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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

Register your Father registered today!

Every Friday for the next five weeks we will be giving you a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing in Baton Rouge. To qualify for the weekly drawing, just call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call, the Blue Bayou water slide spash. You must be 18 or older and one qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.

Snap Snap Snap! Get your pics in or come by and we'll snap it for you!

Keep listening as we will be giving you the chance to win sheets of tickets for the Cajun Heartland State Fair on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!

Be sure to tune in Thursday, May 7 @ 8 pm (CT) on GAC for a very special feature on

Congratulations to KVPI's Jennifer Meylian-Ville Platte's Co-Woman of the Year 2015


Congratulations to KVPI's Program Director Jennifer Meylian named as 2015 Co-Ville Platte Woman of the Year along with Linda Lebsack. Shown next to Jennifer is her daughter, Lindsey.

Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5


Be sure to tune in all this week as we give you a chance to win free passes to this weekend's Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!!

KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday

KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network

KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network

KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network

Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is about to kick off and Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave you a chance to win tickets to attend!
Monday, we started taking text messages with the word “JAZZ” in them… we received A LOT! Close to 300!
Today… we have our winners!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Melanie Courville! She won TWO weekend passes good for either weekend of the Jazz Fest!
And Congratulations to our Runner Up, Brenda Vidrine! She won TWO one day passes good for either weekend as well!
We hope you both have a great time… take pictures and sing your hearts out! It’s going to be an awesome Jazz Festival this year!
Thank you to all that sent us those text messag

We have Disney on Ice Prize Packs for that Little Princess in your life!

DORA THE EXPLORER AT THE ZOO OF ACADIANA & Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win tickets!

Congratulations to our two Grand Prize winners in our "Bud and Boilin" Contest

Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Louis Muse in the left and Tammy Johnson in the right photo. Both of our winners are greeted by Rodney Moras with Southwest Beverage Budweiser and KVPI Program Director Jennifer Meylian. Happy Easter!!

Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Easter Egg Contest Winner, Lori Guillory, for finding our golden egg in the Teen Room in the Evangeline Parish Library based on the clues we gave. KVPI's Stephanie Ware is congratulating our winner. Lori wins a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card.

KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.

KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.

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

Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15

Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI
























Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?


  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!



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  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


  • Billy Joel to Ring in 2016 in Sunrise, Florida

    Myrna Suarez/Library of CongressIt won't be "Miami 2017" but Billy Joel will in fact be ringing in 2016 in Florida.

    Joel has lined up a December 31 concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his New Year's Eve gig this year.  He'll play his monthly residency show at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 17, and then head south. 

    Tickets for Joel's Sunrise concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET via or by calling 800-745-3000.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by American Express card members beginning this Monday, October 12, at 10 a.m.

    Last year, Joel -- who's a new dad to baby daughter Della Rose -- spent New Year's Eve in Florida as well, performing in Orlando.  It's not out of the bounds of possibility that he will, in fact, ring in 2017 in Miami, just like the title of the memorable tune from his 1976 album Turnstiles says.

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  • Soundtrack to "Roger Waters The Wall" Concert Film to Be Released in November

    Legacy RecordingsA companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20.  The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.

    The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack was produced by Nigel Godrich, whose credits include albums by Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Beck.  The 29-track album features a full live performance of Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall, about a rock star who descends into madness while haunted by the wartime death of the father he never met.  Among the classic songs included on the record are "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2," "Young Lust," "Hey You," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell."

    Waters' backing band for the performances included guitarists G.E. Smith and Snowy White, multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin and Roger's son Harry Waters, who played keyboards.

    As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall will be released as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital video on December 1.  The movie combines live performance footage with dramatic and documentary segments aimed at conveying Waters' passionate antiwar sentiments.

    The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack CD and LP sets can be pre-ordered now at  According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, release details for a Super Deluxe edition that likely will feature both the film and the album will be announced next week.

