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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.


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

 

  • Carlos Santana Says He Hopes His Memoir Inspires Readers to "Will Blessings and Miracles to Happen"

    Little, Brown and CompanyCarlos Santana's new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, undoubtedly will fascinate readers interested in the guitar legend's musical exploits and achievements.  However, the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says one of his main goals in writing the tome was to share a positive message that he hopes his fans can apply to their own lives.

    "I really believe that I created this book because I wanted to share with people -- not tell them who to be, what to do or how to do it…yet invite them to check out the mechanics of grace in their own life," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "How you can will blessings and miracles to happen in your life.  The greatest blessing and miracle is for you to be happy each day and win over your own fear and your own sense of lack of self worth."

    Santana reveals that he was encouraged to write an autobiography by many people close to him who were captivated by his anecdotes about the many exciting experiences he's had.  Carlos says he learned his knack for storytelling from his father as well as from some of the musicians who inspired him, including B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Tito Puente and Miles Davis.

    "When I shared the stories, people become really transfixed, because it's happening to them while I'm telling the story," he explains.  "And so, after a while they said…'You should do your own book because there's a lot of incredible stories to share.'"

    In The Universal Tone, Santana candidly recounts his life story, from his childhood in Mexico and his early days playing music in Tijuana strip clubs, to his emergence as a pioneer of Latin rock, jazz rock and psychedelia, to his late-career success with the Supernatural album and beyond.  The book also delves into Carlos' lifelong spiritual journey, including his Catholic upbringing and his study of Eastern philosophies and various mystical teachings.

    Santana says his favorite parts of writing The Universal Tone included discussing his relationships with such lauded musicians as Davis, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy.  He adds that he especially enjoyed writing about his family members, including "my mom and dad, my sisters and brothers and, of course, the children -- Salvador, Stella and Jelli [Angelica]."

    Carlos points out that he discusses in the book his desire to be a positive influence on his kids, and other people close to him, by "making them feel important and significant and meaningful."

    In The Universal Tone, Santana also shares recollections of a painful and disturbing period in his childhood during which he was molested multiple times by a man who had befriended his parents.  Carlos says people may be surprised to learn that he eventually was able to forgive this man by, as he describes it, "sending him to the light in heaven instead of sending him to hell."

    Santana adds that he hopes that writing about his experience with abuse and how he dealt with it will help other people who have had endured similar mistreatment.

    "[W]hen people hear that they will know that there's a way to not be what happened to you, but be free by forgiving," he maintains.  "'Cause that's the only way you're going to be free, is by forgiving."

    The Universal Tone is available now, and currently is ranked #15 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list in the "Celebrities" category.

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  • Elton John and David Furnish Are Married

    ABC/Randy HolmesAfter more than 20 years together, Elton John and his partner David Furnish tied the knot Sunday in England.

    Elton posted a series of photos from his big day on Instagram, using the hashtag "ShareTheLove." In one photo, the couple has just signed the documents to make their union official. Elton writes, "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!"

    Elton, 67, and David, 52, had planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle, where an A-list crowd was expected, including Ed Sheeran and David and Victoria Beckham, according to Britain's Daily Mirror.

    The couple, who has been together since 1993, are already parents to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who will be 4 years old this Christmas, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, 23 months.

    A law passed earlier this year in England allows same-sex marriage there.

    The Grammy winner has always been open about his relationship with David, telling Parade magazine in 2010 that he "was attracted to David immediately."

    He regaled the magazine on how they met.

    “In 1993 I went back to my house in Windsor for a while. I wanted to meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” John told Parade. "[David] was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly.”

    John added that to keep that spark in their relationship, "Every Saturday for 16 years, we’ve sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other.”

    The couple famously entered into a civil partnership in 2005.

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  • Dates Set for 2015 Edition of Allman Brothers Band's Peach Music Festival

    Image Courtesy of Live NationWhile The Allman Brothers Band played what is supposed to be its final concert in October, the group's Peach Music Festival will be coming back in 2015.  The fourth annual edition of the musical extravaganza is confirmed to take place August 13-16 at its usual site -- Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    The lineup for the festival has not been revealed, but fans can at least expect Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman to put in an appearance.

