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  • Linkin Park 6-pack, Next Week on Rock Band 3

    Posted on January 5th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Thanks to a failed test from our friends at Harmonix, we get early news of next weeks DLC. This is great news, in my opinion.  In fact, to me, this is the best music news from Rock Band I have heard since the announcement of Green Day Rock Band.
    SIX PACK OF FAN FAVORITES FROM LINKIN PARK HEAD TOROCK BAND NEXT WEEK!

    Cambridge, Mass. – Jan. 7, 2011– Harmonix today announced that Linkin Park will bring a six pack of songs to Rock Band, available beginning Jan. 11 in the Rock Band 3Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii.

    Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii
    American rockers Linkin Park will drop some much-anticipated songs in the Rock Band 3Music Store next week. The band, formed in 1996 in California, has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and holds two Grammy® Awards.  Linkin Park is touring the United States beginning Jan. 20. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.linkinpark.com.

    Linkin Park Pack 01 features “Crawling” and “In the End” from their 2000 debut album,Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond in 2005. From the band’s second album,Meteora, the pack features “Somewhere I Belong” and “Numb,” the biggest song of the year in 2003 on the Modern Rock charts. The pack also features “What I’ve Done,” from their third album, Minutes to Midnight, which topped the Billboard charts when it was released in 2007. And from their latest album, A Thousand Suns, which was released in September 2010, the pack features “Waiting for the End.”

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  • TWIRB: Pro MIDI Update, HMX Sold, 2010 Ends with Beatles

    Posted on December 28th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    In this episode of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND we talk about what’s going on with the Rock Band 3 Pro accessories, Harmonix sold from Viacom, and the end of year DLC. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    MadCatz Addresses Lack of Pro MIDI Adapter

    John Drake reposted a message from MadCatz on the RockBand.com forums Christmas Eve addressing the availability of hardware for Rock Band 3. Keys, drums, mics, and guitars were all mentioned. What was left out of the announcement was anything regarding the Pro MIDI Adapter which was initially slated for an October 26 release and still is MIA. Community backlash ensued online, of course.

    Fortunately, within hours, MadCatz Global PR Manager (Alex) got on the forums and addressed the missing adapter. The important piece of Alex’s message is here:

    It’s probably the number one question I get asked at the moment. The Adapter IS now hitting stores on PS3 and Wii across every major territory. It’s proven a real technical challenge to get 100% right and we wanted to take our time with this and make sure we got it right. We believe we have and I personally believe this is one awesome product. More stock is arriving continually both in stores and online. Keep checking your retailer of choice (They will have more up to date info than I). Also keep checking the gamesharkstore for more stock. Again, we ARE trying to make sure we get as much stock out as quickly as possible and I am so sorry to any of you who didn’t manage to get one in time for Christmas. A very small amount of 360 stock has shipped to Best Buy. The 360 stock will be ramping up soon and should be freely available within the next couple of weeks, plenty of time for the Fender Stat. For various reasons, large amounts of the 360 stock is running a little behind the Wii and PS3 versions but rest assured, they ARE coming.

    The community is now split (more backlash for late communication / appreciation for any communication), but at least there is something regarding its availability.  I can say, that I have made several specific stops at local GameStop, Best Buy, Sears, and K-Mart stores since October 26, hoping to find the Pro MIDI Adapter randomly in store.  My reason for this, is all of those retailers stated that it initially would be available October 26, and each has changed (or removed) their release dates.  None are consistent.

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  • TWIRB: Mad Catz Deals, Fender Squier Exclusive, The Piano Man, & a Patch

    Posted on December 15th, 2010 Shawn No comments
    Well, once again the 9-to-5 has kept me away from my regular news updates on the Rock Band front. So, how about I revive (once again) THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Mad Catz Holiday Deal

    Are you looking to pick up some new Rock Band 3 gear? (MIDI adapter excluded, of course) Take a look these Mad Catz deals running at GameShark.com.

    Rock Band 3 Pro GuitarBuy a Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Fender Wooden Stratocaster, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Keyboard, get a FREE keyboard stand!


    http://store.gameshark.com/listCateg…idCategory=246

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Fender Squier Exclusive to Best Buy

    Our friends at Joystiq announced that the upcoming Fender Squier (real 6-string) guitar for Rock Band 3 will be a Best Buy exclusive….can’t get it anywhere else. So, kids, now you know what to ask Santa for Christmas….Best Buy gift cards please!

