Song Speculation: Rocksmith 2014 chooses Freewill with Rush Song Pack II!

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Greetings Rocksmith fans!

It’s that time of week again and @UbiParadise has put up a clue that he’s super excited about. Let’s see what all the fuss is, shall we?

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Quickly people figured out the maze:

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And then cipher shift.

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But what could Cold Spring Montecito possibly mean?

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Well that was quick. And that leads us to:

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Follow that link and you’ll be taken to the following:

And then Jason made it official.

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So here we have it. We’re getting another dose of one of the greatest bands to come out of Canada, or anywhere else: Rush!

As a Canadian guy who is, at least until Sunday, a teenager, there’s no underestimating just how excited I am for more Rush content!

Confirmed by the clue is the 1980 classic from Permanent Waves Freewill, which is making it’s rhythm game debut in this pack! As for what the rest of the pack could entail? While the last pack was most definitely awesome, it’s a shame that none of their proggy 70s content has been included in the game. With that in mind, here’s what I’m hoping to see:

The following is speculation.

2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx

While I strongly doubt that Ubisoft will put the whole 20 minute suite in as one song, I certainly wouldn’t thumb my nose at getting the most recognizable part of it. Even in this shortened segment, it’s still filled with incredible guitar and bass work that would surely make this a fan favourite track.

Closer to the Heart

Sure, it might not be the most technically complex song in the Rush catalogue (and don’t worry, I’ll get there soon) but it’s one of those pervasive songs on classic rock radio that just feels like it’s practically essential for another Rush pack. If you ask me, there’s no way that this song doesn’t get included.

La Villa Strangiato

What happens when you take YYZ, add like 6 minutes, and amp up the complexity by 10? It’d probably come out as something very similar to La Villa Strangiato, the true instrumental masterpiece in the Rush catalogue. Putting this one in the game would definitely give even the most difficult songs in the game a huge run for their money.

Working Man

Finally, the song that started it all. Working Man may have been a big radio hit, but it’s still over 7 minutes of pretty complex guitar work. I’d say get your fingers ready for some fantastic solos that go on throughout virtually the whole thing!


So tell us, are you ready to give Ubisoft the big money for more Rush or do you think that Rush content is essentially the enemy within? Let us know in the comments!

 

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August 19, 2016 4:01 pm

Yeah!!! Waiting for so long for more Rush added, i know it’s only a dream, but i wish it would be a full ten song pack, like Hendrix…

August 19, 2016 4:23 pm
Reply to  Oskar RT

After this we will have 12 songs 🙂

August 19, 2016 4:45 pm
Reply to  Oskar RT

Of course, but we always will want more Rush ;)…

August 20, 2016 12:55 am
Reply to  Oskar RT

Rush will tie Jimi and Rise Against for most songs.

August 19, 2016 4:01 pm

Yeah!!! Waiting for so long for more Rush added, i know it’s only a dream, but i wish it would be a full ten song pack, like Hendrix…

August 19, 2016 4:23 pm
Reply to  Oskar RT

After this we will have 12 songs 🙂

August 19, 2016 4:45 pm
Reply to  Oskar RT

Of course, but we always will want more Rush ;)…

August 20, 2016 12:55 am
Reply to  Oskar RT

Rush will tie Jimi and Rise Against for most songs.

August 19, 2016 3:41 pm

More overrated trash

August 19, 2016 3:47 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Haven’t you been saying all the DLC is garbage lately? When was the last “overrated trash” we got?

August 19, 2016 3:53 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Tony Mckay Well then you need to expand you music taste

August 19, 2016 3:54 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Yeah, well it’s groove metal. That’s the basis of Pantera. Dimebag didn’t shred in every song.

August 19, 2016 3:54 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Fabian Stordalen my music taste is very diverse I just don’t listen to crap

August 19, 2016 5:34 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

How about you tell us what you like and we will tell you if we think it is trash.

August 19, 2016 7:41 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Brandon Tighe Just look at his page. Disturbed, Shinedown, Creed, Volbeat. Really diverse stuff.

