Tuesday, April 02 2013 10:00

Watch: THE STORY OF ROCK BAND... The Day the Music Died... DON McLEAN's AMERICAN PIE closes out DLC...

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Today is the day that I've been mentioning with every ROCK BAND DLC update for the past couple of months. After more than five years... 281 consecutive weeks... April 2, 2013 will be remembered as "The Day the Music Died." With the addition of DON McLEAN's 1971 hit "American Pie," weekly DLC for the ROCK BAND platform of games comes to an end, and Harmonix just hit The Rock Father with a special, 4-minute video entitled THE STORY OF ROCK BAND. Watch it below.

Though today marks the end of weekly DLC releases, Harmonix  said in a statement that they plan "to continue support for the thousands of active Rock Band fans through ongoing Rock Band Network releases, server support and back-catalog promotions. Rock and Roll never dies, and Rock Band will keep rocking for years to come."

Don McLean's "American Pie" became is signature song from his 1971 album of the same name, spending four weeks as the Number One song on BILLBOARD Magazine's Hot 100. The track  is now available for ROCK BAND play on the Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation®3 systems.

ROCK BAND holds a special place in my heart, as it's the game that brought me into what was then-Next Generation gaming. After playing the first ROCK BAND at a party in late 2007, my wife bought me my first XBOX 360 and the "full band kit" for that Christmas. I'd later go on to play (and review for various sites) ROCK BAND 2, ROCK BAND 3, and GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND. In fact, while I was initially skeptical of "music gaming" (especially GUITAR HERO - having played guitar since '92), it was ROCK BAND that taught me the basics of drumming... eventually leading to my purchase of a MAPEX Drum Kit. I might not be "good," but the plastic instruments of ROCK BAND taught me to play drums for real... and now I'm teaching my daughters.

Feel free to share your ROCK BAND memories below... 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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