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Tuesday, November 20 2012 21:29

ROCK BAND celebrates fifth anniversary with six singles from six decades...

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It's a big day for fans of music gaming, as ROCK BAND has officially turned five years old as of today. The folks over at Harmonix have posted some memories from their staff members, all in celebration of a game that has outlasted it's competitors, and continues to bring new DLC content every week. This week, the family-friendly ROCK BAND 3 and ROCK BAND BLITZ get six singles from six decades. Fun Fact: ROCK BAND was actually the reason I initially got an XBOX 360. After playing it at a party in November of 2007, I was hooked. My wife bought me the full band kit and an XBOX 360 (my first of several) the following month for Xmas. Now that we have kids, I let my oldest pound away on my original ROCK BAND drum kit, while I use the upgraded set with cymbals.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii

Harmonix is excited to celebrate the five year anniversary of the Rock Band franchise with the release of six singles from legendary artists, spanning six decades of music history!

A live version of The Band’s “The Weight,” originally released as a single in 1968, will be available starting on November 20th. The track is joined by The Allman Brothers Band’s instrumental, “Jessica,” which comes off the group’s 1973 album, Brothers and Sisters. New Wave post-punk band Modern English make their Rock Band debut with “I Melt With You,” from 1982’s After the Snow. From 1994’s The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nail’s popular “Closer” will also be available. Finally, Crossfade’s “Cold,” from the band’s 2004 self-titled record, and Dragonforce’s “Cry Thunder” from this year’s The Power Within, round out this exciting and eclectic collection of singles!

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation®3 system (November 20th, 2012):

  • The Allman Brothers Band – “Jessica” O X
  • The Band – “The Weight (live)” O X
  • Crossfade – “Cold”
  • Dragonforce – “Cry Thunder” O
  • Modern English – “I Melt With You” O
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Closer” O


Price:

$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points, 200 Wii Points) per song
$0.99 USD (80 Microsoft Points, 100 Wii Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade

(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation®3 system November 21st)

Tracks marked with “X” will offer Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **

*Available on-disc, via download and disc export. Internet connection and export key purchase required. Wii™ Shop Channel has more than 1,500 song tracks available for purchase on the Rock Band platform on-disc, via song import, and download. Not applicable to Nintendo DS™.

 Want more ROCK BAND goodness? Check out http://www.rockband.com 

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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