Friday, December 19, 2008

Riding the Royalty Lightning

Guitar-heavy grooves have helped a few rockers pack concert halls and sell millions of albums and CD's since the genre exploded in the early 1970's. Now there's a new gig to be had that doesn't involve hiring a crew of 50-plus roadies, using nine semi-trailers to move tons of equipments to various stadiums coast-to-coast ...

Headlining videogames.

Irving Azoff, whose Front Line Management manages Aerosmith and other major artists, says videogame deals can be“much more lucrative than anything you can do in the record business.” Industry insiders say bands can receive millions of dollars up front, plus a generous royalty on sales. In fact, Aerosmith - the Bad Boys from Boston - will make more money from its game deal signed earlier in 2008 with Activision than it has from any of its dozen-plus studio albums.

No sooner was the Aerosmith video game released back in June, speculation began about what the second band-based Guitar Hero game would be. Along with California cranium crushers Van Halen, the most mentioned group was Metallica, legendary heavy-metal maniacs from the Bay Area of San Francisco.

And now, it appears that the Guitar Hero version of Fuel, Fire and that which you Desire will be released this spring.

Guitar Hero: Metallica will feature parts of lead and bass guitar, drums, and vocals. To meet the "ferocity" of Metallica's songs, the game will feature an "Expert Plus" mode for drummers that allows them to add a second bass drum pedal. The game will consist of 45 songs, 28 being by Metallica, and 17 others from other artists that Metallica considers as "their personal favorites and influences from over the years".

Imagine doing this type of thing in the comfort of your own basement!

This one's for you Eages ...

Make sure you and Mrs. Eages have a safe and happy holiday season.

"If there was no Black Sabbath, I could still possibly be a morning newspaper delivery boy. No fun" LARS ULRICH

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