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Tom Morello Looks Forward to Whupping Your Butt in "Guitar Hero"

August 31, 2007 7:00 AM ET

Fire up your plastic axe: Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello confirmed to us that he is indeed going to be a character in the upcoming Guitar Hero sequel, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which comes out in late October. Morello will be one of a few formidable "bosses" that you have to beat to finish the game. Apparently the Rage god is less-than-impressive when it comes to playing Hero in real life, though: "Whenever I play Guitar Hero my opponent always kicks my ass on my own riffs," he told us. "It's embarrassing. Now that I'm actually in the game I hope the digital me will win once in a while!"

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