    Here is the full track list of the two-CD version of the soundtrack album:

    Disc 1
    "In the Flesh?"
    "The Thin Ice"
    "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1"
    "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
    "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2"
    "The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes"
    "Goodbye Blue Sky"
    "Empty Spaces"
    "What Shall We Do Now?"
    "Young Lust"
    "One of My Turns"
    "Don't Leave Me Now"
    "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3"
    "Last Few Bricks"
    "Goodbye Cruel World"

    Disc 2
    "Hey You"
    "Is There Anybody Out There?"
    "Nobody Home"
    "Bring the Boys Back Home"
    "Comfortably Numb"
    "The Show Must Go On"
    "In the Flesh"
    "Run Like Hell"
    "Waiting for the Worms"
    "The Trial"
    "Outside the Wall"

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  • Lionel Richie Supports New Tuskegee Airmen Documentary

    Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie is supporting a 27-minute documentary short called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, about the first African-American fighter pilots.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer held a private screening in his Beverly Hills house with 20 guests, including an original Tuskegee Airman, earlier this month.  "I made a few phone calls, even though it was very last-minute," says Richie about his screening of the flick, which he believes deserves the attention of Oscar voters.

    After supporting the 2012 feature Red Tails, Richie feels that the film's history should be taught in schools around the country.  "You can't settle.  There's a young generation coming along that I want to know that the fiber of America has black people in it," he says.  "We made major contributions in this country."

    When asked how he would respond if the film did win an Oscar, Richie says with a laugh, "I'm rushing the stage!  What are you talking about?  Are you kidding me?"

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  • "The Who in Hyde Park" Concert Film Screenings Taking Place Tonight Across the US

    Credit: Fabrice DemessenceTonight, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S., The Who's latest concert film, The Who in Hyde Park, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. local time.  The movie features footage of the British rock legends' June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour.

    The Who in Hyde Park features the band performing 19 songs, including classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O'Riley," "You Better You Bet" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  In addition, the film includes interviews with Who guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, as well as with Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and other well-known musicians.  The screenings also will offer a special feature focusing on London landmarks that played a significant role in The Who's early history.

    In an interview clip from the film, Daltrey talks about the excitement of playing in front of a massive crowd like the one that turned out for the Hyde Park concert.

    "It is an extraordinary feeling when you go out there at first," he points out.  "Everybody's pleased to see you and everybody's smiling, and you play the first song and the animation starts and you can see little pockets jumping about and the arms going up and down.  All I can say is it becomes like a revolving door of energy.  It makes you give out more and the more you give out, the more the arms go up and down."

    Meanwhile, in an interview segment with Townshend, the guitar great compares the Hyde Park gig to "a little Glastonbury" festival, while noting how many new fans he saw in the audience.

    "Apart from a few familiar faces down the very, very front, complete newcomers," he says.  "So for us, what we are clearly doing is we're kind of filling in the blanks."

    You can find out the locations of The Who in Hyde Park screenings and purchase tickets for them at

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  • Frank Zappa's Widow, Gail, Dies at Age 70

    Gail & Frank Zappa in 1968; Stark-Otto/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFrank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.

    A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century.  In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists.

    "While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality," the statement continues. "Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad a** in the music business and political world."

    The statement concludes, "Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same.  The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake."

    Frank and Gail married in 1967 and had four kids together -- Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon.

    Frank died of prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52.

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  • New Tom Petty Biography Reveals He Battled Heroin Addiction

    Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesA new Tom Petty biography reveals the rocker was a heroin addict during the 1990s, but has kept it a secret until now.

    Biographer Warren Zanes notes that Petty was reluctant to publicly discuss his addiction, telling The Washington Post, "The first thing [Petty] said to me on the subject is, 'I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people.  If anyone is going to think heroin is an option because they know my story of using heroin, I can't do this.'"

    Zanes adds, "I just had to work with him and say, 'I think you're going to come off as a cautionary tale rather than a romantic tale.'"

    Asked how someone in his 40s and 50s -- Petty's age at the time -- would become an addict, the writer explained, "He's a rock and roller.  He had had encounters with people who did heroin, and he hit a point in his life when he did not know what to do with the pain he was feeling."

    The book, Petty: A Biography, identifies one of those people as Howie Epstein, who played bass in Petty's band The Heartbreakers and died from a heroin overdose in 2003.  Zanes writes, "The fact was, Petty's drug use was partially obscured by Howie Epstein’s more dramatic decline," according to Entertainment Weekly.

    "I probably spent a month not getting out of bed, just waking up and going, 'Oh, f***,'" Petty admits in the biography.  "The only thing that stopped the pain was drugs.  But it was stupid.  I'd never come up against anything that was bigger than me, something that I couldn't control.  But it starts running your life...I'm lucky I came through.  Not everyone does."

