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RedOctane to Rock Kentia Hall at E3!

Guitar Hero II Demos & Live Bands to Hit RedOctane Stage

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 4, 2006 - RedOctane® today announced their "Guitar Hero II" events scheduled during the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 10-12. The historically calm Kentia Hall will heat up as fans flock to check out the highly anticipated rock sequel Guitar Hero II (Booth #6521, Kentia Hall).

RedOctane will offer E3 Attendees the opportunity to rock out with Guitar Hero II demos then stay and enjoy live performances on the RedOctane Stage by bands featured in the original "Guitar Hero". There will also be special guest appearances by female guitarist Judita Wignall from the band Halo Friendlies, who is the inspiration for character Judy Nails.

In-game partner and musical giant Gibson Guitar will have their official Gibson bus touring around the convention center, transporting members of the press on their groupie experience while they play Guitar Hero II.


Experience rock-nirvana with the new Multiplayer Co-op Mode where band mates collaborate in order to beat songs, with each guitarist playing a separate guitar track. The second player can now choose a rhythm or bass guitar part to intermingle with the lead guitar riffs, working together to produce each song and thrill the audience to rock ecstasy.

The top-secret sequel song list remains firmly in the rock domain, with more than 55 songs being featured in the next installment. Confirmed for E3 are seven playable tracks including: "Psychobilly Freakout," "Strutter," "Who Was in My Room Last Night," "You Really Got Me," "War Pigs," "YYZ" and "Arterial Black." Also confirmed are in-game appearances by returning guitar hero Judy Nails and the new Rockabilly guitarist.


WEDNESDAY, May 10th at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.:

Hard-rock band Drist starring Marcus Henderson will rock the crowd and perform hits from their newly launched album "Orchids and Ammunition!" Marcus is an original guitar hero who recorded multiple guitar tracks for the Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II soundtracks.

THURSDAY, May 11th at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.:

Graveyard BBQ, winners of the first "Be a Guitar Hero" competition, will perform their winning song "Cheat on the Church" along with many others from their debut album "Graveyard BBQ Greatest Hits Volume 1."

FRIDAY, May 12th at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.:

Los Angeles-based rock sensation Shaimus will woo the crowd with the smooth stylings from their recently released album "Paper Sun," including their first hit single "All of This" from Guitar Hero.

The game that has inspired a nation of wannabe rock stars to achieve videogame greatness is scheduled for a new US tour on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in November 2006.

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About RedOctane
Based in Sunnyvale, California, RedOctane® is an innovative video game publisher, specializing in rhythm action games. The company began as the world's first online videogame rental service. In 2001, RedOctane introduced the world's first home non-slip dance mat and dance mat covers, and a year later the firm's Ignition Pad was premiered - subsequently winning a host of peripheral awards. Guitar Hero was released in the US in November 2005 - to universal consumer and critical acclaim.

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About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Veteran music video game creator Harmonix® is developing Guitar Hero II. Based in Cambridge, MA, Harmonix previously developed Guitar Hero, Frequency, Amplitude, Karaoke Revolution and EyeToy: AntiGrav. For more information about Harmonix please visit

About Gibson Guitar

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson's digital guitar represents the biggest advancement in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Gibson Guitar Corp's family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. For more information on Gibson go to

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