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Happy Valentine's Day from Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave our listeners a chance to win some great prizes for Valentine’s Day by simply making a dedication to the one you love. We had a lot of you that called in but we could only pick three winners. Congratulations to Weber Deshotels and Kim Vidrine! A BIG congratulations to our Grand Prize winner: Carmichael Jack. Carmichael Jack and his wife, Vickie, will get to enjoy a one night stay and dinner for two at Coushatta Resort!

We would like to thank our sponsors for participating and spreading the love. Blakes Pharmacies, Perkala Espresso and Gifts, Mae’s Flower Shop, Vidrine’s Ace Hardware, Lisa Claire’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Family Hair and Gifts, The Flower Patch, Cajun Catfish Steakhouse and Coushatta Casino and Resort.

We hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for all those wonderful dedications!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Savoy Cancer Mardi Gras Benefit

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


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.


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

 

  • Whitesnake Paying Tribute to Deep Purple on Upcoming Studio Album; Announces North American Tour

    Frontiers Records SrlWhitesnake pays homage to Deep Purple on a brand-new studio album titled, The Purple Album, which will be released on May 19.  The project features new versions of songs singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 lineups during the mid-1970s before he formed Whitesnake.

    The album will be available as a standard single CD featuring 13 tracks, and a deluxe two-disc set offering two bonus songs and a DVD that includes four music videos, a making-of documentary and an electronic press kit.

    The original versions of the songs featured on The Purple Album first appeared on 1974's Burn and Stormbringer and on 1975's Come Taste the Band.

    "It's a tribute.  A homage.  It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale in a statement.  "As I said to [guitarist] Ritchie [Blackmore], you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn't have asked for better teachers.  The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from."

    You can check out a new video of Whitesnake performing the Deep Purple song "Stormbringer" now on YouTube.

    Whitesnake's current lineup -- Coverdale, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Tommy Aldridge -- will support The Purple Album with a two-month North American tour that kicks off May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington, and runs through a July 25 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    Here is the band's full North American itinerary:

    5/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino
    5/29 -- Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
    5/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Hard Rock Casino
    6/2 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo
    6/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, he Joint
    6/5 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Pool Amphitheatre
    6/6 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
    6/9 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
    6/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
    6/15 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
    6/17 -- Shawnee, OK, Grand Events Center
    6/19 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock
    6/20 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
    6/22 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
    6/23 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
    6/25 -- El Paso, TX, Socorro Event Center
    6/27 -- Greeley, CO, Greeley Independence Stampede
    7/2 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
    7/3 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill AMP
    7/5 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock
    7/7 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center @ The Heights
    7/8 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
    7/10 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shoot Star Casino
    7/11 -- St. Paul, MN, Myth
    7/14 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
    7/17 -- Geneva, IL, Geneva Music Park
    7/18 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza
    7/20 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theater
    7/22 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
    7/24 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
    7/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Taj Mahal

    And here is the complete track list of The Purple Album:

    "Burn"
    "You Fool No One" (interpolating "Itchy Fingers")
    "Love Child"
    "Sail Away"
    "The Gypsy"
    "Lady Double Dealer"
    "Mistreated"
    "Holy Man"
    "Might Just Take Your Life"
    "You Keep On Moving"
    "Soldier of Fortune"
    "Lay Down Stay Down"
    "Stormbringer"

    Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
    "Lady Luck"
    "Comin' Home"

    Deluxe Edition DVD Content:
    "Lady Double Dealer" -- Music Video
    "Sail Away" -- Mix Music Video
    "Stormbringer" -- Music Video
    "Soldier of Fortune" -- Music Video
    The Purple Album Behind the Scenes
    The Purple Album EPK

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  • Permanent Elvis Presley Attraction Scheduled to Open in Las Vegas This April

    Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino; Elvis Presley’s GracelandA new multifaceted exhibition featuring artifacts from Elvis Presley's Memphis home, Graceland, soon will be taking up permanent residence in the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's home away from home -- Las Vegas. 

    The attraction, dubbed "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition -- The Show -- The Experience," is scheduled to open on April 23 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, and will include a display of memorabilia never before shown outside of Graceland, plus video presentations, a variety of live shows celebrating the performer and more.