    Petty: The Biography arrives November 10.

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  • John Fogerty Says He Hopes New Memoir Will Help Fans Understand His Conflicts with His CCR Band Mates

    Little, Brown and CompanyJohn Fogerty's autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was published this week, and in it, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells the story of his famous band, the harrowing years he spent following its breakup, and his eventual reemergence as an acclaimed solo artist and a blissfully happy family man.

    Much of the book focuses on Fogerty's conflicts with his CCR band mates and his post-breakup legal battles with the head of Fantasy Records, Saul Zaentz, whom John felt had treated him unfairly with regard to his music royalties, among many other issues.

    Fogerty tells ABC Radio that writing the book certainly was cathartic for him, but he stresses that that wasn't his main motivation in putting the memoir together.

    "It was more, for me, finally to get it down on paper in a concise way that I could understand first, and that I felt that a reader, a fan certainly could read the story," he explains.  "What their judgment about it [is] will be left to them, of course, but at least [they will] be able to see what I was dealing with and why perhaps I felt the way I did."

    Fogerty says he felt that now was the right time for him to write the memoir, since he's at an extremely contented place in his life, thanks to his relationship with his wife, Julie.

    "Julie is my love, and we have great kids, and so the place where I live daily is a really happy and I really don't have that anger or bitterness consuming me anymore," he notes.  "So, it seems like you can talk about things sort of in a straight-ahead way without being all caught up in emotions about it."

    As he discusses in the book, Fogerty struggled to find the inspiration to write new music after CCR broke up, in part because he felt that most of the money his songs would earn would end up in Zaentz's pocket.  For that same reason, John decided to stop performing Creedence songs in concert.  He also struggled with alcohol abuse and depression during this time, what he refers to as his "dark period."

    "It felt for many years [like I was] dealing with things that I was powerless to change," says John, referring to his legal battles with Zaentz.  "It was such a forlorn feeling."

    Thankfully, his life began to turn around after meeting Julie during the 1980s.  Still, it took until 1997 before he finally started to regularly play his classic Creedence tunes live.

    He tells ABC Radio that, these days, he enjoys performing his old music more than ever, especially because he sees how much it means to his fans.

    "It's just a really neat thing to get to share it together," he says.  "I mean, in my heart of hearts I realize how very lucky I am that I survived long enough that it got to turn out this way."

    For CCR fans, some of the most interesting segments in Fortunate Son are likely to be Fogerty's detailed descriptions on how he wrote such classic tunes like "Proud Mary."

    "It seemed natural to talk about how music relates to me.  How songs get created," Fogerty explains.  So to talk about how I would write a song, and certainly even a particular song, I thought was at least another view of me that a person might like to know about."

    Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music is available now at a wide variety of retail stores and online booksellers.

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  • Chicago, The Cars, Cheap Trick Among 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

    Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A. 

    The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:

    The Cars
    Chaka Khan
    Cheap Trick
    Deep Purple
    The J.B.'s
    Janet Jackson
    Los Lobos
    Steve Miller
    Nine Inch Nails
    The Smiths
    The Spinners

    To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

    The Hall notes that ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry, but once again, fans will have their say. Starting Thursday and continuing through December 9, 2015, they can cast their votes for their favorite nominees as The five acts with the most votes will make up a virtual "fans' ballot" that will be compiled with the others. 

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December. The official induction ceremony will be held in New York in April 2016, and broadcast later in the year on HBO.  

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  • Squeeze to Release First New Studio Album in 17 Years, "Cradle to the Grave," Next Month

    Virgin RecordsSqueeze has announced plans to release its first album of new original music since 1998's Domino.  Due out on November 13, Cradle to the Grave features 12 songs penned by the band's founding frontmen and songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

    Squeeze formed in 1974 and the band has undergone numerous lineup changes and some temporary breakups during its long career.

    "We reformed Squeeze in 2007.  Things went so well, here we are eight years later," explains Glenn.  "Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material."

    Adds Difford about the new songs, "We've grown up a lot in the last few years, musically.  We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow."

    You can check out "Happy Days," one of the tracks from Cradle to the Grave, at Squeeze's official VEVO channel.

