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KVPI Will Give 2 Lucky Listeners A Pair of Tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge Each Week Until Halloween

It's that time of the year again!! KVPI will give 2 lucky listeners a pair of tickets to The 13th Gate and Necropolis in Baton Rouge each week until Halloween. Are you ready to be scared out of your skin? Then, LIKE the Facebook post, SHARE it with others, and COMMENT "SCARED" on the post. Good Luck from all of us here at KVPI.

Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, October 3rd

Join us this Saturday, October 3rd from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.

Join Us For Our Album of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 26th


Join us this Saturday, September 26th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for our Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) before and after the LSU game. keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI

The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015

The St. Edmund's High School Booster Club will hold its Annual Auction on Wednesday September 23, 2015, from 6:00pm through 10:00pm from LSU Eunice. The auction will be broadcast live on KVPI (FM 92.5) as well via its online app and on LSUE's Channel # 197. Due to the Blue Jay Radio Auction on KVPI FM Wednesday night, our weekly coach's show will air at 6:30pm Wednesday on KVPI 1050 AM this week only.

Join Us For The First Ever Album Of The Week Spotlight This Saturday, September 19th Starting at 8 a.m.


Join us this Saturday, September 19th from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for the first ever Album Of The Week Spotlight. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI FM will spotlight Michael Jackson's Thriller album. We hope you join us Saturday. We will air all the hits from each week's album through out the morning with Josh (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and through out the afternoon with Carly (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.). keep checking back often to find out which album we will spotlight each Saturday on 92.5 KVPI.

Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

The Basile High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios Friday Sept. 11 to record special cheers to air throughout the football season. Good luck to the Basile High Bearcats!!

Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios Sept. 2

The Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers during football season. Here they are surrounding KVPI DJ Emily O . They are:Kaitlyn Roddy, Regan Carraway, Paige Whittington, Payton Whittington, Sammy Fusilier, Malene Guillory, Shelbi Rials, Sara Vidrine, Taylor Olson, Tori Johnson, Madison Welch, Bailee Deville, Blaire Fontenot and Kasey Roddy.

The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders Visit the KVPI Studios



Boom! The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders were in the house today recording cheers for our high school football action. Pictured below with Steph are Laura Manuel, Megan Morein, Olivia Vollman, Logan Shipp, Baylee Veillon, Eve Fontenot, Caroline Duplechin, Dori Monier (Mascot), Olivia Brignac, Mallory Fontenot, Kaylie McCoy, Sara Reilly, Joanie Dupre', Madison Jordan, Caroline LaHaye and Hallie Daire. Thanks for coming in girls!





KVPI AM FM Staff 2015

KVPI Staff August 13, 2015: John Lafleur, Annona Balfa, Becky Vidrine, Emily Oliver, Carly  Chaumont, Stephanie Ware, Cheryl DeBaillon, Jim Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Josh Godwin, Gene Swabby Soileau and Micah Chatman. Seated: Bonnie Fontenot and Mark Layne.

Classic Hits 92.5 salutes Elvis Presley Thursday

It's Elvis Day on Spotlight Thursday as we remember The King of Rock and Roll who died this week in 1977 at his home in Graceland. Hear 50's Elvis, Movie Elvis from the 1960's and his great live recordings from the 1970's all day Thursday and on Party Time Thursday night.

Dixie Youth World Series Action Live from South Carolina on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Tune in to our live coverage of the Dixie Youth World Series from Lexington, South Carolina this week as KVPI Sports covers our Ville Platte Dixie Majors team competing in the tournament. Sports Announcer Chris Bordelon will be doing the play by play each night. Thanks to our KVPI Sponsors.

Plenty of Baseball Action Right Now On KVPI AM and FM

KVPI Sports will be bringing you live play by play action live from Ponchatoula as we cover Dixie Youth Regional Tournament Action this weekend. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracy Jagneaux will be covering our Ville Platte Dixie Majors 12 year old all stars while Sports Announcer Thomas Scully will be covering the Ville Platte Super Ten All Stars. Also we are covering the Ville Platte 8 year old All Star girls competing in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Highland, Texas with James Shiver and Gene Swabby Soileau.

