After selecting from one of the Guitar Hero characters that have appeared in past games, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith breaks into a short Flash-style animation building up to the band's debut at the Nipmuc High School in 1970. During the opening set list, you'll play as part of the opening band and perform from a selection of non-Aerosmith songs. Although Aerosmith's music is a major part of the game, there's about a 60 - 40 split between Aerosmith music and songs from other groups. All of the additional songs are brand-new to the series and, like many of the venues that appear as stages in the game, each has some sort of tie to the band. Some of the songs are from other groups, many of which at one point in their careers opened for Aerosmith. These include groups like The White Stripes, Joan Jett, Lenny Kravitz and The Clash.