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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!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


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 kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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

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


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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


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

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


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


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

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


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

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


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • Band Who Scored the Only #1 James Bond Theme to Date Speculates on "Spectre" Song

    Credit: Stephanie PistelThere have been more than 20 James Bond films since the 1960s, each with its own theme song, but only one of those tunes has ever topped the Billboard Hot 100: Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill," from the 1985 movie of the same name.  That, of course, makes Duran Duran very qualified to speculate on the rumors about who's going to sing the theme for the newest Bond flick, Spectre, due out this November.

    So far, media speculation has focused on Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, with Adele, who sang the theme to the last film, 2012's Skyfall, thrown into the mix for good measure.  But now there are rumors that alt-rock band Radiohead may have gotten the gig.  Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor like that idea, though they say the idea of a female singer also appeals to them.

    "I like a good diva for a Bond song," Rhodes tells ABC Radio.  "Shirley Bassey to me is still the winner."  Bassey sang the themes for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

    "Radiohead is not a bad idea," adds Taylor.  "I mean, [they've got a] great sense of drama.  I mean...I'd like to see that."

    Nick agrees, saying, "Yeah, I'd be happy with that.  I think it'd be a more interesting choice than some of them over the last decade or so, for sure." 

    John, meanwhile, points out, "I thought the Adele song was good.  I think they got that right."

    While many believe that it's important for a James Bond theme song performer to be British, Rhodes doesn't necessarily agree.

    "No, I don't think that's essential.  Of course, it's a very British brand, but I don't think it's essential the act was British," he tells ABC Radio.  "Madonna did one; she wasn't British.  Not my favorite of the songs, but you know, she did one."

    Madonna sang the theme for Die Another Day.  Other non-British acts who've done Bond themes include Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, Nancy Sinatra, a-Ha, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Alicia Keys and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

    But Nick thinks that, ultimately, the best choice would be an act that's very near and dear to Duran Duran's heart: themselves.

    "They should ask Duran Duran, really," laughs Rhodes.  "I mean, they know what happened last time they asked us!"  

    Duran Duran's new album, Paper Gods, featuring production by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, arrives in stores in September.

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  • Night Ranger's Jack Blades to Host New Game Show, "Pawn for Gold," Filmed at South Dakota Entertainment Complex

    PRNewsFoto/Badlands EntertainmentNight Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades has got a new gig: The veteran rocker will serve as host of a new game show called Pawn for Gold that's being produced by the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Badlands TV Network.  The program, which will begin filming this January, will feature live music performances and a set boasting state-of-the-art LED technology.

    The show will be shot at Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry, a massive shopping complex and tourist attraction opening this Thanksgiving in Sioux Falls.  Visitors to Badlands Pawn will be able to attend the filming of Pawn for Gold episodes for free.  People interested in being contestants on the show will be able to apply starting in the fall.

    The man behind Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry is the Chuck Brennan, CEO of the Dollar Loan Center pawn-shop chain and founder of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy.

    "In addition to my duties recording, touring, rocking America and the rest of the world with Night Ranger, I'm excited and honored to be the host of Pawn for Gold," says Blades.  "When my good friend Chuck Brennan asked me to get on board, how could I say no?  Everything Chuck touches turns to gold."

    Adds Brennan, "Jack is the perfect guest to host this show, as he possesses the same rock star mentality as we do at Badlands."

    Among the many attractions and businesses that will be featured at Badlands Pawn are a massive pawn shop, an in-house mint that produces specially branded gold and silver coins and bars, a gun shop and indoor shooting range, a tattoo parlor, a wall displaying 300 playable guitars and a 1,700-seat performance venue that will host weekly concerts by national acts.

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  • Ex-Yes Singer Jon Anderson's New Group, The AndersonPonty Band, to Release Debut Album in the Fall

    Deborah Anderson/IoannisAfter being postponed because of health issues, the debut album by The AndersonPonty Band, the new group formed by ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson and acclaimed jazz-rock violinist Jean Luc Ponty, finally will be released in the early fall.  The aptly titled Better Late than Never features live performances by the band that have been enhanced with innovative production, and comes packaged with a DVD containing concert footage of the group playing last September at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

    Better Late than Never features a mix of original songs and reworked versions of Yes tunes and of Ponty compositions.  Among rearranged Yes songs appearing on the record are "Roundabout," "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Wonderous Stories."  The album also includes a new tune called "Infinite Mirage" that features original melodies by Anderson and also incorporates Ponty's classic piece, "Mirage."

