Guitar Hero II to feature Skynyrd, GN'R

[UPDATE] RedOctane and Activision's headbanger-sim to sport classic rock anthem "Freebird," Guns N' Roses ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine"; RedOctane confirms rumored tracks by Motley Cr&#252:e, Anthrax, Stone Temple Pilots.

This week, Activision released two new trailers for Guitar Hero II. The game, which due out this fall, is the follow-up to Guitar Hero, the award-winning and still-popular PlayStation 2 title from RedOctane and Harmonix. The title was so successful that Activision paid nearly $100 million to buy RedOctane, and is rumored to be blowing out Guitar Hero into a multititle franchise akin to Konami's Dance Dance Revolution series.

But while DDR's gameplay is powered by a techno-pop beat, Guitar Hero is an all-rock rhythm game. How lucky then that the two trailers this week revealed that two pillars of the rock pantheon will be featured in Guitar Hero II.

The first trailer showed the game will include "Sweet Child O' Mine," the 1986 breakout hit from one of the biggest heavy metal bands of all time, Guns N' Roses. The second trailer showed that "Freebird," the oft-requested rock ballad from seminal '70s group Lynyrd Skynyrd, would also be featured in the game. Both trailers are viewable below, as is a list of all confirmed Guitar Hero II songs and three tracks rumored to be in the game, which will ship for the PlayStation 2 on November 7.

[UPDATE] RedOctane has now confirmed the following songs as being in Guitar Hero II. The status of one song that had been previously believed to be in the game, Drist's "Arterial Black," is now unclear.


Anthrax--"Madhouse"
Black Sabbath--"War Pigs"
Butthole Surfers--"Who Was in My Room Last Night?"
Guns N' Roses--"Sweet Child O' Mine"
KISS--"Strutter"
Lynyrd Skynyrd--"Freebird"
Motley Crüe--"Shout at the Devil"
Primus--"John the Fisherman" (Original Recording)
Reverend Horton Heat--"Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush--"YYZ"
Stone Temple Pilots--"Tripping on a Hole in a Paper Heart"
Van Halen--"You Really Got Me"

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112 comments
vandal451
vandal451

Reverend Horton Heat is insane! I bet psyhobilly freakout will be one of the top 5 hardest songs.

hirachio
hirachio

Zepplin and Metallica would be awesome, but since their a bunch of prissies about their music, they haven't given Red Octane permission to use their songs, that's why there's not going to be any of those two.

Green_apple
Green_apple

i'd appreciate some maiden up there, playing fear of the dark.....wrathchild.....clansman...anything..they would all work great....that would be pretty awesome

mynameisern
mynameisern

id like to play metallica, slipknot, mudvayne,tool, red hot chille peppers alot more metal would be nice

General48
General48

Wow really excited to see some G n' R and Lynrd Skynyrd Would really love some ACDC, Metallica, and even The Eagles Hotel California would be sweet to play Adding some hair bands like Poison and Cinderella would be nice too

Hoju69
Hoju69

Just thought everyone should know, Breaking Wheel (formerly known as Artillery in Guitar Hero) with have their song "One for the Road" on Guitar Hero 2. This comes from a blog post on they're myspace page.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox
-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox

It's all Classic Corporate rock except for Butthole Surfers. C'mon, Red Octane, I thought you promised a nice blend of new and old. Stick in some grunge, like Alice in Chains or Nirvana, or even Pearl Jam.

gamefreak101290
gamefreak101290

What they are probably doing is giving us the list of the not-as-big songs and have some really popular and hard songs. hopefully something in the era of where the insane solos really came from (van halens era.) basically, the 80's and early 90's.

StaticSnake
StaticSnake

Dude, I'd mess myself if they put the FInal Countdown into this game.

gamefreak101290
gamefreak101290

they should think about putting some songs with dual lead guitar parts, like iron maiden's "powerslave" or "aces high" and metallica has them too. they should put some pink floyd too. who could resist?

