Rock Band News

Rock Band iOS case highlights EA's digital EULA policy

Eurogamer unearths the buried small print.

EA's (now withdrawn) decision to cancel support for Rock Band iOS has highlighted the cover-all nature of its mobile gaming EULA policy, which is largely inaccessible until a player has already paid for the game.

Bob Marley Rock Band DLC confirmed

MTV has announced that Bob Marley's Legend compilation will arrive in the Rock Band Store on 22nd September, confirming hints dropped earlier this week.

You can get the whole set for 9.99 on PSN or 1600 Microsoft Points (13.60 / 19.20) on Xbox 360. Individual tracks cost 99p on PSN, 160 Microsoft Points (1.36 / 1.92) on Xbox 360 or 200 Points (1.80) on Wii.

"My father was interested in bringing reggae music to the entire world," Bob's son Ziggy Marley told the MTV Multiplayer Blog, "and now that his music is coming to Rock Band, as the first reggae artist in the game, we are excited to open the doors to reggae music to a whole new group of young people."

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MTV wants Rock Band bonuses back

Seeking refund on $150m paid to Harmonix.

MTV owner Viacom is going is asking Harmonix for a refund on some of the $150 million it has paid the Rock Band developer in bonuses, reports Gamasutra.

Exploiting Rock Band Network "isn't easy"

Says company offering to do it for cash.

Corbomite Games CEO Oded Sharon has told Eurogamer that the majority of bands will struggle to fulfil requirements for getting a song published on the Rock Band Network.

Rock Band Network beta begins today

Rock Band Network beta begins today

Create, share, sell your own songs.

Harmonix has confirmed today's opening of the Rock Band Network beta - the service that will allow anyone to create, share and even sell their own songs for the game.

This will only be available on Xbox 360 to begin with as Microsoft has been a key partner in realising the service. However, PS3 support is part of the larger plan.

The announcement comes by way of a Wall Street Journal report, a date in which was later confirmed by a Harmonix member of staff.

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Conchords Rock Band DLC confirmed

Conchords Rock Band DLC confirmed

Definitely one to zero in on.

Sub Pop Records has confirmed three Flight of the Conchords songs for Rock Band, just like comedy duo Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie promised.

There will be one song from upcoming album "I Told You I Was Freaky", and two from the eponymous "Flight of the Conchords" collection. Sub Pop won't say what the songs are.

Eurogamer's resident FOTC expert Chris Ward expects the songs to be "It's Business Time" and "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)". He hopes "Robots" will replace one of those, but he can't be sure.

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Flight of the Conchords for Rock Band?

Comedy duo enigmatically confirm.

Songs from musical comedy Flight of the Conchords may be heading to Rock Band, assuming what comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement said on The Emmys' red carpet wasn't a joke. Frankly, we can't tell.

PSN update: Smash Cars, Battle Tanks

PSN update: Smash Cars, Battle Tanks

Plus Buzz! Home space and loads of DLC.

The PS3 Store refresher boasts new games, demos and DLC aplenty, while PlayStation Home opens a new Events Space for Buzz!

Get questions right and a tomato will be lobbed at a rotating Buzz statue. Get 10 questions right in a row and you will unlock a tomato head to put on your Home avatar.

Smash Cars and Battle Tanks are the low-key PSN additions, although their price - 12 and 8 respectively - is steep. Conversely, Crash Commando has had a price-cut to promote new content added today.

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Rock Band to get Iron Maiden pack

Can I Play With Madness? Not on hard.

Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are to be graced with an Iron Maiden track pack the week after next (from 9th June), according to the Rock Band community 'zine and Kotaku.

PSN update: demos, DLC, more demos

PSN update: demos, DLC, more demos

inFamous! Marvel vs. Capcom! Red Gorillas!

There are demos aplenty on the PS3 Store this weekend, including tasters for inFamous, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

There's plenty more content for existing PS3 games as well. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena gets a map pack as does F.E.A.R. 2. There are some monster-themed costumes and level-making tools for LittleBigPlanet, plus some special Live recordings by Alice Cooper for Rock Band. Alice, remember, is a man. It's so confusing.

