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Summer is Coming! Time to get your good time on at Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin'!

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

 

  • The Edge Recalls Falling Off the Stage at U2's Tour Kickoff: "I Just Completely Lost Track of Where I Was"

    Credit: Olaf HeineFor a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage.  In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discuss the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge.

    "It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage," says The Edge in the interview.  "Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I was already there.  I stepped off on what I thought was the stage and I had basically cut the corner.  It was one of those things you do only once."

    Bassist Adam Clayton says he was "sick in the pit of my stomach" watching the fall, and drummer Larry Mullen remembers thinking that the tour might "start and end in the same evening" had The Edge's injuries been more significant.

    "It would have been the shortest tour in history," adds The Edge.

    Last year, U2 frontman Bono suffered a fall of his own when he injured himself in a cycling accident.  The singer has said that he still can't play guitar due to his injuries, but now he's starting to look at his body in a different way.

    "Edge says that I look at my body like it's an inconvenience," Bono says.  "And that I need to be more mindful.  And you know I've been disagreeing with Edge all my life on musical matters, but I'm starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones."

    You can watch the entire CBS Sunday Morning interview with U2 when the show airs May 24 at 9 a.m. ET.

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  • AXS TV Celebrating The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson Today with Series of Music Specials

    Photo: Guy WebsterAXS TV will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by offering up an evening of programming this Sunday, May 24, that focuses on "America's band, The Beach Boys.  The marathon will includes the network's premiere screening of Brian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian, a recent concert special filmed this past December in Las Vegas that showcased songs from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, plus classics from his old band.

    The program, which originally aired as an episode of PBS' Soundstage last month, captures Brian Wilson performing with many of the guest artists who appeared on No Pier Pressure, including fellow founding Beach Boy Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, jazz trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop act Capital CitiesBrian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian debuts on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET.

    Kicking off the programming block at 7 p.m. ET will be The Beach Boys 50 -- Doin' It Again, a documentary that takes a look at the making of the group's 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, and its 50th anniversary tour the same year.

    Later in the evening, at 9:25 p.m. ET, AXS TV will air The Beach Boys 50 -- Live in Concert, which captures the band playing 21 songs at a concert in Phoenix during the aforementioned 2012 tour.

    Finishing off the Beach Boys-related fun, fun, fun at 10:40 p.m. ET will be the star-studded special MusiCares Person of the Year 2005: Brian Wilson.  The show, filmed at the Hollywood Palladium, documents the Grammy organization's salute to Wilson, which included performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael McDonald, The Backstreet Boys, John Legend and many other acclaimed musicians.  Brian also took to the stage with his backing group to play a few songs.

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  • Ex-Rolling Stones Bassist on Releasing New Solo Album at Age 78: "I Thought, 'What the Hell'"

    Proper RecordsFounding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music.  Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.

    Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it.

    "I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells Rolling Stone.  "Whether they're sculptors, writers, poets or musicians, they just carry on as long as they can.  So then I thought, 'What the hell.'"

    Wyman was inspired to make the record after rediscovering some forgotten demos of songs he felt never got their due.  He decided to revisit those tunes, as well as some other old songs that hadn't made it onto his earlier solo albums, and record updated versions of them.

    Bill explains to Rolling Stone that he used the stripped-down sounds of a number of acclaimed songwriters as inspiration for the album.

    "I wanted it to be inspired a bit like After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, to capture the simplicity of those couple of albums he did around that time," he points out.  "I was also inspired by J.J. Cale, who I had done stuff with in The Rhythm Kings, and Tom Waits and the way he sings."

    Wyman adds that another influence on the new album was 80-yar-old Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, describing his 1984 tune "Dance Me to the End of Love" as "wonderful."

    Back to Basics also features a number of brand-new compositions that Wyman says he wrote "in my house on a little acoustic guitar."  He notes that since he's not a guitar player, "I usually just mess about on the bottom strings for little guitar licks and riffs."

    Meanwhile, Bill says he has no interest in ever reuniting with The Rolling Stones again.

    "You can't go back and relive something and have it be the same," he insists, while pointing out that he's "still great mates" with his former band mates.

    "We still send each other Christmas and birthday presents as we always did," Wyman reveals, "and sometimes I do gigs with Charlie [Watts] and his band or with Ronnie Wood if he's doing a special."

    Bill says he "loved every minute" of his 31 years in the band, and is "proud of everything we did," but was very ready to retire from The Stones after the three major tours they mounted in 1989 and '90.

    "I thought, 'That's enough for me, there's nowhere else to go,'" he recalls.  "I was happy to move on because there were so many other things that I wanted to do in my life that I had planned to years and years and years before, never expecting as anyone did that the band would last that long."

