For a while, music video games relied exclusively on cover artists as they could not get the licensing to the original master recordings. Then Rock Band made the latter possible, and now Guitar Hero is actually bringing back the artists themselves to re-record tracks specifically for the game.
Activision's ability to bring in Alice Cooper and The Runaways to record songs specifically for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock show just how far the music game genre has come. It was just a few years ago that the artists themselves had absolutely nothing to do with the Guitar Hero franchise.
Cooper went to the Guitar Hero studios to record No More Mr. Nice Guy, and The Runaways re-recorded Cherry Bomb, to create a more authentic pitch and note-matching experience when playing those songs in the game.
"I AM a Warrior of Rock! Younger fans getting exposed to true classic rock songs is one of my personal crusades. The new audience listening to the classic songs of today, like 'No More Mr. Nice Guy,' will hopefully be inspired to write the classic songs of tomorrow," said Cooper in a statement.
In addition to this announcement, Activision also posted 20 new songs that will be making their way into the latest Guitar Hero title, which are:
* Alter Bridge – "Ties That Bind"
* Atreyu – "Ravenous"
* Bad Brains – "Re-Ignition (Live)"
* Blue Oyster Cult – "Burning For You"
* Bush – "Machinehead"
* Deep Purple – "Burn"
* Edgar Winter – "Free Ride"
* Five Finger Death Punch – "Hard To See"
* George Thorogood and The Destroyers – "Move It On Over (Live)"
* Lynyrd Skynyrd – "Call Me The Breeze (Live)"
* Pantera – "I'm Broken"
* Poison – "Unskinny Bop"
* The Ramones – "Theme From Spiderman"
* Rise Against – "Savior"
* Steve Vai – "Speeding"
* Strung Out – "Calling"
* Styx – "Renegade"
* Sum 41 – "Motivation"
* Them Crooked Vultures – "Scumbag Blues"
* The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii later this year.