Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win a turkey for Thanksgiving. Starting today, we are running our Turkey Shoot contest. Whenever you hear the hear the shotgun blast, call us up on the contest line at 506-2444 and be caller five. Our DJ will put you on the air and join you in a special turkey hunt. Be careful, you may end up shooting another critter. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.
Win a free download of the new Lynyrd Skynyrd live Album
The Legends of Swamp Pop Show tickets will be given away Friday on Classic Hits 92.5
Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI will qualify listeners Friday to give away five sets of tickets for the Swamp Pop Revue show at Paragon Casino Saturday November 28. Just call us up and be caller five when you hear Johnnie Allan's whistle sound at 506-2444. Our drawing is set for 3;00pm Friday. One caller per family and you must 21 or older. The show will feature Johnie Allan, Tommy McLain, Warren Storm, T.K. Hulin, G G Shinn, Willie Tee, Cypress and Louisiana Express. Good luck from Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.
Get Ready To Win Tickets to the K C and the Sunshine Band Concert at Paragon Casino
Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI is giving our lucky listeners a chance to win tickets to attend one of the hottest dance bands of the 1970's: K C and the Sunshine Band. Beginning now, you can qualify for our big drawing on Friday by texting the word "KC" to our text to win number at 337-459-6021. One qualifier per family. You must be 21 or older to qualify. We will draw the names of five winners Friday at noon where each winner will win a pair of tickets to the November 13 show at Paragon Casino. Good luck from the station that has more winners: Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!
Happy Halloween from Elvis and the LaSalle Street Undertakers
Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI had a visit from Elvis and the LaSalle Undertakers today. Be watching for their new video coming out in the next few days in time for Halloween on Facebook, Twitter and our other sites.
Listen to Halloween themed hits all this week and all day Halloween Day on Classic Hits 92.5
Tune in all this week as we air Halloween themed songs. All day Saturday, we will program hit songs from our Halloween Hall of Hits with Josh in the morning and Carly i n the afternoon. Happy Halloween!!!
2015 Louisiana Cotton Festival This Week and KVPI will be there
COTTON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 18, 2015
The 62nd Annual Louisiana Cotton Festival kicks off tonight and runs all the way through Sunday at the civic center grounds in Ville Platte.
Tonight (Monday) at 6:30 it is the Contredanse (French Square Dance) and the Crowning of the King and Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Admission $5 adults and $2 for children. KVPI FM will be there for the broadcast of the event.
Tuesday at 3:30pm, it is the 4-H Cotton Food Fest inside the civic center with judging beginning at 4;00pm and at 4:00pm, it is the 4-H Cotton Picking Pet Show in the Civic Center Pavilion. KVPI FM with Becky and Emily will be there broadcasting live for the Pet show at 4:00pm.
Wednesday and Thursday- Carnival Bracelet Hours from 5-10pm.
Friday- Only day where there is an admission charge for the fairgrounds $6 adults and children 13 and up and $2 for kids 12 and under. 1-5pm- Carnival bracelet hours; Street Dance- 6:0pm- Ashton Dupre; 8:00pm- Chubby Carrier and 90 Degrees West- 90 Degrees West.
Saturday- Bracelet Hours at carnival from 1-5pm; 5:30pm- Coronation of the new Cotton Festival Queen to replace Queen Cotton Karlee Farris and the crowning of the Cotton Festival King- Troy Hebert, Commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Col. Cotton-Brenda Saucier; Angie Rozas- Grand Parade Marshal. Admission $5 per person at the civic center.
Sunday- 8:30am- Cotton Harvest Mass at Our Lady Queen of All Saints; 12 Noon- Grand Parade of Cotton starting at Citizens Bank to Sacred Heart on Main Street; 1-5pm- Bracelet Day at Carnival; 2;00pm- Running of the Tournoi at Industrial Park. Admission $5. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI with Stephanie and Carly will be broadcasting the Tournoi live.
KVPI Will Give 2 Lucky Listeners A Pair of Tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge Each Week Until Halloween
It's that time of the year again!! KVPI will give 2 lucky listeners a pair of tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge each week until Halloween. Are you ready to be scared out of your skin? Then, LIKE the Facebook post, SHARE it with others, and COMMENT "SCARED" on the post. Good Luck from all of us here at KVPI.
Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, October 3rd
Join us this Saturday, October 3rd from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.
Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 26th
Join us this Saturday, September 26th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) before and after the LSU game. keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI
The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015
The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015, from 6:00pm through 10:00pm from LSU Eunice. The auction will be broadcast live on KVPI (FM 92.5) as well via its online app and on LSUE's Channel # 197. Due to the Blue Jay Radio Auction on KVPI FM Wednesday night, our weekly coach's show will air at 6:30pm Wednesday on KVPI 1050 AM this week only.
Join Us For The First Ever Album Of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 19th Starting at 8 a.m.
Join us this Saturday, September 19th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for the first ever Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Michael Jackson's Thriller album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.). keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.
Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios
The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios Friday Sept. 11 to record special cheers to air throughout the football season. Good luck to the Basile High Bearcats!!
Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios Sept. 2
The Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers during football season. Here they are surrounding KVPI DJ Emily O . They are:Kaitlyn Roddy, Regan Carraway, Paige Whittington, Payton Whittington, Sammy Fusilier, Malene Guillory, Shelbi Rials, Sara Vidrine, Taylor Olson, Tori Johnson, Madison Welch, Bailee Deville, Blaire Fontenot and Kasey Roddy.
The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders Visit the KVPI Studios
Boom! The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders were in the house today recording cheers for our high school football action. Pictured below with Steph are Laura Manuel, Megan Morein, Olivia Vollman, Logan Shipp, Baylee Veillon, Eve Fontenot, Caroline Duplechin, Dori Monier (Mascot), Olivia Brignac, Mallory Fontenot, Kaylie McCoy, Sara Reilly, Joanie Dupre', Madison Jordan, Caroline LaHaye and Hallie Daire. Thanks for coming in girls!
KVPI AM FM Staff 2015
KVPI Staff August 13, 2015: John Lafleur, Annona Balfa, Becky Vidrine, Emily Oliver, Carly Chaumont, Stephanie Ware, Cheryl DeBaillon, Jim Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Josh Godwin, Gene Swabby Soileau and Micah Chatman. Seated: Bonnie Fontenot and Mark Layne.
Classic Hits 92.5 salutes Elvis Presley Thursday
It's Elvis Day on Spotlight Thursday as we remember The King of Rock and Roll who died this week in 1977 at his home in Graceland. Hear 50's Elvis, Movie Elvis from the 1960's and his great live recordings from the 1970's all day Thursday and on Party Time Thursday night.
Dixie Youth World Series Action Live from South Carolina on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
Tune in to our live coverage of the Dixie Youth World Series from Lexington, South Carolina this week as KVPI Sports covers our Ville Platte Dixie Majors team competing in the tournament. Sports Announcer Chris Bordelon will be doing the play by play each night. Thanks to our KVPI Sponsors.
Plenty of Baseball Action Right Now On KVPI AM and FM
KVPI Sports will be bringing you live play by play action live from Ponchatoula as we cover Dixie Youth Regional Tournament Action this weekend. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracy Jagneaux will be covering our Ville Platte Dixie Majors 12 year old all stars while Sports Announcer Thomas Scully will be covering the Ville Platte Super Ten All Stars. Also we are covering the Ville Platte 8 year old All Star girls competing in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Highland, Texas with James Shiver and Gene Swabby Soileau.
Summer is here! Be listening for the cue to call on Classic Hits 92.5
Every Friday for the next five weeks we will be giving you a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing in Baton Rouge. To qualify for the weekly drawing, just call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call, the Blue Bayou water slide spash. You must be 18 or older and one qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.
Snap Snap Snap! Get your pics in or come by and we'll snap it for you!
Keep listening as we will be giving you the chance to win sheets of tickets for the Cajun Heartland State Fair on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!
Be sure to tune in Thursday, May 7 @ 8 pm (CT) on GAC for a very special feature on
Congratulations to KVPI's Jennifer Meylian-Ville Platte's Co-Woman of the Year 2015
Congratulations to KVPI's Program Director Jennifer Meylian named as 2015 Co-Ville Platte Woman of the Year along with Linda Lebsack. Shown next to Jennifer is her daughter, Lindsey.
Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5
Be sure to tune in all this week as we give you a chance to win free passes to this weekend's Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!!
KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday
KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network
KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network
KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network
Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest
The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is about to kick off and Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave you a chance to win tickets to attend!
Monday, we started taking text messages with the word “JAZZ” in them… we received A LOT! Close to 300!
Today… we have our winners!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Melanie Courville! She won TWO weekend passes good for either weekend of the Jazz Fest!
And Congratulations to our Runner Up, Brenda Vidrine! She won TWO one day passes good for either weekend as well!
