Posts Tagged ‘Rock Band’

Them Crooked Vultures land in your DLC

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Them Crooked Vultures tune available 11.17

Them Crooked Vultures tune available 11.17


(Press Release) – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that Them Crooked Vultures are premiering on Rock Band beginning next week with “New Fang,” the single from the band’s self-titled debut album. The song will be added to the Rock Band Music Store and LEGO Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.

“Them Crooked Vultures are keenly aware of the different ways in which modern music fans digest new music and are therefore especially happy to be able to offer the first single from their self-titled debut up as a downloadable Rock Band game track on the same day the album goes on sale,” stated Them Crooked Vultures.

The debut self-titled album from Them Crooked Vultures, comprised of Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and John Paul Jones, will be released Nov. 17 in the United States, the same day and date that “New Fang” will be available for Rock Band download on the Xbox 360. The band released the single as a free download for fans Nov. 3 and has been streaming their full album on their website,, since Nov. 9. The band is touring the United States in November, and their December tour of the United Kingdom sold out in just 12 minutes.

Them Crooked Vultures’ “New Fang” will be available Nov. 17 for the Xbox 360, Nov. 24 for the Wii and Dec. 3 for the PlayStation 3 in both the Rock Band Music Store and LEGO Rock Band Music Store.


Friday, November 6th, 2009
Are you ready to Smash It Up?

Are you ready to Smash It Up?

(Press Release) – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that a three pack of tracks from The White Stripes and singles from The Damned and Kasabian will be added next week to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system and Wii™. Tracks from No Doubt and Dropkick Murphys will be available for download next week for Rock Band Unplugged on PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

Brother/sister duo The White Stripes will release a three pack of some of their most loved songs on Rock Band next week. The band, composed of Jack White (of The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, both featured in Rock Band) and Meg White, has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards, including three for Best Alternative Music Album. “The White Stripes Pack 01” will feature “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” from the 2001 album, White Blood Cells; “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine,” from the 2003 album, Elephant; and “Icky Thump” from the 2007 album of the same name.

Available on Xbox 360 and Wii (Nov. 10) and PlayStation 3 system (Nov. 12):

· The Damned – “Smash It Up (Part II)”
· Kasabian – “Club Foot”
· The White Stripes – “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”
· The White Stripes – “Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine”
· The White Stripes – “Icky Thump”

Rock Band coming to the iPhone

Friday, October 9th, 2009
Slappin' the bass mon, on iPhone Rock Band.

Slappin' the bass mon, on iPhone Rock Band.

EA Mobile’s Twitter feed leaked the news last night, and the company made it official today announcing that Rock Band would be available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Sporting such features as multiplayer, vocals, and 20 songs.

EA mobile also promises “live Bluetooth multiplayer” – allowing you to rock with friends not in the same room. The application says “it will synch you up with bandmates via Facebook invitation”. Yeah, we had to read that twice too.

All the of the instruments will be simulated, guitar, drums, bass and vocals. Multiplayer will function like it does on the console game, complete with band mates mess ups, and the power of overdrive.

EA says it ships this month and it will arrive with 20 songs, with of course more to download via the app store.

The track list:
Attack-30 Seconds To Mars
Girls Not Grey – AFI
Move Along – All American Rejects
Sabotage – Beastie Boys
All The Small Things – Blink-182
Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Bad to The Bone – George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Hymn 43 – Jethro Tull
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
Simple Man – Lynard Skynard
Ace of Spades ’08 – Motorhead
Debaser – Pixies
Ladybug – Presidents of The United States of America
Give It All – Rise Against
Lazy Eye – Silversun Pick Ups
Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
Take The Money and Run – Steve Miller Band
We Got The Beat – The Go Go’s


-BG Crew

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.

Now you can Rock Band & Roll All Nite

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Gene Simmons to cash in on rock videogames

DENVER (Billboard) – Amid the flood of third-party instrument peripherals emerging for the new “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” music simulation games, God forbid if Gene Simmons would miss an opportunity to get his brand on.

The entrepreneurial Kiss bassist and reality TV star has created a replica of the bass he uses while touring, which is compatible with all PlayStation versions of both games. The Gene Simmons AXE Guitar is, yes, shaped like a battle axe, and includes Simmons’ superimposed autograph as well as his betongued likeness in full makeup.

It has a wireless range of up to 30 feet, two sets of fret buttons, and whammy and strum bars. It should be available November 15 from Hip Street for $80.


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.