    Back to Basics will hit stores in the U.K. on June 22.  No U.S. release has been announced yet.

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  • Report: Paul McCartney Buys $15.5 Million Apartment in New York City

    Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park.  The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    According to the Street Easy real estate website, the co-op residence boasts wraparound balconies, a living room, library, master bedroom, and master sitting room that all face Central Park above the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, plus a formal dining room and "a double height gallery."  The duplex also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that are 40 feet high.

    The Post reports the building was built in 1967 by late developer Manny Duell, who created the duplex for his wife.  She lived there until her death in 2014.

    McCartney launches a series of European tour dates this weekend with a May 23-24 stand at London's O2 Arena.

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  • Billy Joel Accepts Honorary Degree, Tells Students, "If You’re Not Doing What You Love, You’re Just Wasting Your Time”

    Stony Brook UniversityEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and on Friday, one of that area's top universities presented the Piano Man with an honorary degree at its 55th commencement ceremony.

    Billy received a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University, which has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: he's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than 200 thousand dollars.

    Speaking to the students, Billy said he'd keep his remarks short because "it's Memorial Day weekend and I don't want anyone getting melanoma from sitting out here for too long."  He then told the students, “I hope that by now you have found what it is you love and I hope that you have learned the skills you need to make what you love your life’s work."

    He added, "I wish for you the stamina to continue that work when you encounter resistance and tough times…'cause if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just wasting your time.”

    This degree is far from the first that Billy Joel has received.  He's got a wall full of diplomas from, among others, Syracuse University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Fairfield University and Hofstra University.  Not bad for a guy who never even graduated from high school.  He did eventually receive his diploma, though, 25 years after he ditched school for a life in music.

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  • The Who's Roger Daltrey Threatens to Stop Concert if Fan Doesn't Stop Smoking Pot

    Image Courtesy of The WhoA pot-smoking Who fan almost brought the band's concert this week at New York's Nassau Coliseum to a halt when Roger Daltrey complained that the smoke was affecting his voice.  Newsday reports that several songs into the show, Daltrey threatened to walk off the stage if the offending audience member didn't stop smoking.

    In fan-filmed video of the event posted online, the frontman is heard saying, "If you don't put it down, then I'm telling you now, the show will be over.  It's your choice.  I'm doing my best."

    The crowd then begins chanting, "Eat it, eat it," prompting guitarist Pete Townshend to join in.  An animated Townshend then suggests makes an alternate suggestion.  "Stick it up your f**king a**," he declares.  "It's the quickest way. I think it's better than eating it."

    Daltrey gets in on the off-color fun by adding, "And by far the most pleasurable," to which Townshend responds, "That depends."

    Roger has been struggling with voice problems in recent years, and The Who had to postpone three concerts on its current tour earlier this month when he was diagnosed with swollen vocal cords.  According to Newsday, Daltrey suffers from an allergy to marijuana smoke.

    The Who's next concert takes place tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The band winds down the current North American leg of it's The Who Hits 50! Tour on Saturday, May 30, in Forest Hills, New York.  The British rock legends then will launch a European in June, but will return for another series of North American shows that will kick off September 14 in San Diego.  Check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.

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  • Isley Brothers Box Set Featuring More than 20 of the Band's Albums Due Out in August

    PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers' evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock 'n' soul band will be released on August 21

    The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, New York.Most of the albums included in the collection are expanded with bonus tracks that have never before been available on CD or digitally. 

    The box set spans from 1959's Shout! through 1983's Between the Sheets.  Among the many memorable songs featured on the retrospective is their early classic "Shout," as well as their hits "It's Your Thing," "That Lady" and "Fight the Power," the last of which comes from the group's chart-topping 1975 album The Heat Is On.  The box set also includes the 1971 compilation In the Beginning, which features tracks The Isleys made in the mid-1960s when Jimi Hendrix was a member of their backing band.

    The Isley Brothers have had an immense influence on modern soul and hip-hop.  Among the artists who have sampled the band's tunes or have cited them as an inspiration are The Notorious B.I.G., R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.

    While several of the Isley siblings have passed away, the group remains active today, led by surviving brothers Ronald and Ernie.

    Here is the list of albums featured in The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) box set:

    Shout! (1959)*
    It's Our Thing (1969)*
    The Brothers: Isley (1969)*
    The Isley Brothers Live at Yankee Stadium (1969)
    Get into Something (1970)*
    In the Beginning...The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)*
    Givin' It Back (1971)*
    Brother, Brother, Brother (1972)*
    The Isleys Live (1973)
    3 3 (1973)*
    Live It Up (1974)*
    The Heat Is On (1975)*
    Harvest for the World (1976)*
    Go for Your Guns (1977)*
    Showdown (1978)*
    Winner Takes All (1979) (two CDs)*
    Go All the Way (1980)*
    Wild in Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live at Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)*
    Grand Slam (1981)*
    Inside You (1981)*
    The Real Deal (1982)*
    Between the Sheets (1983)*

    * = includes bonus tracks.

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  • Coldplay Parodies "Game of Thrones"; U2 and John Mellencamp Perform on Red Nose Day Event

    Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

    The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.

    - U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.

    -Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for "Pink Houses," a song from Mellencamp's 1985 album, Scarecrow.

    - Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody features the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play.

    "Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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  • Gregg Allman Releasing Solo Live CD/DVD Package in August

    Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7.  Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans' adopted hometown.

    Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his hit "I'm No Angel" and other selections from his solo catalog.  Allman's son Devon makes a guest appearance at the concert.

    The video portion of the release, which will be Allman's first solo DVD, includes interview segments interspersed with the performances, as well as two bonus songs -- "Stormy Monday" and "Floating Bridge."  The set also contains a feature titled The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H.

    The Gregg Allman Live package features liner notes penned by Allman Brothers historian John Lynskey.  The liner notes quote Gregg as saying about the show, "Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there.  Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now.  I'm so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin' that night."

    RollingStone.com has premiered a clip from the DVD of Gregg and his band, along with Devon Allman, performing an epic 11-minute version of "One Way Out."

    Meanwhile, Gregg has lined up a variety of solo shows this year, including a late-summer run of joint concerts with The Doobie Brothers.  Check out his full itinerary at GreggAllman.com.

    Here is the full track list of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA:

    CD 1
    "Statesboro Blues"
    "I'm No Angel"
    "Queen of Hearts"
    "I Can't Be Satisfied"
    "These Days"
    "Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
    "Brightest Smile in Town"
    "Hot'Lanta"
    "I've Found a Love"

    CD 2
    "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
    "Before the Bullets Fly"
    "Melissa"
    "Midnight Rider"
    "Love Like Kerosene"
    "Whipping Post"
    "One Way Out"

    DVD
    "Statesboro Blues"
    "I'm No Angel"
    "Queen of Hearts"
    Interview: What Macon Was To Us
    "I Can't Be Satisfied"
    "These Days"
    "Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
    Interview: Practicing in Macon
    "Brightest Smile in Town"
    "Hot'Lanta"
    "I've Found a Love"
    "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
    "Before the Bullets Fly"
    "Melissa"
    Interview: We Worked Hard
    "Midnight Rider"
    "Love Like Kerosene"
    Interview: Songwriting for The Allman Brothers
    "Whipping Post"
    "One Way Out"

    Bonus Tracks:
    "Stormy Monday"
    "Floating Bridge"

    Feature: The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H

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  • Roger Waters to Headline First Day of 2015 Newport Folk Festival in July

    Credit: Sean EvansMusic fans don't generally associate Roger Waters with rootsy, acoustic sounds, but the former Pink Floyd star has signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.  The three-day event takes place Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode, Island.

    According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, Roger will play an intimate [set] specifically crafted for" the festival.  A limited number of single-day tickets are still available for the fest's July 24 performances. To check out the full lineup and more details about the festival, visit NewportFolk.org.

    Waters' Newport Folk Festival show happens to coincide with the release of the deluxe reissue of his 1992 solo album, Amused to Death.  As previously reported, the remastered collection will be available as a standard CD, a Super Audio CD, a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc and a high-res digital download.

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  • 'HARRY POTTER' STAR MATTHEW LEWIS GETS NEARLY NAKED AND SHOCKS J.K. ROWLING

    Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis is leaving his days as Neville Longbottom behind him one article of clothing at a time. The 25-year-old strips down in the new issue of UK's Attitude magazine and J.K. Rowling was not ready to see all of that.

    The author tweeted on Thursday (May 21st,) ".@Mattdavelewis Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God's sake." Matt responded by writing, "Well, this is awkward. Sorry, Jo..." Rowling wrote back, "I will always support you whatever you want to do, Matthew. Now go put some clothes on." Fellow Potter actor Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy chimed in to ask, "Surely Neville Pertbottom now?" JK tweeted, "I wouldn't know. I hastily averted my eyes and read an article on Political Correctness to get over the shock."

    • J.K.'s original tweet referred to Daniel Radcliffe's role in the play Equus where he got completely naked on stage.

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  • DUGGAR MOLESTATION SCANDAL COMES TO LIGHT

    A major skeleton has been discovered in the closet of the Duggar family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. In Touch Weekly and TMZ broke the news on Thursday (May 21st) that 27-year-old Josh Duggar was investigated for sexually molesting five girls starting back in 2002 -- including a few of his own sisters.

    TMZ has confirmed the story with law enforcement that Josh was 14 when he was accused of fondling the genitals and breasts of the girls. Some of them were supposedly sleeping when the incidents occurred. According to a police report, it happened again nine months after the original claims which prompted patriarch Jim Bob and church elders decided to send him away to a treatment program. Michelle Duggar revealed that no actual treatment was given and that her son just worked with a guy remodeling homes.

    • Josh responded to the news in a statement which read, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."
    • He has also resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.
    • Jim Bob and Michelle also responded to the story saying, "Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us -- even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey -- the good times and the difficult times -- cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."
    • Josh's wife Anna also shared her own statement which read, "I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even very difficult past mistakes. He continued to do what he was taught. I know who Josh really is -- someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."
    • The investigation reportedly kept the family from appearing on an episode of Oprah back in 2006 after someone sent an email to the show to warn them about the allegations.

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  • CRITICS BASH DIANNA AGRON'S LONDON THEATER DEBUT

    The reviews are in and former Glee star Dianna Agron fails to impress during her performance in McQueen in London's West End.

    The 29-year-old plays a girl named Dahlia who breaks into the home of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen to steal a dress. Broadway World collected reviews from various publications which all seem to be in agreement that her performance falls flat.

    • Michael Billington of The Guardian wrote, "However you choose to define it, the show certainly doesn't offer much in the way of drama...Stephen Wight is also excellent as Lee: outwardly tough and self-assured, inwardly shy and vulnerable. Dianna Agron falls into monotonous vocal rhythms as Dahlia..."
    • Ben Lawrence of The Telegraph explained, "Another issue is Agron...who never manages to elevate her character beyond a clothes-horse spouting psychobabble. She speaks in a strange, sing-song voice throughout, reciting rather than metabolizing her lines..."
    • Holly Williams wrote in The Independent, "Glee star Dianna Agron is not good, I'm afraid. Her delivery is glib yet slow -- I never believe the quick-fire rapport with McQueen, and when they get onto more profound or personal matters, her probing feels painfully crass rather than deep-and-meaningful."

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  • MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL IS TOO OLD TO PLAY THE LOVE INTEREST OF A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN

    37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal is apparently too old to be a love interest for a 55-year-old man. The former Oscar nominee chatted with The Wrap about her experience dealing with sexism and ageism in Hollywood.

    She told the website, "There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh." Maggie did not specify which movie the part was for but she went on to express that she isn't entirely pessimistic about the industry saying, "A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women. I don't feel despairing at all. And I'm more looking with hope for something fascinating."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    JENNIFER GARNER TREATS HER CHILDREN LIKE REAL KIDS: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck don't want their wealth and movie star status affect their kids' upbringing. Jennifer explained how they maintain normalcy while chatting with Us Weekly earlier this week saying, "We're so involved. I just took a year and a half off of work and I've been home. You treat them like real kids. They have boundaries and they have rules and they throw fits." She continued, "Yesterday, we were at a bike store getting their bikes serviced and getting new helmets that fit and...my littlest one, Samuel, saw something he wanted. I had just said, 'We're not buying anything,' and he threw a fit. The people at the store said to me, 'Please let us just give this to you' because he was so unhappy. And I said, 'I'm sorry that he's throwing a fit in your store and you're so sweet to want to give this to him. And thank you for asking me first. But he's going to have to throw a fit.' I said no. No is no.'" Jenn and Ben are parents to nine-year-old Violet, six-year-old Seraphina, and three-year-old Samuel.

    EMMA STONE AND ANDREW GARFIELD WERE NEVER TOTALLY BROKEN UP: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield's recently rekindled relationship may have never been broken to begin with. Sources tell E! News that their time apart was strictly work-related. An insider revealed, "It was always a 'break' due to schedules. They have been really busy, so they finally have had time to see each other again. They care for each other and always have the best time when together." Emma and Andrew were photographed holding hands while out to dinner in West Hollywood on Wednesday night (May 20th.)

