Gene Simmons 'voice of Guitar Hero 6'

KISS bassist tells British game show Game On that he's in the next installment of the rhythm series, due in the second half of this year.

With original publisher RedOctane being shuttered and developer Neversoft reportedly being taken off the series, the Guitar Hero franchise is surrounded by uncertainty. Uncertainty except for one thing: Gene Simmons will be in the next installment in the long-running music game series--according to Simmons, anyway.

"I'm the voice of Guitar Hero 6," the KISS bassist said bluntly on the British show Game On currently viewable below and on YouTube. The quote was excised from a larger interview and played--and replayed--for comic effect during the 12-and-a-half-minute show, which made much of the fact that the game hadn't been announced yet.

Gene Simmons will use his tongue more productively doing voice-overs for Guitar Hero 6.

That isn't entirely true, though, since Activision used its most recent earnings call to confirm that two music games would be released in the back half of the year. One of those has been named as DJ Hero 2 multiple times, and the other was an unnamed Guitar Hero game. Coming after Guitar Hero 5, that game is likely being referred to as "Guitar Hero 6" internally at Activision, though the title has not been formally announced. However, as of press time, the publisher had not responded to requests for clarification or comment.

In archetypal self-promotional style, Simmons also used his interview to say the best way for a Guitar Hero player to become a real musician was to buy the Gene Simmons Axe controller. Then turning serious he advised them to practice and "play with somebody who knows how to play, watch what they do, [and] copy."

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Trogeton
Trogeton

hey it's cheaper than DLC if people know how to do math, and I prefer a disc than DLC anyways

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

i hope they stick to their word and only release 1 guitar hero game

AwesomeChange
AwesomeChange

I predict Guitar Hero 6 will sell less than a million units as Kotick is going to release 7 more Guitar Heroes this year anyway. It's sad that RedOctane shut down due to Kotick's greediness. I will never support another Activision game ever until I hear news that Kotick resigns.

HBC14
HBC14

GH6!!! I hope it receives even more musics than GH5

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Meh, another Guitar Hero game...

raith616
raith616

damn jus when you thought he couldn't find anything else to stamp his name on lol any idea when his official sponsored bog roll will appear?

mcginnism
mcginnism

Hasn't Activision already done enough to overpopulate the music game market? Who wants to bet that they'll try to sell a new generation of controllers with it?

Trogeton
Trogeton

ROFL.. and the fanboys thought that guitar hero was over... HAH the franchise that brought guitar out won't go out that easy.. Go Guitar Hero OK if you are not planning on buying this game or even like guitar hero why don't you just GTFO and STFU

ne0man
ne0man

whats wrong with gary busey??

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

I hope he works out whether or not his avatar can be used in other songs ahead of time! :P

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

@atc-fanatic another funny thing. Ace Frehley who is part German designed it.

atc-fanatic
atc-fanatic

the funnyest thing about kiss is paul stanley and gene simmons are both jewish. but in the kiss name they have the nazi ss symbol in ther band name.

Shad_Zero
Shad_Zero

How much money i will spend in guitar hero games? Activison knows what is an expansion?

mardinn92
mardinn92

No, good job Activision Kiss DeSeRvEs a GH good job thank you!

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

We don't need GH6. Just patch GH5, complete the exportability, and keep making dlc. That's all we need. I'm sick of buying new guitar hero games.

jeffv541
jeffv541

Another reason not to get a guitar hero game, or listen to butt rock.

thetravman
thetravman

@okassar I think you got it backwards. I find that GH consists mostly of modern music and RB has more classic. That's why I enjoy RB's setlist the most. I can't stand most of the recent music that I find in GH.

andalore
andalore

They must be running out of songs by now... Its why Taylor Swift was on the last one.

Chester950
Chester950

*random comment but true* Gene Simmons son is a Art Thief...

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i lost count how many 60 guitar heros do i have to buy ,, i have guitar hero 2 3 aero , world tour metallica 5 and van halen i dont need another , , seriously activision , wheres my 007! hurry the 3$ER up why dont you give me goldeneye 2 !

otanikun
otanikun

Actually sounds awesome, but seriously, we don't need another Guitar Hero game

DrKill09
DrKill09

Gene Simmons is a money grubbing douche. Get Dio, Halford, or Ozzy instead, please. Someone actually TALENTED. ;)

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Perfect fit- Rock music's king of the sellouts starring in the king-of-sellout music series. I have a friend in a band who turned him down for a reality show offer because he was practically going to turn them into the Jonas Brothers; he cares about nothing but money and on multiple occasions has tried to take credit for things like the invention of the index-and-pinky devil horn "metal" sign. Kiss was marginally good... in the 70s.... Gene Simmons is an aging business man and nothing more.

witide
witide

I don't care if it's modern or classic, as long as it's GOOD.

D_West
D_West

I'll just quote francis from left 4 dead: "What the Hell's this?"

okassar
okassar

Ya I agree with other commenters, classic rock is what it is....old school-->OLD. I know, some people like it, but Activision really needs to realize that making its GH games like 60% classic rock is a bittt too much. Rock Band is just right with modern songs, occasional classic.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

I think it's appropriate enough Gene Simmons is starring in the next Guitar Hero.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Wow. Do they think all gamers are in love with classic rock? Nobody likes Gene Simmons; the guy is a tool.

delusional696
delusional696

I hate gene simmons, I hope this game flops, kills the franchise, and his career.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

Just when you thought it was safe to go outdoors again,,, GH6, brought to you by a bunch of no-name hacks that have nothing at all to do with the past isntallments. Sounds like a horrid idea.

DarkKnightZ42
DarkKnightZ42

After what Activision did to Infinity ward and Red octane they dont deserve a penny from me!! I used to love guitar hero but they are taking it too far releasing a new game when it could just be packed into DLC. . . Shame on you activsion

gnbfd
gnbfd

If this really is the only GH game coming out this year, it MIGHT have a slim chance at being better than RB3 - or not lol

Pete5506
Pete5506

both RB and GH are good, but im still a RB fan

Raykuza
Raykuza

I don't really see what's not to like about Guitar Hero. As long as they have masters and not covers, the songs are fun to play. What's with all the hate?

toddx77
toddx77

Thank god rock band 3 is coming out

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Activision destroyed RedOctane and now another Guitar Hero is coming? I don't get it. What was the purpose of firing all those employees when Kotick knew another Guitar Hero was coming? All I can think of is greed.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@asm607 Then that excludes just about everyone, as adults who like classic rock just to the damn stuff. **** Guitar Hero...

BK-Sleeper
BK-Sleeper

ENOUGH MILKING OF GUITAR HERO!!!! Seriously. Focus on expanding the music library, instead of updating graphics and adding more useless features.

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

so, one washed up guy working on another washed up franchise. brilliant! lol

svaubel
svaubel

Wow, despite it's milking killing it's own franchise Activision is still putting GH games out....

asm607
asm607

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XzerodeathX
XzerodeathX

more like another fail from guitar hero

hart704
hart704

The hosts in this video are NOT funny. Nobody cares about Guitar Hero anymore thanks to Activision's decision to saturate the market.

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

Guitar hero may suck, but Gene Simmons alone should boost it's reviews a bit :D