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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

 

  • Stevie Wonder to Receive First Epitome of Soul Award at October Event in Memphis

    Image Courtesy of Eddie WolflStevie Wonder will be honored with the inaugural Epitome of Soul Award at an October 11 event held at the Cannon Center of the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee.  The Motown legend will be presented with the award by The Consortium MMT, a Memphis-based non-profit organization that seeks to develop the city as a music-industry hub.

    The Memphis Business Journal reports that Wonder will perform at the event, and will be accompanied for part of the show by a number of as-yet-unannounced artists.

    In related news, The Consortium MMT is planning to launch an annual soul music festival next year that would include the presentation of the next Epitome of Soul Award. 

    Consortium founder and renowned Memphis songwriter David Porter says, "There's no better example to make the statement on the value of soul music coming out of Memphis than Stevie Wonder."

    Porter adds that the festival will help publicize Memphis as "the apex of soul music," and will promote the Consortium's Emerging Stars Program, a six-week educational course geared toward helping aspiring artists prepare for music careers.

    "We're building something with soul music that's already credible," explains Porter.  "In the early '70s, it was the third largest industry and third largest employer in the city.  That gives us more of a power position to be a conduit for other genres."

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  • The Doobie Brothers' Patrick Simmons and Wife Taking Part in Cross-Country Vintage Motorcycle Race

    Image Courtesy of Doobie BrothersFounding Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons and his wife, Cris, are planning to go rockin' down the highway together on their vintage motorcycles throughout most of September.  The couple will be participating in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014, a coast-to-coast event that begins September 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will take them on a 4,100-mile journey ending September 21 in Tacoma, Washington.

    Cris Simmons will be raising funds for the Stand Up to Cancer charity during the ride in honor of her and Patrick's son, Pat Jr., who was treated for testicular cancer in 2013 and now is free of the disease.  Cris, incidentally, is an acclaimed motorcyclist who's a member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

    The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run was first run in 2010 and has been held every other year since.  It currently showcases restored motorcycles that were originally built before 1935.  Cris previously took part in the 2010 edition of the race, at which she was the only U.S. woman out of the 45 participants.

    Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD during this year's race, while his wife will be on a 1934 Harley-Davidson nicknamed "Buddy" after its former owner, famed Hollywood stuntman Bud Ekins.  "Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it 'someday,'" explains Cris.

    The Doobie Brothers have had a very busy tour schedule this year, although the band will be taking a break for most of September, allowing Patrick the time to hit the road on his Harley.  As previously reported, the group will be releasing a new studio album, Southbound, on November 4 that features duets with a variety of major country stars, as well as contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.

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  • Christine McVie Ready to "Stand Up for Two and a Half Hours Balancing on One Foot" on Fleetwood Mac Tour

    Danny Clinch for ELLEThis fall, Fleetwood Mac will launch their first tour in nearly 20 years with Christine McVie, the voice behind such classic songs as "Don't Stop," "You Make Lovin' Fun" and "Over My Head."  The 71-year-old singer/keyboardist says she's been working out with a personal trainer so she'll be able to spend long hours onstage without collapsing.

    Speaking to ELLE magazine, McVie notes with regard to her keyboard-playing style, "The aim is to be fit enough to stand up for two-and-a-half hours balancing on one foot, which is what I do."

    This new tour will be a little bit more luxurious that in the old days, though, as Christine explains.  Not only will they be traveling by private jet, she says, but "I'm going to have someone that packs for me."   And during the downtime on the road, McVie says she wants to spend more time taking advantage of the interesting locations she'll will be visiting with Fleetwood Mac .  "I want to go out and do things...not just stick around having room service for two days," she insists.  "I feel like I know where I'm going now, and I want to enjoy this."

    The rest of the band is thrilled that Christine is back in the fold.  Drummer Mick Fleetwood tells ELLE, "Since she's been back, I'm already feeling the steadying effect of her presence.  There is no doubt that there was a void in the chemistry of the band."