    "I can't wait to be back at the Peach in 2015," says Gregg in a statement.  "The fans at Montage love what we do so much and the bands feed off that.  The Peach is always a great time."

    The Wanee Festival, another annual music event usually hosted by The Allman Brothers Band, recently revealed its initial 2015 lineup, which included various projects featuring individual Allmans members, so it seems likely the Peach fest may offer a similar bill.

    A limited number of early-bird tickets for the Peach Music Festival will go on sale this Monday, December 22, at noon ET.  Those tickets are priced at $99, not including fees.  Various other early-bird packages, including VIP tickets, also will be available.

    In addition to a variety of music acts performing on multiple stages, the four-day festival includes access to a water park, camping and more.

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  • Bob Seger Adds New Dates to His 2015 Tour Itinerary

    Credit: Peyton HogeBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 2014 North American tour leg tonight with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the Michigan rockers will head back out on the road next month for more stateside shows.

    Seger has announced a series of six new dates that will extend the trek into late March.  The newly added-concerts run from a March 13 show in Salt Lake City through a March 26 performance in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Bob's hometown, Detroit.  Details about tickets for the gigs will be announced soon.

    Seger continues to promote his new studio album, Ride Out, which was released in October.  Here's a list of all of his forthcoming tour dates:

    12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
    1/20 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
    1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
    1/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
    1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
    1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
    1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
    2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
    2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
    2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
    2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
    2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
    2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
    2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
    2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
    2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
    2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
    3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
    3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
    3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
    3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena (NEW)
    3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena (NEW)
    3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center (NEW)
    3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center (NEW)
    3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse (NEW)
    3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills (NEW)

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  • Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album "Rebel Heart," Album Coming in March

    Interscope RecordsFollowing the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album, titled Rebel Heart.  The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually.  More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive during the first week of March.

    The songs that are available are "Living For Love," "Devil Pray,"  "Ghosttown," "Unapologetic B***h," "Illuminati" and "B***h I’m Madonna," which features Nicki Minaj.  She also appeared on Madonna's last album, MDNA.

    In a statement, Madonna said, I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the  incomplete tracks that are circulating.   Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."

    On Instagram, Madonna wrote, "6 songs for you now.......#rebelheart Happy Early X-Mas! ! 13 more to come for album 13 !!!"

    The album cover shown on iTunes is a black-and-white photo of Madonna's face, wrapped in some kind of black tape or string.

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  • Sting and "The Last Ship" Cast Members Taking Part in NYC Christmas Carol Event, Album Signing

    Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

    On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed "Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols."  The Broadway performers will belt out some yuletide tunes on 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, while at the same time giving fans and friends the chance to donate coats and canned food to the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest initiatives.  The performance begins at 7:15 p.m. ET.  Those unable to attend to public song fest can still donate coats to the cause until December 31.

    Then, on Sunday, Sting and the principal cast members of The Last Ship will take part in a special album-signing event celebrating the release this past Tuesday of the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording CD.  The event will be held at 6 p.m. ET on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre after the matinee performance.

    To attend the signing, fans must get a wristband, a limited number of which will be handed out to people purchasing copies of the album from 11:30 a.m. to noon that day in the lobby of the theater.

    Sting and the other actors will autograph only copies of The Last Ship cast recording.  Each person with a wristband can have as many as three CDs autographed.

    The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording includes a bonus track that Sting recorded titled "What Say You, Meg?"

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  • Music Stars and Other Celebs Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?

    PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

    A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

    The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Ben E. King, the late Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson and Slash.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

    Some of the stars who picked Lennon were King, Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, Rick Springfield, David Byrne, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

    The McCartney camp included Townshend, Dolenz, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton and Motley Crue's Vince Neil.

    Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while while Bo Diddley said "neither one."

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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd to Perform First Two Albums at Special Hometown Concerts in February

    Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release.  The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973's Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974's Second Helping.

    "We've been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time," Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant tells the Florida-Times Union.  "We decided to come back to our hometown, Jacksonville, and play at the legendary Florida Theatre.  Can't wait to rock it."

