Aug 162010
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A slew of new track were “leaked” for Rock Band 3 this weekend. This, combined with the odd one or two that have slipped and the six announced at Comicon, makes it a pretty good time to recap what we know is on the new game’s setlist thus far.

Sorted by decade, in descending order:


  • HIM – “Killing Loneliness [Not one of their best, but the way this guy says “kill” just tickles me so that’s a yay.]

  • Ida Mara – “Oh My God [Good high energy alt-punk sound with the ever-appreciated female vocals.]
  • Juanes – “Me Enamora [I wasn’t overly impressed with the Juanes pack a few weeks back, but this has a pretty catchy half latin/half funk groove that I enjoyed.]
  • Metric – “Combat Baby [It’s a good song but I think now I won’t be able to NOT pretend that I’m Envy Adams and The Clash at Demonhead.]
  • Phoenix – “Lasso [Didn’t immediately grab me, but this style of music usually just skims the surface of my brain without repeat listens.]
  • Poni Hoax – “Antibodies [Sounds like it’ll be killer fun on keyboards; huge New Order vibe]
  • Rilo Kiley – “Portions for Foxes [Love Rilo Kiley. Love this song. So thrilled it’s here. The end.]
  • Slipknot – “Before I Forget [Loathed playing this in GH3. We’ll see how a chart that doesn’t hate me plays.]
  • The White Stripes – “The Hardest Button to Button [It’s the White Stripes, you know by now if this is yay for you or not; it is yay for me.]
  • The Vines – “Get Free [Quick two-minute burst of loud resentment; drums sound awesome]
  • Them Crooked Vultures – “Dead End Friends [A supergroup and sounds it]
  • Tokio Hotel – “Humanoid [The Germans are apparently going apoplectic that this is on-disc. I cannot blame them. Really Harmonix?]


  • Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot [Fairly standard grunge fare]

  • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing [I usually hate Janes Addiction but this is the rare song of theirs I don’t mind]
  • Maná – “Oye Mi Amor [Interesting latin pop sound; lead singer has a tonal quality almost like Mexican Sting]
  • Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People [Probably Manson’s signature song; love it, but can see how it may not appeal to everyone]
  • Rammstein – “Du Hast [An industrial staple that’s just going to be a monster]
  • Smash Mouth – “Walkin’ on the Sun [Man it is so disjointed to hear this after Rammstein; but yes, a feel-good song that’s right at home in the diverse setlist]
  • Spacehog – “In the Meantime [It’s Bowie-style glam, there’s no helping me.]
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Plush [More STP has been definitely needed, and this is a perfect choice]


  • Def Leppard – “Foolin’ [Guys. Guys I am STILL floating that we have some actual Def Lep you don’t even know.]

  • Dio – “Rainbow in the Dark [Solid awesome chunk of true 80s metal, so welcome.]
  • Huey Lewis and the News – “The Power of Love [Just going to be a blast and totally working that new keyboard]
  • INXS – “Need You Tonight [Takes me immediately back to middle school; going to have so much fun with this]
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll [The song that started it all, can’t think of another way I’d like to begin again in Pro mode.]
  • Night Ranger – “Sister Christian [I’m motorin! I will be motorin with some regularity.]
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train [The song that we picked to close our our fantasy Guitar Hero back in the day and for good reason. Fan-fucking-tastic song.]
  • Roxette – “The Look [I have to admit, I squee’d a little this morning when I saw this was in the game. Harmonies ftw.]
  • Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World [This is to Mike what Def Leppard was to me. Here’ to more Tears for Fears.]
  • The Cure – “Just Like Heaven [Frankly surprised it took us this long to get some Cure.]
  • Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again [Impossible for me to hear this without Julie Browning the heck out of it, but again, great choice. Really they haven’t taken a wrong step with the 80s yet as far as I’m concerned.]


  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up [Arms open for a new genre]

  • Foreigner – “Cold as Ice [Great use of all the instruments, expect it to be one of those songs where the game and all its parts clicks.]
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody [Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing I say could be more awesome.]
  • The B-52s – “Rock Lobster [You either love it or hate it. I’m on the side of the narwhal.]
  • War – “Low Rider [Couldn’t believe when I saw this in the setlist; I think it’ll be a lot more fun than I initially thought.]
  • Yes – “Roundabout [An 8+ minute epic. That’s all there is to say about it.]


  • David Bowie – “Space Oddity [I admit it – I about peed myself. I have Bowie, Queen and Def Leppard in one game. Absolutely everything else is gravy.]

  • The Doors – “Break On Through (To the Other Side) [It always feels weird to say it, given my tastes, but I actually hate The Doors. All but two songs. This is one of them. Good show HMX.]
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Crosstown Traffic [One of those Hendrix songs that gets overshadowed, but a really great, solid choice.]

(There’s a handful of others songs as well that I had thought were officially confirmed but don’t appear to be quite yet. If/when they are, it will be that much more awesome.)

I was going to go through these with the kind of detail I usually do for my weekly DLC posts, but opted instead for one or two sentence quick thoughts; I’ll go deeper when the 83 song setlist is revealed in its entirety. For now then I’ll simply say that I am in love with this setlist. If this setlist had a mouth, I would kiss it. With tongue. All of this, coupled with the new instruments, new modes, and all-around gameplay improvements, and I can not wait for this game.

26 October! Get here quicker!

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