    Better Late than Never was originally planned for release earlier this year, but was delayed when Anderson underwent a sinus operation.  The AndersonPonty Band will support the album with a fall tour currently scheduled to kick off October 27 in the Philadelphia area and run through a November 21 show in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    The AndersonPonty Band also features guitarist Jamie Glaser, keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne, and drummer/percussionist Rayford Griffin, all of whom have previously collaborated with Ponty.

    A Better Late than Never making-of documentary is also being prepared for release at the same time as the album.

    Here are all of The AndersonPonty Band's tour dates, according to the group's official Facebook page:

    10/27 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre;
    10/29 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
    10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
    11/1 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
    11/3 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
    11/4 -- South Milwaukee, WI, South Milwaukee Performing Arts
    11/6 -- Detroit, MI, Music Hall Center
    11/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
    11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Howard Theatre
    11/11 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
    11/13 -- New York, NY, New York Society for Ethical Culture
    11/14 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
    11/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
    11/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
    11/20 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
    11/21 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino

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  • New Janis Joplin Documentary to Premiere at Venice Film Festival in September

    Image Courtesy of Content MediaA new documentary focusing on Janis Joplin will premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, which will take place September 2-12 in the Italian city.  The film, titled Janis, was directed by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.

    Janis, which was made with the support of Joplin's family and estate, takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27.  It's narrated by veteran indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who reads passages from Joplin's personal letters to family, lovers and friends throughout the film.

    The documentary also includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends and fellow music stars; previously unseen footage; and archival clips from such landmark events at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals and the Festival Express Tour.  In addition, the film's soundtrack features many of Janis' best-known songs, including "Piece of My Heart," "Cry Baby" and "Summertime."

    "After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen," says Berg.  "This has been a labor of love and I cannot wait to share Janis' unique, intimate story with the world.  Chan Marshall has delivered a beautiful, introspective voice of Janis' by reading her letters."

    Janis was co-produced by Alex Gibney, who has directed such acclaimed documentaries as 2007's Taxi to the Dark Side, 2014's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and this year's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Sinatra: All or Nothing at All.

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  • The Beatles Movie "Help!" Premiered 50 Years Ago Today in London

    Apple Corps Ltd.The Beatles' second feature film, Help!, got its world premiere 50 years ago today at London's Pavilion Theatre.  In the audience for the event were Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowden, who -- according to BeatlesBible.com -- postponed a planned summer vacation to attend the gala.

    The follow-up to the Fab Four's big-screen debut, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! features the band members again portraying themselves, as they get involved in a madcap caper focusing on a cursed ring that comes into Ringo Starr's possession.  During the flick, The Beatles travel from London to the Swiss Alps to the Bahamas while being pursued by fanatical cult members, a crazy scientist and British police.  Among the classic tunes showcased in the movie are "Help!," "I Need You," "The Night Before," "Ticket to Ride," "You're Going to Lose That Girl" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."

    Interestingly, the title track, which was penned by John Lennon, was the only tune written specifically for the flick.  Help! was directed by Richard Lester, who also was behind the lens for A Hard Day's Night.  Some of scenes in the film that are set to Beatles music, such as one in which the band members are skiing in the Austrian Alps while "Ticket to Ride" plays, are considered influences on the modern music video.  The movie's absurd humor also can be seen reflected in The Monkees TV series and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

    Help! was released on Blu-ray for the first time in June 2013 with a variety of bonus features.  In honor of its 50th anniversary, the movie will get a special free screening at the South Pasadena Public Library in South Pasadena, California, on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT.

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  • Peter Frampton Announces US Fall Acoustic Tour

    Credit: Greg RothPeter Frampton has confirmed plans to head out on an acoustic tour that will take place at a variety of U.S. venues this fall.   The 12-date trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw, an Acoustic Tour," kicks off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, and runs through an October 24 in Van Wert, Ohio.

