Go to the audio set up menu and turn down the volume on everything except vocals, and turn down the mic volume on the controller. If you leave the mic close to the speakers, you can get almost 100% on all spoken words songs. This works for the following spoken word songs: 'Sabotage' and 'So Whatcha Want' by the Beastie Boys, 'Give It Away' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and 'Testify' by Rage Against the Machine.
Turn on the "Select Venue Screen" option, then go to the "Modify Game" menu and select the "New Venues Only" option. Begin in Quickplay mode and select a song. A "Video Shoot" option will sometimes appears at the top of the "Select Venue" menu. Press Up to display it. These options will be "Indie Genius Video Shoot", "High-Budget Video Shoot" or "Film Student Video Shoot". Select one of them to play with the corresponding alternate background.
Unlock the following outfits by performing the corresponding challenges:
OUTFIT - HOW TO UNLOCK Ultimate Goth outfit - Beat the impossible drums challenge. Ultimate Metal outfit - Beat the impossible vocals challenge. Ultimate Punk outfit - Beat the impossible bass challenge. Ultimate Rock outfit - Beat the impossible guitar challenge.
Unlock the following bonuses by beating the Endless Setlist 2 on the corresponding difficulties:
INSTRUMENT - HOW TO UNLOCK Platinum Instrument Icons - Beat the endless setlist 2 on expert. Gold Instrument Icons - Beat the endless setlist 2 on hard. Instrument Icon Color Swap - Beat the endless setlist 2 on medium.
Go online or with friends and have two guitarists and a drummer while making sure all players' Overdrives are filled to the maximum. Have the drummer go first and activate his. Right before his meter runs out, have the guitarist activate theirs. Just before theirs ends, have the bassist activate theirs. Each player will keep it going during the duration of the song, earning as you burn overdrive. Pay attention to each others' meters. At the end of the song you will unlock the achievement.
-This trick is easy if you have songs from the original Rock Band transferred to Rock Band 2. If so, choose "Wave Of Mutilation" from the Pixies and play the song with the Rock Band (not the Guitar Hero) guitar. The solo is only around fifteen notes and are orange and blue. Use the solo buttons to play them.
-Play the song "Give it Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. There are three solos, and the first one is very simple. Just play on the solo buttons from the start of the song until you get to it.
Go to Quick Play or Tour mode and have the microphone available. Choose "So Watcha Want" by the Beastie Boys under the Expert difficulty setting. When the song begins, put the microphone up to your speaker(s) and hold it there for the duration of the song. The only thing you will have to do is yell to activate Overdrive when it appears and tap the microphone for the solo parts. When the song ends you will have a 100% rank and gold stars. Note: Make sure your volume is loud enough. Note: For just a gold star, select "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and do the same thing. You will get a 99% rank without singing. If you want a 100% rank on that song you must be able to hit the last phrase in the song.
