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Rock Band

Platform(s): PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Genre: Rhythm
Publisher: EA
Developer: Harmonix

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'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol, Tom Petty And More...

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2009 @ 7:47 a.m. PDT

Rock Band delivers four music games in one – challenging rockers to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals or play collectively as a whole band, spanning all genres of rock and includes many master recordings from legendary artists.

The Rock Band 2 soundtrack features over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band's original set list and its ever-expanding library of downloadable tracks. Comprised entirely of master recordings from some of rock's most prolific and untouchable artists, including AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Pearl Jam and more, Rock Band 2 will deliver the most impressive and largest music catalogue of any music-based videogame ever.

Singles from Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol, Jet and, making his Rock Band debut, Tom Petty will be available in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content next week for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

Additional tracks from Foo Fighters, White Zombie and Grateful Dead will be available in the Wii™ Rock Band Music Store, and it’s a zombie-friendly week for Rock Band Unplugged, with tracks from The Zombies and White Zombie.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 Systems

American rocker Tom Petty breaks onto Rock Band next week with two of his biggest solo hits, “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” both from his 5x platinum 1989 album, Full Moon Fever. This was Petty’s first solo album, after parting with The Heartbreakers; it reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Classic rockers Fleetwood Mac, English rocker Billy Idol and Australian rockers Jet return to Rock Band with tracks available for download in the Rock Band Music Store next week as well. The Jet track available for Rock Band next week, “She’s a Genius,” is from the band’s new album, Shaka Rock, which also hits shelves Aug. 25.

Tracks available on Xbox 360 (Aug. 25) and PS3 system (Aug. 27):  

  • Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”
  • Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop”
  • Fleetwood Mac – “World Turning”
  • Jet – She’s a Genius”
  • Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
  • Tom Petty –“Runnin’ Down a Dream”

(All tracks are original master recordings)

Price: 

  • $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

Wii Additions

Additionally, Foo Fighters tracks “All My Life” and “Lonely As You,” from the band’s Grammy Award-winning fourth album One by One, as well as “I’ll Stick Around,” from the band’s self-titled 1995 debut album, will be available in the Wii Rock Band Music Store. Also for Wii is Blind Melon's breakthrough 1992 single “No Rain,” as well as “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Boston punk favorites Dropkick Murphys, which was featured on the band’s album, The Warrior’s Code, and in the soundtrack to Martin Scorcese’s Academy Award-winning film, The Departed. Songs from British rock groups Blur and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as alternative rock band Eve 6, will also be available Aug. 25, as will back-catalog tracks from Gratefu l Dead, White Zombie and others. These tracks come from the catalog of Rock Band music already released to owners of Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system. With the addition of these tracks, there are now more than 500 tracks in the Wii Rock Band Music Store. 

Additional tracks available for Wii (Aug. 25):

  • Blind Melon - “No Rain”
  • Blur - “There’s No Other Way”
  • Dropkick Murphys - “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”
  • Eve 6 - “Inside Out”
  • Foo Fighters - “All My Life”
  • Foo Fighters - “I’ll Stick Around”
  • Foo Fighters - “Lonely as You”
  • Kaiser Chiefs - “I Predict a Riot”
  • Belly – “Feed the Tree” 
  • Ghost Hounds – “Wind Me Up”
  • Godsmack – “I Stand Alone”
  • Grateful Dead – “Cold Rain & Snow”
  • Grateful Dead – “Doin’ That Rag”
  • Grateful Dead – “Don’t Ease Me In”
  • Grateful Dead &nd ash; “Fire on the Mountain”
  • Grateful Dead – “Hell in a Bucket”
  • Grateful Dead – “Uncle John’s Band”
  • James Gang – “Funk #49”
  • Mute Math – “Typical”
  • Rob Zombie – “War Zero”
  • Turbonegro – “Wasted Again”
  • White Zombie – “Black Sunshine”
  • White Zombie – “More Human Than Human”

Price:

  • $2.00 USD, (200 Wii Points) per track

Rock Band Unplugged Tracks for PSP

Rock Band Unplugged fans will enjoy the addition of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” and White Zombie’s “Black Sunshine” to the 33 tracks already available via the Rock Band Unplugged in-game music store for the PSP.

