Guitar Hero, for all intents and purposes, was finished in 2011. It had released its final DLC pack in April of that year. Then, thee years later, all its DLC was pulled from the store. There wouldn’t really be any news for a while until a leaked screenshot from the proposed “Guitar Hero 7” surfaced. Among the news there was that there was supposedly going to be a sixth button added to the guitar and that there was going to be a focus on microtransactions.
Well, fast forward to April 2015 and Guitar Hero Live was officially announced. Not necessarily a Guitar Hero 7, but rather a re-boot of the whole franchise, Guitar Hero Live radically changed the format by re-arranging the button layout from five in a row to two rows of three, and completely dropping drums and bass. It also did away with the animated graphics of the past and replaced the visuals with a first-person FMV display. The concept of DLC was completely done away with, instead additional songs were delivered via the GHTV service, a streaming music video platform.
The soundtrack for Guitar Hero Live is the smallest on-disc setlist of any main series Guitar Hero game (if the bonus songs from the early games are counted), likely due to the cost of shooting two complete FMV performances of every song. This was made up for, however, with the GHTV service (containing well over 300 songs at the time of writing). There was also a large focus on modern songs, with only 11 of the 42 on-disc songs coming from before the year 2010 and only three of those being from before the 2000s.
Launching in October of 2015, Guitar Hero Live was a direct competitor to Rock Band 4. The setlists, however, only share one song in common: Jack White’s Lazaretto. Despite only sharing the one song, the two games DID share many of the same artists.
- Arctic Monkeys
- The Black Keys
- Fall Out Boy
- Imagine Dragons
- Mumford & Sons
In addition, Bring Me the Horizon also featured as part of the pre-order DLC for Rock Band 4, albeit with a different song. Speaking of pre-order DLC, however, King for a Day by Pierce the Veil ft. Kellin Quinn was available for people who pre-ordered the digital version of Rock Band 4 on Xbox One. R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys was also released in January as part of Rock Band’s first DLC in two years. It’s also worth noting that initial screenshots of Rock Band 4 showed that Neon Trees’ Everybody Talks was initially planned to be part of Rock Band 4’s setlist.
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.
In total, 13 of the 42 songs are available in Rock Band, meaning (now that the Rock Band 1 export is available) you can currently play 30% of the tracks in Rock Band 4 in all their 5 buttony glory! That percentage, however, is the lowest availability of any main series Guitar Hero game.
The full list is available after the jump.
Hey, remember when Harmonix used to announce Rock Band DLC on Fridays? Well… Surprise!
Next week’s DLC will be three ’90s Grunge singles, including:
- Soundgarden – My Wave
- Stone Temple Pilots – Wicked Garden
- Temple of the Dog – Hunger Strike
All three songs will be available for the standard $1.99 price.
SURPRISE DLC NEWS! Sadly, not the good kind of surprise, but still…
Yes, we learned this morning that a whole bunch more songs are going to be leaving the Rock Band store at the end of the month. There’s no exact date, but we know that they’ll be gone by the end of January. It’s an interesting update this time because there’s a lot of very selective losses from packs and artists, but ultimately not a clean sweep of their tracks. With that said, let’s take a look at what we’re losing:
- Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
- Guns N’ Roses – Scraped
- Hawkwind – Master of the Universe
- I Mother Earth – Levitate
- Nazareth – Hair of the Dog
- Night Ranger – You’re Gonna Hear from Me
- Silverchair – Straight Lines
- Superchick – Stand in the Rain
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me) (Live)
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Century City (Live)
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Jammin’ Me (Live)
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Nightwatchman (Live)
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – The Waiting (Live)
In addition, the following pack offers will also be removed from the store, although any unmentioned singles will still be available for purchase.
- Chinese Democracy (album)
- Night Ranger Pack 01
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Live Anthology Pack 02
If you’ve purchased and exported the Metal Track Pack, but can’t download it yet because its not available, fear not because they’ll still be available when the export goes live.
@OsagaTheGreat They're not lost! They'll be downloadable once available.
It’s our first DLC announcement of the new year! A couple weeks ago was a bit of a controversial pick for the series, and last week we flat out just didn’t have any, so I’m personally thinking that we’re going to see something a bit more in the rock genre this week. Plus, we could also possibly be seeing one of the exports being made available for download.
- Disturbed – Immortalized
- Disturbed – The Vengeful One
- Disturbed – Warrior
All songs are available for $1.99. Disturbed Pack 04 will be available for $5.49.
I know we’re behind on this, but holiday stuff got in the way. But anyway, Rock Band sent a Tweet out on New Year’s Eve talking about great themed songs to play at your party. Among party classics like Call Me Maybe and 2 Minuted to Midnight was Lady Gaga’s 2011 hit Marry the Night. Rock Band fans may know that particular song isn’t actually one of the many Gaga tracks. It IS available for Dance Central: Spotlight, but as of now, no Rock Band. Whether or not this was just a case of confusing the games remains to be seen.
There’s a posting we made a few years ago when Nickelback came to Rock Band. It turns out that people on the internet weren’t exactly big fans of the group. Well, this week it was announced that Rock Band is going to be getting a dose of pop music, including such internet darlings like Justin Bieber and One Direction. Well, the opportunity to resurrect one of my favourite posts ever on the site was too good to turn down!
In the past we’ve limited ourselves to either just Twitter or Facebook. I feel that by just focusing on one social media platform, we’re missing so many great subsets of the Rock Band community. That’s why here we’ve compiled some of the most sensible, rational, and level-headed comments from Facebook, YouTube, and the true Rock Band diehards over on Reddit’s /r/RockBand!