Guitar Hero 5 band list revealed

E3 2009: Actual tracks still under wraps, but all artists featuring in the latest instalment of Activision's band franchise have been officially outed.

LOS ANGELES--With Activision's rhythm cash cow set to hit shelves on September 1, and only six artists so far confirmed for the game, many have been wondering which bands will make it into the new game, given that 80 tracks have been promised.

The gig was going well till Dave's cheap hair extensions tried to strangle him.

Today, Activision has revealed the full artist list for the game, which contains a mix of familiar faces and bands new to the series. As in previous entries in the series, the game will feature a variety of genres including classic rock, indie, and metal. Players will now be able to use any instrument combination to rock through the songs, with even something as crazy as a five-drummer band being possible.

Though many of the artists have been featured in previous games, there are some newcomers to the roster, including highlights such as Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, and Public Enemy.

Check out the full artist roster below and our first look for more on the game.

3 Doors Down
A Perfect Circle
AFI
Arctic Monkeys
Attack! Attack!
Band of Horses
Beastie Boys
Beck
Billy Idol
Billy Squier
Blink-182
Blur
Bob Dylan
Bon Jovi
Brand New
Bush
Children of Bodom
Coldplay
Darker My Love
Darkest Hour
David Bowie
Deep Purple
Dire Straits
Duran Duran
Eagles of Death Metal
Elliott Smith
Elton John
Face to Face
Garbage
Gorillaz
Gov't Mule
Grand Funk Railroad
Iggy Pop
Iron Maiden
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Eat World
John Mellencamp
Johnny Cash
Kaiser Chiefs
King Crimson
Kings of Leon
KISS
Love and Rockets
Megadeth
Motley Crue
Muse
My Morning Jacket
Nirvana
No Doubt
Peter Frampton
Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde
Queen & David Bowie
Queens of the Stone Age
Rammstein
Rose Hill Drive
Rush
Santana
Scars on Broadway
Screaming Trees
Smashing Pumpkins
Sonic Youth
Spacehog
Stevie Wonder
Sublime
Sunny Day Real Estate
T. Rex
The Bronx
The Derek Trucks Band
The Duke Spirit
The Killers
The Police
The Raconteurs
The Rolling Stones
The Sword
The White Stripes
Thin Lizzy
Thrice
Tom Petty
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
TV on the Radio
Vampire Weekend
Weezer
Wild Cherry
Wolfmother

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FeirceDeityLink
FeirceDeityLink

This game would be way better if they had rise against, papa roach, disturbed, bullet for my valentine, hollywood undead, avenged sevenfold, breaking benjamin, and underoath. :) and, one more thing, WTF!!!! ELTON JOHN!?!?! NOT EVEN ROCK!!!! remove elton john from game and i'll buy it. :)

Lidlo
Lidlo

Why don't they have Led Zeppelin in any of these games man! The who? ACDC? Not fair! On the bright side, White stripes, david bowie, johnny cash and jeff beck will liven it up.

Lidlo
Lidlo

I know peter framptons brother, met pf too

megafitch
megafitch

why are people cryign about the lack of metallica? theres a whole game devoted to them for crying out loud, go buy that if you can't get enough of them!!!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

OMG They better put Reise, Reise or Sonne by Rammstein... if they put Amerika then I will be pissed!!!

mike2640
mike2640

I like most of these artists, but I'm no sure about putting them in a Guitar Hero game. I mean, I love Elton John, but come on, really?

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

No Doubt? The only song I can think of atm that they haven't already put on GH is 'I'm Just A Girl'. Awesome.

Mysterywriter
Mysterywriter

sheesh, what is wrong with the list , oh i don't know... BEING DIFFERENT? I like that it's NOT the same stuff. What would be the point of making the SAME game? Just remember if u can, they always do add on songs. As for not knowing most of the Bands/Songs? Not a shock, most of u are too young to know them.

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

impressive, but spurning oasis for blur? wtf is that?

HylianXxPuNkXx
HylianXxPuNkXx

Well they have some cool songs, the classics are good,but what gets me kinda mad is that elliott smith is in it.He's my favorite musician,and is really good,but he probably would of never agreed to be apart of gh.Cause he's dead,the only people who have control of his music are the labels and junk. Since he was underground,and i mean guitar hero has a knack of exploiting some songs for dough.And on that basis,adding Elliott on their setlist kinda gets me pissed off.oh well whatever nevermind.*Sigh*

bored_gamer
bored_gamer

I saw the list of artists and I seen some interesting names. Gorillaz, Beck (E-140 in RB2), Johnny Cash, Rammstein and some others. What I find kind of weird is that there's gonna be a song by Elton John. what's next, Rod Stewart?

Urnimin
Urnimin

If your gay and have no taste in music. Yes they should.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

they shouldve had slipknot or avenged sevenfold

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

YES! children of bodom. they should put in your face . queens of the stone age also and scars on broadway! cool but i dont like gh

CoheedIV210
CoheedIV210

Same bands every game. Might as well stop at world tour and just add a crap load of DLC

GHK98
GHK98

Wait, isn't Under Pressure a mainly bass song with very little guitar? What's it doing here?

