Opinion: Why Your Favourite Band isn’t on Rocksmith

With every music game there are bands everyone wants in. Over the years the knowledge has spread about which bands are possible and which aren’t, but with Rocksmith it’s a whole new spectrum of players that are unfamiliar with the reasons why we can’t have a certain band or artist. This article will help to explain speculative reasons why these highly requested bands won’t be on your Rocksmith disc anytime soon.

Also please remember that we still don’t understand how Music Licensing works and if you think you do, you probably don’t.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin is a band everyone wants in their favourite music game. Jimmy Page has been vehemently opposed to the idea for a few reasons:  He doesn’t want to hand the master tapes over. and he generally doesn’t like music games. Of course both those things are slightly “non issues” with Rocksmith, but nonetheless despite him slightly changing his mind in 2010, there has been no evidence that Jimmy will be handing over Led Zeppelin tracks anytime soon.

Pink Floyd

While there has never been much open discussion on why exactly Pink Floyd hasn’t appeared in any video game yet, Nick Mason (drummer) wasn’t thrilled about the idea of their music being experienced through plastic guitars. Since 2009 there has been no sign of any progress being made on this. Also you’d have to imagine a pretty hefty price tag to lock in a song like Time or Comfortably Numb.

Metallica

Guitar Hero: Metallica was released in 2009, since then there has been no other Metallica songs released for any other music game. Relicensed, yes, but no new content. As some people may remember in 2010 with the release of Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock all the Metallica songs were relicensed for export into GH5, Band Hero, and Warriors of Rock. This suggests that the exclusivity contract was extended and in my mind, has been confirmed by the appearance of Metallica at various Activision events and recently them being characters in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD.

The Beatles

Harmonix released The Beatles: Rock Band in 2009. No tracks from the game export, there has been no DLC released for the platform since December of 2009 (or if you are on PS3 April 2010). There will never be another music game that has their music. Fight me.

Streaming doesn’t buy you DLC

Guns N’ Roses

Axl Rose and Slash do not get along. Now that we understand that, you should know nothing angers Axl Rose more than Slash’s old band Velvet Revolver. Slither is a track on disc for Rocksmith. There will never be Guns N’ Roses on Rocksmith.

Update: Yeah, whatever you say…

Jimi Hendrix

Exclusive to Harmonix and now BandFuse. This could change in the future and knowing Janie, it’s pretty likely that we could see Hendrix come to Rocksmith in the future.

AC/DC

While things have changed this year, AC/DC’s only Music DLC release was through a separate disc that was exportable. These songs to this day have not appeared via the music store nor did “Let There Be Rock” export from Rock Band 2. Out of all the bands so far, AC/DC is definitely one of the more likely ones to show up in the future.

Green Day

Harmonix released Green Day: Rock Band, in 2010. The game exported completely on launch and recently one of their newest singles “Oh Love” was released for download. Following that, the entire on disc setlist was relicensed for digital download via the music store. It seems unlikely that Green Day’s music will ever appear outside of that platform.

Journey

Despite a wonderful story about meeting members of the band on a flight, Journey’s inclusion in Rocksmith seems very unlikely. Harmonix was unable to export Anyway You Want It, and since then have only had one other appearance of Journey through their music store. Don’t Stop Believing. Problems seem to stem from their original vocalist, Steve Perry being unwilling to co-operate with the other members of the band. If Journey ever does appear in Rocksmith, chances are it will be one of those two songs.

The Who

Another supposed Harmonix Exclusive band, but you never know.

Eagles

Other than their inclusion in Guitar Hero World Tour and the three DLC songs that followed we haven’t seen anything from the Eagles since.

Aerosmith

As far as we know are still under contract with Activision. Last appearance of their music being Cryin in Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock.

Van Halen

I just assume that the general reviews, response, and way Guitar Hero: Van Halen was handled soured the band on music games for the foreseeable future. Also could be still under contact with Activision.

Looks like Eddie and the boys have finally came around… To Rock Band 4!

 

Prince

For awhile we thought it might never happen, but now things seem to be looking a lot more hopeful.

Scorpions

Have never had a master track in any guitar game, only covers in Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s. Extremely hard to license.

Update: Rock Band 4 has licensed a 2011 re-record of “No One Like You” there’s hope for Rocksmith yet!

Bands with Weird Tunings

At this time Rocksmith only supports the following tunings: Standard, Drop D, Eb, and Open G. While this could change in the future the developers have stated that tunings like “Drop C,” for instance, don’t register too well with their software. So sorry Sunn O))) fans, we won’t see them on here anytime soon.

