GHTV will have 300 songs tomorrow

Hey Guitar Hero fans!

We were teased yesterday but we just got the Press Release right from the source!

34 Songs will be added to GHTV tomorrow including two premium shows!

What follows is from Activision PR

Judas Priest – Living After Midnight
Amaranthe – Drop Dead Cynical
Primus – Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Chevelle – Face To The Floor
Rage Against the Machine – Killing In The Name
Godsmack – 1000hp
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
Sleeping With Sirens – If You Can’t Hang
Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts – Modzilla
Audioslave – Like A Stone
Five Finger Death Punch – The House of the Rising Sun
Heart – What About Love?
Huey Lewis and the News – Heart and Soul
Great White – Rock Me
The Outfield – Your Love
Cinderella – Shake Me
Lower Than Atlantis – Here We Go
Neon Trees – I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)
Rush – Fly By Night
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
The Amazing Snakeheads – Here It Comes Again
Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise
Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People
The Glitch Mob – Can’t Kill Us

New Premium Show Tracks

Dance Meets Rock

Zedd – Stache
The Prodigy – Nasty
Knife Party – Centipede

On Tour 2015

Escape the Fate – Issues
Black Veil Brides – Heart of Fire
Atreyu – So Others May Live

Are you excited for these new tracks? Let us know!


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Guitar Hero teases new GHTV tracks


Today on the Guitar Hero Twitter page a huge list of songs were teased in a quick video. They have been given a release date of November 24th (which is tomorrow), so a big update looks to be in store. While each song was only played for a couple seconds, a few people on Reddit quickly figured out (almost) everything.

Below is the list of songs appearing in the video, listed in the order they appear in the teaser.

  • Chevelle – Face to the Floor
  • Godsmack – 1000HP
  • Great White – Rock Me
  • Neon Trees – I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)
  • Sleeping with Sirens – If You Can’t Hang
  • Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix
  • Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  • ??? – ???
  • Audioslave – Like a Stone
  • Five Finger Death Punch – House of the Rising Sun
  • Heart – What About Love
  • Huey Lewis & The News – Heart and Soul
  • .38 Special – ???
  • Primus – Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
  • Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
  • Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
  • Rush – Fly By Night
  • Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
  • Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise
  • Kings of Leon – Supersoaker

What do you think of the songs coming tomorrow? Can you identify the missing ones? Let us know in the comments!

[Thanks to JCLexicon on Reddit for compiling the list]

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GHTV 11/17 – Rival Sons (Live), Lords of Metal, Pop Punk


It’s a new week, and that brings us three new Premium Shows. Let’s check out what we’ve got, shall we?

Pop Punk Perfection

  • Sum 41 – Fat Lip
  • Four Year Strong – Just Drive
  • Tonight Alive – Lonely Girl

Lords of Metal

  • System of a Down – Toxicity
  • Bullet for My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall
  • Judas Priest – Painkiller

And of course, the live concert. This week’s show is made up of three songs from the Rival Sons performance at YouTube Space L.A.!

  • Rival Sons – Electric Man (Live)
  • Rival Sons – Pressure and Time (Live)
  • Rival Sons – Keep on Swinging (Live)

It’s interesting to note that Rival Sons are one of the bands mentioned in the Activision blog post about GHTV. Could we be seeing shows from all of these bands in the coming weeks?

As always, once the new shows go live and the old ones are no longer available, those songs will go in to On Demand. Here’s what’s being added to that catalogue this week.

  • Bully – Trying
  • Evanescence – Going Under
  • Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
  • Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  • Lonely the Brave – Victory Line
  • The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

[Thanks to PenakillOlaf on Reddit]

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GHTV adds two new Premium Shows


It’s that time of week where the new premium shows are added to GHTV! Let’s take a look at what the new shows are, shall we?

Rock Heroes:

  • Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
  • The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  • Evanescence – Going Under

Fresh for 2015:

  • Bully – Trying
  • Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  • Lonely the Brave – Victory Line

In addition to those, there is still 6 days left on the Black Veil Brides Premium Show. If you want to play those songs you better get on it fast, because if Avenged Sevenfold is anything to go by, they won’t be going in to On Demand right away.

  • Black Veil Brides – Heart of Fire (Live)
  • Black Veil Brides – Fallen Angels (Live)
  • Black Veil Brides – In the End (Live)

Last week’s songs are now available to play on-demand (and presumably on rotation in the free channels, too). Here are the new songs in on-demand:

  • American Authors – Believer
  • blink-182 – First Date
  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Going Down
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Paramore – Monster
  • The 1975 – Chocolate
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Guitar Hero announces free On Demand weekend + Future DLC

Hey Guitar Hero fans!

