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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.


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


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


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

 

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


Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5

 

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


KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday


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


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


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


Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

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


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


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


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

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


Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

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


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

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


KVPI Staff

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


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


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


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI


The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Concerts Set Attendance Records at Chicago's Soldier Field

    Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead's final three concerts, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chicago's Soldier Field, were the highest attended events ever at the venue since it was renovated in 2003.  Billboard reports that the group's Fare Thee Well shows on July 3, 4 and 5 in the Windy City drew 70,764, 70,844 and 71,000, respectively.

    The previous record was held by U2, who brought in 67,936 fans for a 2009 concert during the Irish bands 360° Tour.

    As previously reported, the band's Fare Thee Well shows featured The Grateful Dead's four core surviving members -- rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist of Weir's side group RatDog.

    According to Jambands.com, here is the full set list of Sunday's show, which was announced as The Grateful Dead's last-ever concert:

    Set I:
    "China Cat Sunflower"
    "I Know You Rider"
    "Estimated Prophet"
    "Built to Last"
    "Samson and Delilah"
    "Mountains of the Moon"
    "Throwing Stones"

    Set II:
    "Truckin'"
    "Cassidy"
    "Althea"
    "Terrapin Station"
    "Drums"
    "Space"
    "Unbroken Chain"
    "Days Between"
    "Not Fade Away"

    Encore:
    "Touch of Grey"

    Encore 2:
    "Attics of My Life"

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  • Lionel Richie Scores First #1 Album in the UK in 23 Years

    Credit: Andrew MacPhersonWherever he is, Lionel Richie must be dancing on the ceiling.  The pop/R&B singer has scored his first #1 album on the U.K. chart in more than 23 years, as his compilation The Definitive Collection, has jumped to the top spot following Richie's acclaimed June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.

    The 2003 retrospective, which features highlights from Richie's solo career and from his tenure with The Commodores, leaped from the 103rd slot to #1 after an amazing 1,763-percent increase in combined sales over the past week, OfficialCharts.com reports.  The Definitive Collection previously peaked at #10 in the U.K. at the time of its 2003 release.

    "I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album Number 1 is ‎unbelievable," Richie tells OfficialCharts.com.  "The U.K. has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."

    The last time Lionel reached the top spot on the U.K. album tally was in 1992, with his Back to Front compilation.  Richie scored a #1 album in the U.S. in 2012 with his most recent studio effort, the country duets collection Tuskegee.

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  • Yoko Ono Says Nicknaming ISIS Terrorist After Late Husband John Lennon "Was Very Distasteful"

    PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn a new interview, Yoko Ono speaks out about the murderous ISIS terrorist who has been given the nickname "Jihadi John" in reference to her late husband, John Lennon.  Ono tells U.K. newspaper The Observer she "thought that was very distasteful" to use Lennon's name in connection with the Islamic militant, who has appeared in a number of videos in which he's shown beheading kidnapping victims from various countries.

    Ono says she feels a duty to continue to work toward spreading the positive message that her husband and his old band embraced, particularly in the wake of the violent actions by groups such as ISIS.  "I have to keep on doing something because the other side will take over -- people who are really not understanding what beautiful things we have in this world and want to destroy it," she maintains.  "And I'm not going to let them destroy John or The Beatles."

    "Jihadi John" is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, who's part of a four-person British-born terrorist cell whose prisoners nicknamed them after The Beatles because of their accents.

    In other news, although Ono is known to have had conflicts with the surviving Beatles members over the years, she tells The Observer her current relationship with them is warm.  "From my side there's an incredible love towards them," she maintains, "because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young."

    Yoko suggests that one of the reasons why tensions mounted between her and Lennon's band mates, particularly when the group was still together, was a general lack of communication she says may have something to do with their British upbringing.

    "For instance, that classic style of 'Let's keep our chins up' was typical of John," she explains.  "John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said, 'OK, let's just ignore it.'  I don't think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really -- John was the one who was taking it all.  But I know that they're doing their best.  I really love them like my brothers."

    As for disputes that she's had with Paul McCartney over such issues as McCartney wanting his name to be listed before Lennon's on Beatles songs on which Sir Paul was the main or sole writer, Ono says she feels that they get blown out of proportion.  "I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that's how people are looking at us," she maintains, "but we're not doing that."

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  • Elton John Lyricist Bernie Taupin's Paintings to Be Displayed at Two New York Shows

    Rebecca Sapp/WireImageBernie Taupin is famous for writing the words to all of Elton's John's mega hits, but the lyricist also is a painter, and his artwork will be in the spotlight this month at two shows in New York's exclusive beachfront Hamptons communty.

