E3 '07: Metallica, album downloads to rock Rock Band

Upcoming rhythm game to offer full-length albums, starting with The Who's <i>Who's Next?</i>; Song count now at 16 with Rush, Bon Jovi, and Stone Temple Pilots jumping on bandwagon; "Enter Sandman" also to be featured in the game.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--The Battle of the Bands is officially on. Yesterday, the Neversoft-developed Guitar Hero III revealed the python-enthused former Guns N' Roses fretter Slash would rock on a variety of unlockable guitars. Today, original Guitar Hero developer Harmonix fired back with the announcement that it will offer not just hit singles for gamers to play, but entire full-length albums from multiple labels.

The first band to receive the digital conversion will be classic British rockers The Who. Gamers will be able to form a virtual cover band playing guitar, hitting the drums, and singing along to the band's widely acclaimed 1971 album Who's Next. The album should hit soon after the game's release this fall, with new content planned on a weekly basis. For those a bit rusty on their classic rock, the full track list for the album follows:

The Who's Who's Next:

"Baba O' Riley"
"Bargain"
"Love Ain't for Keepin'"
"My Wife (Entwistle)"
"The Song Is Over"
"Getting in Tune"
"Going Movile"
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"

Harmonix also announced the first 15 songs from the retail edition of Rock Band. A glance at the list reveals a wide array of rock subgenres and decades represented, from David Bowie and Black Sabbath to The Hives and The Strokes.

Piling on the announcements, Harmonix also revealed that Steven Van Zandt had signed on to chief Rock Band's music advisory board. In addition to appearing in the HBO gangster drama The Sopranos, Van Zandt is a member of Bruce Springsteen backing band E Street Band. Van Zandt also hosts the weekly syndicated radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage, which showcases up-and-coming sub-genre rock bands, and is a program director for the Sirius Satellite Radio network.

But wait, there's more. Hoping to toll the bell on its competition, Harmonix revealed the Grammy-winning "Enter Sandman" from Metallica's 1991 Black album will be included in Rock Band's initial lineup shipping with the game. Announced at the end of EA's press conference, Kathy Vrabeck also made mention that a "substantial" number of songs from Metallica's catalog are slated to appear in the game.

The first 16 songs from Rock Band are listed below, with the new songs in bold:

Artist - Song (asterisk indicates a cover version of a song):

The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"*
David Bowie - "Suffragette City"
Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"*
Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
The Ramones - "Rockaway Beach"
Rush - "Tom Sawyer"*
Bon Jovi - "Wanted Dead or Alive"
Nirvana - "In Bloom"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Vasoline"
Weezer - "Say It Ain't So"
Foo Fighters - "Learn to Fly"
The Hives - "Main Offender"
The Strokes - "Reptilia"
Queens of the Stone Age - "Go With the Flow"
Metallica - "Enter Sandman"

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227 comments
DecardL7
DecardL7

Harvester of Sorrow anyone? ...AJFA has the best guitar parts of all the albums (It is the best album..) Thing That Should Not Be! Puppets! Disposable Heroes! Anything off Puppets..

8bit16bitsowhat
8bit16bitsowhat

they should have 'for whom the bells toll' instead of 'sandman' or 'where ever i may roam'. i wonder if this guitar would be compatible for GH3. hope so, not sure which on to get. i like the set list for GH3 better but love the idea of all instruments

Raven4d8
Raven4d8

i think this game will need to have every single MetallicA song avaiable to us to download.... up until the black album after that they kinda fell off.... but Im still excited about guitar hero having ONE in it... probably not only one of MetallicA's best songs of all time but one of the greatest songs ever. And yes this game should include the likes of Master of Puppets, fade to black, blackend I love the intro to that song amazing!!! Seek and Destroy!!!!!!!!!!! there are way to many.... creeping death... fight fire with fire, bell tolls, welcome home i could go on and on but you get the picture...

