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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


  • Moody Blues Bassist Hoping Band's Classic Lineup Will Reunite for Days of Future Passed's 50th Anniversary

    Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesA major milestone in the history of The Moody Blues is approaching in the not-too-distant future, as the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's landmark concept album, Days of Future Passed, will take place in the fall of 2017.  The group's longtime bassist, John Lodge, admits that he already has been thinking about how The Moodys might mark the occasion, and his plan likely will thrill many of the band's diehard fans.

    Lodge tells ABC Radio that he would like the anniversary celebration to feature The Moody Blues performing the album in its entirety with an orchestra, adding that he'd also like his former band mates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to be involved.

    Singer/flutist Thomas and singer/keyboardist Pinder, both 73, have been retired from music for quite a while, so Lodge explains that the tricky part of his plan is "finding a way of doing it without them having to tour."

    Thomas exited The Moody Blues in 2002, while Pinder left the band back in 1978, although both men make a cameo appearance on Lodge's new solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, which will be released on May 5.

    Lodge won't divulge too much information about his ideas for the reunion project, but he tells ABC Radio, "If it works, I think it will be fantastic because it'll work because it's a natural thing to do…I'm not trying to force it to work.  It'll be because it's supposed to be."

    Lodge says he regularly spends time with Thomas, since they live near each other in the U.K., but he hasn't seen Pinder for many years.  That's set to change in the coming week or two when The Moody Blues' current U.S. tour stops in Northern California -- where Mike has lived since the late 1970s.  Lodge reveals that Pinder intends to make it out to one of the band's shows in the area.

    Lodge's friendship with Pinder and Thomas predates The Moody Blues, as the three musicians all played together in a group called El Riot and the Rebels that broke up in 1963.  Thomas and Pinder helped found The Moodies the following year, and Lodge joined the group in 1966, shortly before longtime singer/guitarist Justin Hayward.

    John says of his connection with Thomas and Pinder, "They've been an integral part of my life and you can't dismiss that.  You know, it's locked in there.  It's part of the gene."

    Ray lent his flute skills and Mike played Mellotron on a song called "Simply Magic" on Lodge's new album.  The Moody Blues kick off the West Coast leg of their U.S. tour on Wednesday in Seattle.

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  • KISS Teaming Up with Scooby-Doo in New Full-Length Animated Film

    Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentZoinks!  A new animated feature film starring everybody's favorite makeup-wearing rock band, KISS, and everybody's favorite mystery-solving canine, Scooby-Doo, will be arriving in the summer.  Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and as a high-def digital download on July 21.

    The movie's plot is centered on a big concert the rockers are scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World.  The show is set to take place on Halloween, but a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors, which may lead to the cancellation of the performance.

    Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. sleuths -- Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred -- proceed to team up with KISS' members to see if they can foil the Crimson Witch's sinister plan, which involves the summoning an evil character named The Destroyer that seeks to destroy the Earth.

    The movie features six classic KISS songs, as well as voice cameos from a variety of celebrities, including Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.

    "KISS's spectacular theatrics mixed with Scooby-Doo's delightful antics create the perfect blend for an original new story," says Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Mary Ellen Thomas.  "This film is pure fun.  Adults will delight in seeing one of America's greatest rock bands, KISS, presented in gorgeous animation and kids will be entertained by Scooby-Doo solving a rock and roll mystery with his pals."

    This actually isn't the first time KISS will be joining forces with Scooby and the gang.  A cartoon version of the band also appeared on a 2003 Halloween episode of the TV show What's New, Scooby-Doo?

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  • Elton John Named UK's Most Generous Celebrity

    ABC/Randy HolmesElton John's not just a multi-multi-millionaire -- he's also a charitable one.  On The Sunday Times' annual "Rich List," he's named as the U.K.'s most generous celebrity, donating just under $36 million to charity last year.

