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Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
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Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Here we go… Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The behemoth title that saw the commercial and pop culture peak of the music game genre, exceeding $1 billion in gross revenue across all platforms, helping the franchise become the cultural phenomenon we’ve all come to know.

Released in Fall 2007, Guitar Hero III was the first Neversoft-developed iteration in the series, who handled the lead development on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version. The game was also released on PS2, Wii and PC & Mac, with the porting of each handled by Activision-owned studios Budcat Creations, Vicarious Visions and independent studio Aspyr Media, respectively. Guitar Hero III marked the first release of a Guitar Hero title on the PS3, Wii, PC and Mac, which soon became the norm for all future Guitar Hero releases.

The title stays true to the formula established by the previous games in the series and the core gameplay is identical, but it did introduce a handle of new features, most notably online multiplayer, the co-op career, competitive Battles (featured both in the career and as a multiplayer game mode) and the inclusion of famous musicians, namely Slash, Tom Morello and Bret Michaels.

A testament to the music game genre’s ever-increasing mainstream presence and prevalence, the game’s soundtrack included 73 songs, a whopping 54 of which were master recordings. As another first for the series, two songs – Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the U.K. and Living Colour’s Cult of Personality – were specifically re-recorded for the game as the master recordings could not be found. In addition to this, three songs were specifically written and recorded for the game: Slash and Tom Morello’s Guitar Battles and Steve Ouimette’s metal version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia. All three of those songs feature as boss battles during the career mode.

The game was released a month before the North American release of the first Rock Band game, and as such the two titles shared six songs:

  • Beastie Boys – Sabotage
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  • The Killers – When You Were Young
  • Mountain – Mississippi Queen
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
  • The Strokes – Reptilia

Interestingly, a seventh song – Queens of the Stone Age’s 3’s & 7’s – was one of the fifteen songs released as DLC for Rock Band on the day of game’s release, while Die Toten Hosen’s Hier Kommt Alex was as one of the nine European exclusive tracks included on the disc of the European version of the game when it released in May 2008.

Five songs from Guitar Hero III have been released as DLC since Rock Band 3’s release, four of which have featured pro guitar/bass upgrades. In chronological order of their Rock Band release, these songs are:

  • Santana – Black Magic Woman
  • DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames
  • Kiss – Rock and Roll All Nite
  • Heart – Barracuda

Two more songs from Guitar Hero III – Pearl Jam’s Even Flow and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Pride and Joy – are legacy DLC that have had pro guitar/bass upgrades released for them. Rock Band 3 itself included Slipknot’s Before I Forget, meaning that seven songs from Guitar Hero III have pro guitar/bass functionality in Rock Band.

As noted in the previous Setlist Checklist post (and all future posts, as well), Rock Band 3’s setlist creation tool allows us to 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.

Main Setlist

The setlist for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock contained a wide range of music, but with a focus on metal and classic rock. The single-player career featured 39 songs and the co-op career had six exclusive Encore songs, while the the other 25 tracks were bonus songs.

Of the core 39-song single-player setlist (though ignoring the three boss battles), 26 are currently available in Rock Band, which is roughly 66%. Two of the six (33%) co-op-exclusive songs and seven of the 25 (28%) bonus songs are available in Rock Band, which means that 50% of the entire 73 songs in Guitar Hero III are currently in the Rock Band library – the highest percentage for any Guitar Hero game covered thus far in the Setlist Checklist feature. In addition, there are three songs which are no longer available for Rock Band, but if we factor those in the total rises to an incredible 54%!

