Bono Wins Nobel Peace Prize- MetallicaFest- Van Halen Supergroup CD Progress- More Blur- Closer to Heaven and Hell- Bettie Page RIP- more

(antiMusic) U2 singer Bono has been awarded with the 'Man of Peace' prize by the Nobel peace laureates for helping to tackle African debt, poverty and disease. "This is a very big award for me, because let's be honest this is as close as I am going to get, as close as a rock star is ever going to get to the Nobel Peace Prize," Bono said.

Metallica is rumored to be headlining massive new rock festival at Knebworth, United Kingdom in July. The event, if confirmed, would provide competition to the Download festival, which takes place June 12-14 at Donington. more

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has issued the following update: "I just got back this week from recording in the San Francisco area, and I am pleased to say that the basic tracks are finished and smokin'!! Right now Joe is sprinkling some guitar magic on everything, and next week Sam will be doing vocals." more

With tickets for Blur's July 3 reunion show in Hyde Park in high demand, naturally the band has announced there will be a second gig. The Brit Poppers will also play July 2 in the London park more

Organizers of a military benefit concert in New York say Aretha Franklin missed an award presentation but showed up for the main event hours later. The Queen of Soul was a no-show when she was to receive the Torch of Freedom Award on Sunday in Times Square. more Respect?

Heaven And Hell bassist Geezer Butler has Posted the following message online: "Just to add to my previous statement, and to clarify, the basic tracks for the new Heaven And Hell album have been laid down, and I can report it has been a pleasurable experience writing and recording with Ronnie, Tony and Vinny. We hope to have the album finished, mixed and ready to go in the next couple of months." more

Pin-up model, fashion staple and counter-cultural icon, Bettie Page, passed away last week at the age of 85. Bettie had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia and suffered a heart attack last week from which she did not regain consciousness. Rising to fame in a 1955 issue of Playboy, she became vastly influential in fashion - particularly punk rock - as well as both the champion and bane of feminists for her unapologetic sexuality. more

Iron Maiden have confirmed that they will return to Argentina to headline the Quilmes Rock Festival at River Plate Stadium on Saturday March 28th. more

More than 1,100 pieces of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia have been returned to the Asbury Park Public Library in New Jersey after library officials filed a police complaint against the men who had taken out the items.more

Steve Isham of Autograph passed away Tuesday night after fighting cancer. Here is part of his local obit: A local musician who made a name for himself on the national stage passed away Tuesday night from cancer. While you may not know the name Steve Isham, you'll probably know the hit song this Pocatello High graduate co-wrote. Steve Isham's humble beginnings in Pocatello eventually led him to the band Autograph and the hit song "Turn Up the Radio." more

The Animals' frontman Eric Burdon has lost litigation against one of his former bandmates, drummer John Steel, over exclusive ownership of the band's name. The legal tussle began in 2005 when Burdon, who now lives in Joshua Tree, California, filed a 'notice of opposition' to Steel's application a year earlier to register The Animals as his UK trademark. more

Bullet For My Valentine had to cancel the last two shows on their current European tour. They have been touring virtually non-stop since February 2008, and after the show in Tampere the band started to develop flu and cold symptoms, which had been circulating among the road crew.more

Arcade Fire is still at work on a new studio album, but fans will have something to hold them over for the holidays. The band will be releasing a documentary DVD entitled Mirror Noir. The 70-minute film features live performances from the band's 2006-07 tours and looks at the making of Neon Bible. more

The Secret Machines are pleased to announce the release of a very special 12" of the previously physically unavailable "Dreaming of Dreaming" b/w the never-before-released "Daylight, It Won't Be Long." Both songs were recorded during the sessions that produced the band's eagerly-anticipated third full-length, Secret Machines. The 12" itself, pressed on purple marble vinyl, is limited to 600 copies only. Participating vendors can be found on thinkindie.com.

Senses Fail will be on the Saints and Sinners tour along with Hollywood Undead, Haste the Day and Brokencyde. The tour kicks off on 2/27/09.more

AC/DC has announced two stadium shows in the United Kingdom for next summer. The band will perform at Wembley Stadium in London and Hampden Park in Glasgow.more

The latest episode of "Talking Metal" features two interviews host Mark Strigl conducted with guitarist Chris Howorth of In This Moment and Rob Trainer of Black Water Rising. The podcast can be downloaded at this location

TLC and Miss America have launched the "Miss America Mix it Up" contest to find a new voice for its signature "Here She Comes" song - with the best submission winning a trip for two to attend the 2009 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, And their song will be played on TLC (no word about real compensation) But you can grab more details here

Lambgoat confirms that guitar player Ravi Bhadriraju recently left Job For A Cowboy. Bhadriraju exited the group on amicable terms to go back to school. more

Sammy Hagar announced today that he is cancelling the licensing agreement with Fresno Rock Taco, LLC for the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Fresno, California. Hagar issued a statement on November 7, 2008 that commented on certain unsatisfactory claims which have been highlighted by local media for the past several months. more

Deadlock have issued the following update regarding the departure of bassist Thomas Gschwendner: "We're not happy to announce, that we parted ways with Tom after more than 7 common years. Due to some musical and personal differences we agreed with him, that it's better to make a cut." more

Morrissey has increased next year's tour by two dates, due to overwhelming demand for tickets. The singer has now scheduled additional gigs in Glasgow and London more

ShipRocked has announced that the multi-platinum rock band Tesla will be joining Queensryche and Skid Row for what promises to be the premiere rock cruise of 2009. - more

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