guitar hero – Link Wray Legend http://linkwraylegend.com/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 09:33:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://linkwraylegend.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-18-120x120.png guitar hero – Link Wray Legend http://linkwraylegend.com/ 32 32 10 Best Rock Guitar Solos of the 90s https://linkwraylegend.com/10-best-rock-guitar-solos-of-the-90s/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 23:35:18 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/10-best-rock-guitar-solos-of-the-90s/ Compared to the rest of the rock scene that had come and gone, the ’90s wasn’t necessarily prime time for the guitar hero. Although you still had bands like Aerosmith and Van Halen dominating the early rock landscape, the new wave of alternative music didn’t think to concern itself with solos so often. When a […]]]>

Compared to the rest of the rock scene that had come and gone, the ’90s wasn’t necessarily prime time for the guitar hero. Although you still had bands like Aerosmith and Van Halen dominating the early rock landscape, the new wave of alternative music didn’t think to concern itself with solos so often. When a great piece of music came along it was an absolute spectacle.

As the decade progressed, the guitar hero began to creep back into the mainstream slightly, with songs that sounded like a major musical event every time they played on the radio. While some of the pin-up bands of the day may have had a basic understanding of the guitar, it was these people who really honed their craft and gave us something a lot more offbeat than what we had. seen before.

However, it didn’t break down barriers left and right, and most guitarists were more than happy to throw in guitar solos that were a great homage to the old guitar heroes that had come before them. No matter how many people say the shine is gone, the guitar still hasn’t stopped threatening the guitar community. We played with heart, but still had the chops to back it up.

There are probably a ton of guitarists looking at this article who are really confused right now. Of all the places to start with the guitar heroes of the 90s, how on earth are we talking about the same band that made songs like I Want It That Way? Well, if you’ve looked past all the hair gels and sick dance moves, Larger Than Life is a bit of a dark horse in the guitar community.

It’s also not like the guitar solo is hidden in the background. No, this thing pretty much announces itself from the start, opting for some weird bending techniques before launching into insane triplet rhythms as it goes through different scales. There are even some small accents that seem to be lifted straight from the classic rock playbook, sounding much more like the glory days of rock and roll.

Imagine if you had a guitarist like Angus Young and then asked him to write a solo that sounded like he was trying to be Steve Vai and you’d probably end up with something pretty close to what you hear here. While you can be sure none of the Backstreet Boys have actually played this, they certainly carry high-level players whenever they work in the studio.

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Beloved Alabama Rock Band Reunites for Shows in 2022, Full Tour in 2023 https://linkwraylegend.com/beloved-alabama-rock-band-reunites-for-shows-in-2022-full-tour-in-2023/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 16:43:00 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/beloved-alabama-rock-band-reunites-for-shows-in-2022-full-tour-in-2023/ They scored rock radio hits. Shot with Van Halen, Aerosmith and Robert Plant. And they’re probably the biggest, baddest hard rock band to ever come out of Alabama. And now 90s favorites Brother Cane are back. Singer/guitarist Damon Johnson and the band’s original bassist Glenn Maxey are reuniting for gigs this year. The new line-up […]]]>

They scored rock radio hits. Shot with Van Halen, Aerosmith and Robert Plant. And they’re probably the biggest, baddest hard rock band to ever come out of Alabama.

And now 90s favorites Brother Cane are back. Singer/guitarist Damon Johnson and the band’s original bassist Glenn Maxey are reuniting for gigs this year. The new line-up also includes Aerosmith touring musician Buck Johnson on keyboards and backing vocals, and Johnson’s solo band drummer Jared Pope.

The first announced show is for 8 p.m. on April 22 at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee. Tickets start at $20 and go on sale at 3 p.m. March 3 via paysbig.com/shows/brother-cane.

At the time, the Midwest was an important market for Brother Cane. Johnson has maintained those ties for decades, during an impressive career that included playing guitar in Alice Cooper’s touring band and as a late-day member of Thin Lizzy. Last year, Johnson got the call to play guitar for Southern rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd, replacing original member Gary Rossington, who is recovering from heart problems.

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Johnson tells AL.com he plans to add Brother Cane gigs later this year for Birmingham, the city where the band was founded, and Nashville, where he currently resides. Maxey is a resident and native of Huntsville.

Brother Cane released their self-titled debut album in 1993 on Virgin Records. Sonically, the music evoked a mixture of Black Crowes and Guns N’ Roses. Brother Cane’s signature hit: the metallic boogie ‘Got No Shame’, powered by Birmingham blues legend Topper Price’s searing harmonica. Other hits from the first album included the soul ballad “Hard Act To Follow”, “That Don’t Satisfy Me”. In addition to Johnson and Maxey, Brother Cane’s debut album and tour lineup included drummer Scott Collier and rhythm guitarist Roman Glick.

