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 email@example.com. KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament
KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!
Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.
Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.
The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide. Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.
The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area. Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m.July 29, 2014.
With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department. “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.” “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”
Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte. Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder. Anderson is currently being held without bond.
KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament
KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!
KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play
James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios
Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.
Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest
Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift 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
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsA few years back, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on an episode of 30 Rock, but the ex-Beatles star also was once offered a cameo role on another hit NBC sitcom, a little show called Friends.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Friends casting director Leslie Litt revealed that she'd wanted Sir Paul to portray Ross Geller's British father-in-law in the two-part finale for the series' fourth season in 1998.
"I went through his manager and gave him all the details," explained Litt recalled. "One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself!"
Unfortunately, McCartney declined Litt's offer. "He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him," she noted.
In the episodes, most of the Friends crew fly to London for Ross' wedding to Emily Waltham. At the altar, Ross ends up saying the name of his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, but he and Emily still go through with the marriage. The part of Emily's dad, Stephen Waltham, ended up going to veteran British actor Tom Conti.
Interscope RecordsDennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California. KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.
Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour. The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts at the L.A. area venue The Forum.
In a statement posted on the band's official website, U2 frontman Bono says of Sheehan, "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in. He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable."
Arthur Fogel, a rep for tour promoter Live Nation, also released a message that declares, "With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2's longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family."
Sheehan was born in 1946; he was 68 at the time of his death. According to Billboard, he grew up in Ireland and played in a rock band throughout his teen years, then began working for various artists, including Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin, in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Sheehan's long tenure with U2 began prior to the release of the group's 1983 album, War.
Image Courtesy of Webster PRGlen Campbell's smash hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" was released 40 years ago this week. To celebrate the single's milestone birthday, Dolly Parton and a number of other country stars were filmed singing the tune for a video that's been posted at People.com.
Other artists featured in the clip include Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Darius Rucker and Sara Evans.
In 1975, "Rhinestone Cowboy" reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country charts, becoming the first single to accomplish that since Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" did it in 1961.
Image Courtesy of Brian SetzerMusic fan who loves that old-time rock 'n' roll likely will want to check out the new joint tour featuring former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, which kicks off tonight, May 27, in Red Bank, New Jersey. The 18-date trek will make its way across North America over the next few weeks, winding down with a June 20 concert in Saratoga, California.
Setzer, who toured with Thorogood and his band back in the late '80s, tells ABC Radio that the bill "works because our crowds overlap. You know, the blues and roots and rockabilly thing seems to work together."
Brian says he's excited about the trek because it will give him the chance to introduce more fans to songs from his latest solo album, 2014's Rockabilly Riot! All Original.
"Part of the problem now with making records is you make a record and it just goes by and it's over," he explains. "A lot of the big idea behind touring with George was [so] I could get out there and play these new songs."
As you'd expect, the album features songs inspired by classic late-'50s rock 'n' roll, but with some modern elements added in.
"I've always liked to mix the old with the new stuff," says Setzer. "There's a lot of songs in here I don't think that would have been written in the rockabilly style of the '50s. They just didn't play those kind of chords with it yet, you know? It was too soon."
As for what his fans can expect to hear during the tour, Brian says that, in addition to selections from Rockabilly Riot!, he's planning to play Stray Cats classics like "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut"; older solo gems such as "Ignition"; and covers of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Among the Rockabilly Riot! songs he intends to perform is lead single "Let's Shake," which is his favorite track from the record.
Setzer also tells ABC Radio that he's hoping to convince Thorogood to join him on stage.
"I gotta corner George," says Brian. "He doesn't like to jam, so I gotta corner him out and say, 'Come on! We gotta have some common ground here.'"
Setzer currently has no other shows lined up past the joint tour with Thorogood, although he tells ABC Radio that he may head to Japan later in the year for some solo shows. He's also planning to mount a 2015 edition of his annual holiday tour with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, which he expects will kick off in the middle of November. In addition, Brian has been working on a new recording project in Nashville about which he's expecting to announce details soon.
Here are all of the dates on Setzer's tour with George Thorogood and the Destroyers:
5/27 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 5/29 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 5/30 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC 5/31 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion 6/2 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 6/4 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama 6/5 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 6/6 -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino 6/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 6/9 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom 6/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre 6/12 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino 6/13 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Hotel & Casino 6/14 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens 6/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino 6/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys by the Bay 6/19 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino 6/20 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesAs part of The Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a second installment in a series of vinyl box sets featuring replicas of the band's early singles will be released on August 14. The Reaction Singles 1966 collection contains five seven-inch discs -- four singles and a five-track EP -- originally issued on Robert Stigwood's U.K. label Reaction Records.