We hope you both have a great time… take pictures and sing your hearts out! It’s going to be an awesome Jazz Festival this year!
Thank you to all that sent us those text messag
We have Disney on Ice Prize Packs for that Little Princess in your life!
DORA THE EXPLORER AT THE ZOO OF ACADIANA & Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win tickets!
Congratulations to our two Grand Prize winners in our "Bud and Boilin" Contest
Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Louis Muse in the left and Tammy Johnson in the right photo. Both of our winners are greeted by Rodney Moras with Southwest Beverage Budweiser and KVPI Program Director Jennifer Meylian. Happy Easter!!
Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner
Congratulations to our Easter Egg Contest Winner, Lori Guillory, for finding our golden egg in the Teen Room in the Evangeline Parish Library based on the clues we gave. KVPI's Stephanie Ware is congratulating our winner. Lori wins a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card.
KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year
Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.
New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.
Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM
Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15
Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?
Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the
2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning. Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!
Thank you for stopping by, Candice!
You are making Ville Platte proud!
Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.
Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios
Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.
American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am
The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios
KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.
Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI
The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!
These young women volunteered their time to help with the
Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.
Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t
heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot
along with Jenn & Steph.
Thank you all for coming in to visit!
Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!
KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative
We are growing!
Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .
We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.
The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.
Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.
Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament
KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!
Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.
Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.
The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide. Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.
The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area. Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m.July 29, 2014.
With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department. “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.” “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”
Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte. Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder. Anderson is currently being held without bond.
KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament
KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!
KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play
James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios
Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.
Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest
Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificatefrom Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!
KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.
In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.
KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.
KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.
During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship
Credit: Blain ClausenEarlier this month, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons released his first-ever studio album, the Afro-Cuban-influenced Perfectamundo, and now the 65-year-old singer/guitarist is ready to launch a U.S. tour with his new backing band The BFG's in support of the record. The trek kicks off Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is broken into two fairly brief legs, with the final show scheduled for February 6 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he's thrilled about getting to perform his new material in concert, noting, "The anticipation of bringing this work to a live presentation has presented a most unexpected…wave of enthusiasm." Billy explains that one of the things that has stirred that enthusiasm is the touring configuration of The BFG's, which includes three of the musicians who contributed to Perfectamundo -- keyboardists Mike Flanigan and Martin Guigui and multi-instrumentalist Alex "Guitarzza" Garza -- as well as a pair of Los Angeles-based female drummers, SoZo and Melanie DiLorenzo.
Gibbons says the fact that SoZo and DiLorenzo "can beat the sides off of those skins" really propels the band, while Flanigan and Guigui both will be playing Hammond B3 organs and Garza will handle various Latin percussion instruments, such as timbales. Billy points out that The BFG's don't have a bass player, but says they don't need one. "It's just straight ahead," he declares. "This is gonna be a tough little combo."
Gibbons, of course, will handle lead vocal and guitar duties, but he reveals that he also is planning to add to the groove during to the show.
"The stage has been arranged and organized for plenty of room to stroll about," notes Billy, who as a teenager received lessons from famed Latin percussionist Tito Puente. "I've made sure that I could creep back into that palace of percussion and grab a couple sticks to start banging on stuff."
Meanwhile, Gibbons says fans who come out to his solo shows also can expect to hear some ZZ Top songs in addition to the Perfectamundo material.
"Because there is such a presence of that artistic form of sonic sounds called the blues [on my new album], we might draw upon ZZ Top's extensive series of recordings," Billy reveals. "It doesn't seem that any record went by without putting something lowdown and dirty in there. I'd like to see it."
Speaking about ZZ Top, Gibbons says his band mates, drummer Frank Beard and bassist Dusty Hill, have been supportive of his solo project.
"Number one, they get a nice holiday while I'm out on the road, but it also stimulated their [musical] interest," Gibbons maintains. "Frank has taken to developing some new beats as Dusty has started working on some new bass lines."
Billy adds that he expects to hit the road with ZZ Top shortly after wrapping up his tour with The BFG's.
"By the time the Billy Gibbons and the BFG's shows [pull] it to the curb, we'll hop off one tour bus and get right on the next one," he says.
Here are all of Billy Gibbons and the BFG's upcoming tour dates:
11/27 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 11/28 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre 11/29 -- Saint Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater 12/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Orpheum Theatre 12/3 -- Houston, TX, Cullen Performance Hall 12/4 -- Austin, TX, The Moody Theater 12/5 -- Lubbock, TX, City Bank Auditorium 12/7 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 12/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre 12/9 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom 12/11 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall 12/12 -- Aberdeen, WA, D&R Theatre 12/13 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 12/17 -- Havana, Cuba, Havana Jazz Festival 12/18 --Havana, Cuba, Havana Jazz Festival 12/20 --Havana, Cuba, Havana Jazz Festival 1/20/16 -- Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium 1/22 -- Lexington, KY, Lexington Center -- Lexington Opera House 1/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 1/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Theatre 1/26 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 1/27 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 1/29 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Live! 1/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater 1/31 -- Detroit, MI, The Scottish Rite Cathedral at Masonic Temple 2/2 -- New York, NY, Town Hall 2/3 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre 2/5 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 2/6 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
NBCUniversalThe 2015 edition of NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, which celebrates the lighting of the famous New York City landmark's Christmas tree, will air on Wednesday, December 2. As usual, the show will feature performances by some of music's brightest stars, with this year's lineup including James Taylor and Sting.
Taylor will be performing with trumpeter Chris Botti. Other artists on the holiday extravaganza's bill include Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix and the all-star group Band of Merrymakers, which features Natasha Bedingfield, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and members of Better Than Ezra, Fitz & the Tantrums and Neon Trees.
Rockefeller Center's famous high-stepping dancing troupe The Rockettes also will be on hand.
The tree this year is a 78-foot tall Norway spruce from Gardiner, New York. The hour-long special airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
Earl Gibson III/WireImageFounding Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player and "hype woman" Cynthia Robinson passed away on Monday at age 69 from cancer. Robinson's death was announced on her official Facebook page, along with a note asking for continued donations to a fund launched last month to help pay her medical costs.
According to Billboard, Robinson first began playing with Sly Stone in 1966 in his group Sly and the Stoners, and went on to become a member of Sly and the Family Stone when that band was formed the following year. In addition to playing trumpet with the band, Robinson sang and was known for yelling out the phrase "get up and dance to the music" in the group's 1967 hit "Dance to the Music."
After Sly and the Family Stone broke up in 1975, Cynthia played with ex-Family Stone bassist Larry Graham's group Graham Central Station and also worked George Clinton and Prince. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other original Sly and the Family Stone members in 1993. A new version of the group called The Family Stone was launched in 2006 that features Robinson and two other founding members -- sax player Jerry Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The Family Stone lineup also includes singer Sylvette Phunne Stone, who is Cynthia's daughter with Sly Stone. Robinson, who also has another daughter named Laura Marie, continued to perform and record with The Family Stone until her death.
"She covered a lot of ground," Martini tells Billboard about Robinson. "She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn't in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of 'em, always."
Questlove, drummer of The Tonight Show's house band The Roots, has penned a heartfelt homage to Robinson that you can read on his official Instagram page.
Live Nation EntertainmentJourney and The Doobie Brothers have announced plans for an expansive 2016 co-headlining trek of North America that also will feature a very special opening act: former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason. The outing, dubbed the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour, will get underway May 12 in Irvine, California, and is mapped out all the way through an August 30 show in Chula Vista, California.
The trek currently features a total of 49 dates, and includes stops in major cities from coast to coast. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, December 5, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. A pre-sale for select shows will begin on Thursday, December 3, at 10 a.m. local time for fans with the Live Nation mobile app.
For the tour, Journey will welcome back drummer Steve Smith, who played in the band's classic Steve Perry-fronted lineup from 1978 to 1998. Smith will replace Deen Castronovo, who was fired from the group this past summer after his arrest on domestic violence charges. Smith also will be playing with Journey guitarist Neal Schon's jazz-rock side project Neal Schon's Vortex for a tour of Japan in February of next year. Vortex will open for Journey at a May 27 concert in Indianapolis.
"I'm so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned," says Schon, "starting with my 'Neal Vortex Schon' Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. We will see you all soon!!!!"
The Doobie Brothers, meanwhile, also will be adding a new member to their lineup for the trek: founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne. Over the years, Payne has lent his talents to many of The Doobies' studio albums.
"It's gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band," The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons say in a joint statement. "We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically."