After their 22 shows, a full Brother Cane tour will follow in 2023, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album, as well as new music from the band. “I’m just over the moon about it,” Johnson said. “Brother Cane fans are some of the most passionate I’ve encountered in all my travels.” I’m certainly proud of all these songs, and the guys and I can’t wait to bring them to the public once again.

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By the band’s second album, “Seeds” in 1995, they parted ways with Maxey, moved Glick to bass and brought Huntsville guitarist Dave Anderson into the fold. “Seeds” spawned the number one rock hit “And Fools Shine On”. This second line-up remained intact for Brother Cane’s third and (so far) final album, “Whishpool”. This LP found the band significantly modernizing their sound, as heard on the rock radio chart “‘I Lie In The Bed I Make’.”

After the “Wishpool” touring cycle, Brother Cane disbanded. Glick then joined the southern hard rock band Jackyl. Anderson joined the classic rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section. Maxey drifted away from music, working in industrial electronics for 28 years before reemerging in 2021 to join the solo band of Travis McCready, former frontman of rising Mississippi band Bishop Gunn. Johnson did Brother Cane’s final shows in 2012, with a lineup that included Anderson, Collier and bassist Flip Cooper.

The Brother Cane 2022 show setlist will rely heavily on the debut album, which turns 30 next year. Johnson says the set will include songs the band hasn’t played since the original era, deep cuts they’ve never performed live, as well as hits from “Seeds” and “Wishpool.”

U.S. entertainers Alice Cooper and Damon Johnson perform at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, London, England, Sunday, June 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Jeffers)PA

In addition to tours with Cooper, Lizzy and Skynyrd (with whom Johnson will play again in 2022), Johnson has co-written songs recorded by stars like Sammy Hagar and Stevie Nicks. Johnson has also built a solid solo career. In 2020, he released his strongest solo effort to date, Damon Johnson & The Get Ready’s “Battle Lessons” album, which found Johnson, who grew up in Monroeville and Geraldine, returning to his hard-hitting roots. rock.

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British rock band Puppy announce new album ‘Pure Evil’ https://linkwraylegend.com/british-rock-band-puppy-announce-new-album-pure-evil/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 18:58:06 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/british-rock-band-puppy-announce-new-album-pure-evil/ London rock band PUPPY have announced details of their upcoming new album “Pure Evil”, which will be released on May 6 via Rude Records. Today, the band also shares new track “…And Watched It Glow.” The song had its world premiere last night on Radio 1 with the Rock Show and is the third single […]]]>

London rock band PUPPY have announced details of their upcoming new album “Pure Evil”, which will be released on May 6 via Rude Records. Today, the band also shares new track “…And Watched It Glow.”

The song had its world premiere last night on Radio 1 with the Rock Show and is the third single to be released from the new album, following ‘Angel’ and ‘The Kiss’, the latter featuring parts with Radio’s Jack Saunders and Clara 1. Amfo, in addition to being listed by Revolver Magazine as Track of the Week.

‘Pure Evil’ is an album created, like so much music and art in recent years, from a forced circumstance. While obviously influencing none of this, the current pandemic has certainly created a specific path for PUPPY and this brilliant album, for better and for worse. Singer and guitarist Jock Norton explains a bit about marrying creative drive with a global health meltdown: “We had to dig pretty deep to find the purpose of doing anything, because the global narrative has rightly been shifted towards bigger things. But I think to be honest, that sort of soul-searching had seeped into other aspects of our lives, so being able to record this album kind of gave us a purpose and something to which we useful, even if it was just for us and each other. Like I said, there would be times when it would seem a bit meaningless, but getting to a place where you are at comfortable with it and happy to let the work be its own reward has really helped us grow as a band and as people, I think.”

Summing up this wonderful new album and the struggle to create and carry on through it all *it*, Jock puts it neatly and perfectly: “To us it all feels like a time capsule from this strange period of limbo and I think it’s coming through on the album, or at least I hope it is. Postcards from on board or whatever.

