videos, photos and artwork and circulating them on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    To help promote the campaign, as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, a video featuring clips of a variety of musicians performing "Ripple" in different locations around the world was created and can be viewed now at the Playing for Change YouTube channel.  In addition to featuring Crosby, Buffett and Kreutzmann, the video includes Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Garcia's daughter Keelin, who is a co-founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

    Select submissions to the #RippleEffect campaign will be included in a video compilation that will be released on September 19, this year's Playing for Change Day.  The special day, which was launched by the Playing for Change Foundation, features musicians performing at various events held around the world to support the organization's goal of bringing music education to underserved children.

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  • Smokey Robinson to Be Saluted During Rock Hall's 2015 Music Masters Series in November

    Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumSmokey Robinson has been chosen as the honoree for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 20th annual Music Masters series.  The Motown legend will be celebrated during a six-day extravaganza running from November 2 to November 7 and culminating with a star-studded tribute concert held at PlayhouseSquare's State Theater in Cleveland.

    The tribute show's lineup and more details about the event will be revealed in the coming weeks.  Robinson is confirmed to attend the concert but currently is not scheduled to sing.  Tickets will go on sale on September 18 at 11 a.m. local time at  Limited premium seats and VIP packages can be purchased by contacting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's development office at 216-515-1201216-515-1201.

    Besides the concert, the Music Masters series event will feature interviews, movies, panel discussions and presentations about Robinson, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  In addition, a keynote lecture will be held at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University, which co-hosts the series.  Also, a November 7 conference examining Smokey's influence and impact on pop music will take place at the Rock Hall.

    "Smokey Robinson's accomplishments as a songwriter, performer, and producer are unparalleled.  It is particularly fitting that we honor him this year, the 20th year of Music Masters," says Rock Hall executive Dr. Lauren Onkey.  "The longstanding popularity and impact of his work shows us the power of popular music in our lives, which is what Music Masters is all about."

    More details about Robinson's Annual Music Masters series festivities will be available soon at

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  • The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart Join 2015 Lockn' Festival Lineup

    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFresh from The Grateful Dead's farewell concerts in Chicago of July 4th weekend, two of the band's core members -- singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart -- have just been added to the lineup of the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival.  With founding Dead bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann already scheduled to perform at the festival, that means all four main surviving members of the group will take part in the four-day event, scheduled for September 10-13 in Arrington, Virginia.

    Weir will serve as the "Featured Guest of the Day" on September 12, and will join various artists for onstage collaborations during that day.  Hart will give a main-stage performance with the Colorado electronic act EOTO on September 10, and will curate what is described as a "deep rhythm experience" at the Lockn' fest's forest stage on the next two nights.  The latter two performances will be multisensory late-night presentations featuring sounds, lights and vibrations.

    Meanwhile, Lesh and Kreutzmann are both scheduled perform on two separate days.  Lesh will play sets on September 11 and 12 with two separate the versions of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective: the first featuring ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and members of the singer's current band; and the second including Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes.  Kreutzmann will play with his current side group Billy & the Kids on September 10, and will participate in a 50th anniversary tribute to the Jefferson Airplane led by founding Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady on September 11.

    "After the magic of the 'Fare Thee Well' shows, we knew we had to figure out how to have Bobby and Mickey at Lockn'," says festival co-founder Peter Shapiro.  "All four of the guys are coming to do their own thing, but just to have them all there with us in Arrington is sure to mean a lot to our extended Grateful Dead family."

    Among the many other notable artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival are Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff and Widespread Panic.

    Visit to check out the full schedule and lineup.

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  • Darlene Love's New Studio Album to Be Released in September

    PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsFull details have been announced about legendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love's upcoming studio, Introducing Darlene Love, which will be released on September 18.  The 14-track collection was produced and arranged by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, and features a mix of new songs and classic tunes penned by an impressive cast of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Desmond Child, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and Van Zandt himself.

