Rock Band Going on Tour
Want to rock? Harmonix, MTV and EA have heard you! The trio has announced that Rock Band will be hitting the road on a coast-to-coast tour to give consumers the chance to try out the upcoming music game. Additionally, they are also asking budding musicians to participate in a “Rock Off” audition for an opportunity to appear on MTV’s TRL. Two selected bands will participate in a live “Battle of the Bands” with the top group being asked to open for one of rock’s biggest bands at the Rock Band launch concert this Holiday season.
The tour will kick off this Sunday at Las Vegas during the “2007 MTV Video Music Awards” weekend. Rock Band outfitted tour rigs will spread across the country on a 24 city tour to give music fans the chance to play on a full concert style stage with all of the lights and sound systems they’re used to seeing in regular concerts.
As for the “Rock Off” auditions, participants will be asked to perform on the tour bus main-stage where they will be captured on video and viewed by MTV casting directors. Two bands will be chosen and flown to New York City to spend a day with a real rock band and receive rock star training. The auditions will culminate with the bands rocking on-air on MTV’s TRL, with one opening for the main band at the Rock Band launch concert.
Full details and dates of the tour just after the jump.
Video Games Live in London
The most celebrated musicians in the gaming industry will be making an appearance at this year’s London Games Festival this October. Video Games Live will be there offering a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on October 22 at 7.30pm. They will be presenting music from Halo, Final Fantasy and Warcraft, to name a few.
The show will be hosted and conducted by co-creators Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall; there will be exclusive video footage and music arrangements, solo performers, live action and unique interactive segments, among other things. Guests will also be able to enjoy game demos, a cosplay contest, game competitions and meet-and-greets with Tommy Tallarico, Jack Wall and others.
The London Games Festival will be held at the British capital from 22-26 October.
Dan the Automator Automating 2K Sports Tour
To promote the release of NBA 2K7, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Casual (Hieroglyphics) and A.G. (D.I.T.C.) will tour and perform with Dan the Automator across the States as part of the 2nd Annual 2K Sports Bounce Tour. This event will see the above artists performing in 13 West Coast cities, with additional shows pending.
Dan the Automator has produced the soundtrack to NBA 2K7, which “involved sculpting the beats to mirror the tempo of a basketball game and enlisting rappers from across the nation for a diverse sound.”
The 2nd Annual 2K Bounce Tour is a series of live events that bridge hip-hop, sports and videogame culture by featuring renowned musicians, sports, gaming kiosks and more. Below are the dates:
Nov 29 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Company
Nov 30 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
Dec 1 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Dec 2 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
Dec 4 – Portland, OR – Berbatti’s Pan
Dec 5 – Bellingham, WA – The Nightlight
Dec 6 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
Dec 8 – Park City, UT – Suede
Dec 9 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
Dec 10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre & Cafe
Dec 12 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Dec 14 – San Diego, CA – Canes Bar & Grill
Dec 15 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
In addition to the above, 2K Sports has also announced the release of the Official 2K7 Mixtape, mixed by world famous DJ Clinton Sparks. The mixtape is a free download of non-stop 40 minutes of hip-hop, including tracks by Fabolous, Ghostface, Lupe Fiasco, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Dilated Peoples and more.
NBA 2K7 is now available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox.
Castlevania Composer to Perform at GC
Konami has announced that Michiru Yamane, the publisher’s music composer whose work includes many Castlevania titles, will give a live performance in a Symphony Concert to be held during the opening ceremony in the Gewandhaus venue at the Leipzig Games Convention.
The acclaimed composer will be performing “Wood Carving Partita” from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on a Cembalo – a Harpsichord-style instrument. There will also be a tribute to Castlevania through a specially-composed medley based on three tracks from the series: “A Toccata Into Blood-Soaked Darkness” from Curse of Darkness, and “Vampire Killer” and “Wicked Child” from the original NES Castlevania.
Michiru Yamane will be available for a signing session after the concert.
GC 2006 Game Concert Sold Out; Industry Party Still Open
This year’s German Games Convention is shaping up to be bigger and better than before. 2006’s GC will be host to a colossal concert performance of game soundtracks at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. With 400 more seats than last year, all 1000 tickets to the show have been sold out in only a couple of days.
This year’s performance will be conducted by Maestro Andy Brick, with well-known Prague Philharmonic Orchestra performing on August 23 at 8 pm. The audience can look forward to music from Final Fantasy, Two Worlds, Anno 1701, The Revenge of Shinobi, Castlevania and many other games. It was also mentioned that Will Wright, the creator of The Sims series, will be present at the show as the guest speaker.
As for other events, the organizers have thrown an industry party on August 24 at 8 p[m with the motto “Back to the Roots”. Open only to exhibitors and trade visitors, the party will have a quieter atmosphere than last year’s one, and will be hosted at Hall 16 on the old trade fair site. There will be lots of mingling, buffets and DJs for the nighthawks; tickets for the party will cost 39 Euros.