Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios Sept. 2
The Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers during football season. Here they are surrounding KVPI DJ Emily O . They are:Kaitlyn Roddy, Regan Carraway, Paige Whittington, Payton Whittington, Sammy Fusilier, Malene Guillory, Shelbi Rials, Sara Vidrine, Taylor Olson, Tori Johnson, Madison Welch, Bailee Deville, Blaire Fontenot and Kasey Roddy.
The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders Visit the KVPI Studios
Boom! The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders were in the house today recording cheers for our high school football action. Pictured below with Steph are Laura Manuel, Megan Morein, Olivia Vollman, Logan Shipp, Baylee Veillon, Eve Fontenot, Caroline Duplechin, Dori Monier (Mascot), Olivia Brignac, Mallory Fontenot, Kaylie McCoy, Sara Reilly, Joanie Dupre', Madison Jordan, Caroline LaHaye and Hallie Daire. Thanks for coming in girls!
KVPI AM FM Staff 2015
KVPI Staff August 13, 2015: John Lafleur, Annona Balfa, Becky Vidrine, Emily Oliver, Carly Chaumont, Stephanie Ware, Cheryl DeBaillon, Jim Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Josh Godwin, Gene Swabby Soileau and Micah Chatman. Seated: Bonnie Fontenot and Mark Layne.
Classic Hits 92.5 salutes Elvis Presley Thursday
It's Elvis Day on Spotlight Thursday as we remember The King of Rock and Roll who died this week in 1977 at his home in Graceland. Hear 50's Elvis, Movie Elvis from the 1960's and his great live recordings from the 1970's all day Thursday and on Party Time Thursday night.
Dixie Youth World Series Action Live from South Carolina on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
Tune in to our live coverage of the Dixie Youth World Series from Lexington, South Carolina this week as KVPI Sports covers our Ville Platte Dixie Majors team competing in the tournament. Sports Announcer Chris Bordelon will be doing the play by play each night. Thanks to our KVPI Sponsors.
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
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.
New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.
Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM
Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15
Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?
Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the
2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning. Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!
Thank you for stopping by, Candice!
You are making Ville Platte proud!
Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.
Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios
Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.
American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am
The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios
KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.
Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI
The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!
These young women volunteered their time to help with the
Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.
Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t
heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot
along with Jenn & Steph.
Thank you all for coming in to visit!
Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!
KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative
We are growing!
Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .
We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.
The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.
Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.
Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament
KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!
Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.
Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.
The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide. Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.
The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area. Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m.July 29, 2014.
With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department. “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.” “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”
Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte. Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder. Anderson is currently being held without bond.
KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament
KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!
KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play
James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios
Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.
Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest
Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificatefrom Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!
KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.
In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.
KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.
KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.
During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship
Credit: Mark SeligerKeith RichardsOn his latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards pays tribute to some of the genres that have influenced his own music throughout the years, including blues, country, soul and reggae. However, in a new interview with the New York Daily News, the famed Rolling Stones guitarist reveals he has no love for such musical genres as rock, heavy metal and hip-hop.
"It sounds like a dull thud to me," says Richards of rock music. "For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."
With regard to heavy metal, Keith declares, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes."
Richards also has some pointed opinions about one of today's most popular genres, rap. "So many words, so little said," the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells the newspaper with a laugh. "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there…All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."
Meanwhile, Richards admits that he hadn't really been interested in making a new solo album when he began work on Crosseyed Heart, but he'd gotten frustrated that The Rolling Stones were making no effort to get their own new record together.
"I always thought, 'I'm a Stones man. None shall leave!'" he explains. "At the same time, we had years of spare time and I wanted to work."
Crosseyed Heart started coming together more than four years ago, when drummer/producer Steve Jordan, who'd collaborated with Richards on his previous two solo albums, convinced the guitar great to begin working on a new project with him even though Keith hadn't been writing new songs at the time.