    The album's first single is "Forbidden Nights," which is one of two songs written by Costello that appear on Introducing Darlene Love.  The record also features two tracks penned by Springsteen and three written by Van Zandt.  In addition, Love recorded a version of the 1966 Ike & Tina Turner hit "River Deep, Mountain High," a tune co-written and originally produced by Phil Spector.

    Introducing Darlene Love, which is Love's first studio effort in more than 15 years, is available for pre-order now via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.  Those who pre-order the album will receive an immediate free download of "Forbidden Nights."

    The Asbury Park Press reports that Love filmed a video for "Forbidden Nights" this past week on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Jett and Paul Shaffer also took part in the shoot.  Darlene will celebrate the release of her album with a special concert featuring Van Zandt that will take place on September 12 at Asbury Park's historic Paramount Theatre.

    Love was one of the main voices of Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love."  She also was a member of the vocal group The Blossoms, and she was among most in-demand studio backing singers during the 1960s and early '70s.  In 2011, Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and her career was showcased in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom.

    Here is the complete track list of Introducing Darlene Love, including the artists who wrote each song:

    "Among the Believers" (Steven Van Zandt)
    "Forbidden Nights" (Elvis Costello)
    "Love Kept Us Foolin' Around" (Linda Perry)
    "Little Liar" (Desmond Child/Joan Jett)
    "Still Too Soon to Know" (Elvis Costello)
    "Who Under Heaven" (Jimmy Webb)
    "Night Closing In" (Bruce Springsteen)
    "Painkiller" (Michael Des Barres/Paul Ill)
    "Just Another Lonely Mile" (Bruce Springsteen)
    "Last Time" (Steven Van Zandt)
    "River Deep, Mountain High" (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
    "Sweet Freedom" (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)
    "Marvelous" (Walter Hawkins)
    "Jesus Is the Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin)" (Steven Van Zandt)

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  • David Gilmour Premieres Animated Video for New Single, "Rattle That Lock"

    PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsAn official video for David Gilmour's latest solo single, "Rattle That Lock," the title track to his upcoming studio album, has premiered on the longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist's official website and YouTube channel.  The animated clip was created by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney of the London-based Trunk Animation studio and features scenes inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost.

    The ominous, graphically striking video depicts Satan's fall from the Kingdom of Heaven and his journey through the realms of Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos before he inevitably brings corruption to the Earth.  The theme of the clip reflects the lyrics of "Rattle That Lock," which were written by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson, and were inspired by Book II of Paradise Lost.

    A team of 12 animators and artists was assembled to work on the hand-drawn video, which took more than three months to complete. 

    The Rattle That Lock album will be released on September 18.  Gilmour has announced a series of 2016 North American tour dates in support of the record that runs from a March 24 show in Los Angeles through an April 12 concert in New York City.

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  • Paul McCartney Performing at Lollapalooza Festival Tonight; His Set Will Stream Online Sunday

    Credit: MJ KimLollapalooza 2015 gets under way today at Chicago's Grant Park, and arguably the world's biggest rock star, Paul McCartney, will be on hand to headline day one of the three-day festival. The ex-Beatle's performance will begin at 7:45 p.m. CT.

    As previously reported, the Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream of select artists' sets during each day of the fest.  Highlights of McCartney's performance will be viewable on the site, but instead of being streamed live, they will be shown on Sunday, August 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

    Other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed at Red Bull TV across the website's three channels include Saturday's headliner, Metallica, as well as Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and dozens of other acts.

    You can watch the live stream, and check out the full schedule, at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit

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  • Expanded Version of Elvis Presley's 1975 Album "Today" Due Out Next Week

    RCA/Legacy RecordingsAn expanded version of the final studio album Elvis Presley released while he was alive, 1975's Today, will arrive in stores on Friday, August 7, in commemoration of the recording's 40th anniversary.  Today: Legacy Edition features the original album's 10 tracks, undubbed session mixes of those same songs and a bonus disc containing live performances the King of Rock 'n' Roll recorded while on tour in May and June of 1975.