    As for the new Fleetwood Mac album, which is in the works, McVie says she has about a half-dozen songs finished that might appear on it.  When asked if any of the tunes were inspired by her self-imposed retirement in the British countryside in the years after she left Fleetwood Mac, she laughs, "You mean the nunnery?  I was by no means a nun."

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  • Billy Idol's New Album Set for October 21 Release; Listen to Lead Single Now

    BFI Records/Kobalt Label ServicesBilly Idol has revealed the track list and release date for Kings & Queens of the Underground, the first studio album of original material from the veteran pop-punk star since 2005's Devil's Playground.  The record will hit stores on October 21, and features lead single "Can't Break Me Down," which currently is streaming at Idol's official website and YouTube channel.

    Most of the album was produced by former Buggles/Yes singer Trevor Horn, although Greg Kurstin served as producer on two tracks, including "Can't Break Me Down."  The single is an upbeat, modern-sounding rock anthem that includes some electronic elements also reminiscent of songs of the 1980s New Wave era.

    Fans pre-ordering Kings & Queens of the Underground now via iTunes will instantly receive a download of "Can't Break Me Down."  The iTunes edition of the album also features a bonus track called "Hollywood Promises," which came from the same sessions that yielded the rest of the album.  A CD version of Kings & Queens of the Underground that doesn't include the extra song can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.

    The album's cover was designed by renowned graphic artist Shepard Fairey.

    Idol has scheduled European tour in support of Kings & Queens of the Underground that will get under way in Birmingham, England.  The 58-year-old rocker also will be publishing his self-penned memoir, Dancing with Myself, on October 7.

    Here's the full track list for the standard version of Kings & Queens of the Underground:

    "Bitter Pill"
    "Can't Break Me Down"
    "Save Me Now"
    "One Breath Away"
    "Postcards from the Past"
    "Kings & Queens of the Underground"
    "Eyes Wide Shut"
    "Ghosts in My Guitar"
    "Nothing to Fear"
    "Love and Glory"
    "Whiskey and Pills"

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  • Chuck Berry Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize, Misses Ceremony Due to Illness

    Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementChuck Berry was honored Tuesday as a laureate of the 2014 Polar Music Prize, although the 87-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer could not attend the ceremony because of illness.  Veteran British rocker Dave Edmunds was on hand to accept the honor from Sweden's King Carl XVI at the event, which took place at Stockholm's Concert Hall.

    While at the podium, Edmunds read a speech Berry wrote that said, "Unfortunately I am unable to travel, but my heart is in Sweden.  I want to thank the King and the Royal Family for awarding me the Polar Prize.  I understand what a great honor it is to be a recipient.  I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally."

    In addition, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards sent a video homage in which he discussed how much Berry influenced and inspired him.

    "Chuck Berry, he just leapt out of the radio at me.  I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him," said Richards.  "It wasn't just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar and trying to figure out how you could be such an all-rounder.  Such a great voice, such a great player, and also such a great showman, you know, it was all in one package, so basically if I listened to Chuck Berry I was full for the day."

    In choosing Berry for the award, Polar Music Prize officials acknowledged him as "the rock 'n' roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music," while adding that "[e]very riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry."

    The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by late ABBA manager and lyricist Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, is considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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  • Neil Young Has Filed for Divorce from Wife Pegi

    Image Courtesy of Jake BlakesbergIt appears that one of the rock world's great love stories may be coming to an end.  As first reported at RollingStone.com, Neil Young recently filed for divorce from his wife, Pegi, after 36 years of marriage.

    The folk-rock legend filed a petition to dissolve the marriage on July 29 in the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California.  A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for December 12.

    Neil and Pegi have collaborated on numerous musical projects over the years.  Pegi began singing backing vocals for her husband beginning in the 1990s and lent her talents to many of his recent albums.  Neil, in turn, contributed to all three of his wife's solo records, which were released, respectively, in 2007, 2010 and 2011.  He also joined her onstage at some of her concerts.

