The Who Child Abuse Protest- Courtney Love Vs Amex- Iron Maiden Have 8 New Songs- Two Liferunner Bands Running Around and more

Now that the holidays are over and we posted our final recap, we should be getting back to normal this week as your favorite rockers resume making news! Here are today's quicks:

NME had this: The Who should not perform at the NFL Super Bowl XLIV halftime show, a child welfare organisation has reportedly argued. Child AbuseWatch.net told the South Florida Sun Sentinel it objects to guitarist Pete Townshend performing with the band due to his 2003 arrest and police caution for accessing child pornography. more

Courtney Love is countersuing credit card firm American Express after company bosses took legal action against her for allegedly failing to settle a bill worth more than $350,000. more

It sounds like something out of Spinal Tap but it's very real. Lambgoat reports: Liferuiner's already tumultuous history has suffered another setback as two "versions" of the band are apparently jockeying for control over the Liferuiner brand (haha). The group has had too many line-up changes to detail, but sometime in 2008 the original Canadian incarnation of the group disbanded, and the band was soon resurrected by a contingent of U.S. members. Fast forward another year and the Canadian Liferuiner has reportedly decided to regroup.more

Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain reportedly "said there was about eight songs written so far so the band would probably need to come up with a few more new songs while recording. Said the material was a little different than past albums and they were taking their time with the recording schedule. New CD probably won't come out until 2011 however a good chance of some Maiden live shows over the summer." more

Peter Gabriel eschews traditional rock'n'roll instrumentation on his upcoming album, "Scratch My Back," which sports orchestral covers of material originally recorded by David Bowie, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, among others. more

Final Fight have decided to call it a day. The band does have a string of shows booked however, and hints that a couple of more shows more

According to Deep Purple fan-site The Highway Star, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath) has broken the news on Twitter that he's been indeed working with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Iron Maiden), and they are working on the remixes for the reissue of Deep Purple's 1975 album 'Come Taste The Band'. more

Queen's Brian May started the new year with two sad announcements on his official website

Overkill have confirmed six European festival dates for summer 2010. Check em out here

Rob Young will be unable to perform live with Prymary "due to scheduling conflicts." The band states, "Rob's contributions to the live sound of the band will be greatly missed but the show must go on, as they say. Therefore former Prymary bassist James Sherwood will be coming in to fill the position." more

Legendary actor Christopher Lee is to release a symphonic metal concept album. The man who made his name in such movies as Dracula and Frankenstein will put out the record, Charlemagne, in March more

Patti Smith has announced five UK shows for the Spring.The celebrated new wave musician and poet will be staging what's described as An Evening Of Words And Music more

The Red Chord has confirmed plans to soon tour with Mychildren Mybride, Iwrestledabearonce, Chelsea Grin, and Those Who Lie Beneath. more

On January 12th, Blues Boulevard will give a stateside release to a double live CD from one of the founding fathers of blues based rock, the late great Bo Diddley. more

Not so heavy Devy: Devin Townsend has scheduled the three appearances at the upcoming NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) convention on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. One of those appearances will find Devy playing an acoustic set! Here is the itinerary:

EMG booth: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Peavey booth: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Alvarez booth: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (40-minute solo acoustic set)

Missing Metallica fan benefit update: The previously announced hard rock and heavy metal concert to raise money to help in the search for missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington has been rescheduled for January 16 at the Hat Factory in Richmond, Virginia. more

This isn't music related but a lot of rockers love movies too. Tony K spent New Years weekend here at antiMusic counting down his top 100 albums of the decade (linked on the frontpage if you missed it) but now he has posted his Top 100 Films of the decade list over at the Screendoor! Check it out here. We recommend this because, we found over a dozen films we missed that are now on the 'to check out' list. Also couldn't agree more on the No 1 pick (that one is music related)! -

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