New Aerosmith 'Guitar Hero' game
Saturday, February 16th 2008, 4:00 AM
Aerosmith on "Guitar Hero"? Dream on no longer.
Joe Perry wanna-bes can sling their plastic axes and crank the amps to 11 with a new version of the humongously popular game, dedicated exclusively to the band that inspired millions of air guitarists.
"Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" arrives in stores this June, the first version of the game to focus on the music of a single band with a pile of hit singles: "Sweet Emotion," "Love in An Elevator" and - of course - "Dream On."
The game pairs platinum rock and pop culture gold: Aerosmith has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, and "Guitar Hero" set a U.S. industry record last year with $820 million in sales.
Guitarist Perry and frontman Steven Tyler were thrilled by the deal, which offers fans of the band and the game a chance to play along with scores of songs from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers' 35-year career.
"Having a game built around Aerosmith has been a huge honor and really a great experience for us," Perry said.
"We've put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music."
Tyler cited the "diversity of the Aerosmith catalogue" as the impetus for the deal with Activision Inc.
In addition to playing along with Perry, gamers can interpret the fret board stylings of guitarist Brad Whitford and bassist Tom Hamilton.
The interactive game offers not just the obvious Aerosmith tunes but obscure tracks and forgotten gems from the band.
Perry, citing declining album sales and the influence of the Internet on music distribution, called the partnership a pioneering effort.
"It's great for rock since the record companies are struggling to make sense of how things are changing," Perry said. "Fans want to get and experience music in new formats ... It's a massive change."
As part of the promotional push, Aerosmith is selling preorders through its Web site. Owners of "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" can get free downloads of "Dream On" today through Monday by visiting the Guitar Hero Web site.
The Aerosmith-only version of "GH" is expected to cost about $50.