The soundtrack to the latest game in the Guitar Hero franchise has just been announced and, sure enough, it’s a
string-shredder’s button masher’s wet dream of rock, hard rock and heavy metal. Guitar Hero Live‘s initial 24-song playlist includes tunes by The Rolling Stones, Green Day, System Of A Down, Pierce the Veil, Judas Priest and The Black Keys.
But as well as testing their guitar grits against songs by legendary axemen like Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), players will also be able to tackle songs by other guitar heroes like, uh, Skrillex and, er, The Lumineers.
Point is, there’s something for everyone OK? And Jamie Jackson of FreeStyle has shone more light onto the game’s musical choices, in an interview with NME.
“It’s been 10 years since the first Guitar Hero game came out. When you think of it like that, and think about how much the musical landscape has changed since then – that’s where we’ve been able to explore some new types of musical style as well,” he said. “Guitar music is broader than it’s ever been – so we’re reflecting that in the range of music on offer.”
Guitar Hero Live also boasts a bunch of new upgrades, and will be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and mobile devices for the first time when it’s officially released, later this year.
See the first Guitar Hero Live playlist below.
Watch: The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Watch: Official Guitar Hero® Live Reveal Trailer
Guitar Hero Live – Soundtrack
The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling
Blitz Kids – Sometimes
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Gary Clark, Jr. – Don’t Owe You a Thang
Green Day – Nuclear Family
The Killers – When You Were Young
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na
Pierce the Veil – King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)
The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
Skrillex – Bangarang
The War On Drugs – Under the Pressure
Black Veil Brides – In The End
Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio
Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
System of a Down – Chop Suey!
Alter Bridge – Cry of Achilles
Alt-J – Left Hand Free
Broken Bells – Leave It Alone
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell