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Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI is giving away tickets to see Whitesnake

Classic Hits is giving away five pairs of tickets to see "Whitesnake" in concert August 8 at Paragon Casino in Marksville. Here is how to enter our special drawing:


Just text the name "Whitesnake" to our "Text To Win" number at 337-459-6021. That's it. You will be automatically qualified for our big drawing next Thursday July 30 at noon on "The Non Blonde Cafe". One qualifier per family and you must 21 or older.


It will be the Classic Rock concert of the year and we're sending five of our listeners to see "Whitesnake". Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


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


  • Peter Frampton Announces US Fall Acoustic Tour

    Credit: Greg RothPeter Frampton has confirmed plans to head out on an acoustic tour that will take place at a variety of U.S. venues this fall.   The 12-date trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw, an Acoustic Tour," kicks off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, and runs through an October 24 in Van Wert, Ohio.

    Throughout the trek, Frampton will be accompanied by his longtime musical collaborator Gordon Kennedy, as well as by his son, singer/guitarist Julian Frampton, who will be a special guest at the shows.  The tour will mark the first time Peter will play entire sets unplugged.

    "I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton in a statement.  "I couldn't do it without the help of my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy…I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano.  I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

    Adds Julian, "I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family.  Two birds, one stone."

    Last month, Peter revealed to Billboard that the acoustic tour would be held in conjunction with an unplugged album he's recording that will feature stripped-down renditions of various songs from his back catalog.

    Meanwhile, Frampton currently is out on the road in North America playing joint shows with Cheap Trick, as well as a few headlining performances.  His summer itinerary is plotted out through an August 29 concert in Coquitlam, Canada.

    Here are all of Frampton's upcoming tour dates; with Cheap Trick unless otherwise noted:

    7/28 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    7/29 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
    7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino
    8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort
    8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    8/7 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live*
    8/8 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair - Celeste Center
    8/9 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
    8/11 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center For The Arts
    8/12 -- Cary, NC, Regency Park - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    8/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theater
    8/15 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
    8/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
    8/18 -- St. Louis, River City Casino
    8/19 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre*
    8/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
    8/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
    8/24 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
    8/25 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
    8/27 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
    8/28 -- Redmond, WA, Marymore Park
    8/29 -- Coquitlam, Canada, Hard Rock Casino*
    10/8 -- Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center
    10/9 -- Meridian, MS, Riley Center For the Performing Arts
    10/12 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
    10/13 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
    10/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
    10/16 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Library of Homestead
    10/17 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University
    10/18 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
    10/20 -- Albany, NY, The Egg - Hart Theatre
    10/22 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
    10/23 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
    10/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Center

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    = acoustic concert.

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  • Steven Van Zandt's Netflix Series "Lilyhammer" Canceled

    F. Scott Schafer for NetflixLilyhammer, the Netflix comedy-drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been canceled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.

    The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian broadcaster."

    He continued, "It was very difficult to maintain the level of global exclusivity and control that we hope to with our shows with that show and the way it was structured with the Norwegian broadcaster. We're big fans of the show." 

    Van Zandt -- who played a New York mob boss who relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the witness protection program -- recently tweeted, "#Lilyhammer RIP. Not my decision. Let's just say for now the business got too complicated. Very proud of our 24 shows. New ideas on the way."

    In addition to his starring role as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, Van Zandt also served as the series' executive producer, co-writer and musical director.

    Three seasons of Lilyhammer were produced, the last of which premiered in November.

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  • Neal Schon Says "Door Has Always Been Open" for Steve Perry to Sing with Journey Again

    PRNewsFoto/Mascot Label GroupIt's been about 17 years since Steve Perry and Journey parted ways, and while the reclusive singer has rarely performed since then, the group's founding guitarist, Neal Schon, says he and his current band mates would welcome him with open arms if he wanted to sing with them again.

    "The door has always been open, like I've said a zillion times," Schon tells ABC Radio.  "People ask me every day, 'Are you reuniting?'  Steve says, 'No,' and I say, 'You never know.'"

    Schon explains that he and the rest of Journey, including current frontman Arnel Pineda, would be happy to have Perry join them for at least a one-off performance, if not more.

    "[We] are always like, 'You ever want to come on and just sing a portion of one song, sing a part of a song with Arnel or sing the whole set, you're welcome anytime you want to come,'" Neal maintains.  "[Arnel is] not threatened.  Nobody's on any ego trip.  We don't have any bad feelings."

    Having said that, Schon admits that and he and Perry aren't on the best of terms these days, although he insists that he has tried to keep the avenue of communication open.

    "[Steve] says that we love each other but we don't like each other.  I don't know him well enough anymore to know if I like him," Neal says with a laugh.  "I know that I love him, but…I mean, he won't allow me to speak to him directly on the phone, and I write to him all the time and just say, 'Hey, what's up?  I hope you're doing well,' and that's it, you know?  And sometimes he writes back and sometimes he doesn't."

    Schon tells ABC Radio that regardless of the status of their relationship, he truly appreciates what he and Perry accomplished together when they were band mates.

    "All's we did was create timeless music.  And so for that I'm very grateful," says Neal.  "And I'm sure he is too.  He said that he is.  But, you know, we're grown men and so it's time to take the chips off the shoulder and to grow up and let the kids be kids."

    He calls Perry "truly one of the greatest [vocalists] of all time."

    Meanwhile, Schon says he was glad to see that Steve took to the stage to perform again last year, referring to the handful surprise guest appearances Perry made at club shows by the indie-rock act Eels.

    "I was just happy to see him get out there," Neal maintains, adding, with a chuckle, "I thought it was quite ironic the places that he chose to do it.  But, you know, I was glad to see him sing and hope that he would do more, actually."

    Schon currently is on a Canadian tour with Journey that winds down this Monday, August 3, in St. Johns, Newfoundland.  Neal's own side project has been opening the shows, playing songs from his recent solo album, Vortex.

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  • Paul McCartney's Lollapalooza 2015 Set to Be Streamed Live Online This Friday

    Credit: MJ KimGreat news for Paul McCartney fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this Friday to see the Beatles legend perform at the 2015 Lollapalooza festival: Sir Paul is one of the select artists whose sets will be streamed live online.

    The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Metallica, Florence the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and a variety of popular and lesser-known modern-rock acts.

    McCartney's set is scheduled to run from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT.  This will mark the first time one of the rock legend's shows has been streamed live online in nearly two years.

    You can watch the live stream at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV; the full schedule will be revealed on Thursday.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit

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  • New Keith Richards Documentary to Premiere on Netflix in September

    Credit: Simon CrossA new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released.  Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.

    The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.  In the new movie, Neville captures Richards working on his new album, and visits important people and places that played a part in shaping Keith's music throughout his long career.

    "If there's a Mount Rushmore of rock 'n' roll, Keith's face is surely on it.  He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies," says Neville.  "To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom.  That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

    Under the Influence features new conversations with Richards and other musicians, including his friend Tom Waits, as well as archival material and behind-the-scenes footage.  The movie finds Keith visiting Chicago, country music capital Nashville, and New York City, where he recorded Crosseyed Heart with help of his longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.

    Speaking at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos said Keith Richards: Under the Influence offers "a really interesting, unique take on Keith" and is "a really, really marvelous film."  He also noted that his network has recently gotten positive response after airing original music-focused documentaries about The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Nina Simone, so screening the Richards flick "felt like a great fit."

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  • Billy Joel Says He'll Write a Song for His New Baby

    Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray, has inspired many of his songs, from "Temptation" to "Goodnight My Angel" to "The Downeaster 'Alexa.'"  Now, the Piano Man says he'll pen a new tune for the baby he and his new wife are expecting next month.

    Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Billy says, "I'm going to write a song for the kid, or something.  Alexa...was always enchanted with music even before there were words."   No word on whether or not the song will have lyrics or if he'll ever release the tune: Billy hasn't put out an album of pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also discusses his relationship with his former tour partner Elton John, whose record for most performances by a solo artist at New York's Madison Square Garden he recently broke.  During that record-breaking show, Billy played Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but he says he wasn't doing it to needle the Rocket Man. 

    "That was really an homage," he tells EW.  "He's, like, the guy before me!  He was the piano player before I was a Piano Man. I felt humbled by it -- to play [the Garden] 65 times and beat his record. I thought, 'I'd like to tip my hat to the man.'"