"Steve said to me, 'I'm a drummer…Why don't we go into this studio, just the two of us, and see what happens?'" Richards recalls. He adds that he and Jordan soon started writing tunes together and "the damn thing started to blossom under me."
As for the status of his often contentious relationship with his Rolling Stones songwriting partner Mick Jagger, Keith describes it as a "painful democracy," while admitting that tensions still exist between the singer and him.
"He's a control freak. He likes to know everything that's going on. He lost himself a bit in the details," Richards tells the Daily News. Having said that, Keith goes on to praise Jagger as "a hell of a frontman," and points out, "I still love him dearly," while adding "your friends don't have to be perfect."
Legacy RecordingsMany music fans would argue that progressive rock enjoyed its heyday about 40 or so years ago, but only now is the genre getting its own official albums chart -- at least in the United Kingdom. The U.K.'s Official Charts Company, in partnership with Prog magazine, has just introduced the Official Progressive Albums Chart, and Roger Waters and Pink Floyd are among the artists whose records have landed in the first installment's top 10.
Waters' recently reissued 1992 solo album, Amused to Death, was #3, while Pink Floyd's 2014 release, The Endless River, took the #8 slot. Topping the tally was a younger act, Australia's Tame Impala, with its 2015 album Currents.
The launch of the Official Progressive Albums Chart coincides with the 2015 edition of the Prog magazine-organized Progressive Music Awards, which take place today in London.
"Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn't stop in the 1970s," says Prog editor Jerry Ewing. "[T]here are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don't seem to know it!...You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala -- what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognized."
Adds Official Charts Company executive Martin Talbot, "We are delighted to be working with the progressive music experts at Prog magazine to create this exciting new chart -- and look forward to giving the most inventive artists working today a new showcase of their own, every month."
In honor of the launch of the new tally, the Official Charts Company has compiled a list of the top 30 best-selling prog-rock albums of the 21st century. At #2 is Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 release The Dark Side of the Moon, which sold 3.8 million copies in the U.K. since 2000. Further down on the tally are Genesis' Selling England by the Pound at #9, Rush's 2112 at #11, Yes' Close to the Edge at #12, Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue at #13, Jethro Tull's Aqualung at #14, Peter Gabriel's So at #16, Roxy Music's Avalon at #17, The Moody Blues' On the Threshold of a Dream at #19, David Gilmour's On an Island at #20, and Supertramp's Breakfast in America at #24. Topping the list was modern-rock act Muse's 2006 album Black Holes & Revelations, which has sold 4.4 million copies.
Legacy RecordingsSeparate holiday compilations featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and tunes by various 1980s stars will be released on October 2 as part of Legacy Recordings' The Classic Christmas Album series.
Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album installment features 18 tracks, including 13 tunes that appeared on the acclaimed funk/soul group's 2014 yuletide collection, Holiday. Among the songs from Holiday are renditions of classics such as "Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noël," "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Jingle Bell Rock," and two originals based on well-known tunes by the band -- "Happy Seasons" and "December," which are reworked versions of "Happy Feelin'" and "December," respectively.
Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album comp also includes four other holiday songs from earlier in the group's career, as well as "I Asked for a Miracle (God Gave Me You)," which lead singer Philip Bailey recorded with the band Full Force back in 1991.
As for the other aforementioned compilation, The Classic Christmas '80s Album contains 15 seasonal songs from some of that decade's biggest pop, rock, soul and rap stars. The anthology includes Daryl Hall & John Oates' version of "Jingle Bell Rock," The Pointer Sisters' rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Whitney Houston's take on "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Dave Edmunds' version of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and The Bangles' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter." It also features such original holiday tunes as The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," Wham!'s "Last Christmas," Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis," Billy Squier's "Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You'" and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Christmas Time Is Here."
In addition, The Classic Christmas Album compilations featuring the music of Sarah McLachlan and Celtic Thunder will be released on October 2.
