Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that Toby Keith will make his Rock Band debut through six tracks on the online music store this week. Keith is one of the major players in the music industry and has sold more than 25 million albums this century.
The six-pack features a compilation of his most popular songs spanning his entire career including his first number-one hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”. The other songs are “How Do You Like Me Now”, “Beer For My Horses”, “Who’s Your Daddy”, “I Love This Bar” and “She’s a Hottie”.
Each track will cost $1.99 (160 points), with the six pack going for $9.99 (800 points).
MTV Games and EA today announced that the Rock Band franchise has officially surpassed $1 billion in North American retail sales in 15 months, citing figures by the NPD Group. In addition, over 40 million paid individual songs have been sold via download through the online platform; there are a total of 600 songs available in the catalog.
Rock Band was launched back in November 20, 2007 and has sold millions of units. Its sequel was released earlier last year and built upon the original. The franchise is the first to start full album downloads on PS3 and Xbox 360, which quite a few bands have taken advantage of, including Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Megadeth and Rush.
Marking the addition of awesome metal to Rock Band’s setlist, Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that three new tracks from White Zombie and Turbonegro are headed our way next week.
“More Human than Human” and “Black Sunshine” from White Zombie will be released. This is Rob Zombie’s band before he went solo. In addition, “Wasted Again” from Norwegian punk band Turbonegro will be available too.
To be available starting Tuesday on Xbox Live and Thursday on PlayStation Store, the songs will cost $1.99 (160 Microsoft points) per track.
Hoping to make all their downloadable content available to everyone, Harmonix and MTV Games announced that they have released Rock Band Track Pack Volume 2, the second installment in its track pack series. It is now available for PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 for $29.99.
The pack features 20 tracks ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Motley Crue to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Duran Duran. It can be played as a standalone game for all consoles. However, you will also be able to export the songs for play with Rock Band and Rock Band 2 using a free offer on Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.
MTV Games and Harmonix send word that AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack is now available in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores across the States. The game, an offshoot of Rock Band, features 18 live recordings from the popular hard rock band’s live performance at Castle Donnington.
The tracks are below:
"Shoot to Thrill"
"Back in Black"
"Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be"
"Fire Your Guns"
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
"Whole Lotta Rosie"
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
"Let There Be Rock”
"Highway To Hell”
"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”
All these songs can also be played in Rock Band and its sequel by entering a special export authentication code for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
The game is available on PS3 and Xbox 360 for $40, PS2 and Wii for $30.
Following up on the full album release of Judas Priests’ “Screaming for Vengeance”, Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the second complete album for Rock Band – The Cars’ 1978 self-titled debut.
To be available starting next Tuesday on Xbox Live and Thursday on PlayStation Network, the album is hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the greats and features quite a few hit singles. The album can be bought for $14.99 (1200 Microsoft points); individual tracks can also be bought for 160 Microsoft points ($1.99) each. Below is the track listing:
“Good Times Roll”
“My Best Friend’s Girl”
“Just What I Needed”
“I’m in Touch with Your World”
“Don’t Cha Stop”
“You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”
“Bye Bye Love”
“Moving in Stereo”
“All Mixed Up”
MTV Games has announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with Jerry Bruckheimer to develop and create new and original video games. They will build a game incubation studio, where a team of experts, artists and storytellers will come together to create new concepts and IP.
Bruckheimer is responsible for quite a large number of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Bad Boys series and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. This is his first entry into video games.
“Video games represent a new and innovative medium for what we’ve always tried to do, which is to tell great stories. But this medium is unique in that it gives the player control over how those stories unfold,” said Jerry Bruckheimer. “I look forward to working with MTV Games to create new original game stories, always looking for ways to innovate the medium.”
Executives from both companies are going to work together on all phases of development as well as on the production, distribution and marketing. They are going to try and bridge the world of video games with other forms of entertainment media including film and TV.
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.
Harmonix, MTV Games and Rhino Entertainment have announced that music by legendary band Grateful Dead will appear in Rock Band. The iconic group is making 18 master recordings available as digitally distributed levels following the game’s release this Holiday season. Some of the songs include classic tracks like “Uncle John’s Band”, “Touch of Grey” and “Sugar Magnolia.”
“Grateful Dead’s unique fusion of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, and jazz challenged traditional musical boundaries and pushed the limits of creativity to produce a signature sound that is undeniably their own,” stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV’s Senior Vice President of Audio, Home Video and Electronic Games. “With an enormous legion of fans all over the world, Rock Band will give players a chance to interact with the music of these beloved rock pioneers and experience what Grateful Dead did best – jam from the depths of their souls.”
“Grateful Dead, with their 30 year career and their timeless music, are the perfect addition to Rock Band,” says Mark Pinkus, Rhino’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Custom Product & Sync Licensing. “It’s going to be a blast playing along to songs ranging from the Dead’s earliest hit ‘Truckin” to their final hit ‘Touch of Grey.’ I’m confident that Rock Band will be instrumental in introducing kids to the magical music of Grateful Dead.”
Grateful Dead joins Metallica and The Who as artists offering downloadable content for the game. More artists are expected to be announced as the release date nears. Rock Band is set for release this Holiday season for PS3 Xbox 360, with PS2 and Wii editions forthcoming.
Harmonix, MTV Games and EA officially announced that Rock Band will also be released on the PS2 alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. They also revealed that the game will be released in Europe in early 2008, while US will get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions this Holiday season.
Rock Band for the PS2 will feature the same content featured on its next-gen brethren, but will also debut new game elements specific for the platform. European versions of the game will also feature extensive localized music content for multiple territories, both on-disc and through downloadable content.
Additionally, ten new songs were revealed at the Games Convention, bringing the total of officially announced on-disc songs to 26. Here’s the current full track listing:
Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”
The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
Mountain “Mississippi Queen”*
David Bowie “Suffragette City”
Black Sabbath “Paranoid”*
Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”
Deep Purple “Highway Star”
Rush “Tom Sawyer”*
Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”
The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Faith No More “Epic”
Foo Fighters “Learn to Fly”
Metallica “Enter Sandman”
Nirvana “In Bloom”
Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline”
Weezer “Say It Ain’t So”
Smashing Pumpkins “Cherub Rock”
Beastie Boys “Sabotage”
The Hives “Main Offender”
Queens of the Stone Age “Go With the Flow”
The Strokes “Reptilia”
Jet “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
OK Go “Here It Goes Again”
Nine Inch Nails “The Hand That Feeds”
*Indicates a cover song, all other songs are original master recordings