Originally released in November 2005, no one can deny that the original Guitar Hero title started a major cultural phenomenon. Over the course of two short years, the Guitar Hero franchise went from a fledgling game experiment to the highest grossing video game title EVER. But sadly, with each successive title release, more and more fans lost interest. And as nearly everyone knows, Activision announced earlier this year that they would be putting the game on indefinite hiatus, until the game can introduce innovative new features while simultaneously drawing a profit for the oft-maligned game developer behemoth.
It’s no mystery that we here at the site are bigger fans of Rock Band, but the franchise wouldn’t be possible without the rival Guitar Hero titles originally paving the way in establishing a new genre of gaming. That is why we thought we would go back and look at all the Guitar Hero titles (and possibly a few other lesser known rhythm games) in a recurring segment we call Setlist Checklist. We will talk a little about the game itself, the music featured on it, and anything else we found interesting about the game.
The original Guitar Hero title was created when peripheral maker Red Octane (best known for making the Dance Dance Revolution game pads) approached music game developer Harmonix about a peripheral based guitar simulation game. Red Octane made the hardware (and retained the rights to the IP), and Harmonix made the software. This is an important distinction to establish now, as it becomes important (and somewhat confusing) later on in the franchise’s history. The game was produced for just under $2 million, and was nearly an instantaneous breakout hit, garnering critical acclaim among reviewers and peers, and earning $45 million in the last two months of 2005 alone.
All of the main setlist songs used in the game were covers faithfully reproduced by the musicians at WaveGroup Sound. Nearly all of the bonus songs were from bands featuring Harmonix employees or close friends of Harmonix. Graveyard BBQ was featured in the game through a “Be a Guitar Hero contest,” and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde contacted Harmonix directly late in development to see if Black Label Society could also have a song included in the game.
With Rock Band 3′s setlist creation tool, we can create, save, and share setlists, so we have included a Rock Band 3 setlist below that you can save to your profile if you would like to check out any or all of the songs! And as the holes are continually filled in by Rock Band’s weekly DLC releases, we will update this post, and keep it linked in the FAQ page above, for future reference.
The original Guitar Hero game featured covers of 30 popular rock songs spanning five decades of rock, from the 1960s through 2005, in addition to 19 bonus tracks. Not including the bonus songs, Rock Band has 18 of the 30 songs currently in game, or 60%. If you factor in the bonus songs, the percentage drops down to 49%. Some of the bonus tracks are making their way through the Rock Band Network now. The songs included in the main setlist are included directly below.
|Artist - Title||Date in Rock Band|
|Audioslave - Cochise *||N/A|
|Bad Religion - Infected *||N/A|
|Black Sabbath - Iron Man *||N/A|
|Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla *||1/26/2010|
|Boston - More Than a Feeling *||3/25/2008|
|Burning Brides - Heart Full of Black *||N/A|
|Cream - Crossroads *||N/A|
|David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust *||1/25/2011|
|Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water *||10/26/2010|
|The Donnas - Take It Off *||N/A|
|The Edgar Winters Group - Frankenstein *||1/17/2012|
|The Exies - Hey You *||N/A|
|Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out *||5/5/2009|
|Helmet - Unsung *||N/A|
|Incubus - Stellar *||N/A|
|Jimi Hendrix - Spanish Castle Magic *||3/30/2010|
|Joan Jett - I Love Rock and Roll *||10/26/2010|
|Judas Priest - You Got Another Thing Comin' *||4/22/2008|
|Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction *||2/21/2012|
|Motörhead - Ace of Spades *||9/14/2008|
|Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon *||5/31/2011|
|Pantera - Cowboys from Hell *||N/A|
|Queen - Killer Queen *||10/20/2009|
|Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows *||10/26/2010|
|The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated *||10/26/2010|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground *||N/A|
|Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood *||3/3/2009|
|Sum 41 - Fat Lip *||1/31/2012|
|White Zombie - Thunder Kiss '65 *||10/25/2011|
|ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man *||N/A|
* Denotes a cover song in the original title.
NOTE: Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon” is only available as part of the Ozzy Osbourne 8-pack.
|Artist - Title||Date in Rock Band|
|Anarchy Club - Behind the Mask||RBN - In Process|
|Artillery (now Breaking Wheel) - The Breaking Wheel||N/A|
|Black Label Society - Fire It Up||N/A|
|Count Zero - Sail Your Ship By||N/A|
|Din - Fly on the Wall||N/A|
|Drist - Decontrol||N/A|
|Freezepop - Get Ready 2 Rokk||9/8/2009|
|Graveyard BBQ - Cheat on the Church||8/8/2010|
|Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives - Hey||9/12/2011|
|Made in Mexico - Farewell Myth||N/A|
|Monkey Steals the Peach - Guitar Hero||N/A|
|Shaimus - All of This||3/9/2010|
|The Acro-Brats - Callout||N/A|
|The Bags - Caveman Rejoice||N/A|
|The Model Sons - Story of My Love||N/A|
|The Slip - Even Rats||1/13/2010|
|The Upper Crust - Eureka, I've Found Love||N/A|
|Unknown Artist - Graveyard Shift **||N/A|
|Andrew Buch - Trippolette **||1/22/2010|
** Denotes hidden songs only playable via the use of a PS2 cheat device.