    Throughout the trek, Frampton will be accompanied by his longtime musical collaborator Gordon Kennedy, as well as by his son, singer/guitarist Julian Frampton, who will be a special guest at the shows.  The tour will mark the first time Peter will play entire sets unplugged.

    "I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton in a statement.  "I couldn't do it without the help of my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy…I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano.  I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

    Adds Julian, "I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family.  Two birds, one stone."

    Last month, Peter revealed to Billboard that the acoustic tour would be held in conjunction with an unplugged album he's recording that will feature stripped-down renditions of various songs from his back catalog.

    Meanwhile, Frampton currently is out on the road in North America playing joint shows with Cheap Trick, as well as a few headlining performances.  His summer itinerary is plotted out through an August 29 concert in Coquitlam, Canada.

    Here are all of Frampton's upcoming tour dates; with Cheap Trick unless otherwise noted:

    7/28 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    7/29 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
    7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino
    8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort
    8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    8/7 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live*
    8/8 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair - Celeste Center
    8/9 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
    8/11 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center For The Arts
    8/12 -- Cary, NC, Regency Park - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    8/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theater
    8/15 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
    8/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
    8/18 -- St. Louis, River City Casino
    8/19 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre*
    8/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
    8/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
    8/24 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
    8/25 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
    8/27 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
    8/28 -- Redmond, WA, Marymore Park
    8/29 -- Coquitlam, Canada, Hard Rock Casino*
    10/8 -- Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center
    10/9 -- Meridian, MS, Riley Center For the Performing Arts
    10/12 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
    10/13 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
    10/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
    10/16 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Library of Homestead
    10/17 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University
    10/18 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
    10/20 -- Albany, NY, The Egg - Hart Theatre
    10/22 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
    10/23 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
    10/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Center

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    = acoustic concert.

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  • Steven Van Zandt's Netflix Series "Lilyhammer" Canceled

    F. Scott Schafer for NetflixLilyhammer, the Netflix comedy-drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been canceled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.

    The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian broadcaster."

    He continued, "It was very difficult to maintain the level of global exclusivity and control that we hope to with our shows with that show and the way it was structured with the Norwegian broadcaster. We're big fans of the show." 

    Van Zandt -- who played a New York mob boss who relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the witness protection program -- recently tweeted, "#Lilyhammer RIP. Not my decision. Let's just say for now the business got too complicated. Very proud of our 24 shows. New ideas on the way."

    In addition to his starring role as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, Van Zandt also served as the series' executive producer, co-writer and musical director.

    Three seasons of Lilyhammer were produced, the last of which premiered in November.

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  • Neal Schon Says "Door Has Always Been Open" for Steve Perry to Sing with Journey Again

    PRNewsFoto/Mascot Label GroupIt's been about 17 years since Steve Perry and Journey parted ways, and while the reclusive singer has rarely performed since then, the group's founding guitarist, Neal Schon, says he and his current band mates would welcome him with open arms if he wanted to sing with them again.

    "The door has always been open, like I've said a zillion times," Schon tells ABC Radio.  "People ask me every day, 'Are you reuniting?'  Steve says, 'No,' and I say, 'You never know.'"

    Schon explains that he and the rest of Journey, including current frontman Arnel Pineda, would be happy to have Perry join them for at least a one-off performance, if not more.

    "[We] are always like, 'You ever want to come on and just sing a portion of one song, sing a part of a song with Arnel or sing the whole set, you're welcome anytime you want to come,'" Neal maintains.  "[Arnel is] not threatened.  Nobody's on any ego trip.  We don't have any bad feelings."

    Having said that, Schon admits that and he and Perry aren't on the best of terms these days, although he insists that he has tried to keep the avenue of communication open.

    "[Steve] says that we love each other but we don't like each other.  I don't know him well enough anymore to know if I like him," Neal says with a laugh.  "I know that I love him, but…I mean, he won't allow me to speak to him directly on the phone, and I write to him all the time and just say, 'Hey, what's up?  I hope you're doing well,' and that's it, you know?  And sometimes he writes back and sometimes he doesn't."

    Schon tells ABC Radio that regardless of the status of their relationship, he truly appreciates what he and Perry accomplished together when they were band mates.

    "All's we did was create timeless music.  And so for that I'm very grateful," says Neal.  "And I'm sure he is too.  He said that he is.  But, you know, we're grown men and so it's time to take the chips off the shoulder and to grow up and let the kids be kids."

    He calls Perry "truly one of the greatest [vocalists] of all time."

    Meanwhile, Schon says he was glad to see that Steve took to the stage to perform again last year, referring to the handful surprise guest appearances Perry made at club shows by the indie-rock act Eels.

    "I was just happy to see him get out there," Neal maintains, adding, with a chuckle, "I thought it was quite ironic the places that he chose to do it.  But, you know, I was glad to see him sing and hope that he would do more, actually."

    Schon currently is on a Canadian tour with Journey that winds down this Monday, August 3, in St. Johns, Newfoundland.  Neal's own side project has been opening the shows, playing songs from his recent solo album, Vortex.

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  • Paul McCartney's Lollapalooza 2015 Set to Be Streamed Live Online This Friday

    Credit: MJ KimGreat news for Paul McCartney fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this Friday to see the Beatles legend perform at the 2015 Lollapalooza festival: Sir Paul is one of the select artists whose sets will be streamed live online.

    The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Metallica, Florence the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and a variety of popular and lesser-known modern-rock acts.

    McCartney's set is scheduled to run from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT.  This will mark the first time one of the rock legend's shows has been streamed live online in nearly two years.

    You can watch the live stream at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV; the full schedule will be revealed on Thursday.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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  • New Keith Richards Documentary to Premiere on Netflix in September

    Credit: Simon CrossA new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released.  Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

    The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.  In the new movie, Neville captures Richards working on his new album, and visits important people and places that played a part in shaping Keith's music throughout his long career.

    "If there's a Mount Rushmore of rock 'n' roll, Keith's face is surely on it.  He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies," says Neville.  "To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom.  That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

    Under the Influence features new conversations with Richards and other musicians, including his friend Tom Waits, as well as archival material and behind-the-scenes footage.  The movie finds Keith visiting Chicago, country music capital Nashville, and New York City, where he recorded Crosseyed Heart with help of his longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.

    Speaking at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos said Keith Richards: Under the Influence offers "a really interesting, unique take on Keith" and is "a really, really marvelous film."  He also noted that his network has recently gotten positive response after airing original music-focused documentaries about The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Nina Simone, so screening the Richards flick "felt like a great fit."

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  • BEN AFFLECK DENIES AFFAIR WITH FORMER NANNY

    Ben Affleck is totally denying the reports that he is dating his family's former nanny, Christine Ouzounian. A rep for the actor slammed the story to Page Six after Us Weekly cited a source who said that he is in love and already talking about moving in with the ex-employee.

    Ben's rep responded saying, "The story is complete garbage and full of lies. You shouldn't be able to hide behind 'blind source' and attempt to destroy families going through a difficult time. The tabloid decided to construct stories in order to sell magazines. It's like story time in kindergarten. It's shameful and desperate." They are also apparently considering their legal options.

    • Christine was let go from her job with Ben and Jennifer's family after only a few months but Ben supposedly kept in contact with her and she was photographed paying him a visit earlier this month.
    • She previously nannied for Neil Patrick Harris' family.
    • It was rumored that Ben's infidelity was part of what led to his split from Jennifer along with his drinking and gambling.

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  • HULK HOGAN IS GOING AFTER GAWKER OVER N-WORD LEAK

    Hulk Hogan has filed new court documents in his lawsuit against Gawker media blaming the website's founder, Nick Denton, for leaking the details of his sex tape which resulted in his firing from the WWE. According to TMZ, the 61-year-old has requested that the judge launch an investigation to see whether the company is to blame.

    Hulk is already suing Gawker for $100 million for posting the sex tape years ago but he is now accusing them of leaking the n-word story to another media outlet to make him look bad in his case against them. He is also requesting that if he is proven right, the responsible parties should be arrested and the judge should rule in his favor.

