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Guitar Hero III Announces Fall Release Date & New Songs

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So I heard it first tonight via the hot lips of G4TV's Olivia: the new Guitar Hero III (slated to be released on all "next generation" platforms - that means the Wii, the PS3, and the XBox 360), will include songs by Weezer, Muse, Heart, Tenacious D, The Rolling Stones, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Joystiq confirmed the dirty details, and we will get to RAWK on songs like "Barracuda," "Cherub Rock" and even Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" - sweet!

That's on top of fresh info about Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s, which will feature all sorts of songs from lipstick-sticky cockrock wunderkind Poison, Skid Row, and Extreme. Expect that festival of end wankery to hit your console sometime in July - and unfortunately, it seems to be a PS2 exclusive. Seriously? I mean, even if you don't have a Wii yet, you've at least upgraded to an XBox 360, which can certainly carry you through until the PS3 gets considerably cheaper. Why can't Activision release an XBox 360 version at the same time - we want to buy the new guitar anyway, and this would be a good incentive.

The other exciting news is, there seems to be rash of Guitar Hero Night events cropping up in the city - so you can get your competitive fix on while waiting for new songs to arrive.

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The Hyperion Tavern in Silverlake holds Guitar Hero nights on Wednesdays from 10p-2am.

The Sacred Fools Theater group has started Guitar Hero Tournaments once a month or so - check out their website to get on the mailing list. Entry fees are $20, and the winner takes home some prize that I bet would be REALLY good if lots of people showed up and brought cocktails. I'm planning on entering - I mean, I can get through most of the songs in GHII on Hard! Okay, so maybe I won't kick anybody's ass, but I know a few people who've beat the game and I plan on using them as my secret motivational weapon. Or at least, they can buy me drinks when they win.