A Nickelback backdrop adorned the stage of the House Of Blues on Sunset Boulevard yesterday afternoon, November 5. Fans waited with excitement for their favorite band. The anticipation was undeniable. Then the music started. And the magic began.
For the 1,500 lucky fans, including myself, who came to this intimate venue, it wasn’t just another rock concert. Not only was this the first time Nickelback brought a performance to the celebrated strip venue, but all proceeds went to a music/arts program for underserved youth. And it celebrated the announcement of their long awaited new album, NO FIXED ADDRESS, hitting stores on November 17!
Imagine a world where you can play keyboards in a music game. Imagine the new possibilities that opens? Imagine no more, because John Lenon’s Imagine Album is going to be one of the first full album downloads for Rock Band 3. After the lackluster Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, with Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and The Doors coming in the first batch of DLC, Rock Band 3 is shaping up to be the music game to get. GH is going to have to step it up. I think we’re getting a review copy in the next week or so – sorry but all the game companies send us stuff at least a week or two after release; hope to have a review for you all soon.
I’ll admit it I’m over the Music Band thing; I think the folks at Harmonix and Red Octane have gone about as far as you can go with this genre. There was a brief moment last year when Harmonix rekindled my love of plastic instruments with their amazing, loving work on The Beatles Rock Band; their follow-up is an odd choice – Green Day? Really? That’s a band significant enough to warrant it’s own Rock Band game? Ok. Come on, where’s Prince Rock Band? Or U2?
It’s the apocalypse Miley Cyrus is coming to Rock Band via DLC. My secret shame is that I actually like Miley, she has that weird undefinable something….Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that pop star Miley Cyrus will make her Rock Band debut June 22, the date her newest album hits shelves, with five songs in 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™.
“I’m excited fans will be able to download and play five of my songs in Rock Band,” said Miley Cyrus. “I love that people can rock out with me and play my new song ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ on the same day my album comes out!” Can’t Be Tamed, Miley’s third studio album, will be released June 22 and features the hit single of the same name. Five songs from Miley, including “Can’t Be Tamed,” will be released for Rock Band play day-and-date with the album release.
Looks like Sony is moving quickly to make their newly acquired Jimmy Hendrix music catalog start paying off. They have inked a deal to bring Hendrix, who was previously on Guitar Hero over to Rock Band in form of the Album – Axis: Bold As Love. It will be added next week to the Rock Band Music Store. Axis, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s iconic second studio album, was released in 1967, and includes the “If 6 Was 9,” “Castles Made of Sand,” “Little Wing” and “Bold As Love.” The songs will be available both as singles and as an album pack. Omitted is the spoken word/sound sculpture opening track “EXP” as it is not suitable for gameplay.Also available next week is “Valleys of Neptune,” the single from the new album of the same name, which was released March 9 on Legacy Recordings and features never before commercially released recordings. Legacy will also release this year deluxe CD/DVD editions of several of Hendrix’s most iconic albums, including Axis: Bold As Love. These 13 tracks join Hendrix’s “Fire,” which is already available on-disc for LEGO® Rock Band. The full album will cost $19.99 or 1600 MS Points. I’ll be honest I’m tired of music games and haven’t played one in about 5 months, this may be enough for me to pick up my plastic instruments again.
The folks at Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band is going to put The Who‘s upcoming Superbowl Mashup on XBLA for 160 points ($1.99). The band recorded a special version of their upcoming half time show just for us Plastic Instrument players. Frankly it’s a pretty terrible release. It didn’t say if it’s coming to the PS3 or exactly when this song will be or exactly what the mashup is going to be – but you can pretty much guess it’ll be combination of “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Eminence Front,” “Going Mobile,” “Leaving Here,” “Magic Bus,” “My Generation,” and “Real Good Looking Boy.” The main takeaway is, you’ll be able to play The Who’s Super Bowl performance. How cool is that?
If you’re still enjoying “The Beatles: Rock Band,” then Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games have a holiday special for you.
Did you know that 9.09.09 is going to be a huge day for the Beatles? For the first time ever The Beatles are issuing their remastered Catalog in both Mono (for you purist) and Stereo on CD. It’s widely expected that The Beatles music on iTunes will finally be announced at today’s Apple’s music event and there’s a little game called The Beatles: Rock Band. A few weeks ago I did an interview with the game’s producer Josh Randall – who must have one of the coolest jobs in the world.
1) Can you talk a bit about how this entire project came to be? Did you pursue the Beatles or did they come to you?
The concept actually came about because of a chance meeting during the family vacations of Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music Group and the Harrison family, Olivia and Dhani. Dhani Harrison is a fan of Harmonix and its history and reputation for developing music games. From that conversation, MTV Games and Harmonix worked with Apple Corps to make the dream a reality.
2) Why do you think the Beatles chose you guys over your competition?
I think from our first meetings with Apple Corps, it just made sense. We were able to engage those guys on a creative level that I think made them comfortable. As our organizations got to know each other better, we grew a mutual respect for one another, and things fell into place.
Well, what do we have here. Several websites are reporting that the rumored full Beatles Rockband setlist that’s been going around is actually real. I generally don’t like to cover rumors, but this seems to be fact (confirmed by Game Informer) and I fully expect the Rock Band folks to send out the official press release tomorrow or Monday. If this is true, the 45 song Beatles disk is pretty rocking. Take a gander after the break.
I think I’m about through with the music genre. I still love me some Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but I think after Guitar Hero Smash Hits comes out in a few weeks I’ll about at my limit – there’s just to many titles and tracks to keep up with. But before I do, I took Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock for a spin and it’s good. I’ve always said that Guitar Hero is the better game, while Rock Band has always been the better music “simulator.” This time out the “game” elements has been streamlined and improved upon. This slimmed down version isn’t clutter like the main game and several things that I didn’t like about Rock Band like the way it handled Achievement Points, Scoring, and other simple game elements like progression are much better. I have over 300 Rock Band Tracks and to this day I have yet to finish Rock Band 2 because of the ridiculous way it pulls songs from all the tracks to make up each tour destination. This Track Pack set strips out all of that and takes it back to the basics. You now get achievement points for actually doing well in the game.