Here are all of the confirmed dates for Journey and The Doobie Brothers' San Francisco Fest 2016 tour:
5/12 -- Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows 5/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 5/15 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre 5/18 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre 5/20 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion 5/21 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 5/23 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 5/25 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum 5/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 5/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 5/31 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre 6/2 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 6/4 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 6/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 6/10 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 6/11 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 6/22 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 6/24 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 6/25 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 6/27 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre 6/29 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/1 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live 7/2 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 7/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 7/9 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 7/10 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 7/13 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 7/15 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 7/16 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 7/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre 7/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/2 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 8/4 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Pavilion 8/6 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center 8/7 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 8/9 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 8/11 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls Arena 8/13 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/16 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 8/17 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 8/20 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 8/21 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 8/23 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 8/25 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre 8/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center 8/28 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center 8/30 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
= Journey with Neal Schon's Vortex only. = Journey and Dave Mason only.
Motown/Universal Music EnterprisesA previously unreleased companion album to the 1978 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Wiz, featuring Wiz star Diana Ross taking on all of the production's roles, will be released as a digital download this Friday, November 27. Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz originally was scheduled to come out on Motown Records in January 1979, after the film debuted in theaters in October '78, but the label decided against issuing the record at that time.
At the request of Motown, Ross recorded the solo project at a Los Angeles studio with producer/arranger Lee Holdridge, who previously had worked with Diana on the 1975 movie Mahogany. The record originally was meant to complement The Wiz's film soundtrack, which was produced by Quincy Jones and the famed songwriting duo of Ashford & Simpson.
For Sings Songs from The Wiz, Ross not only recreated the parts she sang as Dorothy, but those of Michael Jackson's Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell's Tin Man, Ted Ross' Cowardly Lion and more. Among the tunes on the album are a solo version of her hit duet with Jackson, "Ease on Down the Road," and the Luther Vandross-written tune "A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)."
Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz also features "Wonder Wonder Why," a tune written for the original stage production but removed from the show before it opened, and "Is This What Feeling Gets?," a song penned by Ashford & Simpson and Jones that was included on the movie's soundtrack but did not appear in the film. The only previously available track on the new album is Ross' rendition of "Home," which appeared on her 2001 Motown Anthology compilation.
The digital release of Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz arrives less than a week before the premiere of a new television production of The Wiz, which NBC will air live on December 3 at 8 p.m. ET. The event will features performances by such stars as Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Ne Yo and Common, as well as by newcomer Shanice Williams, who portrays Dorothy.
Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideAs founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recuperate from a heart attack he suffered in early October, the band has decided to cancel the remaining two dates on its 2015 schedule.
A message posted on the legendary Southern rockers' official Facebook page explains, "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his Doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent heart procedures."
The affected concerts are a December 4 gig at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado, and a December 5 performance at the Inn of Mountain Gods Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico. Fans who purchased tickets can get a full refund at the point of purchase or through the respective venues' box offices.
At the time that Lynyrd Skynyrd announced that Rossington had suffered a heart attack in October, the band postponed a few of its scheduled shows, while reporting that the guitarist was expected to make a full recovery. According to CMT.com, following the heart attack, which happened on October 8, Gary had a procedure to replace two stents. Rossington has had a history of heart issues, and in 2003 he underwent bypass surgery. Gary, who is the only surviving original member of Skynyrd, will turn 64 on December 4.
Meanwhile, in happier news, Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant revealed on Friday that he has a brand-new grandson. The singer posted photos of him with the little bundle of joy on Skynyrd's Facebook page.
Image Courtesy of Hollywood RecordsThe long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic apparently is set to move forward with a new screenwriter. Deadline reports that GK Films, the company that's co-producing the movie, has hired Anthony McCarten, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay to the 2014 Steven Hawking biographical flick The Theory of Everything.
Ben Whishaw, who has played the character Q in the last two James Bond films, 2012's Skyfall and this year's Spectre, remains the front runner to portray the late Queen frontman, although he hasn't been confirmed for the role. Sacha Baron Cohen previously had been hired to play Mercury, but by 2013 he was no longer connected to the project.
Queen guitarist Brian May posted a message on his official website, BrianMay.com, claiming that the Deadline article got some information correct, while missing the mark on other points. May noted that Deadline's suggestion that Cohen exited the film over creative differences was inaccurate.
"It was our decision. We simply realized that we wouldn't get the believable portrayal of Freddie Mercury we needed from Sacha, so we, as considerately and diplomatically as we could, moved on," May wrote.
He added, "Sacha is a great comedy character creator, but we need someone who will actually 'suspend disbelief' so that we believe we are really watching Freddie on screen."
Brian went on to explain that he and the other producers are hoping Whishaw "will turn out to be the man to bring Freddie to life."