    The couple have two children together -- a son named Ben and a daughter named Amber Jean.  Ben Young suffers from cerebral palsy, as does his older half-brother, Zeke Young, who's mother was late actress Carrie Snodgress.  In attempt to provide an educational situation better suited to Ben's needs, Pegi co-founded the Bridge School in 1986.  Since that year, she and Neil have organized the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a star-studded show that raises funds for the facility and that takes place each October in Mountain View, California.

    Neil Young's rep did not respond to ABC News Radio's request for a comment regarding the reported impending divorce.

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  • Expansive Box Set of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" Sessions Due Out in November

    PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe Basement Tapes, the historic recordings Bob Dylan did with The Band during 1967 in the Woodstock, New York, area while he reportedly was recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident, is the subject of the upcoming 11th installment of the folk-rock legend's Bootleg Series.  A massive six-CD collection titled Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete is scheduled to be released on November 4.

    While the original Basement Tapes album, which was issued in 1975 as a two-LP set, featured just 16 recordings from Dylan's '67 collaboration with The Band, The Basement Tapes Complete will include every salvageable track from those sessions, including recently discovered songs Dylan recorded at his upstate New York residence.  Band keyboardist Garth Hudson worked with Canadian producer and music archivist Jan Haust on restoring the tapes.

    More than 100 tunes were recorded during the sessions, including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances, and many Dylan originals.  Among the then-new compositions from Bob were such memorable tunes as "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."  Also featured were early versions of "Tears of Rage" and "This Wheel's on Fire," which both appeared on The Band's 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink.

    Meanwhile, separate two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets titled The Basement Tapes Raw and featuring highlights from the expansive Basement Tapes Complete collection also will be released on November 4.

    Dylan's currently in the middle of an Australian tour.  He's planning to announce dates for a fall North American trek on Wednesday.

    You can check out the full track list for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 at BobDylan.com.  Here's the track listing for The Basement Tapes Raw:

    CD 1
    "Open the Door, Homer" (Restored version)
    "Odds and Ends" (Alternate version)
    "Million Dollar Bash" (Alternate version)
    "One Too Many Mornings" (Unreleased)
    "I Don't Hurt Anymore" (Unreleased)
    "Ain't No More Cane" (Alternate version)
    "Crash on the Levee" (Restored version)
    "Tears of Rage" (Without overdubs)
    "Dress It Up, Better Have It All" (Unreleased)
    "I'm Not There" (Previously released)
    "Johnny Todd" (Unreleased)
    "Too Much of Nothing" (Alternate version)
    "Quinn the Eskimo" (Restored version)
    "Get Your Rocks Off" (Unreleased)
    "Santa-Fe" (Previously released)
    "Silent Weekend" (Unreleased)
    "Clothes Line Saga" (Restored version)
    "Please, Mrs. Henry" (Restored version)
    "I Shall Be Released" (Restored version)

    CD 2
    "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Alternate version)
    "Lo and Behold!" (Alternate version)
    "Minstrel Boy" (Previously released)
    "Tiny Montgomery" (Without overdubs)
    "All You Have to Do Is Dream" (Unreleased)
    "Goin' to Acapulco" (Without overdubs)
    "900 Miles from My Home" (Unreleased)
    "One for the Road" (Unreleased)
    "I'm Alright" (Unreleased)
    "Blowin' in the Wind" (Unreleased)
    "Apple Suckling Tree" (Restored version)
    "Nothing Was Delivered" (Restored version)
    "Folsom Prison Blues" (Unreleased)
    "This Wheel's on Fire" (Without overdubs)
    "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" (Restored version)
    "Don't Ya Tell Henry" (Alternate version)
    "Baby, Won't You Be My Baby" (Unreleased)
    "Sign on the Cross" (Unreleased)
    "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Without overdubs)

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  • Vince Neil Salutes His Mötley Crüe Band Mates

    Image Courtesy Motley Records/Eleven Seven RecordsIf you've seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board -- Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx -- are a talented bunch.  Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he's surrounded by skilled professionals.  Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is "an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press." 

    Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, "[Mick] plays stuff where I go, 'Wow, where did that come from?'  When he does his solos it's pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with."

    Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being "like John Bonham.  He's just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter."  As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him "a great bass player [and] a great showman."

    Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe -- because, of course, the veteran rockers has insisted they will never tour again under the band name -- Neil tells ABC News Radio, "You put everybody together, we're Mötley Crüe and that's why we've been together for so long." 

    Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe's 2014 tour leg:

    8/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    8/27 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair
    8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
    8/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
    8/31 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
    10/11 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    10/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
    10/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
    10/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
    10/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
    10/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
    10/21 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
    10/22 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
    10/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center
    10/26 -- Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
    10/29 -- Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter
    11/5 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
    11/6 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center
    11/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
    11/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
    11/12 -- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
    11/13 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
    11/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
    11/16 -- Fargo, ND, FargoDome
    11/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
    11/19 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
    11/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena

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  • Kinks Controversy: Is Ray Davies Considering Band Reunion Without Brother Dave?

    Decca Label Group; Cleopatra RecordsThere appears to be some controversy brewing with regard to The Kinks' supposed plans for a reunion project next year.  U.K. magazine MOJO reports that legendary rockers' frontman, Ray Davies, revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, while suggesting that the band may do so without the participation of his brother, founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies.

    However, The Kinks' official Facebook page has posted a message declaring, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

    Getting back to the MOJO article, the magazine quotes Ray as saying, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He's very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I'd much rather work with him than without him."

    The article reports that the band -- apparently referring to the Davies brothers and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory -- met during the summer of 2013 to discuss possibly getting together this year for a 50th anniversary Kinks reunion, but Ray and Dave's continued contentious relationship delayed the proposed project.  MOJO also claims that Ray told the mag that he's been recording songs with Avory for a new Kinks album, and that Dave hasn't yet contributed to the sessions.

    In addition, MOJO alleges that, when Ray was asked if a project without his brother would still be called The Kinks, he said, "Yes, it would.  I think it's all down to the music.  If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it."

    Ray also reported that he continues to work on a solo album based on his 2013 memoir, Americana.

    In other news, the singer/songwriter has scheduled a series of three U.K. performances in September that will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Kinks hit "You Really Got Me."

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  • Deluxe Edition of John Mellencamp's "Plain Spoken" Album Includes Turntable, Signed Lyrics Package

    Republic Records/Universal MusicJohn Mellencamp's new studio album, Plain Spoken, will hit stores on September 23, and a special limited-edition deluxe version of the release can be pre-ordered now via the MyPlay Direct website.  The package, which is called the Plain Spoken Ultimate Signed Bundle, includes a vinyl LP of the album, a specially branded John Mellencamp Crosley turntable and a lyric packet autographed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

    Only 300 copies of the signed lyric packet will be available.  The set costs $299.98, and you can add a copy of the CD version of Plain Spoken for an extra $13.98.  Fans who pre-order the package immediately receive a digital download of the album's lead single, "Troubled Man."

    In other news, Mellenamp has announced a new concert that will take place on September 6 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.  The singer/songwriter will be joined by special guests Los Lobos and Mavis Staples.  Tickets can be purchased for the event at LiveNation.com.  John also will make a previously announced appearance at the 2014 Farm Aid festival on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  • 'PARKS AND RECREATION' STAR HAD SEAT-FILLER EJECTED FROM EMMYS

    Parks and Recreation actress, Retta, was not thrilled to be seated next to an obnoxious seat-filler throughout most of Monday night's (August 25th) Emmy ceremony. The comedian live-tweeted the ordeal throughout the evening up until she had finally had enough.

