Guitar Hero begs an interesting question relative to the current long-standing plague of poor record sales in the music business, ever since the rise of the grunge genre of music in the early '90s. From the time it became popular to not value the musical performance in grunge, music sales have slumped. Pony-tailed, baby boomer record executives who still believe the 25-year-old compact disc is the way to sell music to the next generation of tech-savvy and attention-deprived kids will bark that it was Napster that caused their problems.
The truth is that today's bands for the most part cannot play with the proficiency and musical appeal of the bands that define the 1967-to-1993 classic rock era. The question is: will today's kids learn to appreciate the technical complexities of the best music from the classic rock era because of the lessons taught on Guitar Hero?