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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush tracks hit XBLM

It's Tuesday and you know what that means. Rock Band Weekly! Available now on the Xbox Live Markeplace are four new tracks to help you rock out in style. "Snow ((Hey Oh))" and "Tell Me Baby" from Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as "Working Man (Vault Edition)" and "Closer to the Heart" from Rush dropped this morning for 160MS Points a piece ($2 in real money if your a currency snob) and are worth every penny. Unless RHCP and Rush aren't your thing that is. If free is more your style then may we recommend "Promised Land" from Vesuvius, which has been on the Marketplace for a little while but is still worth a look for the price. That price, if you missed it, is free. Happy rocking!

Rock Band Weekly: Red Hot Rush Edition

You didn't think all this talk of Rock Band 2 made us forget about the beloved original, did you? This week in Rock Band Weekly, Harmonix brings us a double-shot of Rush and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Rock Band tracks drop Tuesday, July 8, for 160MS Points ($2) a piece.
  • "Closer to the Heart" - Rush
  • "Working Man (Vault Edition)" - Rush
  • "Snow (Hey, Oh)" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Tell Me Baby" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
All releases this week are master tracks, a trend we like seeing continue with Rock Band. Rock Band enthusiasts will remember a cover-cut of "Working Man" was already made available in previous Rock Band DLC, but this alternative cut is all Rush.

Jump in for the videos for all of Tuesday's releases.

Continue reading Rock Band Weekly: Red Hot Rush Edition

Rumor: Rock Band 2 setlist leak, part two

While we were already impressed by the originally leaked list of Rock Band 2 tracks, the latest leak has blown our collective minds. A thread on the Score Hero forums -- which has been locked and wiped by moderators for apparent NDA violations -- listed a new set of tracks for Rock Band 2. The listing comes from a user who claimed to have taken part in a play test of the game. It is plausable that the listing is legit due to the NDA violation discussion and subsequent moderation as well as the fact that the game is expected to be front and center at E3.

As for the list? It includes such heavy hitters as "Testify" by Rage Against the Machine, "Peace Sells" by Megadeth, "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett and so much more. Jump in for the full listing, but make sure you're sitting down ... this one could knock you off your feet!

Continue reading Rumor: Rock Band 2 setlist leak, part two

No create-a-track mode in Rock Band 2

With player created music tracks playing a pivotal role in Guitar Hero: World Tour, many may be wondering whether or not Rock Band 2 will also be incorporating such a feature. The answer, sadly, is no. In an interview with the Associated Press (the same interview that confirmed RB2 would have more than 80 tracks), Harmonix head Alex Rigopulos made it known that Rock Band 2 will not have any sort of player controlled track creation. Rigopulos noted that Harmonix wants to "do it right" when it comes to player created music. "We're taking a radically different approach to that problem. It's something we wanted to take more time to do it right. It's actually something we're not focused on in Rock Band 2," said Rigopulos, adding, "We're really focused on other areas related to the music and bringing the community together."

So, no create-a-track and community togetherness. You know what would really bring the community together? Online Band World Tour mode. Think about it.

[Via Eurogamer]

Rumor: Rock Band 2 setlist partially leaked

If a segment on X-Play is to be believed a partial list of Rock Band 2 tracks have been revealed. One tipster snapped a photo from the popular G4TV show that listed several tracks, identified as Rock Band 2 songs by a small "2" icon to the left of the track listing. The rumored tracks for Rock Band 2 include:
  • "Panic Attack" - Dream Theater (or Finger Eleven)
  • "Chop Suey" - System of a Down
  • "Give It Away" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Everlong" - Foo Fighters
  • "Kids in America" - Kim Wilde
  • "Ace of Spades" - Motorhead
  • "Hello There" - Cheap Trick
  • "Anyway You Want It" - Journey
  • "Pinball Wizard" - The Who
It's notable that "More Than a Feeling" from Boston and "All the Small Things" from Blink 182 are listed and appear to have a different identifying icon. Considering both were downloadable Rock Band content the icon could signify DLC or an originally released track. For now throw it in the rumor mill but were sure hope these tracks are final. Also, Pinball Wizard? What a great idea!

[Thanks, StLouisRibs7734. Image via ScoreHero]

UK Rock Band 2 release comment, "a misunderstanding"

UK gamers, you might want to take a seat for this one. Speaking with Eurogamer, EA has stated that there has been a misunderstanding regarding the UK release of Rock Band 2.

"There was a misunderstanding and there is no confirmed date for Europe," an unnamed spokesperson from EA told Eurogamer. Yesterday we reported an unnamed EA rep hinted at a possible simultaneous release for the upcoming title.

Currently the only confirmed release information for the recently announced sequel is the title's Xbox 360 timed-exclusivity for a Stateside launch sometime in September. Could Rock Band 2 also suffer from a late release throughout North America much like the original which launched in December 2007 in Canada? Only time will tell. More information regarding the title is expected at E3 which kicks off on July 14.

[Thanks for crushing UK dreams, Boff]

Rock Band 2 expected to hit the UK this September

Looks like UK gamers aren't getting the short end of the stick when the band gets back together this September. Speaking with CVG a representative for Electronic Arts said Rock Band 2 is expected to hit shelves in the UK at the same time as its North American release. "We are expecting to see Rock Band 2 ship in September for the Xbox 360, with other platforms to follow," said the unnamed EA rep.

If it were to happen a simultaneous release for Rock Band 2 would be a stark contrast to the original schedule that saw the first title take nearly 8 months to reach UK shores.

Announced earlier today, Rock Band 2 promises to offer a wealth of gameplay enhancements, as well as the ability to play all previously purchased downloadable content from the popular original.
Interestingly enough, the first Rock Band is still scheduled to release in the UK this August for the PS3, PS2 and Wii -- an Xbox 360 version was released on May 23.


Wake Up! Rock Band 2 hitting this September [Update]

Update: Apologizes, the early hours seem to have hit us. Rock Band 2 is scheduled to release on the Xbox 360 this September with a PS3 release later in the year. Other platforms have not been confirmed at the time of the press release.

Are you sitting down? Today MTV, Harmonix and EA surprised no one by confirming suspicion that Rock Band 2 was in the works. Yes, the worst-kept secret of sequels since Microsoft announced Halo 3 is scheduled to hit this September on the Xbox 360 PS3 and other yet-to-be named platforms.

In an interview with IGN, Harmonix lead designer Dan Teasdale spilled some carefully worded beans on the sequel. Most importantly Harmonix confirmed all Rock Band downloadable content will also work in Rock Band 2 and Teasdale also teased that new features are planned "that let you play your DLC in different ways." Teasdale also states that new downloadable content will be released for the Rock Band platform when Rock Band 2 is released, meaning you can download all DLC and play on either version. Also, the dreaded profile switching issue in the original is being examined and corrected for a more streamlined experience.

While Teasdale also confirms new instruments are in development for Rock Band 2 they are only receiving more reliable and cosmetic changes, meaning your old Rock Band sets will still work as well. While Teasdale doesn't confirm some of the questions posed to him, he does tease at the possibility of and online World Tour and multiple users on vocals instruments.

Jump in for a look at the new Stratocaster guitar as well as the top ten bands Teasdale hinted might make it onto the Rock Band 2 retail disc.

Continue reading Wake Up! Rock Band 2 hitting this September [Update]

South Park DVD includes mystery Rock Band DLC

According to a post on TV Shows on DVD, a retailer insider revealed that the upcoming South Park Season 11 DVD includes three exclusive tracks for Rock Band for a limited time.

Details on the included downloadable content are unknown, including what songs are included and which consoles the DLC is for. Earlier last week we revealed a Best Buy flyer that announced the upcoming CD from Disturbed would include free, Xbox 360 exclusive, Rock Band DLC.

With an Academy Nominated track like "Blame Canada" under their wing, let us all hope creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are going into the South Park well to pull out a few gems from the long-running series. South Park Season 11 is due out on August 12.