    • Gawker has responded to the accusation by denying they had anything to do with the leak. The company's president, Heather Dietrick, told TMZ, "Hulk Hogan has only one person to blame for what he said and no one from Gawker had any role in leaking that information."
    • Meanwhile, Radar Online is reporting that the FBI actually has three DVDs and two audio CDs from the former wrestler's encounter with Heather Clem -- wife of his former friend, Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    CHANNING TATUM MAY NO LONGER PLAY GAMBIT: There is a rumor going around that Channing Tatum may no longer be playing Gambit in an upcoming movie planned for next year. According to The Wrap, negotiations between his reps and 20th Century Fox have hit a snag. Channing recently attended San Diego Comic-Con to promote the film which has been set for release on October 7th, 2016.

    UNCLE JESSE'S TWINS WILL BE ON 'FULLER HOUSE': Nicky and Alex Katsopolis are checking into Netflix's Fuller House. The twin sons of John Stamos and Lori Loughlin's characters, portrayed on the original series by Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, have confirmed on social media that they will appear on the new show. Blake shared a photo of his script and wrote, "It's Nicky time." Dylan shared a similar photo and wrote, "What?" along with a winking emoji. Neither Blake and Dylan have acted since Full House.

    JAKE GYLLENHAAL MAY STAR IN MOVIE ABOUT BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING: Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly the top choice to star in the new film, Stronger, about a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He is up for the role of Jeff Bauman, a man who lost his legs while cheering for his girlfriend at the finish line who helped identify Dzhokhar Tasrnaev as the man responsible for the attack. David Gordon Green will direct.

    MTV RENEWS 'SCREAM': Scream will live on for another year. MTV has announced that the TV series based on the film franchise has been renewed for a second season. Studio exec Mina Lefevre said in a statement, "It has been a wonderful experience working with Bob Weinstein and his team who are such connoisseurs of this genre and we are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream." The first season premiere brought in 1.56 million viewers.

    E! ORDERS SERIES ABOUT TEEN PSYCHIC: E! has announced a new series called Hollywood Teen Medium. The show will follow 19-year-old L.A.-based clairvoyant, Tyler Henry, who discovered his own powers after the death of his grandmother in 2006. The first season will consist of eight episodes and feature Tyler meeting with some of today's biggest stars.

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  • CARA DELEVINGNE DEFENDS HERSELF AFTER AWKWARD INTERVIEW

    Cara Delevingne is defending herself after footage of a bad interview from Good Morning Sacramento went viral on Wednesday (July 29th.)

    As previously reported, Cara was promoting her new movie, Paper Towns, when the host first referred to her as "Carla" and she was then asked if she had even read the book before acting in the film. Cara was also asked if being so busy makes it easier to focus to which she responded, "No. I don't know where that comes from." One of the anchors accused her of not being excited to be talking to them and asked, "Are you just exhausted?" She denied being unenthusiastic but another anchor chimed in to say, "You do seem a bit irritated, perhaps it’s just us." Cara agreed that it was just them. The interview ended after one of the hosts suggested that she go take a nap and have a Redbull.

    • Cara tweeted, "Some people just don't understand sarcasm or the British sense of humor." The model-turned-actor also had the support of other celebrities including Zach Braff who wrote, "@Caradelevingne or how it's condescending to ask an actress if she's read the book." Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams wrote, "Good for you @Caradelevingne. Ask a lazy question, get a lazy answer."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    TOM CRUISE SHROUD FOR SCIENTOLOGY UNVEILED: A naked shroud of Tom Cruise was unveiled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his involvement with the Church of Scientology. The work was created by Daniel Edwards along with Cory Allen Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg, Florida. The piece is getting a lot of attention for its depiction of Tom's genitals and his butt. The shroud is measures 14 feet by 3 feet and is made of Poplin. Edwards also created a commemorative coin with Tom's profile on it to honor his commitment to the church.

    CAITLYIN AND KRIS JENNER MEET UP: Caitlyn and Kris Jenner have reportedly squashed the tension they've had since the comments made about their marriage during the interview with Diane Sawyer. Kris was spotted leaving Caitlyn's home in Malibu on Wednesday (July 29th.) Sources tell TMZ that they were able to work out their issues but their chat reportedly got very personal but Kris is hoping they could have a fresh start.