August 19, 2016 10:49 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

The Riff Repeater why would you even respond to negative comments like that? Never will everyone be happy. I am sure I own at least 80% of the releases… and the other 20% that I don’t like, I don’t care. But I am not going to bitch and complain about it. Rush I love, but if there were never another rush release I really wouldn’t care. For me rush is not current. I prefer to embrace the new talent out there. And go back to the classics now and then.

August 19, 2016 10:51 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Just trying to understand why OP is unhappy

August 20, 2016 12:56 am
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Leave this page, you piece of trash. How could you not like Rush? I would like a good reason without the use of the words, “crap” “trash” or anything similar.

August 20, 2016 5:07 am
Reply to  Tony Mckay

hey! don’t pick on Tony! Respect that he governs himself emotionally through music like everyone else. He doesn’t have to like the DLC! And it’s his right to dislike it if he wants! I buy ALL the DLC because I enjoy learning that way. If it were up to me, Rocksmith would ONLY have Smashing Pumpkins- the band’s entire catalogue- and I would play and sing their songs everyday for the rest of my life! But there are lots of people that dislike, heck even HATE SP, but hey, isn’t that the way it goes? Agree with TONY or not, he is still a man of ROCK and I would rather respect that than put a standard on him based on his opinion of DLC.

August 20, 2016 6:55 am
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Oh, Tony. 🙂 Listen to whatever inspires you, recommend things you think might be worth other people’s time, but understand nobody cares about what you don’t like. Your taste is your taste, but it isn’t better than anybody else’s. No need for rage about things that aren’t your preference.

The video on your page of you playing Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” makes it clear you are dedicated to guitar, but it doesn’t matter whether I like that song or not. I respect that that’s a song that inspires you, whereas it may not inspire other people. It does not need to.

Any other rantings and ravings about what music is good or bad simply don’t matter. Focus your energy on playing, not judging. Have a good one.

August 20, 2016 2:25 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Lol, keep rocking Tony

August 20, 2016 7:18 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Just to get the order of events clear, it was Tony who called other people’s interests trash first, not the other way around. In fact, so far no one has come at him even half as strong as he came at others. I think he’ll be fine.

August 20, 2016 11:29 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Brandon Tighe no one not even tony is going to tell me what i like… It is my life and i will do what i want… I learned that long ago… I really dont care what other people think of me…wear or whatever… And i dont care about others opinions if i dont ask for them. Life is too short to care what other people think of you or your decisions…

August 21, 2016 2:26 am
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Just a dumb comment. You don’t have to like them but if you know anything about them they should earn your respect.

August 21, 2016 6:53 pm
Reply to  Tony Mckay

Tony covers Creed and Shinedown songs, lol. I smell a rightwing fruitcake fighting gay demons.

August 20, 2016 4:27 am

“In rocksmith there is no dlc that is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Ha ha ha, anyway- just want to give a shout to THERIFFREPEATER and all Rocksmith players. Just checking out the facebook page for the first time today, but I have been reading theriffrepeater site daily for about nine months. Love the videos too, great job! This program is going to save rock and roll, and we are all players!

August 19, 2016 4:52 pm

Closer to the heart, working man, I hope those are there!

August 21, 2016 6:39 pm
Reply to  Jarod Flory

Someone said the songs were leaked and those 2 are on it.

August 21, 2016 6:41 pm
Reply to  Jarod Flory

The other 3 mentioned were Fly by Night,La Villa Strangiato and Freewill.

August 19, 2016 3:42 pm

ill be in heaven if they include trees!

August 20, 2016 12:32 am
Reply to  Arthur Horton

is it just me or does it look like they’re here to tell us the answer is 42

August 20, 2016 12:32 am
Reply to  Arthur Horton

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August 19, 2016 7:23 pm

Finally more Rush.

August 19, 2016 3:40 pm

Oh yeah!

August 19, 2016 3:39 pm

dammmmm

August 19, 2016 9:34 pm

Hooray!! Another week of saving money

August 20, 2016 12:57 am
Reply to  Rich Kemp

Why don’t you like Rush?

August 20, 2016 1:01 am
Reply to  Rich Kemp

John Doeson I cannot stand the singers voice

August 20, 2016 1:14 am
Reply to  Rich Kemp

Hmm, well, I suppose Lee’s voice is a bit feminine, but I could let it slide sometimes.