    The Times reports Elton gave away what amounts to 8.9% of his overall wealth, mostly to his AIDS Foundations in the UK and the U.S.  Other charitable British celebs include Coldplay, who gave away $5.5 million via their charitable foundation, and Eric Clapton donated just over $2 million, raised from his Crossroads Guitar Festival, to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which treats drug and alcohol addiction.

    Also on the list are George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, who gave $1.6 million to charity.

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  • Neil Young Releasing New Album, Touring with Band Featuring Willie Nelson's Sons

    Credit: Danny ClinchNeil Young will turn 70 later this year, but age doesn't seem to be slowing the folk-rock legend down at all.  Rolling Stone reports that Young will release a new album titled The Monsanto Years on June 16, just over seven months after his previous record, Storytone, hit stores.

    Neil collaborated on the new album with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a band that features Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and MicahThe Monsanto Years, which is described as a "politically/ecologically-charged album," will be available on CD and vinyl, as well as a standard and high-res digital download.

    According to JamBase, Young and Promise of the Real will launch a North American summer trek called the Rebel Content Tour in support of the new record.  The outing currently is scheduled to run from a July 5 appearance at Milwaukee's Summerfest through a July 24 headlining performance at the inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival near Toronto.  Opening for Young and Promise of the Real on select dates will be Band of Horses and Norah Jones' side band Puss N' Boots.

    People purchasing tickets for the upcoming shows will receive a standard CD or digital copy of The Monsanto Years.

    In related news, this past Thursday, Neil and Promise of the Real played a surprise intimate concert at the SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, California.  The show featured performances of a bunch of brand-new tunes that are expected to appear on The Monsanto Years, as well as a helping of classic tunes from throughout Young's career.  You can check out photos and video clips from the event at

    Young first revealed that he was working on a new album with Nelson's sons back in January during a Q&A session at a Las Vegas trade show.

    Here are all of Young and Promise of the Real's upcoming tour dates, according to

    7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
    7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks
    7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks
    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
    7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Exposition
    7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
    7/22 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
    7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, WayHome Music & Art Festival

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  • The Rolling Stones Among the Many Bands to Be Featured in New "Guitar Hero" Game

    Credit: Brian RasicIt's time to dust off your plastic guitars and realize your rock star destiny -- Guitar Hero is coming back. The new installment in the series, entitled Guitar Hero Live, will be released this fall. The game's initial track list includes songs by The Rolling Stones, as well as by such younger acts as Green Day, The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, The Lumineers and Gray Clark Jr.

    The launch trailer for Guitar Hero Live shows off the game's new first-person mode. If that's not enough to give you stage fright, the live action crowd will boo you in real time if you mess up, and your virtual band mates will shoot you dirty looks if you're not doing your part. Of course, if you hit every note, the crowd and your band mates will treat you like the rock star that you are.

    Guitar Hero Live also features a selection of fictional bands that you can join in the game, including Broken Tide, who can be seen in the launch trailer. Other fictional bands include Blackout Conspiracy, who are probably really into metal, and Portland Cloud Orchestra, who most likely are of the indie-folk persuasion.

    Guitar Hero Live will be released this fall on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices.

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  • Ringo & Paul Reunite as Rock, Blues, R&B & Punk Are Ushered Into Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland

    Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameRingo Starr playing with Green DayJoan Jett singing with Dave Grohl and Miley Cyrus.  It's the kind of stuff that only happens at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.  As usual, the very, very long night featured a mix of once-in-a-lifetime performances, emotional speeches and plenty of rock and roll attitude.

    The show opened with inductees Joan Jett & the Blackhearts walking onstage to perform "Bad Reputation."  They were then joined by Dave Grohl for "Cherry Bomb," the song made famous by Jett's previous band The Runaways.  Next, it was "Crimson & Clover," performed with Grohl and Tommy James, the man who wrote it, not to mention Miley Cyrus.  Miley, who cites Jett as her biggest inspiration, inducted the band by beginning her speech, "I wanna start telling you about the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett."