    Today was recorded in March of 1975 at RCA's Studio C in Hollywood, where Elvis also laid down his classic 1972 hit "Burning Love."  The album features the top 40 single "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," and renditions of Don McLean's "And I Love Her So," Billy Swan's "I Can Help," The Pointer Sisters' "Fairytale" and the 1966 Tom Jones hit "Green, Green Grass of Home."  The bonus tracks feature versions of the album cuts stripped of the slick overdubs and mixes added after the initial sessions.

    The live bonus disc features a performance of "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," as well as such classic Presley hits as "Love Me Tender," "All Shook Up," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "The Wonder of You," "Burning Love," "Mystery Train" and "Can't Help Falling in Love."

    Here is the full track list of the 40th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Presley's Today album:

    Disc One:

    The Original Album
    "And I Love You So"
    "Susan When She Tried"
    "Woman Without Love"
    "Shake a Hand"
    "Pieces of My Life"
    "I Can Help"
    "Bringin' It Back"
    "Green, Green Grass of Home"

    Original Undubbed Session Mixes
    "Green, Green Grass of Home"
    "I Can Help"
    "And I Love You So"
    "Susan When She Tried"
    "Woman Without Love"
    "Shake a Hand"
    "Bringing It Back"
    "Pieces of My Life"

    Disc Two: Recorded Live on Tour May-June 1975

    "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
    "See See Rider"
    "I Got a Woman"/"Amen"
    "Love Me"
    "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)"
    "Love Me Tender"
    "All Shook Up"
    "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"/"Don't Be Cruel"
    "Hound Dog"
    "The Wonder of You"
    "Burning Love"
    Introductions/"Johnny B. Goode"
    Introductions/"School Days"
    "Why Me Lord"
    "How Great Thou Art"
    "Let Me Be There"
    "An American Trilogy"
    "Funny How Time Slips Away"
    "Little Darlin'"
    "Mystery Train"/"Tiger Man"
    "Can't Help Falling in Love"

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  • Final Three Led Zeppelin Reissues Hit Stores Today; Jimmy Page Says Project Was "Right Thing to Do" for Fans

    Atlantic Records/Swan SongToday marks the culmination of the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign, as remastered and expanded versions of the band's final three studio albums -- 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda -- get their release.  Guitarist Jimmy Page oversaw the project, and says it was done out of respect for the band's fans and their desire to have as much material as possible from the British rock legends.

    "There's such in affection for Led Zeppelin music within the audience, it could only be the right thing to do to put out a real authoritative package," Page tells ABC Radio.  "And here we are at the end of it."

    As with the previously six Led Zeppelin reissues, the deluxe editions of Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda all come with "companion audio" discs featuring previously unreleased recordings.  Page says that because these extra tracks are now available, there's "double the amount of [Led Zeppelin] studio information and studio material that there was in the first place."

    Page says another important aspect of the campaign is that the recordings were remastered for all available formats, including high-quality vinyl and high-res digital audio.

    "The last time that Led Zeppelin music was remastered it was for the advent of CDs over 20 years ago," he explains.  "I wanted to really approach every way that you could listen to it outside of MP3 [and] let it be available for people who want to hear it…with all the distance in it and the depth and the 3D picture of the mixing, etc, etc."

    Speaking about some of the highlights of the individual albums being reissued today, Page points out that the deluxe Presence includes an interesting unreleased instrumental called "Pod" that centers on a piano part played by John Paul Jones.

    "It's really quite beautiful, but you can see why it didn't sort of make its way onto the album," he says, noting that it didn't fit in since most of the music on Presence was "guitar driven."

    Interestingly, Page recalls that the band's follow-up to Presence, In Through the Out Door, ended up being a keyboard-driven album because Jones had brought several songs that he'd written on the keys.

    Led Zeppelin's swan song, Coda, was a collection of unreleased tracks that spanned the band's career and originally was released after the group had broken up in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death.  The new deluxe editions of Coda include two full discs of unreleased companion audio.  A couple of these tracks come from sessions that Page and Robert Plant did in 1972 in India with a group of local musicians dubbed the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.  One of the songs was a version of "Friends," a tune that first appeared on 1970's Led Zeppelin III

    "When I wrote ['Friends'] I was thinking of Indian music at the time, and the structure in it was very similar, to me, to Indian music," Page tells ABC Radio.  "And I wanted to try that out with core musicians and see just how possible it would be to pull it off.  Well, I managed to do it."

    To check out more details about the final installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign, visit the band's official website.

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  • Elton John Celebrates 25 Years of Sobriety

    ABC/Randy HolmesElton John reached an important milestone this week, and it had nothing to do with music. The singer celebrated 25 years of sobriety.

    He commemorated the achievement on Instagram Wednesday, writing, "25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time.” He posted a picture of a cake with the sparkly number 25 on top.

    Elton’s husband, David Furnish, also posted a message about the milestone. He Instagrammed a photo of a sobriety coin with 25 years imprinted on it and wrote, "Happy 25th Birthday Elton. You inspire me with your light and your love every day."

    Elton has been open about his drug and alcohol addictions, addressing the topic in his 2012 memoir Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS. He wrote that he was “consumed by cocaine, booze and who knows what else.”

    He said the turning point came when he met Ryan White, a teen who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and died in 1990. It forced him to reevaluate his life and end his substance abuse.

    Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


    25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time. #Gratitude #Happiness #Blessed #ShareTheLove

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    Woody Allen never imagined his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn would develop into what it has become. The 79-year-old director recently opened up about their connection during an interview with NPR.

    He explained, "I'm 35 years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked. I was paternal. She responded to someone who was paternal. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. She flourished. It was just a good luck thing." Woody continued, "I started the relationship with her and I thought it would just be a fling. It wouldn't be serious, but it had a life of its own. And I never thought it would be anything more. Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we were enjoying it. And the age difference didn't seem to matter. It seemed to work in our favor actually. She enjoyed being introduced to many, many things that I knew from experience, and I enjoyed showing her those things. She took them, and outstripped me in certain areas that I showed her. That's why I'm a big believer in luck. I feel that you can't orchestrate those things. Two people come along and they have a trillion exquisite needs and neuroses and nuances and they have to mesh, and if one of them doesn't mesh, it causes a lot of trouble. It's like the trace vitamin not being in your body. It's a tiny little thing, but if you don't have it you die."

    • Soon-Yi is the adopted daughter of Woody's ex, Mia Farrow, from her marriage to composer Andre Previn. She spoke on their relationship with Time magazine back in 1992 saying, "To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable."
    • Woody and Soon-Yi married in 1997 and have two adopted children together.

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    A new lawsuit filed by James Woods may have social media trolls thinking twice about the things they post. The 68-year-old has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a Twitter user named "Abe List" for calling him a cocaine addict.

    The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday (July 29th) in L.A.'s Superior Court demanding "legal action from the publication of a malicious and fabricated statement by a coward individual who hides behind the Twitter name 'Abe List' to falsely accuse and humiliate others who dare to harbor opinions different than his own." The court documents state, "On July 15, 2015, AL stepped over the line by falsely accusing actor James Woods of being a cocaine addict...with a message sent to thousands of AL's followers and hundreds of thousands of Woods' followers. Mr. Woods is not now, nor has ever been a cocaine addict, and AL had no reason to believe otherwise. Rather, AL's outrageous claim is the culmination of a malicious on-line campaign to discredit and damage Woods' reputation, a campaign which began as early as December 2014. It has clearly escalated behind the protections of free speech, and AL must now be held accountable for the millions in damages he has caused. By this lawsuit, Woods intends to unmask and reveal AL for the liar he is, and to recover in excess of $10 million in damages caused by AL's outrageous conduct. AL's reckless and malicious behavior, through the worldwide reach of the internet, has now jeopardized Woods' good name and reputation… AL, and anyone else using social media to propagate lies and do harm, should take note. They are not impervious to the law."