Choose "Foreplay/Longtime" by Boston. Two players must be able to play under the Expert difficulty setting and one player on at least the Medium difficulty setting. End the song with at least 97% each and you will have well over a million points
ACHIEVEMENT - HOW TO UNLOCK Solid Gold, Baby! (25 points) - Get a Gold Star on a song. The Bachman-Turner Award (25 points) - Maintain deployed Overdrive for 90 seconds. Flawless Fretwork (25 points) - Score 100% notes hit as a guitarist on Expert. Flawless Guitar Solo (20 points) - 100% a guitar solo on Expert, using only the solo buttons. Flawless Drumming (25 points) - Score 100% notes hit as a drummer on Expert. Flawless Singing (25 points) - Score a 100% rating as a vocalist on Expert. Flawless Groove (25 points) - Score 100% notes hit as bassist, up-strums only, on Expert. Comeback Kid (15 points) - Defeat the last player that defeated you over Xbox LIVE in either Score Duel or Tug of War. Victory! (15 points) - Defeat a player in either Score Duel or Tug of War. Band Savior (20 points) - Be a savior three times during a single song. Overdrive Overdose (25 points) - Achieve an 8x Band Multiplier. Hello Cleveland! (20 points) - Deploy Vocal Overdrive 4 times in a single song. Million Point Club (25 points) - Earn more than 1,000,000 points in a single song. You're Hired! (10 points) - Hire a staff member. Needs more Umlauts! (10 points) - Make a band logo. The San Dimas 4th Annual Award (15 points) - Compete in a Battle of the Bands event. You Killed the Radio Star (15 points) - Make a music video in World Tour. Clothes to the Edge (20 points) - Buy over $100,000 worth of items from the Rock Shop. Along for the Ride (10 points) - Beat an instrument-specific challenge while playing another instrument. Challenge Novice (10 points) - Complete either 25 challenges on Medium, 10 challenges on Hard, or 5 challenges on Expert. Challenge Master (15 points) - Complete 25 Challenges on Hard Difficulty or 10 Challenges on Expert Difficulty. Challenge Savant (25 points) - Complete 25 Challenges on Expert Difficulty. The Final Countdown (15 points) - Unlock an Impossible Challenge. Groove Assassin (20 points) - Beat the Impossible Bass Challenge. Lord of the Strings (25 points) - Beat the Impossible Guitar Challenge. Stage Igniters (25 points) - Beat the Impossible Band Challenge. AN-I-MAL!!! (25 points) - Beat the Impossible Drum Challenge. Virtuoso (25 points) - Beat the Impossible Vocal Challenge . West Coast Performer (10 points) - Play a set on the West Coast of North America. Heartland Performer (10 points) - Play a set in Middle America. East Coast Performer (10 points) - Play a set on the East Coast of North America. God Save the Band (10 points) - Play a set in the United Kingdom. Western Europe Performer (10 points) - Play a set in Western Europe. Eastern European Performer (10 points) - Play a set in Eastern Europe. Worldwide Sensation (25 points) - Gain access to every venue in the world. Road Dog (30 points) - Play in every venue in the world. One Million Fans (30 points) - Reach 1 million fans in World Tour. Open Road (20 points) - Win a Bus in World Tour. Got Wheels (20 points) - Win a Van in World Tour. Jet Setter (20 points) - Win a Jet in World Tour. Beat It! (10 points) - Complete all beats at 60 BPM or higher or half of the beats at 140 BPM or higher. The Beat Goes On (20 points) - Complete all beats at 100 BPM or higher or half of the beats at 180 BPM or higher. Fill Me In (10 points) - Complete all fills at 60 BPM or higher or half of the fills at 140 BPM or higher. Fill Legend (20 points) - Complete all fills at 100 BPM or higher or half of the fills at 180 BPM or higher. Buy a Real Instrument Already! (35 points) - Beat an "Impossible" Challenge with all players on Expert Difficulty. Rock Immortal Inductee (20 points) - Joined the Rolling Stone Rock Immortals list. Vinyl Artist (20 points) - Complete the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Medium. Gold Artist (30 points) - Complete the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Hard. Platinum Artist (50 points) - Complete the Endless Setlist 2 in World Tour on Expert. The Bladder of Steel Award (25 points) - Complete the Endless Setlist 2 without pausing or failing.
Unlock the following instruments at the "My Closet" menu in the rock shop by performing the corresponding tasks:
INSTRUMENT - HOW TO UNLOCK Bomb Bass - Beat the impossible bass challenge. Silver Bass - Beat the final band challenge on bass. Gold Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS - Beat the impossible guitar challenge. Clear Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS - Beat the rolling stone rock immortals list on guitar. Silver Guitar - Beat The final band challenge on guitar. The Goat Head Guitar - Beat the impossible marathon 2 challenge on guitar. Gold Microphone - Beat the impossible vocals challenge. Silver Microphone - Beat the final band challenge on vocals. Clear Microphone - Beat the rolling stone rock immortals list on vocals. Bone Microphone - Beat impossible marathon 2 challenge on vocals. Glowing Drum Set - Beat the rolling stone rock immortals list on drums. Gold Drum Set - Beat the impossible drums challenge. Silver Drum Set - Beat the final band challenge on drums.