PUPPY formed in 2015 when school friends Jock Norton (vocals, guitar) and Billy Howard (drums) met bassist Will Michael while working in a London bar. the three bonded over playing the soundtrack to cult 80s comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and discovering that Norton and Michael’s vocals worked well together on Van Halen & Metallica’s karaoke versions. Later that same year, the band released their self-titled debut EP, a cheerful mix of swooning Power Pop and beer-guzzling Heavy Metal, which quickly earned comparisons with bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr and ‘Weezer fronted. by Papa Emiritus of Ghost’. (Noisey). Early tracks “Forever” and “The Great Beyond” were picked up and used in the gigantic Guitar Hero video game series, opening the fledgling band to a huge new audience and satisfying their axe-wielding inner children at the same time.

A second EP soon followed in 2016, and ‘Vol ii’ saw the band take their first major steps into the live sphere, with UK festival appearances at Download and 2000 Trees, completing a string of healthy tours with artists. like Creeper and CKY. Between European tours with Kvelertak and Turbowolf, the band retired to the studio in England to begin work on their debut album. The result of a long recording process with producers Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood), Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Boston Manor) and mixer Adrien Bushby (Placebo, Foo Fighters), The Goat was released in January 2019, so that the band was halfway through an epic European tour with Monster Magnet. The album received rave reviews and cemented Puppy’s status as eccentrics in up-and-coming Heavy music.

In support of the album, the band recorded a live set at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale studios (their second) and racked up festival appearances everywhere from Glastonbury to Bloodstock Open Air. That year PUPPY also traveled to the United States for the first time, selling out a headline show at Brooklyn’s iconic St Vitus Bar for Revolver Magazine, as well as heading to Texas for that year’s SXSW festival. -the.

Without missing a beat, the band saw off the year by releasing a surprise EP, ‘iii’, which drew inspiration from their favorite Steve Albini-led productions of the 80s and 90s, taking their dense sound down to its deepest components. gross. The band then embarked on an extensive European tour with Norwegian stoner-punks Bokassa to promote the record before returning home to resume writing for their second full-length album.

Listen to the new single from the album here:

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Rock Band fans build a car from the game intro https://linkwraylegend.com/rock-band-fans-build-a-car-from-the-game-intro/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/rock-band-fans-build-a-car-from-the-game-intro/ More than fifteen years after the first Rock Band, a real band pays homage to the series by recreating the car from the game’s intro. Although they have fallen out of favor in recent years, rhythm games played with plastic instruments formed a major part of 2000s gaming culture due to iconic franchises such as […]]]>

More than fifteen years after the first Rock Band, a real band pays homage to the series by recreating the car from the game’s intro.


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Although they have fallen out of favor in recent years, rhythm games played with plastic instruments formed a major part of 2000s gaming culture due to iconic franchises such as Guitar Hero and Rock band. Today, more than fifteen years after the first Rock band launched, a real band plans to pay homage to the series in a music video.

Rock band is a series of rhythm games released in 2007 by developer Harmonix, which previously created the Guitar Hero series in collaboration with RedOctane before the two companies were acquired by MTV Games. The two series would be developed in parallel from then on, with Harmonix creating Rock band and Activision subsidiary Neversoft, suing Guitar Hero series.

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Inspired by the Rock band series and wanting to pay homage to him, the Vella la Vella group customized a car using the car of the Rock band intro cutscene as a reference, making room to fit a battery inside and taking a shot with several band members standing on top of the vehicle. In the original version Rock band and rock band 2, a similar car is seen driving through a desert with a similar drum set and a drummer and vocalist on top. The only design changes are out of necessity and for safety, as the band actually plans to shoot a music video using this vehicle.



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In the same post showing the car, Vella la Vella appeals to music video producers to help recreate the intro for Rock band. That would no doubt be an impressive feat, but shooting video above a moving vehicle poses a lot of security concerns. even with the wooden structure behind the drummer, it would be very easy for something to go wrong and band members to be injured. As such, it seems likely that the car will be used more as a static prop in a CGI video, but Vella la Vella has yet to reveal what the exact plans are.

the Rock band series at its peak managed to use the foundations laid in Guitar Hero to expand to a wider target market with a variety of music genres. As such, it makes sense that both series inspired players to learn real instruments, with the latest Rock band the games even work as real learning tools with the Pro mode.


Despite the genre’s stagnant sales in the 2010s, plastic instrument rhythm sets are beginning to make a comeback in fan endeavors as clone hero, Phase shiftand Unplugged Air Guitar. Specific to Harmonix rock band 4 is also an option, and with Activision executives discussing reviving Guitar Hero thanks to new resources from Microsoft’s acquisition, plastic instrument rhythm sets may have a bright future.