    Jett herself received a standing ovation, and, while tearing up, told the crowd, "I was really gonna try not to cry and be tough but that's a little overwhelming there!"  She made an impassioned plea for the true meaning of rock and roll, explaining, "We've become so conditioned to measuring our music's impact in dollar signs only, that we can forget what it's really about:  the music! Emotion, expression, giving a voice to those who aren't satisfied fitting into whatever box they were given."  She also thanked pretty much every single person who ever had anything to do with her career.

    Here's a rundown of the show's other highlights:

    --It's certainly a thrill anytime the two surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, get together, and McCartney was on hand to induct Ringo into the Hall.  He was the last of the Beatles to get in as a solo artist, and McCartney campaigned hard to get his old friend the honor.  In his speech, McCartney recalled how he, George Harrison and John Lennon knew Ringo was the right drummer for them when he was able to play a tricky Ray Charles song that few could get correct. "Ringo nailed it!" said Paul delightedly.

    "He just is something so special," he added. "I mean, when he's playing behind you...a lot of these bands...they're looking 'round at the drummer, like, 'Is he going to speed up? Is he going to slow down?' You don't have to look with Ringo, it just is there."  Ringo, the night's final inductee, then took the stage and gave a lengthy speech about his life and career, even giving up-and-coming bands this pearl of wisdom: "When you're in the van, if you fart, own up!"  He then joined Green Day to perform the Shirelles' hit "Boys," and finally, all the inductees and presenters jammed out on "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."

    --Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day, with both singer Patrick Stump and bass player Pete Wentz explaining why, to them, Green Day is the epitome of punk rock.  Listing all the band's most "punk rock" accomplishments, Wentz spoke of the band's magnum opus, American Idiot, by saying, "When, in an era of basically no socially-conscious discourse in pop music, you put out a scathingly political rock opera and somehow managed to make that your career-redefining, Grammy-winning, smash-hit second act, that was insanely f***ing punk rock!"  He ended the speech by saying, "So let some Reddit feed argue the definition of punk rock. Me? I already have my answer."

    Billie Joe Armstrong took the stage to talk about the band's early beginnings, his family, his long friendship with his band mates Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt, and his passion for music.  "I love rock and roll music, I always have, soon as I opened my eyes and took my first breath - I am a fan," he told the crowd. "And that's the one thing that I'm gonna close with, is that I love rock and roll and I'll love it for the rest of my life."  Drummer Tre Cool spoke of the band's tight bond, saying, "We grow older, and we change, and we get weirder, and crazier and, it's awesome.  We grow together, and with every beat of the drum, our love for music gets even stronger."   Green Day then performed "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basketcase."

    --John Mayer inducted his all-time idol, the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his band Double Trouble.  Mayer's eloquent speech was built around the concept that Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990, was "the ultimate guitar hero," and introduced blues to the MTV generation by presenting it in a modern way.  He also revealed that it was Vaughan, who battled substance abuse only to emerge clean and sober, who inspired him to reject drugs and alcohol throughout his career. 

    Vaughan's brother Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds accepted on his brother's behalf, saying, "I just want you to know I couldn't be more proud of him. He was the most wonderful, cool, talented little brother anybody could ever have." Then, Vaughan, Double Trouble, Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. performed Vaughan's hits "Pride and Joy" and "Texas Flood," as well as Jimmie Vaughan's 1994 tribute to his brother, "Six Strings Down."

    --The most emotional moment of the evening came during the induction of the late Lou Reed, already a member of the Rock Hall as part of the Velvet Underground.  His longtime friend Patti Smith, herself a Hall of Fame member, inducted him, and choked up while reminiscing about their friendship. "Thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music,"  she said.  Then, Reed's partner of 21 years, artist and musician Laurie Anderson, took the stage for a speech in which she remembered Lou, not just as a great artist, but as the man who loved her, and who died in her arms.  She also asked the crowd to chant "Looouuu!" "one more time."

