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Get Ready to Win Blue Bayou Tickets from Classic Hits 92.5

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


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

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


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


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

 

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


Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5

 

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


KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday


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


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


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


Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

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


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


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


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

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


Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

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


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

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


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

 

  • The Doors' Post-Jim Morrison Albums "Other Voices" & "Full Circle" to Be Reissued in September

    RhinoOther Voices and Full Circle, the two studio albums The Doors recorded as a trio after frontman Jim Morrison's death, will be reissued September 4 as separate vinyl LPs and packaged as a two-CD set.  For years, the albums only could be purchased as digital downloads, and they've never been released together on CD.

    Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore began working on the material for Other Voices in Los Angeles while Morrison was in Paris taking a planned hiatus from the group.  When the singer died in the French capital July 3, 1971, the surviving band members completed the record with Manzarek and Krieger taking over vocal duties.  Other Voices was released October of that year and yielded the singles "Tightrope Ride" and "Ships w/ Sails."

    The Doors continued on as a trio and put out the more funk- and jazz-inspired Full Circle in August of 1972.  One single was released from the album, "Get Up and Dance."  The band decided to break up in 1973, although Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore went on to work together again on a few occasions over the years.  Manzarek died in May 2013.

    Both records were remastered for release this year by original producer Bruce Botnick.  The LP versions will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will feature packaging and artwork replicating those of the original release.  The CD set will include a bonus track, "Treetrunk," which initially was available as the B-side of "Get Up and Dance."

    Here are the track lists for Other Voices and Full Circle:

    Other Voices
    "In the Eye of the Sun"
    "Variety Is the Spice of Life"
    "Ships w/Sails"
    "Tightrope Ride"
    "Down on the Farm"
    "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned"
    "Wandering Musician"
    "Hang On to Your Life"

    Full Circle
    "Get Up and Dance"
    "4 Billion Souls"
    "Verdilac"
    "Hardwood Floor"
    "Good Rockin'"
    "The Mosquito"
    "The Piano Bird"
    "It Slipped My Mind"
    "The Peking King and the New York Queen"
    "Treetrunk" (appears only on the two-CD set.)

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  • Report: Joni Mitchell Suffered a Brain Aneurysm; Recently Moved to a Rehab Facility

    Credit: James O'MaraNew details have emerged about the health issue that has led to Joni Mitchell's hospitalization.  Billboard and Showbiz411 both report that sources have told them the lauded singer/songwriter suffered a brain aneurysm.

    Showbiz411 further reports Mitchell has been moved to a rehabilitation facility, and that some of Joni's friends are saying Leslie Morris, her longtime friend who was recently granted conservatorship over the 71-year-old musician, is trying to set things up so Mitchell can rehab at home.  The website quotes a friend as saying, "It's a long way to go, but she can do it," and that Mitchell is having difficulty speaking, but is able to communicate.

    Mitchell was hospitalized March 31 after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles-area home.

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  • Stevie Nicks Helps Pop Star Adele Have the Best Night of Her Life

    Kristen Burns; Eric McCandless/CBSIf you thought the best night of British pop star Adele's life was that time she won an armload of Grammys, or when she won an Oscar, think again.  The best night of the singer's life was, evidently, Wednesday night, when she got to meet one of her idols: Stevie Nicks.

    Nicks and Adele came face-to-face backstage when Stevie's band, Fleetwood Mac, played at London's O2 Arena.  Adele posted a photo of herself posing with Nicks and wrote, "So...tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everythingx."

    Hello magazine reports that during the show, Stevie dedicated the song "Landslide" to Adele, saying of the younger star, "She's from here -- you might know her.  She's a fantastic songwriter…I told her, 'You're going to be me in 40 years, you're going to still be up on stage doing what you're doing because of your songwriting.'"

