Guitar Hero

Activision Blizzard is reporting that sales of tracks on the Guitar Hero platform have tripled on average.

Some examples from last year:

  • Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987), Geffen, released on “Guitar Hero III” Oct. 27, 2007: 38,000 downloads, up 153 percent.
  • Pat Benatar, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (1980), Chrysalis, released on “Guitar Hero III,” Oct. 27, 2007: 9,800 downloads, up 180 percent.
  • Aerosmith, “Dream On” (1973), Columbia, released on “Guitar Hero III,” Oct. 27, 2007: 10,000 downloads, up 15 percent.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Suck My Kiss” (1992), Warner Bros., released on “Guitar Hero III,” Oct. 27, 2007: 3,900 downloads, up 200 percent.
  • Nirvana, “In Bloom” (1992), DGC, released on “Rock Band,” Nov. 20, 2007: 9,000 downloads, up 543 percent.
  • KISS, “Detroit Rock City” (1976), Casablanca, released on “Rock Band,” Nov. 20, 2007: 3,400 downloads, up 89 percent.
  • David Bowie, “Suffragette City” (1976), RCA, released on “Rock Band,” Nov. 20, 2007: 1,700 downloads, up 55 percent.
  • R.E.M., “Orange Crush” (1988), Warner Bros., released on “Rock Band,” Nov. 20, 2007: 3,200 downloads, up 256 percent.
  • Smashing Pumpkins, “Cherub Rock” (1993), Virgin, released on “Rock Band” on Nov. 20, 2007: 6,600 downloads, up 843 percent.


2 replies
  1. Michael Weening
    Michael Weening says:

    Hola Richard – We just opened our ‘ONE’ Christmas Eve present with the boys (We are big on the opening in the morning) and it was Guitar Hero World Tour .. the full band set.

    What a blast. Drums. Guitars and the microphone. I have to admit, I got hold of that mic and started belting out ‘Band on the Run’ and I was hooked.

    Seconds later I am rooting through XBOX LIVE and the extensive list of add on songs. Fantastic family fun (I will not share the video that Narda secretly filmed!)

    What a great game … and there are a few more like this that should have the same impact on the market (LIPS being a big one – the dual microphone game).

    All the best to the family – hope you have an amazing CHRISTMAS! Looking forward to catching up in January.


  2. Richard Cleaver
    Richard Cleaver says:

    Hi Michael. We are having a great break. We have the two XBOX consoles very active with the new titles we received this Christmas 😉

    As Josh and I are both accomplished players, we have yet to see a need for virtual play. Having said that, I did notice that Guitar hero has a new Fender Strat.

    I like Strats 🙂


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