Guitar Hero is back for the first time in five years, with a brand new controller and a new point of view that promise to shake up the classic franchise. The heart of any Guitar Hero game, however, is the music, and until now we didn’t know much about what Guitar Hero Live had in store.
The frontmen of Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance were at the New York launch party, and will provide tracks for the game. But FreeStyle Games creative director Jamie Jackson promised a wider range of genres than in any previous Guitar Hero game, and now Activision and FreeStyle have shared the first 24 songs from Guitar Hero Live‘s extensive track list (via Rolling Stone) to give us better idea of what we can expect for the popular game’s next era.
The list features major rock bands like The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys and Green Day, but also less obvious acts for a guitar-centric game, like Skrillex and Sleigh Bells. Below we’ve dropped the full list of unveiled tracks, which is just the first part of an extensive line-up that will be gradually rolled out. We’ve also included music videos for reference so you can study up between now and the launch this fall:
The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling
Blitz Kids – Sometimes
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Gary Clark, Jr. – Don’t Owe You a Thang
Green Day – Nuclear Family
The Killers – When You Were Young
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na
Pierce the Veil – King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)
The Rolling Stones – Paint it Black
Skrillex – Bangarang
The War on Drugs – Under the Pressure
Black Veil Brides – In The End
Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio
Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
System of a Down – Chop Suey!
Alter Bridge – Cry of Achilles
Alt-J – Left Hand Free
Broken Bells – Leave It Alone
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
Fans of the game that drove some of us to unemployment back in the day will be able to rock out all those songs and many more when Guitar Hero Live launches this fall for PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, Wii U, and mobile devices.
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