    Next, Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed Reed's classic "Vicious," while Beck took the stage to sing "Satellite of Love."  Nate Ruess of .fun was supposed to perform but he was nowhere to be found.

    --Reclusive soul singer Bill Withers, known for his hits "Lovely Day," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Use Me," was inducted by Stevie Wonder, who admitted that he wished he had written some of Withers' hits.  Withers then took the stage for the night's most rambling and most hilarious speech.  "This has got to be the largest AA meeting in the Western Hemisphere," he joked to the audience.  He finished by saying, "It's been a wonderful, odd odyssey with ups, downs and sometimes screw-me-arounds, but I will always remember the good things. Bottom line is, check this out: Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me in the Hall of Fame!"

    Stevie then performed "Ain't No Sunshine," John Legend performed "Use Me," and then Stevie, Legend and Withers himself all sang "Lean on Me."

    The other inductees included The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which helped electric blues cross over to a wider audience in the sixties, and the R&B vocal group the "5" Royales, whose members all unfortunately had passed away.  They were the first to to record "Dedicated to the One I Love," later a hit for the Shirelles and the Mamas & the PapasJ. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf inducted the Paul Butterfield Blues band, while legendary guitarist Steve Cropper inducted the Royales.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air May 30 on HBO.

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  • Joan Jett to Be Honored at Long Island, NY, Film Festival This Fall

    Credit: Bruce AdlerWhile Joan Jett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Saturday, the influential rocker will be receiving another, very different honor in the fall when New York's Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) launches a new film series in her name.  The Joan Jett Music Film Series will be part of the fourth annual LBIFF, which will be held September 24-27 at venues in the Long Island, New York, communities of Long Beach, Garden City and Rockville Centre.

    Jett, who's a former Long Beach resident, is being recognized with the series because she's supported the festival since its inception, and because organizers feel she has been inspirational to artists in both the music and film worlds.

    A press statement notes that "Joan portrays the perfect example of determination, talent, vision, compassion and success that [the festival hopes] to bestow upon our film community."

    Festival rep Rick Eberle tells ABC Radio that the series will include a variety of music-themed movies.

    In addition, the fest is setting up a scholarship in Jett's name that will reward young artists who are struggling to bring their creative visions to fruition.

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  • ABBA's Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus Opening "Mamma Mia!"-Themed Attraction in Sweden Next Year

    Credit: Jesper BrandtABBA's Björn Ulvaeus is taking a chance on a unique new business venture: a restaurant and entertainment venue inspired by Mamma Mia!, the hit musical and movie featuring the legendary Swedish pop group's classic hits.  The attraction, which is called Mamma Mia! The Party, will resemble the Greek taverna featured in the play and film, and will offer food, a stage show and the chance to role play.  It's scheduled to open on January 20, 2016, at the popular Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden.

    According to a press release, the idea behind the venue is that visitors will interact with waiters, waitresses, musicians and artists to create a unique party experience that will center around ABBA's music.

    "I've experienced the happy, warm and expectant mood of audiences in theaters around the world when the first notes of Mamma Mia! ring out across the auditorium," says Ulvaeus in a statement.  "And when people stand up in the aisles and sing and dance at the end.  That's the feeling I'd like to create with Mamma Mia! The Party."

    Björn adds, "This is an experiment, just like the musical was.  This time around the audience/guests are part of a story in real time with not only song and dance being the ingredients, but also food, wine and environment."

    Swedish newspaper The Local reports that at a press conference this past week, Ulvaeus told reporters that if the attraction does well, he may consider opening franchises in other locations.

    Before announcing his big plans, Ulvaeus launched a website that teased a "new entertainment experiment," which led some ABBA fans to speculate about a potential reunion of the group.  However, at the press event, Björn said, "That's probably not going to happen," adding, "although, you never know..."

    You can find out all the latest details about the attraction at

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  • Boston, Lionel Richie and Heart to Rock the Boat for Cruise Concert Series

    Kamal Asar; Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleGet ready for some of your favorite musical acts to rock the boat.  Boston, Lionel Richie and Heart are among the performers who'll entertain travelers aboard Carnival cruise ships during the just-announced summer and fall 2015 edition of the company's Carnival LIVE Concert Series.

