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Last Known Status: Disbanded

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Below is our complete Van Halen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Official Guitar Hero: Van Halen Trailer Posted

The official trailer for the forthcoming new video game, "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" has been posted online via YouTube. You can check it out below. The game will be released in stores on December 22nd through Activision.

The tracklisting for the game is as follows:

"Ain't Talkin Bout Love"
"And The Cradle Will Rock"
"Atomic Punk"
"Beautiful Girls"
"Cathedral" (solo)
"Dance The Night Away"
"Eruption" (solo)
"Everybody Wants Some"
"Feel Your Love Tonight"
"Hang "Em High"
"Hear About It Later"
"Hot For Teacher"
"Ice Cream Man"
"I'm The One"
"Jamie"s Cryin"
"Jump"
"Little Guitars"
"Loss Of Control"
"Mean Street"
"Panama"
"Pretty Woman"
"Romeo Delight"
"Running With The Devil"
"So This Is Love"
"Somebody Get Me A Doctor"
"Spanish Fly" (solo)
"Unchained"
"You Really Got Me"

Tracks from other bands:

ALTER BRIDGE - "Come To Life"
BILLY IDOL - "White Wedding"
BLINK-182 - "First Date"
DEEP PURPLE -- "Space Truckin"
FOO FIGHTERS - "Best Of You"
FOREIGNER - "Double Vision"
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE- "Stacy's Mom"
JIMMY EAT WORLD- "Pain"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Painkiller"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - "The End Of Heartache"
LENNY KRAVITZ - "Rock And Roll Is Dead"
QUEEN - "I Want It All"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Sick, Sick, Sick"
TENACIOUS D - "Master Exploder"
THE CLASH - "Safe European Home"
THE OFFSPRING - "Pretty Fly For A White Guy"
THIRD EYE BLIND - "Semi-Charmed Life"
WEEZER - "Dope Nose"
YELLOWCARD - "The Takedown" More...

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Guitar Hero: Van Halen Tracklisting Revealed

The full tracklisting for the forthcoming, "Guitar Hero: Van Halen" video game has been revealed and features a huge selection of songs from the rock legends themselves as well as tracks from bands such as Judas Priest, Killswitch Engage and Deep Purple. The game will be released on December 22nd.

The tracklisting is as follows: More...

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Eddie Van Halen To Guest In Two And A Half Men

HollywoodInsider.com is reporting:

Look who’s hot for…Two and A Half Men! Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN) will play himself in an episode when the CBS comedy returns Sept. 21, executive producer Chuck Lorre confirmed to EW exclusively. Lorre approached the guitar god - while on his recent honeymoon, no less! – after learning he was a big fan of the sitcom.

“He was gracious enough to do a cameo, which is really cool,” Lorre said.

Van Halen’s scene is expected to tape this week in Burbank, CA. And yes, promises Lorre, Van Halen will play the guitar.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Rock Tavern Edition

This week announced the official open of Feelgood’s Rock Bar & Grill, the new venture from Vince Neil (Motley Crue), in Las Vegas. Neil is by no means the first rock star to open a bar. For many years Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, as well as others have made the connection of booze to rock fans. However, what makes this particular opening special is the expectations set for decadence in a true rock and roll atmosphere. With a sound system fit for a stadium you will find live rock (including a house band), privacy in the V-rooms, and hosting after-parties for the bands Whitesnake and Judas Priest (already booked) Neil is introducing the future of rock bars. The question is who will be the next to follow this trend? I’ve broken down some of the potential favorites: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Five Deserted Island Songs

The autobiography of Ozzy Osbourne is set to be released in the UK in October. In a recent interview he discusses his life: “When people ask me how I’m still alive I don’t have an answer for them. There have been suicide attempts, STDs, overdoses, and I’ve been hit by a plane, yet I’m still here.” Leave it to Ozzy to casually throw in the “I’ve been hit by a plane” story, easily topping all other rock autobiographies before his…In L.A. a new promotion for the MLB team Dodgers shows residents on billboards with the caption THIS IS MY TOWN. Both Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Bret Michaels (Poison) head shots are displayed on giant billboards. No word on if there are plans to feature Jani Lane (Warrant)… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Strip Club Factor

Jani Lane (Warrant) has had a rough couple of weeks. First, he is pulled over and charged with a DUI. Next, the band Warrant puts out a press release notifying the world that Jani is no longer part of their band. Finally, it comes to light that Lane owes over 100K in federal taxes. Stay strong Jani Lane, you still have your ballads. They can’t take your ballads. Keep repeating that to yourself. It’s going to be okay… More...

