GH III Coldplay DLC details: Activision’s getting my money for the first time

In last week’s story announcing that Coldplay is coming to Guitar Hero, I said that I had yet to buy a single piece of Activision’s downloadable content offerings for Guitar Hero III. Well, it looks like they’ve finally put together a group of songs that I simply can’t resist purchasing, even though I’ll only be playing the guitar/bass parts as opposed to getting the full band experience.

Activision sent out a press release (see for yourself after the jump) today letting us know that “the reflective and emotional chords of multi-award winning band Coldplay” will be making their Guitar Hero series debut in the form of a three-song pack. As Entertainment Weekly told us last week, the first song is “Violet Hill,” the hit single from their new album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (it came out in limited release this week — as of today, it’s out in Japan, the UK, and Europe — but it won’t be out in Canada and the US until next Tuesday, June 17th).

The second and third songs are two of my all-time favorite Coldplay tunes. There’s the band’s first big hit, “Yellow,” from 2000’s Parachutes; it’s a beautifully written love song. The last song is “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face,” off of 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head; it’s…also a beautifully written love song. Coldplay has got the “beautifully written love song” thing down pretty well.

In my opinion, since they’re going for guitar-heavy songs, they should’ve picked “Shiver,” which is a fantastic song and features a killer lead riff. But hey, they’ve done their job; I’m already willing to fork over my — wait a minute, there’s no mention of a price in the press release! I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the pack will cost the usual $6.25 (500 MS Points). Then again, the surprise Motörhead three-pack was only $5.99. Either way, how many of you will be picking up this pack when it hits the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace next Thursday, June 19th?


SANTA MONICA, CA – June 13, 2008 – The reflective and emotional chords of multi-award winning band Coldplay are making their debut on Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock with the release of a three-track downloadable song pack.

Included in the song pack is the hit single “Violet Hill,” from the band’s highly anticipated new album, Viva la Vida, which is set for release on June 17, 2008. The pack also features Coldplay’s first smash hit “Yellow” that earned them a legion of fans worldwide, as well as the upbeat and melodic tune “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” from the Grammy® Award-winning album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. The Coldplay track pack will be available on June 19, 2008 for download on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and in the PLAYSTATION®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock offers the ultimate rock experience with new wireless guitars, freshly added content and features including a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a host of exclusive unlockable content and visually stunning rock venues. Expanded online multiplayer modes allow axe-shredders worldwide to compete head-to-head for true rock status as they riff through a star-studded soundtrack including master tracks by legendary artists such as Aerosmith, Guns ‘N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam, as well as original songs by guitar icons Slash and Tom Morello. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is now available and is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information visit

Samit Sarkar