Each disc in the box set is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in paper sleeves. The records are packaged in a "lid-and-tray" box, and the collection also includes a booklet featuring liner notes by Who biographer Mark Blake.
The Who's Reaction releases came out after the band parted ways with producer Shel Talmy and the Brunswick Records label. Among the singles included in the new box set are two that feature "Substitute" as an A-side, and, respectively, the songs "Circles" (renamed "Instant Party" for legal reasons) and an instrumental titled "Waltz for a Pig" on the B-side. Interestingly, the latter tune wasn't recorded by The Who at all, but rather by The Graham Bond Organization -- a band Stigwood was managing at the time -- although it was credited to The Who Orchestra.
Also included in the vinyl compilation are the singles "I'm a Boy" and "Happy Jack," each featuring obscure B-sides, and the Ready Steady Who EP. The EP contains various lesser-known tunes by the band, including the group's covers of the Batman theme, Jan and Dean's "Bucket T" and The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."
The Reaction Singles 1966 box set follows the April release of The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 collection. Two additional vinyl singles box sets, focusing respectively on recordings issued by the Track and Polydor labels, also are due out before the end of 2015.
Here is the track list for The Reaction Singles 1966 box set:
"Substitute" b/w "Circles," aka "Instant Party" "Substitute" b/w "Waltz for a Pig" (B-side credited to The Who Orchestra) "I'm a Boy" b/w "In the City" Ready Steady Who EP: "Disguises" and "Circles" b/w "Batman," "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann" "Happy Jack" b/w "I've Been Away"
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi is one of the many artists featured on the Finding Neverland: The Album, and now we get to hear his contribution. People has a first listen to the track, called "Beautiful Day" -- a cheerful anthem about seizing the moment.
"Everybody knows Peter Pan, and I guess in some essence you could always say that every rock and roll star is Peter Pan -- they never want to grow up," the singer tells People.
The album is a collection of reimagined songs from the new Broadway musical about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name. Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez are among the other artists who recorded tracks for the album.
Finding Neverland: The Album will be released June 9.
Reprise RecordsNeil Young has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album The Monsanto Years, which he recorded with Promise of the Real, the band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas. The nine-song collection, which focuses on topical environmental and ecological issues such as the sale of genetically modified food, will be released on June 29.
The Monsanto Years initially will be available as a CD/DVD set and as a standard-resolution and high-res digital download. A vinyl edition of the record will follow sometime in August. Those who pre-order the album now will immediately receive digital versions of two songs -- "Big Box" and "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop." A video for the latter tune currently is viewable at DemocracyNow.org.
Young had performed live with Promise of the Real at several events before recording with the group, which now also includes Nelson's son Micah. Neil has lined up a U.S. trek with the band dubbed the Rebel Content Tour, which is mapped out from a July 5 show at Milwaukee's Summerest through a July 24 performance at the Wayhome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada. People purchasing tickets to the concerts -- not including festival dates -- will receive their choice of a free copy of the Monsanto Years CD/DVD package of one of the digital versions of the album.
Here is the track list of The Monsanto Years:
CD: "A New Day for Love" "Wolf Moon" "People Want to Hear About Love" "Big Box" "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" "Workin' Man" "Rules of Change" "Monsanto Years" "If I Don't Know"
DVD: "Big Box" "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" "Rules of Change" "Workin' Man" "Monsanto Years" "A New Day for Love" "Wolf Moon" "People Want to Hear About Love" "If I Don't Know"
And here are the dates for Young and Promise of the Real's Rebel Content Tour:
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater 7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 7/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/14 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/16 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 7/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Expo 7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 7/22 -- Great Woods, MA, Xfinity Center 7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Wayhome Festival
Rubén Martín/RCA RecordsThis Sunday, Carlos Santana and his group will wind down their latest series of shows as part of their ongoing Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and will follow that with a month-long summer European tour leg that kicks off June 30. Santana then will return to the U.S. for a late-summer outing running from an August 14 performance in Forest Hills, New York, through an August 29-30 stand at the Ravinia festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
The U.S. tour dates include an appearance at the 2015 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as stops in Boston and Baltimore and an August 21-22 engagement in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On both the European tour and the U.S. trek, Carlos and company will be promoting Santana's star-studded 2014 Latin album, Corazon. The band also has scheduled one fall date for the outing, an October 31 concert in Tucson, Arizona.
