Pearl Jam to be Celebrated in Rock Band
To honor the re-release of Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten”, Rock Band, MTV, MTV2, VH1 and VH1 Classic are teaming up to roll out a two-week long lineup of content that celebrates the band, its success and its debut in Rock Band as downloadable content.
Putting aside MTV and VH1’s tributes, gamers will get the “Ten” album – which has sold 12 million copies – as downloadable content in Rock Band and Rock Band 2 on March 24. In addition, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron will sit down for a Game With Fame session on Friday, March 27 at 7pm ET. Those with a Xbox Live Gold account can go up against him by sending a friend request to “Pearl Jam GWF” and be online half an hour before at 6.30pm ET.
The “Ten” album was released back on August 27, 1991. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 12 million copies.
Rock Band Battle This Weekend
MTV today announced that they will air Rock Band Battle this Saturday at 1pm ET/PT. Hosted by comedian Dan Levy with actress Carrie Keagan, the one hour special will feature five groups going head-to-head as they attempt to live out their dreams of rock n’ roll and compete for a pimped out electronics package.
The four member groups will take on their favorite song from Rock Band 2’s catalog of over 100 tracks. They will be judged on how well they play the game as well as how well they manage to impress the audience with their stage presence and rock and roll acumen.
The winning band will walk away with a big-screen LG television, Cambridge SoundWorks New theater system, Xbox 360 and a special edition bundle of Rock Band 2.
Rock Band Special Edition Bundle Announced
Hoping to cash in on the holiday season, Harmonix and EA have jointly announced a new Special Edition bundle for Rock Band that will be available for the PS2 and Wii starting at $99.99. It will also be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 at a starting price of $139.99.
The Special Edition bundle will feature the microphone, the guitar controller and drum controller. Gamers will be able to rock out to the game’s hundred-plus songs, most of which are available through Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. You will also be able to export 55 of Rock Band’s 58 songs in the game’s sequel for yet more action.
The bundle is now available.
KISS, Soundgarden, RHCP Bring Their Music to Rock Band
More big bands have joined Rock Band’s kickass lineup. As reported by 1UP, songs from KISS, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers will appear in the game as master tracks. The songs are “Detroit Rock City” by KISS, “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden and “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The abovementioned songs brings the game’s set list to 34 songs, ranging from the ’60s to now.
Xbox Live Gets Downloadable TV Shows and Movies
Microsoft has announced that it has partnered with content producers such as MTV, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. to bring downloadable video content to Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Marketplace. The videos will be available in both 720p and 480p resolutions. TV programs will be put up for sale, whereas movies will be provided on a rental basis.
Content to be live by the end of the year includes Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force from Adult Swim; CSI, Survivor and Star Trek from CBS; South Park and Chappelle’s Show from Comedy Central; Pimp My Ride from MTV; along with a bunch of other shows popular with the Xbox demographic. Movies include Mission Impossible 3, Nacho Libre and Jackass: The Movie from Paramount; and The Matrix, Superman Returns and Batman Forever from Warner Bros.
No pricing information has been announced as of yet. The above, and more, will be available in North America starting November 22.