Setlist Sunday: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock


Well, here we are. Arguably the peak of rhythm gaming’s popularity and cultural penetration, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was nothing short of a phenomenon. The first Guitar Hero game not to be made by original developer Harmonix, Guitar Hero III was moved to Activision and Tony Hawk developer Neversoft.

A new feature in Guitar Hero III was the “Guitar Battles” mode, a multiplayer mode where you’d earn “battle gems” that hinder your opponent’s ability to play with the ultimate goal to make them fail out before you do. These were used in career mode as set-pieces with the aforementioned Legends of Rock, which consisted of Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and then-former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, as well as a final battle against “Lou”, who is the devil.

For the first time in series history, the setlist was majority master versions of songs. Two of those, Cult of Personality and Anarchy in the U.K., are re-recorded versions from the original artist, and the Talk Dirty to Me cover features vocals by original Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who also appears as a non-playable character in the game. Also in a series first, there is a cover song in the bonus songs section, thanks to She Bangs the Drums.

As for the setlist itself, Guitar Hero III placed a massive emphasis on heavy metal and difficult songs, with a lot of people commenting on how quickly the difficulty ramps up on Expert. Not including the battle songs (vs. Tom Morello, vs. Slash, and The Devil Went Down to Georgia), the total setlist in Guitar Hero III consisted of 70 songs. Of that 70 song setlist, 34 are currently available in Rocksmith 2014, for a grand total of 48% available. That’s the highest percentage we’ve seen to date in Setlist Sunday! In addition, we can increase that percentage to 50% if we factor in Sunshine of Your Love in the original Rocksmith.

ArtistSongDate in Rocksmith
AerosmithSame Old Song and Dance01/07/2014
AFIMiss Murder04/01/2014
Alice CooperSchool's Out *12/4/2018
Backyard BabiesMinus CelsiusN/A
Beastie BoysSabotage02/21/2017
Black SabathParanoid *N/A
Bloc PartyHelicopterN/A
Blue Öyster CultCities on Flame with Rock and Roll *N/A
Bret Michaels BandGo That FarN/A
CreamSunshine of Your Love *10/18/2011 **
Dead KennedysHoliday in Cambodia *N/A
Die Toten HosenHier Kommit AlexN/A
DopeNothing for Me HereN/A
DragonForceThrough the Fire and Flames10/24/2017
An Endless SporadicImpulseN/A
Eric JohnsonCliffs of Dover *01/15/2013
The Fall of TroyF.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.12/06/2016
FoghatSlow Ride *11/03/2015
GallowsIn the Belly of a SharkN/A
Guns N' RosesWelcome to the JungleN/A
HeartBarracuda *01/17/2012
The HellacoptersI'm in the BandN/A
Héroes del SilencioAvalanchaN/A
In FlamesTake This LifeN/A
Iron MaidenThe Number of the Beast11/05/2013
Kaiser ChiefsRuby03/13/2018
The KillersWhen You Were Young10/28/2014
Killswitch EngageMy Curse11/04/2014
KISSRock and Roll All Nite *10/22/2013
L.A. Slum LordsDown 'n DirtyN/A
Lacuna CoilCloserN/A
LionsMetal Heavy LadyN/A
Living ColourCult of Personality ***03/05/2013
Matchbook RomanceMonstersN/A
MountainMississippi Queen *09/04/2012
MuseKnights of Cydonia10/22/2013
NAASTMauvais GarçonN/A
Pat BenatarHit Me with Your Best Shot06/26/2012
Pearl JamEven Flow04/04/2017
PoisonTalk Dirty to Me *11/08/2016
PriestessLay DownN/A
PrototypeThe Way It EndsN/A
Queens of the Stone Age3's & 7's06/02/2015
Rage Against the MachineBulls on Parade12/09/2014
Red Hot Chili PeppersSuck My KissN/A
RevolverheadGeneration RockN/A
Rise AgainstPrayer of the Refugee02/18/2014
The Rolling StonesPaint It, Black10/22/2013
SantanaBlack Magic Woman *01/08/2013
ScorpionsRock You Like a Hurricane *N/A
Scouts of St. SebastianIn LoveN/A
Senses FailCan't Be SavedN/A
The Sex PistolsAnarchy in the U.K. ***N/A
SlayerRaining Blood05/19/2015
The SleepingDon't Hold BackN/A
SlipknotBefore I ForgetN/A
The Smashing PumpkinsCherub Rock10/22/2013
Social DistortionStory of My Life *08/11/2015
Sonic YouthKool ThingN/A
Stevie Ray VaughanPride and Joy *11/15/2016
The Stone RosesShe Bangs the Drums *08/25/2015
The StrokesReptillia01/22/2013
SuperbusRadio SongN/A
Tenacious DThe Metal12/08/2015
WeezerMy Name is Jonas01/21/2014
White ZombieBlack Sunshine *10/25/2016
The WhoThe Seeker *12/03/2013
ZZ TopLa Grange *N/A

* Indicates a cover version of the track
** Indicates a track that is not playable in Rocksmith 2014
*** Indicates a re-recorded version of the track

Now for the songs we’d like to see in Rocksmith!

Dead Kennedys – Holiday in Cambodia

There’s a lot of really cool stuff going on with the guitar here (especially if we get the full studio version), but for me the real appeal here is the bass. I know that I’d personally love the chance to play that great droning bassline on a real bass.

DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames

Oh, you thought Play with Me was hard? One of the hardest songs in rhythm game history, few songs are as synonymous with the genre as Through the Fire and Flames. And before you think that this wouldn’t work in a game with real guitars, remember that this was available as DLC for Rock Band 3. With Pro-Guitar/Bass. Just imagine how impressive you’d be to your friends if you could bust this one out!

Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby

One of the most notable songs from the wave of mid-2000s indie rock, Ruby might not be the most challenging song on guitar, but it’s certainly one that if you bust out at a party, you’ll get people on their feet and singing along. It would definitely be a great one for us to have in our repertoires.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suck My Kiss

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but we haven’t seen these guys since Rocksmith 2012 and it makes no sense! I initially thought that they were just waiting until we got bass, but that happened and still no more RHCP. I’m sure the licensing isn’t easy, as we’ve seen with Rock Band, but hopefully we see this song show up in Rocksmith soon!

Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane

Talk about iconic riffs. Rock You Like a Hurricane has arguably one of the most well known guitar riffs of all time that would surely be great to have in your repertoire, and to top it all off, there’s a great solo in there as well that’s sure to challenge you as a guitarist! This song just seems perfect for Rocksmith.

Sonic Youth – Kool Thing

Alternative rock at it’s finest. That’s what Sonic Youth are to me. While rhythm games have typically not included too much else from their catalogue, this song is still a great starting point and would provide some very interesting strumming and effects gameplay to the game. If only there was a way to simulate feedback…


There’s our picks, what songs would you like to see from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock end up in Rocksmith 2014? Let us know!

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April 24, 2016 10:22 pm

The Hellacopters and Backyard Babies. These bands are unknown to most of you and, like their dirty rock peers Turbonegro, would blow the minds of some of you who want high octane shredding and cool tunes.

April 28, 2016 7:36 am

+1 for Casey’s post. The Fall of Troy and An Endless Sporadic are the 2 I’d most like to see in RS.

Impulse is very, very unlikely though. I’m pretty sure that band was a project from one of the GH developers.

FoT also had a DLC 3 pack somewhere in the GH franchise.

April 27, 2016 6:45 am

This game is what made me want to learn guitar.

April 25, 2016 1:31 pm

I always loved The Hellacopters song. One thing I miss is hearing songs from new bands and growing to love them. We need an indie pack or 5!