    While Billy and Elton have had had their ups and downs over the years -- with Elton publicly criticizing Billy for not releasing enough albums and for not taking rehab seriously -- Billy says they buried the hatchet "a long time ago" during a sit-down meeting.  Asked to describe what that was like, Billy says, "He was concerned. I think he's a little scared of me sometimes, like 'What's he going to do?'" 

    He laughs, "I'd tie his shoes [together] on stage while he [was] playing the piano, just to f*** him up."

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  • Neil Young and John Mellencamp to Headline Farm Aid 30

    Farm AidFarm Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year in Chicago with an eclectic lineup headlined by Neil Young and John Mellencamp. The bill also includes Mavis Staples.

    Young and Mellencamp, along with country legend Willie Nelson, are members of the Farm Aid board.

    "We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," says Nelson in a statement. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the people -- farmers, eaters, advocates and activists -- who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we'll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."

    Farm Aid 30 will be held September 19 at Chicago's FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Tickets will go on sale August 3 at 10 a.m. CT. For more information, visit

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  • Jermaine Jackson Offers Update on Father's Condition, Thanks Doctors

    ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesJermaine Jackson thanked the doctors in Brazil who're taking care of his father, Joe Jackson, who fell ill there Sunday.

    "Thank you for the love & prayers for our father. Following a heart procedure, he remains in hospital where he's doing 'extremely well'," Jermaine tweeted Monday night.

    "Doctors say cardiac arrest followed a mini-stroke. Thankfully, brain scans show it's 'not as bad as first feared'. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo," he added.

    Joe Jackson was in Brazil celebrating his 87th birthday, which was Sunday, when he suffered the heart attack and stroke. 

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  • What a Fool Believes: Doobie Brothers Sue Cover Band over "Confusingly Similar" Name

    Jim O'Shea/Courtesy Doobie Brothers

    It seems The Doobie Brothers really do take the  band name quite seriously, case in point: the band is suing the group The Doobie Decibel System over trademark usage claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar” to theirs, according to Billboard.

    On Friday, Doobie Brothers Corp. and Doobro Entertainment sued the Northern California folk-rock cover duo-which consists of musicians Jason Crosby and Roger McNamee. The band said it successfully trademarked the words "Doobie Brothers" and "Doobies" for musical performances in 1982.

    The band is arguing that Crosby and McNamee’s use of "Doobie" in their band’s name exhibits "willful intent to trade on the fame and reputation, or to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers.” They want the group to stop using the name DDS immediately and are seeking punitive damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition.  They also are requesting a full accounting of the group’s earnings.

    Crosby and McNamee are far from novice musicians. Crosby has played with Bob Weir, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana while McNamee performs in the jam band, Moonshine and is the co-founder of prominent venture capital firms Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners, the latter he founded with U2's Bono.

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  • Monsanto Responds to Neil Young Documentary

    Credit: Danny ClinchAgribusiness giant Monsanto is firing back at the claims made the mini-documentary, Seeding Fear, co-produced by Neil Young’s film company.

    As previously reported, the film examines a lawsuit, which was settled out of court, between the corporation and Alabama farmer Michael White, whom the company sued for patent infringement.

    “Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone, saying that an White admitted in court documents to planting Monsanto seed.

    The company pointed to a blog posted on its website, entitled “Correcting The Monsanto Years.” The title is a reference to Young’s The Monsanto Years, a nine-song multimedia project on environmental and ecological themes that name-checks the giant St. Louis-based company. 

     “Although they have tended to get a lot of attention, lawsuits between us and farmers who plant seeds without paying for them are actually very rare,” the company continues. “Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmers plant our seeds. Since 1997, when we started trying to protect the patents on our seeds, we have gone to trial with a fraction of one percent of those customers. In addition, all of the proceeds we receive from any settlement -- including Mr. White’s settlement -- are donated to youth leadership initiatives and to support the local communities in which farmers live and work.”

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    Gwyneth Paltrow has found a way to combine her love of hip-hop and fashion. The GOOP mogul has launched a new line of clutch bags inspired by her favorite rap artists.