Santana also has two other series of Las Vegas residency dates on the books this year, taking place in late September and early November, respectively. On top of that, Carlos will make a special appearance at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival on September 12, when he will hit the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends, the musical collective led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist.
Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. performances:
5/27, 29-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay 8/14 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 8/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC 8/16 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival 8/18 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 8/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/21-22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort 8/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/25 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Concert Pavilion 8/28 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 8/29-30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia *9/12 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival 9/16, 18-20, 23, 25-27 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay 10/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater 11/4, 6-8, 11, 13-15 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
* = Carlos Santana playing as special guest with Phil Lesh and Friends.
Credit: Ross HalfinPete Townshend says he has a multifaceted creative project in the works that will include music and a book, but it isn't clear if The Who will be involved. In a new interview with BarnesandNoble.com, the guitarist/songwriter reveals, "I am working on a magnum opus that will begin with the publication of a short novel in 2016."
Townshend also reports that he's "writing new songs all the time," although he admits that after The Who winds down its 50th anniversary tour, he's planning to "slow down again." He explains, "I have done this a few times in the past, but I need it now more than ever: time to enjoy what I have, to be happy and relaxed."
The in-store event takes place a day before The Who wraps up its current North American tour leg with a show in Forest Hills, New York, and a day before Townshend will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, which will be held at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.
As previously reported, Pete's longtime girlfriend Rachel Fuller created the orchestrations for the project, which were performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Robert Ziegler. Lead vocal duties were handled by respected British tenor Alfie Boe, Townshend played guitar throughout the album, and Pete and Billy Idol also contributed vocals.
Townshend tells BarnesandNoble.com that he was amazed at how well the orchestral interpretations of the songs on Quadrophenia worked. Among the reasons he cites for The Who's music lending itself to orchestral reimagining are Keith Moon's classically influenced style of drumming, the fact that bassist John Entwistle incorporated horns into the original album and that Roger Daltrey was at a vocal peak when he sang the songs. Townshend adds, "I was also adept at using analogue synthesizers, especially for orchestral emulation."
A debut live performance of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia will take place July 5 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Three fall performances also have been scheduled in other cities -- on October 13 in Cologne, Germany, October 26 in Munich, and October 31 in Vienna.
Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelIt's been more than 40 years since famed folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel broke up, but Art Garfunkel apparently still remains troubled by childhood friend and longtime collaborator Paul Simon's decision to end their creative partnership. In an interview with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, Garfunkel admitted that he would gladly reunite with Simon for another tour, then directed some pointed comments toward Simon that seemingly displayed his continued bitterness about the split, which followed the release of their hugely successful 1971 album Bridge over Troubled Water.
"How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul?" Garfunkel declared. "What's going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?"
Regarding his feelings about a reunion trek, Art maintained that they're the same as they've been for decades. "When we get together, with his guitar, it's a delight to both of our ears. A little bubble comes over us and it seems effortless. We blend," he said. "So, as far as this half is concerned, I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?'"
Garfunkel also revealed that he would have preferred it if the duo had just taken a year-long break in '71 and then gotten back together, explaining that at the time, Simon "was getting on my nerves." Regarding Paul's decision to break up after the release of their biggest album, Art said, "[I]t seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. Crazy."
Meanwhile, the Telegraph interviewer asked whether Garfunkel thought the diminutive Simon might have a Napoleon complex that would explain his resentment toward Art.
"I think you're on to something. I would say so, yes," Garfunkel responded. He then maintained that back in their school days, he felt sorry for Paul because of his small stature, and to compensate he offered him his friendship. He added, "And that compensation gesture has created a monster."
Art also recalled an interesting conversation he once had with George Harrison during which the late Beatles guitarist compared his relationship with Paul McCartney to Garfunkel's with Simon.
"George came up to me at a party once and said 'my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you,'" said Garfunkel. "He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us. The Pauls sidelined us." Art explained that he considered McCartney "a hell of a music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory."