    Boston will play four shows on different cruise liners -- Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy -- while the ships are docked in Nassau, Bahamas August 19, 20, 21 and 22, respectively.

    As for Richie, he will perform aboard Carnival Freedom October 14 and Carnival Pride on October 15, while those ships also are visiting Nassau.

    About a week later, Heart will rock the stage with three shipboard performances in Cozumel, Mexico: October 20 aboard Carnival Paradise, October 21 aboard Carnival Ecstasy, and October 22 aboard Carnival Breeze.

    The Carnival LIVE Concert Series also includes previously announced shows by Smokey Robinson and Styx.  The Motown legend will hit the stage April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel, Mexico, while the veteran rockers will perform on July 16, 17, 18 and 20 in Nassau.

    Carnival LIVE tickets range from $35 to $75 for general admission.  VIP tickets are available for $125 to $250 and offer seating in the first four rows, a photo opportunity with the artist, and a commemorative concert pass.  Visit for a full lineup and more details about the series.

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  • Happy Record Store Day 2015, Vinyl Lovers!

    Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the eighth annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 18.  As always, the initiative features a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl-only releases that are available exclusively at independent record shops around the U.S. and in other countries too.  Among the many veteran artists who will be issuing collectible discs in conjunction with the campaign are Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.

    McCartney's contribution is an LP featuring the long-out-of-print The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording, while Wilson's offering is a seven-inch single featuring the songs "The Right Time" and "Sail Away" from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure.

    The Bee Gees' Record Store Day release is a 12-inch disc titled Extended that boasts four classic songs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, while Springsteen is offering up individual remastered versions of his first seven studio albums that originally were included in 2014's The Album Collection Vol. 1: 1973-1984 box set.

    U2, meanwhile, is releasing a deluxe two-disc vinyl collection titled Age of Innocence, and Simon & Garfunkel are issuing a seven-inch single featuring a pair of classic songs recorded in late 1965, "Homeward Bound" and "Leaves That Are Green."

    As for Dylan, he has three Record Store Day releases on tap: a seven-inch blue vinyl disc featuring "The Night We Called It a Day" and "Stay with Me," both from his new standards album, Shadows in the Night; plus stereo and mono versions of a 12-inch LP that includes select tunes from Bob's famed 1967 "Basement Tapes" sessions with The Band.  Each copy of the latter two discs are individually numbered and signed by Band keyboardist Garth Hudson.

    Other artists releasing exclusive discs for Record Store Day 2015 include Gregg Allman, The Animals, Blue Oyster Cult, David Bowie, The DoorsMarvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett, The Kinks, Queen's Brian May, John Oates, Otis Redding, Todd RundgrenSly and the Family Stone, Dionne Warwick and The Zombies.

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    REGINA KING JOINS HBO'S 'THE LEFTOVERS': Regina King has signed on as a series regular for the second season of HBO's The Leftovers. She will be playing a doctor named Erika Murphy who runs a local urgent care facility. According to Deadline, the new season of the show will be a total revamp from the first season but stars Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman will be returning.

    EMMA STONE SIGNS ON FOR TENNIS FILM: Emma Stone will reteam with her Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Steve Carell for a movie about the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Battle of the Sexes is one of several projects about the 1973 match. HBO is also developing a movie starring Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. The Wrap is reporting that this version is expected to have a more comedic tone.

    WARNER BROS' 'STORKS' ADDS ANDY SAMBERG AND KELSEY GRAMMER: Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer have been added to the voice cast of Warner Bros. Storks based on a script by Nick Stoller. No plot details have been released. It is scheduled to hit theaters on September 23rd, 2016.

