The Guitar Hero franchise had already been spun-off a couple times by this point with Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero: On Tour, but neither game managed to really capture the masses. That changed with Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which has generated more money for Aerosmith than any one of their albums.
The game was a success financially, although a lot of the reviews were more average, with the big criticisms being that the setlist was much smaller, especially for a full priced title, as well as the lack of real difficulty compared to Guitar Hero III.
The game itself is largely just a re-skin of Guitar Hero III with (real world) Aerosmith themed venues like Max’s Kansas City, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their first ever show at Nipmuc High School.
It would take years before Aerosmith would ever appear in another rhythm game due to the (presumed) exclusivity between Aerosmith and Guitar Hero. Following the release of this game we didn’t see Aerosmith too much in Guitar Hero, either. The only appearances of their music in the franchise following this was a single song in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, a three pack of GH:A songs as DLC for Guitar Hero 5, and Cryin’ in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The exclusivity was officially over in January 2013 when Rock Band 3 received 6 songs as DLC. Later on in the year Rocksmith 2014 would receive Walk This Way as an on-disc track, followed shortly by a five pack of DLC.
As the name implies, there’s a lot of Aerosmith in this game. Although it’s not a complete Aerosmith collection as the 2008 version of Oscar, and presumably many others, had expected. In reality, the main setlist is only around 60% Aerosmith music, with the rest of it being taken up by guest acts of importance that were personally selected by Aerosmith like Run-DMC and Mott the Hoople.
The total setlist consists of 40 songs (plus a Guitar Duel that we haven’t included here for obvious reasons), 25 of which are by Aerosmith (or Run-DMC ft. Aerosmith), and another 3 from Joe Perry’s solo career. Of that 40 song setlist, a measly 4 songs are currently playable in Rocksmith, for a total of 10%. That’s by far the lowest percentage we’ve seen to date on Setlist Sunday.
|Artist||Song||Date in Rocksmith|
|Aerosmith||Back in the Saddle||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Bright Light Fright||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Draw the Line||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Dream On **||01/07/2014|
|Aerosmith||Kings and Queens||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Let the Music Do the Talking||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Livin’ on the Edge||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Love in an Elevator||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Make It **||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Mama Kin **||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Movin’ Out **||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Rats in the Cellar||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Toys in the Attic||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Train Kept a-Rollin’||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Walk This Way||10/22/2013|
|The Black Crowes||Hard to Handle *||N/A|
|Cheap Trick||Dream Police||N/A|
|The Clash||Complete Control||N/A|
|The Cult||She Sells Sanctuary||N/A|
|Joan Jett & the Blackhearts||I Hate Myself for Loving You||N/A|
|Joe Perry||Shakin’ My Cage||N/A|
|Joe Perry||Talk Talkin’||N/A|
|The Kinks||All Day and All of the Night *||N/A|
|Lenny Kravitz ft. Slash||Always on the Run||N/A|
|Mott the Hoople||All the Young Dudes *||N/A|
|New York Dolls||Personality Crisis *||N/A|
|Run-D.M.C.||King of Rock||N/A|
|Run-D.M.C. ft. Aerosmith||Walk This Way||N/A|
|Stone Temple Pilots||Sex Type Thing||12/22/2015|
|Ted Nugent||Cat Scratch Fever||N/A|
* Indicates a cover version of the track.
** Indicates a re-recorded version of the track.
As the setlist in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was largely Aerosmith based, it’s impossible to not reflect that when talking about what we’d like to see in Rocksmith. Essentially, here’s our picks for “Aerosmith Song Pack II”, and five guest songs we’d like to see:
Aerosmith – Back in the Saddle
Definitely put this one in the category of “should have been in the first pack”, Back in the Saddle is one of the most beloved Aerosmith tracks. Featuring a great riff throughout (an overarching theme with Aerosmith songs) and a great solo, this one is sure to be a blast to play.
Aerosmith – Livin’ on the Edge
Aerosmith’s 90s output was very important in not only being their comeback after falling off in the 80s, but also put them in to a mainstream level they hadn’t seen before. Livin’ on the Edge is the only representation from the Get a Grip album in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, but there’s still a really fun guitar part in there that would be really good for Rocksmith.
Aerosmith – Love in an Elevator
Arguably Aerosmith’s most well known song from the 80s, Love in an Elevator is a stone cold classic. Another strong riff based song with a ripping solo, this would be a great addition to the Rocksmith library.
Aerosmith – Mama Kin
A fan favourite from their first album, Mama Kin is yet another fast paced track with a great riff behind it that would be a blast to have in Rocksmith.
Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
It’s somewhat of a deep cut, but it would be incredible to play in Rocksmith if it’s appearances in GH:A and Rock Band 4 are anything to go by. Super fast paced and complex, this would be a great challenge to any guitarist in Rocksmith.
Cheap Trick – Dream Police
How on Earth did we never get more Cheap Trick? They’re one of the greatest power pop groups of all time, and I may even go so far as to say one of the best rock bands ever. Dream Police would be a great place to start with a Cheap Trick five pack.
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
Just think of the tones we’d get out of this one. She Sells Sanctuary has a great atmospheric feel to it but there’s a level of intricacy associated with it that would make it really interesting to have.
Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes
We’ve talked before about how much we’d like to see more David Bowie, but this Bowie penned classic from Mott the Hoople would also be incredible to see. It’s not the most complex song in the world, but it’s a great laid back tune that would be a blast for beginner guitarists.
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
Proto-punk pioneers New York Dolls have never appeared in a rhythm game after this cover version of Personality Crisis. Presumably it’s due to master issues, but as we’ve said before in these articles, fortunately that’s not an issue for Rocksmith. so it would be great to see this hugely influential group in the game.
Run-D.M.C. – King of Rock
I’d incorrectly mentioned that there was no rap music in Rocksmith when I talked about the Beastie Boys (how could I ever forget RapScallions), but MAN is that an under represented genre. Run-D.M.C. would be a great jumping off point for the genre with how heavily guitars feature in their music.
There’s our picks, what songs would you like to see from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith end up in Rocksmith 2014? Let us know!