Also, note the excellent puzzler Fading Shadows for download on PSP. This costs 12 quid but is well worth the money. Pop over to our Fading Shadows review to find out more.

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Wolverine, Killzone head PSN update

Wolverine, Killzone head PSN update

Healthy pile of content to sift through.

Scratchy Marvel superhero Wolverine is the growl of the town this week; the film launched on Wednesday and the game arrives tomorrow. There's a demo here to try out, and our review is poised, ready to strike. Hint: brutal but banal.

The other eye-catcher is the Steel & Titanium map pack for Killzone 2, adding an extra pair of multiplayer maps. The Cops and Robbers mode - does what it says on the tin - for Burnout Paradise might be worth a look, too. Expensive, though.

The rest is fairly run-of-the-mill. Incidentally, the Brain Challenge Bundle is a brain-teaser game plus add-on packs.

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PSN update: bundles of DLC on offer

PSN update: bundles of DLC on offer

Plus: Red Faction, UFC demos.

There's lots to buy on the PlayStation Store this week, plus free samples of Red Faction Guerrilla UFC 2009 Undisputed to try.

Episode two of Penny Arcade Adventures finally shows up but, being non-essential, will need careful consideration before purchase. I've heard that one before. The excellent Exit turns digital-download for PSP, which also receives a Chessmaster game and a couple of PSone oldies.

Saints Row 2 leads the additional content charge with Ultor Exposed (we've just published our review), but there's DLC offered for Godfather II, HAWX, Midnight Club: LA, SmackDown 2009 and Mahjong Tales as well. Plus, LittleBigPlanet gets another dose of the planned April content.

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New prices are for old Rock Band kit

EA "working on" Euro RB2 instruments.

Following Friday's announcement of new pricing for Rock Band instruments in Europe, EA has confirmed to Eurogamer that the prices apply to the original Rock Band 1 instruments only.

GHWT standalone drum kits coming

US in a fortnight, Europe "at a later date".

Guitar Hero developer Neversoft has announced that the World Tour drum kit is to get a standalone release.

Nirvana bassist impressed by Rock Band

But he can't play his own song properly.

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has paid tribute to Rock Band for encouraging people to buy music again, but admitted he's rubbish at it himself.

No Rock Band 3 this year

Next game "maybe" to have keyboard.

Harmonix boss Alex Rigopolous has confirmed we won't see a third Rock Band game this side of 2010.

Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

Guitar Hero outsells Rock Band in US

But gap narrows as music games decline.

Investment analyst Ben Schachter of UBS has been poring over the sales figures of Guitar Hero and Rock Band in the US, and has found that the Activision Blizzard series outsold the EA games by over a million copies in November.

The picture isn't quite as clear-cut as it seems, though. Schachter - as quoted by GameSpot - found that Guitar Hero sales are in decline compared to last year, while Rock Band's are increasing sharply. Overall, the huge US market for music games created by the original Guitar Hero seems to be in decline.

Over 1.7 million Guitar Hero games of all versions and formats were sold in the US in November, of which 978,000 were copies of the latest version, Guitar Hero World Tour. This compares with 628,452 copies of Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

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Rock Band: Country now, Pearl Jam soon

1991 classic Ten coming in March.

Harmonix has confirmed that this week's Rock Band pack rustles up five country music numbers - and that Pearl Jam's debut album ten is on the way.

LBP costumes lead PSN update

LBP costumes lead PSN update

Festive cupboards filled with goods.

Sony has restocked the PlayStation Store cupboards to include a free Santa outfit for LittleBigPlanet. Ho ho ho.

The same game also hails the arrival of four Street Fighter-themed costumes, featuring togs worn by Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Zangief. These are GBP 1.59 a pop, or all four for GBP 4.79.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords - Revenge of the Plague Lord is up for grabs at GBP 15.99. And full games NBA Live '09 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour '09 can be downloaded for GBP 29.99 and GBP 31.99, respectively.

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Nine songs for Rock Band this week

All going cheap, including one freebie.

