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Setlist Checklist: Power Gig: Rise of the SixString
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Setlist Checklist: Power Gig: Rise of the SixString


Real guitars, real differences. Seven45 Studios issued this attack on the then-upcoming Rock Band 3 back in early September of 2010. This was the second high profile attack on rival rhythm games, just after the now infamous “Volcano Drop” commercial. The game hadn’t even shipped yet, and it had managed to alienate almost the entire rhythm game audience.

The core gimmick of Power Gig: Rise of the SixString lied in its titular SixString, a guitar controller that had strings attached to it. Don’t be fooled in to thinking this is similar to Rock Band’s Pro Mode or Rocksmith, however. No, the most you’ll be able to do is play rudimentary power chords on the first five frets. Power chords that don’t even manage to properly match up with how the song is played on real guitar. You could argue that real guitars actually do make a real difference. But, still, you can theoretically play it with a real guitar, so you could argue that this is the first “real guitar game”.

Speaking of real guitar, if you ACTUALLY want to learn how to play the songs in the game, then there are 5 songs that have Pro Guitar/Bass functionality in Rock Band 3, a total of 7% of the setlist. Releasing a couple weeks before Rock Band 3, two of those songs (Been Caught Stealing and Plush) are shared by the two games’ setlists.

  • Breaking Benjamin – Breath
  • Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
  • Living Colour – Cult of Personality
  • Rage Against the Machine – Bombtrack
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Plush

Of course, to only talk about the guitar would be to negate the “greatest” peripheral Power Gig released. I’m referring, of course, to the AirStrike Drums. As much as Power Gig liked to proclaim that it Rocked It Real, the drum set was an air drum set. The basic mechanism was that the pads would be placed on the floor and you’d use special drum sticks to break the laser and register it as a hit. As you’ve surely figured out, they don’t work well. That’s sort of a recurring theme with Power Gig.

The main mode of Power Gig was a story mode. I’m not going to go too in depth in to it because I’d rather forget it myself, but essentially music has been outlawed and these rival music gangs all get thrown in jail for playing. They discover that together they have the true power of music and go out on a quest to bring the gangs together and save music for everyone. If you’d like to experience it in all its cutscene glory, thenewnoelisoncruz has the whole thing uploaded. I highly recommend watching it at least once.

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), 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 setlist itself could be considered to be one of the few saving graces of the game. There were the much hyped up exclusivity from Dave Matthews Band (which, in the end, didn’t pan out so well), Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Kid Rock. No one is more authentic than Kid Rock. The setlist gave us 70 songs from the 70s through to 2010. There was even a (to this day still) unreleased Black Label Society song. Of those 70, only 18 have made it over to Rock Band for an overall total of 25%.

The full list of songs is after the jump.

ArtistSongDate in Rock Band
The Academy Is…His Girl FridayN/A
Bad ReligionI Want to Conquer the WorldN/A
The Black KeysStrange Times08/17/2010
Black Label SocietyRetributionN/A
Black SabbathThe Devil CriedN/A
Breaking BenjaminBreath11/01/2011
BuckcherryTired of YouN/A
A Cursive MemoryEverythingN/A
Dave Matthews BandFunny the Way It IsN/A
Dave Matthews BandTripping BilliesN/A
Dave Matthews BandWhy I AmN/A
DisturbedThe NightN/A
The DonnasFall Behind MeN/A
Envy on the CoastHead First in the RiverN/A
Eric ClaptonLay Down SallyN/A
Eric ClaptonLayla (Derek and the Dominos Version)N/A
Eric ClaptonLet It RainN/A
The Fatal FlawDon't Start Believin'N/A
FirewindHead Up High08/31/2010 *
The Get Up KidsMartyr MeN/A
The HivesTick Tick Boom11/03/2009
The Hounds BelowShe's AlchemyN/A
I See StarsComfortably ConfusedN/A
IdlewildReaders & WritersN/A
IncubusWish You Were Here08/23/2011
Jane's AddictionBeen Caught Stealing10/26/2010
JetShe's a Genius08/25/2009
John MayerCrossroadsN/A
John MayerNo Such ThingN/A
John MayerWho Did You Think I WasN/A
Kid RockAll Summer LongN/A
Kid RockRock 'n Roll JesusN/A
Kid RockSon of DetroitN/A
KoRnHold OnN/A
Lacuna CoilSpellboundN/A
Living ColourCult of Personality08/28/2012
A Love Like PiInnocent ManN/A
MastodonCrack the SkyeN/A
New Found GloryListen to Your FriendsN/A
No DoubtPlatinum Blonde LifeN/A
The OffspringYou're Gonna Go Far, KidN/A
Ozzy OsbourneA.V.H.N/A
The Paris RiotsHotel of InfidelsN/A
A Perfect CircleThe HollowN/A
Puddle of MuddBlurry06/21/2011
Queens of the Stone AgeYou Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a MillionaireN/A
Rage Against the MachineBombtrack05/08/2012
Rise AgainstPaper WingsN/A
School Boy HumorCamera ShyN/A
Sick PuppiesYou're Going DownN/A
Silversun PickupsSubstitutionN/A
The Smashing PumpkinsCherub Rock11/20/2007
Snow PatrolHands OpenN/A
So Many DynamosArtifacts of SoundN/A
Stevie Ray VaughanCouldn't Stand the WeatherN/A
Stone Temple PilotsPlush10/26/2010
Surfer BloodSwim10/16/2010 *
TaxpayerWhen They Were YoungN/A
Three Days GraceBreakN/A
The Tragically HipNew Orleans Is SinkingN/A
The UsedBlood on My Hands04/13/2010
WillowzI KnowN/A

* Denotes a track only available through the Rock Band Network.

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