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I Want To Be A Rockstar (Again)…

I'm not a huge music person (or audiophile if you prefer) but every now and then I'll hear a song on the radio that really gets me pumped up. Usually when this happens there is a reason for it, and that reason is because I've played the song before. Yep. It's true. Live and in concert. Okay, maybe not really. But it's felt like I've played it before.

I miss Rock Band.

And I miss Guitar Hero.

Now I know (or think I know) why these games (and the companies behind them) sort of disappeared from the charts after extorting so much money out of us. I get it. But that doesn't mean I don't miss getting the periodic updates and new songs for download.

I always fancied Rock Band over Guitar Hero. We used to play the game as a family and I was always impressed with how it supported multiple players with multiple instruments. And the song selections...equally impressive. There were a number of songs from various genres and timeframes. If I were going to pick my favorite songs (in terms of listening AND playing)...

"Dani California" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000s, Rock)

"Wanted Dead or Alive" - Bon Jovi (1980s, Rock)

"In Bloom" - Nirvana (1990s, Alternative)

"Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden (1990s, Rock)

"Enter Sandman" - Metallica (1990s, Metal)

These are the songs I not only enjoyed listening to but also loved playing.

Of course there are so many more bonus tracks and downloadable tracks available that are worthwhile and deserved to be mentioned but I'll spare you the details of having to listen to me drone on about them.

So how do we go from having several of these games released per year - with bigger names, better licenses, and more popular songs being featured with every episode...to quite the opposite - almost nothing at all?

What's even more perplexing is the popularity these games still seem to possess...despite not getting the frequent releases. I've had the opportunity to attend a few events where these types of games have a huge presence. Either there are "bands" who cover the many different songs while entertaining the crowds, or there is a stage with all the instruments set up and gamers can take turns playing while entertaining the crowd. Either way, the crowds always seemed entertained by these games and the people playing them always seem to be having fun.

Since I'm sitting here dreaming about a new Rock Band or Guitar Hero game, I might as well go ahead and mention a few tracks I'd like to see included in this imaginary game I'm dreaming of...

"Get Your Shine On" - Florida Georgia Line: Hey...what can I say...Southern by the grace of God.

"All Summer Long" - Kid Rock: Reminds me of my teenage years, although I was a good boy.

"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons: This song just rocks. Would be perfect for this game. Awesome.

"Roar" - Katy Perry: Hey don't judge me...but there is just something about this song I love.

"Gangnam Style" - PSY: Not sure how it would be to play, but it's just such a fun little tune.

 "I Will Wait" - Mumford & Sons: Another great song I think would be great to listen to and play.

"Ho Hey" - The Lumineers: For so many reasons...none I want to share though, heh heh.

You know a game (and a song) is special when it can move a person who isn't really all that attracted to music to pick up a controller shaped like a guitar and transform him into a rock star. While I may have grown tired of the frequent releases when these games were at the height of their popularity, I now long for the day when they tour again. Surely they weren't a one hit wonder.

Rock on.