'Guitar Hero: Van Halen' To Arrive In November/December

According to a posting on the Van Halen News Desk web site, the Guitar Hero: Van Halen video game will be made available in November/December. An exact release date has not yet been announced.

A spokesperson for Activision recently confirmed that Guitar Hero: Van Halen will not include ex-bassist Michael Anthony or former singer Sammy Hagar, according to RollingStone.com. Questions about whether they would be featured arose when the game was previewed at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles and only members of the current lineup — which includes original vocalist David Lee Roth and teenage bassist Wolfgang Van Halen — appeared in both a trailer and selected song clips.

The spokesperson confirmed that only guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, Wolfgang — who is Eddie's son — and Roth show up in the game.

While the spokesperson could not say whether any songs from Hagar's four albums with the group would be part of the game, it doesn't seem likely. The trailer and clips shown at E3 only focused on Roth-era tracks like "Jump", "Panama", "Hot For Teacher" and "Little Guitars".

Meanwhile, Michael Anthony continued to push back against Eddie Van Halen's assertion in a recent interview that Anthony quit VAN HALEN. Anthony told Classic Rock magazine, "I never quit the band . . . I loved VAN HALEN; I loved everything we did. Hell, I was one of the only two guys who showed up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. I love the legacy of the band but I am moving on . . . Ed needs to do that too."

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