As for McCarten, May says the screenwriter "is now doing some fantastic work, collaborating closely with us."
The guitar legend finishes by pointing out, "There are some radical new developments in ideas, and at this moment I'm more excited than I've ever been about the film's potential." He adds that with regard to official confirmed details about the movie, "We'll make an announcement when we're ready. It may be soon."
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesA new two-CD compilation celebrating the long career of the late Joe Cocker will be released on December 11. The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013 features 36 tracks, including the soulful British rock singer's best-known studio and select live performances.
Among the memorable tunes featured on The Life of a Man are Cocker's classic covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" and The Beatles' "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" and "With a Little Help from My Friends." The anthology also includes Cocker's chart-topping and Grammy-winning duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong," from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his top five 1975 hit "You Are So Beautiful."
In addition, The Life of a Man features Cocker's hit 1970 live renditions of The Box Tops' "The Letter" and the 1950s jazz-blues ballad "Cry Me a River" recorded at the Fillmore East in New York City. It also includes an in-concert performance of "You Are So Beautiful" recorded in February 2013 in Cologne, Germany.
In related news, two of Cocker's most recent albums, 2007's Hymn for My Soul and 2012's Fire It Up, Joe's final studio effort, have been reissued on CD in the U.S. Hymn for My Soul was produced by recent Paul McCartney collaborator Ethan Johns and features Cocker's interpretations of George Harrison's "Beware of Darkness," Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells," John Fogerty's "Long as I Can See the Light" and Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'." Fire It Up, which hadn't previously been released in the U.S., includes covers of tunes by Marc Cohn, Keith Urban and Joss Stone, and features three extra tracks that didn't appear on the 2012 version issued in Europe.
Cocker released 22 studio albums and 10 live records during his lifetime. He died of lung cancer in December 2014 at the age of 70.
Here is the full track list of The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013:
Disc 1: "Feelin' Alright" "High Time We Went" "Marjorine" "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" "I Can Stand a Little Rain" "Many Rivers to Cross" "Shelter Me" "You Can Leave Your Hat On" "Can't Find My Way Home" "Darling Be Home Soon" "One" "My Father's Son" "Fire It Up" "Unchain My Heart" "Delta Lady" "Cry Me a River" (Live at the Fillmore East) "The Letter" (Live at the Fillmore East) "With a Little Help from My Friends" "You Are So Beautiful" (Live at the Lanxess Arena)
Disc 2: "When the Night Comes" "Come Together" "First We Take Manhattan" "Summer in the City" "Up Where We Belong" "Don't You Love Me Anymore" "Unforgiven" "Have a Little Faith in Me" "You Are So Beautiful" "Woman to Woman" "The Simple Things" "N'Oubliez Jamais" "Tonight" "Night Calls" "Hard Knocks" "I Come in Peace" "Performance"
Sam Jones/HBOU2 has announced makeup dates for the band's two concerts at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris that were postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place in the city November 13. The shows, which had been scheduled for November 14 and 15, now will be held December 6 and 7.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," says U2 singer Bono in a statement. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind -- but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city. It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We're going to put on our best for Paris."
Adds U2 tour promoter and producer Arthur Fogel, "The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honor the commitment to their audience."
Meanwhile, the canceled television broadcast of U2's Paris concert that was to have taken place November 14 on HBO now is scheduled for December 7. The special, titled U2: iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Live in Paris, will be filmed live that day and will premiere at 9 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the November 14 and 15 concerts will be honored for the December 6 and 7 shows, respectively. Ticket holders who are unable to attend the rescheduled performances may receive refunds at their point of purchase through Monday, November 30.
Prior to the Paris shows, which now will close out U2's 2015 iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour, the band will play four concerts at the 3Arena in its hometown of Dublin, Ireland -- tonight, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Yann Charles; SaiichiPeter Frampton and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke are among the music stars who have lent their talents to an upcoming album to benefit the Road Recovery charity, which supports music programs and projects aimed at helping at-risk youth. The record, titled Don't Give Up, features songs written and recorded by young people involved with Road Recovery's Trax program, along with contributions from the aforementioned artists and some other well-known musicians.
Other artists who took part in the recording of Don't Give Up include B-52's singer Fred Schneider, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, The MC5's Wayne Kramer, pop singer/songwriter Jill Sobule and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello.
