As the world of virtual music playing gears up for another batch of high profile releases – Guitar Hero 5 hits shelves on September 1st, The Beatles: Rock Band on September 9th, DJ Hero around October and Scratch: The Ultimate DJ sometime after that – we’re beginning to learn what musicians, bands and DJs have chosen to share their music, and souls for this particular go around.
Among those competing against the Beatles in the fight for fake rock stardom are Kings of Leon, Santana, Sonic Youth, A Perfect Circle, Weezer, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Elliott Smith – seriously?, The Bronx and Queen & David Bowie are among the acts whose music will be heard on Guitar Hero 5. Rumor has it (via CNET) that The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Blink-182, Band of Horses, Blur, Johnny Cash, Kiss and Tom Petty will also be making an appearance.
The aspiring DJs out there will have just as an eclectic batch of names to chose from. The music of Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D has all found its way onto DJ Hero, while Outkast, Tech N9ne, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, Snoop Dogg and Mixmaster Mike provide the soundtrack for the game’s apparent bitter rival, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ. Of course, whether either of the two games will actually teach you to DJ is still up for debate.
Info about all four games can be found at their respective websites: gh5.guitarhero.com, thebeatlesrockband.com, djhero.com, scratchvideogame.com. Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, none detail the location where money grows on trees.