Guitar Hero

Interview : Jonathan Davis of Korn talks gaming, gadgets and Guitar Hero

If you’ve been reading SlashGear for any amount of time you’ve probably noticed that I’m a huge Guitar Hero nut. Well last Friday I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit down and talk Guitar Hero with another fan of the series, Jonathan Davis of Korn.

Korn has been headlining the Family Values Tour for almost a month now with Guitar Hero sponsoring the second stage. At each stop they have a competition for the best Guitar Hero player, the winner gets an autographed guitar (a real one) and the opportunity to jam with Jonathan Davis. While I wasn’t able to enter the competition, I still had the chance to witness the late-night jam session. That video, however, is for another day.

Jonathan was kind enough to agree to an interview with me where we talked about gaming, gadgets and Guitar Hero. First, I have to say that Jonathan is a really cool guy, he’s very laid back and not uptight like some people that I’ve heard about. If you’re wondering what all of the background noise is, that’s some people playing Guitar Hero outside the bus.

Full video of the interview after the jump


New Guitar Hero songs for old and new versions of the game

Looks like I was a little behind things yesterday, Activision announced three brand spanking new tracks for Guitar Hero II. These tracks are available only on the Xbox 360 version of the game, and only by downloading them as a pack from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

The new tracks are all from the My Chemical Romance CD The Black Parade. The songs are Teenagers, Famous Last Words and This is How I Disappear. This marks the first time brand new tracks have been made available via the Xbox Live Marketplace. The others were all from the original game in the series. The price for this pack of songs is 500 points.


Video of the Day – Guitar Hero dueling banjos

Alright folks, we’re trying out a new segment here at SlashGear. Every day of the week I’m going to bring you a cool tech-related video clip that I’ve found. They’ll be of all different sorts, with a new one every day of the week.

First up is a Guitar Hero mod that someone has made. I’m not usually that into custom tracks, but this one is great, it’s dueling banjos. The intro is a little slow, but it’s worth it. Now only if they could get this one working in multiplayer.


Guitar Hero DS – Lets just stick with the real deal

I love my Guitar Hero games, and sometimes I wish I could take it with me and jam when I have some down time. This fan-made concept would let me do just that. Kind of.


LEGO Guitar Hero controller can really rock out

Man, LEGOs are awesome, there’s just nothing that you can’t build out of them, except maybe a space shuttle, but I’m sure one of these days someone will build one of those too. As you might have guessed, someone’s built something really cool from the tiny bricks. This time it’s a fully-functional Guitar Hero controller.


Activison announces 11 new tracks for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

The release of Guitar Hero III is creeping ever closer, and as it does, Activision is slowly giving us new tracks that we can expect to rock. They’ve just officially announced 11 new tracks (though we already heard a few from the guys at Score Hero).

The great thing is that of the 11 tracks that they announced, 7 are master tracks. They have a good mix of old and new rock, which is really needed. After playing Guitar Hero 80s, I realized that having music from different eras is essential to the success of the game. Hit the jump for the 11 new tracks.


DIY – Build your own custom Guitar Hero controller from scratch

I enjoy hacking and modding things for my own evil plans, however, someone has done something more extreme than I would probably care to try. Build a PS2 Guitar Hero controller from scratch.

Video after the jump


Score Hero spends some quality time with Guitar Hero III

I’m a very impatient person, I hate waiting for a new game to come out. Guitar Hero 80s was alright, but I’ve already beaten it, with only a couple of songs left to 5-star. I’m ready for the next full game to come out, Guitar Hero III.

The guys over at Score Hero were invited to a special sneak peek at Guitar Hero III on the Xbox 360. We can look forward to a couple of new characters, Midoi and Slash, as well as 8 new venues where we can rock out. They also were able to score a few new tracks that have not yet been revealed.


Hands-on – Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s

So Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s came out yesterday. How many of you rushed out and grabbed a copy? While I wasn’t nearly as excited about this expansion as I am about Guitar Hero III and Rock Band, I couldn’t resist.

The game is pretty much the same, which is to be expected. It’s only an expansion after all. Surprisingly, you actually get less characters to play with than usual. Only Johnny Napalm, Judy Nails, Izzy Sparks, Pandora, Axel Steel and the Grim Ripper made it into the game. Don’t expect a lot of unlockables either, you get the same guitars as Guitar Hero II with the same skins, but no extra outfits for your characters, though they’re already decked out in new 80’s style threads.

Video after the jump.


New video of Guitar Hero III – Face off against Slash

Here’s a bit of an ironic twist. Remember that Rock Band video that MTV showed off recently? The people were rocking out to Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses. Harmonix later announced that the video was an older one, and that they hadn’t yet secured that song. The reason for that might just be the fact that it will be on the Guitar Hero III.

Video after the jump


First look at the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock guitars

The next installment in the Guitar Hero series finally has a complete name. It will be known as Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. They have also given us some pictures of the guitars we’ll be using to rock out. All guitars in the game will be Gibson, as they have signed an exclusive deal with them. That’s actually pretty cool, because Gibson makes some great guitars.

Each system will have its own unique wireless controller, though all three of the next-gen consoles will have a variant of the Les Paul. The guitar for the Wii appears to have a complete Wiimote installed in it. No word on whether it is built-in, or if you simply insert your own. The PS2 variant will include a classic Kramer.

More pics after the jump


Confirmed – No bonus tracks for Guitar Hero 80s

After much speculation on whether or not there will be any bonus tracks for the Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s expansion, I decided to contact Red Octane to find out the scoop.


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