The Beatles: Rock Band


"Yes, I do need another
dumptruck of cash."
Video gamers prepare to get some tendonitis. The makers of the very popular Rock Band music-based game series have announced a September 9, 2009 release date for The Beatles: Rock Band. While announced in brief last year, now Fab Four fans can begin counting the days until they can enter Abbey Road. We can already imagine the fights over who has to take Ringo!

The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles' catalogue through gameplay that takes players on a trip through their career from their first album through the last sessions. In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career.

"The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of the Beatles and their music,” Paul McCartney offered in a statement. "I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out."

The game was put together with input from McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. The Beatles: Rock Band will be offered as standalone software and hardware as well as a limited edition bundle. The game will be compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers and other current music-based video game peripherals. Editions for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii will be available. . More details and pre-order information will be revealed in the coming months.

[Published on: 3/5/09]

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BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 07:42AM
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5 stars for the photo caption

Benjamin Human starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 07:44AM
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Divorce is a bitch

RonCronDon starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 07:48AM
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Appropriate release date considering Lennon's obsessions with the number 9. Does Magic hat still come in 9 packs?

cUB_nAsTY starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 07:58AM
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it would be cool if the game focused more on Revolver and later. also they should add a mini keyboard because a lot of really great Beatles songs had some keys

chaseman star Thu 3/5/2009 08:02AM
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It would be really cool if people actually learned music.

Buggtape Thu 3/5/2009 08:04AM
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magic hat doesn't make nine in a box anymore, but i'm glad someone remembers that. people used to think i was crazy thinking they sold nine in a box. they used to have this wicked heady beet beer available only in growlers at the factory. it was like wicked red but tasted wicked light. it was in honor of jack kerouac, beet beer and all.

but yeah.... i don't play video games...

jacoyle1 Thu 3/5/2009 08:15AM
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agreed chaseman...too many people think they are badass because they can beat a song on expert on a guitar hero. Big woop, play me that shit on a real guitar and then you can act like a badass.

love the caption

skabert14 Thu 3/5/2009 08:29AM
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i have not seen magic hat in a 9pk in a while but their #9 brew is still the strongest seller...

briank67 star Thu 3/5/2009 08:38AM
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really fucking lame. i agree with this statement:

"It would be really cool if people actually learned music."

mesaxi star Thu 3/5/2009 08:42AM
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This game (and guitar hero alike) is a large factor in what is ruining the quality of musicianship in this generation

mrh03 Thu 3/5/2009 08:47AM
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Magic Hat is rereleasing that delicious beet beer in the spring! got a schwill up at their brewery last week....wicked tasty.

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 08:49AM
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Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 08:57AM
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Phish will return to the studio next month, according to a recent article in The New York Times. The revealing piece goes onto say that the group has demoed approximately twenty new songs, but only plans to play the recent Trey Anastasio/Tom Marshall composition “Backwards Down the Number Line” in Hampton, VA (contrary reports indicate that the group may pull out a few additional new numbers this weekend). In addition, the interview confirms the longstanding rumor that the group talked to Billy Breathes producer Steve Lillywhite before announcing its reunion plans.

As for the group’s three-night reunion run this weekend, the band members are said to be rehearsing a number of their early-opuses, including “Split Open and Melt,” “Foam” and “Stash.” “It’s like Tetris,” Anastasio says of his role in writing the weekend’s 80-song setlist. “It is one of those exercises in overthought that Phish is known for.”

AlephFredHead Thu 3/5/2009 09:23AM
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talk about a de-evolution of life

GeorgieP starstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 09:30AM
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Mesaxi, I'm dying to know how Rock Band is a "large factor in what is ruining the quality of musicianship in this generation." That's one of the most absurd statements I've ever read.

irtimed Thu 3/5/2009 09:31AM
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Joshc104 = Douche

spalla1 Thu 3/5/2009 09:53AM
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people who blame these games for the state of music are ridiculous. the music industry has been going down for over a decade and these games could actually be their salvation. also not everybody can play sick as guitar but it is fun to pretend sometimes. I just wish i could get some bisco and phish on there finally. would be way more fun to play than the beatles. would need some keys i guess though

MarleyX Thu 3/5/2009 09:56AM
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LOL rock band and Guitar Hero are not ruining anything. You people are fools and full of yourselves. Anything that exposes people to great music is GREAT, you do know that the number of guitars(real ones) sold in the US is higher than anytime prior and that corrlation is directly attributed to GH and Rock Band??? . Not to mention music that people actually purchase so the people who created it are now getting paid for it.

Small minded people you sound like parents 50s Saying rock n roll is devil music. People who make comments like the ones above have nothing in the creative tank so they need to lash out. Bitter much?

Rock and Roll is

dankb23 Thu 3/5/2009 10:10AM
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in case u didnt notice playing guitarhero or rockband doesnt in anyway actually help u understand music. it doesnt teach u scales, chords, or theory. it might just might help u with tempo, but that would be a stretch to prove. anyway so what i believe mesaxi was trying to say, is that instead of actually trying to learn an instrument and practice on it, kids are just spending all day glued to the tv not learning shit.

dankb23 Thu 3/5/2009 10:19AM
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ya marleyX i think ur one of those "small minded people".

sitting infront of a tv playing a video game (cause thats what it is) doesnt really expose people to great music. goin to a show exposes u to music. if i see a commercial and its got good music does that make it automaticly great?? and that comment about the number of guitars being sold in the US is at its highest sounds a little fishy

THoff46 Thu 3/5/2009 10:31AM
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Whatever knowledge Paul, Yoko, Ringo and Olivia contributed to this game is going to be represented as a vast understatement to the wonderful additions the Beatles (and George Martin) made to musical theory and instrumentation. To dull their music down to 4 colored notes on a plastic guitar (8 if you count that high octave nonsense) is in my opinion a slap in the face to the creative minds behind the original compositions. I am very surprised that the members/spouses of the band are apart of it. Good luck singing 'if i fell'.

gmoo Thu 3/5/2009 10:34AM
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Technology is neutral people. It's how you use it. Those of you who think that GH and Rock Bank are destroying music are foolish to believe such things. What would you say to the 7-year-old kid who is playing Beatles music on Rock Band and enjoying music in an interactive way? Is that such a horrible situation? Try to think about the situation from another person's perspective sometime. Even if someone detests the game personally, does that make it wrong for society as a whole? Y'all can be pretty fascist sometimes when it comes to music.

TheWeight22 Thu 3/5/2009 10:34AM
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Harrison just rolled over a few times in his grave

dankb23 Thu 3/5/2009 10:54AM
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i'd rather see that 7 year old start to pick up a real instrument, when i was young my parents made me learn the violin, which in turn opened my mind and my ears and i started enjoying music in a whole new light.

or i'd even be happy if he just listened to a beatles cd without being glued to the tv

aguyyouknow Thu 3/5/2009 11:16AM
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Boo to artificial instruments!

newtongimmick Thu 3/5/2009 11:33AM
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i think if you view this as only a game and not as these kids calling themselves musicians after they play...its a fun game...and thats all it is..muscians know who they are, for those who aren't-it's fun to pretend..

BrewCrew420 star Thu 3/5/2009 11:57AM
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All the time kids spend playin GH and Rock Band, they could have applied that time to learn a real guitar or drums..

newtongimmick Thu 3/5/2009 12:32PM
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kinda like all these people that sit around and watch tv, they could be reading a book and learning...right?

Jasonp33 starstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 12:54PM
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Why can't people enjoy it for what it is, a game. With the way the world is, some people might just want to have some fun. If they choose to play Rock Band or any other game to loose themselves, I do not see the harm in it.

Deadphans Thu 3/5/2009 01:17PM
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Magic Hat still makes 9's. I have them in my refrigerator prepping for tonight.

These rock band games are absolutely ridiculous. Its steering kids away from picking up a real instrument and making their own music. Or even just covers. Its so much better when your inventing it yourself, and the magic that happens is like none other.

gmoo Thu 3/5/2009 01:19PM
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Some of you are so hypocritical. How many of you like to watch movies? I bet a lot of you haters do. If I had a child, I would much rather him be engaged in a video game that requires thought and motion rather than sitting like a zombie staring at a screen. Did any of you consider that we as Americans all help support the multibillion dollar movie industry before you started bashing Guitar Hero and Rock Band?

Deadphans Thu 3/5/2009 01:21PM
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gmoo, your right...I would be happy to see any interaction. But it would be better for them to enjoy it through the magic of live music. I would rather my kid to learn a Beatles song(s) on guitar, then pressing blue green red you can always take your guitar outdoors. Instead of sitting inside being glued to the t.v. Of course, though, ultimately it is the childs decision, however, I would try to stimulate interest in a real instrument.