December's first Rock Band downloadable content is a pick-and-mix of single tracks from a broad selection of groups and a couple of efforts from Naked Brothers Band, Harmonix has said in its regular DLC update.

PSN update stuffed with new content

PSN update stuffed with new content

Games, LBP costumes, songs, Hasselhoff.

Sony has crammed plenty of content onto the PlayStation Store this week.

The most of expensive bits are full downloadable versions of PSP games FIFA 09 (GBP 29.99) and puzzler The Cube (GBP 15.99), which we had no idea were turning up.

However, the most interesting - for us at least - are the new costumes for LittleBigPlanet. Yes, we do like dressing up. There's a free Sack-eating-plant outfit, and four more costumes at GBP 0.79 each: Lily Pad, Hugo (a gorilla), Great Blue and Frost-e. These are bundled together in an Animal Costumes pack for GBP 2.39.

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Rock Band creators get USD 300m bonus

For exceeding performance targets.

MTV parent company Viacom plans to dish out enormous USD 300 million (GBP 193 million) in bonuses to Rock Band creators Harmonix for exceeding performance targets.

Foo Fighters album for Rock Band

"The Colour and the Shape" next week.

Harmonix has announced that Foo Fighters album "The Colour and the Shape" will be released as downloadable content for the Rock Band games next week.

Rock Band dev doing Beatles game

Platforms TBC, out next Christmas.

MTV, Apple Corps and Harmonix have announced that they are collaborating on "a brand new videogame featuring the music of the iconic Beatles" due out next Christmas.

Siouxsie headlines Rock Band update

Siouxsie headlines Rock Band update

Also: Blink-182, Silversun Pickups, more.

Harmonix has announced that this week's Rock Band content consists of a Siouxsie and the Banshees pack and individual tracks from Blink-182, The Psychedelic Furs and Silversun Pickups.

Punk-lovers can check out the Siouxsie and the Banshees pack for 440 Microsoft Points (GBP 3.74 / EUR 5.28) or USD 5.49 on PS3, which gets them "Hong Kong Garden", "The Killing Jar" and "Kiss Them For Me". The tracks are also available individually for 160 MSP (GBP 1.36 / EUR 1.92) or USD 1.99 for PlayStation players.

And if that isn't to your liking, you could go for Blink-182's "Dammit", The Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink", or Silversun Pickups' "Melatonin" or "Well Thought Out Twinkies". All the individual songs go for the usual rate, and all the songs are master recordings.

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Third-party Wii guitars causing injuries

Batteries leaking and burning flesh.

The Rage Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii is being recalled because of faulty circuitry causing batteries to leak on and burn human beings that might have families.

Country in Rock Band "sooner or later"

Not necessarily December, despite report.

Harmonix has said that Rock Band will have country music "sooner or later" after Country Music Television reported that "select country tracks" would be released in December.

MotorStorm and BIA demos on PSN

DLC for TW09, EoJ, other abbreviations.

Sony has updated the PlayStation Store with PS3 demos of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, neither of which ask you for a penny.

EA cuts price of Rock Band in Europe

PS3, PS2, Wii versions out on Friday!

EA has snipped the price of all versions of Rock Band to GBP 109.99 / EUR 139.99, ahead of the PS3, PS2 and Wii launch this Friday. Which is all rather sudden.

Harmonix denies confirming Nevermind

Harmonix denies confirming Nevermind

Says Nirvana album DLC was an example.

Harmonix has said Nirvana album "Nevermind" was never confirmed as DLC for Rock Band, but only ever used as an example of what could be offered.

However, that's not to say the acclaimed collection of songs will never appear, according to community manager Sean Baptiste on Co-Optimus (spotted by Kotaku).

"Nevermind" was mentioned back in July 2007 as one of the albums to be added to Rock Band after launch.

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"Rio" and "Girls on Film" for Rock Band

Plus tracks from Devo and The Janitors.

MTV and Harmonix have added more tracks to Rock Band, lead by the British pop rock band with funny haircuts, Duran Duran. Sorry, "a" British pop rock band with funny haircuts.

Roadrunner Records tracks for Rock Band

Six new reasons for neighbours to hate you.

