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Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Is sending Three families to the Circus

We're giving away three four packs of tickets to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus coming to the Cajundome in Lafayette. All you have to do to qualify is to text the word "Circus" to our text to win number 337-459-6021. You will be qualified for the big drawing on July 2. You must be 21 or older and one qualifier per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!


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!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

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

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

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


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

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


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

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


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


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

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


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


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

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

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

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

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

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


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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


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

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


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


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

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


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

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


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • New Who Concert Video, "Live at Shea Stadium 1982," Released Today

    Terry O'Neill & Trinifold ArchiveThe Who's new archival concert video, Live at Shea Stadium 1982, was released today as on DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray and as a digital download.  The film captures the second of two historic shows the British rock legends played at the New York City ballpark in October of '82 while touring in support of their It's Hard album.

    The video offers restored footage and newly mixed audio, and captures The Who playing a 25-song set that includes many classic songs, some selections from It's Hard and several lesser-known gems from earlier albums by the band.  Among the memorable tunes the group performed were "I Can't Explain," "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  During the concert's finale, The Who also performed covers of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout" in honor of The Beatles' famous 1960s concerts at Shea.

    The show, which took place on October 13, 1982, was part of The Who's last North American tour to feature drummer Kenney Jones, who took over for Keith Moon after Moon passed away in 1978.

    You can watch a recently posted preview clip from Live at Shea Stadium 1982 of The Who playing "Behind Blue Eyes" at Eagle Rock TV's official YouTube channel.

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  • Rolling Stones Release New Digital Album, "Sticky Fingers Live," Featuring Songs from Surprise L.A. Concert

    Credit: Claude GassianOn Tuesday, The Rolling Stones released a brand-new live album featuring select songs from the band's surprise warmup show for its current Zip Code Tour that was held May 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  Sticky Fingers Live is available for purchase now as a digital download via iTunes, and features renditions of all 10 songs from The Stones' classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers that the band played at the intimate L.A. concert.

    The album features the songs in the order that the rock legends performed them at the show, which was different from how they appear on the Sticky Fingers track list.  The band also played six other non-Sticky Fingers tunes at the Fonda Theatre concert that aren't included on the live album, which was mixed by frequent Stones collaborator Bob Clearmountain.

    In addition to serving as the unofficial kickoff date of The Rolling Stones' current tour, the L.A. gig helped to promote the remastered and expanded versions of Sticky Fingers, which were released in the U.S. on June 9.  The Stones' next show takes place Wednesday, July 1, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek is mapped out through a July 15 concert in Quebec City.

    Here is the full track list for Sticky Fingers Live:

    "Sway"
    "Dead Flowers"
    "Wild Horses"
    "Sister Morphine"
    "You Gotta Move"
    "Bitch"
    "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
    "I Got the Blues"
    "Moonlight Mile"
    "Brown Sugar"

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  • Jon Bon Jovi Confirms He Gave Gov. Chris Christie Permission to Use Songs

    David BergmanJon Bon Jovi may be a Democrat, but he still allowed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to use some Bon Jovi songs while  announcing his presidential bid.

    The governor played hits from the Jersey rocker during a Tuesday morning event where he announced his intentions to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. According to NJ.com, the Bon Jovi songs “Because We Can” and “It’s My Life” played before his speech, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” played as he walked to the stage and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” played after he spoke.

    Christie’s announcement came a day after Jon and his wife Dorothea hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, who’s vying for the Democratic nomination.

    But Jon and Christie are pals, despite their different politics. Jon confirmed in a statement to ABC Radio that although he is a Clinton supporter, he was more than happy to let Christie use his songs. "My friendships are apolitical," he said, "and yes, I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs."

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  • Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Arrested Monday on New Charges, Including Rape and Sexual Abuse

    Image Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's OfficeJourney drummer Deen Castronovo is facing several new and very serious charges apparently in connection with his June 14 arrest after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute.  Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician was arrested again via grand jury indictment Monday on charges that include first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.

