80s Guitar Hero golden, setlist finalized

Like a syndicated weekly dance program from the decade it touts so highly, Activision's Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is Solid Gold. Actually, the publisher today just announced that the game has "gone gold," saying development on the PlayStation 2 exclusive has finished and it should be on shelves July 24.

The publisher also released the last batch of the game's 30 songs, and as expected, Activision has secured the rights to use the original recordings of some popular songs by the original artists. The game's full setlist is reproduced below.

Guitar Hero Encore Rocks the 80s is rated T for Teen and will be the last game in the series from original developers Harmonix. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft is taking over the franchise beginning with Guitar Hero III, while Harmonix is preparing rival rhythm game Rock Band. Both titles are set for release later this year for multiple platforms.

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Yeah MightyJordan, your collection of 2000 songs is garbage!
I have over 7,000 songs and counting from every genre and year imaginable.
Seriously. That was the worst argument ever.

Am i to confuse this title with Guitar Hero 3 that was set to release sometime this year? If this is the expected GH3 then, well, im quite disappointed. No Metallica or Led Zeppelin.

Matt said,
Am i to confuse this title with Guitar Hero 3 that was set to release sometime this year? If this is the expected GH3 then, well, im quite disappointed. No Metallica or Led Zeppelin. :(

Don't worry. This isn't GHIII. This is a one-off special exclusive to the PS2. It's also gonna be the last GH game made by Harmonix. GH games will be developed by Neversoft now, including GHIII, and I'm really liking the look of it. Harmonix are currently working with EA to produce a similar GH game called Rock Band, except in that, more than 1 instrument is used. It also includes a microphone, drums, and I think a bass guitar as well.

As for GHIII, the current list of songs are (songs performed by the original artist are in bold):

  • "Barracuda" - Heart
  • "Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Cult of Personality" - Living Colour (this song has been rerecorded with a new guitar solo as the master track couldn't be found)
  • "Even Flow" - Pearl Jam
  • "Knights of Cydonia" - Muse
  • "Lay Down" - Priestess
  • "The Metal" - Tenacious D
  • "My Name Is Jonas" - Weezer
  • "Paint It, Black" - The Rolling Stones
  • "Rock and Roll All Nite" - Kiss
  • "Sabotage" - Beastie Boys
  • "School's Out" - Alice Cooper
  • "Slow Ride" - Foghat

Activision also confirmed that a Queens of the Stone Age song from their newest album "Era Vulgaris" will be in the game, as well as 2 songs from Velvet Revolver.

As for the bands you (and I) want in the game, Activision says that they are trying to get Metallica, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin mainly, but they're apparently talking to other bands as well.

I feel Metallica sucks though.

So them not being in this = "who cares?"

It's like saying the game doesn't contain "Dogs Barking Jingle Bells" or "Sounds of Flushing Toilets". As much as I love animals making music and the sounds of a flushing toilet, I can live without it.

Metallica is a bastard of a band that hates their fans as well (but loves their money).

I'd pay extra for this game if I knew that for every $1 I spent, someone would throw a rock at a member of Metallica.

OMG DIO
and Dead Kennedys
nice list im happy about it.


No metallica was expected though. so I cant say im too upset

MightyJordan said,
IMO, quite a crap setlist. No Metallica, and it's mainly bands I've never heard of.

This is like Guitar Hero 80s: B-Side Edition.

So its crap because you are a music ignorant?

sanctified said,

So its crap because you are a music ignorant?

Oh WTF are you going on about! For your information, I am quite the audiophile myself. My collection of nearly 2000 songs spannig from 1981 to 2007 speaks for itself.

MightyJordan said,
IMO, quite a crap setlist. No Metallica, and it's mainly bands I've never heard of.

This is like Guitar Hero 80s: B-Side Edition.

I've heard of more than half of them and i was born in the late 80's, and grew up on 90's music.

Err... Uh... Most of these bands were pretty big in the 80's. Pulling a number out of my ass, 90% of the bands have at least one huge hit.

I don't own "2000 songs ranging from 1981 to 2007" but I have heard of 99% of the bands listed and I don't even consider myself to be an audiophile.

