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From the Makers of Guitar Hero: Rock Band

Mike Musgrove

The folks behind Guitar Hero just shared, a few minutes ago, some details a new game they're working on called Rock Band, scheduled for release this holiday season.

The best-selling Guitar Hero games have let players tap in to their rockstar fantasies while banging away on a plastic guitar controller to cover versions of modern and classic rock songs.

Guitar Hero 2 let friends play together cooperatively in their living rooms-- as players take lead or rhythm guitar parts in songs like "Message in a Bottle" by The Police. Rock Band is aiming to bring the "co-op" play concept to a new level by bringing a singer and a drummer into the mix, says developer Harmonix. What's more, the whole "band" will be able to get together and jam online-- so that nobody has an excuse for being late to practice. The game is being developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The company didn't announce any songs that will be included with the game, but said that Rock Band will include original recordings, not the cover versions of songs mostly used in the previous Guitar Hero games.

Harmonix chief executive and co-founder Alex Rigopulos said the game will include "classic rock to modern rock...punk to metal to southern rock." Rigopulos said the company is workng with "huge" artists "that have previously been untouchable in the world of video games."

In a conference call that just ended, executives from EMI Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music were on hand to confirm that they are providing the company with access to their catalogs for use in the Rock Band. EMI Music, Hollywood Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group's Universal Music Enterprises and Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment have all agreed to let Harmonix use master recordings.

"We don't just see this as a game," said Rigopulos. "We see this as a platform, a new way for people to experience the music they love"

The first version of Guitar Hero available for the Xbox 360 goes on sale tomorrow. In a promotional event for the Xbox 360 version, the GH2 player with the highest score on the Kiss song "Strutter," one of the tracks in the game, will get to jam out with Kiss singer Gene Simmons at a Virgin Megastore in New York City next week (not a joke).

By Mike Musgrove  |  April 2, 2007; 12:33 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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Posted by: Ashton | April 2, 2007 1:33 PM

put some good korn songs in the game like Did my Time,Here to stay,Got the life,Ect.

Posted by: Dwayne | April 2, 2007 1:59 PM

I want korn, Disturbed, Godsmack, Adema, and all this other good Nu metal stuff out there

Posted by: Houston | April 2, 2007 2:03 PM

I agree with the KoRn, Metallica, Disturbed... how about Linkin Park, Queensryche, Dream Theater? This is the coolest idea ever! :)

Posted by: Gleeb | April 2, 2007 2:49 PM

Tool, Ozzy w/ Randy & Zak, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Bette Midler!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2007 3:01 PM

I hope that they don't limit themselves just to the songs initially released with the game by having new songs periodically released on xbox live that you can buy. The main problem with Guitar Hero is that the track list gets tired.

Posted by: Matt C | April 2, 2007 3:02 PM

Led Zeppelin, nuff said.

Posted by: Matt S | April 2, 2007 3:06 PM

Could Nu Metal suck more?

Posted by: Trey | April 2, 2007 3:28 PM

Oh man, Cattroxx and Metallicat gonna go crazy!

Who gonna play drums... Chocolate brownie or ShooX2?

Posted by: Andymetall | April 2, 2007 4:19 PM

How bout some Allman Brothers, Santana ?

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | April 2, 2007 4:54 PM

Im buying that game mainly because it has a RUSH song...YYZ! I hope the other versions they make will have other RUSH songs!

Posted by: Bpaty22 | April 2, 2007 5:20 PM

Get CLUTCH on there.

That would ROCK!

Posted by: Ben | April 2, 2007 5:27 PM

Seriously needs some Smashing Pumpkins stuff.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2007 5:30 PM


Posted by: Vince | April 2, 2007 7:20 PM

Please let there be some Britney Spears and Hanson songs!

Posted by: OhYeah! | April 2, 2007 9:23 PM

Give us AC/DC and a lot more Deep Purple and Iron Maiden.
How about keyboards as a peripheral.

Posted by: tim | April 3, 2007 5:47 AM

guitar hero should be on my wii!!!!!!!

Posted by: ott | April 3, 2007 3:47 PM

ack, wheres the Post IT beef? might consider pooling all these washington post writers under *entertainment/other* instead of IT.

Posted by: egalitaire | April 3, 2007 11:25 PM

I just want "Run For The Hills" on there.

Posted by: J | April 4, 2007 10:39 AM

What about accordion hero, harmonica hero, and banjo hero?
They are missing some serious target markets here. Let's not forget kazoo hero.
: )

Posted by: Joam | April 4, 2007 6:39 PM

guitar hero rocks. give us more guns n' roses... especially from the new guys :)

Posted by: rocknroll | April 7, 2007 9:34 PM

Some blues guitar please.

Posted by: Dave | April 8, 2007 9:19 AM

I say they need to have an exspansion ready, where with the main 4 (vocals, lead guitar, bas and drums) you also can have a second guitar, 2 percussionists, a dj and a sampler......and of course you can play SLIPKNOT HERO!!!!!!!!! (masks sold seperately)

Posted by: drcheezeball | April 16, 2007 4:44 PM

slipknot should be on guitar hero

Posted by: sam | April 18, 2007 11:33 PM

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