Guitar Battle vs. Lou is a song in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. This is the final Guitar Battle in the game, as well as the hardest. Some consider it to be harder than Through the Fire and Flames, or, more recently, Fury of the Storm and Black Widow of La Porte. It is actually a speed metal cover of The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Steve Ouimette.


Since this is a battle song, your main objective is to try and hit the Battle Power that shows up. Lou will always activate his powers the second he gets them, but this isn't what you should be doing. Instead, you should save up your power and wait for a very note heavy solo in his section. If you've saved up enough powers and unleash them all at once, he'll slowly fail. Unlike Tom Morello and Slash, Lou doesn't miss as easily, but he shouldn't be able to handle multiple attacks.

There is also a simpler way to beat him. If Lou's first attack is Broken string, Whammy bar, or Lefty/Righty flip (Or difficulty up in hard difficulty), immediately start over (unless you can survive). If he gets anything else, power through it and make sure you get your first power up. If your power up is not the whammy bar or the broken string, start over. Once you have the whammy bar or broken string until Lou is going through the fast Misirlou-esque green notes and unleash, causing him instant failure. If you're lucky with the Broken String, his green button will be broken. Be aware that the effect of the whammy bar won't start instantly, but will take about 1 or 2 seconds for it to start so throw it a bit earlier.

Once you've depleted his rock meter, you must finish him off. You will be immediately taken to the last section of the song, and you must simply beat it. This isn't hard, as it is a rather simple section compared to what you've just done. The main thing to remember while battling Lou is to stay calm and make him lose before its time for a death drain and you have to start all over again.

The "Victory Solo"[]

In the battle, you get a part called the "Victory Solo". You have a very long solo with many power ups, and after that is Lou's solo, but his solo is only half as long as yours. The Victory Solo gives you an easy way to beat Lou.

If you manage to defeat Lou before or during the Victory Solo, you get to play the last part of the song with Lou watching and not playing at all.


Since Guitar Battle vs. Lou is the last song in the game on every difficulty, beating it on any difficulty will result in that difficulty's completion.

Upon beating the song for the very first time, one will unlock "Through the Fire and Flames" and then can play it during the credits. During this time the player can miss any number of notes and not fail the song. (NOTE: This song is extremely hard. Even on easy).

Also, when you beat Lou for the very first time you can buy him in the store. The first time you beat Lou on Easy difficulty you will unlock the Moonshot guitar, on Medium difficulty you unlock the St. George Extraordinaire! guitar, on Hard, Rojimbo is unlocked. If you manage to defeat Lou on Expert, the mother of all awesome becomes yours to purchace, the Distant Visitor guitar.



  • Lou's solo is a part of Van Halen's Eruption, which later appeared in Guitar Hero Van Halen.
  • Some say that if this song supported full band play, and the difficulty rating system was the same as Guitar Hero 5's and Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock, Guitar would have a 100%, Bass would have a 60%, and Drums would have an 80% (due to constant double bass pedal drumming).
  • Lous intro does not replay once you beat him or exit out of your sightread, unlike Tom Morello or Slash.
Songs of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Starting Out Small
Slow Ride - Talk Dirty to Me - Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Story of My Life - Rock and Roll All Nite
Your First Real Gig
Mississippi Queen - School's Out - Sunshine of Your Love - Barracuda - Bulls on Parade
Making the Video
When You Were Young - Miss Murder - The Seeker - Lay Down - Paint It Black
European Invasion
Paranoid - Anarchy in the U.K. - Kool Thing - My Name is Jonas - Even Flow
Bighouse Blues
Holiday in Cambodia - Rock You Like a Hurricane - Same Old Song and Dance - La Grange - Welcome to the Jungle
The Hottest Band on Earth
Black Magic Woman - Cherub Rock - Black Sunshine - The Metal - Pride and Joy
Live in Japan
Before I Forget - Stricken - 3's and 7's - Knights of Cydonia - Cult of Personality
Battle for Your Soul
Raining Blood - Cliffs of Dover - The Number of the Beast - One
Co-Op Encores
Sabotage - Reptilia - Suck My Kiss - Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll - Helicopter - Monsters
Guitar Battles
Guitar Battle vs. Tom Morello - Guitar Battle vs. Slash - Guitar Battle vs. Lou
Bonus Tracks
Avalancha - In the Belly of a Shark - Can't Be Saved - Closer - Don't Hold Back - Down n' Dirty - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X. - Generation Rock - Go That Far - Hier kommt Alex - I'm in the Band - Impulse - In Love - Mauvais Garcon - Metal Heavy Lady - Minus Celsius - My Curse - Nothing for Me Here - Prayer of the Refugee - Radio Song - Ruby - She Bangs the Drums - Take This Life - The Way It Ends - Through the Fire and Flames
Downloadable Tracks
Carcinogen Crush - Tina - Putting Holes In Happiness - All My Life - The Pretender - This is a Call - She Builds Quick Machines - Slither - Messages - Guitar Battle vs. Tom Morello - Guitar Battle vs. Slash - The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix - No More Sorrow - Sleeping Giant - Pretty Handsome Awkward - Ernten Was Wir Säen - So Payaso - Antisocial - We Three Kings - Peace of Mind - Any Way You Want It - Juke Box Hero - Dream On - Escuse Me Mr. No Doubt - Don't Speak - Sunday Morning - The Arsonist - Hole in the Earth - Almost Easy - Famous for Nothing - (F)lannigan's Ball - Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya - Nine Lives - Rock of Ages - Photograph - Top Gun Anthem - I Am Murloc - The End Begins (To Rock) - Surfing With the Alien - Supermassive Black Hole - Stockholm Syndrome - Exo-Politics - Heroes of our Time - Operation Ground and Pound - Revolution Deathsquad