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Ryan_ZOOM_Turner
05-07-2009, 11:44 AM
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6209273.html?tag=latestheadlines;title;2

By Tor Thorsen, GameSpot Posted May 7, 2009 6:12 am PT

Activision's Will Kassoy confirms long-rumored next band-centric installment of series will arrive in second half of year; Queen, Weezer, Blink 182, The Offspring, and Queens of the Stone Age also on setlist.

Activision has finally made official what has been widely rumored ever since March 2005. The next band-based Guitar Hero game will focus on Van Halen, the legendary hard rock quartet anchored by guitarist Eddie Van Halen and his drummer brother Alex. From the 1970s to 1990s, the group topped the charts under two different lead singers, David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. (Sorry, Gary Cherone.)


"You've heard about this, maybe some rumors, but I am here to officially announce the title, which is coming out in the second half of this year," senior vice president of Guitar Hero publishing Will Kassoy told a press event in Los Angeles this week. No platforms were mentioned, but prior band-centric Guitar Hero games have been released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

Though he did not name any specific songs, Kassoy promised Guitar Hero: Van Halen would feature "many of the band's greatest hits." Such multiplatinum tracks as "Jump," "Panama," "Hot for Teacher," and "Why Can't This Be Love?" helped the group sell over 56 million albums in the US, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Guitar Hero: Van Halen will feature a plethora of other acts who inspired the quartet, including 1970s-80s British supergroup Queen. Kassoy said it will also feature artists inspired by Van Halen--many of which have members who weren't even born when the band was formed in 1972. These include Weezer, Blink 182, The Offspring, and Queens of the Stone Age, "amongst many, many others," said Kassoy.

The executive went on to explain Activision's big-picture approach to band-focused Guitar Hero games. "Our previous two artist [focused] titles, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero: Metallica, have done really well in the marketplace," said Kassoy. "But it's our desire to go beyond just individual band games, and to compliment that with artists the bands are really inspired by and that they themselves select to be in this game. The same is true of Van Halen."

JHester
05-07-2009, 11:46 AM
Bring on GH: KISS

Gregory
05-07-2009, 11:47 AM
I expect Explosion to be the Mega Bonus Level song.

Ryudo
05-07-2009, 11:48 AM
I'll give this a rent, but I'm not buying it. Never been that into VH.

Gamestop has a July release date for it, I think, for all four systems.

Evan the Shaggy
05-07-2009, 11:48 AM
Meh.

I want a Guitar Hero: Tool.

TIP
05-07-2009, 11:49 AM
Meh.

I want a Guitar Hero: Tool.

They'll have to put out a GH: King Crimson first.

markgrayson
05-07-2009, 11:58 AM
They'll have to put out a GH: King Crimson first.

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm136/chrispowell_2008/Oh%20Snap/Prepare20Yourself.gif

Ryudo
05-07-2009, 12:00 PM
Guitar Hero: Beach Boys

MAK15
05-07-2009, 12:00 PM
Meh.

I want a Guitar Hero: Tool.

I want a Guitar Hero: GWAR

seriously.

and they need to have the Grim Reaper back as a secret character, damnit.
1 and 2 just ain't enough.

TIP
05-07-2009, 12:03 PM
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm136/chrispowell_2008/Oh%20Snap/Prepare20Yourself.gif

:lol:

And

What else would be :rock:

Guitar Hero: Frank Zappa

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Ryan_ZOOM_Turner
05-07-2009, 12:04 PM
:lol:

And

What else would be :rock:

Guitar Hero: Frank Zappa

T

Guitar Hero: Joe Cocker

TIP
05-07-2009, 12:05 PM
Guitar Hero: Joe Cocker

That'd be:

Guitar Hero Hamwich: Joe Cocker

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el_abuelo
05-07-2009, 12:08 PM
I'm waiting for GH: Iron Maiden

Ryudo
05-07-2009, 12:09 PM
Guitar Hero: Yusuf Islam

Ryan_ZOOM_Turner
05-07-2009, 12:13 PM
Sitar Hero - Ravi Shankar

BenC (formerly Ape-X)
05-07-2009, 12:14 PM
I expect Explosion to be the Mega Bonus Level song.

You mean Eruption?

TIP
05-07-2009, 12:16 PM
Sitar Hero - Ravi Shankar

Guitar Hero Groupie: Pamela Des Barres

Ryudo
05-07-2009, 12:26 PM
Guitar Hero: Jefferson Airplane Starship

TheKraken
05-07-2009, 12:27 PM
Guitar Hero: Electric Mayhem!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v86/Thekraken/muppets-electric-mayhem_l.jpg

Ryan_ZOOM_Turner
05-07-2009, 12:27 PM
Guitar Hero: Electric Mayhem!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v86/Thekraken/muppets-electric-mayhem_l.jpg

I'd buy that!

TheKraken
05-07-2009, 12:29 PM
I'd buy that!

The perfect competition for LEGO Rock Band. :)

augie680
05-07-2009, 12:35 PM
I'm jacked for this. Not a fan of ACDC/Metallica/Aerosmith to warrant buying the games, but Van Halen?

YEAH BABY

Ryudo
05-07-2009, 12:37 PM
Guitar Hero: Mr. Mister

TIP
05-07-2009, 12:41 PM
Guitar Hero: Mr. Mister

:lol:

Guitar Hero: Mike & The Mechanics

Ryudo
05-07-2009, 12:47 PM
:lol:

Guitar Hero: Mike & The Mechanics

Guitar Hero: Dexy's Midnight Runners

THWIP!
05-07-2009, 01:13 PM
The Offspring! Finally!

Rich Lozano
05-07-2009, 01:18 PM
Bring on GH: KISS

I would totally buy that!!!!!!!!!

Rantz
05-07-2009, 03:49 PM
I would totally buy that!!!!!!!!!


As would I, especially if it focused on the "Pre-Dynasty Era" catalogue. In fact I was thinking about this a couple days ago while driving around listening to the guitar riffs on "Makin' Love"... would be a HELL of a lot of fun, especially if it had a "make your own facepaint pattern" feature so you could be your own, unique member of the band.

And hell yeah for VH, as long as it's "Roth-heavy" with very little of the Van Hagar era.