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    So...tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everything x pic.twitter.com/OKukHIpiV4

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  • Pete Townshend Saluted at 11th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert

    Theo Wargo/WireImage for NARASWhen The Who brought their current tour to the New York area this week, guitarist Pete Townshend took some time out Thursday night to accept a prestigious honor from the MusiCares MAP fund, which provides musicians with access to recovery treatment free of charge.  At the organization's 11th annual benefit concert, which also honored longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley, Townshend was saluted by famous fans and friends, including Bruce Springsteen, who praised the guitarist for making him who he is today.

    Before presenting Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support for the organization, Springsteen gave one of his trademark rambling speeches where he revealed that his first rock concert was The Who...opening up for Herman's Hermits.  He spoke about the impact that Townshend's guitar smashing had on him, and his feeble attempts to imitate him with his own band at the time, The Castiles. But on a serious note, he told the crowd, "Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock and roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest...he identified the place where it was noble and he wasn't afraid to go there."

    "I took a lot of that with me as the years passed by," Bruce continued. "So Pete, I'm here to say congratulations, well deserved and thanks -- not just for Who's Next, and for Who Are You, but for who I am."

    Accepting the honor, Townshend spoke of his triumph over his own addictions, which in the past included alcohol, cocaine and, briefly, heroin.  "The secret for me to be able to do this tour with The Who, this 50th anniversary tour, and still kinda put on a reasonable show and to be up there and move around and enjoy the music and be able to put my energy into it, has been the 30 years that I've been clean," he told the cheering audience.

    Bruce then joined Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the rest of The Who for a performance of "My Generation."  It was just one of many star-studded performances of Who classics during the evening. Joan Jett, who's currently opening for The Who on this leg of their tour, performed "I Can't Explain" and "Summertime Blues."  Billy Idol, a longtime friend of the band, sang "The Real Me" and "Who Are You."  And Daltrey and The Who -- minus Townshend -- performed "The Seeker" and "Young Man Blues."  The finale was, of course, "Won't Get Fooled Again."

    During the event, some of Pete's famous pals who couldn't make it sent video congratulations, including Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Roger Waters and Joe Walsh.

    On the red carpet prior to the event, Townshend told ABC Radio that essentially, the MusiCares MAP Fund is an example of "the music industry at last doing something that helps the people that generate the money for it."  He explains that the organization is able get help "for people who aren't as famous as I am." 

    He pointed out, "It costs a huge amount of money to put somebody in rehab, whichever way you look at it.  Today, if they don't get [well] in two weeks, y'know, if they need six months, it can cost 300 thousand dollars.  So, it's about whether a life of a musician is worth that much money."

    On the red carpet, both Billy Idol and Bruce Springsteen's bandmate, Little Steven Van Zandt, expressed their admiration for Pete's musical innovations and artistry.  Idol noted, "He was someone that, when we were coming up in punk rock, was one of the few older people that had come before us that we could really, we could really get inspiration from."  

    But perhaps Townshend's bandmate Roger Daltrey summed up the guitarist's musical genius best.  He told the crowd, "He writes from a place within the human spirit that not many people dare to go to," said Daltrey. "He opens up old wounds. He opens up himself, completely naked in his songs. And that's why they touch people so much and still mean as much today as they did when he wrote them all those years ago. Well done, Pete!"

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  • 2015 Mountain Jam, Featuring Robert Plant & Many Others, to Be Streamed Live

    Mountain JamThe 11th Annual Mountain Jam festival is coming up, with headlining sets from Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes' group Gov't Mule, and other stars.  But if you can't make it out to New York's Hunter Mountain next weekend for the event, software company Tourpedo is offering you a chance to stream the four-day festival, and support charity while doing so.

    Fans will be able to live-stream all four days of the fest, with viewers donating what they want, beginning at a minimum of $5 per day.  Proceeds from the stream will benefit Teen Cancer America, the charity founded by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend that helps health care facilities develop special units for teenagers and young adults undergoing cancer treatment.  Viewers also can tip artists during their performances, with the highest tippers during certain sets earning prizes including signed memorabilia.

