Lead singer of Green Day Billy Joe, pretty much confirmed that they will be having their own Rock Band game in the future. The news sounds great to me, I mean who wouldn’t want to play through the groups history? Their music seems well…perfect for a game like Rock Band.
MTV caught up with Harmonix’s spokesman John Drake, and asked him straight up if the studio is indeed working on a solo Rock Band game, which would include Green Day exclusively.
“…Green Day’s really, really great! Wouldn’t you love to see Green Day in ‘Rock Band’? I would also love to see Green Day in ‘Rock Band’! Hopefully we’ll have some official news soon!”
Of course he didn’t reveal anything, but his wording makes it sound like it is defiantly in the works, but they’re only going to announce it on their terms. My guess is that they don’t want to confirm anything at this very moment because the studio and publisher do not want to overshadow their upcoming Beatles game. They are basically doing the complete opposite of what Activision has done with their Guitar Hero series.
Josh Randall, Harmonix Creative Director, confirmed with Joystiq today that any downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band will not be compatible with other Rock Band games and vice versa. This does not come as much of a surprise since past games like Guitar Hero: Metallica have not allowed downloaded content to be played in it. The Beatles have also been know for being very specific about their music and how it can be played.
Do you want to play Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero but refuse because you are such a music elites, you wouldn’t be caught dead with a fake plastic looking guitar? If so, Logitech might have your back.
The company is releasing a brand new guitar, made to work with both rhythm titles. The wireless ‘instrument’ comes with a wooden neck, metal frets and a fingerboard made out of rosewood. Basically, it will feel and look like a real life guitar, of course without the strings (and girls). This can be all yours for only a mere 200 bucks.
Yeah, I’ll just stick with my crappy looking plastic thing and spare $200. Maybe by not spending the money, I can save up for the realistic looking drums when Logitech releases it. Yeah, I know nothing has been announced, but you know its coming.
Right now, the ‘controller’ is announced for the PS2/PS3, only.
Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, from Penny Arcade, have created what could be their most unclassy web-comic, to date. Sadly, I find it hilarious at the same time, what does that say about me?
As you can tell, the boys come home after they purchased a Rock Band: Nirvana game. Sure, the game isn’t out or and has yet to even be announced. But eventually, I’m sure it will and I hope it doesn’t include what they found.
If you want to know what it is, click here or the comic itself.
This weeks Rock Band’s downloadable songs have been announced. This time, the major focus will the group ‘The Offspring,’ who will feature two of their songs. And one of the biggest international bands that have come from America R.E.M., is including their mid-90s hit “Losing My Religion.”
* The Offspring- “All I Want”
* The Offspring- “The Kids Aren’t Alright”
* R.E.M.- “Losing My Religion”
* Richard Thompson- “The Way That It Shows”
All the tracks will be masters and will cost $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) for each one.
Furthermore, Harmonix revealed that many tracks that have already been available for download on the Xbox 360 and PS3 will finally be accessible to Wii owners. Below are those songs.
* Radiohead- “My Iron Lung”
* Wolfmother- “Joker & the Thief”
* KISS- “Calling Dr. Love”
* David Bowie- “Moonage Daydream”
* Metallica- “Blackened”
* Metallica- “Ride the Lightning”
* The Clash- “Train in Vain”
* Sonic Youth- “Kool Thing”
* Garbage- “Why Do You Love Me”
* Drive By Truckers- “3 Dimes Down”
* Lucinda Williams- “Can’t Let Go”
* Neko Case- “People Got a Lotta Nerve”
* Old 97s- “Time Bomb”
* Steve Earle- “Satellite Radio”
Harmonix and MTV have announced more downloadable music tracks for Rock Band. This time, old-skool metal heads might enjoy this week’s DLC. In a press release, it was confirmed that Rob Zombie’s old band White Zombie, will be returning to the rhythm games.
For the usual 160 MS Points ($2 PSN), fans of Zombie will be available to play their 1995 hit “More Human Than Human” and “Black Sunshine.” The company also revealed for the same price, the Norwegian punk band Turbonegro will offer their tack “Wasted Again” for the same price.
All three songs will be made available on the consoles respected stores on February 17th for the 360 and the 19th for the PS3.
After the jump, read the press release if you care. (more…)
Obviously one of the only popular music genres that Rock Band is missing is hip-hop. Activision was self-proclaiming that their new rhythm game ‘DJ Hero‘ was going to address that later this year. However it looks like MTV and Harmonix are going to beat them because apparently rapper Snoop Dogg is about to come soon as exclusive downloadable content.
According to MTV, they have signed a deal with the famous artist, but as of now; no word on which tracks we’ll be seeing in the future.
Now, we’re just not sure if having hip-hop will work with a game like Rock Band, but we are completely open to the idea. It should also help EA because including Snoop Dogg to the already impressive list of artist; should only widen the games already large base. And hopefully open the door to even more genres for both Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
It might have taken almost 15 years for Guns N’ Roses sixth album Chinese Democracy to hit stores, but it’s only going to take months for it to available in Rock Band. While speaking with Billboard, lead singer Axl Rose confirmed that the album will be available as downloadable content for Harmonix’s rhythm game on February 28, 2009.
However an MTV spokesperson confirmed that Axl Rose was mistaken and the DLC will be made available sometime in the spring.
This is another win for Rock Band and their ongoing war with Guitar Hero; on what game will be the king of the music genre. It also shows how much bands and musicians want to be included in one of the two games, because the amount of money involved is proven to be more profitable than selling albums.
Straight from Henry at Harmonix, next week’s downloadable content includes a Thin Lizzy 3 pack, the Pretenders, Pat Benatar, and Nikko.
The songs are:
Thin Lizzy –
*The Boys are Back in Town (Live)
*Cowboy Song (Live)
The Pretenders –
Pat Benatar –
*Hit Me With Your Best Shot
*Break My Heart
*Don’t Tell Me
The Nikko songs will cost $0.99 (80 MS points), the rest will be $1.99 (160 MS points). The Thin Lizzy tracks can be purchased as a three pack for $5.49 (440 MS points.). For those of you who don’t know (like me), Nikko is from Australia. Based on the songs they have on their MySpace page, they seem to be quite mellow and depressing. Not what I look for in my Rock Band DLC.
It is yet another week and we are blessed with more Rock Band downloadable content! This time around, there are 8 new master recordings to choose from.
To start things off, there is a 3 pack of Steve Miller Band tracks. Also available is are tracks from GodSmack, Belly, Ghost Hounds, Mute Math and the almighty Rob Zombie. The list of tracks is as follows.
Steve Miller Band 3-pack
“Take the Money and Run”
“I Stand Alone”
“Feed the Tree”
“Wind Me Up”
“War Zone” (The Punisher: War Zone soundtrack)
As usual, the pricing goes as follows.
Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
$5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the Steve Miller Band 3-pack