Update: It appears that it might actually be a standalone product and not exactly a part of the current Rock Band platform. We’ll see where this goes as new details emerge.
Yeah, it finally happened. The first truly major exclusive has been scored in the battle between Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and it’s Harmonix/MTV that dropped the first nuke. MTV and Apple Corps (Beatles rights holder) announced in a press conference that The Beatles music would be coming to the platform. Alex Rigopulos said that details of distribution and implementation are still being worked out, but we do know that Harmonix has secured the world’s most influential band on its side.
Which way to Harmonix?
While this in no way should be considered a killing blow to the Guitar Hero name, it’s definitely going to be huge for the Rock Band platform. I can only hope that they don’t get cute and try to milk the exclusivity and make you do silly things to get the songs *cough* AC/DC pack *cough*. Obviously The Beatles are the biggest name to hit either franchise, so here’s hoping it happens soon.
If you’re a long time Guitar Hero fan, you’re probably used to swapping discs around during play sessions to play songs on different versions of the game. With Rock Band 2, Harmonix is going to allow gamers to migrate their Rock Band track list over to Rock Band 2. It does come with a price, however, which will be at 400 Microsoft points ($4.99). I guess that’s not too bad for the added convenience. Harmonix’s official announcement says:
CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 4, 2008 – In an industry first, Harmonix Music Systems, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games announced today the release of a title update for Rock Band on the Xbox™ 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft that will make it possible for owners of the original Rock Band to export 55 tracks from the original Rock Band disc for play in the soon-to-be released Rock Band 2.
Beginning today, September 4th, the title update will add an “export disc” tab under the extras option in the Rock Band menus, allowing owners of the original Rock Band to expand their Rock Band 2 library to include 55 tracks from the original Rock Band track list for the nominal fee of $4.99 (400 Microsoft Points). In addition, this patch is required for all future downloadable content releases for Rock Band. Previously purchased DLC will not be affected.
The selection of 55 exportable Rock Band tracks joins the weekly downloadable content list of over 200 songs to date and Rock Band 2’sforthcoming setlist of over 100 songs  adding to the ever expanding Rock Band Music Library. By the end of 2008, Harmonix has promised an unprecedented 500 songs will be available for the Rock Band platform. For a complete list of Rock Band songs available for purchase and download to date, please go to http://www.rockband.com/dlc.
I’m still not sure if the loophole exists that you could just rent Rock Band, export the songs, and then play them all on Rock Band 2 (if it’s your first Rock Band game). We’ll know once all those wily little gamers start trying to do so, I’m guessing.
Here you go, kiddos!
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 Bodhitsattya 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
76. Abnormality Visions 2000s
77. Anarchy Club Get Clean 2000s
78. Bang Camaro Night Lies 2000s
79. Breaking Wheel Shoulder to the Plow 2000s
80. The Libyans Neighborhood 2000s
81. The Main Drag A Jagged Gorgeous Winter 2000s
82. Speck Conventional Lover 2000s
83. The Sterns Supreme Girl 2000s
84. That Handsome Devil Rob the Prez-O-Dent 2000s
Is this an image from Rock Band 2? If so, it appears to have been grabbed from G4.
We shall see…
UPDATE: It appears that the screenshot is real, as it was pulled right form X-Play. After looking it over, I noticed that there are some 2s next to some songs, and a different symbol around the others. My guess is that the 2s reperesent songs that are on the RB2 disc (or are exclusive to RB2 via DLC), while the others are from the original Rock Band DLC service. We know that they’re compatible, so it would make sense.
In a PR I received from Reverb this morning, it was announced that a pack of 12 songs featuring The Who will hit Rock Band on July 12th. Here are the details:
The Who 12 Pack
- “Amazing Journey”
- “Baba O’Riley”
- “Behind Blue Eyes”
- “Eminence Front”
- “Going Mobile”
- “Leaving Here”
- “My Generation” (Live at Leeds)
- “Real Good Looking Boy”
- “Sea & Sand”
- “Summertime Blues” (Live at Leeds)
- “Who Are You”
- “Young Man Blues” (Live at Leeds)
(All tracks utilize the original master recordings)
Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track or $19.99 (1600 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the entire collection of tracks.
I’m pretty sure that Baba O’Riley is a mandatory download.
I’m getting Zero for sure. Yep, for sure.
“Red Tandy” – The Mother Hips
“Time Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear” – The Mother Hips
“Zero” – The Smashing Pumpkins
There’s no song pack this week, so all three songs are individual releases at 160 points each.
The new PS3 firmware update isn’t the only thing worth downloading this Tuesday. The new Rock Band songs are as follows:
- “Call Me” – Blondie
- “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Message in a Bottle” – The Police
Message in a Bottle is pretty fun on Guitar Hero, so I’m willing to give that a try. I may pick up the Blondie song because my wife could use more songs with female vocals. Emulating Scott Weiland gets a little rough on the vocal chords after a while for a woman, I would think.
Hooray, a free song! This week’s release is a bit goofy, but it should be great fun. Best of all, it’s free.
- Still Alive – Jonathan CoultonÂ (ending song from Portal)
SWEET! Next week we’ll be getting 6 Boston tracks, including what might be my favorite song from the Guitar Hero franchise, More Than a Feeling. The entire pack of six songs will cost $9.00, or you can download them individually. Rock Band and Boston are like chocolate and peanut butter…they need each other. Here are the songs:
- Hitch a Ride
- More Than a Feeling
- Peace of Mind
- Rock & Roll Band
- Something About You
Seriously, do yourselves a favor and grab More Than a Feeling if nothing else.
Later this week we’ll be getting a big update to Rock Band in the form of the Rock Band store. This will make buying DLC for the game much easier, and provide much more solid details on what individual songs offer. While browsing the song selection, you’ll be able to sort alphabetically by song, alphabetically by artists, genre, and year released. The store will also give you details about how difficult the song is, how each instrument is represented within the track, and more. And most importantly, you will now be able to preview songs before buying! Check out the screens below.
In addition to the store being released and a few minor bug fixes, Harmonix has also announced that a patch will cause downloaded songs to load up quicker, so you’ll no longer have to wait through that “Loading Additional Content” screen each time you want to jump in and start playing. Pretty nifty, huh?
Oh, and they’ve sold over 6 million songs. Wow.