Band Hero demo out now & full track list

Xbox Live gold members can head over to the game demos section and download a free playable demo of Band Hero, the latest offering in the Guitar Hero Family.


Band Hero is built using the same basic engine as Guitar Hero 5, the look and feel of the game is very similar. The big differences between the two games is the target audience, Band hero caters for a more diverse audience, it is easier to pick up and play than some Guitar Hero titles and the music is more mainstream with more pop hits including tracks like Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & The Waves) which is included along with two other decent tracks in the demo version.

Don't think that just because the playlist is not entirely Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeath, it is a lame game for kids, yes this will be easier for younger players to get into, but it does not mean that the game will be 'beneath' any of your more experienced players. The playlist included in the console version goes like this:

- 3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone"
- The Airborne Toxic Event - "Gasoline"
- The All American Rejects - "Dirty Little Secret"
- Alphabeat - "Fascination"
- Aly and AJ - "Like Whoa"
- Angels & Airwaves - "The Adventure"
- Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - "Steal My Kisses"
- Big Country - "In a Big Country"
- The Bravery - "Believe"
- Carl Douglas - "Kung Fu Fighting"
- Cheap Trick - "I Want You To Want Me (live)"
- Cold War Kids - "Hang Me Up To Dry"
- Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On"
- Counting Crows - "Angels of the Silences"
- Culture Club - "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me"
- Dashboard Confessional - "Hands Down"
- David Bowie - "Let's Dance"
- Devo - "Whip It"
- Don McLean - "American Pie"
- Duffy - "Warwick Avenue"
- Duran Duran - "Rio"
- Evanescence - "Bring Me To Life"
- Everclear - "Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)"
- Fall Out Boy - "Sugar, We're Goin' Down"
- Filter - "Take A Picture"
- Finger Eleven - "Paralyzer"
- The Go-Go's - "Our Lips Are Sealed"
- Hilary Duff - "So Yesterday"
- Hinder - "Lips Of An Angel"
- Jackson 5 - "ABC"
- Janet Jackson - "Black Cat"
- Jesse McCartney - "Beautiful Soul"
- Joan Jett - "Bad Reputation"
- Joss Stone - "You Had Me"
- Katrina and The Waves - "Walking On Sunshine"
- The Kooks - "Naive"
- KT Tunstall - "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
- The Last Goodnight - "Pictures Of You"
- Lily Allen - "Take What You Take"
- Maroon 5 - "She Will Be Loved"
- Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
- Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get"
- Nelly Furtado - "Turn Off The Light"
- N.E.R.D. - "Rockstar"
- No Doubt - "Just A Girl"
- No Doubt - "Don't Speak"
- OK Go - "A Million Ways"
- Papa Roach - "Lifeline"
- Parachute - "Back Again"
- Pat Benatar - "Love Is A Battlefield"
- Poison - "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
- Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue - "Kids"
- The Rolling Stones - "Honky Tonk Women"
- Roy Orbison - "Oh Pretty Woman"
- Santigold - "L.E.S. Artistes"
- Snow Patrol - "Take Back the City"
- Spice Girls - "Wannabe"
- Styx - "Mr. Roboto"
- Taylor Swift - "Love Story"
- Taylor Swift - "Picture To Burn"
- Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"
- Tonic - "If You Could Only See"
- The Turtles - "Happy Together"
- Village People - "YMCA"
- Yellowcard - "Ocean Avenue"

There are some great songs in there even if they are not ear-bleeding guitar solo tracks, they will make a great playlist at any party and should go someway to combining the (and this is not a sexist view just personal experience) mainly female played Singstar, and mainly male played Guitar Hero. Just imagine finding a game that you and your girlfriend can enjoy at the same time - what a novelty!

One of the most welcome bits of news included in this Band Hero announcement is the inclusion of the song import function. As you can transfer tracks from GHWT to GH5, you can also transfer the GHWT songs and GH5 songs into Band Hero or vice versa.

In conclusion, this should be a great game and a welcome addition to your now towering pile of Guitar Hero titles.




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