    Link to the Joystiq Announcement.

    Billy Joel is the DLC of the Week

    Already released on Tuesday is the weeks DLC. For the first time in rhythm game history (I’m sure someone will tell me I made a mistake) Billy Joel makes an appearance…and in a big way.  12 (count ’em), 12 songs make their way to the Rock Band 3 library this week all with pro keys of course. Yes, you get pro drums and vocal harmonies too (plus pro guitar/bass for an extra buck a song).  Now’s the time for you fledgling pianists to show off your skills.  Pony up that $20+ and pick up this pack now.

    Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Dec. 14):
    · “Big Shot” *
    · “Captain Jack”
    · “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”
    · “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” *
    · “Only the Good Die Young” *
    · “Piano Man”
    · “Pressure”
    · “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”
    · “The Entertainer”
    · “The Stranger”
    · “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
    · “You May Be Right” 

    (All tracks are original master recordings)
    (These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Dec. 15)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “*” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

    Price: 
    $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
    $2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
    $0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
    $19.99, £9.99 UK, €14.99 EU (1,600 Microsoft Points, 2,000 Wii Points) for Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

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  • 12 Different Guitar/Bass Charts in Rock Band 3 Songs

    Posted on December 7th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band 3 Pro GuitarHaving just listened to the bi-weekly Official Rock Band Podcast, I learned that for every song in Rock Band 3 with Pro Guitar/Bass parts, there are 12 different charts. This is different from previous Rock Band (and other rhythm games) which typically have only 4 charts (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert).

    With Rock Band 3, you get the traditional 5-button charts for Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. These are these four charts we’ve grown to love over the years. As we learned with Rock Band 3, the new Pro mode brings in a new set of charts for real (stringed and/or midi guitars). What we didn’t know until today’s podcast is laid out below…

    The Fender Mustang controller, is a button-based MIDI controller, which is made up of 17 frets and 102 buttons. The upcoming Fender Squier Stratocaster stringed controller, is made up of 22 frets and 6-strings.

    The difference comes in the additional 5 frets found on the Squier. Songs that are played in the higher fret space will take advantage of the additional 5 frets on the Squier, whereas those same songs played on the Mustang will be modified for a 17 fret version.

    In essence, there are two entirely different Pro modes for Rock Band 3. One for 17 fret guitars and another for 22 fret guitars. With four difficulty modes across each, there actually are eight sets of Pro mode charts for guitar (and another eight for bass).

    This may not be the case for every song, as some songs don’t utilize the frets above #17. In that case, the two Pro modes will be identical.

    To tally it up, Rock Band 3 has 12 charts for every song on guitar and 12 charts for every song on bass. That is an insane amount of work by Harmonix (and soon Rock Band Network creators) to deliver a single Pro song, and well worth the 99 cents for the upgrade.

    To hear the podcast, go to: http://rockband.com/content-assets/2010/12/sousaphone.mp3

  • Rock Band, CCR DLC Now 75% Off

    Posted on November 26th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    It’s pretty simple, if you don’t already own the Creedence Clearwater Revival 12 song pack for Rock Band, you are crazy not to pick it up right now. For today only (as far as I know), the entire 1600 point pack is on sale for only 400 points (which is the cost of two singles).

    So, if you are low on Xbox Live Points, swing by Amazon for a 1600 point card…

    …and then head over to www.xbox.com and get in on this amazing deal. Here’s the direct link to the deal [Thanks to RockBandAide]

  • Rock Band 3, under $40 All Platforms

    Posted on November 25th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Happy Thanksgiving from Harmonix and Amazon!  Go now and grab Rock Band 3 for $20 off regular retail price.
    Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 $39.95, Wii $34.95

  • Another Day, Another Date..Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter

    Posted on November 24th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    It looks like we have yet another potential release date for the Rock Band 3 MIDI adapter, by Mad Catz. (See my multiple earlier posts about other dates.) As I was trolling around Amazon.com today, I stumbled on the upcoming release page, which had the adapter listed.

    This time, we get December 20 as the listed date.  To continue the confusion, if you click into any of the links to pre-order, the detail pages still say December 26.

    One thing is for certain, there was some major disconnect with the distribution and communication with retail. Multiple dates have been listed, come & gone, online pre-orders failing upon checkout, and other oddities.

  • Rock Band MIDI, Delayed Until Post-Christmas

    Posted on November 20th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    I figured, I’d check on the release date status of the Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter (by Mad Catz), which has been pushed back a couple times since the launch of the game. What I just learned, has me more than concerned.