To promote the album and raise funds for Road Recovery's programs, the organization has launched a PledgeMusic crowd-funding campaign. In conjunction with the initiative, a variety of unique and interesting items and experiences are being offered for people interested in contributing money, including a signed and numbered copy of the Don't Give Up CD; a guitar, songwriting or drumming lesson from Kirke; a Neil YoungArchives box set; and many more.
Road Recovery is a nonprofit organization that seeks to aid young people battling addiction and other issues with help from musicians and other celebrities who have gone through similar struggles. For more information, visit RoadRecovery.org.
Chris Hemsworth won't let fame change him. He appears in the new issue of Vanity Fair where he discusses how he stays grounded while his star power rises in Hollywood.
The Into the Heart of the Sea star explains, "The industry is set up to turn you into a complete narcissist. You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here. You drive down the street and you're constantly reminded of everything you're either involved in or not involved in. It's exhausting."
Chris recently moved his family to Byron Bay, Australia. He recently chatted with Australia's Daily Life about the relocation saying, "We have a very normal existence. Here, if someone recognizes you, it doesn't tend to be as big a deal. People are like, 'Oh yeah, cool,' then onward with the day. If you are living in Hollywood, people have traveled from around the world to see people in the entertainment business and they've got the cameras ready and a bigger deal is made of it. Here, we have a very normal existence, people are very respectful, and that was why we chose to come here."
It's good to be a celebrity pet. Us Weekly is reporting that Demi Moore has a veterinarian who makes biweekly house calls to her L.A. mansion to administer acupuncture to her Chihuahua, Vida Blue.
The rate is usually around $715 per session. One source explained, "There's nothing wrong with her dog. Demi is just really into holistic food and medicine for her animals, the way she is for herself." It helps animals with anxiety, stimulates appetite, and treats muscle spasms.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Vanderpump, also has a vet who treats her Pomeranian, Giggy.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith may have one of the longest marriages in Hollywood but it isn't exactly a cakewalk.
Will recently told Entertainment Tonight, "You can't expect it to be easy. It's like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know we're just not quitters." When asked about the secret to making their marriage work, he responded, "If there is a secret I would say it is that we never went into working in our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously."
Amy Schumer may have some competition as Jennifer Lawrence's BFF. The Joy star was photographed out and about in New York City on Monday night (November 23rd) with Emma Stone and Adele.
The trio grabbed dinner at an upscale Mexican restaurant called Cosme before all getting into the same town car. Jennifer was recently promoting the final Hunger Games movie in New York City with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth where they dined at the same restaurant where Adele was also eating. She also recently attended the singer's concert at Radio City Music Hall.
Jen recently spoke about her clique with Entertainment Weekly saying, "I have a very small circle. The moment I feel like someone is using me or is in it for the wrong reasons, I have zero guilt about just cutting them the f*** out of my life. My bulls**t detector is phenomenal. None of my friends bulls**t me. Everything in my life has to be real."
The magazine also announced on Tuesday (November 24th) that Jennifer is their pick for 2015's Entertainer of the Year.
Last night (November 24th) on the season finale of Dancing With The Stars, Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough were named the winners of the competition.
Host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews revealed the couple landing in third place which was Alek Skarlatos and his partner Lindsay Arnold. Nick Carter and his partner Sharna Burgess were left with Bindi and Derek as the final two couples. "Thank you so much for everything. I can't believe that I'm here. Thank you for changing my life" said Irwin after winning the mirror ball trophy.
The finale featured performances from Chaka Khan who performed "I'm Every Woman " and Elle King singing "Exes and Oh's". Andy Grammer hit the stage to perform "Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)" and Nick Carter sang "I Will Wait". Judge Len Goodman made an appearance to announce that he will return next season and Kim Zolciak Biermann alsoreturned to dance her "I Dream of Jeannie" routine with her partner Tony Dovolani.
KALEY CUOCO IS COVERING UP HER WEDDING TATTOO:Kaley Cuoco is taking another step to move on from Ryan Sweeting. The Big Bang Theory star shared a photo on Instagram of a tattoo artist inking up her back. She wrote, "Thank you @nero_sct @studiocitytattoo for helping me right my wrongs.. note to self- do not mark your body with any future wedding dates #under30mistakes #donttakeyourselftooseriouslykids" The artist turned her wedding date tattoo into a moth.
PAULY D IS DATING AUBREY O'DAY: Former Jersey Shore star Pauly D is reportedly dating former Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day. According to TMZ, they have struck up a romance while filming the new reality show Famously Single. The former MTV stars are currently living under the same roof with other celebrities while taking part in the show.
