Rumortoid: Activision working on Jimi Hendrix-centric Guitar Hero game?

Boy, videogame PR people must hate musicians — they just can’t keep their mouths shut. Nearly three months ago, The Offspring jumped the gun on a Rock Band DLC announcement, listing six songs that still haven’t appeared on the Rock Band Music Store. Now, it seems that Slash — guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, and Guitar Hero III boss battle participant — has preemptively spilled the beans on a future Guitar Hero game focused around rock pioneer Jimi Hendrix.

In an interview in Rolling Stone, Slash was asked about Guitar Hero:

I talked to Steven Tyler recently and he said you were a big inspiration for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
He called me about it before they did it and I was like, “You gotta do it.” It’s cool actually ’cause I was the first real face on that game, and it’s sort of taken on a life of its own.

As the original guy do you feel more invested in the game?
Well, having the Aerosmith guys do it was very cool ’cause Aerosmith’s one of the bands I was heavily influenced by. And Metallica’s doing it, that’s great. Those are two ones that I think gives it some credibility. And they’re doing a Hendrix one, which is great.

We’ve unofficially known for a while now that Guitar Hero: Metallica is coming sometime next year. And Hendrix himself will be a playable character in the upcoming Guitar Hero World Tour (the game will also feature two of his songs, in addition to 81 others). But this is the first we’ve heard of a Guitar Hero: Aerosmith analog featuring the legendary live-fast-die-young guitarist. Are you ready to be experienced in the music of Jimi Hendrix?

Wow, I’m sorry…that was egregious.

[Via Rolling Stone Rock & Roll Daily — thanks, power-glove!]

Samit Sarkar