    The shows also will include performances of other well-known songs from throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's career.

    Tickets for both concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday at 10 a.m. ET, and are priced at $49.50, $69.50 and $99.50.

    Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd features such memorable tunes as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird," while Second Helping includes Lynyrd Skynyrd's biggest hit, "Sweet Home Alabama," and the band's version of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."

    In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring some Southern rock to a newly announced country festival called the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place June 26-28, 2015, at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.  The three-day event will be headlined by a trio of country music's biggest stars -- Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

    Other artists on the lineup include Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan and Kacey Musgraves.  Visit BigBarrelFestival.com for more information.

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  • ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Allmans Drummer Butch Trucks to Be Honored at L.A.-Area Benefit Concert

    Image Courtesy of Adopt the ArtsZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks will be honored for their contributions to American art and culture at a star-studded benefit concert scheduled for January 12 at the famous Sunset Strip venue the Roxy in West Hollywood, California.  The event will raise money for Adopt the Arts, a charity co-founded by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum that helps fund music-education programs in L.A.-area elementary schools.

    Gibbons, Trucks and Sorum all are expected to perform at the concert, along with such other famous musicians such as Slash, founding Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino.  Serving as the evening's backing band will be The Disreputable Few, a group featuring a lineup of surprise rockers.

    "We're starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we'll continue to adopt schools across the nation," says Sorum about the Adopt the Arts initiative.  "We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds."

    Tickets can be purchased now by visiting AdoptTheArts.org, and are priced at $75 for general admission, and $125 and $250 for VIP packages that offer upgraded seating, hors d'oeuvres and more.

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  • Darlene Love to Give Final "Late Show with David Letterman" Holiday Performance Friday

    John Paul Filo/CBSDarlene Love will help David Letterman usher in the holidays one final time when she makes her annual pre-Christmas appearance on CBS' Late Show Friday night.  As always, the acclaimed singer will belt out her soulful yuletide classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a song she's performed on the last Late Show episode before Christmas nearly every year since the program premiered in 1993.  Letterman recently announced that he'll be retiring from the Late Show; his final broadcast will air May 20, 2015.

    Love actually began the tradition back in 1986 on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman.  "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" originally appeared on producer Phil Spector's famous 1963 holiday album, A Christmas Gift for You.  In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Darlene discussed how she felt about singing the tune one last time for Letterman.

    "I'm really trying not to think about it," she admitted.  "When I think about it, I really do get a little emotional.  And David always comes over and gives me the biggest hug.  People can't see what I see when he's hugging me, and looking at me in the eye, and whispering in my ear telling me thanks for coming.  That means more than anything."

    In honor of Love's historic appearance on Friday, the Late Show has put together a video montage of highlights of her previous performances of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."  You can watch the clip now on the Late Show's official YouTube channel.

    Late Show with David Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

    In other news, Darlene has a number of U.S. concerts on her tour schedule, including four Christmas-themed shows at B.B. King Blue Club in New York City.  Here are all of her upcoming tour dates, according to DarleneLoveWorld.com:

    12/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
    12/20 -- Bethlehem, PA, Baker Hall of the Zoellner Arts Center
    12/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
    12/26 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
    12/27 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
    1/2/15 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club
    1/24 -- West Point, NY, Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point
    1/31 -- Boca Raton, FL, Polo Club Boca Raton
    2/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
    3/25 -- Lakeland, FL, Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    IS RICHARD SIMMONS MISSING?: Friends are concerned about Richard Simmons because he hasn't been seen publicly since January 11th. He also hasn't visited his exercise studio in six months. Attempts to reach the star have been thwarted by his housekeeper. Friends also noticed that they're aren't any Christmas decorations up at his Hollywood Hills home. According to his reps, Simmons has been depressed due to a knee injury so he's keeping a low profile.

    MIKE MYERS RETURNS TO 'SNL': Mike Myers returned to Saturday Night Live and reprised his Austin Powers role of Dr. Evil. During the spoof, Dr. Evil gave the GOP some advice. He said, "It's easy to kill a movie, just move it to January." Amy Adams hosted the show which featured performances by One Direction.