August 20, 2016 1:17 am
Reply to  Rich Kemp

John Doeson it has nothing to do with it being feminine

It grates on my ears and its physically irritating to me.

August 21, 2016 2:27 am

Can’t wait.

August 20, 2016 12:50 am

Really ffs some different bands PASS AGAIN

August 20, 2016 12:58 am
Reply to  Steve Monish

Says the guy who like a 1-hit wonder band like Cheap Trick.

August 20, 2016 11:10 am
Reply to  Steve Monish

Still going bud new album , out tour everyone else RRHOF You wouldnt know a good band if they sat on your face

Schwantz Duker
Schwantz Duker
August 20, 2016 10:12 pm

well heres the Rush Song Pack II…leaked via Sony Eu

Rush song pack II is Freewill, Fly By Night, Working Man, Strangiato, Closer to the Heart

LF
LF
August 20, 2016 12:16 pm

Dang it, more songs that I’ll feel compelled to buy that I’ll never be able to play! lolz

Casey Blandford
Casey Blandford
August 20, 2016 9:15 am

Too many good songs to choose just 5.

I predict:

Freewill
Working Man
Closer to the Heart
The Trees
Fly By Night

Chris S
Chris S
August 20, 2016 8:51 am

Time to dust of that bass. How come rush gets treated like their dlc is not a big deal and end of year bands like stp are the second coming

Riff Repeater
Riff Repeater
August 20, 2016 6:41 pm
Reply to  Chris S

Rush is no stranger to music games and STP seemed to receive a lot of attention due to the passing of Scott.

PrinceDaniel07
PrinceDaniel07
August 20, 2016 12:43 am

2112 is obviously one of the songs, it’s kind of short though.

Robert Mills
Robert Mills
August 19, 2016 8:01 pm

Freewill
Overture/Syrinx
Spit It Out
Xanadu
Working Man

George Carlinlives
George Carlinlives
August 19, 2016 4:44 pm

Too many great choices to make. 5 is not nearly enough.

I’d go with the rest of Moving Pictures. That album is worth an entire pack.



Working Man is not one of Rush’s best songs in my opinion. But, they’re still showing everybody how it’s done. The Fly By Night album is where Rush really starts to find their own territory, while still playing a more standard rock.

Fuck it, I’m throwing The Necromancer into the ring. That’s the first Rush song where Rush is pushing it to 11, Rush Style, or actually, 12 minutes and 31 seconds. They warmed up to epic songs on their preceding album with By-Tor And The Snow Dog. But The Necromancer is their first serious attempt at epic songs, in my opinion. It’s full of burning solos, at least 4, and tempo changes, yet it has a doable pace. It’s a good way to get beginners into more complex songs without killing them with tempo.

Digital Man is full off all sorts of variations on both bass and guitar. Guitarists should have fun playing the bass line on their guitars using emulated bass. It’s a very syncopated rhythm, not your standard rock thud thud thud thud stuff. Signals is as far as I can go with Rush. After that it’s a compressed keyboard wash.

A second 5 pack really isn’t enough Rush. It’s still scratching the surface. Rush is worth entire album packs.

Matthew Quinn Martin
August 19, 2016 3:15 pm

Distant Early Warning!!!

Gabivad
Gabivad
August 19, 2016 3:14 pm

Very few ways this pack could be disappointing !

Felipe Farias
Felipe Farias
August 19, 2016 1:59 pm

Yeeaah i’ve requested Rush so many times

Schwantz Duker
Schwantz Duker
August 19, 2016 1:42 pm

5 good ones plzzzz
& RUSH will lock-up the Best DLC of 2016 DLC

ARMIGUER
August 19, 2016 12:18 pm

Expecting to see Working man!

Wisenheimer
Wisenheimer
August 19, 2016 12:09 pm

Hell yeah!!!!!!!!! Now we’re talking kick ass dlc! Please, please, please let “closer to the heart” make the pack. This is awesome. 🙂

Reese Witheredpoon
Reese Witheredpoon
August 19, 2016 12:02 pm

For the love of God, please let The Trees be a part of this pack.