    The live stream will be shown in high definition and will be available on computers, televisions and mobile devices.  To find out how to watch the festival, visit Tourpedo.com.

    Mountain Jam, which is co-produced by Haynes, is scheduled to take place from June 4 to June 7 in Hunter, New York.  Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, June 5, and they will be followed at midnight by Gov't Mule, which will play a special Pink Floyd tribute.  Gov't Mule also will play another set at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 6. 

    Other artists on the 2015 Mountain Jam lineup include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, The Wailers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and moe.

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  • Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Is on the Market for $100 Million

    Jason Kirk/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is on the market, and it can be yours for $100 million.

    The property, located in Los Olivos, California, about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, is now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” Suzanne Perkins, one of the realtors, tells the Wall Street Journal.

    The amusement park rides are gone, according to the agents, as are the orangutans and elephant. However, there is currently a llama on the property, as well as the railroad tracks and train station built at Jackson’s request. The famous floral clock, which spells out “Neverland,” is also still there, along with the building that once housed the Neverland Valley Fire Department, although it’s no longer staffed by full-time firefighters.

    The roughly 2,700-acre property has about 22 structures on it, according to Perkins. The Normandy-style main house, which sits between the property’s two lakes, measures about 12,000 square feet, with six bedrooms plus an attached staff quarters.

    There’s also a four-bedroom guesthouse near the main home and a two-bedroom guesthouse a little farther away, a swimming pool with a cabana, a barbecue area, a basketball court and tennis court, a 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony and a stage that includes trap doors for magic shows.

    Jackson paid $19.5 million for the ranch in 1987 and lived there more than 15 years. He defaulted on a $24.5 million loan backed by the ranch, according to the daily business publication, which adds that real-estate investment firm Colony Capital bought the note in 2008 for $23 million and put the title into a joint venture it formed with the pop star.

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  • KISS' Paul Stanley Announces Launch of Own Lifestyle Brand, Royals & Rebels

    PRNewsFoto/Epic RightsAs a member of KISS, Paul Stanley has reaped the benefits of the band's voracious penchant for selling branded items, and now the singer/guitarist is set to launch his own lifestyle brand company.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has teamed with the Epic Rights marketing company to create the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand, which will be introduced next month at the Licensing Expo trade event in Las Vegas.

    Among the various products expected to be included in the Royals & Rebels brand are men's clothing and accessories, food, alcoholic beverages, footwear, cookware, home furnishing items and much more.  Branded items are expected to be available at various retail outlets by the fall of 2016.

    "Over the years, [Epic Rights CEO] Dell [Furano] and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the KISS brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings," says Stanley in a statement.  "I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights' great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come."

    Furano, meanwhile, calls Stanley "the definitive rock Renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry."

    Stanley and KISS launch a European tour this Saturday, May 30, with a headlining performance at the Rockavaria Festival in Munich.  Visit KISSOnline.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

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  • Alternate Version of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" from "Sticky Fingers" Reissue Premieres Online

    David Montgomery/UMeThe Rolling Stones have offered up a new preview from the deluxe reissues of the band's 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which will be released on June 9.  A video featuring an alternate version of the country-flavored gem "Dead Flowers" has been posted on the band's official VEVO page and VEVO YouTube channel.

    The track sounds grittier and more bluesy than the version on the original Sticky Fingers album, with more prominent lead, rhythm and bass guitars.  In addition, the faux Southern accent Mick Jagger used on the famous version is less pronounced, while Ian Stewart's honky-tonk piano lines are lower in the mix.

    The video that accompanies the alternate "Dead Flowers" features grainy archival film of various "found footage" scenes made to look as if the viewer is watching an old tube TV set.  The clip also includes images from the deluxe Sticky Fingers packaging and elapsed-time footage of flower blooms closing.