    Meanwhile, Squeeze currently is playing a run of U.K. concerts, while Difford and Tilbrook have plans to hit the road as a duo for a U.S. trek dubbed "The At Odds Couple" tour.  The outing kicks off in Anaheim, California, on November 13, the same day that Cradle to the Grave will be released.  Their shows will feature Glenn and Chris performing Squeeze songs and selections from their solo catalogs, as well as discussing their careers and their collaborative relationship.

    Here is the track list for Cradle to the Grave:

    "Cradle to the Grave"
    "Beautiful Game"
    "Happy Days"
    "Only 15"
    "Top of the Form"
    "Snap, Crackle and Pop"

    And here are Difford and Tilbrook's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

    11/13 -- Anaheim, CA, Grove of Anaheim
    11/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell
    11/15 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
    11/18 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
    11/19 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
    11/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
    11/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
    11/25 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
    11/27 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
    11/28 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
    11/29 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
    12/1 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
    12/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
    12/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theater
    12/5 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
    12/6 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
    12/7 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie
    12/9 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
    12/10 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur
    12/11 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
    12/12 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater
    12/13 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
    12/14 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
    12/16 -- Troy, NY, Troy Music Hall
    12/17 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
    12/18 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater

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  • Watch Bob Dylan Chat with a Computer About Songwriting in a New IBM Ad

    Image Courtesy of IBMHow does it feel to discuss songwriting with a computer?  Ask Bob Dylan.  The folk-rock legend stars in a humorous new IBM commercial in which he converses with the company's celebrated "Watson" supercomputer.

    In the ad, Dylan walks into a room holding a guitar and sits down on a long couch in front of Watson, who tells the singer/songwriter, "To improve my language skills, I've read all your lyrics…I can read 800 pages per second."  Bob responds, "That's fast."

    The computer continues, "My analysis shows that your major themes are that time passes and love fades," to which Dylan replies, "Well, that sounds about right."

    Watson then admits, "I have never known love," prompting Bob to suggest that perhaps they "should write a song together."

    Lastly, the computer tells Dylan, "I can sing" and proceeds to scat, tunelessly, "Doo bebop, bebop a doo, doobie doobie doo…"  As the commercial ends, Bob stands up, grabs his guitar and begins to walk out of the room.

    The IBM ad, now playing on IBM's official YouTube channel, is by no means the first commercial to feature Dylan.  In recent years, he's also appeared in TV ads for Victoria's Secret, Apple, Cadillac and Chrysler.

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    Rick Moranis is ready for his Hollywood comeback. The 62-year-old actor recently sat down for a rare interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he explained his break from acting and why the new Ghostbusters movie will not be his comeback vehicle.

    Rick discussed the upcoming reboot saying, "I wish them well. I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?" He went on to discuss his absence from Hollywood saying, "I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I'm interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I'll probably do it. But Ghostbusters didn't appeal to me." Rick explained, "It's hard to come up with original material. Occasionally, they get it right or else they wouldn't attempt to do these things. I'm surprised that Disney hasn't done Honey, I Shrunk the Grandkids. But I'm happy with the things I said yes to, and I'm very happy with the many things I've said no to. Yes, I am picky, and I'll continue to be picky. Picky has worked for me."

    • Rick stopped accepting roles after his wife died from breast cancer in 1997 to focus on raising his two children. He continued, "I was working with really interesting people, wonderful people. I went from that to being at home with a couple of little kids, which is a very different lifestyle. But it was important to me. I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. My life is wonderful. It wasn't a formal decision. It began in an already busy year where I declined a film that was being shot out of town as the school year was beginning. But I was fortunate to be able to continue to make a living writing and doing voice work in Manhattan. Stuff happens to people all the time, and people make adjustments, change careers, move to another city. Really, that's all I did."

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    The racial stereotypes on Fox's new hit show, Scream Queens, don't bother star Keke Palmer. She recently chatted with Buzzfeed News about the show and being more than just the token black girl.

    Keke said, "Being the only African-American female that's part of the sorority, I think as an actor, it's up to me to be honest about what I am comfortable with and what I'm not comfortable with. I get to work with people every day that respect my opinion just as much as they respect everybody else's. That plays a big part in why I was not offended by any of that." She went on to say, "I definitely did think about some of the jokes. Ultimately as an actor, you have to try to find a way to not be personal, but really look at the artwork for what it is trying to show. Scream Queens is a satire, and it's meant to exaggerate the thoughts and desires of the millennial today, as well as have fun in totality. As time goes on, you start to see that these characters that you think we stereotypically know are much, much deeper."

