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Guitar Hero goes prog with Rush’s 2112

A real guitar hero (Photo illustration: Geddy by ceedub13, guitar from Guitar Hero)

Many prog rock enthusiasts will agree there’s nary a better tune to show off simulated musical ability than “Tom Sawyer,” so we’re not surprised the makers of Guitar Hero took cues from Rock Band and got Rush on board for its upcoming game. Activision has announced the rock god collective of Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson will bring their iconic 2112 suite—yes, the whole thing—to Warriors of Rock, on sale in September.

The inclusion of a dystopian concept album is an interesting choice for a game mostly dominated by top 40 classic rock hits. We’re looking forward to watching burn-outs try to master Geddy’s crazy bass lines, but even better would be a Rush Guitar Hero tour—to see how bad the actual musicians are at playing their songs on video games.

• Rush to appear in next Guitar Hero [Toronto Sun] • New Guitar Hero to feature Rush’s 2112 [CBC]