    MITCH PILEGGI IS RETURNING TO 'THE X-FILES': Mitch Pileggi has signed on to reprise his role from the original X-Files series and movies. He tweeted the news on Monday (April 20th) writing, "Very happy to announce that Walter Skinner will once again be getting all grumpy and bitchy with his two wayward kids. Very happy." It has also been confirmed that William B. Davis will be returning as fan-favorite "smoking man."

    MERYL STREEP BACKS WRITING LAB FOR OLDER WOMEN: Meryl Streep has donated the funding for a new screenwriting program for women over 40. According to AV Club, the Writers Lab program will be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. Meryl has been a longtime supporter of the New York Women in Film and Television group.

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    Charlize Theron is no longer fearing the aging process. The 39-year-old appears in the new issue of W magazine where she discusses getting older and her advice for 20-something women.

    Charlize explains, "Getting older is not that bad. I think, like many women, I was judgmental toward women as they aged. Women, in our society, are compartmentalized so that we start to feel like we're cut flowers and after a while we will wilt. That's my encouragement to 20-year-olds who are terrified of getting older: Don't have a nervous breakdown and don't hit the Chardonnay too hard." The Mad Max star adds, "Now that I'm older, I know I'm not missing out on anything. Now, I go home, and that feels really good. When I hit 30, I realized I didn't have to please everybody. I could actually enjoy life, which is not a bad thing at all."

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    A writer for Conan O'Brien's TBS show went on a Twitter rant against other late-night comedy shows which didn't really sit well with his boss. Andres du Bouchet made his feelings known on Friday (April 17th) before deleting most of the comments but the damage had already been done.

    Uproxx captured screengrabs of the posts which read, "Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherf***ing shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I'm fat. and shove your lip-synching up your ass. Prom King Comedy. That's what I call all this sh*t. You've let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. F***. None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos." He later added, "Once again I'm a bonehead for tweeting as a fan of comedy instead of as a guy who earns a living doing it."

    • Andres went on to specifically call out shows that use games, lip-synching, nostalgia and karaoke to be particularly offensive to him.
    • He also made it known to fellow comedian Guy Branum that he fully expected to get in trouble at work for his posts and wrote an apology tweet the following morning saying, "Sorry for being a bloviating elitist windbag last night. I know tons of talented people are making the stuff I enjoy shitting all over."
    • Conan hopped onto to Twitter on Sunday (April 19th) to address the drama writing, "I wish one of my writers would focus on making my show funnier instead of tweeting stupid things about the state of late night comedy."

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    Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are allegedly having marital problems less than three months after their trip down the aisle. According to People, they have not spent a whole lot of time together since the wedding.

    One source told the magazine, "It's not surprising that they haven't spent much time together, because they seemed to have a lot of relationship problems in the months leading up to the wedding. When the wedding finally happened in February, it had been postponed several times. Amber had her wedding dress for months before they settled on a wedding date."

    • Another insider is suggesting that the issue may have pushed Johnny to let loose a bit while filming the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie in Australia where he recently suffered an injury which required surgery in the United States and delayed production. The source said, "As soon as Johnny arrived in Australia, he was partying hard. After he got injured, no one was surprised. He didn't seem to care at all about filming and was all about partying. The set has been told that as of Friday, Johnny was still recovering in Los Angeles. There are rumors on the set that he was in rehab. Everyone is anxiously waiting to see what will happen this week."

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    Patti LaBelle and partner Artem Chigvintsev were eliminated last night (April 20th) on Dancing With The Stars, in an episode that had a Spring Break theme.

    The results of the combination of the judges' scores and viewer votes from last week revealed the four couples at risk of elimination. Along with Patti and Artem, they were: Riker Lynch and partner Allison Holker; Noah Galloway and pro Sharna Burgess; and Robert Herjavec and partner Kym Johnson. Riker and Noah were the first to be safe, leaving Patti and Robert as the bottom two. After Patti was eliminated she said, "I've learned so much about me. I've never done this before in my life. I've learned a few steps, and I made a great friend in Artem."