    TOM BROKAW SAYS CANCER IS IN REMISSION: NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw announced back in February that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August of 2013. On Sunday, December 21st, NBC posted a letter from the 74 year-old journalist that read, "A year ago, my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news . . . The cancer is in remission and I will shortly go on a drug maintenance regimen to keep it there."

    LAVERNE COX GETS CHRISTMAS CARD FROM BEYONCE: Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox was super excited when she received a card from Beyonce. Cox said via Instagram, "So when I opened this holiday card a few days ago and read Love @Beyonce I literally fell to the floor . . . I was on the floor of my apartment. I have witnesses."

    KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD WELCOME SECOND CHILD: On Friday, December 19th, Kristen Bell took to Instagram to announce the arrival of her second daughter. She wrote, "The estrogen has now hit critical mass! Good luck, @daxshepard1. And welcome to the world DELTA BELL SHEPARD :)"

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  • KRIS JENNER PLANS TO KEEP THE JENNER LAST NAME FOR NOW

    Kris Jenner's divorce from Bruce Jenner is official and will be finalized after a mandatory six month waiting period on March 23rd, 2015 but the former couple was able to remain friends throughout the process. During an interview for E! News, Jenner explained that it's all good. Kris Jenner said, "Things are really good . . . I mean, it's kind of surprising, and we work together, and we talk all the time and he'll be there on Christmas. We're still family."

    • Jenner also addressed whether or not she'd be reverting to her former Kardashian last name. She said, "I have two kids with the last name Jenner, so I think that would be weird. Like, 'oh guys, I'm changing it back to Kardashian.' I think I'm just gonna leave it alone for now and enjoy. I'm fine. I'm good."

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  • JOANNA KRUPA AND BRANDI GLANVILLE FEUD ESCALATES

    The Real Housewives aren't one big happy family. Former friends Brandi Glanville from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Joanna Krupa of the Real Housewives of Miami are in a full on feud. During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Glanville insinuated that Krupa's goodies smelled. She said to Andy Cohen, "She's a beautiful girl stunning . . . You can't help that odor situation."

    • Over the weekend, Krupa responded. She told TMZ.com, "I think Brandi Glanville is the biggest trailer trash woman out there . . . She needs to get a life. First of all I'm happily married. I'm sorry if you're so pathetic that your husband left you . . . she's trailer trash. That's what she is."
    • She added, "Obviously she so obsessed with me, she can't stop talking about me . . . Stop putting injections in your cheeks. You're never be eastern European. . . You can try to be me but you're never gonna be me b***h."
    • Glanville tried to apology later. She said via Twitter, "@joannakrupa I'm sorry I'm sure you smell as beautiful as you look! I won't joke about it again."

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  • BILL COSBY'S LAWYER SAYS CNN IS TRYING TO RUIN COSBY'S REP

    Bill Cosby's lawyer Marty Singer has claimed that CNN is trying to ruin the legendary comedian's reputation by doing a special with Beverly Johnson. As previously reported, Johnson has accused Cosby of drugging her at his Brooklyn home in the 1980s. According to TMZ, Singer fired off a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker saying that they should contact Johnson's ex boyfriend Mark Burk.

    Singer said that Burk told CNN reporters that Beverly, "never said a negative statement about Bill Cosby throughout their entire four year relationship." Singer added that "Burk told CNN that to the contrary, Ms. Johnson stated that she was an admirer of Bill Cosby and only said great things about Mr. Cosby."

    • Singer has claimed that reporters tried to pressure and manipulate Burk to corroborate with Johnson's claims, but when Burk refused to lie, they decided not to use him for the story. Singer accused the network of being "reckless and malicious." He added,"Accusers are being given a national platform by CNN without first exercising the most rudimentary journalistic investigation as to their claims and motivations."