Gorge-a-Maniac
Gorge-a-Maniac

No idea why they chose sandman... Put in FtB or Puppets. That'd give a more challenging and exciting song to play along with.

SkaterDeano
SkaterDeano

omgwtfbbq111 ur forgetting only the best metallica song of all time FADE TO BLACK and sanatarium but fade to black is MY FAVORITE SONG and that solo gives me the chills call me crazy but you dont undrestand how great that song is ive never been so grateful to play metallica on gh but if you can truly download whole albums (for a reasonable price) im not sure which ill pick i know fade to black was made for guitar hero just listen to it

darth-revan
darth-revan

Lostboy, you don't need anyone else to play it. You can pick just one instrument and play, go online with others and play or just play that instrument by yourself.

Raykuza
Raykuza

I cant say I'm psyched for any of this. Enter Sandman will be nice. As for GH3 vs Rock Band: first game to announce a Jimi Hendrix song wins my monies. Nuff said.

Odin00
Odin00

The Who's entire 'Who's Next' album? Oh man, that's awesome!

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Do you have to have four live people to actually play Rock Band? Because I would love to use the guitar but I don't want to sing or anything else. If you need four people then this game might be in a little bit of trouble, because not everyone wants to sing in stead of playing the guitar or drums. Not sure.......

Foffity
Foffity

If they put MCR on, millions of gamers the world over will lose their hearing due to stabbing needles into their own ears. Metallica, QOTSA, Rush and BOC ftw.

Monkeymaninia
Monkeymaninia

MCR sucks alone with the used and fall out boy

MCRFan2708
MCRFan2708

What about My Chemical Romance and their songs such as House of Wolves and Welcome to the Black Parade. And how about some AC/DC, The Used, and Fall Out Boy

braker117
braker117

I hope they can do a decent cover of Tom Sawyer.

monkeyman98
monkeyman98

actually metallica will have a song on gh3, its gonna be One which in my opinon is a better song than enter sandman,the guitar in one is just beastly. either way im happy to see some metallica

BonziBoce
BonziBoce

This game is gunna suck BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PiNwOrM
PiNwOrM

I get only GH3 or Rock Band when they come out, and I was originally going with GH3, but after seeing the 22 or so songs GH3 has so far, I HATE some of the songs, can not STAND them. Dislike most of the others, and there's TWO I do like.. Such a dissappointment after GH2's soundtrack.. Anywho, I love nearly EVERY song on this lift so far. Looks like I know which game I'll be getting.

Drakier
Drakier

The Strokes! Can't wait to play You Only Live Once!

OMGWTFBBQ111
OMGWTFBBQ111

Quote: Kathy Vrabeck also made mention that a "substantial" number of songs from Metallica's catalog are slated to appear in the game. ---------------------- My god, they better have: - Dyers Eve - Blackened - Battery - Leper Messiah - Whiplash - Disposable Heros - ...And Justice for All - Master of Puppets - Ride the Lightning - Fight Fire with Fire *drool*

Juunana
Juunana

Is that...a Queens of the Stone Age song that I see?!? I'm so getting this.

Mexican_Diablo
Mexican_Diablo

Everything is great, but, $$??? no matter what, I´ll end buying it, haha

maximo1
maximo1

I can't wait! ...goes to store and preorders.

darthragar
darthragar

i thought i'd remain a GH fanatic but i'm starting to appreciate both.

jes1709
jes1709

dude im going to start saving up

packernation31
packernation31

Man I wish I had the money to get this game......

Anteraan
Anteraan

This is going to be a blast. Personally, I'm hoping for some BOSTON in the game (though I'll never touch the vocals in many of their songs). I'm also jazzed about Rush being involved. And of course, Metallica - good lord this will be great!

