Rock news 13 August 2009

What has been reported to be the official trailer for Guitar Hero: Van Halen has been posted on YouTube. The game is set to hit stores on December 22.

According to a posting on producer Ross Robinson’s Twitter profile, Korn has finished laying down drums for two new songs with Robinson at the helm. more

Ozzy Osbourne‘s appearance at the upcoming BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California will be available as a live broadcast on DirecTV pay-per-view. DirecTV will bring over 16 hours of exclusive HD coverage more

KISS have confirmed their first Canadian live date in support of their forthcoming album, Sonic Boom, due out on October 6th exclusively at Walmart. The rock legends will be performing at the Bell Center in Montreal, QC on Thursday, October 1st. more

Two police officers received minor injuries when they were assaulted by patrons of a beer garden at the Virgin Festival at Canada Olympic Park.more

In a new studio update, Nevermore singer Warrel Dane says that the band are recording two cover songs for this session: ‘The Crystal Ship’ by The Doors and ‘Transmission’ by The Tea Party. Get BW&BK’s exclusive update about the album here

In nine short years, Paul McCartney will hit the jackpot again when Billboard reports that he will be able to start reclaiming the copyrights to the lucrative Beatles catalog. It’s a bit complicated but the US copyright law is in his favor. Read the details here

U2 has already topped the $100 million mark in tour grosses from the “360 Tour” based on the box office totals reported from the first thirteen shows on the schedule. See who else made the Top 10 Grossing tours here. Wonder how much of that $100 million will go to impoverished countries?

At All Cost has announced their “final two shows ever.” The group apparently never recovered from the slump they found themselves a year ago following repeated line-up issues, in addition to their dismissal from the Century Media Records roster. more

The Fest 8 has added a few more bands, including a rare appearance from veteran English punks Snuff. Also added are solo performaces from Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price of Drag the River, Ben Lovett (Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves / Heavens) and more

Last week Rush drummer Neil Peart’s original Slingerland drum kit (which he used from Fly By Night through 2112) was put up for auction on eBay by owners Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, New York. Find out what hefty sum it ended up fetching here

Hydra Head Records has announced plans to reissue Oxbow‘s debut effort, “F*ckfest.” Originally released in 1989 via CFY/Pathological, the album will be available on September 15th. more

Following the August 12th show, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster will be dropping off their current tour with Emery et al as a result of “personal issues at home more

Whitesnake were forced to cancel Friday night’s (August 7) concert at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona with Judas Priest and Pop Evil. According to a spokesperson for Whitesnake, the band’s frontman/leader David Coverdale “has a case of laryngitis and his doctors insist that his show NOT go on” more

Skinlab have once again parted ways with guitarist Glen “Glenny” Telford. more

Alice Cooper tells Gary Graff of Billboard.com that he plans on filming and recording his just-launched Theatre of Death North American tour at some point before it winds down in Decembermore

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