Summer is here! Be listening for the cue to call on Classic Hits 92.5

Register your Father registered today!

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!



Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!


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

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

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!




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

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

Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

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

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

The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

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

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

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

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

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

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

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!

KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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

James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

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

Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest


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

KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year


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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Brian Wilson to Play Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" at 2016 Levitation Festival in Austin, Texas

    ABC/Randy HolmesBrian Wilson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' acclaimed and influential album Pet Sounds during a headlining performance at the 2016 Levitation Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas.  Wilson and his band, along with special guest Al Jardine, will play the album in its entirety at the fest, which focuses on psychedelic music.

    The lineup for the ninth annual Levitation Festival also includes reggae veteran Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Animal Collective and many other acts.  Weekend passes, deluxe ticket upgrades and camping passes for the event are available for purchase now at

    Pet Sounds was released on May 16, 1966, and features such memorable Beach Boys tunes as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B" and God Only Knows."  Paul McCartney has cited the album as a major inspiration for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    Meanwhile, Wilson will be embarking on a U.S. fall tour next Friday, October 9, in Flushing, New York.  Jardine will be joining Brian for all the shows on the trek, which is plotted out through a December 5 concert in Jacksonville, Florida.  In addition, former Beach Boys touring musician Billy Hinsche, who also was a member of the 1960s pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy, will be playing with Wilson's band on select dates in October.

    Here are all of Wilson upcoming tour dates:

    10/9 -- Flushing, NY, Kupferberg Center for the Arts
    10/10 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
    10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Galliard Center
    10/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National
    10/23 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts
    10/24 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom
    11/11 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
    11/12 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC
    11/13 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
    11/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
    11/17 -- St Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater
    11/19 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
    11/20 -- Rockville, MD, The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
    11/21 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
    11/28 -- Reno, NV, Atlantis Casino Resort
    12/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa
    12/5 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
    4/29-5/1/16 -- Austin, TX, Carson Creek Ranch - Levitation Festival

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  • Jon Bon Jovi Makes Video in Memory of New Jersey High School Football Player

    Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi has made a video honoring New Jersey high school football player Evan Murray, who died after getting injured on the field last Friday.

    "I heard word about Evan, and as a father of football players, my heart, my prayers and my thoughts go out to the Murray family," the singer says in the YouTube video posted on Thursday -- the day of Murray's funeral.

    Jon continues, "You are in my prayers.  To all the team, I wish you the best this season and keep it up guys, all right?  Win one for Evan."

    On Thursday night, the rocker displayed Evan's jersey number 18 on his guitar during his concert in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  The band also dedicated "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" to the 17-year-old, according to Billboard.

    Murray reportedly died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.  He was injured during the Warren Hills Regional High School game against Summit High School.  The quarterback was able to walk off the field, but later died at the hospital.

    Jon, a New Jersey native and father four, is a devoted football fan.  His son, Jesse Bongiovi, played for Notre Dame's football team in 2013.

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  • "The Martian" Soundtrack, Featuring Classic '70s Disco Hits, Released as a Digital Download Today

    PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsA variety of classic disco and pop hits of the 1970s are featured on the soundtrack to the new Matt Damon movie The Martian, which was released as a digital album via iTunes today.  Titled Songs from The Martian, the album includes tunes by Donna Summer, ABBA, The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Vickie Sue Robinson, Hues Corporation and Thelma Houston.

    The sci-fi film tells the story of an astronaut named Mark Watney, played by Damon, who ends up stranded by himself on Mars when a manned trip to the red planet goes awry.  Watney, who is presumed dead, must make due with meager supplies while trying to survive.  One of the few items he has to entertain himself is a playlist left by the missions commander, who happened to love '70s disco.  Among the tunes showcased are "Hot Stuff," "Waterloo," "Love Train" and "I Will Survive."