    Mark Borghi Fine Art is mounting a retrospective Taupin show, titled "BLUEPRINT," at its Bridgehampton, New York, location.  The exhibit will include 16 contemporary and abstract works that reflect Taupin's influences from the art of the 1950s and '60s.  That show will run from July 12 through July 26, and Taupin himself will be in attendance at an opening reception on July 11, at 6 p.m. ET. 

    Meanwhile, in nearby Water Mill, New York, Taupin's newest works will be on display in an exhibit titled "Plain Brown Wrapper," at the Art Southampton art fair, which takes place July 10-13.  Bernie also will be on hand for an opening reception at Water Mill's Parrish Art Museum this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. ET.  For more information visit Art-Southampton.com.

    Since Taupin took up painting in the early '90s, his work has been displayed at exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.  You can get a taste of Bernie's abstract expressionist and pop art influenced work at BernieTaupinArt.com.

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  • Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" Among the 10 Best-Selling Vinyl Albums of 2015

    EMI MusicPink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon may be more than 40 years old, but, according to Nielsen Music, it's one of the 10 top-selling albums for the first half of 2015…on vinyl, that is.  The classic 1973 album landed at #7 on the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report's Top LP Vinyl Albums list after selling 22,600 copies.

    The report reveals that sales of vinyl records have increased by 38-percent from last year, and now comprise almost nine percent of all physical album sales.  At #1 on the vinyl albums tally is pop superstar Taylor Swift's 1989, which has sold 33,500 copies. 

    Pink Floyd is one of the only classic-rock acts to appear in the top 10 of any of the lists featured in the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report.  The only other veteran rocker is Paul McCartney, whose collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West "FourFiveSeconds" landed at #9 on the Top Digital Songs tally, with more than 1.8 million copies downloaded.

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  • Grateful Dead Wraps Fare Thee Well Tour in Chicago

    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead completed their Fare Thee Well Tour Sunday with the third of three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field.

    As was the case for their shows in Santa Clara, California, a week earlier, Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were joined during the weekend by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

    Among the fans at Friday's show was Donald Strong, who along with his girlfriend had traveled from Charleston, South Carolina -- a 15-hour drive. He explained, "It's all about passion and love of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead."

    Saturday's performance was attended by celebrities including Katy Perry, her on-again, off-again boyfriend John Mayer, and Woody Harrelson, Billboard reports.

    In addition, President Obama wrote a message in acknowledgement of the Fare Thee Well Tour, stating, "Here's to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great. Enjoy this weekend's celebration of your fans and legacy.

    "And as Jerry would say, 'Let there be songs to fill the air,'" he added, referring to the late Jerry Garcia.

    “The feeling we have here -- remember it, take it home and do some good with it," Mickey Hart said in closing, according to The New York Times.  "I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”

    Here's the set list for Saturday's concert, according to LiveMusicBlog.com:

    Set One:
    "Shakedown Street"
    "Liberty"
    "Standing on the Moon"
    "Me and My Uncle"
    "Tennessee Jed"
    "Cumberland Blues"
    "Little Red Rooster"
    "Friend of the Devil"
    "Deal"

    Set Two:
    "Bird Song"
    "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)"
    "Lost Sailor"
    "Saint of Circumstance"
    "West LA Fadeaway"
    "Foolish Heart"
    "Drums"
    "Space"
    "Stella Blue"
    "One More Saturday Night"

    Encore:
    "US Blues"

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  • Dave Davies' Upcoming Live Album, "Rippin' Up NYC," Is Due Out in Late August

    Credit: Al PereiraHere's some cool news for Kinks fans.  Founding lead guitarist Dave Davies has revealed the title and release date of the recently announced live solo album he's been putting together.  Rippin' Up NYC is scheduled to hit stores on August 21, according to a post on his Twitter feed.

    Judging by the title, the album likely was recorded during the two-night stand Davies played this past November at the City Winery in New York City.  Those concerts were part of a brief tour Dave mounted in support of his latest studio effort, Rippin' Up Time, which was released in October.

    Meanwhile, as previously reported, the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been has lining up dates for a new U.S. solo tour that's scheduled to get under way on October 8 in Boston.  The trek, which is mapped out through a November 3 show in West Hollywood, California, currently includes 11 dates.

    Here is Davies latest itinerary, according to his official website:

    10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
    10/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
    10/10 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
    10/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
    10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre
    10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
    10/24 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center
    10/26 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
    10/27 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
    10/30 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre
    11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre

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  • Billy Joel Marries in Surprise 4th of July Ceremony

    Myrna Suarez/WireImageBilly Joel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.

