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Didn't You Used to Be a Guitar Hero?

Clark Vogeler, closest to the camera, says playing Guitar Hero makes him feel like a virtual guitar hero. Which is odd, since he used to be one in real life.

I got to page 112 in the November 16 issue of Rolling Stone--the one with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the cover--when I noticed the damnedest quote. It's contained within a short piece about the video game Guitar Hero, the sequel to which is due out tomorrow and is probably the most highly anticipated console game since, oh, Bully. Real quick, you know Guitar Hero, right? It comes with a plastic guitar controller, which you use to rock out with an animated band that cranks out the likes of ZZ Top, the Ramones, Pantera, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, David Bowie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. You get points for keeping up. It's awesome. Seriously.

Well, here's the quote. Comes from a guy who hosts "Guitar-B-Que" parties in his backyard, during which he projects the game onto the side of his garage. The dude loves Guitar Hero. Says he:

"Something about it gets all my synapses firing. It makes me feel like a rock star."

Uh, dude? You are a rock star--at least you used to be one. See, the guy responsible for the above quote is one Clark Vogeler. Yeah. Same one. The guitarist for the Toadies. Former guitarist for Funland. Currently the Emmy-nominated editor on Project Runway.

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