Rocksmith UK

The band that filed an injunction against Ubisoft for stealing their name will never end up on Rocksmith, but it seems as though they will be appearing in a different game.

NOPE

While all these bands unwillingness to participate may discourage and anger you, take solace in the fact that there are many, many other bands that would love to appear on Rocksmith and will be just as enjoyable to play and learn from.

If you’d like a band to appear in Rocksmith be sure to register and fill out the form.

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Terry Martin

Thanks for reposting. Looks like some got scratched off, but some look very unlikely after reading them.

Bob Goudreau
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Bob Goudreau

First off all Rocksmith is a learning tool and not a game, we actually play the real notes on a real guitar and learn how to play also, i am proof of that, we don’t play on a silly plastic guitar, those groups that thinks that we are a game, so try Rocksmith, they would see that it’s so much more than a game, they should instead be proud that we are playing their songs on Rocksmith.

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4NeverAfter

After seeing G N’ R during their reunion tour (minus Izzy), and watching Axl and Slash on stage together again, I searched to see if maybe there was a possibility of some of their tracks being added to Rocksmith and came across this page. Elliot– insert foot into mouth? Looks like you need to update your markdown for more strikethroughs 😛

Riff Repeater
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Riff Repeater

I’m sure they’ll hate each other again after the tour, don’t worry

Dan
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Dan

Call me crazy, but I’d love a pack of TV show themes like The Munsters, Batman, Barney Miller (that great bass line), Hawaii Five-O, etc. There were so many iconic songs back then. Maybe it could be a less expensive pack like the classical song pack.

MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

Funny you should mention that. I was just going through my old Guitar One magazines. In the December 2006 issue they had a segment called, TOP 10 FOR OUTSTANDING GUITAR WORK IN A TV THEME… 10. Simon & Simon 9. The A-Team 8. The Ren & Stimpy Show 7. Three’s Company 6 South Park 5. Chico and the Man 4. Batman 3. Beverly Hills 90210 2. Law & Order 1. Barney Miller I wish they had a collection of honorable mentions. I’d place the following on that list primarily for the baselines. Spiderman (1960s cartoon) Fat Albert (1970s cartoon) Night… Read more »

MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

Hey Elliott, I was curious about your thoughts on four other acts not previously included on your list above. What’s the deal with Chuck Berry? With Johnny B Goode, No Particular Place to Go, Guitar Boogie and some others of his remaining popular for so long, why hasn’t he been on any of these games? I know the Red Hot Chili Peppers had 1 song on the first Rocksmith. What’s their deal on not releasing more? (All Around the World, Hard to Concentrate, Breaking the Girl, and about 30 others) Also curious about Stevie Ray Vaughan. Lastly, and I’m sure… Read more »

Daniel
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Stevie Ray Vaughan already has a wide presence on Rock Band and Guitar Hero and the license has never appeared to be very hard for Music Games to obtain, so we honestly don’t know why SRV has only appeared as a featured artist thus far.

MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

Wow, I guess it’s good and bad. Good that SRV’s music is at least accessable, bad in that we’ve only see him once on RS. Hope we may get some more Holiday gifts later this year (as with last year’s great Oct-Dec run) and see SRV. (I’m still wondering if a Def Leppard pack will be on the horizon. I commented on it earlier. Last week’s pack seemed like a set up to me.)

finger
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finger

Anybody else requesting Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Dark Moor, and the like?

Casey
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I’ve requested Blind Guardian.

chris
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chris

whats up with Ozzy…. Crazy Train or any othe Randy Rhoads

DRein9
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DRein9
MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

Well it is getting colder in the middle east. Maybe ice is on the way. And in other parts of the world, monkeys are preparing to take flight.

Daniel
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Do we know if Van Halen made an exclusivity deal with Harmonix, or did they just license some songs?

MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

A better write up for Van Halen would be as follows: Considering the obvious lack of concern for their fans, (Guitar Hero:Van Halen, Live from the Tokyo Dome (minus DVD) and the repeated and highly unnecessary dissing of former band members, it is clear the VH is a seriously broken and divided house. For each record/CD writing credits were given to all members of the band. With that in mind and the fact the current and former band members don’t get along, Van Halen will most likely never see the light of day until (God forbid) key members of the… Read more »

Maxime
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Maxime

Scorpion:(….almost any song would make me jizz all around

Some randy rhoads tracks??

Daniel
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Looks like it’s time to cross another artist off the list!