    The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly.  By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated the nuptials, while guests included comic actor Kevin James and Alexa Ray Joel, Billy's daughter with second wife Christie Brinkley, who posted her congratulations on Instagram, writing: "Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!"

    James was also there last Wednesday night, when Joel performed his record 65th show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the most shows played there by any artist.  James helped raise a banner commemorating the achievement.

    Joel and Roderick, who's pregnant, began dating in 2009, right about the time Billy divorced his third wife, Katie Lee.

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  • Paul McCartney Says He Doesn't Think a Band Like The Beatles Will Ever Come Along Again

    Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney muses on a variety of interesting topics in a new interview with the U.K. version of Esquire, including sharing his opinion on his old band The Beatles, whom he maintains were a phenomenon that the world likely won't see again.

    The 73-year-old rock icon says part of the reason why The Beatles became such a sensation was the turbulent era during which they emerged, but he also insists that sheer talent played a bigger role.

    "Let's not forgot, those four boys were f**king good," he declares. "You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had.  [John] Lennon's skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney's melody, whatever he's got, [George] Harrison's spirituality, Ringo [Starr]'s spirit of fun, great drumming.  We all played, which is pretty hard…[and we] wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material."

    Sir Paul adds, "Could that happen again?  I don't know.  I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn't."

    In the interview, McCartney also admits that he used to feel resentful when people suggested that Lennon's contributions to the band far outshined those of the other members, noting that this was most prevalent in the years following Lennon's 1980 murder.

    "When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK," says Paul.  "So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was The Beatles.'  And me, George and Ringo would go, 'Er, hang on.  It's only a year ago we were all equal-ish.'"

    McCartney also admits that he bristled when he read some comments Yoko Ono reportedly said in the press about him at the time.

    "It said, 'Paul did nothing!  All he did was book the studio," he recalls.  "Like, 'F**k you, darling!  Hang on!'…Well, OK, now people know that's not true.  But that was just part of it.  There was a lot of revisionism: John did this, John did that.  I mean, if you just pull out all his great stuff and then stack it up against my not-so-great stuff, it's an easy case to make."

    Meanwhile, McCartney admits that a reason he's been so comfortable with his immense fame is that he craves the positive attention his stardom has brought him.

    "I have a joke with my daughter Mary," he explains to Esquire.  "Sometimes I won't be in a great mood and we'll go somewhere and the people will be all over me and she'll turn to [my wife] Nancy and say, 'He likes a bit of adulation.  It cheers him up,' and the thing is, yep, that is true.  All my life I've been trying to win a school prize or trying to do OK in an exam or trying to get a good job.  I've always been trying to do something where people go: you're good."

    Check out the entire McCartney interview at Esquire.co.uk.

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  • Journey, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys Among the Many Famous Music Acts Playing July 4th Concerts

    Greg Grudt/The Hollywood Bowl; Dave J. Hogan/Getty ImagesPeople will be gathering together across the U.S.  to celebrate Independence Day, and as usual, some big-name music artists will help mark the occasion by playing concerts in various cities.  Among those acts is Journey, who will be performing at the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah.

    The show, held annually at Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, features the biggest stadium fireworks display in the U.S.  The patriotic-themed concert is part of the America's Freedom Festival, and is available for U.S. military members around the world to watch on the American Forces Network.

    Journey guitarist Neal Schon tells ABC Radio he's thrilled to be playing the event, and promises that his band's set is "gonna be wicked."

    Other famous music acts set to perform around the U.S. include The Rolling Stones, who will be rocking Indianapolis; The Beach Boys, who will be playing in Prior Lake, Minnesota; and Smokey Robinson, who will be performing at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

    Here's an alphabetical rundown of many of the veteran acts that will be playing Independence Day concerts across North America:

    America -- Dundalk, MD, Dundalk Park
    The Beach Boys -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
    Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort
    Burton Cummings -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
    The Doobie Brothers -- Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash
    The Family Stone -- Las Cruces, NM, Field of Dreams
    John Fogerty -- Dublin, OH, Dublin Coffman High School Football Stadium
    Foghat -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
    Lou Gramm -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort
    The Grateful Dead, with Phish's Trey Anastasio and others -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
    Sammy Hagar & the Circle -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
    Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Buddy Guy & More -- Washington, DC, Foo Fighters' 20th Anniversary Show - RFK Stadium
    Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett, Gary Lewis -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino
    Journey -- Provo, UT, LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band -- Washington, DC, A Capitol Fourth
    Smokey Robinson -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
    The Rolling Stones -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    James Taylor -- Lenox, MA, Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood
    Brian Wilson -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
    38 Special -- Flower Mound, TX, Bakersfield Park

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    DONALD TRUMP MAY SUE NBC TOO: Donald Trump's lawyer, Alan Garten, has revealed that the presidential candidate is considering taking legal action against NBC for refusing to air Miss USA. He told CNN, "The reality is, he's exercising his First Amendment right to free speech. I can't get into details, but certainly we will be taking action against NBC." Donald has already filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for breaking their contract with him. Miss USA is still scheduled to take place on Sunday (July 12th.)

    'BLACK PANTHER' IS NO LONGER BEING DIRECTED BY AVA DUVERNAY: Ava DuVerney revealed to Essence magazine that she is not actually directing Marvel's Black Panther movie. She explained, "I guess I'll declare my independence from this rumor on 4th of July weekend and Essence weekend! I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther." Ava went on to say, "I think I'll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they're fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me." Black Panther is scheduled to be released in 2017 starring Chadwick Boseman.

    MOVIE ADAPTATION OF 'HELLO KITTY' IN THE WORKS: Japanese brand, Sanrio, is producing a feature film based on Hello Kitty. The movie is expected to be released in 2019. According to Deadline, the budget is expected to be anywhere between $160 to $240 million. Hello Kitty celebrated her 40th anniversary last year.

    'EMPIRE' ADDS MARISA TOMEI: Marisa Tomei has been added to the long list of guest stars in the second season of Empire. She will be playing a venture capitalist billionairess named Mimi Whiteman who loves hip hop music. The 18-episode second season of Empire premieres on September 23rd on Fox.

    NBC IS DONE WITH 'A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES': There will not be a second installment of NBC's A.D. The Bible Continues. The event series debuted back in April to 9.5 million viewers. Writers had already started working on a second season so more episodes may be released on another platform. A.D. was a follow-up to Mark Burnett's 2013 miniseries, The Bible.

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  • WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP-UP

    Dinosaurs and the mind of an 11-year-old girl proved to be more of a box office draw than robots and male strippers over the holiday weekend. Jurassic World and Inside Out held onto the top two spots at the box office despite the arrival of Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL.

    Overall, weekend ticket sales were down 24% from July 4th weekend in 2014. The fifth Terminator film had the lowest opening weekend of the franchise since the first movie back in 1984. Genisys performed far better overseas taking in $85.5 million globally.

    • Ticket sales for Magic Mike XXL were 96% female but the demographic only carried the Channing Tatum sequel into fourth place. A Warner Bros. exec told Deadline that he hopes there will be more of a turnout during the week.
    • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl also entered the top 10 this week in its fourth weekend in theaters.
    • Insidious Chapter 3, Mad Max, and Avengers all fell out of the top 10.

    THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- July 03 - July 05

    1. Jurassic World, $30.9M
    2. Inside Out, $30.1M
    3. Terminator: Genisys, $28.7M
    4. Magic Mike XXL, $12M
    5. Ted 2, $11M
    6. Max, $7M
    7. Spy, $5.5M
    8. San Andreas, $3M
    9. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, $1.3M
    10. Dope, $1.1M

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  • REPORT: SCOTT DISICK IS BACK TO HARD PARTYING

    Scott Disick is allegedly slipping back into his hard partying ways. Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy was spotted getting close with his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Bartoli, in Monte Carlo last week and sources tell People that he is aware that he's screwing up and feels ashamed of his behavior.

    One insider said, "He's in a classic shame spiral right now. He knows he's screwing up, and he knows what he needs to do. He has people telling him to go home and work things out, to stop this behavior, to repent and to move forward. But he's not doing it." The source added, "He's operating out of fear and shame right now. He's not seeing things clearly."

    • Neither Scott nor Kourtney has addressed the photos or their separation over the holiday weekend but TMZ is reporting that Kourtney is pissed because she suspects that Scott and Chloe are hooking up and that she is leading him back into substance abuse.
    • Kourtney and Scott have been together for over nine years. They have three kids together -- Mason, Penelope, and Reign.

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  • PRINCESS CHARLOTTE GETS CHRISTENED

    While we here in the U.S. celebrated our independence over the weekend, there was also reason to celebrate over in the U.K. The Royal Family gathered at St. Mary Magdalene's Church in Sandringham, England for the christening of two-month-old Princess Charlotte.

