Taylor Swift, Band Hero: Not only has she been winning VMAs and AMAs and secretly dating a ‘Twilight’ hunk, but Swift has conquered the gaming world as well. In this game, Swift performs ‘Love Story’, ‘You Belong With Me’, and ‘Picture to Burn’.
Shirley Manson, Guitar Hero 5: The Garbage leading lady takes the virtual stage to perform ‘Only Happy When It Rains’. Manson expressed her appreciation for the game and her excitement to be a part of it in a behind-the-scenes video .
Aerosmith, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith: Despite the recent turmoil in their line-up, Steve Tyler and his bandmates can still be seen in their own virtual guitar game and from the signature scarf on the mike stand down, the game is almost all Aerosmith. It’s the first game in the series to include about 60% of the act’s own music.
Muse, Guitar Hero 5: If they can sell out stadium shows, then why shouldn’t they band appear in ‘Guitar Hero’? After their music was included in ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’ and ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’, it was about time Matt Bellamy and his bandmates got their own avatars.
Aerosmith and Run-DMC, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith: In this game, Run-DMC make a cameo during ‘Walk This Way’ and take it way back to 1986.
Santana, Guitar Hero 5: Also appearing in the star-studded video game, Latin legend Carlos Santana performs a live version of ‘No One To Depend On’ and can be used as a playable character.
Daft Punk, DJ Hero: Featuring 11 exclusive mixes by the electro-duo, this is the first time Daft Punk have been a part of a video game. ‘DJ Hero’ also includes mixes from Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the late DJ AM.
James Hetfield of Metallica, Guitar Hero: Metallica: With digital venues designed to reflect the band’s previous album covers and behind-the-scenes/tour video content, this is the perfect Christmas present for any video game-obsessed metalhead.
Kurt Cobain, Guitar Hero 5: Cobain’s widow Courtney Love is taking legal action against Activision for supposedly using Kurt’s image without her permission. The late Nirvana frontman can be seen performing the classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, as well as ‘Play That Funky Music’ and other questionable tunes.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Guitar Hero: Metallica: Here’s another screenshot of the metal band’s own version of ‘Guitar Hero’, which features 28 tracks from across the band’s career, as well as 21 other Metallica-selected songs.
Johnny Cash, Guitar Hero 5: After appearing in this game amongst other big music names and performing ‘Ring of Fire’, Johnny will also soon be getting his own game. Johnny Cash tribute artist Terry Lee Goffee has provided the movement for the legend’s motion-capture.
Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Band Hero: Fans can watch the tattooed frontman performing ‘She Will Be Loved’ in digital form. Levine has said this is one of the more unique things he’s done in his life, and that he’s excited to be a part of the game.
Sting, Guitar Hero: World Tour: Even though Sting has said he’s not very good at playing the game, The Police vocalist performs ‘Demolition Man’ with his band and he can also be used as a character in the game’s vocal career.
Travis Barker of Blink-182, Guitar Hero: World Tour: Blink drummer Barker is available as a playable character and has also contributed to three songs for a Travis Barker Track Pack (including ‘What’s My Age Again’, +44’s ‘Lyncanthrope’ and Flo Rida’s ‘Low’).
Slash, Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock: Slash serves as both a boss and unlockable player here and performs GNR hit ‘Welcome To The Jungle’. He can also play in a guitar battle against Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.
Lemmy of Motorhead, Guitar Hero: Metallica: The Motörhead founder, vocalist and bass guitarist appears in this game as an unlockable character. He has also voiced the character Kill Master in the video game ‘Brutal Legend’.
Iggy Pop, Lego Rock Band: For anyone who has ever wanted to see a Lego version of shirtless Iggy perform ‘The Passenger’, this is the place. The rocker also lends his vocals for the in-game tutorials.
Jimi Hendrix, Guitar Hero: World Tour: After ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and ‘Purple Haze (Live, 1969)’ appeared in this game, the gaming world’s collective ears perked up when Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash hinted towards a possible future ‘Guitar Hero: Jimi Hendrix’.
Hayley Williams of Paramore, Guitar Hero: World Tour: This fiery redhead fontwoman serves as a playable character and sings ‘Misery Business’ in World Tour, and was the first female to be featured in the game.
Smashin Pumpkins, Guitar Hero: World Tour: The band used Guitar Hero to debut their song ‘G.L.O.W.’ and also performed ‘1979’ and ‘The Everlasting Gaze’. Billy Corgan can also be used as a playable character in Siamese Dream’s ‘Today’.
Ozzy Osbourne, Guitar Hero: World Tour: Ozzy and guitarist Zakk Wylde appear in the game, performing ‘Crazy Train’ and ‘Mr. Crowley’ in a virtual Ozzfest venue. Wylde also performs ‘Stillborn’ in World Tour.
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock: One of the game’s three boss characters (along with Slash and Lou the Devil), Morello wrote and recorded original battle music for the game along with Slash.
The Beatles, The Beatles: Rock Band: One of the most eagerly anticipated video games of the year, ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ allows users to play bass, guitar or drums, and sing along to their favourite Beatles songs. A perfect chance for fans to test their drumming skills against Ringo.
David Bowie, Lego Rock Band: Every Lego Iggy Pop deserves a Lego David Bowie to complement it. In this game, Bowie performs ‘Let’s Dance’ in a digital venue designed to look like the set from his music video for the track.