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  • KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN AND KHLOE KARDASHIAN NEWS

    KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN REVEALS BABY'S NAME
    Kourtney Kardashian took to Instagram to share a photo of her baby and to announce the baby's name. Kardashian wrote, "Madly in love with my little Reign Aston Disick"

    • The reality star gave birth to the boy on December 14th. Kardashian and her partner, Scott Disick, have a five year-old named Mason Disick and 2 year-old named Penelope Disick.

    KHLOE DENIES SHE KICKED ROB OUT
    After reports surfaced on Friday, December 19th, that Khloe Kardashian had evicted her brother, Rob Kardashian, from her house, the reality star took to Twitter to set the record straight. She tweeted, "One of the best things about my house is that my brother lives with me . . . I would never kick him out."

    • She added, "I've begged for him to live with me. So until HE wants to leave . . . this is his home. #ByeHaters #StopWiththeBS."

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  • SNOOKI SAYS THE FIRE IS STILL BURNING IN HER BEDROOOM

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi got married this year and welcomed her second child but the pint sized reality star shared that her sex life is as good as ever. On her personal website, Polizzi wrote, "We still have a sex life . . . But I just started birth control so I'm waiting for it to kick in before we do it again."

    • The Jersey Shore star added that she and her husband, Jionni LaValle, are just more patient about when they do it. She explained, "I don't make any loud noises . . . We do it at night when the kids are sleeping because Lorenzo, their 16-month-old son, will walk in and just stare at us."
    • Fans may notice that the couple seldom argues on screen and that is by design. Snooki explained, "If anything bad happens to me and Jionni, we are not taping it . . . I don't like negative energy. I love everything positive and butterflies . . . and zombies."

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  • ADAM SANDLER LATEST STAR BLASTED IN LEAKED SONY EMAILS

    Comedian Adam Sandler is the latest star to find out how the execs at Sony really felt about him. In the latest round of leaked emails, Sandler was blasted by the studio executives for demanding $200 million for a film project. Sony executive Amy Pascal called the actor an a**hole in an email.

    • Sandler pissed executives off with his behavior during the making of the animated movie, Hotel Transylvania 2, and his aggressive push for an adaptation of the board game Candyland. Following a pitch meeting where Sandler tried to get $200 million to make the Candyland project, Columbia pictures honcho Hannah Minghella sent an email to Pascal.
    • Pascal responded, "Adam is an a**hole and this is more his fault than anyone’s but what we did was not communicate with each other and make assumptions . . . Maybe I didn’t pay attention when you were telling me what I was walking into but it also comes from . . . no one taking responsibility and I mean myself as it is my responsibility to let you guys know what I want to breath life into."
    • Doug Belgrad, president of Sony motion picture group also chimed in on the email chain. He wrote, "You said yourself that Adam was gonna be angry and . . . you couldn’t fix what was really bothering him . . . that he isn’t the guy he once was and nobody can make that better for him."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    'HOBBIT' TOPS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies topped the weekend box office with $56.2 million. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie rounded out the Top Three with $17.3 million and $16.3 million respectively. Exodus: Gods and Kings came in at Number 4 with $8.1 million and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay landed at Number Five with $7.8 million.

    MUHAMMAD ALI HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA: Muhammad Ali, 72, was hospitalized on Saturday, December 20th, with a mild case of pneumonia. A rep released a statement that said, "Muhammad Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition . . . He was admitted earlier this morning and because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected . . . At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy . . . No further details are being released at this time."

    SONY HIRES REAL LIFE OLIVIA POPE: Sony has hired Judy Smith, the crisis expert who Olivia Pope's character is modeled after, to handle their hacking crisis.

    LARRY HAGMAN'S ESTATE HIT WITH A LAWSUIT: John Castonia was hired to manage Larry Hagman's career when he returned to television to appear in TNT's Dallas. According to Castonia, he signed a guaranteed contract for $2500 a week for seven months. Unfortunately Hagman died after the first three months, so Castonia is suing his estate for the remaining $42,500.

    MOVIE ABOUT FORMER ATLANTIC PRES IN WORKS: A movie about Jerry Greenberg, who at 32 years-old, became the youngest president of Atlantic Records, is being shopped to cable and TV outlets. He worked with AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin.

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