I remember when I was really interested in comedy and I was in high school, Alan Thicke had a talk show, and they had all these posters up everywhere like, ‘He’s coming, it’s gonna be better than Johnny Carson’ … and I watched his first show, and it was like, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, here he comes, Alan Thicke,’ and the doors opened, and he came running out, and the band’s rocking out, and he runs down to the band and he picks up a guitar and he starts rocking out with the band, and I was sitting there and I was 14 and I’m like, ‘You’re an ass.’ Click. I always knew that as a lesson, that [guitar playing] is my hobby, and I don’t like it when celebrities inflict their hobby [on the audience] … It’s one of those things that I’m very careful not to do.
Hmmm. Truth is he’s a different person than he was then, and has now become somewhat of a “figure” so it’s more passable to pick up the guitar and rock out. And there’s a difference between Alan Thicke on show one and Conan after 17 years of talk show hosting.
First up, there’s the all-new Pro Guitar, which features 17 frets worth of buttons (that’s 102 buttons!) and six strings in place of the traditional plastic flipper used for strumming. Basically, it’s the closest thing to a real guitar without being a real guitar. Funnily enough, the game also supports the Rock Band 3 Fender Stratocaster controller, which is a fully-sized, fully-functioning electric guitar that also doubles as a controller. Harmonix haven’t released any images of this guitar yet, but expect that to change during E3 2010 next week.