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Jimmy Page, Jack White slam Guitar Hero

White's got a song on Guitar Hero 5. Just don't expect him to be happy about it
White's got a song on Guitar Hero 5. Just don't expect him to be happy about it

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and The White Stripes' Jack White have slammed the popular Guitar Hero franchise.

During a press conference in Los Angeles last Friday (19 June) to promote MusicRadar's favorite new movie, the documentary It Might Get Loud, the two guitarists said that they don't feel video games are the ideal way to expose people to music or to teach them to play instruments.

"You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin's first track on the first album, Good Times Bad Times," Page said. "How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?"

"It's depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music" Jack White

White went on to say that "It's depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music." While he added that he doesn't try to limit "which format people should get their music in…if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that's a little sad."

White last line takes on special significance: In the upcoming Guitar Hero 5, due out in September, The White Stripes' song Blue Orchid is featured alongside tracks by Santana, Vampire Weekend and The Rolling Stones, among others.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.