Rock Band 2

Guitar Hero and Rock Band now have a new contender: Guitar Praise. No, I'm serious. Now you can rock out to "today's most popular Contemporary Christian rock hits." Why would anybody want a Christian-based Guitar Hero clone? Tom Bean, head burrito of Digital Praise, Inc., sez "People love the console guitar games on the market, but many would like more family-friendly songs and graphics." They also put the lyrics on screen, which is apparently innovative. "Having the lyrics onscreen reinforces the positive messages present in Guitar Praise's roster of songs, and allows everyone to take part in the game." That's right, so now when you want to rock out to Eric Carmen and Jars of Clay and...um...early Amy Grant...and...never mind. I don't know any other Christian musical acts. Moving on.

Of course, not everyone is happy about this: Clearrawk, a company that was taking Guitar Hero and Rock Band games and editing out all the bad stuff so that people could rock out to "Sabotage" and not feel Satan's pull, might get put out of business by this move. I suppose they'd better pray on it.

In the meantime, back in Saneville, Rock Band 2 released their list of songs. I've put them below at the bottom of this post for your perusal, but suffice it to say: I will destroy all comers for singing "Chop Suey." I'm just warning you now.

Some notes that MTV pointed out in their press release: Axl Rose is debuting "Shackler's Revenge" from Chinese Democracy on Rock Band 2. Probably because he figured bundled up with 83 other songs is about the only way anyone would buy it.

AC/DC is going to be on the game, the "first and only video game" to include them. Celine Dion version is unlockable.

Also, Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" is on there. There are so many Rock Band singing jokes that could go with Dylan I'm just going to sit this one out.

And Rock Band 1 songs can be upgraded into Rock Band 2. The press release says "most of" the tracks. Here's the full footnote they had on that:

Online connection required. Nominal fee required for export of RB1 soundtrack to compensate music licensors for expanded use. Fee still to-be-determined, but will be under $5. The list of exportable Rock Band 1 tracks has not yet been finalized as music licenses are currently in the process of being re-acquired.

You can pre-order Rock Band from Amazon here:

PS2: Special Edition / Regular Edition
PS3: Special Edition / Regular Edition
Wii: Special Edition / Regular Edition
Xbox 360: Special Edition / Regular Edition


Rock Band 2's 84 Tunes
Artist Song Title Decade
AC/DC "Let There Be Rock" 1970s
AFI "Girl's Gone Grey" 2000's
Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know" 1990's
Alice in Chains "Man in the Box" 1990's
Allman Brothers "Ramblin' Man" 1970's
Avenged Sevenfold "Almost Easy" 2000's
Bad Company "Shooting Star" 1970's
Beastie Boys "So Whatcha Want" 1990's
Beck "E-Pro" 2000's
Bikini Kill "Rebel Girl" 1990's
Billy Idol "White Wedding Pt. I" 1980's
Blondie "One Way or Another" 1970's
Bob Dylan "Tangled Up in Blue" 1970's
Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer" 1980's
Cheap Trick "Hello There" 1970's
Devo "Uncontrollable Urge" 1980's
Dinosaur Jr. "Feel the Pain" 1990's
Disturbed "Down with the Sickness" 2000's
Dream Theater "Panic Attack" 2000's
Duran Duran "Hungry Like the Wolf" 1980's
Elvis Costello "Pump It Up" 1970's
Fleetwood Mac "Go Your Own Way" 1970's
Foo Fighters "Everlong" 1990's
Guns N' Roses "Shackler's Revenge" 2000's
Interpol "PDA" 2000's
Jane's Addiction "Mountain Song" 1980's
Jethro Tull "Aqualung" 1970's
Jimmy Eat World "The Middle" 2000's
Joan Jett "Bad Reputation" 1980's
Journey "Anyway You Want It" 1970's
Judas Priest "Painkiller" 1990's
Kansas "Carry On Wayward Son" 1970's
L7 "Pretend We're Dead" 1990's
Lacuna Coil "Our Truth" 2000's
Linkin Park "One Step Closer" 2000's
Lit "My Own Worst Enemy" 1990's
Lush "De-Luxe" 1990's
Mastodon "Colony of Birchmen" 2000's
Megadeth "Peace Sells" 1980's
Metallica "Battery" 1980's
Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Where'd You Go" 1990's
Modest Mouse "Float On" 2000's
Motorhead "Ace of Spades" 1980's
Nirvana "Drain You" 1990's
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky" 1960's
Panic at the Disco "Nine in the Afternoon" 2000's
Paramore "That's What You Get" 2000's
Pearl Jam "Alive" 1990's
Presidents of the USA "Lump" 1990's
Rage Against the Machine "Testify" 1990's
Ratt "Round & Round" 1980's
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give it Away" 1990's
Rise Against "Give it All" 2000's
Rush "The Trees" 1970's
Silversun Pickups "Lazy Eye" 2000's
Smashing Pumpkins "Today" 1990's
Social Distortion "I Was Wrong" 1990's
Sonic Youth "Teenage Riot" 1980's
Soundgarden "Spoonman" 1990's
Squeeze "Cool for Cats" 1970's
Steely Dan "Bodhitsattva" 1970's
Steve Miller Band "Rock'n Me" 1970's
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 1980's
System of a Down "Chop Suey" 2000's
Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" 1970's
Tenacious D "Master Exploder" 2000's
Testament "Souls of Black" 1990's
The Donnas "New Kid in School" 2000's
The Go-Go's "We Got the Beat" 1980's
The Grateful Dead "Alabama Getaway" 1980's
The Guess Who "American Woman" 1970's
The Muffs "Kids in America" 1990's
The Offspring "Come Out & Play (keep em separated) 1990's
The Replacements "Alex Chilton" 1980's
The Who "Pinball Wizard" 1960's
Bonus Artist Bonus Song Title Decade
Abnormality "Visions" 2000's
Anarchy Club "Get Clean" 2000's
Bang Camaro "Night Lies" 2000's
Breaking Wheel "Shoulder to the Plow" 2000's
The Libyans "Neighborhood" 2000's
The Main Drag "A Jagged Gorgeous Winter" 2000's
Speck "Conventional Lover" 2000's
The Sterns "Supreme Girl" 2000's
That Handsome Devil "Rob the Prez-O-Dent" 2000's