* U2 frontman Bono has received a Commander of Arts and Letters medal from France, the country's highest cultural honor, in recognition of his contributions to music as well as his charitable work.
* A 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe owned by John Lennon -- and one of only 500 ever built -- sold for $473,000 at last week`s Goodwood Festival of Speed auction last week, which became the top grossing automobile auction ever in Europe with total sales of $47.3 million.
* About to launch a new tour, Steely Dan says new music may be in the offing. The group plays July 27 at Detroit's Fox Theatre. Check out The Insider's interview at bit.ly/1drYL0k
* Bruce Springsteen dedicated his song "American Skin (41 Shots)" to Trayvon Martin during his concert Tuesday night (July 16) in Limerick, Ireland. Springsteen called it "a letter back home, for justice for Trayvon Martin." The song was written after the 1999 police shouting of Amadou Diallo by New YOrk City police.
* Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will debut his first art collection, Absence Of Corners, on August 1. The 18 pieces will be posted online at www.billwarddrumart.com.
* Tina Turner has married her longtime boyfriend, German music executive Erwin Bach, and is reportedly planning to celebrate with a Buddhist ceremony in Kusnacht, Switzerland, on Sunday (July 21). Turner is 73, while Bach is 57.
* Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler turns 64 today (July 17). -- by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider