Back in 2007, everyone playing “Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock” tried to master DragonForce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” on expert mode in an effort to prove how good they were at the game. The popularity of the track and its insane difficulty helped take the band to new heights, but as it turns out, they were barely paid anything for its inclusion.
Guitarist Herman Li recently discussed the payment the group received for “Guitar Hero” on TikTok:
“How many millions of dollars did I get? Well, I’ll tell you this. ‘Guitar Hero‘ actually only paid a one-off fee—a one-off fee—to use the song. So I’m thinking a little less than $3,000. Maybe even less. I can’t remember, but lets split that between the band members, you gotta pay the manager, the record label, the accountant… whoever’s involved. It’s actually barely any money. I don’t even remember the amount I even cashed in on that one.
But what ‘Guitar Hero‘ did do for us and a lot of other bands was present guitar music to the world. At that time guitar music wasn’t really that popular. And letting the audience hear our music and decide if they like it or not was really special, because we definitely don’t play music that fits the radio.
You’re not gonna hear seven minutes of shredding melodic metal fast on the radio. So thank you ‘Guitar Hero‘ for helping musicians, guitar players around the world and gamers have an awesome time.”
[via Metal injection]