Guitar Hero: Van Halen – All The Details

If this is the first time you’ve heard of Guitar Hero: Van Halen, you’re not alone. As far as Guitar Hero games go, this one has barely been a blip on the radar. It was heavily rumoured, then quietly announced, and even more silently shown at E3. However, the MTV Multiplayer blog has revealed the complete track list and a release date – December 22.

As far the track list goes, your interest in this game will really depend on how much you like Van Halen, and more specifically David Lee Roth-era Van Halen. All 25 Van Halen songs and three solos come from the six Roth-Van Halen albums. Fans will find the noticeable lack of any Sammy Hagar era songs not at all surprising – the band has had a knack for feuding with it’s front men (David Lee Roth recently reunited with the band after leaving in 1985).

Quite possibly the biggest crime committed by the band’s bickering is the omission of bassist Michael Anthony from the game. His high-pitched vocals provided something special to the early Van Halen albums, and if the tracks truly are master recordings, hearing them come from Wolfgang Van Halen, guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s son and current band bassist, will seem awkward.

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The complete track list is as follows:

Van Halen Songs

“Ain’t Talkin Bout Love”
“And The Cradle Will Rock”
“Atomic Punk”
“Beautiful Girls”
“Dance The Night Away”
“Everybody Wants Some”
“Feel Your Love Tonight”
“Hang ‘Em High”
“Hear About It Later”
“Hot For Teacher”
“Ice Cream Man”
“I’m The One”
“Jamie’s Cryin”
“Little Guitars”
“Loss Of Control”
“Mean Street”
“(Oh) Pretty Woman”
“Romeo Delight”
“Running With The Devil”
“So This Is Love”
“Somebody Get Me A Doctor”
“You Really Got Me”

Eddie Van Halen Solos

“Spanish Fly”

Supplementary Tracks

Alter Bridge – “Come To Life”
Billy Idol – “White Wedding”
blink-182 – “First Date”
Deep Purple – “Space Truckin”
Foo Fighters – “Best Of You”
Foreigner – “Double Vision”
Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom”
Jimmy Eat World – “Pain”
Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
Killswitch Engage – “The End Of Heartache”
Lenny Kravitz – “Rock And Roll Is Dead”
Queen – “I Want It All”
Queens of the Stone Age – “Sick, Sick, Sick”
Tenacious D – “Master Exploder”
The Clash – “Safe European Home”
The Offspring – “Pretty Fly For A White Guy”
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
Weezer – “Dope Nose”
Yellowcard – “The Takedown”


If the music interests you, you’ll have to fight the Christmas shopping crowd to get it on December 22. Why such an odd date? Guitar Hero Van Halen’s rumoured release date was to be late August, but with The Beatles: Rock Band launching on 9/09/09, Activision must have seen disaster ahead. As it stands now, we have a battle between The Beatles and Guitar Hero 5 with Van Halen still releasing before the year rolls over. Is this a sign of healthy competition, or is the market starting to show it’s saturation? Remember, we still have Band Hero, Lego Rock Band, and DJ Hero confirmed for release. Compound that with the inevitable Rock Band 3 and the recently rumored Guitar Hero: Motley Crue, and the music game release schedule is looking quite crowded.

At this point, you know what you’re getting in a Guitar Hero game. If you’re hopelessly addicted to Guitar Hero, or just love Van Halen, give Guitar Hero: Van Halen a look. Otherwise, GH:VH looks to do nothing revolutionary, and the low public awareness seems to support the claim.

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  1. Wow its like everyone is jumping on the guitar hero franchise! Beatles, Metallica, Aerosmith and now Van Halen! soon all the big bands will have their own Guitar Heros game!

  2. Probably the songs like “You Really Got Me”, “Right Now”, “Eruption” and “Dance the night away” are his most popular songs.. they are used in TV ads, jingles.. radio.. etc 🙂 youtube the songs and you will recognize them

  3. its funny a local Bar I seen when driving home from work has a sign that says “Guitar Hero Competition Saturdays” .. just goes to show you that 5 buttons really can be more fun then real strings.

  4. I can’t believe I hadn’t heven heard of this, either I’m unobservant or they really did announce it quietly. Anyway, if I wasn’t so bad at guitar hero (yes, I’m not afraid to admit that I am terrible at it) I Would get it – as you know, its Van Halen.

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