Image Courtesy of Webster PRDisco-era legends KC and the Sunshine Band's latest single, "I Love You More," has reached #30 on the latest Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, giving the group its first chart hit in 31 years. The techno-inspired tune was written by frontman Harry Wayne Casey, and the track features a radio mix by Tony Moran and Mike Lorello.
Speaking with ABC Radio recently, Casey said he was excited about how well the single was being received, while expressing hope that the tune would become a crossover hit. "I Love You More" likely will appear on the upcoming KC and the Sunshine Band studio album, which the singer says be coming out soon and will be made up mainly of original songs. Casey reported that he has amassed so much material that he may end up having enough for two new albums.
"In 2013 I woke up out of some sort of musical coma. And started writing again with the energy I had 40 years ago," Casey says in a statement. "'I Love You More' is a result of this new energy and path that I am currently on. The song is about having so much love for someone that each day it continues to grow."
"I Love You More" was released shortly after KC and the Sunshine Band put out their latest studio album, Feeling You! The '60s, a collection of classic cover songs from the decade that influenced Casey or reflected aspects of his life story. Interestingly, the new single broke into the Dance Club Songs chart 40 years to the day that "Get Down Tonight" topped the Billboard Hot 100.
KC and the Sunshine Band have a handful of U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule. Check them out:
9/19 -- Ontario, CA, Ontario Town Square Amphitheatre 10/3 -- Buffalo, NY, University of Buffalo Stadium 11/13 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino 11/20 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino 11/21 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino
MVD Entertainment GroupA new documentary about Joe Strummer's time spent in Spain during the mid-1980s following the breakup of The Clash will be released on DVD in the U.S. on October 16. I Need a Dodge!: Joe Strummer on the Run tells the tale of what's described as the late singer's "self-imposed exile" in Granada, Spain, in 1985 and '86, a period during which he worked with a number of local acts while trying to cope with the disintegration of his influential band.
Part of the film focuses on Strummer's quest to find a Dodge to drive while he was in Spain, and what became of the car after Joe abandoned it to return home to the United Kingdom for the birth of his second daughter. Director Nick Hall traveled to Spain to interview some of the people who spent time with Strummer during his visit, in an attempt to discover the fate of the vehicle and gain some insight into what the punk legend was like at that volatile time in his life.
"This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life," says Hall. "Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash."
I Need a Dodge! also features appearances by Strummer's first wife Gaby, late-era Clash members Pete Howard and Nick Sheppard, and Richard Dudanski, the drummer of Joe's pre-Clash group The 101ers.
The DVD comes packaged with a cassette featuring a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a sticker, a poster and a pin.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn early April of this year, Lynyrd Skynyrd played a pair of special hometown concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, at which the band gave full performances of their first two albums -- 1973's Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd and 1974's Second Helping. The shows were recorded for a new live video that will be released October 23 in multiple formats.
Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download at a wide variety of retail outlets and online stores. In addition, an exclusive DVD/two-CD set will be sold only at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.
The concerts, which took place April 2 and 3, marked the first time the Southern rock legends had ever performed the albums in their entirety live. Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd features such Lynyrd Skynyrd classics as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird." Second Helping includes the band's biggest hit and signature tune, "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as such memorable songs as "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" and the group's rendtion of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze." Meanwhile, a number of the lesser-known tunes from the albums had rarely, if ever, been played live by Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to the Jacksonville shows.
The home video also offers a specially created behind-the-scenes feature on the band. You can check out a clip from the video of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Gimme Three Steps" at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.
In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd has plenty of upcoming U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule. The band's next concert takes place on Thursday, September 3, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is plotted out through a December 5 gig in Mescalero, New Mexico.