BILL COSBY LOSES HONORARY DEGREE FROM JOHN JAY COLLEGE: John Jay College has joined the list of institutions who have taken away honorary degrees awarded to Bill Cosby. He received the degree from the College of Criminal Justice back in 1995. He has previously lost degrees from schools such as Fordham University, Brown University, Boston University and Drexel University. Over 40 women have come forward accusing Bill of sexual crimes.
LAMAR ODOM HAS A LONG WAY TO GO: Khloe Kardashian may have put a positive spin on Lamar Odom's condition during a recent interview but sources tell People magazine that he has a lot of work to do. One insider revealed, "Lamar has made some progress, but his cognitive impairment is making life very challenging. Lamar won't likely leave the hospital for a long time. And when he does, he will need full time care. He can't take care of himself." The source added that Lamar has been fighting hard to make improvements.
'SHAHS OF SUNSET' COUPLE ARE DIVORCING:Shahs of Sunset star Mike Shouhed has split up from his wife, Jessica Parido. She filed for divorce last week citing irreconcilable differences and is seeking spousal support. The documents also revealed that they have been separated since August. His rep said in a statement, "Two years ago, before they were married, Mike made a terrible mistake and cheated on Jessica. She recently discovered a text message and he came completely clean to her. He feels so terrible. Jessica is the most amazing woman in the world. He's begged for her back on hands and knees. He's offered his heartfelt apology to her. He loves Jessica and always will." They wed in L.A back in March.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are still very much in love. The actor attended the L.A. premiere of The Danish Girl on Tuesday (November 23rd) night where he gushed about his wife.
Johnny told E! News, "We connect on a lot of levels but the firth things that really got me was she's an aficionado of the blues. I would play a song, some old obscure blues song and she knew what it was. She's very very literate. She's a voracious reader as I have been so we connected on that as well. And she's kid of brilliant." He added, "I'm a lucky man."
SEQUEL TO 'FANTASTIC FOUR' MAY NOT HAPPEN: Fox has reportedly scrapped Fantastic Four 2 from their production schedule. The movie was originally scheduled for June 9th, 2017 but World War Z 2 is now the only movie set for that date. The movie took in $56.1 million in the U.S. and was made on a production budget of $120 million.
A 'FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS' MUSICAL IS HAPPENING: The creators of The Unauthorized O.C. Musical are turning Friday Night Lights into their next stage musical. The show's official Twitter account made the announcement on Tuesday (November 24th.) It will open in L.A. next year. Scott Porter, who played Jason Street on the original series, will take over the role of Coach Taylor previously played by Kyle Chandler. Friday Night Lights ran for five seasons.
SONIA BRAGA JOINS 'LUKE CAGE': Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sonia Braga is joining Netflix's Luke Cage. She has been cast as Soledad Temple -- mother to Rosario Dawson's character, Claire Temple. Luke Cage will follow Mike Colter's character who currently appears in the newly launched series, Jessica Jones. The show will premiere on the streaming service next year.
HBO'S 'SESAME STREET' GETS A PREMIERE DATE: Sesame Street will officially launch on HBO on January 16th. The network will air two 30-minute episodes of the long-running children's show to kick off its 46th season. The episodes that air on HBO will be shown on PBS Kids next fall.
TONY AWARDS PUSHED TO JUNE 12TH: CBS announced on Tuesday (November 24th) that the 2016 Tony Awards will be held on June 12th at New York's Beacon Theater. They were previously scheduled for June 5th. Nominations will be announced on May 3rd.
1979, Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No More Tears, (Enough Is Enough). A No.3 hit in the UK.
This day in music history: Wednesday, November 25th
1995, Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)', written by Babyface and taken from the film 'Waiting To Exhale', it gave Whitney her 11th US No.1.
This day in music history: Thursday, November 26th
1994, Boyz II Men started their 14th and final week at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Make Love To You' giving them the longest run in chart history along with 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston.
This day in music history: Friday, November 27th
1982, Lionel Richie was No.1 in the US with 'Truly'. Richie achieved a No.1 each year from 78-86 as a writer, 'Three Times A Lady', 'Still', 'Lady (Kenny Rodgers), 'Endless Love', (Diana Ross), 'All Night Long', 'Hello' 'Say 'You Say Me and as co-writer of 'We Are The World'.
This day in music history: Monday, November 30th
1971, Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair', their fourth and final No.1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song #138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.