MTV and EA have cobbled together another pack of songs for Rock Band, culled from the catalogue of Heavy Metal indie stalwarts Roadrunner Records, all of which should be out now.

The Who frontman bored by Rock Band

Daltrey won't get fooled again.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has grumpily admitted that Rock Band "bored" him, and laments how technology has changed the way we interact with music.

Konami sues Harmonix and MTV

Claims Rock Band violates patents.

Konami has filed a lawsuit against Harmonix, MTV and Viacom, claiming music game Rock Band infringes on its patents.

Chili Peppers and Rush for Rock Band

And Vesuvius, but it wouldn't fit.

Five new tunes have hit the ground strumming on Rock Band's roster this week, pushing the rockometer right up to eleven. Or ten and a half, maybe.

Beatles-themed game on the way?

Multimillion-dollar deal being discussed.

According to a Financial Times report, representatives for the Beatles are talking to both Activision and MTV, the owners of Guitar Hero and Rock Band respectively, about creating a "Beatles-themed game".

More Rock Band 2 rumours emerge

Could be out as early as November.

Numerous reports suggest MTV and Harmonix are hard at work on a sequel to Rock Band, with some retailer databases suggesting it could be out as early as November this year.

Maximo Park DLC for Rock Band

Plus Jimmy Buffett and Disturbed.

Lounge stars busy rocking out with the new PAL version of Rock Band can look forward to downloadable songs from Jimmy Buffett and Disturbed this week and a song from Maximo Park next Tuesday.

"Rock Band saved our marriage"

Heart-warming tale from a gaming widow.

It's a scenario that will be familiar to many Eurogamer readers. Normal videogames are small enough to conceal in a jacket, but when you arrive home with a new console or peripheral, let alone a box the size of Rock Band's instrument pack, there's no escaping the interrogation.

Rock Band best for Motley Crue

DLC sales much higher than iTunes.

Motley Crue has revealed that its new single "Saints of Los Angeles" sold five times more as a Rock Band downloadable track than it did on services such as iTunes or Amazon.

Second Rock Band album next week

It's by seventies band The Cars.

Harmonix and MTV games will be unleashing the second full-length downloadable album for Rock Band next week, in time for the European launch of the game.

First Rock Band album this month

Judas Priest. Then The Cars and Pixies.

Harmonix has said the first downloadable album for Rock Band will finally be available next week, after months and months of promises.

Euro Rock Band songs to be like DLC

Available for your own set lists.

Harmonix has explained that the Euro-exclusive songs in Rock Band will not be a part of the main set list, easing any worries of suddenly trying to master a foreign track.

Rock Band man defends Euro price

"We're not trying to rip anybody off."

Harmonix's Rob Kay has responded to criticisms over the European price point for Rock Band, telling Eurogamer: "We're not trying to rip anybody off."

Rock Band confirmed for Wii

Rock Band confirmed for Wii

No multiplayer or downloadable tracks.

Harmonix, MTV Games and Electronic Arts have confirmed a Wii version of Rock Band is on the way - as promised by silver-haired fox John Riccitiello at the beginning of February.

It will be available in the US in June, with the bundle - game, drums, microphone, wireless guitar - suggested to retail for USD 169.99.

However, the Wii version will not support online multiplayer nor allow you to download additional songs. The PS3 and 360 have enjoyed fresh tracks every week since the American launch last November.

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Rock Band in-game shop launches

Rock Band in-game shop launches

6 million DLC songs sold.

MTV has announced that more than 6 million Rock Band songs have been sold as downloadable content.

What's more, Harmonix is this week rolling out the Rock Band Music Store for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which lets you go through the troublesome downloading rituals without leaving the game.

That's not all it does, either - you can sort downloadable songs by Artist, Song Title, Genre, Album, Pack "and more!"

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Euro Rock Band to get exclusive songs

Euro Rock Band to get exclusive songs

Blur, Oasis, Die Toten Hosen.

The European versions of Rock Band may feature exclusive regional songs.

Word comes from the Live event at the weekend, where keen-eyed attendees spotted a track list wielded by EA staff demonstrating the game.