SadMetFan
SadMetFan

O_o...They're putting the entire album up...OH MY GOD THANK YOU!!! LONG LIVE ROCK!!!

lamplan
lamplan

Not part of the guitar hero series here, though, you like it you'll like this. I can't wait to play it!

hellscovern
hellscovern

Xbox-360-gamer.. Harmonix have nothing to do the Guitar hero any more they do Rock band now.. Guitar hero is being done by Neversoft Activision are still the publisher though. And i'm afraid the only way your going to play Metallica is to get Rock band as i said they are licesnced to it maybe some time down the road both GH and Rockband could have them but for now it's Rock band only.. as for the song choice as i said in my post Harmonix will be providing a big selection of Metallica tracks for download so the Better Tracks as you put it would most likely be there.. The reason sandman is picked is to do with how the career mode is done in that you play throughout the years and the Metallica sandman track is unlocked in the 90's section and felt it was the better track from the black album or maybe Metallica themselves recommended it to them who knows.

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

Can't wait for this game! \m/

Xbox-360-Gamer
Xbox-360-Gamer

hellscovern... wait so there won't be any metallica song on guitar hero 3? why am i moaning? because i'm a big metallica fan and want them in guitar hero 3 not freakin rock band. but they could've picked a better song. doesn't harmonix also have something to do with GH3 though?

Ziaxool
Ziaxool

Finally; the biggest metal band ever finds it's way to the Guitar Hero series! If they could only get some more Pantera in there somehow...

battlfrnt2006
battlfrnt2006

Now I'm definetly getting either a PS3 or 360 for this game! Metallica kicks A$$!!!

hellscovern
hellscovern

Xbox-360-gamer.. GH3 wouldn't be able to have Metallica as they are licensed to rock band that's how they are able to provide Future downloads of their tracks.. Guns N' Roses welcome to the Jungle was on Rock band until GH3 done a deal with Slash so they now have it instead and most likely any other GNR Tracks.. and as for the song choice why are you moaning.. Harmonix have made it clear that they will haver a big selection of Metallica tracks to download so One, bells,Master etc would most likely be part of that.

BigMoney09
BigMoney09

Blue_Tape said: Motorhead's cover of Enter Sandman is better than the original. The guitar is way better but the singing is awful... lemmy just sounded like he was shouting.

devoresk8
devoresk8

oh man, mississippi queen is a rockin tune, this is going to be a good one

Sushbag88
Sushbag88

Holy **** Finally, Metallica in a music game. I am buying this. Well, I was buying it anyway but now it's for sure.

Juggernaut140
Juggernaut140

diablobasher, metallica kicks ass, shut up. I hope they can get Orion, Whiskey in the Jar, Seek and Destroy, Metal Militia, and Escape.

remy_marceaux
remy_marceaux

Harmonix.... you better kick Activision's *** with Rock Band. This set list looks amazing so far. Utterly amazing.

gondor24
gondor24

This might as well be the greatest game ever. Lol Does any one know if you can reserve it yet?

qaz88aof
qaz88aof

Metallica ****** rocks!!!! Also Blue Oyster Cult and Bon Jovi!

rl_41
rl_41

Don't fear the reaper! I wish they made a cowbell attatchment for this game. And enter sandman of all metallica songs? They finally get Metallica but they can't get something awesome like One, or Master of Puppets or something... come on

Xbox-360-Gamer
Xbox-360-Gamer

this is sooo freakin bull. if they dont put one metallica song on GH3 i'm going to be pissed. i dont care if its on the disc or if its DLC. they definitely better have them on gh3. screw rock band, and you get enter sandman too. thats cool, but i definitely wouldn't wanna play that song. i want something real good from them..playing for whom the bell tolls would be sweet, or one, no remorse. gh3 better get metallica

hellscovern
hellscovern

While metallica's enter sandman is on the disc they did say they will be having a huge list of Metallica tracks to download maybe they will have full albums man Please have the full master, Lightning and justice that would rock big time.. although songs from those albums would rock also.

mikkho14
mikkho14

I wish One should be in the game, not Enter Sandman

cypher787
cypher787

they should have put a better metallica song on there like one or fade to black or master of puppets although it might be on gh3 perhaps