    • Abe List's recent tweet was a response to James' own messages about the media posted several weeks ago. The account has been disabled but had previously claimed to belong to a Harvard-educated man living in L.A. and working in finance. His bio briefly read "Freedom is not needing to be liked. Winding down and leaving twitter soon." before the account disappeared.

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    LUPITA NYONG'O TO DO AN OFF-BROADWAY SHOW: Lupita Nyong'o has signed on to make her debut on the New York star in a new drama called Eclipsed. The show was written by The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira. Previews will begin on September 29th and the show is expected to run through November 8th. The play is described as a story of survival and resilience in Africa.

    FORMER 'GOOD WIFE' STAR HEADS TO 'BROOKLYN NINE-NINE': The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi has landed a new gig on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She will guest star as Lieutenant Knox -- an officer who has a crush on Joe Lo Truglio's Detective Boyle. The episode will air on October 4th.

    DESTINATION AMERICA TO AIR 'EXORCISM: LIVE!': Destination America has announced plans to air a special in October called Exorcism: Live!. The show will explore the original home in St. Louis where Roland Doe was exorcised in 1949 -- the ritual that inspired the hit film. The Tennessee Wraith Chasers and psychic medium Chip Coffey will join forces to make their way through the house using state of the art technology to investigate the presence of demonic entities.

    CW DEVELOPING 'LITTLE WOMEN' SERIES: The CW is developing a series based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. The project is being described as a "hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation" set on the streets of a dystopian Philadelphia. The script is being written by Alexis Jolly. Little Women was first published back in 1868.

    RHYS IFANS JOINS 'BERLIN STATION': Amazing Spider-Man star Rhys Ifans has signed on to star in Berlin Station -- the first original scripted drama for Epix. The show follows a case officer who is trying to uncover the leak of classified information from a CIA foreign outpost in Berlin. Richard Jenkins co-stars. It is expected to premiere in the fall of 2016.

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    Ben Affleck may be denying he and his family's former nanny had any kind of romantic relationship but her friends reportedly knew about the fling. Sources are telling People magazine that Christine Ouzounian apparently did not hold back in talking about her situation with the Oscar-winner.

    One source close to Christine has said that their romance started last spring after she was hired and they would meet up at the Hotel Bel Air. The alleged friend added, "It's been going on for a long time. For Christine, it was a relationship. A friend warned her she was going to end up heartbroken. Christine is in love with him."

    • It is even rumored that she spent time with Ben and the kids in the Bahamas in June before Jennifer Garner flew down to join her family.
    • Despite all of the gossip, Ben's rep continues to call the story "baseless and untrue."

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    AMY SCHUMER AND JENNIFER LAWRENCE ARE PALS: Amy Schumer appears to have found a new BFF. The Trainwreck star shared photos on Twitter on Thursday (July 30th) of her vacation with Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. One picture shows them riding a jet ski together along with the caption, "Jlaw #maniac." Another photo shows them in a larger group of girls on floats which she captioned, "Binders of women." It is unclear how far back their friendship goes or how they ended up on vacation together.

    VALERIE HARPER IS HOSPITALIZED: Valerie Harper was taken to the hospital in Maine on Wednesday (July 29th) hours before she was expected to perform in a musical at the Ogunquit Playhouse. The 75-year-old apparently felt unwell before the show and went to the hospital as a precaution where she remains under observation. Valerie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in 2013 and was given three to six months to live but defied those expectations and went on to appear on the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars.

