We don't usually pay much attention to press releases about one band or another signing up to be in one music game or another. But things change a bit when the band in question is Rush, and when it turns out they're bringing the 1976 classic 2112 to the party - the whole damn thing - you better believe we take notice.
Why? Because Rush is Maximum Rock for the geek set. Having, at the bare minimum, an appreciation for the band's work is a prerequisite for full nerd accreditation. Do you think it's just coincidence that Futurama's Fry set about defending the Earth from alien invasion with a two-liter of Shasta and an all-Rush mix tape?
The "Quest mode" of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will be loosely based on Rush's massive, album-spanning track 2112. Set in the late 21st century, the song tells the story of a man living under a repressive totalitarian regime who discovers a guitar, tries to bring music to the masses, fails and commits suicide as an invading space fleet launches an attack against the Solar Federation. Hey, it's 70s prog-rock, that's just how it goes.
Unlike the frontman of a certain other Canadian band (at least until somebody signed the check), Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says he's a fan of the music game genre. "I love the idea of Guitar Hero; they have combined two great things - music and fun," he said. "I think it's a great way to introduce people of all ages to music of various styles by all kinds of different bands, while providing a launching pad for kids who want to get into playing music."
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is set for release on September 28 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.