    Appropriately, Songs from The Martian also features David Bowie's memorable 1971 tune "Life on Mars."  A deluxe two-CD edition of the album, combining the soundtrack and the film's score, will be released on November 6 and can be purchased on

    The Martian premiered in theaters today.  The film was directed by Ridley Scott and, in addition to Damon, stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.

    Here is the track list of Songs from The Martian:

    "Turn the Beat Around" -- Vickie Sue Robinson
    "Hot Stuff" -- Donna Summer
    "Rock the Boat" -- Hues Corporation
    "Don't Leave Me This Way" -- Thelma Houston
    "Starman" -- David Bowie
    "Waterloo" -- ABBA
    "Love Train" -- The O'Jays
    "I Will Survive" -- Gloria Gaynor
    "The Martian Score Suite" -- Harry Gregson-Williams

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  • Roger Waters Criticizes Bon Jovi for Playing a Concert in Israel This Weekend

    Sean Evans; David BergmanEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters has long been a vocal opponent of Israel's policies toward Palestine, and he frequently addresses other music artists who have scheduled concerts in Israel and attempts to dissuade them from performing in the country.  Salon has now posted a letter Waters has written to Bon Jovi criticizing the band for going ahead with its plans to play a show in Tel Aviv this Saturday.

    Waters' message, which was posted on, begins by addressing "the pop group Bon Jovi" and the band's three core members -- Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres -- declaring, "Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government's apartheid policies by performing in Israel."

    Roger then points out that he read an interview Jon Bon Jovi recently gave with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and says that because of Jon's comments in the article, "I won't waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians."

    In the interview, Bon Jovi is asked if he's aware of Waters' campaign to persuade musicians to boycott Israel, and responds, "Yes, I heard about that but it doesn't interest me.  I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I'm coming to Israel and I'm excited to come."

    Waters' letter then proceeds to suggest that Bon Jovi stands "shoulder to shoulder" with various Israelis who killed, injured or oppressed Palestinians or protesters.  He lists such examples as "the settler who burned the baby," "the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie," "the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach" and "the Minister of Justice who called for genocide," while linking to various news stories giving details about each of his examples.

    Roger also implies that by declining to perform in Israel, the band could have stood "on the side of justice," and he offers a similarly formatted list of instances where people participated in acts of protest against the Israeli government's policies.  These include "the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps," "the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service" and "the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom."

    Waters' message concludes, "The dead can't remind you of the crimes you've ignored.  But, lest we forget, 'To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.'"

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  • John Fogerty Announces "Peace, Love and Creedence" Las Vegas Residency

    Credit: Miriam SantosJohn Fogerty has become the latest veteran music star to line up a Las Vegas residency.  The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will bring a show titled John Fogerty: Peace, Love and Creedence to The Venetian hotel and casino for a series of eight performances, running from January 8 to 23.

    As with his recent tour, Fogerty's Las Vegas concerts will celebrate the three classic albums CCR released in 1969 -- Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys -- and also will feature some of the band's other memorable songs, as well as a few selections from John's solo career.  In addition, Fogerty will share some personal stories during the shows about his former band's landmark year, which will be enhanced with exclusive film footage and photos.

    "Peace, love and Vegas!  I'm excited to be coming to The Venetian and bringing my '1969' show for you all," says Fogerty in a statement.  "We are going to be rockin' my Creedence Clearwater Revival songs along with many more.  We'll have some new things added to the show, too.  Hope you all can come and help us rock it up in Vegas come January!"

