June 9, 2008

The Ultimate Rock Band Achievement: The Endless Setlist

If you enjoy Rock Band’s World Tour mode, eventually you’ll get around to the fabled Endless Setlist.

The Endless Setlist is a gig in Moscow. But not just any gig. This gig is 58 songs in length — that’s right, fifty-eight songs!

In order to complete this gig, you must play all 58 songs included with Rock Band — at medium difficulty or higher — without powering down your console or exiting from the gig.

Sure, any band can enter the Hall of Fame in World Tour. But few bands have the intestinal fortitude to complete the grueling Endless Setlist. It is the ultimate gig, the pinnacle of World Tour mode.

(Pro tip: be very, very careful when navigating the menus if your band foolishly chooses to embark upon the Endless Setlist! The disconnected controller menu is particularly dangerous since it contains only two menu items, one of which will exit you from the setlist. Also remember that the Xbox has a dashboard setting to automatically power off after some hours of inactivity. We kept our Xbox running overnight after completing 40 songs, so as to complete the rest in the morning, then woke up to find it had powered itself off. So we had to start over from the beginning, and our 58 song set was really more like a 98 song set. Sigh.)

What do you get for all that effort? A lot of cash (we got around $32,000), a few new fans, and an achievement:

Xbox 360 Achievement - Vinyl Artist 10 Vinyl Artist
Finish the Endless Setlist in Band World Tour on Medium.
requires 600 stars; play all 58 set songs, and the game cannot be saved, only paused thus “endless”
Xbox 360 Achievement - Gold Artist 20 Gold Artist
Finish the Endless Setlist in Band World Tour on Hard.
Xbox 360 Achievement - Platinum Artist 25 Platinum Artist
Finish the Endless Setlist in Band World Tour on Expert.

You’ll get a nice message about how you’ve achieved Legendary Status and your in-game icons will be upgraded to a different (and cooler) visual style to represent the difficulty your band completed the endless setlist on — either platinum, gold, or vinyl.

Oh yes, and if the endless setlist is the last gig in Moscow, you’ll also get the “Big in Moscow” achievement for an additional 10 gamerpoints. And a crappy t-shirt of Rasputin for your character.

Our band Jooky! just completed the endless setlist on hard guitar and hard drums, and I reckon it takes about 4 1/2 hours in total if you don’t take any breaks. We did it in three sessions, with about an hour break in between.

The songs are mostly in difficulty order, but not quite. Here’s the actual Endless Setlist:

  1. 29 Fingers
  2. Say it Aint So
  3. In Bloom
  4. I Think I’m Paranoid
  5. The Time we had
  6. Mississippi Queen
  7. Here It Goes Again
  8. Creep
  9. Blood Doll
  10. Wave of Mutilation
  11. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  12. Maps
  13. Gimme Shelter
  14. Brainpower
  15. Sabotage
  16. Blitzkrieg Bop
  17. Celebrity Skin
  18. I’m So Sick
  19. When We Were Young
  20. Black Hole Sun
  21. Wanted Dead or Alive
  22. Learn to Fly
  23. Seven
  24. Orange Crush
  25. Main Offender
  26. The Hand That Feeds
  27. Day Late, Dollar Short
  28. Epic
  29. Suffragette City
  30. Ballroom Blitz
  31. Dead On Arrival
  32. Pleasure
  33. Train Kept a Rollin
  34. Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  35. Paranoid
  36. Timmy & the Lords of the Underworld
  37. Welcome Home
  38. Go With The Flow
  39. Dani California
  40. Nightmare
  41. Don’t Fear the Reaper
  42. Reptilia
  43. Electric Version
  44. Vasoline
  45. Detroit Rock City
  46. Can’t Let Go
  47. Next to You
  48. Cherub Rock
  49. Tom Sawyer
  50. Enter Sandman
  51. Green Grass and High Tides
  52. Outside
  53. Highway Star
  54. Foreplay/Long Time
  55. Flirtin With Disaster
  56. I Get By
  57. Run To The Hills
  58. Won’t Get Fooled Again

If you’re frightened after scrolling this far, you should be. It takes a special kind of crazy to complete the Endless Setlist.

This is still on my to-do list. I can talk my band-mate (my wife) into an hour of gameplay, tops, so I’m not sure when it will happen.

June 9, 2008 at 5:29 am

It’s good of you to provide that time estimate. I severely underestimated how long it would take (both play time + refills + bathroom breaks) and my wife and I would up finishing around 4am.

Tom Clancy
June 9, 2008 at 6:33 am

Just wondering if I was to use my profile for expert guitar, then get my self to sign in as a guest at the same time and do easy vocals, would I get an achievement for my Guitarist for doing it on expert guitar?

Luke XXV
June 17, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Just finished on hard level. Me on vocals and bass. Failed blood doll and dead on arrival and so so nearly failed green hills. But was on a buzz for 5 starring enter sandman so it kinda carried me thru. Total time just shy of 6 hours including plenty of cigarette rolling and a fone call.
God Bless acesulfame k and aspartame.

July 21, 2008 at 10:49 am

Just finished the endless set list with my band mates (my wife on drums and 17yr old daughter on bass, and myself on guitar.) It took us 4:20, with only a handful of pauses. We all played it on Hard level and 5 starred all but maybe ten or so. Wound up with 278 out of the 290 possible stars. For our efforts, we got the dreaded “your fans are already 100% devoted” message and did not gain any fans. I know that we have been at the level now where we all need to be on expert to get any fans, but I was hoping after a 58 song set we would get some. Oh well, it was a fun ordeal anyway. And just to add some to the bragging, not one of us ever failed and needed to be brought back in. There were some songs where we needed to alternate our overdrives, though, to help each-other out from time to time. Cheers!

October 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm

My brother and I just completed this on expert I played guitar and he played the bass. We got 280 of 290. Fun yet longish. I probably would of sucked at it vocally lol

May 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Why my rock band 1 don’t have endless setlist??? :(

Levy Mesquita
August 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

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