Four out of the five artists are making their debuts in Rocksmith this week, but none of them are strangers to music games. All five of these songs have appeared in rhythm games in the past, but only one of them has been playable on a real guitar before! Also, this marks the first time for three of these songs that the original version is showing up in a guitar game!
Let’s take a look at the clue that @DanAmrich posted Friday afternoon.
L5wuqaT wants to be seen. I imagine you know where to look.
Which lead us to http://imgur.com/L5wuqaT.jpg
Four paragraphs for four songs. Four lyrical anagrams to decipher!
“Hello?” A pause, Jack rested _________ _________ __________ __ _______ ____ regrowth __ ________ ________
There was a group called ‘The Jokers’ – Rick Derringer “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”
“____ _______ deny ____ _____ __ ____ _____ __” _ _____ ____ ________ “Only faithful men want death.”
they finally found the wanted man – Styx “Renegade”
_____ ______ __ __ __ the python, living i ___ __ ____ ____ ___________ ____ __________ detached, fragile, ___ none __ high __ ____
Playing with the high one dancing with the devil – Motorhead “Ace Of Spades”
“__ ___ __ we remain _________ __ age,” ___ ____ ___ “Magic __ the unit __ __ _____.”
we’re an image caught in time – Dio “Rainbow In The Dark”
First off, Rocksmith adds some more Dio. After getting a couple different versions of Holy Diver, we’re getting Rainbow in the Dark! If you found Holy Diver a bit too easy for you, then this might be more your speed. Just listening to the solo is making my fingers bleed, and merely thinking about it is giving me bad flashbacks to trying to 5 Star all the on-disc songs in Rock Band 3!
Next up, we have a song that’s definitely seen a few games. After appearing in Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Rock Band 2, Rock Band: Unplugged, Rock Band for iPhone, DJ Hero (mixed with Groundhog by Noisa), SingStar, and SingStar: Amped (and hey, if we’re getting obscure, it was also in the Metal expansion pack for the Guitar Hero Air Guitar Rocker… thing), Motörhead’s metal classic Ace of Spades finally makes its way to Rocksmith! Finally, Rocksmith is legitimized as a rhythm game!
Also, as a first for guitar based video games, it appears as though we’re getting the original 1980 version. Nope it’s the 2008 re-record…
But apparently I am…
Our next track has appeared in significantly fewer games, having it’s only appearance be a cover on the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II. It’s definitely a classic, though! That’s right, it’s Rick Derringer and his hit Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo! This pack is offering awesome riffs up the wazoo, that’s for sure!
“Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” was first recorded by Johnny Winter in 1970
Oh mama, check out the next one! A re-recorded version of this song appeared as DLC for Rock Band, as well as an on-disc track for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Yet another classic riff is found in Styx’s seminal Renegade! Side note, if this brings us one step closer to finally getting either Come Sail Away or Gowan’s A Criminal Mind in a game, I will be a very happy man.
Check back on Monday to find out the fifth song you’ll be rockin’ out with!
Update: Our final track brings us once more back to the nostalgic well of Guitar Hero II tunes as well as the significantly less nostalgic Guitar Hero: Smash Hits (and hey, since I mentioned it for Ace of Spades, I may as well point out that it was also part of the 80s Rock expansion for that Guitar Hero Air Guitar Rocker thing) AND gives us some more awesome arena rock/hair metal! That’s right, it’s the song that was too hot for Canadian music video station MuchMusic: Cherry Pie by Warrant! While it may not be the most technically complex song in the world, it follows the hair metal pattern of an awesome riff and an even awesome-er solo! I know I’m excited for it!
Classic Riff Singles
- Dio – “Rainbow in the Dark” – [XBL] / Steam
- Motörhead – “Ace of Spades” – Eb Standard – [XBL] / Steam
- Rick Derringer – “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” – E Standard: A446 / Alt Lead – [XBL] / Steam
- Styx – “Renegade” – [XBL] / Steam
- Warrant – “Cherry Pie” – [XBL] / Steam
So tell us, are you excited for these tracks, or are you holding out for something more modern? Let us know in the comments!