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Rock Band Creator Harmonix Joins Epic Games To Develop Musical Journeys For Fortnite https://linkwraylegend.com/rock-band-creator-harmonix-joins-epic-games-to-develop-musical-journeys-for-fortnite/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 13:46:07 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/rock-band-creator-harmonix-joins-epic-games-to-develop-musical-journeys-for-fortnite/ Epic Games has announced the acquisition of Harmonix, a studio known for its Rock Band series. The team will create special musical content for Fortnite as part of the game’s evolution towards the metaverse. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. FUSION Harmonix’s expertise will help Epic Games reinvent the way music is […]]]>


Epic Games has announced the acquisition of Harmonix, a studio known for its Rock Band series. The team will create special musical content for Fortnite as part of the game’s evolution towards the metaverse. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

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Harmonix’s expertise will help Epic Games reinvent the way music is created, distributed and experienced.

“Music already brings together millions of people in Fortnite, from our emoticons to concerts and world events ”, Alain Tascan, vice-president of game development at Epic Games. noted. “Together with the Harmonix team, we will transform the way players experience music, from passive listeners to active participants. “

It is not known exactly what content Harmonix will work on. Maybe the studio will help add musical instruments and new music-related game mechanics to Fortnite.

Despite the acquisition, Harmonix will continue to support and develop its existing titles. FUSION and other games will still be available on Steam, and players will soon have the 25th season for Rock group 4.

Harmonix, founded in 1995, is best known for its various rhythm games for consoles, PC and VR. The company’s portfolio includes popular series like Guitar Hero, Rock band, and Dance center.


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Epic recovers Harmonix, creator of the rock group https://linkwraylegend.com/epic-recovers-harmonix-creator-of-the-rock-group/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 17:52:51 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/epic-recovers-harmonix-creator-of-the-rock-group/ Fortnite Manufacturer Epic Games has announced its latest acquisition: Harmonix, the studio behind iconic music games like Guitar Hero and Rock band. In a blog post, Harmonix stated that support for existing games like Rock band and Fuser unit would continue. The studio also explained their expansion plans in – what else? – the metaverse. […]]]>


Fortnite Manufacturer Epic Games has announced its latest acquisition: Harmonix, the studio behind iconic music games like Guitar Hero and Rock band.

In a blog post, Harmonix stated that support for existing games like Rock band and Fuser unit would continue. The studio also explained their expansion plans in – what else? – the metaverse. “Now we’re going to be working with Epic to once again challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical playing experiences to the metaverse, and we couldn’t be more excited,” the blog read. In this context, Epic says that the studio “will develop musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.

Music has become a growing priority for Epic, following the great success of virtual concerts inside Fortnite by Travis Scott and Ariana Grande. And according to the company, picking up Harmonix fits with that musical goal. “Music already brings together millions of people in Fortnite, from our emoticons to concerts and global events, ”said Alain Tascan, Epic’s vice president of game development, in a statement. “Together with the Harmonix team, we will transform the way players experience music, from passive listeners to active participants. “

Epic has made a number of premier game development acquisitions over the past few years, including Rocket league studio Psyonix and Mediatonic, the team behind fall guys.


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Interview with Matthew Nordhaus https://linkwraylegend.com/interview-with-matthew-nordhaus/ https://linkwraylegend.com/interview-with-matthew-nordhaus/#respond Sat, 02 Oct 2021 16:08:19 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/interview-with-matthew-nordhaus/ These days, Harmonix is ​​best known for bringing a false sense of musical virtuosity to the masses by making them feel like a rock star or a professional dancer. Through Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central, the small Boston-based developer has made it clear that it’s about music. But recently, Harmonix tried something a […]]]>


These days, Harmonix is ​​best known for bringing a false sense of musical virtuosity to the masses by making them feel like a rock star or a professional dancer.

Through Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central, the small Boston-based developer has made it clear that it’s about music. But recently, Harmonix tried something a little different; a little older, frankly. They went beyond the kind of rhythm game they had helped raise awareness and returned to a more frenetic, more frenetic, arcade-like experience. Rock Band Blitz, even though it went by the name of Rock Band, was not another attempt to tell the familiar tale of the rise of a struggling group. It was about jumping “lanes” in the infamous Notes Highway, crazy power-ups that blew your score up, and ultimately bragging and being touted on Facebook by your friends. There was always the music you liked, you just played it in a new way.

So how does such a different game come out of House That Rock Built? We had the chance to speak to Matthew Nordhaus, the Rock Band Blitz project manager to find out.

C&G Review: Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you come to work in games?

I think the overlords here felt that I had enough experience in different areas to take this weird idea of ​​user-generated content for Rock Band and make it a reality.