This weekend (starting Friday at 4:00 AM PST) On Demand will be free, that means no tokens required for any song!

What follows comes from the Activision Blog Post

If you’re like us, you’ve spent a whole lot of time playing through Guitar Hero Live’s massive catalog of over 200 songs available across GH Live and GHTV. After all, GHTV is the world’s first 24-hour playable music video network, and there’s always a great track ready to play on one of its two continually updated channels. But this weekend, we’re kicking this up a notch with the first-ever all-access weekend for GHTV, giving you unlimited access to the entire on-demand catalog of tracks starting at 4am PT. What’s more, we’re also adding three new Premium Shows to GHTV, which introduce a variety of new tracks to Guitar Hero Live.

First, there’s a new Premium Show from rockers Black Veil Brides, taken directly from the band’s live concert DVD, “Alive and Burning.” You’ll have the opportunity to shred along with hit songs “Heart of Fire,” “Fallen Angels,” and “In The End” all while watching the live performance on GHTV.


Of course, FreeStyleGames has a ton of new content in the pipeline, and in the coming weeks you can look forward to new music videos and concert footage from great artists like Iggy Pop, Judas Priest, Bully, Leon Bridges, Biffy Clyro, Weezer, Rival Sons, St. Vincent, Alice in Chains, System of a Down, Bring Me The Horizon and more.

Awesome, this also means that once a premium show ends (one that isn’t involving a live concert we assume) the songs are put into On Demand.

Available in On Demand right now are the six songs from the expired premium shows:

  • Survivor – Eye of The Tiger
  • Queen – We Are The Champions
  • The Strokes – Reptilia
  • Foster The People – Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)
  • Disturbed – Stricken
  • Interpol – All the Rage Back Home

Will you be participating in the free weekend or do you have other plans? Let us know!

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Guitar Hero TV adds new premium shows


Have you already FC’d every single song available on GHTV? Are you looking for a new challenge? Well, you’re in luck because two new premium shows have been added to GHTV this week! Each show contains three new songs, including 4 songs that have never been in a rhythm game! Check out the new shows, and their songs, below!

Legendary Headliners

  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Goin Down
  • blink-182 – First Date
  • Paramore – Monster

Pop Goes GHTV

  • American Authors – Believer
  • The 1975 – Chocolate
  • George Ezra – Budapest

Players who receive a gold award on Pop Goes GHTV will unlock a special “Paper Lady” highway.

In addition to the new shows, the following songs are now available to play on-demand. It is also possible that they may show up in rotation on one of the GHTV channels.

  • Disturbed – Stricken
  • Foster the People – Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)
  • Interpol – All the Rage Back Home
  • Queen – We Are the Champions
  • The Strokes – Reptillia
  • Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

If you played the six songs above already, don’t worry, because your leaderboard scores are still there! If you haven’t gotten around to the Avenged Sevenfold show yet, you better get on that because there’s only one day left on it! After that, however, it’s very likely that those songs will also be available on demand.

[Thanks to @theKingsy for the heads up!]

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Guitar Hero adds new Halloween show to GHTV

Hey Guitar Hero fans!

Hope you are enjoying Guitar Hero Live!

Earlier today @GuitarHero tweeted out that a special Halloween themed show will be added to GHTV’s lineup starting tonight at 7 PM PST!

Check the full schedule for showtimes!

Show Broadcast times: (Pacific)

Thursday, October 29 – 7:00PM

Friday, October 30 – 3:00AM, 11:00AM, 9:00PM

Saturday, October 31 – 3:00AM, 9:00AM, 3:00PM, 8:30PM

Sunday, November 1 – 12:30AM, 07:30AM, 11:30AM

We’re also told that there will be two level 5 note highways to be unlocked and eight Player Cards!



Will you be tuning in for Halloween Rocks? See you on the leaderboards!

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Guitar Hero Live Review: Running Through Six Buttons with No Woes

I’m sitting here typing this, and it’s surreal.

Today a new Guitar Hero comes out, and as drastically different as it’s become, I still get that feeling from 2005 when I first started playing.

This is dumb, they should have put eight buttons (two rows of four)

Before you adapt that line of thinking, you should probably try the game. I’m not talking about the demo at Gamestop, I am talking about the setlist for this game. It’s not easy… Of course I am not the best at Guitar Hero but I jumped into this game at Expert and rest assured that most concerts ended with disappointed fans throwing garbage at me, and sometimes my bandmates throwing in the towel (literally) at my face. Hi my name is toymachine on and I have only five starred one song in this game…

Maybe Fight Hound and Vivid Scream will ask me back to be their guitarist in the future, but I’m pretty sure the dudes in Blackout Conspiracy will chase me out with pitchforks if I ever show up to play Shadow Moses again…

Ok, so it’s hard but is it any fun? Yes, of course it is. I played a Rihanna song and it was fun, I played a Linkin Park song and I didn’t mind, I even found myself getting super hyped up playing Skrillex (maybe the fact that it became a giant party on stage helped).

Songs you have previously played in other Guitar Hero games (there’s a lot on GHTV) have new life with the addition of fake plastic barre and power chords. Imagine a Deftones song (Diamond Eyes) where you almost feel like you are playing Drop D hammer-on chords.

One gripe I have is the hardest thing seems to be quick vertical switches. When there are a lot of alternate black and white notes on the same fret you should be able to hold down both and strum up and down but it just doesn’t work that way, I understand why that is but it just seems like it should work.

However anchoring works as GH traditionally does even vertically when it comes to hitting single notes.

Example: anchoring White1 (W1) and hitting Black3 (B3)

One thing I found really interesting about Guitar Hero Live was how my mentality of approaching certain charts has become almost like a guitar tab. I found myself looking down at my fingers to form a certain chord shape as opposed to looking at the screen, definitely a new experience with Guitar Hero.

Also, since I know certain people want to know about the Engine, it feels a lot like a tighter Guitar Hero 5 in terms of timing when it comes to strumming, but honestly sometimes the hammer-on’s timing window feels wide open. Like GH5 wide, whereas the chord switches seem extremely tight and unforgiving. This is good because it’s making me less sloppy.

I don’t have much to complain about with the guitar controller, mine works fine it’s a GH guitar, it’s light and smaller than usual and it’s loud when I strum, I like that… Your mileage may vary of course, because it’s a plastic toy guitar being mass produced.

FMV? This is so cheesy, what a step back!

Do I feel like a rockstar after playing Guitar Hero Live? No, of course not but I won’t lie to you, I did say to my TV (see: no one) at least a few times “Come on! It wasn’t that bad” or perhaps when I played with Portland Cloud Orchestra “Just play your drum and shut up you weird hipster beard man,” was also directed at a person that I have zero human interaction with. Suffice to say, I got into it. There was also a great moment where a young fellow crowd-surfed all the way onto the stage just to tell me I ruined EVERYTHING, and then was dragged off by security.

The bands are incredibly diverse as are the fans in the crowds, you actually do feel kind of good when you are nailing a song and the crowd and band are loving it. Because of the live aspect of the game sing-alongs are also often present and don’t feel too obtrusive or overbearing.

It’s also important to note that although with FMV it’s a bit strange to suspend disbelief that the basis of Guitar Hero has always been your band playing other people’s songs. So while it’s a bit weird to see people lip-syncing songs playing huge music festivals that is exactly what we’ve been doing since 2005.

The game’s in game footage and fretboard looks great, and more importantly it calibrated almost perfectly. This is a big deal considering I’m playing on a 4k TV (27ms of input lag), on Xbox One with a guitar connected via a Bluetooth dongle.

The note charts are easy to read, so much so that I don’t even think I need a scroll speed modifier. Yes, For the first time since 2006 (on console) there doesn’t seem to be a hyperspeed option in this Guitar Hero. Unfortunately, with this revelation comes the fact there doesn’t seem to be a practice mode either. Which would be nice for some of the more difficult songs on GHTV.

Hammer-on’s are easy to spot as they are now glowing blue and Hero Power notes now have lightning bolts inside them. A great nod to advanced players shows up as marking note streaks by a glowing yellow note, and when you 100% a song it will end it by saying FULL COMBO, sweet!

There’s no DLC in this game? I can’t buy anything? Why!?

You don’t need to spend any money to play GHTV (you don’t need Xbox Live Gold or PS+ either). I am confident that you won’t have to spend your money to buy tokens if you don’t want to. As of playing right now I am rank 10 and have 40+ tokens and I’ve only used them five times. I may have a bit more open mindedness towards the music curated for me but even the most left field songs, like for instance Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night provided an engaging and fun guitar chart.

There is a lot to talk about with GHTV, and frankly a lot of unknowns that still haven’t been answered by Activision. However, for all I know they could be seriously changed in the next few months (see: there’s going to be a third channel). For now it’s (GHTV) a revolutionary idea that you really have to see in action to believe.

Most importantly if you are reading this review I can assure you:

You won’t need to spend money to get tokens.

If you do feel the need to play only what’s On Demand or you just want to go right into the Avenged Sevenfold Premium Show there is an option to unlock everything for 24 hours for $5.99 which may be a good option if you are planning on going for a FC of The Looking Glass.

A friend came over and we went in on GHTV, Your score is still ranked in this mode although the leaderboard totem was hidden (it showed up once and blocked part of my fretboard) and it still rewards coins towards unlocks and more importantly Plays.

I have noticed that the amount of coins you earn past Rank 10 does decrease a tiny bit but the Hero Cash free barrier of entry is 1,800 coins for three play tokens, and failing that you could use the voucher inside your game case for $9.99 of Hero Cash. (later discovered this was a review incentive)

Heck, I even got 600 coins just for signing into GHTV today, and that amount changes everyday from what I’ve seen.


All the best songs are on GHTV! This is the worst soundtrack everrrrr

The soundtrack for the on disc portion of the game is certainly a mixed bag. Heavily geared towards the post-2000 era it has definitely alienated many of Guitar Hero’s core supporters, but the song choices really mesh well with the game. The only song I am somewhat baffled by is the Avril Lavigne choice, as it wasn’t fun to play and it seems like in general an odd song to include from her catalog. The final setlist of the game consists of three classic rock songs, one of them so difficult that my performance ended with a janitor sweeping an empty club in front of me… Harsh.

Much like questioning the six button decision I guess you’ll just have to play through the game and see for yourself. Basically, if I can find enjoyment in a Linkin Park song you can stomach the lack of Foo Fighters!

The blister on my pinky (yes I used it for the third button) says otherwise about these songs not providing a challenge.

FSG knows how to make a pretty interface

What’s on the menu?

This is probably the best looking Guitar Hero game in a long time when it comes to UI, the song selection screen is sleek and contains all the information you need, each music festival has a really nice layout for the band schedule and even features an unlockable program of sorts for all the bands. If you get all 5*s you unlock more and from what I can see 5*ing all the songs on each festival will unlock a hidden song featuring the dev team performing.

Another nice touch is the radio banter and tweets after each performance, they can either make you feel great or make you laugh at how bad you were. Immersion!

GHTV really feels like you are watching a MTV channel complete with CG interludes/intros and atmospheric music to break up the shows on both channels (GHTV1 and GHTV2). Yes, there are commercials but they aren’t to market outside products, just to let you know what’s available for On Demand. You may use the times to grab a drink or snack or maybe just to rest your fingers.

There are some negatives that almost seem like a throwback to past Guitar Heros of old. The sorting in quickplay is non-existent! You just sort by artist and after you play a song you are right back to the top of the list. I know, I know there’s only 45 songs but come on… It’s fine in GHTV though, strange.

Also special shout out to “auto-calibration” not sure how it does what it does but wow, it’s bang on!

Guitar Hero Live is a great game. It’s better than I ever imagined it would be and I’m excited to see this revival of plastic guitar games. However, there were some issues I ran into during my review:

  • Occasionally there was slight video stuttering that occurred which threw the track off-sync temporarily.
  • You can’t have multiple profiles signed in when two guitars are connected
  • 1 vs. 1 on GHTV isn’t in yet, but will be implemented post-launch. It’s being called Rivals Mode.
  • There’s no Bass and I can’t figure out why. It seems like something that could easily be done for some select tracks (you don’t have to chart drums or anything, come on).
  • There really should be a practice mode, this game isn’t easy.
  • The entry to get into a Premium Show seems flaky, you play a song and get three stars and it doesn’t let you know you accomplished anything, you just get kicked back to the selection screen for premium shows.
  • It’s not clear how you select your difficulty in the game, it’s all done through the pause menu but an unseasoned player wouldn’t know to do that.
  • I’ve tapped the GHTV button while strumming twice.
  • With all the GHTV upgrades (Adding more Hero Power phrases for example) I almost wish there was a classic leaderboard where it just had normal Starpower. Note: You start off with a Bomb that clears all the notes on screen and gives you points from them.
  • Hangar 18 is the music video version, and Won’t Get Fooled Again is the single version. Might as well ruin that for everyone now.
  • You can’t own a song, even though there were numerous interviews which said otherwise

Despite these drawbacks Guitar Hero Live in my opinion is one of the best Guitar Hero games of all time.

@FSGStudio Now put some Death Grips on GHTV.

Activision provided The Hero Feed with a two guitar bundle + microphone for Xbox One for purposes of this review. The reviewer was unable to get vocal implementation to work.

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