JESSICA LANGE TO RETEAM WITH RYAN MURPHY:Jessica Lange is reteaming with her American Horror Story boss Ryan Murphy for an upcoming stint on Broadway. She will star alongside Gabriel Byrne and Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. in a production of Eugene O'Neill'sLong Day's Journey Into Night. Jessica will play the role of morphine addict Mary Tyrone which she previously played in London back in 2000. The show is being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Ryan. Previews are set to begin on March 31st, 2016.
RYAN SEACREST TO HOST NEW REALITY SHOW: Ryan Seacrest will be hosting a new summer series called Knock Knock Live on Fox. The show involves a team that travels country showing up at the front door of lucky winners who stand the chance of winning cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrity, or "turning their dreams into reality." Ryan will also be an executive producer on the show. The show premieres on July 21st.
'JONNY QUEST' MOVIE TO BE DIRECTED BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: Robert Rodriguez has signed on to rewrite and direct a live-action adaptation of Jonny Quest. The movie will be based on the Hanna-Barbera animated series from the 1960s. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson were attached to star in the film back when Peter Segal was in the director chair. It is unclear if they are still being considered for the leads.
ADVERTISERS ABANDON '19 KIDS AND COUNTING': Several companies are distancing themselves from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting after news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal from over a decade ago. Both Payless Shoes and Choice Hotels announced on Twitter over the weekend that they have removed all advertising from the show. General Mills has also pulled their ads. The news comes a few days after TLC revealed that they will be pulling all episodes of the reality series from the air effective immediately.
JADEN SMITH RUMORED TO BE STARRING IN 'STATIC SHOCK': Rumors are circulating that Jaden Smith will be playing the superhero Static Shock in a new series. The news was first brought up by actor Tyler James Williams during an interview with Flicks and the City where he said, "It's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden." The news has not been addressed by Jaden or by Warner Bros. where the project is in development.
Melissa McCarthy is fighting for plus-size girls everywhere. The Spy star discusses her upcoming clothing line, Seven7, in the new issue of More magazine where she explains the difficulty that women who wear larger sizes face.
Melissa says, "People don't stop at size 12. I feel like there's a big thing missing where you can't dress to your mood above a certain number. Malls segregate plus-size. It's an odd thing that you can't go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. 'We'll put you gals over there because we don't want to see you and you probably don't want to be seen.'" She continues, "There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country. I would love to be a part of breaking that down. Only wear solids? Don't wear bright colors? That's not real. Somebody made up these rules, and I disagree."
The Seven7 line debuts in August at several stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Macy's. It will also be sold on MelissaMcCarthy.com.
The line will include around 80 pieces from sizes four to 28 with prices from $59 to $159.
Martin Sheen admits to feeling powerless during his son, Charlie Sheen's, public meltdown back in 2011. The Grace and Frankie actor discussed the tough time during a recent interview with the Radio Times.
Martin said, "What he was going through at that time, we were powerless to do much. Except to pray for him and lift him up. You try to be as present as possible. But you have to be aware of the circumstances. You have to be aware of many things that the public is not aware of. Only those of us that knew him understood what was going on. I'm talking about steroids, at that time. He was in a very desperate situation. And he was doing what he felt would get him out of it -- going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him."
The 74-year-old also revealed how his own struggle with sobriety factored into how he approached the situation with his son saying, "You can assure them you're there and you love them, but you cannot effect change. That's your ego, for the most part. You pray for a moment of clarity, you trust in a higher power and you never, ever give up hope. Because that is a measure of despair."
Martin has been sober for nearly 30 years. He suffered a heart attack due to heavy drinking while working on Apocalypse Now back in 1977.
Kim Richards' break from rehab for her daughter's wedding may have caused her to relapse. Sources tell TMZ that the event in Cabo was disastrous for the reality star which allegedly led her sober coach to quit.
Kim was reportedly acting out which had many people convinced that she was either high or drunk or both. Nobody saw her take anything but her behavior left little room for questioning. Kim apparently even confronted her daughter Brooke, the bride, immediately following the wedding and acted belligerent in front of the groom's family.
Brooke has allegedly vowed not to speak to her mother again.
Kim was given until Monday (May 25th) to report back to rehab but she did not check back in and nobody has heard from her.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers admits that his recent fall off the wagon in London was a huge mistake. The 37-year-old actor has issued an apology for the relapse through the Instagram page of his fiancée, Mara Lane.