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Guitar Hero: Van Halen To Exclude Former Members

A spokesman for game company Activision has confirmed that former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar (vocals) and Michael Anthony (bass player) will not be appearing in the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Van Halen video game. The game will only feature the current lineup of singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bass player Wolfgang Van Halen. It also seems unlikely that songs from the four albums Hagar wrote with the band will appear on the game. Guitar Hero: Van Halen will be released around the November/December mark.

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Eddie Van Halen Files Lawsuit Against Nike

KTLA reports that EDDIE VAN HALEN filed a lawsuit against Nike in Los Angeles Friday (June 12th), alleging the company used the trademarked striped design from his guitar on their new line of "Dunk Lows" tennis shoes.

The Nike shoes feature red, white and black streaks along the midsole.

The suit states that Van Halen received a 2001 copyright for the design on the body of his "Frankenstein" electric guitar.

Court papers allege that Nike infringed on that copyright by using the design on sneakers without "consent, approval or license."

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Preview Of Guitar Hero: Van Halen Posted Online

A one minute video preview of the new video game Guitar Hero: Van Halen, has been posted online via YouTube. You can check it out below. The video game is expected to be released later this year along with Guitar Hero 5 and DJ Hero. More details are expected to be announced soon. More...

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Hagar, Satriani, and Smith to Debut as Chickenfoot

The "supergroup" known as Chickenfoot -- comprised of ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Joe Satriani -- have announced plans to release their first album.

The self-described "accidental" collaboration occurred as a result of jam sessions at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Their self-titled debut will drop June 5, and comes complete with a "heat sensitive sleeve" which will reveal the cover artwork via touch.

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Guitar Hero: Van Halen To Be Produced?

Rumours are beginning to spread that Van Halen will following in the footsteps of Aerosmith and Metallica and will be releasing their own version of the popular video game, Guitar Hero. Apparantly a source close to developer Activision claims that the game will be released around November time. Stay tuned for more details.

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Guns N Roses And Van Halen To Tour Together?

Rumours are circulating that the reunited Van Halen will be teaming up with fellow rock legends Guns N Roses for a co-headlining stadium world tour. Neither camp has commented on the rumours yet. More details will be revealed as they are announced.

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Eddie Van Halen Hopeful For New Music and Tour

Billboard.com reports: Almost nine months since Van Halen wrapped its first tour since 1984 with original lead singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen is hopeful there will be future activity for the group.

Van Halen tells Spinner.com that after he and girlfriend Janie Liszewski get married in June and his son Wolfgang (who played bass on the reunion tour) graduates from high school, he plans to discuss recording new music, which he says he has "tons of."

"If Dave's up for singing ... then do another tour, and just see where it takes us," Van Halen said. "Actually, next week or the week after Wolfie, Alex and I are gonna start jamming. Maybe we'll give Dave a call and see what he's up to. He's off, always doing his own thing, and he checks in every now and then to see how we're doing."

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Guitar Hero Trailer With Ozzy Posted Online

A new trailer for the forthcoming video game Guitar Hero:World Tour featuring Ozzy Osbourne has been posted online. You can check it out below.

Guitar Hero:World Tour will be released on October 28th and features the following tracklisting:

311 - 'Beautiful Disaster'
30 SECONDS TO MARS - 'The Kill'
AIRBOURNE - 'Too Much Too Young'
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - 'Ramblin' Man'
ANOUK - 'Good God'
THE ANSWER - 'Never Too Late'
AT THE DRIVE-IN - 'One Armed Scissor'
BEASTIE BOYS - 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn'
BEATSTEAKS - 'Hail to the Freaks'
BILLY IDOL - 'Rebel Yell'
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 'Stillborn'
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB - 'Weapon of Choice'
BLINK-182 - 'Dammit'
BLONDIE - 'One Way or Another'
BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - 'Hollywood Nights'
BON JOVI - 'Livin’ On A Prayer'
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - 'Scream Aim Fire'
COLDPLAY - 'Shiver'
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - 'Up Around The Bend'
THE CULT - 'Love Removal Machine'
DINOSAUR JR. - 'Feel The Pain'
THE DOORS - 'Love Me Two Times'
DREAM THEATER - 'Pull Me Under'
THE EAGLES - 'Hotel California'
THE ENEMY - 'Aggro'
FILTER - 'Hey Man, Nice Shot'
FLEETWOOD MAC - 'Go Your Own Way'
FOO FIGHTERS - 'Everlong'
THE GUESS WHO - 'American Woman'
HUSH PUPPIES - 'You're Gonna Say Yeah!'
INTERPOL - 'Obstacle 1'
JANE'S ADDICTION - 'Mountain Song'
JIMI HENDRIX - 'Purple Haze (Live)'
JIMI HENDRIX - 'The Wind Cries Mary'
JIMMY EAT WORLD - 'The Middle'
JOE SATRIANI - 'Satch Boogie'
KENT - 'Vinternoll2'
KORN - 'Freak On A Leash'
LACUNA COIL - 'Our Truth'
LENNY KRAVITZ - 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'
LINKIN PARK - 'What I've Done'
THE LIVING END - 'Prisoner of Society'
LOS LOBOS - 'La Bamba'
LOST PROPHETS - 'Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)'
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - 'Sweet Home Alabama (Live)'
MARS VOLTA - 'L'Via L'Viaquez'
MC5’S WAYNE KRAMER - 'Kick Out The Jams'
METALLICA - 'Trapped Under Ice'
MICHAEL JACKSON - 'Beat It'
MODEST MOUSE - 'Float On'
MOTÖRHEAD - 'Overkill'
MUSE - 'Assassin'
NEGRAMARO - 'Nuvole e Lenzuola'
NIRVANA - 'About a Girl (Unplugged)'
NO DOUBT - 'Spiderwebs'
NOFX - 'Soul Doubt'
OASIS - 'Some Might Say'
OZZY OSBOURNE - 'Crazy Train'
OZZY OSBOURNE - 'Mr. Crowley'
PARAMORE - 'Misery Business'
PAT BENATAR - 'Heartbreaker'
R.E.M. - 'The One I Love'
RADIO FUTURA - 'Escuela De Calor'
RISE AGAINST - 'Re-Education Through Labor'
SEX PISTOLS - 'Pretty Vacant'
SILVERSUN PICKUPS - 'Lazy Eye'
SMASHING PUMPKINS - 'Today'
STEELY DAN - 'Do It Again'
STEVE MILLER BAND - 'The Joker'
STING - 'Demolition Man (Live)'
THE STONE ROSES - 'Love Spreads'
STUCK IN THE SOUND - 'Toy Boy'
SUBLIME - 'Santeria'
SURVIVOR - 'Eye of the Tiger'
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - 'B.Y.O.B.'
TED NUGENT - 'Stranglehold'
TED NUGENT’s Original Guitar Duel Recording
TOKIO HOTEL - 'Monsoon'
TOOL - 'Parabola'
TOOL - 'Schism'
TOOL - 'Vicarious'
TRUST - 'Antisocial'
VAN HALEN - 'Hot For Teacher'
WILLIE NELSON - 'On The Road Again'
WINGS - 'Band on the Run'
ZAKK WYLDE’s Original Guitar Duel Recording More...

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Guitar Hero Trailer With Zakk Wylde Posted Online

A new trailer for the forthcoming video game Guitar Hero:World Tour, featuring Ozzy Osbourne lead guitarist/Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde has been posted online. You can check it out below.

Guitar Hero:World Tour will be released on October 26th and will feature a complete list of original recordings from the bands and artists themselves, allowing music lovers to experience their favourite songs from everyone from Dream Theater to Beastie Boys to Willie Nelson.

The track listing is as follows:


311 - “Beautiful Disaster”
30 Seconds To Mars - “The Kill”
Airbourne - “Too Much Too Young”
The Allman Brothers Band - “Ramblin’Man”
Anouk - “Good God”
The Answer - “Never Too Late”
At The Drive-In - “One Armed Scissor”
Beastie Boys - “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Beatsteaks - “Hail to the Freaks”
Billy Idol - “Rebel Yell”
Black Label Society - “Stillborn”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Weapon of Choice”
Blink-182 - “Dammit”
Blondie - “One Way or Another”
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - “Hollywood Nights”
Bon Jovi - “Livin’On A Prayer”
Bullet For My Valentine - “Scream Aim Fire”
Coldplay - “Shiver”
Creedence Clearwater Revival - “Up Around The Bend”
The Cult - “Love Removal Machine”
Dinosaur Jr. - “Feel The Pain”
The Doors - “Love Me Two Times”
Dream Theater - “Pull Me Under”
The Eagles - “Hotel California”
The Enemy - “Aggro”
Filter - “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
Fleetwood Mac - “Go Your Own Way”
Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
The Guess Who - “American Woman”
Hush Puppies - “You’re Gonna Say Yeah!”
Interpol - “Obstacle 1?
Jane’s Addiction - “Mountain Song”
Jimi Hendrix - “Purple Haze (Live)”
Jimi Hendrix - “The Wind Cries Mary”
Jimmy Eat World - “The Middle”
Joe Satriani - “Satch Boogie”
Kent - “Vinternoll2?
Korn - “Freak On A Leash”
Lacuna Coil - “Our Truth”
Lenny Kravitz - “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
Linkin Park - “What I’ve Done”
The Living End - “Prisoner of Society”
Los Lobos - “La Bamba”
Lostprophets - “Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)”
Lynyrd Skynyrd - “Sweet Home Alabama (Live)”
Mars Volta - “L’Via L’Viaquez”
MC5’s Wayne Kramer - “Kick Out The Jams”
Metallica - “Trapped Under Ice”
Michael Jackson - “Beat It”
Modest Mouse - “Float On”
Motorhead - “Overkill”
Muse - “Assassin”
Negramaro - “Nuvole e Lenzuola”
Nirvana - “About a Girl (Unplugged)”
No Doubt - “Spiderwebs”
NOFX - “Soul Doubt”
Oasis - “Some Might Say”
Ozzy Osbourne - “Crazy Train”
Ozzy Osbourne - “Mr. Crowley”
Paramore - “Misery Business”
Pat Benatar - “Heartbreaker”
R.E.M. - “The One I Love”
Radio Futura - “Escuela De Calor”
Rise Against - “Re-Education Through Labor”
Sex Pistols - “Pretty Vacant”
Silversun Pickups - “Lazy Eye”
Smashing Pumpkins - “Today”
Steely Dan - “Do It Again”
Steve Miller Band - “The Joker”
Sting - “Demolition Man (Live)”
The Stone Roses - “Love Spreads”
Stuck In The Sound - “Toy Boy”
Sublime - “Santeria”
Survivor - “Eye of the Tiger”
System of a Down - “B.Y.O.B.”
Ted Nugent - “Stranglehold”
Tokio Hotel - “Monsoon”
Tool - “Parabola”
Tool - “Schism”
Tool - “Vicarious”
Trust - “Antisocial”
Van Halen - “Hot For Teacher”
Willie Nelson - “On The Road Again”
Wings - “Band on the Run” More...

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Sammy Hagar Signs With New Roadrunner Imprint

Billboard.com repots that Sammy Hagar is the first signing to new Roadrunner imprint, Loud & Proud, which will focus on established artists. His label debut, "Cosmic Universal Fashion," will arrive on November 18.

Hagar was most recently signed to Rhino, which issued his 2006 album "Livin' It Up." The set has sold 52,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The track list for "Cosmic Universal Fashion"is as follows:

Cosmic Universal Fashion
Psycho Vertigo
Peephole
LOUD
Fight for Your Right To Party
Switch on the Light
When the Sun Don't Shine
24365
I'm on a Roll
Dreams/Cabo

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Guitar Hero: World Tour Setlist Revealed

The makers of the forthcoming new game, Guitar Hero:World Tour has announced the final tracklisting for the game which is as follows:

311 - “Beautiful Disaster”
30 Seconds To Mars - “The Kill”
Airbourne - “Too Much Too Young”
The Allman Brothers Band - “Ramblin’Man”
Anouk - “Good God”
The Answer - “Never Too Late”
At The Drive-In - “One Armed Scissor”
Beastie Boys - “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Beatsteaks - “Hail to the Freaks”
Billy Idol - “Rebel Yell”
Black Label Society - “Stillborn”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Weapon of Choice”
Blink-182 - “Dammit”
Blondie - “One Way or Another”
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - “Hollywood Nights”
Bon Jovi - “Livin’On A Prayer”
Bullet For My Valentine - “Scream Aim Fire”
Coldplay - “Shiver”
Creedence Clearwater Revival - “Up Around The Bend”
The Cult - “Love Removal Machine”
Dinosaur Jr. - “Feel The Pain”
The Doors - “Love Me Two Times”
Dream Theater - “Pull Me Under”
The Eagles - “Hotel California”
The Enemy - “Aggro”
Filter - “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
Fleetwood Mac - “Go Your Own Way”
Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
The Guess Who - “American Woman”
Hush Puppies - “You’re Gonna Say Yeah!”
Interpol - “Obstacle 1?
Jane’s Addiction - “Mountain Song”
Jimi Hendrix - “Purple Haze (Live)”
Jimi Hendrix - “The Wind Cries Mary”
Jimmy Eat World - “The Middle”
Joe Satriani - “Satch Boogie”
Kent - “Vinternoll2?
Korn - “Freak On A Leash”
Lacuna Coil - “Our Truth”
Lenny Kravitz - “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
Linkin Park - “What I’ve Done”
The Living End - “Prisoner of Society”
Los Lobos - “La Bamba”
Lostprophets - “Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)”
Lynyrd Skynyrd - “Sweet Home Alabama (Live)”
Mars Volta - “L’Via L’Viaquez”
MC5’s Wayne Kramer - “Kick Out The Jams”
Metallica - “Trapped Under Ice”
Michael Jackson - “Beat It”
Modest Mouse - “Float On”
Motorhead - “Overkill”
Muse - “Assassin”
Negramaro - “Nuvole e Lenzuola”
Nirvana - “About a Girl (Unplugged)”
No Doubt - “Spiderwebs”
NOFX - “Soul Doubt”
Oasis - “Some Might Say”
Ozzy Osbourne - “Crazy Train”
Ozzy Osbourne - “Mr. Crowley”
Paramore - “Misery Business”
Pat Benatar - “Heartbreaker”
R.E.M. - “The One I Love”
Radio Futura - “Escuela De Calor”
Rise Against - “Re-Education Through Labor”
Sex Pistols - “Pretty Vacant”
Silversun Pickups - “Lazy Eye”
Smashing Pumpkins - “Today”
Steely Dan - “Do It Again”
Steve Miller Band - “The Joker”
Sting - “Demolition Man (Live)”
The Stone Roses - “Love Spreads”
Stuck In The Sound - “Toy Boy”
Sublime - “Santeria”
Survivor - “Eye of the Tiger”
System of a Down - “B.Y.O.B.”
Ted Nugent - “Stranglehold”
Tokio Hotel - “Monsoon”
Tool - “Parabola”
Tool - “Schism”
Tool - “Vicarious”
Trust - “Antisocial”
Van Halen - “Hot For Teacher”
Willie Nelson - “On The Road Again”
Wings - “Band on the Run”

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Sammy Hagar Speaks On Van Halen-McCain Issue

Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar has said the following regarding Presidential candidate John McCain using the Van Halen song "Right Now":

"When I wrote the lyrics to 'Right Now' I intended them to inspire people to not sit around and wait for something they believed in but to go out and get it ' to make a change however they needed to," he said in a statement. "Whether it was McCain who used the song or if Obama had chosen to use the song, with the current political climate, the lyrics still have the same meaning, and we all need to do something to make a difference, every action counts. In fact, I still feel so strongly about this that I wrote a new song "Cosmic Universal Fashion" with a young Iraqi musician in an attempt to motivate a new generation to the same affect. I am pleased to be associated with the lyrics to my original song and the new one in hopes that both will make people move to make a difference."

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Van Halen Angry With John McCain

TMZ.com reports that John McCain used a VAN HALEN song during his big speech earlier today and the band wants to make to make one thing clear — they're not running with McCain.

VAN HALEN management told TMZ.com that the band had no idea McCain was planning on using "Right Now" during his big entrance in Ohio. "Permission was not sought or granted nor would it have been given," the management said.

George W. Bush reportedly used the same song during a bunch of his campaign speeches back in 2004, but sources close to the band tell TMZ.com, "They're [the bandmembers] not political, they're just rock and roll."

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Footage Of Ozzy In New Guitar Hero Game Posted

After the recent revealing of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society and System Of A Down joining Def Leppard and Van Halen on the upcoming game "Guitar Hero World Tour," a video containing behind-the-scenes and in-game footage of Ozzy has been posted at this location. As previously reported, System Of A Down will contribute with their hit song "B.Y.O.B." from the acclaimed "Mezmerize" album and Black Label Society will donate "Stillborn" to the game. Ozzy Osbourne will have two songs featured, both of which come from his 1980 debut album, "Blizzard Of Ozz." The songs will be the staple "Crazy Train" and the haunting "Mr. Crowley." In addition to this, both Ozzy and his long time partner in crime Zakk Wylde will be playable characters in the game. Also confirmed for the game will be the Ozzfest venue to give the game an extra edge when performing as Ozzy, Zakk or any other character. The game is set for an October 26th release date.

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