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    NICK JONAS GOT BORED WITH KENDALL JENNER: Rumors of Nick Jonas' relationship with Kate Hudson seem to have replaced the old rumors that he had something brewing with Kendall Jenner. Sources tell New York's Daily News that Kendall and Nick didn't work out because she was reportedly more into him than he was into her. One insider said, "They hung out in Vegas and then hung out one or two other times. He thinks she's hot, but he thought she was a little annoying and just not his type." They reportedly went on a few dates before he stopped calling her.

    JOE GIUDICE ACCEPTS BLAME FOR FAMILY'S LEGAL ISSUES: Joe Giudice dropped by the Today show on Wednesday (October 7th) where he discussed his family's legal problems and his wife Teresa's time in jail. Joe explained, "I was to blame, sure. I took full responsibility for everything, but they still put her away. I was supposed to go away, not her. That was part of the plea, or I thought anyway. I don't know what happened in the courtroom that day." He also told Entertainment Tonight, "She's holding up. I can't say she's doing great but she looks good. She keeps her spirits up and tries to make us feel like she's OK but she's really not. She wants to be home. She says she's got an easy job, she likes it, she doesn't wanna change, I think she wipes down a couple tables a day. She's done within three minutes and that her job. I think she's making a dollar a day or maybe a dollar a month, I'm not sure." Teresa is expected to be released in December and Joe will begin his 41-month sentence.

    REZA FARAHAN OF 'SHAHS OF SUNSET' IS MARRIED: Shahs of Sunset star Reza Farahan is married. The Bravo star exchanged vows with husband Adam Neely in secret last weekend. They previously called off their wedding because Reza felt they still had issues to work out before they could take the plunge. Reza and Adam have been dating since 2012 and got engaged when Reza popped the question in Palm Spring in August of last year.

    'JACKASS' STAR STEVE-O GETS JAIL TIME FOR SEAWORLD STUNT: Steve-O from Jackass has been sentenced to 30 days in jail over a crane-climbing stunt last month to protest SeaWorld. He pleaded no contest to trespassing and using illegal fireworks. Steve-O will also be on probation for three years and must reimburse the city of L.A. $14,000 for the emergency response. He wrote on Instagram on Wednesday (October 7th,) "Considering I've become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I'm ready to go to jail -- not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it's nice to let people know I haven't lost my edge. What can I say, I'm a jackass. My whole crane-climbing, fireworks debacle really turned out to be pretty meaningful in the end, too. I mean, if your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get yourself locked up!"

    CAREY MULLIGAN HAS GIVEN BIRTH: Carey Mulligan has given birth to her first child with husband Marcus Mumford. The news comes after she attended the British Film Institute's London Film Festival on Wednesday (October 7th) without a baby bump. A source told E! News, "Carey has given birth to a healthy and happy baby. She is just enjoying this time with her family and close friends." She and Marcus have been married since 2012. Nobody from Carey or Marcus' camp has confirmed the news.

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    Halloween is still a few weeks away but Ashley Benson has already managed to stir up some drama regarding her costume this year.

    The 25-year-old Pretty Little Liars star posted a photo of herself to Instagram dressed a lion and wrote, "Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this cecil the lion costume? @yandy #thanksyandy #halloweencostume." Following many negative messages in the comment section, Ashley removed the Cecil reference in the caption and kept it as "Help! Can't decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this lion costume? @yandy #thanksyandy #halloweencostume" The change did not stop people from continuing to bash Ashley for the insensitive post.

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    Aziz Ansari could not be happier with how his real life parents acted on his upcoming Netflix series, Master of None.

    The comedian recently chatted with People about his decision to cast them to play his on-screen mom and dad saying, "There's not a ton of older Indian people that are out there in the acting game, so I wrote these characters kind of based on my parents, and I couldn't find anyone who really felt like my parents, so I just got my parents to do it. They did a fantastic job." Aziz continued, "It was definitely hard because they'd never acted before, and I think when you're trying to get someone who's a non-actor to do these things, the tricky part is teaching them to stop trying and to be very natural and not try to be funny. So it took a little bit to get that, but they picked up pretty fast. They were both really good. It makes you realize how easy acting is."

    • Master of None features Aziz playing an Indian-American actor navigating life as a thirtysomething in New York. It launches on Netflix on November 6th.

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    Meryl Streep wants more of a gender balance on Rotten Tomatoes' tomatometer.

    The Suffragette star recently told The Daily Beast, "In the United States when people go to find a movie to watch at night, to go out to the movies they go to something called Rotten Tomatoes. So I went deep, deep, deep, deep into Rotten Tomatoes. There are 168 women. And I thought that's absolutely fantastic, and if there were 168 men it would be balanced. If there were 268 men it would be unfair but I would be used to it, if there were 360, if there were 4... actually there are 760 men who weigh in on the Tomatometer. There are 168 women. And I thought that's absolutely fantastic, and if there were 168 men it would be balanced. If there were 268 men it would be unfair but I would be used to it, if there were 360, if there were 4... actually there are 760 men who weigh in on the Tomatometer."

    • Meryl also addressed the backlash over referring to herself as a humanist rather than a feminist saying, "There's a phrase in this film that says 'Deeds, not words.' And that's sort of where I stand on that. I let the actions of my life stand for where I am. Contend with that -- not the words."
    • Suffragette currently has a tomatometer rating of 78%.

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    QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS LANDS BOOK DEAL: 12-year-old former Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis has inked a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster. The pre-teen will write a chapter-book trilogy and a picture book with the first book set for release in January of 2017. She said in a statement, "Reading is very important. It allows people to form a visual experience in their minds of what is going on in the story. I hope all readers enjoy using their imaginations along with me and take a journey into my books." It is rumored that she will be paid six figures for her work.

    UK BANS CHRISTINA HENDRICKS' CLAIROL AD: The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK has banned a Clairol ad featuring Mad Men's Christina Hendricks for being misleading. The group claims that the company faked the star's dye jobs to make her hair appear more vibrant. They explained, "After the October 2014 TV shoots, Christina Hendricks used the same red shade until during March 2015, when her hair was again colored with the blonde shade in order to prepare for a press 'reveal' and to ensure P&G were in a position to substantiate the claims in the new TV ad. They said that had been the best way to obtain support for the claims while fitting in with the model's schedule...They provided a signed statement from the colorist that related to that occasion, along with a signed statement from Christina Hendricks and 'before' and 'after' shots, from both the ad and the press announcement." Procter & Gamble responded to the announcement saying that they were "disappointed" but "respect the final decision of the ASA and will be removing the television copy from air with immediate effect."

    A&E ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW ABOUT BURYING PEOPLE ALIVE: A&E has announced plans for a new special called Fear: Buried Alive. It is being described as a psychological experiment where participants will be buried in order to conquer their fears. The special is expected to air just before Halloween.

    'THE MARTIAN' ACTRESS ADDED TO 'POWER RANGERS' REBOOT: The Martian actress Naomi Scott has landed the role of the pink ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. Project Almanac's Dean Israelite has been hired to direct. It will be released in 2017.

    MARK AND JAY DUPLASS LAUNCH OSCAR CAMPAIGN FOR 'TANGERINE' STARS: Magnolia Pictures and Mark and Jay Duplass have launched a new campaign to score Oscar nominations for the transgender stars of their film Tangerine. Kitana "Kiki" Rodriguez and Mya Taylor are the first trans actresses to be supported by a movie distributor for an awards campaign. Mark told Variety, "This is the time for it. We're in the middle of a civil rights movement. Maybe we're not the first one to get a trans actor nominated. It's not a loss if we don't. This is a long play in our minds." Tangerine hit theaters back in July in limited release.

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This day in music history: Tuesday, October 6th

1979, 'Gotta Serve Somebody' gave Bob Dylan his twelfth US top 40 hit when it entered the chart for the first time. Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the song won Dylan the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1980.

This day in music history: Wednesday, October 7th

1967, Born on this day, Toni Braxton, singer, (1996 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Un Break My Heart').

This day in music history: Thursday, October 8th

1988, On their 12th single release, U2 scored their first UK No.1 with 'Desire.' The track which was also a US No.3 hit was taken from their album 'Rattle And Hum.'

This day in music history: Friday, October 9th

1976, One hit wonders Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'A Fifth Of Beethoven', it made No.28 in the UK.

This day in music history: Monday, October 12th

1975, Rod Stewart and The Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.

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