According to ButtonBandits, UK rockers will get Beetlebum by Blur, Rock 'n' Roll Star by Oasis, Through the Monsoon by Tokyo Hotel and Hysteria by Muse.

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Rock Band owes lots to Amplitude

Harmonix pays tribute to, er, itself.

Harmonix had to learn the hard way that people will only play amazing games like FreQuency and Amplitude if you give them big stupid plastic musical instruments to hold.

Portal song heading to Rock Band

Elsewhere, Kim Swift says "Portal 2".

Portal end-credits song "Still Alive" (oh come on, you must know that by now) is set to join the ranks of downloadable tracks in Rock Band.

Rock Band confirmed for Wii

Rock Band confirmed for Wii

Not coming to Europe before April.

Silver-haired fox John Riccitiello has confirmed Rock Band is coming to the Wii.

Speaking during a conference call, he also revealed the game will be released in Europe across all platforms (with the possible exception of Gizmondo) some time after 1st April.

"One of the things I'm very proud of is the partnership between Electronic Arts and MTV," he said.

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Prog-rock DLC for Rock Band

Pumpkins, Rush, another one.

EA has remembered what the 'a' in its name stands for and announced a trio of downloadable prog-rock songs for Rock Band, celebrating the boundary-breaking work of the likes of Rush, Coheed and Cambria and Smashing Pumpkins.

US OXM gets Rock Band tracks

Bundled on coverdisk.

Those of you who have imported the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band will be interested to learn that the US Official Xbox Magazine is cover-mounting a trio of exclusive add-on songs later this month.

Acti wants RB compensation

For PS3 guitar compatibility.

Activision has made it clear that the reason it is blocking the release of a patch to let PS3 owners play Harmonix/MTV's Rock Band with the Guitar Hero III controller it created is because it wants compensation.

EGTV: Eurogamer in Rock Band

Iiiiiiit's The Better Than Halos!

First, SingStar transformed home entertainment for starry-eyed pop tarts, allowing us to realise our wildest Pop Idol fantasies. Then along came Guitar Hero, turning a generation of fret-wank wannabes into living room rock gods.

Activision enters Rock Band row

Blames Harmonix/MTV.

Activision has struck back at claims made by Rock Band developer Harmonix that it is holding up the release of a patch that would allow its Guitar Hero III peripheral to work with the PS3 version of the competing title, arguing that Harmonix and its owner MTV would not be in this position if they had accepted "Activision's offer to reach an agreement" about compatibility. Presumably by "reach an agreement", they mean "hand over the money all of it chop chop".

Activision blocking Rock Band PS3 patch - Harmonix

Rock Band developer Harmonix is claiming that a patch designed to allow the use of PS3 Guitar Hero controllers with its new game is being blocked by Activision, reports.

When Harmonix announced the development of Rock Band, it said it would work to allow the game to support the guitar peripheral released for Guitar Hero - the Activision-published series that Harmonix originally developed for RedOctane.

However, when Rock Band was released, PS3 owners were unable to use the Les Paul guitar controller included with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Harmonix said that it had created a software patch to solve the problem, but now that patch is being blocked.

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Rock Band guitar patch soon

Rock Band guitar patch soon

Should support GH controllers.

Harmonix has finished work on a patch for the PlayStation 3 version of Rock Band which adds compatibility with existing guitar controllers. Like the Guitar Hero ones, everyone hopes.

The patch "addresses a number of items related to guitar controller compatibility", a Harmonix bod on the official forum explained. "The update will be downloaded once the game is started."

The slightly bad news is that the patch doesn't appear to have been made available yet, despite Harmonix's confidence that it was done and ready and, indeed, deployed. The developer has now locked the relevant discussion thread while it waits to find out what's going on.

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Rock Band gets someone evicted

Well, being noisy does.

Harmonix may be facing complaints about problems with the quality of Rock Band's initial guitar peripherals and the PS3 version not working with Guitar Hero accessories, but they can't really be blamed for this one: one lucky Rock Band forumite claims he's being playing the game so much he's actually getting evicted.

Harmonix sorting PS3 problems

Rock Band dev says it's listening.

Harmonix says it's working hard to resolve problems with the PS3 version of Rock Band - including, by the sound of it, the lack of compatibility with Guitar Hero guitars.

Rock Band drums for PC

Clever man hacks it.

A clever Internet man has discovered how to get his new Xbox 360 Rock Band drum-kit working with Windows.

Fans cross with Rock Band PS3

Doesn't like GH3 Les Paul.

Harmonix says that it's not its fault if Guitar Hero controllers don't work with the PS3 version of Rock Band, which they don't.

Rock Band content priced

Dated and detailed, too.

Harmonix, EA and MTV have finally told us how much it will cost to download extra music for Rock Band, and isn't an arm and a leg.

How Rock Band DLC works

Buy individually or in packs.

MTV has confirmed that you will be able to buy individual downloadable songs from Artist Packs rather than buy the whole lot.

Rock Band to be in short supply

EA expecting big things.

Speaking to investors during a conference call, EA CEO John Riccitiello said that he was "highly confident" in Rock Band and didn't expect to be able to meet demand for the game, reports.

Harmonix making new game

One without plastic guitars.

Guitar Hero and Rock Band creator Harmonix is hard at work designing a new game not based around matching pre-recorded music using plastic peripherals.

Rock Band social website plan

Blogs, ads, band pages, more.

Rock Band's US release will be supported by a community minded relaunch for the game's official website - - to help encourage the game's early buyers to play together.

Rock Band 360 bundle wired

Wireless guitars sold separately.

Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos has revealed that the Xbox 360 retail bundles of Rock Band will all come with wired guitars, while PS3 packs will be wireless.

GC: Euro Rock Band in 2008

Localised. On PS2. New tracks.

Rock Band has been delayed in Europe until the first quarter of 2008, but will be fully localised for each territory, on both disc and downloadable content. It's also coming to PS2, home of original Guitar Hero success.

MTV splashing out on games

Around USD 500 million.

Music maestro MTV has said it will invest around USD 500 million in games over the next two years, reports.

Rock Band gets Nevermind DLC

Full-length album download.

Nirvana's "Nevermind" will be one of the albums made available for download as part of Rock Band's Xbox Live and PSN offerings.

EA ignores Rock Band listings

USD 199 "pure speculation".

EA has turned its back on recent retailer listings for Rock Band, dismissing the USD 199.99 price to Eurogamer as "pure speculation".

EA details Rock Band

EA details Rock Band

Modes and more songs revealed.

EA and MTV have let fly a few new details for their upcoming rhythm-action game Rock Band, including a handful of fresh songs.

Joining the four previously confirmed tracks will be Mississippi from Mountain, Suffragette City by David Bowie, Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult and Main Offender by The Hives.

The full list is expected to be vast, with developer Harmonix being given access to the vaults of the biggest record labels in the world.

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Rock Band details emerge

Rock Band details emerge

Be the next Pugwall.

New details for EA's ambitious Rock Band have been revealed, highlighting how each peripheral will work and what you can expect from the game.

The information arose from the most recent edition of Game Informer magazine. EA was unavailable for comment at time of writing.

There's four separate campaigns, one for each of the instruments: guitar, bass, drum and vocal. You can play through each alone, or in one big holding-hands co-operative mode. You'll also be able to go online with your full band, and apparently each member can choose a different difficulty setting.

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Rock Band will be affordable

Harmonix dismisses price cries.

Harmonix art director Ryan Lesser has said the developer is doing all it can to keep Rock Band affordable, is reporting.

Fender off with EA

Rock Band signs big guns.

If Electronic Arts had a band, then Fender, BOSS, and Roland would be in it - as they've all agreed to be in the upcoming Rock Band Game, is reporting.

EA quiet on Rock Band pricing

Can't confirm USD 300 rumour.

Electronic Arts was unable to confirm to Eurogamer this afternoon that Rock Band and a full set of peripherals would set us back a whopping USD 300 when the game launches later this year.

Rock Band - the Harmonix rhythm-action game that brings together guitars, drums and vocals, announced on Monday - will be compatible with "Guitar Hero guitars", according to the developer.