Jed
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Jed

Hendrix is in Fantasia: Music Evolved. There’s still hope!

Oscar Bernard
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Fantasia’s a Harmonix title, though. I’m pretty sure they still have the deal with his estate. Remember, they helped in an unknown way with BandFuse.

Daniel Weddell
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Daniel Weddell

Now that Bandfuse is dead, there may be a chance for Rocksmith to get some Hendrix songs.

Funn Dave
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Funn Dave

If you’d like your band to appear in Rocksmith be sure to register and fill out the form:
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Michael
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Michael

How about some Michael Jackson -- beat it, could that be a loophole for getting some Van Halen?
Also Black or White would be an awesome addition for a guitar-game 🙂

MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

Give In To Me or Dirty Diana would be good too. (requested both)

Daniel
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Don’t forget about Get On The Floor from Off The Wall; with an absolutely monstrous bassline from Louis Johnson:

MarleySantana
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MarleySantana

My heavens yes. Haven’t heard this in a while, but yes. MJ has had some great guitar/bass tracks over the years. I hope Ubisoft is checking in on this.

Jakeb
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Jakeb

Actually to the Jimmy Page comment. There was an interview in 2010 where he said his problem with music games was the plastic guitar. HOWEVER he began to realize that games like that led to kids picking up real guitars and learning. Please do your research. Don’t rely on old in this case EXTREMELY old information. Actually I will get a link.

http://www.plasticaxe.com/2010/01/21/jimmy-page-coming-around-to-music-games/

Like I said. Do your research.

lolololol
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lolololol

You should probably practice your reading comprehension

Funn Dave
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Funn Dave

I mean, it does say that it was in 2010 right there in the article….

Patrick
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Patrick

All we have to do is wait till the copyrights expire for these bands' songs and by then computers will be able to sort out the different tracks so no master tapes will be necessary.

Paimun
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MT

Rob Hayes
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Rob Hayes

What about Chicago? Hendrix even said that Terry Kath is a better guitarist then him.

Dan A.
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Dan A.

Okay…..but lots of other great bands exist: Iron Maiden, Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, Dave Mathews Band, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Moody Blues, Cream, Cheap Trick, Allman Brothers, Deep Purple, The Clash, Oasis, Santana, The Ramones, Bad Religion……! These bands are ALL more appealing than the Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, the Killers, etc.

James K Polk
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James K Polk

Appealing? Yes. More appealing than Black Keys and QotSA? Well, everyone's entitled to their opinions I suppose!

Trip
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😉 EXACTLY DAN; AND SORRY yes opinions vary, but anyone who thinks queen of the stone age are better than the Grateful Dead is not educated in the field of music. Seriously, it can be argues THE GD are the greatest AMERICAN band in the history of the republic. The Black Keys, I have listened to a few songs, not gonna rip them, but c’mon please be reasonable people, the bands Dan brought up, and they run the gauntlet from Dead to Maiden in diversity, are all much more musically appealing than most of the Rocksmith songs; Christ pretty much… Read more »

Groove
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Groove

Taken from http://www.ubi.com/UK/Games/Info.aspx?pId=11147

"… Rocksmith has amassed an amazing library of songs from different music genres allowing players to experience those moments first hand. Whether you like classic rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Lynrd Skynrd or if you’re more into current chart-toppers such as The Strokes, Muse, Radiohead and The Foo Fighters, we have you covered. And with our growing tracklist from metal to indie rock available for download, you will always find a song that suits your mood.!"

Lies! I do not see any Foo Fighters songs!

Groove
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Groove

Does anyone know whether or not Foo Fighters will ever appear on Rocksmith?

Mike
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Mike

It seems I calmed down the YouTube comments by referring to this article. So far, it's currently the highest comment on the Nickelback video (U.S. Trailer) with 7 thumbs up.

machetemonkey
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In addition to licensing issues with Metallica, they often fall under the "weird tunings" category as well. In recordings, they're songs are generally tuned a quarter-step down, halfway between E standard and Eb. Live, they generally play in Eb. We've seen Eb in bass (Song 2), but never in guitar. This could also possibly explain why a lot of old hair metal bands (Motley Crue, Def Leppard, etc) haven't appeared in the game yet despite lots of requests and what seems like relatively little licensing trouble (no obvious exclusivity agreements, etc).

Heyjacob
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Heyjacob

How about more songs from Radiohead? with all arrangements?