Tracks available for Rock Band Unplugged (Aug. 27):

  • The Zombies – “She’s Not There”
  • White Zombie – “Black Sunshine”  

Price:

  • $1.99, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU per track on the PSP system  

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **

Rock Band 2 On-Disc Track List:

  1. AC/DC "Let There Be Rock" 1970s
  2. AFI "Girl's Gone Grey" 2000s
  3. Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know" 1990s
  4. Alice in Chains "Man in the Box" 1990s
  5. Allman Brothers "Ramblin' Man" 1970s
  6. Avenged Sevenfold "Almost Easy" 2000s
  7. Bad Company "Shooting Star" 1970s
  8. Beastie Boys "So Whatcha Want" 1990s
  9. Beck "E-Pro" 2000s
  10. Bikini Kill "Rebel Girl" 1990s
  11. Billy Idol "White Wedding Pt. I" 1980s
  12. Blondie "One Way or Another" 1970s
  13. Bob Dylan "Tangled Up in Blue" 1970s
  14. Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer" 1980s
  15. Cheap Trick "Hello There" 1970s
  16. Devo "Uncontrollable Urge" 1980s
  17. Dinosaur Jr. "Feel the Pain" 1990s
  18. Disturbed "Down with the Sickness" 2000s
  19. Dream Theater "Panic Attack" 2000s
  20. Duran Duran "Hungry Like the Wolf" 1980s
  21. Elvis Costello "Pump It Up" 1970s
  22. Fleetwood Mac "Go Your Own Way" 1970s
  23. Foo Fighters "Everlong" 1990s
  24. Guns N' Roses "Shackler's Revenge" 2000s
  25. Interpol "PDA" 2000s
  26. Jane's Addiction "Mountain Song" 1980s
  27. Jethro Tull "Aqualung" 1970s
  28. Jimmy Eat World "The Middle" 2000s
  29. Joan Jett "Bad Reputation" 1980s
  30. Journey "Anyway You Want It" 1970s
  31. Judas Priest "Painkiller" 1990s
  32. Kansas "Carry On Wayward Son" 1970s
  33. L7 "Pretend We're Dead" 1990s
  34. Lacuna Coil "Our Truth" 2000s
  35. Linkin Park "One Step Closer" 2000s
  36. Lit "My Own Worst Enemy" 1990s
  37. Lush "De-Luxe" 1990s
  38. Mastodon "Colony of Birchmen" 2000s
  39. Megadeth "Peace Sells" 1980s
  40. Metallica "Battery" 1980s
  41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Where'd You Go" 1990s
  42. Modest Mouse "Float On" 2000s
  43. Motorhead "Ace of Spades" 1980s
  44. Nirvana "Drain You" 1990s
  45. Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky" 1960s
  46. Panic at the Disco "Nine in the Afternoon" 2000s
  47. Paramore "That's What You Get" 2000s
  48. Pearl Jam "Alive" 1990s
  49. Presidents of the USA "Lump" 1990s
  50. Rage Against the Machine "Testify" 1990s
  51. Ratt "Round & Round" 1980s
  52. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give it Away" 1990s
  53. Rise Against "Give it All" 2000s
  54. Rush "The Trees" 1970s
  55. Silversun Pickups "Lazy Eye" 2000s
  56. Smashing Pumpkins "Today" 1990s
  57. Social Distortion "I Was Wrong" 1990s
  58. Sonic Youth "Teenage Riot" 1980s
  59. Soundgarden "Spoonman" 1990s
  60. Squeeze "Cool for Cats" 1970s
  61. Steely Dan "Bodhitsattva" 1970s
  62. Steve Miller Band "Rock'n Me" 1970s
  63. Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" 1980s
  64. System of a Down "Chop Suey" 2000s
  65. Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" 1970s
  66. Tenacious D "Master Exploder" 2000s
  67. Testament "Souls of Black" 1990s
  68. The Donnas "New Kid in School" 2000s
  69. The Go-Go's "We Got the Beat" 1980s
  70. The Grateful Dead "Alabama Getaway" 1980s
  71. The Guess Who "American Woman" 1970s
  72. The Muffs "Kids in America" 1990s
  73. The Offspring "Come Out & Play (Keep 'em Separated)" 1990s
  74. The Replacements "Alex Chilton" 1980s
  75. The Who "Pinball Wizard" 1960s

