Def Leppard pouring sugar on Guitar Hero IV?

Source: GuitarHeroNews.com, reporting on a tip it received concerning Def Leppard's appearance on the Rockline Radio show. What we heard: The gaming industry seems to be quickly discovering that asking a rock star to keep a secret is like asking a child not to eat paste. Recent months have seen...

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Source: GuitarHeroNews.com, reporting on a tip it received concerning Def Leppard's appearance on the Rockline Radio show.

What we heard: The gaming industry seems to be quickly discovering that asking a rock star to keep a secret is like asking a child not to eat paste. Recent months have seen real-world rockers tripping over themselves to spill their participation in the latest rhythm games. In September, Aerosmith fretter Joe Perry tipped Activision's hand on a Guitar Hero installment devoted exclusively to the band's extensive catalog, with Brit rockers the Answer signaling a 2008 release for Guitar Hero IV. Most recently, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach may have spoiled EA's big reveal of a Road Rash revival.

The latest act to take the stage before the spotlight comes up may be glam-metal kings Def Leppard. As per a tip sent in to GuitarHeroNews, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen reportedly said during the band's appearance on the Rockline Radio show yesterday that three of the band's songs--"Photograph," "Animal," and "Rock of Ages"--will appear in Guitar Hero IV. The comment reportedly came after a caller queried the band on why none of their songs had made it into any installments of Guitar Hero or Rock Band.

Verifying GuitarHeroNews' claim, and consequently Collen's statement, has proven to be a prickly undertaking. While Rockline is in the practice of rebroadcasting its live shows, the Def Leppard show won't be aired again until April 29 due to the fact that it contains as yet unreleased music from the band's newest studio album. Further, requests for confirmation made to Rockline and Def Leppard's publicist had gone unanswered as of press time.

[UPDATE] Last night, Rockline updated its Web site with an extracted audio clip from the Def Leppard interview in which Collen definitively states the band will be included in the next installment in Activision's Guitar Hero series. "We do!" Collen says, continuing, "It's on Guitar Hero IV. We just had to clear a few things like publishing, record company, and all that stuff. But we're going to have, like, three songs, I think, on Guitar Hero IV."

There's also little wiggle room on which edition of the game the band was referring to. Responding to the host's question, "So it is coming out? [GH3] is already out," Collen says, "No, it is coming out, it would have been out earlier, but we didn't get around to it." Collen then reaffirmed which songs would be included in the game, saying, "Yeah, I think Photograph, Animal, and Rock of Ages...something like that, yeah."

In retrospect, it's slightly shocking that Def Leppard has yet to appear in a single installment of Guitar Hero, or Rock Band, for that matter. The band certainly fits the bill of a likely candidate. The group achieved certifiable rock royalty status during the '80s, having released two diamond-selling (10 million-plus) records, Hysteria and Pyromania, and spawning a slew of memorable hits in the process. As such, it stands to reason that Collen's reveal came in good faith and is a clear indication of what is to come. Factor in rock artists' recent display of loose lips, and this possibility creeps ever closer to highly likely.

The official story: "No comment."--An Activision representative.

Bogus or not bogus?: [UPDATE] In light of a verifiable audio clip, this one's looking not bogus.

Discussion

73 comments
HyruleKing83
HyruleKing83

sweet addition to GH..they need more metallica, iron maiden and anthrax maybe they'll add some pink floyd, the doors and AC/DC as well

I_AM_AROD______
I_AM_AROD______

3 songs? Matbe this means every band will have 3 songs, expanding the total amount to over 120. Very possible since this sequel doesn't seem to be coming out for PS2, but I don't think Wii can handle it.

oneandonlyjc
oneandonlyjc

Another Guitar Hero??? Maybe they got confused and thought Activision meant there songs would be DLC's not a new game!!

imautobot
imautobot

No one here is a bigger Leppard fan than me. Hell, most of you probably don't know who they are. Finally, there might be a reason for me to buy the pathetic game that is Guitar Hero. Let's face it, that game is as gay as Def Leppard's new album title "The Sparkle Lounge."

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

it's good they are leaking this. it makes fans happy to know awesome bands will be on their favorite game

sinister_id
sinister_id

I don't see why people care about rumors about what songs might in the new GH. It's never going to be ground breaking news.

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

I like how people keep saying Guitar Hero 4 won't have 3 songs. Nobody knows what the set list is, and you never know, it might be frickin' huge! FREAKIN' HUGE! The only thing I want is Pandora to come back. I miss her. :(

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

Will rock....especially 'Photograph'. Make it a three song DLC for GH3!

lakeerie_effect
lakeerie_effect

this game is so awesome. i love that part where like 5 colored dots roll by over and over and u gotta matchem up with a very similar looking gibson guitar with their name on it. wait thats the only part. wait this game is a joke and abuses gibsons policies. wait this game is 100 bucks and doesnt even have a rechargeable battery. play a real guitar or a real game or go play outside

TJstar10
TJstar10

Please god say there isnt going to be a guitar hero four three sucked enough

Lucianno16
Lucianno16

Oh Yeah... Def Leppard Owns... and if Depeche Mode will be in, THIS GAME WILL ROCK !!

luvman79
luvman79

Way cool! The one gripe I've always had about Guitar Hero is the strum smashing music. With the likes of Aerosmith and Def Leppard (and maybe Van Halen?) the game will now have more real music that your ears can hear and your fingers can feel.