Skalla85
Skalla85

ok so far this is a good line up......... but where's the AC/DC?

gamefreak101290
gamefreak101290

metallica's "The Unforgiven" would be a good song to put on. I hope at least one metallica song will be on there.

squigmund
squigmund

oh yeah and i forgot quit ur whining about which is better metal or classic rock.... THEY BOTH ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

squigmund
squigmund

You know what would be really cool thin lizzy's jailbreak. They also need whiplash- metallica, back in black- ac/dc, slither-velvet revolver, black dog- led zepplin, Mr. Crowley Ozzy Osbourne(no crazy train that song sux) walk- pantera, and bat country-avenged sevenfold, theres some tough stuff on expert. That is cool there putting in gnr, van halen, skynyrd, and motley crue....

JK47GT
JK47GT

They need to add a Metallica song, preferably "Master of Puppets." I would **** my pants if they put that on there! If not, "Enter Sandman" would do, lol.

eldude007
eldude007

that's a pretty sick list of songs. cant wait for the new game. but they need one important band SLAYER

mattz721721
mattz721721

"Led Zeppelin OWNS ALL ACTUAL MSUIC If you dont now Led Zeppelin=Classic Classic Bands are far better that all hardcore "heavy" junk bands " - PainKiller25 Unfortunately, no. Opinions aren't actually fact. The only problem is now they have to come up with something witty to rebuttal the loading screen from GH1. xD I hope, when the full tracklist comes out, they do have some heavier stuff. Because if everything is all songs we "know and love", we don't get to hear any new songs we normally wouldn't listen to, we don't get to open up to new types of music, and we stay inside our closed-minded minds. Then again, with heavier stuff, solos are much harder. >_> (Cowboys from Hell ring a bell to anybody?) I haven't seen it mentioned yet, but I hope they put in some Iced Earth, along with the previously mentioned metal bands.

xtcdukes
xtcdukes

Freebird in Guitar Hero II? WTF? Why don't you just include Europe's "Final Countdown" so the song list can totally suck altogether? I mean seriously, Freebird? Do I get a free jean jacket and confederate flag with my pre-order?

rebel_scum
rebel_scum

ahuh, firebird23.. im sure you've never heard any of the bands ive listed.. whatever. and wow, you think that all that classic rock stuff (albeit good) is complex and intricate? HAH. besides, "the new black" is almost a definate addition to the track listing.. and even with just that, i'm happy. :)

Guitar_Hero_123
Guitar_Hero_123

The track list so far..........is REALLY good, i LOVE Black Sabbath, and "Sweet Child O' Mine" being playable means i will be up all night, i LOVE that song, i was jumpin up and down.......and up...........and down again in excitement, but "Arterial Black"...........i hope its put in the game, Drist is awsome, i hope they add some more Stevie Ray Vaughan, like "Crossfire" would be a good choice, awsome bass line, or "I Just Want You" by Ozzy dudes!!!!! well..........i can dream, but yeah, i hope the list stays good forever until it actually comes out

Richter7
Richter7

Really can't wait for this game to come out...However why won't they bring out all of GuitarFreaks/Drummania Series?

almighty_master
almighty_master

To Ministry4390 From Answers.com - "An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance." It seems 'classic' does mean it's good.

Ministry4390
Ministry4390

Painkiller, thats your opinion. Unfortunately your opinion is wrong, but whatever. Shaneaw, I didnt really feel that the first guitar hero had great variety. There wasnt one song on there that I would have listened to if i wasnt playing the game. Sooo, yeah. I wont be back on this page so have fun arguing with yourselves.