    The collection is a collaboration between Gwyneth and Edie Parker. There is one honoring Jay Z which features his nickname "Hov" written in diamond-effect lettering on a black clutch with "Shady" written in Gold on the bakc to honor Eminem. There is also one for Biggie and TuPac with their names written on marbled blue acrylic. They are currently available on the Goop website for $1,695.

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    Michael Cohen, a lawyer for The Trump Organization, has responded to the recent report from The Daily Beast bringing up old rape allegations made by Donald Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, during their divorce proceedings. Ivana said at the time that she felt "violated" by Donald during an argument back in 1989 and was referred to as rape in the 1993 book, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump by Harry Hurt III.

    Michael threated, "I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don't have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know. So I'm warning you, tread very f**king lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be f**king disgusting. You understand me? You write a story that has Mr. Trump's name in it, with the word 'rape,' and I'm going to mess your life up...for as long as you're on this frickin''re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you'll never know how to get out from underneath it."

    • The attorney also addressed the allegations saying, "You're talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse. It is true. You cannot rape your spouse. And there's very clear case law. She felt raped emotionally. She was not referring to it as a criminal matter. And not in its literal sense, though there's many literal senses to the word."
    • He apologized for the comments on Tuesday (July 28th) saying, "As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core. Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me. In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment -- which I do not believe -- and which I apologize for entirely."
    • Harry's book also came with a "Notice to Reader" from Ivana where she admits that she never meant to insinuate the Donald raped her during their divorce testimony and that she didn't want the press to misconstrue the facts.
    • Ivana also released a statement on Tueday (July 28th) which read, "I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit. Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign. Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president."

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    THE OLSEN TWINS MAY JOIN 'FULLER HOUSE' AFTER ALL: Don't count Michelle Tanner out just yet. Netflix exec, Ted Sarandos, told reporters at a TCA press tour on Tuesday (July 28th) that the Olsen Twins have not totally rejected the idea of returning to Fuller House. He said, "The Olsen twins are teetering whether or not they'll be around." He went on to discuss the show saying, "It's a show that's very much in the spirit of the original. At the taping of the episode this past week, you know, when the cast shows up on stage, the audience reacts immediately, and the actors have fallen right back into these roles." It is expected to debut next year.

    'MARRIED WITH CHILDREN' REUNION IN THE WORKS: David Faustino supported his former Married With Children co-star, Christina Applegate, at the premiere of Vacation on Monday (July 27th) where he revealed that there is a reunion for the hit Fox sitcom in the works. He told E! News, "Sony has it. They're excited about it. They're working out some legal issues that we hope they work out." David added, "The whole cast, including Christina, is down to do little bits in it. The idea would be a pilot for a spinoff. That's all I can say right now. It involves me and few other people." The original series ran for 11 seasons until 1997 and co-starred Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal.

    FORMER 'LOST' STAR JOINS 'SECRETS AND LIES': Former Lost star, Terry O'Quinn, has been added to the second season of ABC's Secrets and Lies. He will play the financier father of Michael Ealy's character who is preparing to pass on the company to his son. Juliette Lewis will be the only actor returning from the first season of the show as Detective Andrea Cornell.

    'THE YOUNG POPE' ADDS DIANE KEATON: Diane Keaton is heading to TV. She has signed on to co-star with Jude Law on HBO's The Young Pope. The eight-episode drama series tells the story of the fictional pope Pius XIII. Diane will be playing a nun from the United States named Sister Mary who lives in Vatican City.

    'BOJACK HORSEMAN' GETS RENEWED: Netflix has renewed BoJack Horseman for a third season. The animated series featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins will return in 2016 with 12 new episodes. The show was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

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    Adam Sandler's frequent collaborator, Dennis Dugan, is pissed that people and critics are bashing the former SNL cast member for making bad movies. Dennis recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter where he defended Sandler and admitted that he hasn't read reviews of any of his films since the early 90s.

    He explained, "How f**king dare anybody say that he's a s***ty entertainer! To hate Grown Ups is just ludicrous. It's a funny movie. We didn't mean it to be anything else but a hang-out movie, where you go sit down and get a lot of laughs from a bunch of guys just hanging out. I don't give a f**k what critics think. I give a f**k that almost every one of my movies opens up No. 1 and makes a giant profit for the studio, and people buy them, rent them, quote them and have a good time seeing them."

