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Guitar Hero’s Back With A Redesigned Controller And The War On Drugs

Guitar Hero and the similarly themed Rock Band were once ubiquitous, but both of them seemed to fade away as the casual gaming audience that they attracted moved primarily to mobile devices to get their fix. But both games are coming back this year — Guitar Hero has just announced Guitar Hero Live, the first… More »

By: James Rettig / April 14, 2015 - 11:00 am

Guitar Hero CEO Says Blame Courtney

Dan Rosensweig insists his company’s offer to desecrate Kurt Cobain’s legacy was crystal clear and that Dave and Krist should take it up with Nirvana’s estate. Jon Bon Jovi’s weighed in too. No doubt this will all be cleared up soon via Courtney’s Twitter. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 17, 2009 - 4:18 pm

Courtney, Dave, Krist, Activision Fight Over Guitar Hero’s Controversial Kurt Cartoon

Who to believe, who to believe. As you know, Guitar Hero 5 features a playable Kurt Cobain avatar which you can unlock to have the Nirvana icon cover Bush, stunt like Flavor Flav, and roll over in his grave. Everybody’s coming down on Courtney Love for licensing this atrocity, so Courtney Love very calmly took… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 10, 2009 - 4:40 pm

Unlocked Kurt Cobain Sings Bon Jovi In Guitar Hero 5

Not to mention Bush, Megadeth, and Public Enemy. Last week we reported that the Nirvana frontman has been licensed as a videogame character, complete with Daniel Johnston t-shirt. Frances Bean’s rent isn’t gonna pay itself, ya know? The game, Guitar Hero 5, was released yesterday and now we know that you can unlock Kurt i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 2, 2009 - 2:20 am

Guitar Hero 5 Lets You Be Kurt Cobain

Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of Bleach, aka one more milestone to make Nirvana fans feel long in the tooth, the Guitar Hero series introduces the Be Kurt Cobain feature, sure to bring the joys of “Territorial Pissings” and “Rape Me” to a new generation of kids too young understand the full thrust… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 25, 2009 - 9:06 am

Smashing Pumpkins Play “Disarm” With Josh Groban, New Tunes At Bridge School Benefit

Billy Corgan had an eventful weekend. On Friday, he put on his spookiest evening gown and played “G.L.O.W.” and “Tarantula” for Jimmy Kimmel. The next day, his Pumpkins headlined a Guitar Hero World Tour launch party in West Hollywood, where they debuted new tune “As Rome Burns” and covered Simon & Garfunkel (“Sounds Of Silence”)… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 27, 2008 - 8:40 pm

Flaming Lips Remix NBC Theme With Hilarious Guitar

At the beginning of this behind-the-scenes clip, Wayne Coyne recounts the Lips’ history of being asked to do absurd things. That’s how they ended up playing The Peach Pit in the OG 90210, and it’s why they’ll be returning to TV during commercial breaks this fall. In a clever new branding campaign, NBC has asked… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 27, 2008 - 10:40 am

Want New Smashing Pumpkins? Get Guitar Hero.

Billboard reports Guitar Hero World Tour will premiere the new Pumpkins single “G.L.O.W.” (along with a playable Billy avatar) when it is released this fall, giving superfans a few months to figure out how to create pirated MP3s from tracks on Guitar Hero World Tour. Good luck everybody. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 2, 2008 - 5:43 pm

Metallica’s Death Magnetic To Get A Guitar Hero’s Welcome

Back in the ’90s Metallica and Guns N’ Roses were hard rock titans, owning the Billboards, touring together, getting caught on fire and leaving their crowds in riots. 16 years later it’s less about burning flesh and broken bottles, and more about awkward displays of affection and tapping the videogaming community. Heavy shit. As reported… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 15, 2008 - 1:39 pm

