NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING DETROITER?

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As far as we know, only one band includes members that have been nominated for both a Nobel Peace Prize and a Grammy Award. The band, of course, is U2. That could change, however, if former Detroiter/current Denver resident Mark Norton (aka Ivan Suvanjieff) and his wife Dawn Engle get nominated for an award this year for their activities with their Peacejam international educational organization. The couple and their organization have already had five letters supporting their nomination sent to the Nobel committee, including one from Reverend Desmond Tutu. If they end up with a nomination, this would make Detroit's own Ramrods the second band to have a Nobel Prize nominee in its ranks. The reunited Ramrods are currently recording new material in town, with a new single due soon from Cass Records, and will be doing yet another reunion show at the Magic Stick on August 16th, the 30th anniversary of their first performance together (not to mention the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death -- could the two somehow be related?). The current lineup includes Dave Hannah, Danny Kroha, Bootsy X and Norton, along with Eminem producer Steve King, who was behind the boards for the new single. More details when we have them.

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