MightyJordan said,

Oh WTF are you going on about! For your information, I am quite the audiophile myself. My collection of nearly 2000 songs spannig from 1981 to 2007 speaks for itself.


Is that all? I have nearly that many CD's....

MightyJordan said,

Oh WTF are you going on about! For your information, I am quite the audiophile myself. My collection of nearly 2000 songs spannig from 1981 to 2007 speaks for itself.

No it doesn't. I honestly think the amount of music you said is a lie. If you had 2,000 songs spanning from 1981 to 2007 you would know of all these bands.

If you honestly consider this setlist a B-Sides collection of music then you don't know anything about music from the time period. Are those 2,000 songs remixes of Metallica music? They're are other groups from the 80's besides Metallica, you know?

NightmarE D said,

No it doesn't. I honestly think the amount of music you said is a lie. If you had 2,000 songs spanning from 1981 to 2007 you would know of all these bands.

If you honestly consider this setlist a B-Sides collection of music then you don't know anything about music from the time period. Are those 2,000 songs remixes of Metallica music? They're are other groups from the 80's besides Metallica, you know?

No, they are not Metallica remixes. Remixes simply suck. Period.

FYI, I have quite a few bands from the 80s in my collection: Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Soundgarden, The Police. Hey, at least it's more than the 90s.

MightyJordan said,

Oh WTF are you going on about! For your information, I am quite the audiophile myself. My collection of nearly 2000 songs spannig from 1981 to 2007 speaks for itself.

2000 songs? From just 81 to 2007? And you call yourself an audiophile?

I have worked in a music production house. What Am I then? Django Reinhardt? Oh wait, you dont know him but I am sure you are going to google about him.

MightyJordan said,

Rich git.

Rich....?
If some one had been buying CD's for 20 years... that's 2 a week. I would call that person a "music fan" with an average job.

Ok, time to stop all this flaming. I'll simply admit that I was stupid to criticise the songs in this game. I'm just from a different time period entirely. I was born in 1991. For the early years in my life, the music scene was dominated by boy or girl bands, mainly the Spice Girls, as far as I can remember myself (who are reuniting this year, btw. great. /sarcasm). The first rock band I remember getting into was Nickelback. I also remember seeing the Red Hot Chili Pepper's video for "Californication", and strangely, that was partly how I got into them. The other reason was "By the Way". My tastes simply evolved from there. I learned to like other bands that people liked. Slipknot was one example, but I've gone off them now. Billy Talent and Avenged Sevenfold are two examples again, but I have to thank Burnout Revenge for that, but I've gone off A7X as well.

Possibly another reason I criticised the setlist was because of my preferences in music. I have 1,975 songs totalling a time of 133 hours, and the majority of them are Alternative (31.5 hours). Then second is Hard Rock (24.7 hours), then Heavy Metal (7.7 hours), then Nu Metal (7.3 hours). I think you see the point. I'm not completely into people screaming their lungs out with people playing awesome guitar solos. I prefer a slowed down (not too much, though) song with a great lead singer, catchy riffs, and a top notch chorus. So Hoobastank, Audioslave, Linkin Park (2007), Foo Fighters, and Lostprophets are some of my favourites.

I'll probably be getting GHIII, though. I might be getting Rock Band as well. If it has a good soundtrack, I'm there.

MightyJordan said,

Oh WTF are you going on about! For your information, I am quite the audiophile myself. My collection of nearly 2000 songs spannig from 1981 to 2007 speaks for itself.

So on average 76 songs per year? Thats VERY few songs to have to represent one year's worth of music, especially when you consider all the various genres.

Also: audiophile - a term often used to refer to someone who is interested in sound reproduction quality - not an avid music collector.

Sorry, but most of those songs on the list are by known 80's bands, and many are major 80's rock songs. Just because you haven't heard of them, doesn't relegate them to B-side class.

Personally - I love the lineup

Hmm... I've heard plenty of the artists, but honestly I'd have to say that there isn't too much that I care about in that list anyway. There are a few that aren't too bad, but for the large majority I wouldn't really care too much about. Guess it doesn't really matter though since I've got a 360, haha.