    The exhibition's location was chosen because it's the site of the International Hotel, where Elvis gave more than 600 performances between 1969 and 1976.  The exhibit will encompass more than 28,000 square feet and will take visitors on a journey through Presley's life and career.  It will include a rotating selection of Elvis artifacts, including high school yearbooks, the singer's first gold album, his 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle, vintage cars, jewelry and famous stage costumes.

    Meanwhile, a renovated performance space rechristened the Elvis Presley International Showroom will host Elvis-themed live concerts on the very stage from which the rock legend himself entertained so many fans in Vegas. The first show, called "The Elvis Experience," will open April 23 and will feature a large-scale recreation of one of Presley's Las Vegas concerts.

    Also opening on April 23 will be the "Elvis Presley's Graceland Wedding Chapel," a facility run by the company that oversees Elvis' estate -- Elvis Presley Enterprises.

    A star-studded grand opening bash will be held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, with Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, expected to be among the attendees.

    To buy tickets for, and find out more details about, the upcoming Elvis Presley exhibition and related events, visit WestgateVegas.com.

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  • Watch Teaser Trailer for New Brian Wilson Biopic, "Love & Mercy"

    Credit: Francois DuhamelThe upcoming Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, is slated to get its U.S. premiere on March 15 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but you can get a first look at the movie now by checking out a new teaser trailer that's debuted online.  The clip shows glimpses of actors Paul Dano and John Cusack portraying the troubled Beach Boys mastermind at different periods in his life.

    The video includes a montage of brief segments from the film set to the classic Beach Boys songs "Surfin' U.S.A.," "I Get Around" and "God Only Knows."  Among the events depicted in the trailer are an early concert by the band, a photo shoot for The Beach Boys' debut album, Dano as Wilson working on the group's influential Pet Sounds record, and Cusack as an older Brian interacting with his controversial therapist, Eugene Landy -- portrayed by Paul Giamatti.

    As previously reported, following the South by Southwest screening, Love & Mercy will get its U.S. theatrical premiere on June 5.  Visit LoveandMercyFilm.com for more information.

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  • Tickets for Stephen Stills' Light Up the Blues Autism Benefit Concert Go On Sale Friday

    Image Courtesy of Jensen CommunicationsOfficial details have been announced for Stephen Stills' third annual Light Up the Blues benefit concert, which is scheduled to take place April 25 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.  Tickets for the star-studded event, whose lineup also includes Neil Young, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, among others, will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and the Pantages box office.

    Stills and his wife, Kristen, organize the Light Up the Blues benefit, which raises funds for Autism Speaks, an organization that supports research and advocacy for people affected by the disorder and their families.

    "We are so thrilled to be doing this benefit for the third time and, this year, at the iconic Pantages Theatre," Stephen and Kristen say in a joint statement.  "The last two years' Light Up the Blues benefits were such incredible, life-changing events for all involved.  We are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community and to support Autism Speaks."

    As previously reported, Jack Black will serve as emcee for the show, whose lineup also features The White Buffalo, Stephen's son Chris Stills and three music artists with autism -- Spencer Harte, Nick Guzman and Matt Savage.

    The concert is held during Autism Awareness Month and helps draw attention to Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign, which enlists supporters to temporarily replace the white light bulbs at their homes or businesses with blue ones to promote the cause.

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  • Paul McCartney's Childhood Home Sells at Auction for About $231K

    Image Courtesy of Countrywide Property AuctionsA house in Liverpool, England, where Paul McCartney spent some of his early childhood was sold at an auction on Thursday for 150,000 pounds, or about $231,000.  The auction was hosted by the city's famous Cavern Club venue.

    According to the Liverpool Echo, bidding began at 100,000 pounds and escalated to the sale price in minutes.  The winning bidder was an anonymous local resident who was in attendance at the auction.

    McCartney and his family moved into the residence, which is located at 72 Western Avenue in Liverpool's Speke neighborhood, when he was four years old and it reportedly is the first home in which he remembers living.  It features a lounge, dining room, kitchen and hallway on the ground floor, while the bedrooms and a family bathroom are located on the second floor.  In addition, gardens are located in the front and back of the house.

    The sale was organized by Countrywide Property Auctions and real estate broker Entwistle Green, who also handled the auction of John Lennon's boyhood home at 9 Newcastle Road in 2013, and George Harrison's home at 25 Upton Green last year.

    The Liverpool Echo reports that the seller of McCartney's former home, Peter Thompson, is happy about the sale and "hopes the new owner enjoys it as much as he did."

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  • The U2 Joshua Tree Has Been Vandalized

    Image Courtesy of Island RecordsThe famous Joshua tree in California's Mojave Desert that was immortalized on the cover of U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree has been vandalized.  On the U2 fan forum atU2.com, user Hwy 190 writes that someone had hacked off one of the tree's limbs.

    "This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs -- evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir," writes Hwy 190.

    Consequence of Sound has posted a photo of the vandalized tree.

    The Joshua Tree, which featured the singles "With or Without You" and "Where the Streets Have No Name," was U2's first #1 album on the Billboard 200.

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  • Madonna Found Out Through Instagram that She'd Been Hacked, Says It Was "Pandemonium"

    Interscope RecordsImagine being hacked, and then finding out about it on Instagram. That’s exactly what happened to Madonna in December. Dozens of demos she had recorded for her album Rebel Heart were leaked online, and the pop icon tells Time her Instagram followers were the ones who gave her the heads up.

    “It was through Instagram that I found out my songs were leaking, because my fans were warning me,” she tells the mag. “Aside from the violation of having something stolen from me, suddenly, people were making comments on songs I had no intention of releasing. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to push myself into overdrive.’”

    In the wake of the hack, she hustled to finish several of those songs and rushed out a six-track EP on iTunes to divert attention from the unfinished demos. “I didn’t sleep for weeks,” she says. “I didn’t see my kids. It was pandemonium, confusion, paranoia, hysteria.”

    On January 21, an Israeli man was arrested in connection with the hack, but Madonna says she doesn’t expect this problem to go away any time soon. “I think it’s going to become pervasive in our society,” she says. “People make a living off it. It’s not like you’re a bank robber -- there’s some kind of honesty to that crime. With cybercrime, you don’t know who they are. People can hide so easily, and it’s really dangerous.”

    The leak was a setback to be sure, but Madonna’s used to overcoming obstacles. The latest snafu happened at the Brit Awards Wednesday, when she took a nasty tumble during her performance of "Living for Love." She later addressed the fall on Instagram, "My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up!”

    Hear that, hackers? You can’t stop Madonna. Rebel Heart comes out March 10 and her interview with Time hits newsstands Friday.

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  • The Moody Blues' John Lodge Releasing New Solo Album, "10,000 Light Years Ago," in May

    Esoteric AntennaMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge will release his second solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, on May 5, more than 38 years after his first solo effort, Natural Avenue, hit stores.  The new collection features eight original tunes, including the title track, which will be released as a digital single on April 14.

    One of the undoubted highlights of 10,000 Light Years Ago is the tune "Simple Magic," which reunites Lodge with two former Moody Blues members -- flute player Ray Thomas and keyboardist Mike Pinder.  The album features a number of other guest musicians, including renowned rock guitarist Chris Spedding, who also contributed to Lodge's first solo effort.

    Lodge says the music on 10,000 Light Years Ago was created using the same inspirations that guided him and his Moody Blues band mates when they recorded their classic 1967 album Days of Future Passed.

    "The theme [of that album] encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives," he notes.  "When Days of Future Passed was successful, I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create, was the right one.  Upon reflection, I suppose that in my work with The Moody Blues, and in my solo work, I have continued to stick to that principle."

    Lodge is responsible for a number of The Moody Blues' best-known songs, including ""Ride My See Saw," "Isn't Life Strange," "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)," "Steppin' in a Slide Zone" and "Sitting at the Wheel."

    Prior to the release of 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge will hit the road with The Moody Blues on a new North American tour that celebrates the band's recently released Timeless Flight -- Polydor Years box set.  The trek kicks off March 19 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and runs into May.  Check out all of the dates at MoodyBluesToday.com.

    Here is the full track list of 10,000 Light Years Ago:

    "In My Mind"
    "Those Days in Birmingham"
    "Simply Magic"
    "Get Me Out of Here"
    "Love Passed Me By"
    "Crazy"
    "Lose Your Love"
    "10,000 Light Years Ago"

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  • Joey Kramer Says New "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Concert Film Is "a Real Good Representation of the Band"

    Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe big night is upon us, Aerosmith fans. The one-night-only screening of the band's new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will take place tonight in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.

    The movie captures Aerosmith performing a headlining set last June at the U.K.'s famed annual hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival, held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Drummer Joey Kramer recalls that the band gave an electric performance at the event.

    "It's a real good representation of the band," Kramer tells ABC News Radio.  "It's the show that we were doing at the time and, you know, it's just really exciting to play in front of that many people."

    Joey adds that the audience, which he estimates numbered about 100,000, "was really into it, so it was really exciting."

    You can get a taste of that excitement by checking out a trailer for the film and a preview clip of Aerosmith playing "Mama Kin" on YouTube.  Among the many other classic tunes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed during the show were "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."

    Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is the first in a run of monthly cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series."  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time.  Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

    In related news, the band is planning to release a DVD version of the film sometime in the spring.

    Meanwhile, Aerosmith has plans to head back on the road this summer.  The rockers already have announced seven North American tour dates that stretch from a June 27 concert in Durant, Oklahoma, through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    Kramer tells ABC News Radio the band's itinerary eventually will be extended "'til the end of August."  You can check out all of Aerosmith's confirmed dates at Aerosmith.com/Tour.

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  • 2015 Gathering of the Vibes Lineup Features Gregg Allman, Other Allman Brothers Band Alums

    Courtesy of Gathering of the VibesThe initial lineup for the 20th annual edition of the popular music festival the Gathering of the Vibes has been revealed, and it includes several longtime members of The Allman Brothers BandGregg Allman, guitarist Derek Trucks and his current group Tedeschi Trucks Band, and founding Allmans drummer Jaimoe and his Jaimoe's Jasssz Band all will perform at this year's event, which will take place July 30 through August 2 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

    The eclectic bill also features Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new band, Billy & the Kids, as well as Weezer, Wilco, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Gaslight Anthem, The String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Dweezil Zappa, Dark Star Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more.  The festival, which began as a gathering for Grateful Dead fans who wanted to pay tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, also is planning to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary this year.

    "There's an unmatched heart and soul to the Vibes community -- coming together each summer, catching up with friends on stage and off," says festival founder Ken Hays.  "Our 20th year together will be a truly inspirational and meaningful experience!"

    Tickets and VIP passes for the 2015 edition of the fest can be purchased at GatheringoftheVibes.com.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    SETH MACFARLANE SUED OVER 'TED' BOTTLE OPENERS: A man is suing Seth MacFarlane for using his concept of talking bottle openers to promote Ted. He claims to have licensed his product to many companies over the years including Twentieth Century Fox to use for Family Guy back in 2006. Ted bottle openers were sold as part of a special edition DVD of the movie back in 2012 and the man is suing for all of the money Seth made from those sales as well as nine times that amount for damages.

    ROSAMUND PIKE JOINS 'THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY': Fresh off her Oscar nomination, Rosamund Pike has landed a co-starring role opposite Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Good-by. The film is based on the 1964 book by John D. MacDonald. It was the first novel in a 21-book series about a man who recovers others' property for a living while fighting off bad guys and meeting women in the process.

    MERYL STREEP WILL PROVIDE VOICEOVER FOR NEW DOCUMENTARY: Meryl Streep will be lending her voice to a new documentary called Shout Gladi Gladi. The project deals with women's health issues in Africa -- specifically fistula. The film is being co-directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy.

    'EMPIRE' RATINGS CONTINUE TO RISE: The ratings for Fox's Empire just keep getting bigger. 13.75 million viewers tuned in for Wednesday (February 25th) night's episode. This marks the seventh week in a row that the numbers have improved from the week before. It is the fastest growing drama on the network since House back in 2004.

    RICHARD LINKLATER FINDS NEXT PROJECT TO DIRECT: Boyhood director Richard Linklater has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Where'd You Go Bernadette. It is based on the 2012 novel of the same named by Maria Semple. It tells the story of Bernadette -- an agoraphobic architect and mother who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. The book is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter.

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  • BILL COSBY: 'I'M FAR FROM FINISHED'

    Bill Cosby has released a statement, thanking his fans for their support. As we all know, 34 women have come forward in the past couple of months, accusing the 77-year-old comedian of sexually assaulting them. Just this week, another woman claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted her back in 1984.

    In the statement, Cosby said, "Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift — LAUGHTER. I'm ready!"

    He continued, "I thank you, the theatre staff Heymann Performing Arts Center, the event organizers and the Lafayette Community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment."

    • He ended the statement with, "Hey, Hey, Hey — I'm far from finished. Sincerely, Bill Cosby."
    • Earlier this week, Richard Pryor's widow Jennifer Lee Pryor called Cosby a "hypocrite" and a "piece of sh*t."

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  • NAYA RIVERA'S HUSBAND CLEARS UP TRUTH ABOUT BABY ANNOUNCEMENT

    Naya Rivera's husband, Ryan Dorsey, squashed the rumors that Big Sean had anything to do with their pregnancy announcement. He took to Twitter on Wednesday (February 25th) to clear up the rumors that Naya purposely dropped the news on the day that her ex's album was released.

    Ryan wrote, "S/o 2 whoever sold the "news" 2 the greatest "magazine" in the world -OK Magazine, who informed us yesterday they were releasing it 2day. Even though it was way before we wanted to share...At the very least, thanks for the heads up OK so we could share it on our own. #Dadlife!"

    • Ryan and Naya got married on the same day that she had planned on marrying Big Sean before their split.

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  • LUPITA NYONG'O'S OSCAR DRESS STOLEN

    The pearl-embellished Calvin Klein dress that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars has been stolen. According to TMZ, it was swiped from her hotel room at The London in West Hollywood.

    Officials from the L.A. sheriff's department told Us Weekly on Thursday (February 26th,) "We believe it was taken sometime during the day yesterday (2/25). We are looking at every scenario; when the cleaners go to clean the rooms they do it with the door open so that's a possibility. Currently we are still investigating, detectives are interviewing and looking for witnesses."

    • Investigators are also looking at security footage in the hopes of finding the culprit.
    • The custom-made dress was created by Francisco Costa and features 6,000 white pearls. It is valued at $150,000.

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  • THE KARDASHIANS GET HUGE PAY DAY TO STAY ON E!

    It's going to cost you a bit more money to keep up with the Kardashians. According to Page Six, the family has signed a new deal for over $100 million to keep them at E! for another four years.

    Kris Jenner reportedly ironed out the deal to cover herself and her daughters -- Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie. The agreement will have Keeping Up With the Kardashians on the air for another four seasons in addition to more spinoffs. A source told Us Weekly, "This has been in the works for almost a year. Kris is a fierce negotiator. They were not planning on leaving E!, but she was playing major hardball and threatening to leave. E! needs them."

    • A rep for the network called the news "grossly inaccurate."
    • It is rumored that the network is hoping to launch new vehicles for Kendall and Kylie.
    • The deal does not include Bruce Jenner who is believed to be exiting the show after the 10th season.
    • This is the highest payout for a reality show in TV history.

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  • 'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 12 GIRLS PERFORM

    Last night (February 26th) on American Idol, the top 12 girls performed at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit Michigan.

    The first female contestant to hit the stage was Lovey James who performed One Republic's "Love Runs Out". She received positive reviews from the judges. "It's always risky to start a song that starts so low, but we all know that song and that it's gonna go higher, so I thought it was good." said judge Harry Connick Jr. Performing Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" was Joey Cook who received a standing ovation from Urban himself. "Joey, it was fantastic. That's what artists do. You take a song, and you make it yours. It was perfect." said judge Keith.

    Rihanna's "Umbrella" was performed by Shi Scott. She received mixed reviews from the judges. Harry said "the good news is that you picked a song that probably everybody knows and loves. The bad news is, it wasn't the right song for you". Tyanna Jones decided to perform Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Movin'". The judges seemed to enjoy her rendition. "There's just something so beautiful about you, and that voice is just from God himself." said judge Jennifer Lopez.

    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL JOEY COOK PERFORMS SOMEBODY LIKE YOU
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL LOVEY JAMES PERFORMS LOVE RUNS OUT
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL SHI SCOTT PERFORMS UMBRELLA
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL THE JUDGES ON JOEY COOKS PERFORMANCE OF SOMEBODY LIKE YOU
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL THE JUDGES ON LOVEY JAMES PERFORMANCE OF LOVE RUNS OUT
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL THE JUDGES ON SHI SCOTTS PERFORMANCE OF UMBRELLA
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL THE JUDGES ON TYANNA JONES PERFORMANCE OF LIPS ARE MOVING
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL TYANNA JONES PERFORMS LIPS ARE MOVING

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    SCARLETT JOHANSSON TOLD TO CHANGE HER BAND NAME: The members of an L.A.-based band called The Singles is requesting that Scarlett Johansson change the name of her new all--girl pop group. Vince Frederick and Nicky Veltman have lawyered up and fired off a cease-and-desist letter ordering the actress and her bandmates to stop using the name. Frederick said in a statement, "I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own. It's hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success. I don't understand it. Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that 'The Singles' was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band -- our band." Scarlett's group released their first single, "Candy," last week.