Bonus Material

  1. Abnormality "Visions" 2000s
  2. Anarchy Club "Get Clean" 2000s
  3. Bang Camaro "Night Lies" 2000s
  4. Breaking Wheel "Shoulder to the Plow" 2000s
  5. The Libyans "Neighborhood" 2000s
  6. The Main Drag "A Jagged Gorgeous Winter" 2000s
  7. Speck "Conventional Lover" 2000s
  8. The Sterns "Supreme Girl" 2000s
  9. That Handsome Devil "Rob the Prez-O-Dent" 2000s

** The Rock Band 2 on-disc track list is comprised entirely of master recordings.

Rock Band 2 raises the bar in music gaming innovation with new features to rock the world:

  • Local and global online modes to connect the entire Rock Band community
  • World Tour mode, now online, simplifies the best of gameplay from the original Rock Band by fusing Solo Tour and Band World Tour modes and cranks it up a notch with an all new collection of opportunity gigs, challenges, cities, venues and hirable staff
  • Tour Challenges that offer rockers a chance to play through mini-campaigns focused on the best songs by instrument, decade, genre, artist, album and more
  • Battle of the Bands mode challenges players to go head to head against other bands in constantly refreshed contests* created by Harmonix (*internet connection required)
  • Quickplay makes it easier than ever to get in and jam without hassle while allowing for new prefab characters or customized characters that can play on any instrument plus lets you make your own set lists and organize your song lists in a variety of categories (genre, era, etc.)
  • Customizable Set Lists keep the music rolling and your band rocking in Quickplay mode
  • Drum Trainer mode gives players the fundamentals of different beats and fills, translating gameplay into real drumming skills
  • Character Creator completes your look with all new choices in clothing, accessories, tattoos, hairstyles, instruments and more to keep your unique rock avatar playing the full rock part
  • Backwards compatibility with all Rock Band downloadable music content released to date
  • Disc Export Feature gives owners of the original Rock Band the ability to export most of the Rock Band disc tracks and upgrade them into Rock Band 2 gameplay-the first time ever in videogame history!

From the solid officially licensed Rock Band 2 instruments to the expanded third party options, Rock Band 2 introduces new and improved choices that promise to deliver unsurpassed realism. In addition, Harmonix and MTV Games have become the first companies to officially support third party instruments and accessories in a music videogame.

Achieve ultimate stardom with the upgraded functionality and smooth new look of the official Rock Band 2 instruments.

  • Fender Stratocaster Controller takes on a new authentic look plus adds a reinforced strum bar, quieter buttons, wireless functionality and a built in calibration tool that automatically sets your AV setup to an ideal setting for maximum rock.
  • Drum set goes wireless while also featuring quieter, velocity sensitive drum pads and a metal reinforced pedal.
  • Microphone showcases authentic styling and weight.

Kick up the intensity with officially licensed third-party instruments from Mad Catz:

  • Fender Telecaster Controller features soft buttons with lower action to help you shred faster than ever.
  • Fender Bass Controller, the first bass guitar controller ever, takes the shape of the Fender P-Bass with extended length, tuning pegs and a split strum bar to replicate finger-bass style picking.
  • Full-sized Squire Stratocaster Guitar Controller multiplies the authentic guitar experience by featuring a controller built into an actual Squire Stratocaster body.
  • Cymbal Expansion Pack is a straightforward but amazing upgrade to the Rock Band 2 drum set featuring add-on cymbals.

Take Rock Band 2 instrument authenticity to a whole new level with a high-end peripheral from ION:

  • ION Drum Rocker, a real electronic drum kit that functions as a game controller, brings the Rock Band fantasy to life featuring a simple substitution that takes the drum kit from a controller to a real instrument.

Rock Band 2 is currently available on Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii.


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