ArtistSongDate in Rock Band
AerosmithSame Old Song and DanceN/A
AFIMiss Murder09/08/2009
Alice CooperSchool's Out *05/19/2009 **
Beastie BoysSabotage11/20/2007
Black SabathParanoid *11/20/2007 * ***
Bloc PartyHelicopterN/A
Blue Öyster CultCities on Flame with Rock and Roll *N/A
CreamSunshine of Your Love *N/A
Dead KennedysHoliday in Cambodia *11/18/2008
DisturbedStricken05/12/2009
Eric JohnsonCliffs of Dover *N/A
FoghatSlow Ride *N/A
Guns N' RosesWelcome to the JungleN/A
HeartBarracuda *08/02/2011
Iron MaidenThe Number of the Beast01/08/2008
The KillersWhen You Were Young11/20/2007
KISSRock and Roll All Nite *04/26/2011 **
Living ColourCult of Personality ****08/28/2012
Matchbook RomanceMonstersN/A
MetallicaOneN/A
MountainMississippi Queen *11/20/2007 *
MuseKnights of CydoniaN/A
Pat BenatarHit Me with Your Best Shot *02/03/2009
Pearl JamEven Flow03/24/2009
PoisonTalk Dirty to Me *06/28/2011
PriestessLay DownN/A
Queens of the Stone Age3's & 7's11/20/2007
Rage Against the MachineBulls on Parade09/22/2009
Red Hot Chili PeppersSuck My Kiss09/30/2008 ***
The Rolling StonesPaint It, BlackN/A
SantanaBlack Magic Woman *03/29/2011
ScorpionsRock You Like a Hurricane *N/A
The Sex PistolsAnarchy in the U.K. ****N/A
SlayerRaining Blood04/10/2012
SlipknotBefore I Forget10/26/2010
The Smashing PumpkinsCherub Rock11/20/2007
Social DistortionStory of My Life *05/12/2009
Sonic YouthKool Thing05/13/2008
Stevie Ray VaughanPride and Joy *03/03/2009
The StrokesReptillia11/20/2007
Tenacious DThe Metal10/13/2009
WeezerMy Name is Jonas07/28/2009
White ZombieBlack Sunshine *02/17/2009
The WhoThe Seeker *10/06/2015
ZZ TopLa Grange *N/A

* Denotes a cover song in the original title.
** Denotes a live version of the track.
*** Denotes a song that is no longer available.
**** Denotes a re-recorded version of the track.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Main Setlist for Rock Band 3

Bonus Setlist

ArtistSongDate in Rock Band
Backyard BabiesMinus CelsiusN/A
Bret Michaels BandGo That FarN/A
Die Toten HosenHier kommt Alex05/20/2008 ***
DopeNothing for Me HereN/A
DragonForceThrough the Fire and Flames03/29/2011
An Endless SporadicImpulse05/10/2012 **
The Fall of TroyF.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.N/A
GallowsIn the Belly of a SharkN/A
HellacoptersI'm in the BandN/A
Héroes del SilencioAvalanchaN/A
In FlamesTake This LifeN/A
Kaiser ChiefsRuby11/03/2009
Killswitch EngageMy Curse08/12/2008
L.A. Slum LordsDown 'n DirtyN/A
Lacuna CoilCloser11/18/2008
LionsMetal Heavy LadyN/A
NaastMauvais GarçonN/A
PrototypeThe Way It Ends11/16/2011 **
RevolverheadGeneration RockN/A
Rise AgainstPrayer of the Refugee07/21/2009
Scouts of St. SebastianIn LoveN/A
Senses FailCan't Be SavedN/A
The SleepingDon't Hold BackN/A
The Stone RosesShe Bangs the Drums *N/A
SuperbusRadio SongN/A

* Denotes a cover song in the original title.
** Denotes tracks only available through Rock Band Network.
*** Denotes a song that is no longer available.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Bonus Setlist for Rock Band 3

Check out an embedded playlist of ALL the on-disc songs after the break…

47 Responses to “Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock”

  • Psyniac says:

    Interesting to note that An Endless Sproadic are charting a song for Rock Band Network now and they got fans to vote for their favourite so it COULD be Impulse, although we won’t know for sure until it’s out.

  • FoXR says:

    the links for the custom setlist is wrong, it sends me to the same setlist

  • Jake says:

    man….. i hated this game soooo much…
    good tunes though…

  • DragoonXD says:

    The lack of Priestess and Backyard Babies in Rock Band angers me.

  • Saeglopur says:

    Not a single Bloc Party song in Rock Band so far… what a shame…

    • Edd says:

      Totally agree! Their first album is absolutely brilliant, and songs like Luno, Banquet and Like Eating Glass would be SO MUCH FUN on every instrument! Such a shame that there’s not been any Bloc Party DLC, but I’m hoping that maybe we’ll get some DLC to coincide with their fourth album.

      • Toothball says:

        Are they working on another album? I thought they were still doing their respective solo things still.

        • Edd says:

          According to their Wikipedia page they are! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloc_Party#Fourth_studio_album_.282011-present.29 There’s links there to Matt Tong’s Facebook page where apparently he’s confirmed that they are indeed back together and working on new material. Hopefully it won’t sound anything like their third album, nor Kele’s solo stuff! 😛

          • Toothball says:

            That is good news then. While I didn’t mind either of the albums you mention, Silent Alarm is a sound I’d very much like to hear more of. I suspect I would have liked Intimacy more if they’d included Flux on it.

          • Saeglopur says:

            Agree, I didnt like their third album a lot either. Silent Alarm is a masterpiece and it would be one of the best full album DLC ever if HMX released the whole thing.

          • 291j says:

            Bloc Party DLC would be the best! I would buy it all.
            I understand people aren’t keen on Intimacy (3rd album) but I do think some tracks (eg Talons, Halo, One month off) would be awesome for RB when they go off.
            But nothing beats Silent Alarm!! Especially with the bonus tracks!!!!

            As for a 4th album. Don’t get too excited. Russell Lissack was interviewed in April saying they may start recording in August/sept depending on everybodys schedule. But then Kele was interviewed on Australia’s Triple J and he almost sounded a little irritated it had even be mentioned. He said it most certainly wasn’t happening at the moment to his knowledge.
            Perhaps Kele is having too much fun playing solo at the moment.. Either way I just pray they decide to sign up for Rock Band DLC one day soon. Don’t think it is going to happen though.. 🙁

  • RickC says:

    Wish we would get “Take This Life” in Rock Band. One of the few In Flames songs I like that is not from their early days. And since I never played any of these rhythm games until RB2, it would be both a new song and new artist for me.

  • Toad3000 says:

    Ahhh, the start of the Setlist Checklist articles that will bait the MOAR MUSErs. Seriously though, there are still a number of songs in this game I wouldn’t mind seeing in RB. Knights of Cydonia, Lay Down, Rock You Like a Hurricane, Same Old Song and Dance, Can’t Be Saved, Slow Ride (seriously, we don’t have this yet? Weird), Welcome to the Jungle (But if it came down to a choice, give me Sweet Child of Mine), Paint it Black, Cult of Personality, Sunshine of Your Love, One, The Seeker…
    Man, if it weren’t for the borked gameplay, awful graphics, and stupid battle mode, this game would’ve been awesome.

    • Toothball says:

      Wait so you mean if it wasn’t for the game, the game would have been awesome?

      I’d more than likely agree with that statement aside from Slow Ride. Perhaps I heard that one a few too many times as a result of it’s early slot in the set list, but I don’t find myself all that keen to relive it.

      • Toad3000 says:

        Precisely.
        Slow Ride isn’t too high on my list of songs I need off GH3, but for some reason I thought we already had it. The bass line on it is awesome, though, and for that reason alone I’d pick it up as DLC.

        • Toothball says:

          Perhaps they would have done better releasing a compilation album instead of a rhythm action game.

  • HugoM says:

    So it seems Guitar Hero 3 has nothing I don’t already have in Rock Band. Great.

  • QuestionMark says:

    The setlist for this one is a beast. Some amazing tunes yet till be released.

    If only the atrocious art direction for the game hadn’t rendered it nigh unplayable for me…

    There are at least 18 unreleased songs on this setlist that I would purchase.

  • smacd says:

    I bought three copies of GH3 when it came out- for myself, my gf and her friend, all on the PS2. This is where the GH franchise had taken such a turn that after only a week, all three of us had put it down and never touched a GH game again. There are some great tunes on this game, but the mechanics and other “features” just went in the wrong direction.