    The alternate version of "Dead Flowers" is part of a bonus disc featured in various editions of the Sticky Fingers reissue.  As previously reported, among the versions of available is a Super Deluxe Edition box set that features bonus tracks including studio outtakes, alternate takes and live recordings; a DVD containing footage of The Stones performing at a 1971 London club show; a seven-inch vinyl single featuring "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses"; collectible postcards, a poster and a print; a replica cutout of the band; and a 120-page limited-edition hardcover book.

    The Rolling Stones have been showcasing songs from Sticky Fingers on their recently launched Zip Code Tour of North American.  The band's next show is this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • U2 Pays Tribute to Late Tour Manager in Concert

    Kevin Mazur/WireImageU2 played its second of five scheduled concerts at The Forum in Inglewood, California Wednesday, and Bono paused a number of times to pay tribute to Dennis Sheehan, the band's longtime tour manager, who died early that morning in his hotel room at age 68.  

    "What a privilege to share the stage with these brothers of mine and to share this evening with you who have given us everything," he said, according to Billboard.  "U2 is kind of a family.  It's a brotherhood, although there's a lot of sisters too.  But the extended family is very, very important to us…Last night we lost a member of our family.  Dennis Sheehan was his name.  He was U2's tour manager for 33 years.  He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles."

    Bono went on to explain that Sheehan, who used to work with Led Zeppelin, had "always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin," which, the singer added, "of course is impossible."

    Bono then shared a story about how he and his band mates had dressed up as Led Zeppelin for one of Sheehan's recent birthday parties, joking that "the biggest problem was I couldn't quite fill Robert Plant's pants."

    Early in the show, Bono also pointed out, "A lot of U2 songs over the years were written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in a heart left by a loved one.  With the loss of Sheehan, U2 now has such a wound."

    The band closed out the concert with a performance of "40," a song from U2's 1983 album, War, which they dedicated to Sheehan.  Before playing the tune, Bono recalled how Sheehan had helped urge an audience to sing the refrain from "40" during a show that was recorded for the 1983 live album Under a Blood Red Sky.

    "We just heard this lone voice, this single voice, singing 'How long to sing this song' -- a light voice, beautiful tremolo," the singer explained.  "And it was the voice of Dennis Sheehan, trying to get everyone to sing, which they did."

    Bono added, "So we dedicate this song...in fact we dedicate the night...in fact we dedicate our whole tour to the very vivid memory of Dennis Sheehan, St. Dennis of Dublin, as he's known around here."

    U2 will play an intimate concert Thursday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California, and will be back at The Forum on Saturday for their third show at the venue.  Visit U2.com to check out the full itinerary of the band's iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour.

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  • Cher Is New Face of Marc Jacobs' Fall Fashion Campaign

    Warner Bros. RecordsAt age 69, Cher is still a fashion icon.  The singer is the new face of Marc Jacobs’ fall campaign.

    The first ad from the campaign, posted to the designer's Instagram account, features a regal-looking Cher dressed in an all-black ensemble: black jacket, long black pleated skirt and black gloves.

    "The amazing and beautiful CHER! Photographed by David Sims for our Fall/Winter campaign.. This is just the beginning…. More to come!!" Jacobs captioned the photo.

    Cher attended the Met Gala with the fashion designer just a few weeks ago.  At the time, he told The New York Times it was a dream to collaborate with her.  "Very rarely am I this intimidated," Jacobs said, adding, "This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time."

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  • ANOTHER 'BACHELOR' COUPLE BITES THE DUST

    Love is dead. E! News is reporting that Chris Soules has called off his engagement to final rose recipient Whitney Bischoff.

    A rep for the couple released a statement saying, "Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement. They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey."

    • Chris and Whitney got engaged on the season finale of The Bachelor which aired two months ago.
    • Chris recently wrapped up his time on Dancing With the Stars where Whitney showed up for support in the audience throughout the season.

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  • LINDSAY LOHAN IS OFF PROBATION

    Lindsay Lohan is a free woman. The troubled actress is off probation after completing 125 hours of community service.

    According to TMZ, the judge has officially accepted her time and Lindsay is off probation for the first time in almost eight years. The Mean Girls star is officially off the hook for her 2012 reckless driving case where she lied to police about who was driving the rental Porsche involved in the crash. She tweeted on Thursday afternoon (May 28th,) "I am very grateful to those at Brooklyn Community Services, Duffield and The Ali Forney Center for welcoming me into their services and allowing me to finish my court order Community Service hours. Thank you to Shawn and everyone involved for having faith in me and supporting me in getting the job done. I look forward to working with The Ali Forney Center and BCS in the future. Thank you for the inspiration. Clean slate. Fresh start. Bless -Lindsay Lohan-

    • Lindsay was previously on probation for a 2007 drug possession and DUI charge which resulted in her spending 84 minute behind bars.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    LORI LOUGHLIN OFFICIALLY JOINS 'FULLER HOUSE': Former Full House actress Lori Loughlin has confirmed that she has finalized her deal to appear on the Netflix reboot. She revealed on Thursday's (May 28th) Good Morning America, "Officially I'm going to be part of the reboot, or spinoff, of Fuller House, I'm very excited. It's going to be really great to be back with the whole cast...We are going to help Candace and Jodie and Andrea spin off the new show Fuller House, so we'll come back and do the first episode, and maybe throughout the season we will pop up here and there." Netflix announced last month that Fuller House will consist of 13 episodes and follow DJ Tanner, her sister Stephanie, and BFF Kimmy Gibbler as they live together to raise DJ's kids following the death of her husband.

    KEKE PALMER JOINS 'GREASE: LIVE': Keke Palmer has landed the role of Marty Maraschino on Fox's Grease: Live airing later this year. The cast also includes Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. Keke will also co-star in Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens premiering this Fall also on Fox.

    NBC ORDERS SERIES FROM OSCAR-WINNING WRITER OF 'THE IMITATION GAME': NBC has given a 10-episode order to a series from Oscar-winning Imitation Game writer Graham Moore. The drama follows a woman who has mysterious symptoms that lead to an epidemic of global proportions. The show does not yet have a title.

    MORE 'SERIAL' IS ON THE WAY: Serial host and executive producer Sarah Koenig has confirmed that there two more season of the podcast on the way. She wrote in a newsletter to subscribers, "We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we're planning on a third season of Serial. And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three." She added, "Sorry -- we can't tell you details about the new stories yet. What we can say is that they're very different from Season One, but no less interesting to us."

    'JAWS' IS HITTING THEATERS AGAIN: Steven Spielberg's Jaws will be returning to theaters as a celebration of its 40th anniversary. The movie will screen as a Fathom Event on Sunday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 24th. The original release has grossed over $460 million worldwide. It cost only nine million to make.

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  • DUSTIN DIAMOND'S LAWYER SCREWS UP IN COURT

    Dustin Diamond's trial for allegedly stabbing a man is off to a rough start. His lawyer, Thomas Alberti, was scolded by the judge on Wednesday (May 27th) -- their first day in court.

    Alberti pulled into the parking lot of the courthouse with a sign on his car which read, "Good luck to Dustin & Amanda." The judge gave him five minutes to remove the sign and was warned that he would be held in contempt if he tried to pull any other shenanigans. Thomas explained to a local CBS affiliate in Milwaukee, "They're just good people. I want to put on a good defense for them. What they did wasn't wrong. We're going to prove that in court, and no more messages on cars. We'll do it in the courtroom."