Matthieu Nordhaus: I’ve always been a nerd, and I loved arcade and PC games growing up, so I got a computer science degree in college. A friend I met there went to work for Activision in making games, and then in 2000 he started a games company. I went to work for him starting as a programmer – and the only employee – and gradually progressed to working as a designer, then lead designer, then producer and project manager. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work on quite a variety of games in a number of different roles over the past 12 years.

SGC: What have been your past projects in the industry?

MN: I worked on Dungeon Siege’s first expansion, Legends of Aranna, as well as a number of PC strategy games; Star Trek Armada I and II, and a number of Empire Earth titles. Since joining Harmonix, I have mainly worked on the Rock Band Network, our user-generated content initiative, and then on Rock Band Blitz.

SGC: How did you switch to Harmonix? The games you worked on were RPG and combat oriented, it must have been a big step to get into virtual dance and musicality.

MN: I was hired to lead the Rock Band Network’s creative team, which was a pretty unique endeavor; during development I had to do design, production and project management all at the same time. There was nothing like it. I think the overlords here felt that I had enough experience in different areas to take this weird idea of ​​user-generated content for Rock Band and make it a reality. In the end, it was tough, but a lot of fun.

SGC: Until now, Harmonix has been best known for its virtual “rhythm master” games that make people feel like rock stars or dancers, but Blitz is a definite step backwards to the roots of frequency. or amplitude. What was the thought behind it?

The first and main goal was to allow players to use the enormous Rock Band library without a plastic instrument.MN: It shares some similarities in terms of appearance, but Rock Band Blitz was designed, from the start, as a Rock Band game. The first and main goal was to allow players to use the huge Rock Band library without a plastic instrument, so that they could experience the music they owned in a new way. When we started prototyping it, we realized that some of the ambitious themes that always came out as the center of Rock Band – “Be a Rock Star” – didn’t make as much sense for a smaller game like Rock. Band Blitz. So we focused on making it fast, strong, and fun, like the arcade games a lot of us played when we first discovered video games.

SGC: How did the design process go to design Blitz?

MN: The Rock Band Blitz design process involved a lot of prototyping. We had a playable game very early on in the process, and for almost three months a small team, only three or four people, pondered a lot of different ideas about how the game could be fun; multiple control schemes, different track layouts, alternative multiplier mechanics, Blitz mode changes, etc. We tried to rearrange the design over and over again to find the fun. As with any game at Harmonix, we have a core of people who have created many beatmatch games, and we rely on them to guide development. You could say that every game we make is indebted to all of our previous games, as we learn and change the way things behave. All of them are their own special snowflakes, of course, but there are UI elements and player attention rules that we’ve realized are central to the beatmatch experience, so we don’t. ‘let’s not try to reinvent them.

SGC: With Blitz, Harmonix said he can still craft addicting and edgy games that would appeal to the hardcore ranking player. Are we going to see more in that direction?

MN: I can’t say that Rock Band Blitz is any indication of a Harmonix master plan. Every time we start a new game we try to create something fun and compelling, and every time the game responds. We learn something and it helps us decide what to do next. This is not always what we expect. [Smiles]

SGC: Will Blitz expand to other social platforms like Google+ for those who can’t or don’t want to use Facebook?

MN: We’re always interested in new frontiers for Rock Band World, but at the moment we don’t have specific plans to grow.

SGC: How did the decision to make it more of a social media experience come about?

NM: People generally have a much larger friend list on Facebook than on their consoles. We suspected that letting you play against your Facebook friends might be a richer experience. When you look at the leaderboards in Rock Band World, for example, it’s not just that there are more people, you also know who those people are in real life: you can see their picture, their playing history. and, most importantly, you can taunt and humiliate them easily when you beat their score …

SGC: Will we ever see a portable version of Blitz? It seems to work well for devices like the Vita, 3DS, and maybe phones and tablets.

MN: Boy, I would love to play Rock Band Blitz on my tablet. No plans at the moment however.

SGC: Blitz has shown that music can be an integral part of the traditional action / arcade game experience, but what about other genres? Could Harmonix make an adventure game with music or an RPG?

NM: Absoutely. I firmly believe that the crazy geniuses here at Harmonix could take almost any genre and use the music, rhythm, or beatmatch mechanics to make it better. Rock Band has always had an effective story arc; transform your party from rags to riches, accomplished with just a few cutscenes. For Dance Central 3, we took that narrative design a step further and created, frankly, a completely mundane storyline for a dance game, having to do with time travel and dance battles and… well, you just have to. to play it. Watching this team flex their narrative muscles was fun. And a little scary. Imagine what they could do if we put them into a storytelling game!


