E3 2008: AC/DC, Dylan, GnR confirmed for Rock Band 2

Sequel to ship with more than 80 songs; Harmonix says 500-plus songs available by year's end.

At Microsoft's E3 press conference this morning, Harmonix's Alex Rigopulos unveiled some more details about the upcoming Rock Band 2, including confirmation on some of the big acts expected to line up for the game. Headlining the list are hard-rock legends AC/DC, who finally make their rhythm-game debut with the song "Let There Be Rock."

Music legend Bob Dylan was also confirmed for Rock Band 2, with the song "Tangled Up in Blue" making the song list. And in big news for Guns N' Roses fans, Rigopulos said that the song "Shackler's Revenge" from the long-in-gestation Chinese Democracy album was also being included.

Rigopulos said that the game will ship with more than 80 tracks in total, including songs by Metallica, Pearl Jam, Devo, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and more. Twenty more tracks will be available for free download after the launch. Including new and previous downloadable content, Rigopulos said that there would be more than 500 tracks available for the game by the end of the year.

Owners of the original game look set to have a seamless experience with the sequel. Any songs previously downloaded from the store will be compatible with Rock Band 2, and users will also be able to port songs from the original to completely skip the disc-swapping process.

The full track list for Rock Band 2 is as follows:

AC/DC--Let There Be Rock
AFI--Girl’s Gone Grey
Alanis Morissette--You Oughta Know
Alice in Chains--Man in the Box
Allman Brothers--Ramblin’ Man
Avenged Sevenfold--Almost Easy
Bad Company--Shooting Star
Beastie Boys--So Whatcha Want
Beck--E-Pro
Bikini Kill--Rebel Girl
Billy Idol--White Wedding Pt. I
Blondie--One Way or Another
Bob Dylan--Tangled Up in Blue
Bon Jovi--Livin’ on a Prayer
Cheap Trick--Hello There
Devo--Uncontrollable Urge
Dinosaur Jr.--Feel the Pain
Disturbed--Down with the Sickness
Dream Theater--Panic Attack
Duran Duran--Hungry Like the Wolf
Elvis Costello--Pump It Up
Fleetwood Mac--Go Your Own Way
Foo Fighters--Everlong
Guns N’ Roses--Shackler’s Revenge
Interpol--PDA
Jane’s Addiction--Mountain Song
Jethro Tull--Aqualung
Jimmy Eat World--The Middle
Joan Jett--Bad Reputation
Journey--Anyway You Want It
Judas Priest--Painkiller
Kansas--Carry On Wayward Son
L7--Pretend We’re Dead
Lacuna Coil--Our Truth
Linkin Park--One Step Closer
Lit--My Own Worst Enemy
Lush--De-Luxe
Mastodon--Colony of Birchmen
Megadeth--Peace Sells
Metallica--Battery
Mighty Mighty Bosstones--Where’d You Go
Modest Mouse--Float On
Motorhead--Ace of Spades
Nirvana--Drain You
Norman Greenbaum--Spirit in the Sky
Panic at the Disco--Nine in the Afternoon
Paramore--That’s What You Get
Pearl Jam--Alive
Presidents of the USA--Lump
Rage Against the Machine--Testify
Ratt--Round & Round
Red Hot Chili Peppers--Give it Away
Rise Against--Give it All
Rush--The Trees
Silversun Pickups--Lazy Eye
Smashing Pumpkins--Today
Social Distortion--I Was Wrong
Sonic Youth--Teenage Riot
Soundgarden--Spoonman
Squeeze--Cool for Cats
Steely Dan--Bodhitsattva
Steve Miller Band--Rock’n Me
Survivor--Eye of the Tiger
System of a Down--Chop Suey
Talking Heads--Psycho Killer
Tenacious D--Master Exploder
Testament--Souls of Black
The Donnas--New Kid in School
The Go-Go’s--We Got the Beat
The Grateful Dead--Alabama Getaway
The Guess Who--American Woman
The Muffs--Kids in America
The Offspring--Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated
The Replacements--Alex Chilton
The Who--Pinball Wizard

Bonus Tracks
Abnormality--Visions
Anarchy Club--Get Clean
Bang Camaro--Night Lies
Breaking Wheel--Shoulder to the Plow
The Libyans--Neighborhood
The Main Drag--A Jagged Gorgeous Winter
Speck--Conventional Lover
The Sterns--Supreme Girl
That Handsome Devil--Rob the Prez-O-Dent

Written By

Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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272 comments
ethanamoney
ethanamoney

I really want to play through rock band 2 some more so I can play visions because it is one of the heaviest songs on this setlist!

dmbdissr27
dmbdissr27

why dont they ever have any dave matthews songs on these games??

pedromartin
pedromartin

Nice list Lord_Darkstorn, i couldnt agree more, but hell, painkiller...hard to resist. Also more Dream Theatre and a little bit of Royal Hunt imo

Lord__Darkstorn
Lord__Darkstorn

Dio Queensryche Savatage Tool Threshold C'mon, guys, get some more prog-metal! (congrats on Aqualung, though).

ston_kol
ston_kol

Love Gun -KISS- Please....