    The MIDI adapter allows real keyboards (you know electronic piano), real electronic drums, and potentially MIDI guitars to connect to your game console (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) for use within Rock Band 3.

    The game came out on October 26, with many (me included) expecting the MIDI adapter to be available upon launch. We quickly learned that the release date had been changed, supposedly due to all adapters being recalled to the manufacturer because of recurring sync issues. Amazon had the new release date as November 26, but Sears/Kmart had the date of November 9. As of November 9, Sears/Kmart web sites stated it was available for purchase, but when I attempted to check out, I’d got an error stating that it was not available. Also, no physical Sears/Kmart’s in the area had them in stock or knew of its existence. The Mad Catz web site has November 26 as the release date for the Xbox version, but the PS3 and Wii versions are still not dated.

    A quick check today over at Amazon, left me a bit sad. Their release date has been changed to December 26. I have faith in Amazon’s dates, which is really unfortunate if it comes true. For me, I spent time/money getting my Roland drum set with all the correct pieces in place for the “Pro Drums” experience of Rock Band 3, but have not been able to take advantage of it due to the lack of this adapter.

    I guess my New Years Eve party will rock out with my new Pro Drums setup. Until then, I will keep working on my Pro Keys skills.

  • Rock Band 3, 15th Place in October Sales

    Posted on November 17th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    The October NPDs (listing of retails sales) for video games have been released. The news for Rock Band 3, is dismal. It came in 15th place, which is of major concern. Some will immediately jump to the conclusion that the game was released with only day days remaining in the month (October 26) and didn’t have enough time to make the big sales. Though, Fable III came out the same day and ended up at 4th place.

    With Harmonix up for sale, thanks to Viacom stating they are getting out of the music gaming business, and their flagship game failing to jump off to great sales numbers…this Rock Band fanboy is filled with lots of concern for the future of the franchise.

    Remember, Rock Band 2 also didn’t jump off to a great start. At the time, Guitar Hero World Tour was outselling Rock Band 2, 2-to-1. Neither of those games dominated NPD’s. Going back a bit further, to Rock Band 1, a quote from Viacom CFO Tom Dooley “Rock Band was the number-one game title for 2008 by revenue across all game genres, with more than 10 million units shipped worldwide since its launch”.

    Rock Band has gone from the best selling game of 2008, to the 2nd best selling rhythm game of 2009, now to 15th place on NPDs. I’m hoping the infusing of weekly DLC continues to make the franchise strive.

    Reposted from Joystiq:

    Top 10 bestselling games for October 2010:

    1. NBA 2K11 – 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS – Take 2 Interactive
    2. Fallout: New Vegas – 360, PS3, PC – Bethesda Softworks
    3. Medal of Honor – 360, PS3, PC – Electronic Arts
    4. Fable III – 360 – Microsoft
    5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II – 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS – LucasArts
    6. Halo: Reach – 360 – Microsoft
    7. Just Dance 2 – Wii – Ubisoft
    8. FIFA Soccer 11 – PS3, 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, NDS, PC
    9. Madden NFL 11 – 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP
    10. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 – PS3, 360, PS2, Wii, PSP

  • Rock Band Radio: Bee Gees, B.B. King, Procol Harum

    Posted on November 12th, 2010 Shawn 2 comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioThis coming Tuesday, Rock Band fans will be treated to another week of mixed songs. Get ready for a 6-pack from the Bee Gees, and a couple singles from B.B. King and Procol Harum.

    Song title↓ Artist↓ Single / Pack name↓ Release date↓ Pro Guitar/Bass Support↓
    Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    Night Fever Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 Yes
    Nights on Broadway Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    Tragedy Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    You Should Be Dancing Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    The Thrill is Gone B.B. King Single Nov. 16, 2010 Yes
    A Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum Single Nov. 16, 2010 No

    These songs, plus all other recent releases have been added to our Rock Band Slacker Radio station. The Slacker station now has a couple thousand songs for you to enjoy in your browser, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, etc, etc.

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 11/16/10.
    NEW:

    Stone Temple Pilots – 6 pack

    Jimmy Eat World – 3 pack

    The Doors – Greatest Hits: Special Edition

    RushSubdivisions

    Bon Jovi: Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition

    New OrderBlue Monday

    Talking HeadsBurning Down the House

    DeftonesMy Own Summer (Shove It)


    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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