Mr_Brownstone88
Mr_Brownstone88

k everyone who is asking for heavy metal music, and less classic rock music, take into account that theres going to be 55 songs on this game, and they have only confirmed 12 songs (one of them being anthrax). So shutup and wait before you start whining, and besides everyone like classic rock, some just arent man enough to admit it

shaneaw
shaneaw

Well first off, thank god someone up there likes me Freebird, Sweet Child of Mine, Strutter, War Pigs, You Really Got Me and some of the other confirmed songs are absolutely classic and it's about time the worlds most loved type of music " Classic Rock" Started to get much more used in video games because everyone knows that the gaming industry is now making more money than the movie industry is. Secondly Stairway to Heaven is by no means overrated, not now not ever, in fact it is the worlds most loved rock song even more so than Bohemian Rhapsody or Smells like teen Spirit and you cannot tell me that your one or two opinions are ever going to change the fact that it is a brilliant song, On another note ive been waiting for Freebird since the first game but I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed im gonna be if this isnt the full length, full on experience that the song is when its in its entirity And finally for those of you complaining at the classic rock in the game just take into account the variety the last game had in its track listing, this game will cater for your needs to, after all they have started a profitable franchise and I guarantee that they will not want to piss any1 off so they will no doubt cater for every1, even those of you who are tone deaf that listen to the tuneless crap that you are all calling heavy metal, granted it isnt all bad but the bands that are any good are either classic bands or bands playing in the same kind of classic style Anyways Rock On !!

madroxide87
madroxide87

I just hope that the covers aren't as....."recognizable" to be polite about it.

PainKiller_25
PainKiller_25

Ministry4390 Led Zeppelin OWNS ALL ACTUAL MSUIC If you dont now Led Zeppelin=Classic Classic Bands are far better that all hardcore "heavy" junk bands

Ministry4390
Ministry4390

Hey puablo, "classic" doesnt mean "good". It just means its old.

vmfstorm1
vmfstorm1

please classic rock is the best type of music to actually play you have the widest range of music from psychadellic to old metal. This and when looked at new types of metal (thrash and deth) are just a loud and unskilled way of playing horrible jumbles of notes as fast as possible....it shouldn't even be music

T1Panda
T1Panda

Reverend Horton Heat? Sign me up.

mitchster_chief
mitchster_chief

i hope they put in some more punk songs that aren't butchered like fatlip in GH1.

Logan812
Logan812

For the last time! Shout at the Devil and Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart are confirmed! www.ign.com, search for guitar hero 2.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Hell yeah!!! Bring some Slayer to Guitar Hero please!!

SteelFan
SteelFan

Am I the only one that has heard "Cliffs of Dover" by Eric Johnson? (If you haven't, look it up) That would make shelling out $70 definitly worth it.

puablo
puablo

Whoa there... classic rock "garbage"? What part of "classic" is missed here? While a game like GH definitely deserves a large dose of heavy metal, the classic rock songs definitely have huge appeal. Personally I enjoyed the makeup of GH1, ranging from Cream to Ozzy to the Ramones. If they can keep the same great combinations in GH2, and so far it looks like they are, it's going to be awesome.

jman183
jman183

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name of was also rumored. Killing_In_The_Name_Of dudes...if that is true....holy **** Also, in the new OPM RedOctane says this; "Van Halen - Panama" "Everytime time I listen to it, that is , to me the epitone of a Guitar Hero song" ---Tam That would be SICK if they had Panama!!

RykuXr
RykuXr

Wow, that's a pretty sweet line-up of songs so far. I really like the direction of this game, but I hope that since it'll be a franchise, that maybe we'll see an all Metal band version. It could have stuff like Slayer, Lamb of God, Pantera, older Metallica, Fear Factory, ect. I don't know, it could hopefully happen if they decided to have different types of it anyways.

Ministry4390
Ministry4390

Definitely agree with rebel scum. They need to give it up with this classic rock garbage and give us some heavy music. Hopefully they'll break Guitar Hero up into different editions each with a different genre so we can get the songs we want.

ddychko
ddychko

What GH2 really needs is metal like Fear Factory, Rammstien, and frickin Type O Negative! Let the mash pits in living room begin. * Flashing the devil horns * Butter!

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

Ahhhh. Drunken Freebird will be great.