Led Zeppelin Against Guitar Hero!
Guitar Hero is a phenomenon on the video game scene, and official exclusive versions are now contemplating more and more bands. Metallica and Aerosmith have their own games and Activision is trying to get even more artists into this game.
According to Bobby Kotick [CEO] of Activision, recently there were contacts with the British band Led Zeppelin in order to create a project for the Guitar Hero series, since fans are always demanding that the popular band should also have an exclusive version.
However, Kotick sadly announced that “we [Activision] didn’t get the band to release their rights. There were more examples like this in the past, in which artists express that didn’t want to collaborate with us, and it was difficult to overcome this”.
One should also keep in mind that Jimmy Page, former lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin already in the past had disapproved any connection with Guitar Hero.
Page, even referred that the presence of the music “Good Times, Bad Times” in the game, was an offense to John Boham memory [former drummer of the band, who died on the beginning of the 80’s].
According to him “obviously, there have been overtures made to Led Zeppelin, but if you start with the first track on the first album, ‘Good Times Bad Times,’ and you think of the drum part that John Bonham did there, how many drummers in the world can actually play that, let alone dabble on a Christmas morning? (…)”There could be a lot of alcohol consumed over Christmas, and you still aren’t going to get it.”
So, it seems that fans of Led Zeppelin shouldn’t get their hopes too high on seeing an exclusive Led Zeppelin Guitar Hero version.