    Retta wrote:

    Seat filler next to me is getting his jam on to the band’s version of Flashlight. #SoHappyToBeOutElbowRubbing #Emmys

    — Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014

    This clown next to me tried to tell me I was in the wrong seat (HE IS) and now wants to take a pic with me. #Ass #ByeFelicia #Emmys

    — Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014

    This fool just asked how’d I get on Parks and wants to know if he can get TV work from doing extra work. #KillMe #Emmys

    — Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014

    Now this clown ass just asked me 2 FOLLOW HIM ON INSTAGRAM. #BitchPlease I’m about to get his ass bounced. #FuckinUpMuAwardShowVibe #Emmys

    — Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014

    #MissionAccomplished It was very white of me to sic security on him but I’m wearing white & sitting in the 2nd row. #KeepItClassy #Emmys

    — Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
    • In other Retta news, the LA Times mislabeled one of their red carpet photos from the show by captioning her name on a photo of Orange is the New Black cast member Danielle Brooks. Brooks responded to the error by tweeting, "@unfoRETTAble @latimes Oohh child! I guess all chocolate girls look alike. We all look a lot." Once notified, the Times tweeted that the mix-up had been fixed.

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  • PAMELA ANDERSON IS GIVING RICK SALOMON ANOTHER SHOT

    Pamela Anderson appears to be giving things a shot with Rick Salomon yet again. People is reporting that the actress has filed a petition that her request for a divorce be thrown out.

    The couple has apparently worked things out since Pam first filed to end their marriage back in July. They were spotted kissing and getting flirty within a week of the filing.

    • Rick and Pam first married in October 2007 but split four months later. She told Ellen DeGeneres last October that they had become "best friends with benefits" but revealed in January that they actually remarried.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    REBOOT OF 'FULL HOUSE' IN THE WORKS: John Stamos is taking charge in a revival of Full House. According to TV Guide, he is working with original executive producer Bob Boyett and creator Jeff Franklin on the new version. Stamos has also already apparently gotten fellow cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber involved. It is rumored that Bob Saget and Dave Coulier will be part of the reboot as well in some capacity.

    BIG RATINGS FOR PRIMETIME EMMYS: Seth Meyers gig hosting the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nabbed huge ratings. Monday night's (August 25th) ceremony scored an average of 15.6 million viewers. The ratings were the second-highest the show has seen in eight years. Last year's show had 17.8 million viewers.

    MIKE EPPS TO PLAY RICHARD PRYOR: Rumors that Nick Cannon would be portraying Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic can officially be put to rest. Director Lee Daniels posted a photo to Instagram on Tuesday (August 26th) confirming the news that Mike Epps has scored the role. The photo shows Lee with Oprah and Epps with the caption, "And we're off...Get ready y'all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah"

    KIM KARDASHIAN IS HEADING TO 'TWO BROKE GIRLS': Kim Kardashian is following in the footsteps of Lindsay Lohan by guest starring on an upcoming episode of Two Broke Girls. The reality star shared the news on Twitter on Monday (August 25th) by writing, "Shooting an episode of #2BrokeGirls with @OfficialKat & @BethBehrs! Can’t wait for you to see it 10/27 @ 8pm on #CBS" Kim has previously appeared on Drop Dead Diva, CSI: NY, and Brothers.

    CHRIS SOULES NAMED NEXT 'BACHELOR': ABC has announced that former Bachelorette suitor Chris Soules will be the next Bachelor. The news was broken by Andi Dorfman's runner-up, Arie Luyendyk Jr. who took to Twitter on Monday (August 25th) to deny rumors that he got the job. Arie tweeted, "I'm not the Bachelor. Have fun on the farm people." Chris is a farmer from Iowa who was sent home before getting the opportunity to have a night in the fantasy suite with Andi.

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  • SOFIA VERGARA LAUGHS OFF SEXISM COMPLAINTS ABOUT HER EMMY APPEARANCE

    Sofia Vergara's appearance at the Emmys on Monday night (August 25th) didn't go over well with some people who felt it came across as sexist. Thee bit involved the Modern Family star standing on a spinning platform as eye candy while TV Academy President Bruce Rosenblum gave a speech to the crowd.

