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Get Back E3, it’s Rock Band ‘Beatles’

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009


DENVER (Billboard) – The surviving members of the Beatles unveiled new details about their upcoming “Rock Band” videogame at the E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles.

Joined by Beatles widows Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr disclosed 10 of the 45 songs expected in “The Beatles: Rock Band” when it comes out September 9.

The tracks are “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “I Feel Fine,” “Taxman,” “Day Tripper,” “Back in the USSR,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Get Back.”

Additionally, they said the entire “Abbey Road” album will be available for purchase and download, as will other tracks from the band’s catalog, after the game’s release, and “All You Need Is Love” will be released exclusively for Xbox 360 users as a downloadable song the day the game hits retail shelves. The proceeds of the single will be donated to Doctors Without Boarders.

Venues where the Beatles played will be re-created for the game, including the Cavern Club in Liverpool (where they got their start), “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Shea Stadium and the Budokan in Japan.

The game also will take fans into the studio experience after the band stopped touring through “artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to the imaginative environments that capture the essence of the Beatles’ genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years,” according to the release.

From a gameplay perspective, the release will break from existing music-based games that allow for only one singer, and add three-part vocal harmonies. Content also will include previously unreleased recordings of the bandmates talking between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road.

A demo version of the game is available for attendees of the E3 conference to play.


Monday, November 3rd, 2008

MTV and Activision face off
DENVER (Billboard) – Now that “Rock Band” publisher MTV Networks just scored the Beatles catalog for a new videogame, announced days after the October 26 release of Activision’s “Guitar Hero World Tour,” the stage is set for another battle of the bands between the two music-based game franchises.

MTV already has a “Rock Band” release featuring AC/DC, and Activision has a “Guitar Hero” game with Aerosmith and another in the works for Metallica. But the Beatles catalog is the biggest “get” in the game world, and both MTV and Activision spent the better part of a year courting Apple Corps, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and EMI Music Group, the trifecta holding the various rights to the Beatles catalog. MTV ultimately won, thanks to a combination of past innovation and music business credibility.

“MTV was clearly the innovator in offering a full-band experience,” Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones said on the conference call unveiling the partnership.

None involved would discuss the specific terms of the deal, but sources hinted that MTV showed more flexibility than Activision, whose CEO, Bobby Kotick, has said that the music industry should be paying for the opportunity to have music included in “Guitar Hero.”

“It was presented as if they were doing the music business a favor,” Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier said. “It’s true you can choose other types of music, and somewhere along the line someone’s going to do it for free for the exposure … When it comes to the Beatles, the leverage changes. We’re very happy with the terms of our arrangement with MTV.