    JESSICA ALBA RECALLS DEALING WITH MEAN GIRLS WHILE PREGNANT: Jessica Alba says she felt "confused" and "judged" when it came to the topic of breastfeeding among her mom friends. She recently told Yahoo! Parenting, "I found some girlfriends that I could lean on. Doesn't it feel like the mean girl thing from high school sort of just transforms into adulthood through motherhood? I think it has to do with hormones, right?" Jessica continued, "I mean, this is the first time I'm actually saying this out loud, but that mean girl stuff happens when your hormones are going crazy. And then your hormones go crazy again when you're pregnant and having a baby -- and even when you're breastfeeding. And I feel like maybe it's just all those hormones, and people don't know where to put their energy, so they just start clashing." The mother of two went on to say, "Now I'm one of those moms that gives you too much advice that you may or may not want. I think the biggest thing is that what works for you, or what works for your friend, isn't going to work for everyone...There is no right or wrong."

    GLORIA ALLRED SAYS 'TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE' TO BILL COSBY: Gloria Allred, the lawyer for many of Bill Cosby's accusers, has put the comedian on blast for attempting to do damage control by hiring a new publicist, Monique Pressley, after parts of his 2005 deposition leaked. She told Radar Online, "It is too little and too late! Ms. Pressley's answers to CNN last week were at times as evasive and non-responsive as Mr. Cosby's. When CNN anchor Carol Costello asked her a simple question regarding if Mr. Cosby would appear to have his deposition taken in the case I am litigating (Huth vs. Cosby) she would not answer it. It was a simple question, but she evaded a 'yes' or 'no' answer." Gloria added, "Mr. Cosby has lost in the court of public opinion. Now he will face his biggest test in a court of law in our case, and no publicist attempting damage control can save him there!" It is rumored that Bill will be in court in September facing his molestation charges.

    CHRIS HEMSWORTH EXPLAINS HOW HE SLIMMED DOWN FOR NEW ROLE: Chris Hemsworth may be known for his ripped physique as Thor but the 31-year-old was asked to slim down for his role in the upcoming Ron Howard film, In the Heart of the Sea. He discussed how and his co-stars plan to lose the weight with Entertainment Tonight saying, "We have to shoot the really skinny stuff where we drop down to 5, 6, 700 calories a day, for a good three or four weeks and it's going to be pretty uncomfortable, but we'll be together in our misery." Chris also said, "I spend more time thinking about food than anything else at the moment. All the bad stuff -- pizza, hamburgers, ice cream, anything that is not on the menu -- is something you have an obsession with!"

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  • REPORT: MICHELLE WILLIAMS HAS A NEW MAN

    There is a rumor making the rounds that former Dawson's Creek star Michelle Williams has found a new romance. Us Weekly is reporting that she has been dating Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer.

    A source said, "They knew each other through mutual friends. I'm not surprised that Michelle is attracted to him. She loves books. She reads almost every day! They're two people in the same mind-set." Another insider said, "With Jonathan, Michelle looks finally at peace and genuinely happy."

    • Michelle has previously had relationships with Jason Segel, Spike Jonze, and the late Heath Ledger. She also had a daughter with Heath named Matilda back in 2005.
    • Jonathan was married to author Nicole Krauss before their divorce in 2014. They have two children together.

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  • KAITLYN BRISTOWE OPENS UP ABOUT WEDDING AND KIDS

    Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth are just trying to enjoy their engagement before heading down the aisle and starting a family. They open up about their future together in the new issue of People.

    Shawn tells the magazine, "We just want to enjoy the moment right now. It's been so crazy. We just want to hang out as a normal couple, do a little traveling and then sit down and start making some plans."
    They also discuss their ideal wedding with Kaitlyn saying, "I always picture myself having a destination wedding because I'm so low-maintenance. I don't want to pick out flowers or colors, I just want to be like, 'yes, no, yes, no’." Her fiancé joked, "I always pictured a wedding in Vegas at a little chapel!"

    • The couple also reveals that they eventually want to have at least four children -- she wants all boys and he is hoping for one to be a girl who looks like her mother.

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