…And Guitar Hero For All

We knew they loved record stores and hated downloading, but following in Aerosmith’s digital footsteps and, it appears the guys are moving further into the computer age with a Metallica version of Guitar Hero. Aerosmith’s is out 6/29, and looks like you’ll have to wait until the New Year for Metallica. If their’s i… More »

By: brandon / June 3, 2008 - 3:54 pm

The Devil Went Down To Guitar Hero III

Not everyone likes Guitar Hero. Charlie Daniels, for one, is pissed that his iconic song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” shows up in Guitar Hero III. As NME reports:

He has publicly stated that he would have refused permission for the song to be used if he had the power, claiming that the… More »

By: brandon / April 10, 2008 - 10:58 am

Bill Gates Plans To Spend Retirement With Bono, Jay-Z, Jon Stewart, And Lots Of Democrats

It’s (Consumer Electronics) Show time in Vegas, and last night’s keynote address came packing a pop culture-savvy video designed to give some morale back to the John Hodgmanized ranks of the Microsoft fanboys, by putting their fearless leader in cute situations with lots of people that probably use Macs in real life (or, at least… More »

By: Stereogum / January 7, 2008 - 6:52 pm

The Romantics Vs. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s

This summer Guitar Hero rocked the ’80s, eliciting raves from fake-fret fanboys alongside workmanlike sessions of procrastination around the nation. But if you were waiting for some post-holiday sales before buying your copy, you might wanna scrap that plan and pick it up ASAP, ’cause the Romantics are looking for a temporary injunction… More »

By: Stereogum / November 26, 2007 - 2:33 pm

Gossip Girl Brings Virgins, Guitar Hero To UES

Spotted: C in the back of his limo driving up and down Park Ave. Heard: “One Week Of Danger,” one of five songs by the Virgins featured in last night’s episode of Josh Schwartz’s CW soap Gossip Girl. Yes, star-making music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas has come through in a big way on her promise to… More »

By: Stereogum / November 15, 2007 - 1:07 pm

Weak Become Heroes, And Back Again

While we’re looking for clips of a non-Thin non-White non-Duke from last night’s Atlantis Squarepantis (anyone got a clip? don’t bother with TurboNick, unless you want to see a commercial with the disclaimer “boy doll is anatomically correct”), we finally watched last week’s Guitar Heroic South Park, which was a welcome break from three-part allegorically… More »

By: Stereogum / November 13, 2007 - 12:22 pm

Guitar Hero III Released, Rock Band Gets Pornographic

How did you spend your Sunday? We already mentioned that poor Bret Michaels talks dirty on Guitar Hero IIl: Legends Of Rock. That’s one thing, but who expected that rival riffer game Rock Band would get pornographic? While it might not be bona fide pixelated t&a, the New Pornographer’s “Electric Version” is among the tunesMore »

By: Stereogum / October 29, 2007 - 6:16 pm

Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock To Help You Realize That Dream Of Getting Next To Bret Michaels

Didn’t make the cut for Rock Of Love? Instead of getting sad about missing your chance to flash your fake boobs for Bret, how about about getting psyched to air guitar next to a pixilated version of him? Now we’re talkin’. Trust the folks over at Activision to push the definition of “legend” with the… More »

By: Stereogum / August 14, 2007 - 1:32 pm

Songs That Should Have Been In Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The ’80s

Congratulations fake guitar players, Guitar Hero Rocks The ’80s is out. You get it? We didn’t … yet. But of course, we will — we even posted a partial tracklist, the sort of stuff we do only for like Animal Collective. The full Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The ’80s song list certainly is decent, but… More »

By: Stereogum / July 26, 2007 - 4:14 pm

Guitar Hero Steps Into The Awesome ’80s

Yes we are officially the last kids on the block to get hooked by Guitar Hero, but that’s not keeping us from being excited about the chance to make funny faces while jamming to Flock Of Seagulls. Activision has announced Guitar Hero: Rock The ’80s for PlayStation2, hair metal wig, lipstick, and blush not included. More »

By: Stereogum / May 16, 2007 - 1:07 pm