    PRINCE WILLIAM CAN LEGALLY BECOME A HELICOPTER PILOT: Prince William has officially passed his helicopter pilot exams and is one step closer to becoming an air ambulance pilot. He has taken 14 written tests and a flight exam. The royal is expected to begin training for a job with East Anglian Air Ambulance in early summer.

    TRACY MORGAN IS EAGER TO GET BACK TO WORK: Sources are telling Us Weekly that Tracy Morgan is improving day by day after his car crash eight months ago. The comedian has been doing physical therapy at a rehab facility where he is trying to get in shape to get back to work. An insider revealed to the magazine, "If Tracy could be out, acting and doing what he loves, he would be -- 100 percent. But sadly, he just can't yet." The source also said that Tracy gets emotional when friends like Tina Fey mention him the way she and Alec Baldwin did at the SNL 40th Anniversary special.

    SHAILENE WOODLEY DOESN'T MIND NUDITY: Shailene Woodley reveals in the new issue of Glamour UK that nudity is no big deal for her. She tells the magazine, "I'm totally comfortable with nudity. I'm not sure it empowers me as an actress or anything, but if I'm going to do a movie with sex scenes, then I'm going to be naked, because I don't know about you, but I don't have sex with bras and panties on." The 23-year-old goes on to discuss how the U.S. and Europe differ on their views on sex and nudity saying, "Part of the reason I love Europe is that sexuality is no big deal there. You go to a topless beach and the dudes aren't checking out your tits, because they're just boobs. In America sex is something that's not talked about -- yet it's in our faces more than anything else. In school, rather than teach you about sex, they tell you about abstinence, which doesn't work."

    BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH PENS CONDOLENCE LETTER TO FAMILY OF YOUNG 'SHERLOCK' FAN: Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a condolence letter to the family of 14-year-old female Sherlock fan named Eve who died earlier this month after suffering breathing problems. The letter was read at her memorial service. Benedict wrote, "I send my deepest sympathies to Eve's family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered. I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx." Eve's father told Daily Mail, "Eve would find this funny as she was a big TV and film fan. She would be giggling her head off at the thought she was in the newspaper. But she would be so happy about the letter from Benedict -- she was a huge fan."

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  • WILL SMITH AND JADA PINKETT LEARNED TO FIND THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE FOR THEIR MARRIAGE

    Will Smith's nearly 20-year marriage to Jada Pinkett has been successful thanks to finding a work-life balance. The Focus star recently film's premiere where he chatted with Us Weekly about how he and his busy wife find the time for each other.

    Will told the magazine, "Jada and I have struggled with that a little bit.. The problem is one person is in work mode while the other person is in chill mode. Then it's like you're both trying to come up. It is really something that will happen in time. And you'll realize that you're either really committed to having a relationship, or you're really committed to coming up. At some point one or the other is going to have to suffer."

    • Will and Jada were married in a secret ceremony on New Year's Eve in 1997.

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  • ZENDAYA COMMENT COULD HAVE BEEN EDITED OUT OF 'FASHION POLICE'

    Giuliana Rancic and Zendaya Coleman may have made peace after the controversial comment on Fashion Police but sources say the joke caused issues before it ever aired. Sources close to the show claim there were issues with the line during the taping of the show.

    An insider revealed, "They did the Zendaya segment three times. Three different takes. On the first two takes, Kelly said 'Guys, we can't say this. Zendaya is a friend of the show.' Giuliana said the words 'patchouli oil' and 'weed' three times. They all heard the three takes."

    • Viewers of the episode have also been arguing over whether it was actually Kathy Griffin who chimed in to say "...or weed" after Giuliana said the dreadlocks must smell like patchouli oil.
    • A rep for E! has denied that there were multiple takes saying, "There was only one take of Giuliana's comments. Kelly did let the group know Zendaya is a friend of hers."
    • Zendaya has appeared on Fashion Police several times as a guest co-host.
    • It is also important to note that the show also has a team of writers who work on the jokes.

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