    The remaining contestants include Riker, Noah, Robert, Chris Soules, Suzanne Somers, Nastia Liukin, and Rumer Willis.


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    GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHRIS MARTIN ARE OFFICIALLY DIVORCED: The conscious uncoupling is complete. TMZ is reporting that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have filed the paperwork to officially dissolve their marriage. Sources say that the documents list the cause of the split to be irreconcilable differences. They first announced their split back in March of 2014.

    ZOOEY DESCHANEL ADDRESSES BEING CALLED 'ADORKABLE': Zooey Deschanel claims that being described as "adorkable" was all just something cooked up by the people behind her sitcom New Girl. She recently told The Huffington Post, "I don't always identify, perhaps, with the way that I'm portrayed in certain public contexts. I try to stay away from that sort of thing. That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean? That was our marketing department at Fox and they did a really good job with our first season, but that's a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don't personally have identification with that word myself." Zooey went on to say, "In addition, I don't really care what people think of me. I know that sounds crazy because you're supposed to care about what people think of you, I guess, as an actor, but I really don't. Obviously I'm grateful for all of the opportunities that I've had thus far, including New Girl, but I don't think I've ever met a person who knows me use that word to describe me, so it's not of any consequence to me."

    SOFIA VERGARA'S EX SPEAKS OUT: Sofia Vergara's ex, Nick Loeb, is speaking out about what drove him to file a lawsuit against her to save their frozen embryos. The 39-year-old released a statement through his lawyer, Mark J. Heller, on Monday (April 20th) saying, "I have always strongly believed that life begins at conception and that every embryo is life on the journey towards birth. I created these two female embryos with the purpose of taking them to term and not destruction, because I have always dreamed of being a father. I have previously offered to waive any parental or financial responsibilities or obligations on the part of my ex, and to even give her the opportunity to be involved with the child in the future, should she change her mind. I take the responsibility and obligation of being a parent very seriously. Regardless of how life comes to be created, this should have no determination on the rights of either wanting to be or the requirements of having to be a parent." Both Sofia and Nick signed paperwork that both parties would need to consent before creating a child from the embryos though IVF.

    JOHN TRAVOLTA STANDS BY SCIENTOLOGY: John Travolta appeared on Good Morning America on Monday (April 20th) where he discussed the controversy surrounding Scientology. He said, "You know, people really need to take time and read a book...that's my advice. You could read New Slant on Life or Dianetics, and I think if you really read it, you'll understand it. But unless you do, you'll speculate, and I think it's a mistake to do that." When asked why he thinks it is so often criticized, the Grease star responded, "Sometimes when something really works well, it becomes a target."

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    Russell Crowe admits that his decision to buy a rugby team back in 2006 may have brought on the end of his marriage to Danielle Spencer. The Noah star recently chatted with CBS Sunday Morning about his investment in the team and why it didn't sit well with his wife.

    Russell said, "It's not a bad business decision at all. But it's taken a lot of work, and it's probably cost me a marriage. It took a lot of work, and I already had an extremely busy schedule. Making a film is my job. My wife clearly understands what my job is. But to her, I suppose, the football situation was needlessly taking myself away."

    • Crowe and his wife broke up in 2012. He discussed the status of their relationship saying, "Technically we're married. We are separated and discussing what that means."
    • They married back in 2003 and have two sons together -- eight-year-old Tennyson and 11-year-old Charles.
    • Since buying the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Crowe has turned the team around to win the Rugby League championship earlier this year.

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    Kourtney Kardashian isn't concern about Scott Disick's partying anymore. The reality star recently celebrated her 36th birthday with her man in Las Vegas where discussed his sobriety with E! News.

    She explained, "He's crazy, he's crazy! I think he has been on a really good path. You know it's always not the best environment sometimes, but for him coming to Vegas, it's such a quick trip that I'm not too worried. And I think it's all about who he surrounds himself with, so I'll have to get the itinerary of who's coming."

    • Scott recently spent less than a week in treatment at the Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica.

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