    BUZZFEED WRITER ACCUSES 'ONE TREE HILL' ACTOR OF MAKING MISOGYNISTIC COMMENTS TO HER: A Buzzfeed writer named Susan Cheng is accusing One Tree Hill and Mad Men actor Paul Johansson of making misogynistic comments toward her during their interview. She claims he bragged about his tennis skills saying, "My serve is pretty strong. I'll serve that ball right down your throat." Susan also alleges that he said at one point, "I'm sweating like a rapist." Johansson's lawyer responded in a statement arguing that there was nothing sexual or inappropriate implied by his comments and that the rapist comment was taken out of context. Susan defended her initial claims by writing, "After all, it was just the culmination of about three comments from Johansson that would've been inappropriate in an ad agency in the early 1970s, like the one his misogynistic character works at on Mad Men. But this is hardly 1970. It's 2015, and we work at BuzzFeed -- far from the time or place where I would've expected his remarks."

    'BACHELORETTE' RESPONDS TO SLUT-SHAMING BACKLASH: Kaitlyn Bristowe has no regrets about what she did during her time on the show despite what the promos for the season may have implied. She explained to E! News, "I just feel like what world are we living in. It's 2015. The Kardashians talk about sex on the show all the time. I think it's just a big deal because it's The Bachelorette and they've never really gone there. It's just been this secret world in the fantasy suite." Kaitlyn continued, "I don't think it was a mistake, the decision I made. I think the timing probably wasn't the best, just because, I mean, there are other relationships developing, but just the timing wasn't the best. What is a relationship without the physical part? To feel chemistry with somebody has a lot to do with being physical. I don't know why that's such a shock to people! I'm like, 'After how many seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette are people going to realize that people are going to make out?' It's a thing."

    CASEY WILSON GIVES BIRTH: Former Happy Endings star Casey Wilson is a mom. Her rep has confirmed that she has welcomed a baby boy with husband David Caspe. Casey revealed in an interview with Fit Pregnancy magazine that she and David would like to have at least two children. They have been married since May of 2014.

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  • AISHA TYLER CONFIRMS NEED FOR A WOMAN IN LATE NIGHT BUT DOESN'T WANT TO DO IT

    Aisha Tyler agrees that there should be a woman in late night but she's not interested in the job at the moment.

    The comedian recently told E! News, "It's been really flattering that friends and the Internet, and also Slate and Vogue and Esquire -- a lot of people were mentioning me for late night. Honestly, I would love to have that job someday for sure. It's crazy to think a woman couldn't do it and do it successfully. It's madness. Right now I have a podcast called Girl on Guy that's 70 percent male audience and it's raunchy and it's edgy and it's funny. I think it'd translate beautifully into that space. I don't have room for another job right now. My dance card is full. But I'd love to get into that eventually someday." Aisha continued, "And you know what's interesting to me, just completely neutrally as an observer? To me it was such an opportunity to counterprogram late night. Of course it would work. It's about finding the right person. But honestly, when everybody looks the same in late night, and you put up somebody who looks different, you would immediately, immediately just benefit from standing out from the crowd. You wouldn't just bring people who were curious, you'd bring all kinds of people who don't watch late night because they don't see anyone who looks different or appeals to them in a different way. So to me it's like leaving a bag of money in the street, honestly. But we'll see. We'll see. I think somebody's gonna do it. And when they do it, everybody else is gonna be like, 'Why didn't we do that first?'"

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    'THE VIEW' MAY ADD RAVEN-SYMONE AND MICHELLE COLLINS FULL TIME: Raven-Symoné and Michelle Collins may joining The View full time. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said on Thursday's (May 21st) show, "We love saying it, but Raven and Michelle will be back tomorrow. We're trying to make it permanent, so write in to everybody." Raven and Michelle have been guest co-hosts on the show over a dozen times each since March.

    DAVID LETTERMAN SCORES HUGE FINALE RATINGS: David Letterman's final episode as host of the Late Show brought in the highest ratings in 20 years. 13.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the send-off. The episode helped boost the ratings for The Late Late Show with James Cordon which had the largest audience the show has ever had with any host with four million viewers.

    GABRIELLE UNION MAY BE JOINING KEY AND PEELE MOVIE: Gabrielle Union is circling a role in the upcoming comedy from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The film is called Keanu and follows a group of friends who pose as drug dealers to rescue a stolen cat. Gabrielle will be playing the wife of Key's character.

    STEVE MARTIN TO BE HONORED BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITIUTE: The American Film Institute will honor Steve Martin with their 43rd Life Achievement Award. The group has tapped Mel Brooks to present the award during the ceremony on June 13th. The event will air live on TBS. Brooks received the same award back in 2013.

    MELISSA BENOIST JOINS 'LOWRIDERS': Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has joined the cast of the film Lowriders. The movie is set in East L.A. in the world of lowrider cars and street tagging. Melissa will be playing the role of Lorelai -- a part previously linked to Lily Collins and Nicola Peltz.

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