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Soapbox: The era of rock band, guitar hero and plastic instruments was silly but special https://linkwraylegend.com/soapbox-the-era-of-rock-band-guitar-hero-and-plastic-instruments-was-silly-but-special/ https://linkwraylegend.com/soapbox-the-era-of-rock-band-guitar-hero-and-plastic-instruments-was-silly-but-special/#respond Sun, 12 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/soapbox-the-era-of-rock-band-guitar-hero-and-plastic-instruments-was-silly-but-special/ Image: Harmonix Over the past few weeks, it’s been a lot of fun sharing a huge range of music-themed features at the Nintendo Life VGM Festival. Much of our focus, and rightly so, has been to showcase the incredible talents behind the soundtracks and audio design that we enjoy in games. For a change, however, […]]]>


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Over the past few weeks, it’s been a lot of fun sharing a huge range of music-themed features at the Nintendo Life VGM Festival. Much of our focus, and rightly so, has been to showcase the incredible talents behind the soundtracks and audio design that we enjoy in games. For a change, however, I wanted to reflect on a bygone era when plastic instruments and wish fulfillment were all the rage – the era of Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Like The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones, or Blur vs Oasis, these two brands went head-to-head during the 2000s, and in a few dizzying years, we’ve had a whole bunch of rhythm sets and matching props that flooded the world. Marlet. I had no allegiance anyway, jumping between IPs depending on what game I liked, and the Legacy is a pile of colorful plastic instruments in the attic, dusty and in a boring, barely working case. Yet, just last Christmas, I dutifully dusted them out for some cooperative music.

While some families play Mario Party and Mario Kart, when it comes to multiplayer games over the holidays – as well as real board games, of course – it’s a little different in my parents’ house. Of course my parents are retired and my brother and I are rushing into our fifties [aren’t you already middle-aged? – Ed], but we still get together at the end of the year and do pretty much the same things as 20 years ago. Our routines are well established and I don’t think we’ll ever change them on purpose.

Even in the old days, we weren’t exactly the photogenic 20-year-old group of the commercials – my brother and I would swap between bass and lead guitar, and my parents sometimes joined in too. Then there’s the Rock Band drums, silly stuff that’s actually really loud like a toy.

We also happen to be a music loving family. My brother played the clarinet back to the dawn of time, and in my teens I was serious enough in my musical studies to flirt with the idea of ​​becoming a professional classical musician. My parents are huge music fans too, so for years these games – the Wii versions in this case – were staple. Last Christmas one of the Guitar Hero guitars barely worked, but we still made the most of it. The allure never fades.

We have a few Guitar Hero inputs, which are ideal for classic rock tracks. My absolute favorite though, and the one that brings everyone in the room, is The Beatles: Rock Band. My dad plays all the games the least, but adores The Beatles, and growing up listening to their albums, I feel like I know pretty much every lyric they wrote. This is the game where we get closer to a full band – guitar, bass, and drums, and it’s still one of the best fun.

And really, as a project, it was probably the peak of the time. There’s no question that EA, MTV Games, and Harmonix had to bend over backwards to secure the rights to the most famous band of all time, and what’s fascinating is that the work they did by mixing the tracks has provided copies of the music of The Beatles of the highest quality. had been heard so far. Giles Martin – son of famous Beatles producer George Martin – painstakingly deconstructed and improved the source recordings, which were then converted into “stems” that can support each part and their gameplay. The type of work done on the game is still used now to produce iconic record mixes.

Even on Wii, which of course was 480p standard definition, the game looked fantastic. The development team clearly respected and admired the band, as the style and quality of the clips / performances of each track was magnificent. It was like playing through a historic reimagining of a golden age of music. Absolutely wonderful.

And look, neither of us claimed that it made us good at real instruments. The drum parts have been simplified, and while I can play some instruments, the guitar isn’t one of them – being able to kill rock pieces on a plastic ax with colorful knobs doesn’t make me one. guitarist. But what a silly pleasure it was, a real wish fulfillment, executed with aplomb.

Sadly, EA and Activision – as publishers – overplayed their hands during this time, flooding the market with too many sequels and variations on expensive props. Sales plummeted and an attempt to return a generation later failed.

Like many great moments, it was a flame that burned too hot. But still, come on vacation, I’ll dust off these instruments one more time and “play” wonderful music once again, with a little help from my friends.