KGrimm03
KGrimm03

i like the setlist for rock band 2 but everything else on GH is better...i would have liked to see maybe some stone temple pilots and a better nirvana and metallica song. and maybe some more alice in chains.

dareough
dareough

all i needed to hear was down with the sickness and i was there

dareough
dareough

all i needed to hear was down with the sickness and i was there

dareough
dareough

this is so sick the song list looks awesome i love it

dmmskater09
dmmskater09

this rules, last year i didn't know half of the songs, this year i love half of the songs

SEBaseball14
SEBaseball14

Down with the Sickness. All i needed to make me go buy RB2

rcomp21
rcomp21

They need to add more non mainstream songs. My music preference happens to be punk rock. Not the mainstream kind people think of today. Most of the genre is not mainstream so we have no punk songs. I would buy this game if it had songs i actually liked. I wish they would add a feature to add customs song made by others.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I cant wait until I get to the best songs.

ReviewKing
ReviewKing

Guitar Hero World Tour will NOT beat the other GH, adding drums and vocals beats the fact that its name GUITAR Hero, the name includes GUITAR, not Guitar and Drums and Vocal Hero

wiifan001
wiifan001

I honestly think that is setlist is better than Guitar Hero world tour. :(

poppinkrakr
poppinkrakr

if you look up ghwt all the comments are for the game-these comments are for gh also-lol

Whiteyford420
Whiteyford420

Great game! But I think ill stick with GH. World tours setlist goes with my musical tastes more. Rock band is a tasty treat though

sponge94
sponge94

I lol'd when i saw "Paramore- Thats what you get"

simonp18
simonp18

No jukebox mode :( Bad planning by Harmonix there.... Songs are amazing for RB2 however GHWT instuments will no doubt be better quality.

funnysplay
funnysplay

This sound list is worse, no killers! :(

robeyblade
robeyblade

Rock Band 2= better setlist Guitar Hero= Better instruments and overall better gameplay ......mmmm, to be honest, although the songs will not be as good in GH, RB2 is good to play at sumone elses house but for actually keeping for myself, i think i'll go with GHWT. GH has some amazing new features that RB didnt do, all Harmonix really updated was track songs, i dunno if thats worth the money

Filaki
Filaki

some better songs, some worst songs than GH. no tool though, too bad.

jazilla
jazilla

Both GHWT and this. I have instruments already so i am getting both :D

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

i thought thunderstruck was gonna b on here...

cquinn91
cquinn91

There is no Killers!!! NOOOOOOOOOO

Liverhead28
Liverhead28

This soundtrack is better. Except there's no tool.

Stoffe1100
Stoffe1100

Im still going for world tour if the instruments are compitable with rb2 i go both

SHACKR
SHACKR

Way better tracklist than GH:WT

SHACKR
SHACKR

Way better tracklist than GH:WT

masterhalo43
masterhalo43

I think this is a better track than guitar hero. The only thing that they have and rock band doesn't is CRAZY TRAIN! Its probably the only song i want to play on it. Most of the songs you can find in both games.

comairjets8
comairjets8

wow the gh setlist doesn't even come close to this. most of the maybe 15 songs i liked on the gh setlist are on here anyway, so its no question about which is better. I predict that Rock Band 2 will absolutely blow Gh away.

Keenzach
Keenzach

GNR should have put Better instead of shacklers revenge more people would have faith in them after hearing that for the first time since after shackler some ppl are gonna be like lol wut

MidnightFalcon
MidnightFalcon

Well since PotUSA, Modest Mouse, and Rush are all in my top 5 as artists and The Trees is the greatest song ever (Thats a fact not my opinion), I will be buying this. Now all they need is some old Yes...

Whiteyford420
Whiteyford420

Pretty decent setlist....but GHWT setlist beats this by leaps and bounds. Although 500 songs is very impressive, the song editor in ghwt allows you to create any song ever made and that capability has me excited.

agent_skittles
agent_skittles

but.. if either had Billy talent I would buy two sets of peripherals for that game, just so that that company gets some more money

spartan876
spartan876

Yay i preordered it! Comes tomorrow! Good thing I don't have a PS3 or else I would of had to wait 'till the 19th next month. >:-(

eeechurface
eeechurface

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eeechurface
eeechurface

I just looked at guitar hero's setlist......... It sucks. Painkiller will be nuts on every instrument.

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

Uhm, how are you supposed to be able to beat Battery on Expert with the single bass pedal?

Darkclaw007
Darkclaw007

Hmm, I think this setlist is slightly inferior to GHWT. However, 500 + songs, thats pretty cool and cant be ignored.

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

marcod1 how dare u say that about zeppelin they are GODS when it comes to shredding...ur crazy man

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

dude screw this im gettin GHWT...some of these songs just plain suck like we got the beat and kids in america..but im somewhat impressed with acdc, gnr's new song (finally), tenacious d, and disturbed...but im stickin with guitar hero