[Thanks, jmurzzy911]

Select Rock Band tracks on the cheap

Harmonix and McDonald's have teamed up to slash prices on select Rock Band downloads on the Xbox Live Marketplace. According to Major Nelson, beginning today two existing tracks for Rock Band will be offered at a discounted rate of 80 MS Points each. Each week two new tracks will be discounted while the previous week's sale ends.

Looking for some new tracks to freshen your Rock Band experience? This sale could help build your set-list, while staying light on the wallet! The sale is scheduled to end on June 7. Jump into this story to see the list of sale items as part of this promotion.

[Thanks, StLouisRibs7734]

Continue reading Select Rock Band tracks on the cheap has UK Rock Band instruments for less

UK gamers rejoice! Well, it might not quite be worth rejoicing, but perhaps some unenthusiastic fanfare at least. With the announcement that the UK version of Rock Band would cost £129.99 ($255), gamers were understandably angry. Making this even worse is that the bundle in question doesn't include the game. Some good news then, as is offering the Rock Band instrument bundle for £99.99 ($196), a substantial savings over the suggested price. Of course, it's still not ideal as the game still has to be purchased separately. But hey, it's better than plunking down the full amount, right? There's no telling how long the offer will last, so we suggest you get it while the gettin's good.

[Thanks, Stukorn]

UK Rock Band in May, timed Xbox 360 exclusive

Today EA, MTV and Harmonix have confirmed the UK release of Rock Band is set for May 23. News of a release date has been expected for quite some time; however, in an unexpected coup Harmonix has announced the popular music rhythm game will be a timed exclusive for everyone's favorite HD-platform.

In a press release early this morning Harmonix confirmed the Xbox 360 version Rock Band will hit the UK in "an exclusive launch window of May 23," while other platforms will see the title released later this summer. However, the news may not be as peachy as UK gamers would like.

The game will be sold separately from an "Instrument Edition," which is only includes the drum set, guitar and microphone peripherals, priced at GBP 129.99 (EUR 169). When factoring in the price of the software the package will cost gamers roughly $360 US. Additionally, UK gamers will have the option of purchasing wireless guitars separately for GBP 59.99 (EUR 79.99), while the standard drum kit will go for GBP 69.99 (EUR 89.99).

The UK version of Rock Band will include all 58 tracks found in the North American release, as well as feature nine new tracks spanning German, French and UK hits.

Considering the popularity of the game Stateside, Microsoft has definitely stolen one of the biggest releases out from under Sony's nose -- in a heavily pro-Sony market. While the exclusivity may boost the sales of the Xbox 360 in the region we wonder how UK gamers will feel swallowing the steep price to get their rock on.

[Via Joystiq]

Evidence that Rock Band levels-up drum skills

In the above clip, Attack of the Show's own Kevin Periera thought it would be a good idea to put his expert Rock Band skills to the test. While meeting up with Coheed and Cambria during their Linkin Park support tour, Periera was challenged to take his new found drumming skills and apply them to a legit kit during a play through session of Welcome Home.

So how did Periera stack up using his gaming skills? He completely nails the track! We're not sure if Periera's got a drumming background, but if it's been a strict diet of Rock Band, color us impressed!

[Via Kotaku]

Rock out to "Still Alive" now!

Earlier in the day we reported that tomorrow would bring "Still Alive," the end sequence tune from the smash-hit Portal, to Rock Band. Well, fire up your Xbox 360's fanboys and girls because Christmas has come early as "Still Alive" is available on the Xbox Live Marketplace today. The 18MB download will set you back exactly 0MS Points ($0.00 in any currency) and features one of the best gaming inside jokes of 2007. Go grab it now!

[Thanks, Z3nGaijin & Ben]

Rock Band for $148 on Amazon

Rockers everywhere, take note: Amazon is currently offering the Rock Band Special Edition -- which includes the game, microphone, drums, and guitar -- for $147.99. As Amazon notes, that's $22 (or 13%) off the regular price of $169.99. These kinds of deals tend to sell out quick, so all the frugal virtuosos out there had best jump on it. No, seriously, why are you still here? Go get some cheap Rock Band.

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