    Fogerty's Peace, Love and Creedence performances are scheduled for January 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23.  Tickets go on sale on October 9 at 10 a.m. PT, with prices starting from $59.90.  You can purchase tickets online at, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

    News of Fogerty's Vegas residency comes just a few days before the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer releases his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, which will be published Tuesday, October 6.  As previously reported, John will promote the book during the next couple of weeks by taking part in a number of signing and Q&A events in New York City and the Los Angeles area. You can check out Fogerty's itinerary at

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  • Bette Midler's 2015 "Hulaween" Costume Ball to Feature Performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic

    Courtesy of Bette Midler; Roy CoxThe latest edition of Bette Midler's annual "Hulaween" charity costume ball will be held on October 30 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, and Nile Rodgers and Chic will be on hand to entertain the partygoers.  The event benefits New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization Midler started in 1995 to reclaim and restore parks, community gardens and public spaces in New York City.

    This year's bash will celebrate the charity's 20th anniversary, as well as the planting of the millionth tree as part of NYRP's MillionTreesNYC campaign.  Midler will be honored during the gala with the "Green Goddess" Award.  The theme for the 2015 Hulaween event is "Hell Night on Hulaween Island: A Night to Dismember," and draws inspiration from classic B horror movies, particularly the 1977 version of The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    "This year New York Restoration Project and I are celebrating 20 fantastic years of cleaning and greening New York City," Bette says in a statement.  "I am so proud of our part in changing the face of the city, in cleaning parks, highways, and vacant lots, in saving and supporting community gardens, and in pointing out that the citizens of the greatest city in the world deserve a healthy, clean, sustainable environment."

    Each year, the Hulaween event mixes Halloween with tropical elements of Midler's home state of Hawaii for a fun fundraising experience.

    Tickets for the party start at $650.  You can find out more information by visiting or calling Buckley Hall Events at 914-579-1000.

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  • Kinks Guitarist Dave Davies "Looking Forward" to New Solo Tour, Which Kicks Off Today

    Credit: Al PereiraDave Davies launches a new fall U.S. tour with a three-day series of free performances starting today at The Big E, an annual fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  The founding Kinks lead guitarist, who released a new live album titled Rippin' Up New York City last month, will be performing on the fair's Court of Honor Stage at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET today and Saturday, and just at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

    Davies tour is scheduled to run through a November 3 show at the famed Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, and will stop in such cities as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., along the way.

    The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that he's "looking forward" to hitting the road, and that he's especially excited that Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken will be part of his backing band for the whole trek.

    "I really like playing with him.  He's a great guy and he's got a lot of empathy for the songs and the music," Davies says of Diken, who also was behind the drums when Dave's new live album was recorded last November during two shows at the City Winery in New York.  "You know, he's one of those cool guys that just know what to do.  And more importantly, he knows what not to do, which can be hard for some musicians."

    Rounding out Davies' backing band are bassist/keyboardist Tom Currier and guitarist Jonathan Lea, who both also play in the group The Jigsaw Seen.

    Fans coming out to the concerts likely will hear many of the tunes featured on Rippin' Up New York City, which includes versions of Kinks classics like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night," some lesser-known gems by the band and a few songs from Dave's 2014 studio album, Rippin' Up Time.

    Davies tells ABC Radio that he also hopes to add a few new tunes into his sets for the tour, while clarifying, "not necessarily new new [songs] but new ideas, maybe a couple of older songs."

    Meanwhile, Dave says one of the things he particularly enjoys about playing live is that it gives him the opportunity to present his songs in new and interesting ways.

    "It's funny, 'cause when you record songs, well, I tend to try and record pretty quickly, which in a way doesn't allow the songs to kind of explore themselves, if you know what I mean," he explains.  "When you play live you can turn things around, with different accents and rhythms, so it's kind of a very different process to recording."

    Here's a list of all of Davies' upcoming U.S. tour dates:

    10/2 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)*
    10/3 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)*
    10/4 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. ET only)*
    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
    10/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café - ArtsQuest Center
    10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre
    10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
    10/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery
    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
    11/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
    11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre

    * = concert free with price of admission to fair.

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  • Jennifer Hudson Is Up for Taking On "Challenging" Lead Role in Possible Aretha Franklin Biopic

    Matthew Jordan Smith; Heather Wines/CBSLast year, Aretha Franklin revealed that Jennifer Hudson was among a short list of actresses that she'd like to see play her in an upcoming biopic.  Now, it seems that the Oscar-winning star of Dreamgirls would openly welcome that opportunity.

    Jennifer expressed her interest in starring in the Queen of Soul's biopic, which is being spearheaded by Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein.

    "I feel like that would probably be the most challenging and the most motivational for me to play since Effie," Hudson tells, referring to her Dreamgirls role.  "I feel like that would be the next, most similar thing and challenging at the same time."

    While she's open to doing the role, Jennifer admits that she wasn't a huge fan of Franklin's music while growing up.

    "I'm going to be honest: I did not actually grow up listening to Aretha Franklin the way most people think I have," says Hudson.  "I grew up listening to my older cousins, and they were obsessed with Aretha.  They were heavily influenced by her, and I took it from them.  But I love her now.  I love all her music.  I just love that era.  Atlantic, Motown -- I wish we made music like that today."

    Jennifer previously starred as Winnie Mandela in the 2011 biopic of the same name.

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  • "Roger Waters The Wall" Concert Film to Be Released on DVD and Blu-ray in December

    Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe new concert film Roger Waters The Wall is now set to be released as a home video on December 1.  The movie, which features performances from the ex-Pink Floyd mastermind's recent The Wall Live Tour, will be available as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital download.

    In addition to dynamic live footage from some of Roger Waters' multimedia-enhanced performances of his old band's 1979 concept album The Wall, the film features segments capturing the musician's pilgrimage to his grandfather's gravesite in France and to a memorial honoring his father in Italy.  The movie also includes scenes in which Waters discusses his antiwar sentiments with members of his family.

    "I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale," says Waters in a statement.  "It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one.  This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."

    The Blu-ray edition of Roger Waters The Wall contains more than 95 minutes of bonus footage, including performances from a May 2011 concert at London's O2 Arena that featured guest appearances by Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason.  Among the other extras are outtakes of Waters trip to Europe, time-lapse concert footage and a scene of Roger visiting the grave of Frank Thompson, a soldier and poet killed in World War II.  The DVD also features the time-lapse footage and the visit to Thompson's grave.

    Meanwhile, a Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack album is slated to be released sometime this fall.

    As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall was screened in hundreds of theaters across the country for one night only in the U.S. this past Tuesday.  Encore screenings have been scheduled in a variety of U.S. venues starting on Sunday, October 18.

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  • Paul McCartney Performs at PETA's 35th Anniversary Gala

    Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has been one of the biggest celebrity supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, aka PETA, so who better to serve as the entertainment at the animal-rights organization's 35th anniversary party?  A performance by the former Beatles star closed out the star-studded event, dubbed "All Together Now," which took place Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

    According to recaps posted at, McCartney's set included renditions of the Beatles classics "Birthday" "Let It Be," "Hey Jude" and "Lady Madonna," and his 1993 solo tune "Looking for Changes," which he dedicated to the organization's cause.  Sir Paul also was joined by modern-rocker Beck for performances of "Drive My Car" and "I've Just Seen a Face."  A few fan-filmed clips of McCartney's set, with and without Beck, have been posted on YouTube.

    While onstage, McCartney commented, "When I first heard the name, that's what appealed to me, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  I thought that was really a very dignified, very cool title.  They've got 35 years of saving so many animals.  And we love them."

    Following the gala, McCartney posted a message on his Facebook page thanking "Beck and everyone else who helped us celebrate #PETA35 in Hollywood last night!"  He also quipped in the note, "Sorry we didn't get around to playing 'Beck in the USSR,' 'Get Beck' or 'Paperbeck Writer.'"

    The bash was hosted by Angelica Huston and Pamela Anderson, and also featured the presentation of awards to various celebs and activists who have for their contributions to specific animal-rights issues. Among the evenings honorees were Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, rapper RZA, comic Bill Maher and actors Alicia Silverstone, Jason Biggs, James Cromwell and Fred Willard.