…that would be coooooool

D00d
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D00d

Ok, but how about the songs from the bands that are already on Rocksmith? We have Deep Purple. We have Blue Oyster Cult. Where are the Highway Star and Burnin' For You?

Paimun
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What about Phish?

Trip
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😆 💡 UMM YESSSSSSS. When we look at this video game, we have to al;so look at bands whose makeup and music fits the game, and Phish fits this game as well as any other game. Plus learning their songs is akin to learning music, as there tunes are greed very much towards the instrumental side. In fact, Phish would be a great band to base a whole Rocksmith game around, minus the idiotic promo BS that other bands are into. Phish would be cool enough to focal solely on the music, and doubt they would be expensive, as they… Read more »

Trip
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😀 excuse typos like greed =- geared etc.

Mike
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Mike

You know guys, this isn't a thread to request certain DLC.

Trip
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why not????? The DLC needs to improve, and unless we say something wherever possible those in the position won’t get it. Just look at the top 10 supposed most popular RS 2 tunes; the list is an absolute joke, and will ruin the game if they follow that direction. Yes my opinion, but it will be impossible to learn how to play guitar without the best possible musicians included in the game.

geo
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geo

I have read somewhere that Angus Young doesn't want fans to listen to just one or two AC/DC songs. He thinks the hole album should be listened to (like there all some kind of concept albums). So, unless rocksmith releases a dirty deeds pack featuring all nine songs, they wont do it.

Berek
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Berek

Any chance of rage against the machine? Maybe for Jack White projects.

Trip
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I vote yes, how can you have a guitar game without Morello, and I almost forgot Primus for Bass, and guitar as lalonde is a sick guitarist, obviously Les may be the best bassist in rock music today

gadders
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gadders

i feel optamistic about future acdc tracks coming to rocksmith.
How about summer of 69 by bryan adam. I hear some going ehhhhhhhh.
But classic and fun to learn.
Any news on confirmed dlc guys

Mike
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Mike

Nickelback next week.

Burn It to the Ground
How You Remind Me
Third song will be revealed next Tuesday

Mike
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Mike

I'm wrong. It's Bottoms Up, not Burn It to the Ground.

Trip
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Nickelback???????????? Is this really the type of band we want on RS 2 in a sense of first thought best thought? I am not going to get into specifics, as it’s not cool to be mean against another person’s fave music, but at the same time, sorry they just are not quite as talented and universal as too many other great bands. And that’s not being mean, that’s fact if we talk strictly talent in a technical sense, and whom other musicians and bands consider technically the best. Sorry to any Nickleback fans if i offended u which I did,… Read more »

SIdd
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We've always heard that GNR would never come to rock band (the real GNR not that chinese democracy bs). As court documents have stated in the past the GNR Partnership is shared between Axl, Duff and Slash so any approval to have GNR's music into rock band would need consent from all three members. I don't know why harmonix can't include their music in Rock Band. Chinese democracy came to the game and paradise city was licensed to burnout paradise without incident.

expertwinSH
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expertwinSH

>Lowercase "nope" >classic Elliot.

expertwinSH
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expertwinSH

Also, it's not "The Eagles". It's just Eagles. Not even Activision could get that right.

Mike
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Mike

You hate Elliot?

Oscar Bernard
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Also, for Guns N' Roses, it should also be noted that Slash is "master guitar instructor" for BandFuse, so they might have Slash exclusive now.

Oscar Bernard
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Man, Rocksmith UK's website has got to be one of the most violently terrible things my eyes have ever had the misfortune of looking at.

Dennis
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Dennis

Let's see some Clutch!!!

The Panda
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The Panda

Fingers crossed for Sepultura, Slayer and Rammstein then!!

(Oh, and Deftones)

(and Foo Fighters)

(and Smashing Pumpkins)

(and Coheed and Cambria)

Espectro Mascarado
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Espectro Mascarado

I think Rammstein would be welcome, since they have some pretty good songs in Drop D, but bands like Deftones… It's unlikely. They have been constantly downtuning since their first records. Stef even plays with an eight-string now (whose tuning almost reaches a standard bass tuning). I would love if they could get Mastodon (which has lots of awesome songs on Standard D -- which I think would be no harder than Drop D to be read by the software) or Opeth (Since they got lots of killer songs on Standard and Drop D) in there. I would totally buy… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

What about Rage Against the Machine?

PJ-10
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PJ-10

Most of the bands listed above have another reason why they won’t be on rocksmith,, they are giant assholes and will remain that way till the end of time!!

YYZ
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YYZ

Why? Because they didn’t want their music to be on a game?