POkemonfreak101
POkemonfreak101

3 songs from them in the game? ive never heard of that (minus aerosmith ed.) so maybe theyll be dlc?

Serious06
Serious06

im really gettin sick of hearing about guitar hero.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

They have songs I'd prefer on there, but I'll take what I can get.

UK_Gam
UK_Gam

DEF Leppard are so...........1986!!!!

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

meh, how bout less butt rock and more metal and classic rock, like i dont know ZEPPELIN

DefHalan
DefHalan

This rocks im a huge Def Leppard fan. I went to there shows with journey. they rocked. This may be the first Guitar Hero I buy.

Forumaddict08
Forumaddict08

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revelations
revelations

Def Leppard RULES!!! The fact that they haven't been in any of these games so far is shocking. They have a very deep catalog. Very deep.

haesuse
haesuse

personally its nice to see some new good old school bands but lets get something more geared towards this gen. the game is heavily played by "younger" gamers. not like you guys care much about this, or should in the 1st place! hell i am far from young and i could give a less rats @ss about this one!

usedtype
usedtype

Hmm, three songs you say? That sounds more likely as a downloadable pack than actually being in the game on disc.

Brmarlin
Brmarlin

Still waiting for a GH game to do a good cover of a punk song.

TempestHawk344
TempestHawk344

Where is the Iron Maiden??? So many good solos, riffs and bass lines in so many of their songs

rbop
rbop

Do you take sugar? ONE LUMP OR TWO?!?!

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

It's about bloody time Def Leppard got some love. Next we need either Love Bites or Rocket in Rock Band 2 :D

zombey1333
zombey1333

Heheh...the whole "none of them being able to keep a secret" thing is hilarious. Once you involve someone outside of the company with knowledge of the game do you really expect them to keep it in? Lulz.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I wish they would not go any older then the 80's. I'm so sick of the old junk. Give me more modern rock/pop.

JacksonPC1
JacksonPC1

To the first poster. Name ONE band that was more popular during the 80's? Def Leppard sold more albums than anybody except for Michael Jackson. Futhermore Pour Some Sugar On Me is not one of the tracks that was mentioned as being on GH4.

blue_tape
blue_tape

Thanks Guitar Hero, for giving life to bands that otherwise would have died a natural death.

Dan2002sk8er
Dan2002sk8er

Rock Band pwnz Guitar Hero. Harmonix 4 Life. Activision Bought the wrong company. Neversoft ruined the newer Tony Hawk games and the Guitar Hero Series. EA is were its at they have the Best Music generation games and Skateboarding games. EA > Activision

Trindris
Trindris

Aww damnit, I was gonna use the 9 arms and sucks joke, but someone already did it. Regardless, they still do suck.

Cheeseinator
Cheeseinator

I would like to see some more old school rock in these games. Led Zepplin particularly. Oh and Rammstein, that would be epic.

booyakasha128
booyakasha128

Hmm, I think it'll be a DLC pack if anything. Why would they get three songs in one game when not once has an artist or group had more than one (in the main setlist, not counting DLC)? Velvet Revolver had the same thing happen when they let slip that "She Builds Quick Machines" would be in GH3. Turned out it was, but as part of a DLC pack.

dewd4
dewd4

My advice is just get rock band and wait until they release a def leppard download. Judging how quick they are producing dlc it wont be too long a wait.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Not a real shocker that one of the bigger acts of the 1980s would end up in this game... though I'd certainly rather have "Too Late For Love" or "Foolin'" than "Photograph" or even "Animal"

alfonsogmr
alfonsogmr

Pour Some Sugar on Me better be in the game. One of my top favorite songs of all time. No lie, I was just dancing to that in the shower

SHACKR
SHACKR

I have to add, what is with the puns? Like if you read the recent article on GH: Aerosmith, there was so much puns on it.

SHACKR
SHACKR

**** YEAH! This made my day.... sorta... well not really but good news :D Def Leppard FTW!

Conanfan1
Conanfan1

If they mentioned those three songs only, then that makes me hopeful that the Hysteria that was on the leaked Rock Band DLC list is the Muse song and not the god awful Def Leppard song

bigdaddy9202
bigdaddy9202

they deserve more then 3 songs, stupid aerosmith get a whole fricken game

sideoftheham
sideoftheham

hahah so what guitars are gonna be used in GH 4?

Pete5506
Pete5506

This would make the game alot better

icarus212001
icarus212001

i wouldnt be surprised if a def leppard song appeared on GH4....but 3? no. it wont happen. not even 2, unless its downloadable

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

In stead of releasing a new guitar hero.you money hungry SOB's Just add them to guitar hero 3 list...last thing we need is another guitar hero.Give us down loadable songs we want,not trash they're giving us now.Rock band shoots out couple good tracks every week.guitar hero shoots out nothing for months... Def Leppard rock! Bring some beef to the plate. Some Peace sells-Megadeth,Painkiller-Judas Priest,Revolution is my name-Pantera,some Iced Earth,Arch enemy,Sepultura,more Maiden High hopes aye! Oh it's guitar hero and theres no Steve Vai,Joe Satriani,Yngwie Malmsteen WTF?