Here is the track list of Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre:
Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd "I Ain't the One" "Tuesday's Gone" "Gimme Three Steps" "Simple Man" "Things Goin' On" "Mississippi Kid" "Poison Whiskey" "Free Bird"
Second Helping "Sweet Home Alabama" "I Need You" "Don't Ask Me No Questions" "Workin' for MCA" "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" "Swamp Music" "Needle and the Spoon" "Call Me the Breeze
And here is Lynyrd Skynrd's upcoming tour schedule:
9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair 9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater 9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, Village of New Lenox 9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair 9/11 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino 9/12 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino 9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 9/17 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel 9/18 -- Pomona, CA, L.A. County Fairgrounds 9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater 9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino 9/25 -- Lewisville, TX, 2015 Western Days 9/26 -- Houston, TX, Sam Houston Race Park 10/1 -- Sevierville, TN, Smokes Stadium 10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater 10/3 -- Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium 10/4 -- Louisville, KY, Louder Than Life Music Festival 11/7 -- Montgomery, AL, Alabama National Fair 12/5 -- Mescalero, NM, Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino
Credit: Rob ShanahanThis year's Progressive Music Awards will pay tribute to late Yes bassist Chris Squire by renaming one of its most prestigious honors after him. The Team Rock website reports that the event's Virtuoso Award, which salutes the finest instrumentalists, has now been rechristened the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award.
Two members of Yes' current lineup, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, have both expressed their approval of the award being renamed after Squire, who died of a rare form of leukemia on June 27 at age 67.
"Chris did so much to share the way the bass is played these days. His impact was incalculable," says White. "All of us who were privileged to know him will miss him hugely. But the music he did so much to help create is timeless -- and this honor will ensure his name will never be forgotten."
Adds Downes, "We all want Chris to be remembered in the best possible way, and naming an award after him is a great honor, not just for Chris but for the band as well…I think it's very fitting. As a pioneer of bass guitar, there's probably no one who could match him on what he achieved with the instrument."
Yes has been paying tribute to Squire throughout its current North American summer tour with Toto. The trek is scheduled through a September 12 show near Vancouver, Canada.
The 2015 edition of the Progressive Music Awards, which are organized by Prog magazine, takes place Thursday, September 3 at the Underglobe venue in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Among this year's nominees are Pink Floyd, Moody Blues bassist John Lodge and ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.
Atlantic RecordsNew details have unveiled about Phil Collins' recently announced solo album reissue campaign, which will launch with the November 6 release of remastered and expanded versions of the famed Genesis singer/drummer's 1981 debut, Face Value, and his popular 1993 record, Both Sides.
The concept behind the initiative, which has been dubbed the "Take a Look at Me Now" campaign, is that each deluxe release will feature bonus live versions of some of the original tracks to show how those songs evolved and were transformed in a concert setting. To a lesser extent, the deluxe editions also will include demos and B-sides from Phil's various solo album sessions.
"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," explains Collins, who is personally curating the reissue campaign. "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."
Each reissue also will feature updated cover art showing an updated photo of Phil posing the same way he did on the album's original cover. The albums are being remastered by Nick Davis, who's worked on all of Genesis' retrospective reissues an received a Best Surround Sound Album Grammy nomination for the Genesis 1970-1975 box set.
Face Value features Collins enduring solo hit "In the Air Tonight," as well as another top 20 single, "I Missed Again," and has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. The deluxe edition includes live versions of "In the Air Tonight," "I Missed Again," the Genesis hit "Misunderstanding" and more. It also contains demos of "Misunderstanding" and "Against All Odds," the latter of which wound up topping the charts as the theme to the 1984 film of the same name.
Both Sides features two top-40 hits, "Both Sides of the Story" and "Everyday," and went on to sell more than a million copies. The deluxe edition includes live renditions of those songs and several others from the album's original track list, as well as a demo version of "Hero," a tune Collins co-wrote with David Crosby.
The deluxe edition of each reissue will be available as a two-CD set and digital download, while a 180-gram vinyl version of each album featuring just the original track list also will be sold.
Here are the full track lists for the expanded versions of Face Value and Both Sides:
Face Value: Deluxe Edition
Disc One: Original Album Remastered "In the Air Tonight" "This Must Be Love" "Behind the Lines" "The Roof Is Leaking" "Droned" "Hand in Hand" "I Missed Again" "You Know What I Mean" "Thunder and Lightning" "I'm Not Moving" "If Leaving Me Is Easy" "Tomorrow Never Knows"
Disc Two: Bonus Tracks "Misunderstanding" (Live) "If Leaving Me Is Easy" (Live)* "In the Air Tonight" (Live)* "Behind the Lines" (Live)* "The Roof Is Leaking" (Demo)* "Hand in Hand" (Live)* "I Missed Again" (Live)* "...And So to F" (Live)* "This Must Be Love" (Demo)* "Please Don't Ask" (Demo)* "Misunderstanding" (Demo)* "Against All Odds" (Demo)
Both Sides: Deluxe Edition
Disc One: Original Album Remastered "Both Sides of the Story" "Can't Turn Back the Years" "Everyday" "I've Forgotten Everything" "We're Sons of Our Fathers" "Can't Find My Way" "Survivors" "We Fly So Close" "There's a Place for Us" "We Wait and We Wonder" "Please Come Out Tonight"
Disc Two: Bonus Tracks "Take Me with You" "Both Sides of the Story" (Live)* "Can't Turn Back the Years" (Live)* "Survivors" (Live)* "Everyday" (Live)* "We Wait and We Wonder" (Live)* "Can't Find My Way" (Demo)* "I've Been Trying" "Both Sides of the Story" "Hero" (Demo)
Eleanor Stills; Kim MillerGraham Nash, Steve Miller and Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer will be honored with special awards at the 2015 edition of the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit gala, which will be held on October 20 at the Manhattan Center in New York City.
Nash will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, Miller will receive the Rocker of the Year honor and Shaffer will be saluted with the Big Man of the Year prize. The Big Man of the Year award initially was created in 2009 to honor E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons for his charitable work with the Little Kids Rock organization. Since then, it has been handed out annually to an artist who exemplifies Clemons' spirit and the ideals of Little Kids Rock.
This year's benefit will be hosted by Maureen Van Zandt, wife of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt. The initial lineup of performers for the gala includes Darlene Love and a group of Little Kids Rock students, with a variety of other special guests expected to be announced soon. Love is a previous Big Man of the Year Award winner and has appeared at several previous Little Kids Rock benefits. Will Lee, longtime bassist in the Late Show house band, will serve as musical director for this year's event.
Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools across the U.S. For more information about the 2015 benefit, visit LittleKidsRock.org.
Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr will take part in a live interview event in Los Angeles later this month to celebrate the wide release of his 2013 memoir/coffee-table book Photograph. "Ringo Starr: In Conversation" will be held on September 25 at the historic El Rey Theater, and will feature the former Beatles drummer sharing memories from throughout his eventful life.
During the event, Starr will be showing a variety of rare candid photos from his personal archives that are featured in the book, spanning from his childhood through his years with the Fab Four and beyond. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, September 3, at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com, with prices starting at $97.
Photograph originally was released in June 2013 as a deluxe, limited-edition publication, with each copy signed by Starr. The wide-release version will arrive on September 22. The book features a variety of snapshots taken by Starr, as well as photos reproduced from family albums. The images are accompanied by more than 15,000 words of biographical text penned by Ringo.
"I have always loved taking photos," says Starr. "All The Beatles had cameras…but I'd been snapping away for a while before that. We always had a real photographer around us…But I took pictures of them photographing us -- and I had a unique perspective of that incredible period of our lives."
Meanwhile, Ringo will be back out on the road with his All Starr Band soon for a fall North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.
Spoiler Alert: The first two episodes of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead have shown three major deaths and all of them have been African American actors. Fans of the show have expressed some outrage over the situation which has prompted a response from showrunner Dave Erickson.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, "I realize it's clearly become an issue and it's something we are mindful of. But ultimately it's trying to tell the story the best way we can and cast the best people we can. I wouldn't want to go back and recast a character just to avoid … if it doesn't feel true to the character or the relationship -- the relationship with Alicia and Matt or Calvin and Nick." Dave also explained, "When you're dealing with a show where you have a cast that is as diverse as ours is, it's inevitable that characters of color are going to get bit and are going to turn or die. If you look at the larger scope of this season, what people will see is that there is parity."
The original Walking Dead has also been criticized for upholding the "token black guy" trope but has attempted to fix the issue in recent seasons by introducing new characters who bring more diversity to the show.
The rumors of marriage problems between Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen just won't quit. Us Weekly is reporting that their fights have gotten so bad that the supermodel has allegedly threatened to file for divorce.
A source told the magazine, "Tom thinks it's only a threat. But this is definitely a rough patch." Gisele has even reportedly consulted with a divorce lawyer.
Another insider said, "Tom's become very nasty and irritable and started acting out on her. Things are very tense right now. This could be the end of them."
After seemingly spending much of the summer apart being busy with work, Gisele and Tom were photographed in New York on Monday (August 31st) following another hearing on the Deflategate scandal.
Courtney Stodden's mother, Krista, is ready to admit that she may have made a bad call allowing her daughter to marry 51-year-old Doug Hutchison when she was only 16. Krista recently chatted with Radar Online where she partially blamed Doug for her estranged relationship with Courtney.
Krista told the website, "Things are still very icy between us and I have not talked to her since she and I went our separate ways. I believe there are external influences without any names being said. I do not believe mothers and daughters should be separated. I think that if a husband can see that there are problems between his wife and her mother I believe he should stay out of the situation. There are some really horrible things that he has done to me since she and I have not been speaking that will be very hard to ever forget about." She went on to discuss signing the paperwork allowing Courtney to marry at 16 saying, "I do take full responsibility, however because I am the one that did sign the paper for her to marry this man. If I had to do it all over again I cannot tell you if I would be signing that paper. That's what makes it so difficult is that he loves the way things are right now he has my daughter all to himself. She and I were so close and I think that really bothered him."
Courtney has not responded directly to her mother but she has been posting some cryptic tweets. She wrote last Saturday (August 29th,) "Surround yourself with people who only want to lift you higher. The ones that want to tear you down don't deserve your attention." She also tweeted on Tuesday (August 1st,) "When someone attacks your life, remember it's a sign that they aren't happy in theirs."
Jessa Seewald appears to be turning her back on her brother Josh Duggar in light of his recent Ashley Madison scandal. She posted a link to social media on Tuesday (September 1st) directing people to her father-in-law's blog post blasting Josh for his involvement with the website amid the new rumors that the admitted porn and sex addict is not actually in rehab.
Josh was rumored to be seeking treatment at a Christian facility in Rockford, Illinois named Reformers Unanimous but he has apparently been M.I.A. from their mandatory meetings and church services. Sources tell Radar Online that he was not part of the group trip to the North Love Baptist Church last Friday (August 28th) or the following Sunday (August 30th.)
There is also some suspicion over the family's private plane which was used on August 27th for a trip across Arkansas -- the Duggar family's home state -- from Paragould in the morning to Springdale in the early evening.
ROSIE O'DONNELL DENIES DATING TATUM O'NEAL:Rosie O'Donnell's rep is denying the rumors that she is dating Tatum O'Neal. Several news outlets reported on Wednesday (September 2nd) that the pair have been dating for several weeks but Rosie's camp claims they are just friends. They apparently met and hit it off while they were both filming shows for OWN a few years ago. Rosie broke up with her wife, Michelle Rounds, last November and Tatum revealed to People back in May that she has been dating women since her marriage to John McEnroe ended.
COLIN FARRELL REVEALS HOW HE QUIT SMOKING FOR TWO YEARS:Colin Farrell appears in the September issue of Men's Health magazine where he reveals the odd way he was able to kick his smoking habit for a while. He explains, "I wrote a breakup letter to the Spirit of Tobacco. I got a frying pan and tossed the letter with a load of tobacco, put some paraffin over it, and lit a match that sent a big, wallowing cloud up into the sky. Then I didn't have a cigarette for another two years." Colin has apparently picked up the habit again since burning up the letter.