    Many people took to social media to complain about the moment including Katie Couric who tweeted, "I love @SofiaVergara but did anyone find that schtick somewhat offensive?" Sofia responded to the backlash telling Us Weekly, "I think it's absolutely the opposite. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and enjoy and work and make money. So I absolutely think it's ridiculous and somebody who started -- and I know who she was -- has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    ORLANDO BLOOM ALWAYS HAS A NANNY WITH HIM: Miranda Kerr recently chatted with the Sunday Times of London where she revealed that her ex, Orlando Bloom, always has a nanny with him while spending time with their son Flynn. She explained, "The nanny is with him all the time when he is with Orlando; don't get me wrong, he's a great dad, it's just me being a protective mother and wanting to make sure all his needs are met." She added, "I want to keep Flynn's routine. Orlando's fine with it. In fact, he likes it, it's less pressure."

    NATASHA LYONNE AND FRED ARMISEN MIGHT BE A THING: Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne may have a new man in her life. Sources tell People that she was spotted "sharing kisses and getting cozy" with Portlandia star Fred Armisen. They were partying with her co-stars at Chateau Marmont. Fred was rumored to be dating Abby Elliott after his marriage to Elisabeth Moss.

    CONRAD HILTON INVOLVED IN MAJOR CAR WRECK: Conrad Hilton, younger brother of Paris and Nicky Hilton, was involved in a major car accident in Palm Springs over the weekend that required the jaws of life to get him out. TMZ is reporting that his car hit the back of another vehicle while trying to change lanes and then hit the back of a tractor trailer before stopping on the side of a the road. Despite sustaining major damage to his car, Conrad apparently escaped the accident without any major injuries. Sources say that highway patrol received a call reporting Hilton's reckless driving prior to the crash.

    REPORT: LINDSAY LOHAN IS MORE INTERESTED IN WOMEN THESE DAYS: Radar Online is reporting that recent rumors of Lindsay Lohan's dalliances with Patrick Mahony and other men are completely false because she is actually more interested in women right now. A source told the website, "She is single, that is true. But don't expect Lindsay to get into a relationship with a man anytime soon. Lindsay prefers women over men. She was in several relationships with some really high-profile women and she prefers to be with women any day over men.

    DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEF WITH SETH MEYERS: Seth Meyers may have had millions enjoying his hosting gig at the Emmy awards but Donald Trump wasn't one of them. The mogul took to Twitter on Monday night (August 25th) to make his feelings known by writing, "That Seth Meyers is hosting the Emmy Awards is a total joke. He is very awkward with almost no talent. Marbles in his mouth!" Trump also retweeted several of his followers who also were not impressed by Seth's performance. Gossip Cop suggests that Donald may still be sour about some jokes Seth made at his expense during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2011.

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  • SARAH HYLAND ENDS FIVE-YEAR RELATIONSHIP

    Sarah Hyland has ended her relationship with boyfriend Matt Prokop. They have been dating for five years.

    A source close to the situation told Us Weekly, "Sarah's doing fine. It didn't work out. She's young. They decided they would be better off as friends." Sarah and Matt had been living together and taking care of their four-year-old dog named Barkley Bixby.

    • According to E! News, even though Sarah attended Monday's (August 25th) Emmy awards solo, she appeared to be in a "very good mood" at the HBO after party.
    • They first met at auditions for High School Musical 3: Senior Year in 2008 and later co-starred together in the Disney Channel movie, Geek Charming, in 2011.

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  • SURI CRUISE'S DOG IS LOST

    Suri Cruise has lost her dog. TMZ is reporting that Katie Holmes is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who returns the eight-year-old's new Chihuahua named Honey.

    Sources say that Honey slipped through the front gate while Katie and Suri were visiting a friend's house in Beverly Hills over the weekend. "Lost Dog" posters have been plastered in the area and they've allegedly issued a pet Amber alert. There is also a sense of urgency because Honey ran away in an area that is known to have coyotes.

    • Katie adopted the one-year-old dog for Suri a few weeks ago after they relocated to the west coast from New York City.

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