    The ceremony was a private event with less than 30 guests while well-wishers gathered outside in front to catch a glimpse of the royals. A source told Us Weekly, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose two hymns, one lesson, and two anthems for the christening of their daughter, Princess Charlotte."

    • Charlotte's christening was conducted by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Justin Welby. He also christened her brother, Prince George.
    • Sophie Carter, James Meade, Adam Middleton, the Honorary Laura Fellowes, and Thomas van Straubenzee were named Charlotte's godparents.

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  • BEN AFFLECK AND JENNIFER GARNER HIT THE BAHAMAS WITH THEIR KIDS

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are doing everything they can to keep the family together following their divorce announcement. The former couple spent the holiday weekend with their kids on vacation in the Bahamas.

    Sources tell TMZ that the vacation was actually planned before they announced the breakup. Ben and Jennifer are reportedly getting along fine with each other aside from some tension over the rumors on why the marriage didn't work out.

    • They said in their divorce statement, "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."
    • As previously reported, Affleck will continue living with the family. He has supposedly moved into a guesthouse on their property.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    COLIN FARRELL ISN'T QUICK TO ENTER RELATIONSHIPS: Colin Farrell admits that he has some "reluctance" to get into a new relationship. The 39-year-old recently told the UK edition of OK! magazine, "I'm very cautious about entering into relationships. I've basically been single for five years and, even though I love women, it's difficult to get involved and put someone in the spotlight because of my being a celebrity." Colin added, "You're reluctant to expose someone to that unless you're so much in love that you're both willing to put up with the attention that's going to follow you around. Being single is so much easier!" It was recently rumored that Colin was flirting with Rachel McAdams on the set of the second season of True Detective.

    JOSH HARTNETT IS GOING TO BE A DAD: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is going to be a father. His rep confirmed that his girlfriend, Tamsin Egerton, is pregnant with their first child. Rumors of their relationship first surfaced back in 2012 after they completed production on The Lovers back in 2011.

    KELLY RUTHERFORD REUNITES WITH KIDS: Former Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford has been reunited with her children after a nearly six-year custody battle. She was photographed in New York City on Friday (July 3rd) with her eight-year-old son Hermes and six-year-old daughter Helena. They were also joined by her rumored boyfriend Tony Brand. A judge in Monaco ruled back in June that the children would be flown back to the U.S. to spend the summer with their mom.

    DID ASHTON KUTCHER AND MILA KUNIS GET MARRIED?: Rumors are circulating that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis got married over the holiday weekend. Sources told Page Six that the couple gave only 24-hour notice to their guests to keep the whole thing a secret. It is believed that the ceremony was held at a private residence -- possibly the home of Ashton's business partner, Guy Oseary. Ashton and Mila welcomed their daughter, Wyatt, back in October.

    TIFFANI THIESSEN GIVES BIRTH: Tiffani Thiessen is a mom for the second time. The former Saved By the Bell star and her husband welcomed a baby boy named Holt Fisher Smith last week. She and husband Brady Smith are also parents to five-year-old daughter Harper.

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  • FORMER 'BUFFY' STAR ASKS FOR HELP ON TWITTER

    Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon is seeking help for his depression.

    The 44-year-old took to Twitter early on Independence Day trying to get the attention of Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, or anyone else who could lend their support. Nicholas wrote, "If anyone sees @drdrew, have him give a call. Could sure use a pep talk :/ #depressionisreal #helpisoutthere #keepfighting" He later added, "It could be @drdrew, @DrPhil or Dr You...support from the Tweeps is appreciated #sos #itsthemiddleofthenight #momentbymoment #keepfighting"

    • A third tweet mentioned that he needed doctors, lawyers and accountants.
    • Nicholas has been arrested several times over the last year and has sought treatment for addiction. He recently completed a 30-day stint in June and assured concerned fans that he has maintained his sobriety during this bout of depression.

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  • MICHAEL DOUGLAS' MOTHER, DIANA DOUGLAS WEBSTER, HAS DIED

    Michael Douglas' mother, Diana Douglas Webster, passed away on Saturday (July 4th.) She was 92.

    In addition to being mother to the Oscar-winner and ex-wife of Kirk Douglas, she had a successful acting career which started in the late 1940s. Diana appeared in shows like Days of Our Lives, The Waltons, Dynasty, and The West Wing. She also acted in over 20 films including Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and It Runs in the Family.

    • Diana is survived by her third husband, Donald Albert Webster, her sons Michael and Joel, and three grandchildren.
    • There will be a memorial service held in L.A.

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