BOMB SCARE FOR 'DANCE MOMS' CAST MEMBER: One of the children who appears on Dance Moms was sent some packages that required an intervention from the bomb squad. They were sent to a P.O. Box in Allegheny, PA and the squad destroyed them with a water cannon. The packages ended up containing an Elvis blanket, a tribal-style blanket, a coffee maker, a scrapbook and handwritten letters. Postal inspectors have launched an investigation and have apparently already identified the sender as a man named Phoenix Sundown. He is also being accused of sending explicit material to the unidentified underage reality star and is being held on $25,000 bail. A rep for the cast member claims that Phoenix has been trying to make contact for the past several months.
CINDY CRAWFORD OPENS UP ABOUT UNRETOUCHED PHOTO LEAK: Cindy Crawford appears in the October issue of Elle Canada where she admits that she was mortified when unretouched photos of her leaked online earlier this year despite the positive response. She explains, "It was stolen and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction to the image. Sometimes, the images that women see in magazines make them feel inferior -- even though the intention is never to make anyone feel less. So somehow seeing a picture of me was like seeing a chink in the armor. Whether it was real or not isn't relevant, although it's relevant to me. I don't try to present myself as perfect. It put me in a tough spot: I couldn't come out against it because I'm rejecting all these people who felt good about it, but I also didn't embrace it because it wasn't real -- and even if it were real, I wouldn't have wanted it out there. I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut." The photos were from a shoot she did for Marie Claire Mexico.
'GOOD WIFE' ACTOR ATTEMPTS TO SAVE NEIGHBOR FROM FIRE:Dylan Baker from The Good Wife may have saved his neighbor's life after attempting to rescue her from a fire in her apartment on Tuesday (September 1st.) He told the local ABC affiliate, "All of the sudden, the alarm went off in the hall, I went to her door and pounded on it, and called her name. I opened the door and there were flames in the kitchen and the living room and smoke everywhere. I couldn't go in." Firefighters made it onto the scene and took over while Dylan got his own family to safety. The woman is now in critical condition.
Chris Bukowski has some regrets about how he has been portrayed on TV during his appearances on The Bachelor spinoffs. The 28-year-old has written a post for RantNow.com where he apologizes for his behavior on the shows over the years.
Chris writes, "I'm 28 years old. I've been on five The Bachelor-related TV shows and it's finally time to hang up the roses. I'll be honest. I won't hold anything back. I became obsessed with being on TV. That might not seem normal to some, but for me -- in the moment -- I always convinced myself I needed to go back. I never watched the show prior to being first cast on The Bachelorette. My life was perfect in every aspect; I had a great family, friends and simply put, I was happy. That being said, the longing for a significant other led me to the spotlight. Looking back on it, some of the stuff I did in preparation for these shows was absolutely crazy. Television became a disease, an obsession, a sickness." He goes on to describe how his competitiveness on The Bachelor Pad pushed him to behave in a way that made him the most hated person in the house. Chris continues, "Bachelor Pad was the pinnacle of my Bachelor career to say the least. It almost completely ruined me, my family and my career. As I mentioned before, I couldn’t believe the hate towards me. The tweets, the Facebook messages, the media, etc. -- I couldn't handle it. I'll never forget going to my parents' house and witnessing my dad obsess over all of the stuff being said about me. That show ruined my relationship with my father at the time and created distance between me and my mother. What did I do!? Why did I do this!? It was so not worth it. I hated myself even though you couldn't see it. I can honestly say that the only people who were helping me keep it together were Jaclyn Swartz and Sarah Newlon, and I thank them both for that. I went months without talking to my dad because he simply didn't want to talk to me. He even said, 'That wasn't my son.' He was right. But I continued to move forward. On the surface I was fine; I opened my dream bar out in DC and life seemed great. Things couldn't have been more opposite.