April 25, 2016 11:41 am

Alice Cooper -- School’s Out
Beastie Boys -- Sabotage
Black Sabbath -- Paranoid
Block Party -- Helicopter
Guns N Roses -- Welcome to the Jungle
Metallica -- One
Pearl Jam -- Even Flow
RHCP -- Suck My Kiss
SRV -- Pride and Joy
ZZ Top -- La Grange

Honorable Mentions:
Dead Kennedys -- Holiday In Cambodia (I’m listing this so I don’t appear too mainstream ;-p)
Scorpions -- Rock You Like A Hurricane (so cheesy but…)

April 25, 2016 7:35 am

There is a misrake, you wrote “NAAST -- Mauvail Garçon” instead of “Mauvais Garçon”.

But, I would like to play Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pearl Jam, NAAST and Blue Oyster Cult.

April 25, 2016 11:44 am
Reply to  Darkmax77

Don’t miss that rake! These leaves aren’t going to pick themselves up, Mister.

April 24, 2016 10:07 pm

Once again waiting for the Alice Cooper 5- pack. honestly it’s sad that even with a 5 pack we’ll only get the popular songs and not the guitar savvy ones. Without even thinking the pack would have to include
School’s Out
I’m Eighteen
Welcome to My Nightmare
Feed My Frankenstein (or Billion Dollar Babies, it can go either way)
Nothing off of Killer, Constrictor (which features Kane Roberts, without a doubt the best Original Alice Cooper guitarist) or Goes To Hell. Either way that’s my main priority now that Extreme’s out of the way.

April 24, 2016 9:39 pm

The way it ends, really shouldnt cost much to licence and its great song, heard it first time in GH and love it since then

Secret Squirrel
Secret Squirrel
April 24, 2016 6:42 pm

There was some great songs on this game to be sure. Impulse, Even Flow and the Number of the Beast. Despite this, I felt like the brand was getting stale at this point and I realized how much time I had wasted on these games. I had played real guitar for years prior to GH1 and began wondering how good I could have been if I hadn’t played these games. I abandoned GH games fully after this one and committed to real guitar only.

At least the skills I made in these games made me the life of the party when Rock Band eventually came out.

Poey Jokeaim
Poey Jokeaim
April 24, 2016 6:41 pm



April 24, 2016 5:22 pm

I would love some Red Hot Chili Peppers finally. I don’t have the original rocksmith so I have none. So sad

Fake Steven Tyler
Fake Steven Tyler
April 24, 2016 5:04 pm

Maybe with GNR back together, we can finally get Welcome to the Jungle.

April 24, 2016 4:15 pm

The songs I want to see make it to Rocksmith are:

1. The Fall of Troy -- F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.

This song introduced me to this band, and I have loved them ever since. They have some phenomenal guitar playing on all of their albums and I have requested a ton of their songs.

2. An Endless Sporadic -- Impulse

Another really hard song from GHIII that also helped me to discover a new really fun band. More instrumental prog is always welcome to me.

3. In Flames -- Take This Life

I would love to see In Flames come to RS.

4. Sonic Youth -- Kool Thing

Another great band missing from RS. I just requested a bunch of Sonic Youth last week,

5. Prototype -- The Way it Ends

This game introduced me to this band and I still really like this album. Great song and really challenging.

6. Pearl Jam -- Even Flow

There are still a ton of great Pearl Jam songs missing from RS’s library.

7. Hereos del Silencio -- Avalancha

This song rocks, and more spanish-language songs would be great.

8. Senses Fail -- Can’t Be Saved

Another great punk/post-hardcore band that would be more than welcome in RS.

9. The Sleeping -- Don’t Hold Back

This band rocks and I think they would fit very well in RS.

10. SRV -- Pride and Joy

He’s such an iconic player and with his songs in other music games, I am surprised that he’s not in RS. I wonder what the licensing problem is.

April 24, 2016 3:49 pm

Some In Flames would be nice!