    Other stars who attended the party included Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Rob Zombie, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Kesha, Moby, songwriter Diane Warren, William H. Macy, George Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon, Emily Deschanel, Paula Poundstone, Russell Simmons, Sela Ward, Seth Green, and Tony Hawk.

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    Chrissy Teigen is not happy about the new app, Peeple, that will let people rate each other. The model and talk show host took to Twitter on Thursday (October 1st) to express her outrage on the topic.

    Chrissy wrote, "In an age where both truth and gossip on the Internet can literally ruin lives, this #peeple app is horrible AND scary #yelpforhumans??? at least I signed up to have the world judge and grade me publicly. I f***ing hate this app and the boardroom table it was created around. We have to make sure our kids/teens stand a freaking chance in this world."

    • One person called out Chrissy for just promoting the app to which she wrote, "So I should just be silent? Things like this need to be called out. It's trending. I'm not breaking news."

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    Jim Carrey's on-again/off-again girlfriend, Cathriona White, was studying Scientology prior to her death. People magazine is reporting that she was taking part in the church's Survival Rundown course several months before her death earlier this week from an apparent suicide.

    Outspoken anti-Scientology reporter Tony Ortega claims that her studying "stalled" in the last few months and added, "I don't know if that meant she had trouble with it or she decided to take a break." She was reportedly introduced to the church by friends of the singer Beck. Tony continued, "They encouraged her to come over to the United States to take classes, so she came to Los Angeles and started getting involved."

    • Cathriona was found dead at her home on Monday (September 28th.) She supposedly left a note which mentioned Jim by name. Pills were also found near her body.

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    BLAKE LIVELY THANKS FANS FOR SUPPORT AFTER PRESERVE ANNOUNCEMENT: Blake Lively took to Instagram on Thursday (October 1st) to thank her supporters following the announcement that she is shutting down her lifestyle website Preserve. She shared a photo from a Preserve shoot and wrote, "Thank you guys for your support every step of the way in the @preserve_us adventure. I couldn't be more grateful!! One day I'll stop wearing so many hats...but...I'll probably be dead by then, so...I'm just doin' what mama taught me ;) She's my idol. Who's yours? #WhyIsThereNoEmojiForSpiceGirlsGirlPowerFingers?!!!" Preserve will be shutting down on October 9th.

    THREE MORE WOMEN ACCUSE BILL COSBY: Three more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Gloria Allred held a press conference with Sharon Van Ert, Pamela Abeyta and Lisa Christie who all gave their account of what happened when they spent time with Bill. Over 50 women have come forward making similar accusations against the comedian. Cosby will be deposed on October 9th and his legal team has filed a motion to prevent the public release of his statements. Gloria is attempting to block that motion.

    FORMER 'GIRLS NEXT DOOR' STAR BRIDGET MARQUARDT IS GETTING MARRIED: Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend, Bridget Marquardt, is engaged. The former Girls Next Door star shared the good news on Instagram on Thursday (October 1st) writing, "Happy Oct. 1st!!! h...and... Did I mention @nicholascarpenter and I are engaged?" Bridget and director Nicholas Carpenter have been dating since 2008.

    JENNIFER LAWRENCE WON'T BE VOTING FOR DONALD TRUMP: Jennifer Lawrence doesn't plan on voting for Donald Trump and neither do her Hunger Games co-stars. They were promoting the final movie at a press conference where Jennifer said, "If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world." Liam Hemsworth agreed with Jennifer and Josh Hutcherson added, "It's a publicity stunt. It can't be real." Jennifer continued, "I was watching him on the campaign trail and one guy said, 'I love Donald Trump because he's saying everything I'm thinking and I just can't say it because of the PC factor. And I'm thinking...'That's who I want representing my country, somebody politically incorrect. That will just be perfect.'"