    • Dennis and Adam worked together on Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Grown Ups, Just Go with It, Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2.
    • Adam's movies have grossed over $4 billion around the world.

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    HULK HOGAN ACCUSED OF HOMOPHOBIA: Hulk Hogan is now being accused of making homophobic remarks on the same video where he used the N-word which resulted in his firing from the WWE. According to Radar Online, at another point in the sex tape Hulk allegedly says, "VH1 wanted me to do a big thing and go back to the house I grew up in n Port Tampa, Florida. So we knock on the door and a big f*g lives there now. This half-gay was enamored with Linda." It is also rumored that Hulk used the N-word to refer to Jamie Foxx in the same discussion with the woman he had just had sex with.

    KHLOE KARDASHIAN KNOWS SCOTT DISICK LOVES HER SISTER: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick may be broken up now but Khloe Kardashian knows that her sister's baby daddy cares deeply for her. She explains in Complex magazine, "We're the best of friends. But what's crazy is how much I hated him before. Overall I love his progression and growth. You can't deny how much he loves Kourtney. And I do think he tries. We're very much involved in each other's lives." Scott recently broke his silence on the break-up by telling UK's The Mirror that he is taking it one day at a time.

    RACHEL BILSON DENIES THAT SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 'HART OF DIXIE' GETTING AXED: Rachel Bilson took to Instagram on Monday (July 27th) to deny the rumor that her pregnancy was the reason that her CW show, Hart of Dixie, was axed. She shared a photo from the set and wrote, "Missing the #zoehart #hartofdixie days, especially this outfit and this lady. Just wanted to clear something up, the cancellation of HOD had nothing to do with me or my pregnancy. I loved my show and loved playing Zoe Hart, thanks to everyone who watched." The show's fourth season wrapped back in March.

    ELLIE KEMPER DISCUSSES LEARNING ACTING FROM JON HAMM: Ellie Kemper took part in a TCA panel on Tuesday (July 28th) where she discussed having Jon Hamm as a drama teacher in high school and then working with him on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She told reporters, "He was not ugly. He was a wonderful teacher. I was in ninth grade and he taught me the improv section of my theater class, and everyone loved him." Ellie continued, "When they told us that he would be playing the reverend, it was fantastic. But I was a little scared. I think there's still a teacher-student dynamic, and acting with him was a little bit nerve-racking just because I felt like he was still grading me on some level. But he's a wonderful man and it was a lot of fun."

    JASON STATHAM SELLS L.A. HOME: Jason Statham has sold his home in the Hollywood Hills. The Spy star got $9.2 million for the six-bedroom home he purchased back in 2011 for $7.3 million. It was previously owned by Ben Stiller.

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    Liam Neeson's rep insists that he is in good health despite photos of him looking gaunt while walking in New York recently that had some fans fearing the worst. Radar Online posted the pictures and quoted sources who claimed that he has cleared his work schedule to deal with whatever the issue is.

    The rep told TMZ that the photos just happened to be unflattering and that the 63-year-old is healthier than ever. Liam has apparently changed up his diet and started exercising more which explains his weight loss. They also specifically addressed the Radar story saying, "He has just completed work on one film and starts another in September."

    • Liam discussed the idea of retiring from the action genre with The Guardian back in March saying, "Maybe two more years -- if God spares me, and I'm healthy. But after that, I'll stop the action, I think. I'm in a very, career-wise, great place. The success of certainly the Taken films, Hollywood seems to see me in a different light. I get sent quite a few action-oriented scripts, which is great. I'm not knocking it. It's very flattering. But there is a limit, of course."

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    Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe is engaged and in love. The 30-year-old appears in the new issue of People after choosing her final rose recipient, Shawn Booth, on Monday night's (July 27th) finale of the hit reality show.

    She tells the magazine, "I didn't think I could be this happy. We have such an honest relationship. Every day I think, 'I picked the right guy.'" Kaitlyn added, "I went through a lot of challenges. But I found the person that I will be the happiest with, and that is worth it."

    • Shawn also discussed their relationship saying, "She just makes me feel different, something that I've never felt before. It's what I've been looking for. We just want to do anything normal. Going out to dinner, just hanging out with our family and our friends."

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