NBA champion and future hall of fame player Paul Pierce is no stranger to pressure. He has hit countless big shots in some of the biggest stages in basketball and seemingly brushes them off like it’s no big deal. However, ask him about being a musician and playing in front a stadium full of people and he will wonder how the greats are able to pull it off. That’s why he was such a compelling person to talk to about Guitar Hero Live.
Examiner had a chance to speak with Pierce on Wednesday after he tried the game for the first time during the launch party at YouTube Space Los Angeles. With his family joining him, he had a chance to play a variety of songs and get a feel for the new way the crowd interacts with the player when they’re doing good or failing miserably.
His experience with the Guitar Hero franchise:
That was my first time playing the new game, but I’ve been a fan of Guitar Hero. I’ve played it before with my kids. This new one is real good, man. I think it’s even better and more realistic with the live action crowd. I got booed a couple of times during my song. But once I got it going, it was real fun.
How he would rate himself as a Guitar Hero player:
I’m more like a medium, I haven’t gotten to pro yet. With this new one, I might have to practice and go hard at it and try to get there.
On the difference in setting in Live with the crowd being real people:
Oh, no doubt, you actually feel like you’re on stage and you’re performing. I mean, it really tripped me out how they booed me and it was just crazy. Now you get into it and you start moving around like you’re a real guitar player, bobbing your head and dancing a little bit. It’s really sweet, gives you a nice adrenaline rush.
Whether he feels comfortable being at a concert stage or on the court:
I’ve been playing basketball my whole in front of some really big crowds, so that’s like easy for me, but I can’t even imagine actually going on stage and performing in front of all those people whether you’re singing or playing an instrument. Because if you mess up, you get booed. In a basketball game, you can mess up and you can play better and win at the end. In a concert, you mess up and everybody is watching you. I would be more nervous getting up there and performing a song for sure.
What songs he got to play in Live:
There were a lot of different songs, but my song right now is Rihanna’s “California King Bed”. I got that down right now and later I’ll be able to move to different songs but that is my go-to right now.
What song or artist would people be surprised to hear Paul Pierce enjoy:
Lemme see if I can think of one… probably the group Boston (note: “More Than A Feeling” and “Peace of Mind” made it in various Guitar Hero games). It makes sense, right, but I think a lot of people would be shocked to know that I listen to them.
How he plays with his kids:
Man, it’s tough because they play on the easiest difficulty. It also takes me a while to get used to the control because I play lefty even though I’m a righty.
On whether we will see him belt out some Boston in future Guitar Hero games if the ability to sing comes back:
Yeah, I don’t think my voice will make it. I have a terrible singing voice, the only time I sing is in the shower. It would be great, but I wouldn’t do it in front of people (laughs).