    • Dustin has been charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and carry a concealed weapon after reportedly stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas night.
    • His fiancée, Amanda Schutz, is also on trial.
    • Their attorney is attempting to argue that the victim was harassing Dustin and Amanda and that the injury he sustained was minor.
    • The prosecution claims that Amanda actually instigated the fight by shoving one of the bar patrons which led to Dustin pulling out the knife.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    REPORT: BEN AFFLECK AND JENNIFER GARNER ARE ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE THEIR SPLIT: Rumors are circulating that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been living separately and plan to announce their divorce shortly. Several tabloids including OK! and National Enquirer are reporting that they are expected to break the news before their 10th wedding anniversary in June so that the story doesn't mess with Ben's promotional tour of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. It is rumored that Ben's drinking and gambling finally reached the breaking point for Jennifer.

    NATALIE PORTMAN REVEALS TOUGH TIMES DURING COLLEGE DAYS: Natalie Portman gave a speech during Class Day at Harvard earlier this week where she revealed that she dealt with some tough times during her years at the ivy league school between 1999 and 2003. She explained, "It's easy to romanticize my time here, but I had some very difficult times here. Some combination of being 19, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control pills that have since been taken off the market for their depressive side effects, and spending too much time missing daylight during winter months led me to some pretty dark moments particularly during sophomore year." Natalie also revealed, "There were several occasions I started crying in meetings with professors, overwhelmed with what I was supposed to pull off when I could barely get out of bed in the morning." The Oscar-winner went on to reveal that the point of her speech was to express the importance of taking risks in life.

    STEPHANIE MARCH ACCUSES BOBBY FLAY OF SEVERAL AFFAIRS: Mad Men's January Jones may have something to do with Bobby Flay's split from Stephanie March. Sources tell In Touch that she was one of three affairs that the celebrity chef had during his 10-year marriage to Stephanie. Their fling supposedly happened back in 2010 which he denied. He is also accused of sleeping with his assistant and a food stylist.

    ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE SLAM KHLOE KARDASHIAN OVER INSTAGRAM PICTURE: Khloe Kardashian has animal rights activists all fired up over a photo she posted to Instagram cuddling up with a tiger cub. Many pointed out to Khloe that these animals should not be in captivity and were probably taken away from their mothers for the amusement of tourists. The E! star almost infuriated social media users earlier this week by posting a selfie while wearing a traditional Muslim hijab.

    EMILIA CLARKE REFUSES TO GOOGLE HERSELF: Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke learned the hard way that celebrities shouldn't Google themselves. She explains in the new issue of Marie Claire UK, ""I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You just do; it's instinct. But never again. It just takes that one person who says, 'She's a fat bi**h,' and you're like, 'I'm a fat bi**h!'" Emilia also discusses the trouble with balancing dating and work saying, "I kept thinking that for clarity of mind, I had to be in one place. And then I just realized that's not how this life is going to work. It makes dating absolutely impossible. I'm soppy and I do like to believe that when the right person comes along, it will work, because you want to make it work. Everyone else seems to manage it."

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  • AMY SCHUMER SPEAKS ON THE HATE THAT WOMEN FACE

    Amy Schumer took part in roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter along with Lena Dunham, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ellie Kemper, Gina Rodriguez and Kate McKinnon where they discussed sexism in the entertainment industry.

    The 33-year-old comedian said, "I think people hate women. I don't think they want to hear a woman talk for too long. A lot of people project their mom yelling at them. My career has been about tricking people into listening. I'm not saying all men hate women, but there's such an aggression."

    • Lena responded by saying, "The way women are spoken to in social media is truly shocking. It's how you imagine people screaming at prisoners in Guantanamo."

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  • JOE MANGANIELLO IS COOL WITH BEING EYE CANDY

    Joe Manganiello doesn't mind being objectified. The Magic Mike XXL star appears in the new issue of Details where he acknowledges that his physique has helped him achieve success in Hollywood.

    Joe tells the magazine, "My life's pretty damn good and if working out had anything to do with affording me the type of life I have, then bring on more." When asked if he minds being objectified, the 38-year-old responded, "Why would I? I don't think men care why women like them, as long as they do. That's the point of the nerd in high school who makes it big. You work that hard for a reason. You want to have access to the dating pool."

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