'Guitar Hero' Gamers Rock Out with Aerosmith in NYC

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Aerosmith / Photo by Jackie Roman
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Sean Yeaton

New York City's Hard Rock Cafe transformed its souvenir bedecked, rock'n'roll halls into a gamer's fantasy world Friday (June 27), as officials unveiled Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, offering fans a free test-run of the game's latest installment, as well as a guest cameo from its stars -- Aerosmith!

Velvet ropes sectioned off corners for wide-screen TVs and booming sound systems, and adoring fans of Aerosmith and Guitar Hero alike lined up to have their chance at rocking out like Joe Perry on jams like "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way." Further immortalizing the rock legends, the game follows the rock icons from their first gig at Nipmuc Regional High School to their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in vivid, real-life graphics, down to the detail in Joe Perry's Gibson Les Paul and Steven Tyler's gaping mouth.

Preparing for "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Rocks the Hard Rock" -- a 16-date nationwide tournament sponsored by Spin seeking the best video Guitar Hero shredders, kicking off July 8 in Hollywood -- fans were focused and locked in, so much so that when the real-life members of Aerosmith traipsed down the halls, few gamers peeled their eyes from the screens.

We asked Aerosmith themselves: If you could pick any band to follow in your footsteps, which would be the next one to undergo the Guitar Hero treatment?

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We Asked: If you could pick any band to follow in your footsteps, which would be the next one to undergo the Guitar Hero treatment?


Aerosmith / Photo by Jackie Roman


Aerosmith / Photo by Jackie Roman


Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, and Tom Hamilton / Photo by Jackie Roman


Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler / Photo byJackie Roman


Aerosmith / Photo by Jackie Roman

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