    A public-information officer for the Salem, Oregon, Police Department tells ABC Radio that Castronovo's arrest on Monday came after he violated a court order directing him to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.  According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the full list of charges he's facing also includes four counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and three counts of contempt of court.  The Salem public-information officer reveals that many of the new charges came about following further police investigation into the June 14 incident. Castronovo currently is being held without bond and is due back in court today, June 30, at 3 p.m. PT.

    The drummer was first arrested June 14 by Salem, Oregon, police and charged the following day with fourth-degree assault and menacing.  Castronovo subsequently was released after he posted a $20,000 bond.  At the time of his release, Deen was directed by a judge to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.  The new arrest came after Castronovo violated that order.

    Following the June 14 incident, Journey announced that it would be using a fill-in drummer, Omar Hakim, on its forthcoming North American summer tour "due to Deen Castronovo's pending issues."

    Castronovo also was arrested in January 2012 following an alleged assault on a woman.  After an alleged violent argument with an ex-girlfriend in Oregon, he was arrested on a number of charges, including coercion, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and interfering with making a police report.  The Statesman Journal reported that Castronovo eventually agreed to a plea deal that called for him to attend anger-management classes and do 80 hours of community service.

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  • Compilation Featuring New Versions of Rare Songs by Late Kinks Bassist Pete Quaife in the Works

    Image Courtesy of The KinksFounding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died five years ago last Tuesday at the age of 66 from complications of kidney disease.  Now, his brother Dave has revealed a new album project is being planned that will feature newly recorded versions of rare songs Pete wrote.

    In a message on his Facebook page, Dave Quaife reports, "I have recently been given some music tapes of my Bruv Pete which has knocked my socks off!  Apart from a lot of music he wrote and played there was also a very good interview.  We have decided now to record the songs using only the best bands, and also include extracts of the interview to be intertwined on this album."

    Dave points out that putting the album together will take "a gigantic amount of work ahead," adding that "it must be perfect."

    Dave Quaife is the co-founder of for the Pete Quaife Foundation, which provides support for young people who are undergoing dialysis treatments.  The organization has released a number of multiple-artist compilations featuring covers of songs Pete wrote with The Kinks to raise money for the cause, including the six-part Legends -- Shoulder to Shoulder collection, which was issued earlier this year.

    Quaife played with The Kinks from 1963 to 1969, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1990.  He died on June 23, 2010.

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  • Concert Video Documenting Jeff Lynne and ELO's 2014 Show in London Due Out in September

    Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast year, Jeff Lynne put together a new version of his band Electric Light Orchestra and performed a huge concert in London's Hyde Park that September as part of BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day.  Now, a home video capturing that performance is set to be released this September 11 on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download.

    Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park features the group playing many of its memorable songs with accompaniment from the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of an audience of 50,000.  Among the classic tunes performed at the gig were "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Strange Magic," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Turn to Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Telephone Line."  Lynne and ELO also played a version of the Traveling Wilburys hit "Handle with Care."  Meanwhile, Jeff has overseen all aspects of the production of the concert film.

    "It seemed like the entire 50,000 were singing and clapping along, which carried on for the whole night," Lynne said about the gig.  "The Hyde Park concert turned out to be one of the most memorable shows ever for me."

    Live in Hyde Park also will offer some bonus features, including new interviews filmed in conjunction with the concert and the 2012 documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO.

    Here is the full track list of the concert portion of Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park:

    "All Over the World"
    "Evil Woman"
    "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"
    "Showdown"
    "Livin' Thing"
    "Strange Magic"
    "10538 Overture"
    "Can't Get It Out of My Head"
    "Sweet Talkin' Woman"
    "Turn to Stone"
    "Steppin' Out"
    "Handle with Care"
    "Don't Bring Me Down"
    "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"
    "Telephone Line"
    "Mr. Blue Sky"
    "Roll Over Beethoven"

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  • Elton John Says Fight for Gay Rights "Isn't Just About Marriage"

    ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage last week, Elton John has penned a piece reminding people that the gay rights movement "is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street."