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It’s time for Guitar Hero and Rock Band to make their comeback https://linkwraylegend.com/its-time-for-guitar-hero-and-rock-band-to-make-their-comeback/ https://linkwraylegend.com/its-time-for-guitar-hero-and-rock-band-to-make-their-comeback/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/its-time-for-guitar-hero-and-rock-band-to-make-their-comeback/ As game enthusiasts look for new board games to try out, Rock Band and Guitar Hero are set to make a comeback to breathe new life into the genre. It doesn’t seem like that long ago, rhythm games were the most popular must-have video game titles. With games like Rock band and Guitar Hero all […]]]>


As game enthusiasts look for new board games to try out, Rock Band and Guitar Hero are set to make a comeback to breathe new life into the genre.


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It doesn’t seem like that long ago, rhythm games were the most popular must-have video game titles. With games like Rock band and Guitar Hero all the way up it seemed like the rhythm game was here to stay. Unfortunately, the two big franchises ended around the same time with Rock group 4 and Guitar Hero Live in 2015 with seemingly no hope for future iterations of either series. This is such a shame as both franchises have played a major role in shaping the musical tastes of many young video game fans and now that they are gone, apparently for good, there isn’t much to it. play space to take their place.

It’s been over five years since a new entry into either franchise, so it looks like the time has come to Rock band and Guitar Hero to make a comeback. Even if Rock group 4 and Guitar Hero Live were supposed to turn both series upside down and breathe new life into them, they didn’t have the impact they expected as both games reported relatively low sales numbers. It looks like both titles tried to shake things up too soon after following the status quo for so long, but now that it’s been over half a decade, it looks like now, more than ever, the new entries. Would suit fans of the series well.

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The 2020s are perfect for rock bands and guitarists

Rock Band 4 is seen more as a reboot of the series than a sequel

Now that 2021 is drawing to a close, the current landscape of the game is pretty clear. Most AAA studios focus on the live service model and the Couch Co-op only lives in titles like It takes two Where Mario Party Superstars. While the emphasis on the live service isn’t inherently bad, it’s a shame that board games are on the way out of sorts. Titles like Jackbox Party games as well as Among us have proven over the past year that the genre doesn’t need to go away if new games are to take it in a new direction. Yes Rock band Where Guitar Hero were to return, they could bring players together once again to enjoy a dying genre and hopefully breathe new life into it.

As the pandemic always looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, music fans are looking for a safe way to enjoy concerts without risking getting sick. Rock band and Guitar Hero could perhaps help take that itch out of the concert, as vaccinated people can safely get together in groups to enjoy an evening of music and games. Even if Rock group 4 is compatible with the latest generation of consoles, finding new sets of its instruments locally is not particularly easy, so a new iteration of the game would be much more convenient.

Additionally, there has been a lot of great music that has been released since 2015 that would make perfect featured tracks for a new one. Rock band Where Guitar Hero. While Rock group 4 continues to add music to its library, the issue of accessibility to its controllers remains a major issue. By creating a new version of the games with many new featured tracks, Rock band and Guitar hero could once again attract the attention of music fans. There are definitely more issues to be addressed with each series, however, it looks like the 2020s are going to be a major turning point in the game and both. Rock band and Guitar Hero could be a part of it if they got some exciting new entries that took the definition of rhythm playing further than ever before.

Rock group 4 is now available on PS4 and Xbox One.

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The 10 songs of the hardest rock bands, ranked https://linkwraylegend.com/the-10-songs-of-the-hardest-rock-bands-ranked/ https://linkwraylegend.com/the-10-songs-of-the-hardest-rock-bands-ranked/#respond Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:25:00 +0000 https://linkwraylegend.com/the-10-songs-of-the-hardest-rock-bands-ranked/ Although its popularity has waned over the past decade, in its heyday, Rock Band was the envy of many game companies for being one of the highest grossing games of its time. He had a simple concept of four instruments, vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, playing together to complete songs of varying difficulty. RELATED: The […]]]>


Although its popularity has waned over the past decade, in its heyday, Rock Band was the envy of many game companies for being one of the highest grossing games of its time. He had a simple concept of four instruments, vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, playing together to complete songs of varying difficulty.

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Like its bitter rival Guitar Hero, some of Rock Band’s songs are so harsh that they have been looked down upon by many of their fans. These songs are some of the toughest in games, songs that match the difficulty of Guitar Hero’s more difficult songs, and it might make you wonder how the original musicians even made the song in the first place.


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Visions By Anomaly – Rock Band 2

Singer sings Visions as guitar notes descend from the screen

A death metal song that is a barrage of music nonstop until the end. Rock Band 2 manages to sum up the chaos of this song with quick notes and barely a place for a break with constant tempo changes to confuse you.

While every instrument struggles with this screaming party, the bass is the most difficult of all, as you wouldn’t expect the bass section to be so difficult. Always keep your guard with this one.

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Train kept a rollin by Aerosmith – rock band

Guitar notes descend on screen as singer sings Train Kept A Rollin

Before Guitar Hero gave Aerosmith their own game, it was Rock Band that included this classic song from the legendary rock band. The song unexpectedly resumes in parts, causing more notes to attack the screen.

Joe Perry’s guitar flaws make the guitar the hardest instrument for this song, as the notes run your fingers across the controller. It’s a difficult song to master, especially when playing with HR turned on.

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Run To The Hills par Iron Maiden – Rock band

Guitarist plays hard in Run To The Hills

A song that starts off pretty slow, you might think you’ll have an easy time with this 80s rock classic unless you know the song. The beat suddenly picks up and it’s only left at a normal beat for the duration of the song as Bruce Dickinson’s vocals light up your ears.

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The drummer however has the hardest part for this song as the notes quickly enter the screen right out of the door, having no time to rest at all.

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Jerry Was A Race Car Driver By Primus – Rock Band 3

An Expert FC Bass Sneak Peek For Jerry Was A Racecar Driver

It’s a song that has been in several games. It’s not too bad for the most part, unless you’re the bassist for this song. In that case, be prepared for a bad time.

Bass takes center stage as the predominant instrument, as the getgo bass notes appear on screen at a rapid pace. Fucking it all up can cost your band the song, as most of the heavy lifting of the song falls on the bassist.

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Bohemian Rhapsody By Queen – Rock Group 4

Three players (guitarist, bassist and drummer) play Bohemian Rhapsody as the singer tries his best to emulate Freddie Mercury

Another song where most of the heavy lifting is on one person, this time around the singer has to match the pitch and rhythm of Freddie Mercury’s legendary vocals almost perfectly. It starts off pretty easily until you get to the quick part of the song that was made famous in the Wayne’s World movie.

Not only is it fast for the singer, but it switches between bass and treble at extremely high rates. If you’re trying to sing this one, make sure you have a buddy on another instrument to help you out when you fall in battle.

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Painkiller By Judas Priest – Rock Band 2

Painkiller played on drums on Expert difficulty

You will realize right away that the title of this song is ironic because it actually creates pain instead of healing it. It’s especially loud and clear to whoever ends up being the drummer in this song.

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The kick drum that serves as the kick drum is relentless in this song, and you may find yourself squeezing it almost non-stop with your leg. Expect both a sense of accomplishment and a finished workout when you finish this song.

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The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails – Rock Band

Blue Notes Pour Out During The Perfect Drug's Guitar Performance

Originally included as downloadable content for The First Rock Band, those who bought this track probably wished they hadn’t seen how difficult it is. The song is more difficult when played on drums, which perfectly reflects its difficulty on real drums.

The song’s drums have a synth heavy approach that is reflected almost perfectly in Rock Band. Good for immersion but bad for the person who plays the drums on an expert. Its outro offers a little rest for the player despite the strangeness of its sound.

A quiet moment for Battery on guitar before things pick up quickly

Similar to Run To The Hills, the song starts out quite slowly and easily before suddenly shifting to the fast pace Metallica is best known for.

All instruments will struggle with this one, but the singer might have the toughest of everyone. This is due to the speed with which the words are spoken, which does not leave too much time to articulate well. Expect a bad time if you’re not careful.

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Green Grass & High Tides by Outlaws – Rock Band

82 percent of the way through one of the many guitar solos in Green Grass and High Tides

This is a southern rock classic from the 1970s that is listed in the impossible guitar songs section in the game and for good reason. It starts off pretty easily but this melody is as deceptive as a siren’s voice.

But then that turns into a solo guitar show as the tempo picks up because there is little room for error, especially since you won’t get much support from others though. you play with friends. Oh yeah and the song is ten minutes long to add to the stamina factor.

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Operation Ground & Pound by Dragonforce – Rock Band 4

The whole group participates in the speed and anarchy that is Operation Ground and Pound.

Dragonforce gave us the hardest Guitar Hero song, so it makes sense to give us the hardest rock band song as well. Everything Dragonforce is known for, fast tempo and insanely difficult guitar flaws is present in this song.

It’s seven minutes of pure agony for everyone, but it’s doubly good for the guitar as the notes spill onto the screen as you dart your fingers across the buttons in quick succession. Those who can understand this song may consider them to be the best of the best Rock Bands.

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