Deadphans Thu 3/5/2009 01:22PM
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P.S. I dont watch movies, and I dont have cable tv

gmoo Thu 3/5/2009 01:41PM
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I respect your opinion Deadphan. I agree that playing an instrument would be better than the video games. Even though Guitar Hero might not be a vehicle for expression, it might inspire someone to find that vehicle, especially the young kids who might not have interest in music yet.

SeeTheCitySeeTheZoo Thu 3/5/2009 02:33PM
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SeeTheCitySeeTheZoo Thu 3/5/2009 02:36PM
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and thats not to say that we dont have a bright future already..... it just could be alot better. im with dead phan on this one

Jimmy P starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 02:57PM
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Jimmy P

i think this is great. i love playing guitar hero and rock band. playing bands you know and songs you know makes it much better. people dont understand that learning new music interactively is a very engaging experience. it is only a videogame, and it wont stop people from picking up real instruments. if anything, it probably will introduce music to people who have never heard or experienced it before, and inspire more people to pick up instruments. if your musically inclined, something like this will only push you to learn the instrument. It lets you experience what its like to actually play, and its a great way to live out rock n roll fantasy's vicariously (and tool was wise when they choose "vicarious" as one of their songs to be included in rock band 2). its not the end of music. It will not create a decline in the number of young people playing instruments. technology is a great thing when used appropriately, and this is a very appropriate venue for it.

TransdermalCelebration Thu 3/5/2009 03:24PM
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they should make an input on those consoles that allows you to plug in a real guitar, and have a game for that

futhepharmer Thu 3/5/2009 04:17PM
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As a multi-instrumentalist who has played rock band....meh.

it's only fun for people who either can't or don't want to take the time to learn to play an actual musical instrument.I can see where the drums could be useful in learning to play in rhythym. But the guitar is just ridiculus and is nothing at all like playing a real guitar.

Jimmy P Thu 3/5/2009 04:17PM
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Jimmy P

they actually are working on making a program that works with a real guitar and on screen notes and instructions

sloanlim starstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 06:05PM
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these games are nothing but global classic rock stations that end up over-killing decent songs. as a fan of MUSIC, i don't see how these games help anything. They are simply video games; enjoyed by people with good AND (predominantly) bad music tastes.

rsb8004 Thu 3/5/2009 06:50PM
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The kids (and older) who play this are most likely going to be playing video games anyway so it is pretty much a lost cause to say that they would be better off learning music theory nd a real instrument. However, this game has lit a musical spark in some of those kids and instrument sales hav shown that some are moving on to real instruments. Moreover, most of the songs on these games are classics or are in general the type of music that doesn't get the playtime it should amidst all of this pop noise bullshit. I say yay to promoting the appreciation of good music and yay to being able to jam even when you can't play an instrument.

brainhouse420 starstarstar Thu 3/5/2009 09:43PM
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my 2 cents-

playing games is fun. playing music is fun. have games that involve music should be fun .... but too much of anything ain't good. Hopefully some people who play this game will be inspired to learn a real instrument - but a lot of poeple will just overplay the game - and that's a waste of time ....

see ya'll in hampton !!!

DevinKlein Thu 3/5/2009 10:20PM
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I play guitar and I enjoy the game Rock Band too. Why can't a person enjoy more than one thing in life? What's wrong with incorporating good music into video games? Do you think that is somehow going to stop people from listening to good music? Or what? Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that you should frown on others for enjoying it?

I'm not a big fan of Hollywood films, but I don't get pissed off every time I hear a good artist is contributing to a soundtrack for a movie. I don't think "Why are these people wasting their lives watching movies when they could just go act out the scenarios in the movie instead?".

Some of you need to learn to get off your high horses and learn to not be so negative about everything. Phish is back together for fucks sake...lets enjoy life a little okay?

redhed starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/6/2009 06:41AM
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the caption on the picture of paul is hilarious. beatles video game not so funny

MileHigh Fri 3/6/2009 09:10AM
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I'm firmly in the camp that these games are a good thing. We've got Rock Band I & II at home as well as GH: Encore. My 8 yr. old son has been exposed to many of the classic bands that he otherwise would not have. He's become quite proficient at playing guitar, drums & singing - albeit the skills are nothing more than good coordination. But now he has the taste and the hunger and he wants to elarn to play for real. So I bought him a used guitar and lessons start next week and he can't wait. I seriously doubt he would have ever been this motivated to learn without the intro these games provided....

happyelandorf Sat 3/7/2009 03:25PM
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"The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of the Beatles and their music,”

They're The Beatles!!!! They don't need to broaden their appeal! I don't think I could name one person who doesn't like The Beatles. But then again, I'm sure they're out there.