    Viva la Rock Band; Guitar Hero, you will not be missed.

    • AnonymousBroccoli says:

      In addition to the well-known changes in the series in the 360/PS3 versions… yes, the PS2 version was particularly lousy. Awful textures, load times, animations… I got rid of it about as quickly as I could.

  • Deca says:

    Man I really loved FCPREMIX, takin me back man 😛

  • non_zero says:

    Worth mentioning that “Prototype – The Way It Ends” is coming to RBN.

  • eron says:

    The only ones I miss so far are:

    La Grange
    Cliffs of Dover
    Rock You like a Hurricane
    Impulse

    Monsters was also fun to play. And it’d be nice also to get Paranoid back.

  • Rockox says:

    Harmonix had better be tripping over themselves trying to get Scorpions in RB.

  • Matt says:

    Still waiting on Cliffs of Dover. even though it was GH. Its still one of the finest, and funnest charts in the plastic instrument genre.

  • VolTRH says:

    A couple things.

    1). It doesn’t say that “Paranoid” isn’t playable in RB3

    2). You said “Five songs from Guitar Hero III have been released as DLC since Rock Band 3′s release”, but only list four songs. You forgot “Talk Dirty to Me”

    Other than that, nice article. [insert obligatory MOAR MUSE comment]

  • FoxForever says:

    Need Stone Roses! I want “Waterfall”!

  • DudeBro says:

    Ahhh fuck I would kill to get Cities on Flame with Rock n’ Roll on rock band.

  • Xaanix says:

    ^^ Agree 100%, i had the exact same experience… i bought gh3 after playing gh2 pretty extensively… and found that i pretty much hated the mechanics and the lack of innovation from gh2 to gh3 (a major release number) was pretty much zilch…. Compare this to rock band 1 (DRUMS!! Vocals!!) and it was no comparison.. i after 1 week, I never played it again.

  • Cassie Drake says:

    GH3 has my favourite setlist of ALL the games, RB included. I’m still really effing angry that “Lay Down” by Priestess isn’t in RB yet. A world where I still have to keep my GH3 disc [or any GH disc] around for a couple of songs is a travesty.

  • Vampire-Jekyll says:

    I pretty much stuck with GH3 well after Rock Band had come out (I’d been playing hardcore since the original GH released after all, granted using the dualshock and not a guitar controller [ahhh the good ol’ days]) because rock band, aside from my preferred, although sloppy at the time, drums, just wasn’t nearly as challenging as rock band. Sometime after Aerosmith dropped would be around the time I shifted to mainly playing RB. I think I stuck with rock band because it eased me into playing the actual plastic guitar much more smoothly than any GH did. After playing World Tour there was no going back to GH. Going back and playing GH3 on the guitar years later really opened my eyes as to how sloppy the engine was. It’s still my favorite title though because of the difficulty.

    • Vampire-Jekyll says:

      errr… I think I mixed up GH and RB somewhere in there. It should read, “…as challenging as GH3. Sometime after…”

  • Toothball says:

    I wonder how long Activision’s deal with Metallica was supposed to last. Surely it’s got to run out at some point. One was way beyond my guitar skills, but it was still a lot of fun to try.

  • The Beef says:

    Harmonix needs to get some Priestess, already!

  • dc32 says:

    Never actually played GH3, I followed HMX right from GH2 to RB. Don’t see much on here I’d want, except Stone Roses, even though that’s a cover, RB could definitely use more from them. (I Want To Be Adored FTW).

  • Azure says:

    Are you sure that The Seeker was a cover? If it was, it was a damn good cover.

  • TSarcasm says:

    Awww… Hier Kommt Alex, where have you gone?

    Just because they’ve been made available once, doesn’t mean we’ll get to play ’em forever!

    Scorpions would be cool, and I would love something from Appetite for Destruction, but know with 1000% certainty that will never happen (unless HMX uses ‘made famous by’ again).

  • VolTRH says:

    Just saying that you forgot to update the FAQ with a link to this Setlist Checklist.

  • ellak96 says:

    We still need Cult of Personality. One of the best solos in the series