GHK98
GHK98

Saucepark is correct. If you see the artist "Queen and David Bowie", it's "Under Pressure". The part that sucks for me is that over half the game is modern music. I was sold the second I saw Motley Crue, KISS, and Iron Maiden.

Vincent1333
Vincent1333

The second I saw King Crimson, I was sold.

Zapp3d
Zapp3d

WOOHOO it has Muse and Brand New!!!!

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

wahoo this game is awesome it´s the guitar hero game with the most bands in a list know by me^^ the other games always only had like 3 or 4 bands I knew now there are Weezer The Rolling Stones Smashing Pumpkins Santana Rammstein (They suck big time... that´s just my thought) Queen Nirvana No Doubt KISS Coldplay Gorillaz Jimmy Eat World Deep Purple Bon Jovi Blink-182 Beastie Boys and all bands that I just said are awesome except for rammstein but they are all being toped by 3 Doors Down.... FINALLY ON GUITAR HERO

dmcbhoy
dmcbhoy

NO LINKIN PARK!? WTF NO AVENGED SEVENFOLD!? WTF

Lord_of_Naruto
Lord_of_Naruto

i only know like 8 of these bands lol, but either way, i know its gonna rock!

da_vortexx
da_vortexx

darkest hour FTW! they need to make a GH: Hardcore Hits or something cause i would by it.

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

Children of Bodom? Yeh baby! Let's see some blooddrunk and hate crew deathroll! Iron Maiden? Megadeth? Let's see some Aces High and Symphony of destruction. They just need some Trivium and Mastodon and this would be perfect.

saucepark
saucepark

Queen and David Bowie ... that means Under pressure song !!! yeah baby

Rafael94b
Rafael94b

depressing... no linkin park or slipknot.... :(

Kablouwskan
Kablouwskan

@ casualness ....y'know....i agree with u completely on evver single band u just said. lol those are all my kinda bands. i would be sold. Mainly Disturbed for me tho.

Casualness
Casualness

Just a set list made of killswitch engage, system of a down, disturbed, all that remains, rise against, a day to remember and bullet for my valentine is a game I would buy.

Goriza
Goriza

Where's AVENGED SEVENFOLD songs!!!!!!!!!!

Elvis4576
Elvis4576

some good artists but come on blink? half these artists i grew up hating at least some dylan and stones are pretty good

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

Screaming Trees? I wonder if it's going to be, uh....I dunno....NEARLY LOST YOU? The one-hit wonders of grunge.

Wesker66
Wesker66

wow a perfect circle is in this...i still wish tool would put sober in this game, that song is amazing

danielnault333
danielnault333

Im not impress, not much new bands, i wish like other guy to see again those bands,; slipknot, rage against the machine, pantera, dragonforce, anthrax, in flames, red hot chili peppers, buckethead, killswitch engage, system of a down, disturbed, all that remains, primus, the doors etc. maybe next time. its nice they add rammestein, children of boddom, johnny cash, puplic enemy, u2 !! i wish as well to have some classic band or artist who never been in a gh games such as ; sepultura, cradle of filth, pennywise, millencolin, nofx, elvis presley, steve vai, joe satriani, malsteem, pink floyd, led zeppelin, jannis joplin, black tide, ac/dc, etc and some more rap music. i know rock band will add some songs from snoop dogg, that cool and different, for now i think rock band, gh metallica & hits will be the best music game for the year

cyznik23
cyznik23

helll yeahh megadeth and iron maiden!!!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I can't believe there is no Rage Against the Machine or Metallica. But I am so surprised that there is going to be The Gorillaz in it.

Mr_Me_L33T
Mr_Me_L33T

WTF? NO BUCKETHEAD BUT FRIGGIN ELTON JOHN? FAILLLLL! But ill prolly still get it

punisher619
punisher619

wear is korn and slipknot? maybe next year...

misterbutt
misterbutt

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misterbutt
misterbutt

billy squier had an awesome song, everybody wants you but thats the only song i know of his. i assume thats the song in gh5 cuz thats the only song u ever hear on the radio. and is it just me or are they making gh5 really fast after 4?and watheroo since when is metallica and def leppord classic rock? its called metal which sucks balls. classic rock is boston, the beatles, and actually good music. moron. and a band that hasn't been mentioned that needs to be in rock band or gh is U2!!! cant believe im the first to mention them! people will say they arent hard rock enuf to fun to play in a game but they made here comes the sun in a game and it looks great! if you can play an acoustic guitar in rock band then U2 would work. at least have songs like vertigo or elevation, those are plenty fast enuf for rb or gh. get on your boots, pride, desire, i could go on all day with awesome u2 songs.

joeisnub
joeisnub

*sigh* More of the same.....