    In the guest column for Variety, the pop-rock legend begins by stating how lucky he was to be able to marry his partner, David Furnish, last December.

    He continues, "But for the millions of gay people hoping, praying and fighting to one day have the opportunity to wed, their struggle is about more than the right to marry -- it's about equality.  The goal of the gay-rights movement is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street -- with dignity, with pride, and without fear of harassment or discrimination."

    Elton says this discrimination and injustice is directly tied to the AIDS epidemic.  "Communities that are stigmatized and discriminated against are always -- always -- the most vulnerable to the AIDS epidemic," writes John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation 23 years ago.  "They are disproportionately impacted for the simple reason that discrimination prevents them from having equal access to healthcare and critical social services."

    He adds that to fight AIDS, we must fight injustice, and the battle for marriage equality is part of that larger fight.  "It isn't just about marriage," writes Elton.  "And it isn't just about the gay community.  It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to have the same rights and protections under the law.  It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to be treated with compassion and dignity."

    John concludes by expressing his pride for people in the entertainment industry who have advocated for gay rights and marriage equality, and urges everyone to carry on the fight against discrimination and inequality. 

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  • Video for Steven Tyler's Solo Single "Love Is Your Name" Premiering This Friday

    Credit: Seth HellmanThe official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," the Aerosmith frontman first foray into country music, will premiere on Friday, July 3.  Fans will be able to get their first peak at the clip on ABC's Good Morning America.

    Tyler shot the video just outside of Nashville.  The clip was directed by Trey Fanjoy, whose lengthy resume includes several CMT Music Award-winning videos for Taylor Swift.

    "Love Is Your Name" recently broke into the top 30 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.  Tyler debuted the tune in April with a performance on the finale of the latest season of Fox's American Idol.  The rocker currently is on the road with Aerosmith, who will be touring North America through an August 7 concert in Canton, Ohio.

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  • Former Yes Members, Other Rock Stars Pay Tribute to Late Yes Bassist Chris Squire

    Credit: Rob ShanahanThe music world is reeling from the news that Yes bassist Chris Squire has died.  The lauded musician, who was the only member of the legendary prog-rock group to remain in the band throughout its entire history, died Sunday of a rare form of leukemia at the age of 67.

    A variety of Squire's former band mates, musical collaborators and friends have written messages paying tribute to the influential bassist that have been compiled by Yes on a special section of the group's website.

    Founding Yes singer Jon Anderson issued a statement that reads, "Chris was a very special part of my life; we were musical brothers.  He was an amazingly unique bass player -- very poetic -- and had a wonderful knowledge of harmony.  We met at a certain time when music was very open, and I feel blessed to have created some wonderful, adventurous, music with him.  Chris had such a great sense of humor… he always said he was Darth Vader to my Obiwan.  I always thought of him as Christopher Robin to my Winnie the Pooh."

    Anderson, who left Yes on somewhat acrimonious terms in 2008, added, "Throughout everything, he was still my brother, and I'm so glad we were able to reconnect recently. I saw him in my meditation last night, and he was radiant."

    Longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman posted the following tribute on his Twitter feed: "Thanks for your life Chris.  You may be gone but the music lives on for ever.  You've personally left me with great memories and great music."

    Original Yes drummer Bill Bruford wrote an homage to Squire in which he described the bassist as "one of the twin rocks upon which Yes was founded," adding, "He and I had a working relationship built around our differences.  Despite, or perhaps because of, the old chestnut about creative tension, it seemed, strangely, to work."  Bruford went on to praise Squire's unique and creative approach to the bass, noting that he was "[a]n individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality [who] fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master."

    Former Yes guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin, who played with the band from 1982 to 1994, wrote, "I am about as sad as I could be…I spoke to [Chris] about a week ago, and we were still laughing together.  Even though he had recently taken a turn for the worse, this was not totally unexpected, and the shock and sadness is extreme.  I will miss him terribly.  An era is over.  Music has lost a one of a kind, and I have lost a dear friend and brother."

    Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, who released a collaborative album with Squire under the name Squackett in 2012 and worked on a few other projects with the bassist, said he was devastated by the news of his death.  Hackett called Squire a "special pal and a man who defined the progressive genre," adding, "Open to all styles with a love of orchestras and choirs as well as thunderous rock, his passing leaves a huge hole in the heart of music.  His ingenious sound was unique."

    Lastly, Queen guitarist Brian May wrote a lengthy tribute in which he discussed how influential and unique Squire's playing was and how Yes inspired his own band to combine hard rock with soaring melodies. May wrote that Squire's "bass playing style was a million miles away from the low-pitched thud of most bassists of the time."  He added, "May he rest in peace and happiness, knowing he played a great part in changing Rock for ever."

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  • Rolling Stones Are Top-Earning Touring Act over U2, Rush

    Credit: Claude GassianThe Rolling Stones are gathering no moss on the road.

    The self-proclaimed Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World leads Billboard's Hot Tours list having raked in $52 million in box office ticket sales on their Zip Code tour in just six dates this month. Since 2012, The Stones have grossed $320 million on the road, Billboard reports.

    The Stones' earnings in those six dates top the tour earnings this spring and early summer of Bette Midler, U2 and Rush, respectively.

    Midler is in the number two position with $17.7 million over 18 shows, U2 holds in third place with $10.3 million over six shows and Rush comes in ninth with $1.7 million over two shows in May and June.

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    MICHAEL DOUGAS OPENS UP ABOUT MARRIAGE ISSUES: Michael Douglas admits in the new issue of Event magazine that speaking out about his oral sex practices back in 2013 may not have been the best idea. He explained, "It was one of those things...and I so regretted any embarrassment that it caused Catherine. And her family. We had a little bump in the road. The problem in this business is that everything is so public." He also discussed the current status of his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones after briefly splitting in August 2013 saying, "I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have. And hopefully the feeling's mutual. We worked things out -- if both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it. You can't do it if it's just one person." Michael and Catherine married in 2000.

    REPORT: RUMER WILLIS WAS REJECTED BY VAL CHMERKOVSKIY: There is a rumor circulating that Rumer Willis left the Dancing With the Stars tour over more than just an injury. A source told Radar Online, "Rumer has been upset lately because Val finally told her he won't ever date her. She really likes him and wants to be with him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is one of the only reasons she went on tour." The insider added, "Val told her that he only wants to be her dance partner and not her boyfriend. He is fine being friends with her, but nothing else."

    MICHELLE WILLIAMS BUYS NEW MANSION IN BROOKLYN: Former Dawson's Creek star Michelle Williams has reportedly snatched up a prime piece of Brooklyn real estate. According to Page Six, she is apparently in contract to purchase a mansion in the Flatbush neighborhood that was recently listed for $2.45 million. The house is also 114 years old.

    GWYNETH PALTROW HITS UP TAYLOR SWIFT'S LONDON CONCERT: Gwyneth Paltrow took her son Moses to the Taylor Swift concert in London's Hyde Park on Saturday night (June 27th.) She shared a photo from backstage and wrote, "#taylorswift thanks for giving me and my little man our best date night ever. #hydepark" Kate Hudson was also among the celebrities at the show where Taylor brought pals Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Martha Hunt on stage with her.

    BRANDI GLANVILLE PUTS TABLOID ON BLAST: Brandi Glanville took to Twitter over the weekend to put In Touch on blast for publishing a story that her drinking and depression have gotten out of control because of her exit from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She wrote, "Dear @Intouch you clearly haven't read my books #DRINKINGANDTWEETING Just stop making things up & call me" Brandi confirmed on her podcast last week that she won't be a cast member on the show next season but claims it was her choice despite rumors that she was fired.

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  • ELIZABETH BERKLEY FINALLY EMBRACES 'SHOWGIRLS'

    Elizabeth Berkley is no longer ashamed of her role in the 1995 film, Showgirls. The former Saved By the Bell star attended a screening of the movie in L.A. on Saturday night (June 27th) where she thanked the crowd for helping her come around.

    She said, "Tonight is like this magical full-circle moment where I actually didn't get to experience the sweetness of the screening with a crowd that embraced it. I wanted to thank you guys for giving me this gift of truly getting a full-circle moment of experiencing the joy with you because you guys and the love you have for this movie have made this the cult film that it is." Elizabeth also posted a photo from the night on Instagram and wrote, "Such a special full circle moment tonight at a very special screening for 4,000 #showgirls fans!#hollywoodforever When it first came out years ago, the sweetness of a premiere eluded me since it had been met with such disdain and controversy. Amazing how life works in mysterious ways. Thank you for the love you showed me tonight...I'm #grateful it has served you as your guilty pleasure and as your anthem to go after your dreams. Thank you for writing a new chapter to this story..."

    • Elizabeth told Variety back in 2013 that the Showgirls backlash even caused her to quit dancing for a while.

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  • NENE IS LEAVING 'RHOA' OVER MONEY

    Reports say that the real reason NeNe Leakes is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta is all because of money. According to TMZ, sources say that the reality star couldn't get the money she was looking for in contract negotiations -- and her sudden departure has left producers scrambling since season eight is set to start taping in the next couple of weeks.

    Actress Kim Fields is said to be NeNe's replacement, but producers are worried that NeNe's departure will negatively affect the ratings.

    • NeNe is going to be focusing on some new projects outside of the business, including her own clothing store.
    • NeNe announced the news last night (June 29th) on Instagram, writing, "This is so hard for me to type! I cry as I do so! I am so Grateful for all the love and laughs! Thank you so much to everyone that has watched and supported me over the years on this amazing platform! With lots of thoughts and prayer I've decided to step out on faith and not fear😥 #nomoRHOA4me."

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  • NBC FIRES DONALD TRUMP

    Donald Trump's comments about Mexicans while announcing his bid for a presidential nomination has cost him his job at NBC. The network announced that they will no longer be affiliated with the real estate mogul and won't be airing his shows on any of the NBCUniversal networks.

    The statement reads, "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue."

    • Trump responded in a statement which read, "If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. They will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won't stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be."
    • Donald originally said in his speech, "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you...they're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
    • NBC's decision comes after Univision announced that they would not air the pageants.
    • Miss USA co-hosts Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente also dropped out of the show along with scheduled performer, J Balvin.

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  • SHIA LABEOUF POSTS FREESTYLE RAP VIDEO THAT APPEARS TO USE STOLEN LYRICS

    Shia LaBeouf appears to be back to his plagiarizing ways. A clip posted to YouTube and Facebook over the weekend features the 29-year-old doing a freestyle rap that apparently contains lyrics that he took from a rap crew called the Anomolies.

    The two-and-a-half minute video includes lines "I'm so underground, rap kids call me Tubman" and "Still breaking down potatoes like I'm f**ing Galileo." Shia also says, "Nah, none of that...Transformers is the dummy rap...I'm so past that." He is accused of lifting the lines, "I reckon you want more of that rare commodity...the quality is what it's gotta be...and my philosophy is much farther than what your eyes can see."

    • Emcee Pri the Honeydark called him out on Instagram writing, "Mr. Shia Labeouf...You are re-activating my Battle MC inner being! You can't rip songs from my ANOMOLIES crew, recite them in a freestyle as your own, get credit for it, then not expect to be called out by ACTUAL MCs! I don't care WHO YOU ARE! There is a respect factor in this REAL MC life & there are levels to this! In the words of my ANOMOLIES Crew member Helixx C., 'WATCH HOW YOU APPROACH DUDE!'"
    • The lyrics were part of a track called "Perfectionist" which Pri claims was written, recorded, and performed by the group back in 1999.

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  • AMY SCHUMER DEFENDS HER JOKES

    Amy Schumer stands by her jokes no matter who they offend. The Trainwreck star posted a message on Twitter on Sunday (June 28th) as a response to a recent article in The Guardian that accused her of having a blind spot when it comes to race.