    JOSE CANSECO IS HONORING CAITLYN JENNER BY DRESSING AS A WOMAN FOR A WEEK: Former MLB player Jose Canseco has announced that he will be dressing like a woman for a week for his web series and to honor Caitlyn Jenner. According to TMZ, he will be donning dresses and makeup and will be followed by cameras for his show, Spend a Day with Jose. He tweeted on Wednesday (July 29th,) "I wonder what I would look like as a woman. Move over Caitlyn."

    JIMMY KIMMEL RAISES MONEY FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION: Jimmy Kimmel's emotional monologue on Tuesday night (July 28th) discussing the death of Cecil the lion helped bring in big bucks for Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. Jimmy told his viewers to support the group to show that not all Americans are like Dr. Walter Palmer -- the jack-hole who shot Cecil whom the group had been studying for years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they have received over 2,600 donations raising $150,000 since the show aired. Celebrities like Ariana Grande and Marlee Matlin have responded to Jimmy's call to action.

    GUY RITCHIE IS MARRIED: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. director, Guy Ritchie, is married again. He exchanged vows with model Jacqui Ainsley in a ceremony at their home in Wiltshire, England on Thursday (July 30th.) Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Jason Statham, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were among the guests who made it to the event. Guy was previously married to Madonna for eight years before splitting in 2008.

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    There is rumor circulating that Paula Deen may be divorcing her husband after 11 years of marriage. According to Page Six, the celebrity chef filed court documents earlier this year giving her hubby, Michael Groover, the deed to their home in Savannah, Georgia.

    According to the documents, the deed was given as a gift "for and in consideration of her natural love and affection for her husband." Some insiders are speculating that the home is part of their private divorce settlement. A rep for Paula denied the story saying, "These rumors are completely false -- they have a wonderful marriage. This deed of gift was just a part of Paula's estate-planning process. Her new cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, comes out on Sept. 8 and is dedicated to her husband, Michael."

    • The three-bedroom, three-bathroom mansion is estimated to be worth $1.3 million. They bought it back in 2004 -- around the same time they got married.
    • Paula and Michael have dealt with divorce rumors in the past. It was rumored back in 2013 that he had an affair with a "sexy, middle-aged brunette" which he denied.
    • Paula also owns another home in Savannah which has eight bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms. The house is apparently valued at more than $4 million.

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    Khloe Kardashian shows off a lot of skin on the cover of the new issue of Complex but inside she speaks on her struggle being the "fat sister."

    The 31-year-old explains, "I used to deal with stress in an unhealthy way. When we were younger and even through the O.J. Simpson trial and everything, we would just eat, but I think my parents also didn't know what to do so they would just give us McDonald's or crappy food. I think that kind of trained me to think that when something's happening, you eat. When my dad died I gained a ton of weight, but I was drinking and going out and just being unhealthy, clouding my mind with other things. I remember eating crap food and people would think I was having pregnancy cravings." Khloe went on to say, "When I was married or a few years ago, I never thought I was fat. I never thought I was huge. I was like, 'I still look good, I'm just made to have curves or be a little bigger.' I never looked at myself as the fat sister. Sometimes I would beat people to the punch and say, 'Oh I'm the fat, funny one.' because that's what people would say about me. But I never really thought that. Looking back, I do believe I was unhealthy, but at the time I really thought that that was as skinny as I was going to get. You know, everyone's like, 'You're big boned.' I have childbearing hips. You're like, 'No, you could still lose some weight.'"

    • Khloe also reveals that she has changed her mindset on dealing with stress saying, "With my divorce and even during the end of my marriage before it even got publicly bad, how I decided to cope with things was to go on the treadmill for an hour. I don't know what prompted me to do that. It was a very different coping mechanism. I felt so clear and I had nowhere else to go. I couldn't be home, I have too many thoughts there. I needed a place where I was just alone. And even if there might be all these people around when you when you're on the machine with your headphones in, you're technically alone."

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