    'HARRY POTTER' FANS WANT TO FREE DOBBY: UK fans of Harry Potter have launched an effort to free Dobby the house elf. A statue of Dobby can be found inside of a glass encasement on Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Visitors have been leaving socks next to the case which, according to J.K. Rowling's book, means that an enslaved elf could go free. Rowling retweeted a photo uploaded by @HogwartsLogic showing the socks for Dobby.

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    Tom Hanks' son, rapper Chet Haze, took to social media on Wednesday (September 30th) to apologize for using the N-word in an Instagram video last November. The 25-year-old has revealed that he has been struggling with drug addiction but is now on the road to recovery once again.

    Chet said, "Hey I just want to say, I know, like, my name's been in the media about me like, going missing or getting kidnapped or something...I've been in rehab. I've been trying to get my s**t together and I'm doing pretty damn good, you know what I'm saying? I just had to really take a look at myself and my life and the way s**t was going and all the crazy, stupid s**t I was doing and just finally admit to myself that it wasn't working and I had to try something new and that thing was to not do any drugs or alcohol. I know a lot of ya'll understood the point I was trying to make but the truth is, it's not my place to speak on that and I'm genuinely sorry for the people that I offended." He went on to say, "You know, at the end of the day, like, all that stupid s**t I was doing, like, that's not who I am, that's not who I want to be. And it's been a long journey for me discovering who I am because all the pressures that I've dealt with in my life, you know, being the son of my dad and everything and just trying to find where I fit in, you know? I'm just really grateful for God and, you know, my family and friends that I have that might as well be family and you know, it's like little things, you know, that I've had to learn to really appreciate."

    • Haze also said, "You know, people that I don't even know that have, just saying, you know, say kind things to me along the way. It really helps me a lot and I just want to thank each and every one of you, for real. I just had to realize something crazy and that, you know, cars, clothes, girls, guys, whatever your flavor is, that s**t is all cool but what's really cool is being a good man and walking with God, being a good person. You know, money doesn't mean s**t. You know, you could spend your whole life chasing money, trying to get things to make you feel whole but what's the price you pay for that? Really, this s**t is all about helping other people. A couple months ago, I was selling coke, doing coke until I couldn't even snort it up my nose anymore 'cause it was so clogged. I even smoked crack. If I can change, you can change. There is a solution."

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    Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard made headlines back in August when she wrote an essay about feminism and now she is speaking out about sexism on red carpets.

    The 13-year-old recently chatted with Elle about being treated differently than her male co-stars saying, "On a red carpet, the only thing I'm often asked is, 'Who are you wearing?' And my co-stars, my friends who are older, even much older, really accomplished actresses who I admire -- it's the same story. For a guy, the first question is, 'What drew you to this project?' And it's like, come on! I want to wear cool clothes. I love fashion. We all do. But we shouldn't be taken less seriously because we're in dresses. You can be a kickass feminist but you can contribute to the fight against objectification and be wearing your favorite designer. At the end of the day, it's about equality. I'm happy to talk about what I'm wearing. It's cool to spotlight a new designer on the runway, and to contribute to the fashion world that I love. It's a very special thing I get to do. But don't make my story, and who I am, be my dress, while my male co-star's story is how he picks scripts and gets inspired. Why not ask me that, too? Ask me work questions, too! Ask me about my life! And trust me, guy actors love to talk about what they're wearing. You know what, ask them about their hair."

  • Rowan went on to say, "Someone recently asked if I had any dieting tips for other teenage girls. Try and reverse that. 'Do you have any dieting tips for other teenage boys?' I mean, come on. I don't diet! I'm thirteen! Nobody my age should be dieting or trying to change themselves because society says so. And seriously, I'm thirteen! The only 'dieting tip' I have is, like, 'if you don't order fries, you'll probably be mad.' It's inappropriate on so many levels. That makes other girls hate themselves or have eating disorders. We have to change all this. Girls tweeted me after the Christopher Kane fashion show being like, 'Rowan, I liked the clothes, but all the models were this one way.' And I have to be like, 'You don't have to be that one way! You be you.' And again, I'm thirteen. The designer, the fashion industry -- you're the adults, the ones who can be telling girls, 'you don't have to be one way.' Magazines are starting to address it, which is smart. But we can all do more. I thought we'd see more plus size models on the runway this season. We didn't. That was a disappointment."

