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Panic At The Disco and Plain White T’s to Take the Stage at the Rock Band 2 Party to Benefit LIFEbeat Saturday, September 6th at House of Blues in Los Angeles


NEW YORK, -- Rock Band 2 -- the next incarnation of the cultural and video game phenomenon Rock Band -- is teaming up with LIFEbeat to shed some star power over the continued need for HIV/AIDS prevention in the week prior to the game’s launch.

On Saturday, September 6th at House of Blues in Los Angeles, Rock Band will enlist the help of Rock Band Live Tour artists Panic At The Disco and Plain White T’s for special short performances to bring awareness to LIFEbeat’s cause and celebrate the forthcoming launch of Rock Band 2. The “Rock Band 2 Party to Benefit LIFEbeat” during MTV’s Video Music Awards weekend marks a unique occasion where stars, the music industry and true fans alike can all take in a hot show and fight for a cause with proceeds from the show benefiting LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS.

Attendees will rock out with a sneak peek and chance to play Rock Band 2 before it hits retail, as well as enjoy musical appearances by Panic At The Disco and Plain White T’s. Tickets for the Rock Band 2 Party to Benefit LIFEbeat, an all ages event, are $50.00 for General Admission, with proceeds going to LIFEbeat. Tickets can be purchased at House of Blues Box Office and online at

The VMA/LIFEbeat Concert has become a major staple in the 24-hour lead-up to the annual Video Music Award and allowed MTV to plant a major stake in the cultural ground by staging an exclusive concert featuring an on-the-verge artist or a major act (prior LIFEbeat acts include The Beastie Boys, The Bravery, Robin Thicke and Maroon 5).

“MTV is proud to be teamed up with LIFEbeat again on this year’s VMA weekend as we support their long-standing commitment to HIV/AIDS education and prevention,” said Tim Rosta, SVP of Integrated Marketing at MTV. “We have always seen the LIFEbeat benefit as one of the cornerstones of the weekend, and this year’s event is no exception.”

Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games and Music for MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, added, “By bringing Rock Band and LIFEbeat together, we hope to unleash the power of one of the biggest video game launches this year to benefit a fantastic and worthy cause.”

“HIV/AIDS remains a major epidemic in America with over 56,000 new cases diagnosed each year, and half of those infections occurring in Americans under 25, making it more important than ever to reach young audiences,” said John Cannelli, Executive Director, LIFEbeat. “This annual event offers a great opportunity to further our goals and mission.”

Energizer, the official battery of Rock Band 2, and Stride(R) Gum are also lending their support as sponsors of the event.

Rock Band 2 hits retail in September and features the largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame to date including over 100 songs on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack with an unrivaled blend of classic and new artists including AC/DC, Guns ’N Roses, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Motorhead and more!

The “2008 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from the Paramount Lot on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT.) Presenters and additional performers will be announced at a later date. The event will be hosted by Russell Brand, and includes performances by Lil Wayne, Jonas Brothers, Kid Rock, Paramore, Pink, T.I. and Rihanna. For more information, please go to

The official sponsors of the “2008 MTV Video Music Awards” are GM, Pepsi, TAG Body Spray, Taco Bell, Rhapsody, Nikon and Verizon Wireless.

Mission Statement

LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reaching America’s youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. LIFEbeat mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and to provide support to the AIDS community. For more information visit:


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