    Amy wrote, "I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren't comfortable with. And that's ok. Stick with me and trust I am joking. I go in and out of playing an irreverent idiot. That includes making dumb jokes involving race. I enjoy playing the girl who time to time says the dumbest thing possible and playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to do, which is what makes it so fun for comics. You can call it a 'blind spot for racism' or 'lazy' but you are wrong. It is a joke and it is funny. I know that because people laugh at it. Even if you personally did not. I am not going to start joking about safe material. And don't ask that of me." She continued, "I love what I do and won't let anyone take that away. I ask you to resist the urge to pick me apart. Trust me. I am not racist. I am a devout feminist and love of all people. My fight is for all people to be treated equally. So move on to the next person who is more deserving of your scrutiny and not the girl in your corner. Sincerely Amy (a dirty half Jew)"
    Amy later tweeted, "I don't have any jokes that deal with race in my standup. I haven't for almost 2 years."

    • The article in The Guardian reads, "Schumer's stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point. Her standup special features jokes like 'Nothing works 100% of the time, except Mexicans' and much of her character's dumb slut persona is predicated on the fact that the men she sleeps with are people of color. 'I used to date Latino guys...' she says in an older stand-up routine. 'Now I prefer consensual.'"

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  • JEREMY RENNER RESPONDS TO GAY RUMORS

    Jeremy Renner doesn't care about the rumors that he is gay.

    He addresses the gossip in the new issue of Playboy saying, "I'm not going to try to prove what I am or am not. It's silly, right? When you google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it's like, 'Oh, now you've arrived. You're now a giant movie star. I don't care, ultimately, if that's what people want to think, read and care about. F***ing say whatever the hell you want about me." Jeremy goes on to say, "Look at where we're at socially -- leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That's an amazing thing. To suggest that it's negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever -- I just don't get it. Don't you wish we were in a world where we're not shaming, judging and boxing people in?"

    • Jeremy split from his wife, Sonni Pacheco, last year after less than a year of marriage. They have a two-year-old daughter named Ava.

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY' SEQUEL GETS A TITLE: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced on Twitter on Monday (June 29th) that the second movie will be called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The title is a reference to the cassette tape, "Awesome Mix Vol. 1," that Chris Pratt's character keeps with him. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5th, 2017.

    MARVEL PRESIDENT DISCUSSES NEW 'SPIDER-MAN': Marvel President Kevin Feige is revealing some new details about the upcoming Spider-Man reboot starring Tom Holland. He told Birth.Death.Movies, "It's the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn't seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie -- only John Hughes could -- but we're inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven't done before excites us." Kevin added, "Right now we're interested in seeing villains we haven't seen before." The movie will be released in July of 2017.

    NEW LINE NABS 'SANDMAN': The Sandman movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been moved from Warner Bros. to New Line along with other projects being developed from Vertigo comics. Sandman is based on the series by Neil Gaiman. Vertigo is owned by DC Comics which also puts out Constantine, Preacher, and many others.

    20TH CENTURY FOX SIGNS LEE DANIELS: Lee Daniels has inked a development deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The Empire co-creator will develop, write, directs, and supervise new projects. The studio said in a statement, "Lee Daniels has a gift for telling authentic, provocative stories that are both truthful and wildly entertaining. His casting instincts are incredible, whether he is discovering tomorrow's stars or attracting the most accomplished performers to his projects. As a director, he elevates world class material to even greater heights, balancing heart-wrenching poignancy with surprising moments of levity that are over the top and fun. Quite simply, we love working with this inspired storyteller, and this deal is about extending and deepening our relationship."

    JOHN SINGLETON'S 'SNOWFALL' ADDS BILLY MAGNUSSEN: Boardwalk Empire alum Billy Magnussen has landed one of the lead roles in John Singleton's upcoming drama series for FX called Snowfall. The series is about the start of the crack epidemic in L.A. in the 80s. Billy will be playing Logan Miller -- the "black sheep" of a prominent family who is trying not to live in his father's shadow.

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