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    Lisa Vanderpump insists that Kim Richards is doing much better since her recent stint in rehab and legal trouble.

    She told Us Weekly, "I saw Kim just the other day. She's doing very well and she looks healthy and happy so that's good. That's more important than anything, any reality show, so I was happy to see her, doing well on her birthday." Lisa also spoke on Kim's feud with sister Kyle Richards saying, "I just think that when there's something like she has been through -- struggle -- you've got to put everything behind you. The most important thing is her sobriety and I'm glad that she has achieved that. She has really kind of committed to that. And I think, what can we do? Nothing but support her. And hope the best for her in the future. I'm sure it's a complex relationship, but they seemed happy. It was her birthday so that's a really positive step in the right direction."

    • Kim was arrested back in April for public intoxication, battery, and resisting arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She entered rehab in June but was arrested again in August for attempt to shoplift from a Target store.

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    'GAME OF THRONES' MOVIE IS JUST A RUMOR: George R.R. Martin and HBO are denying the rumor that there is a Game of Thrones movie in the works. The author said in a statement, "There's been talk about it. I'd love to see one, but nothing is decided." He also wrote on his LiveJournal page, "No one is working on any movie just now. And if there was a movie, it would not be about Robert's Rebellion." HBO also denied the rumor which was originated by Daily Star.

    USA CANCELS 'GRACELAND': USA has announced that Graceland has been cancelled after three seasons. Creator Jeff Eastin tweeted on Thursday (October 1st,) "Just got the word, there will be no more #Graceland TV. Thank you to the best cast, crew and fans in television." The final episode aired on September 17th.

    JAMES WAN ADAPTING 'THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS': Director James Wan is producing a big screen adaptation of Keith Donohue's 2014 novel, The Boy Who Drew Monsters. The book is about a 10-year-old boy who has Asperger's and is agoraphobic but has the ability to make anything he draws come to life. He happens to enjoy drawing monsters. Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing will write the script.

    DANIEL CRAIG ISN'T DONE WITH JAMES BOND: Despite rumors of possible replacements, Daniel Craig claims he isn't done playing James Bond after Spectre. The 47-year-old told UK's Event magazine, "I'm contracted for one more -- but I'm not going to make predictions. I work myself to death. It's getting harder. But such is life. I'll keep going as long as I'm physically able." Spectre hits theaters on November 6th.

    ABC RENEWS '500 QUESTIONS': ABC has picked up 500 Questions for a second season. The Mark Burnett/Mike Darnell-produced game show aired back in May for seven straight nights. The show challenges contestants to answer 500 general knowledge questions without getting three wrong in a row. The second season will air next year.

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    This day in music history: Monday September 28th


    1991, Guns N' Roses released 2 albums 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' which debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart. Both albums make No.1 & No.2 in the US.

    This day in music history: Tuesday September 29th


    1973, Grand Funk Railroad went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We're An American Band', the group's first of two US chart toppers.

    This day in music history: Wednesday September 30th


    1995, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 single when 'Fairground' started a four-week run at the top of the charts. It was their 15th UK Top 40 hit.

    This day in music history: Thursday October 1st


    1977, Elton John became the first musician to be honoured in New York City's Madison Square Hall Of Fame.

    This day in music history: Friday, October 2nd


    1971, Rod Stewart started a five week 

    run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Maggie May / Reason To Believe', his first solo No.1. Stewarts album 'Every Picture Tells A Story' also started a four-week run on this day at No.1 on the UK and US chart.

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