He shared a photo of Mara who appears to be crying and wrote, "Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologize for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me. I stopped drinking immediately and it is no reflection on Damascus Cover as I was not meant to attend Cannes this year and I apologize to fans and colleagues. I am on the mend and thank well-wishers and sorry for my disheveled appearance as I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I'm living a healthy life. Love and blessings. #Rebel #Angel"
The post is a response to several photos that made the round earlier this month showing Jonathan drinking vodka straight out of the bottle and looking worse for wear.
His struggle with alcohol has been an issue for several years. He was hospitalized back in 2011 after relapsing and it was rumored that NBC withheld his salary for Dracula back in 2013 to make sure that his addiction didn't get in the way during filming.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY GIVES BIRTH:Keira Knightley is a mom. Sources have confirmed that she and husband James Righton have welcomed their first child. No additional information has been released about the birth. Keira first announced her pregnancy on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year.
KENDALL JENNER MAY HAVE A NEW MAN: 19-year-old Kendall Jenner sparked romance rumors with 30-year-old racecar driver Lewis Hamilton after she was photographed wearing his gold chain after the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo over the weekend. Kendall cheered Hamilton on alongside fellow models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and Hailey Baldwin. Lewis was previously linked to Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.
LILY COLLINS REKINDLES FORMER ROMANCE: Lily Collins appears to be back together with Jamie Campbell Bower. The actress has been posting several photos to her Instagram page hinting that their relationship is back on. She captioned the pictures, "Some things strike a chord so strong...That they leave a constant melody playing in your head...Sometimes it just is what it is...And what it is, is something quite beautiful..." Lily and Jamie worked together on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and started dating for about a year before splitting in August of 2013. She was recently linked to Chris Evans but the rumors were never confirmed.
ROBERT REDFORD EXPLAINS GRIM SITUATION TO GRADUATES:Robert Redford spoke at the graduation for Maine's Colby College on Sunday (May 24th) where he chose not to sugarcoat anything for the students about to enter the real world. He explained, "You're stepping into a world that's, well, pretty rough. It's pretty chaotic, pretty divisive. You've got climate change, you've got debt, you've got wars, you've got political paralysis. It's kind of a grim story." He went on to say, "But the story, I think, can be retold and I really believe that you're the ones to do it." Redford advised the crowd to not be afraid of failure or taking risks. His grandson was part of the class who earned their degrees that day.
'GAME OF THRONES' STAR REVEALS SHE IS EXPECTING A DAUGHTER:Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has revealed she is having a baby girl. She broke the news in a post on PlanUSA.org which she titled "My Daughter." Lena wrote, "I am having a baby girl in six weeks. You have all been so lovely in your messages to me, and I thank you for that. My daughter will have freedom of choice. She will be free to dance, to sing, to be educated in the fields that spark her passion, to marry if she wants, to marry WHO she wants, to remain single, or to fall in love with another woman. She'll be able to wear what she wants, put on lipstick, and read books that spark debate and expand her mind. She will be loved, protected, respected, and celebrated." Lena first announced her pregnancy to People magazine back in February. She is already a mom to son, Wylie, with her ex-husband Peter Loughran.
Lamar Odom still thinks he has a chance to repair his marriage with estranged with Khloe Kardashian. TMZ ran into Odom in Santa Monica and when asked if there was a chance that they could get back together, he said, "Of course" adding "that's my girl still."
Meanwhile, sources told the site that as of right now, no signs point to a divorce.
In other Kardashian news, Khloe was under fire yesterday (May 26th) after posting a picture on her Intagram page of herself wearing a niqab -- which is a cloth that covers the face as a part of the traditional abaya. Khloe -- who is currently in Dubai, captioned the pic with "Habibi Love." In Dubai, most women dress according to religious and cultural customs by wearing abaya -- which is a loose over-garment that covers the body from head to toe.
Of course some people were not too pleased about Khloe's choice to wear the niqab. One IG user said, "This woman should not be the role model of anyone especially not for Muslim women." Another Instagram user said, "She's disregarding a cultural/religious symbol by appealing to her own commercial interest."
Kris Jenner wants everyone to know that she's the O.G. when it comes to Hollywood momagers. The E! star is trying to cash in on that title by trademarking it.
According to TMZ, Kris has filed legal documents to own the "momager" name in the entertainment world. Anyone else who attempts to use the term to describe their role would need to seek her permission before doing so or face a possible lawsuit.
Kris already trademarked the term to use for personal management services and in Keeping Up With the Kardashians.