Chris admits that he signed on to appear on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette to repair his damaged reputation and to promote his business but things also did not go well there and so he tried once again to prove his haters from on the current ABC show, Bachelor in Paradise, where he claims he was so drunk that he has no memory of the experience.
His post continues, "As you can see, I'm fighting demons. I'm far from perfect. All I've ever wanted is what many would call a "fairytale ending." I honestly thought that was realistic for me. And I honestly thought those involved in my television career were "looking out for my best interests." From my experiences, I've learned the only people who look out for your best interests are your family. My problem is I trust everyone. And that backfires on me. I want you to know that you've never experienced the real me. I'm okay. I have problems just like you and I'm working my way through them, just like you. I wish I could tell everyone face-to-face how I really feel, but this is the best I can do. I apologize that you've had to witness my struggle publicly over the last three years. Thankfully, I've finally realized my life outside of television -- my real life -- is spectacular. My family, my friends, business, etc. Everything is good. I can't fix my mistakes but I can learn from them. I've now learned it's time to let go. I won't miss it. I can't wait for my television career to be over. I miss being me. And after today, I get to be me again. The best part is, this is the last apology I'll have to write. I'll never have to be sorry for being myself. I've made great friends through this journey and for that I will be forever grateful to The Bachelor franchise. I'll never say I regret being a part of it because at the time I always had a reason for doing what I did. At this point, it's all in the past. I want to be Chris again. I want to be the "grown ass man" I was before I was a reality television star. I want to make my parents proud, my sisters proud, and my friends proud. And I will."
BRYAN CRANSTON'S NEW SERIES LANDS AT AMAZON:Amazon has given a series order to the Bryan Cranston-produced series, Sneaky Pete. The show stars Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale and Ethan Embry with a guest starring role by Cranston. The pilot was written by David Shore who is also an executive producer.
CATE BLANCHETT TO PLAY LUCILLE BALL: Cate Blanchett has been cast as Lucille Ball in a new biopic being produced by Lucy and Desi Arnaz Jr. The script will be written by Aaron Sorkin. The project will chronicle the 20-year marriage between Lucille and Desi Arnaz before their divorce in 1960. She got married again the following year to Gary Morton.
DISNEY MAY BE DROPPING SPIELBERG'S DREAMWORKS:The Wrap is reporting that Disney may be dropping Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks studios when their distribution deal expires next August. The company is reportedly unhappy with several Dreamworks films that underperformed at the box office. Spielberg is rumored to be negotiating a new deal with Universal Pictures.
TBS ANNOUNCES 'FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE': TBS has announced that former Daily Show correspondent, Samantha Bee, will be hosting her own late night talk show. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will premiere in January. Samantha left her gig at The Daily Show after 12 years to work on Full Frontal.
'JACK REACHER' SEQUEL COMING NEXT YEAR: The sequel to Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise will be hitting theaters next year. Paramount has set a release date of October 21st, 2016. The film will be directed by Ed Zwick and is expected to start shooting in November.
1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. The LP followed the Jackson album, ‘Thriller’, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (over 35 million copies sold). ‘Bad’ went on to sell over 13 million copies.
This day in music history: Tuesday September 1st
1984, After a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with 'What's Love Got To Do With It'. This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.
This day in music history: Wednesday September 2nd
1972, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Wear It Well', the singers second UK No.1 was taken from his album 'Never A Dull Moment.'
This day in music history: Thursday September 3rd
1977, The month after his death, Elvis Presley had 27 albums and 9 singles in the Top 100 charts in the UK. 'Moody Blue' was the No.1 album while 'Way Down' was No.1 on the singles chart, (putting him equal with the Beatles, each amassing 17 No.1 hits).
This day in music history: Friday September 4th
1976, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Should Be Dancing', the group's third US No.1, a No.5 hit n the UK. It was this song that launched the trio into Disco stardom and is the first chart-topper in which Barry Gibb used his now-trademark falsetto.