Rock Band 2 set to bridge the generation gap for family gamers

Rock fans and game players of all ages should be able to find something to jam to when the new PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii game Rock Band 2 is launched later this year.


Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games – the makers of Rock Band 2 – have revealed that the music video game’s much-anticipated soundtrack will include 75 songs spanning all types of rock – from the Sixties to today.


The headline track is a brand new Guns N’ Roses song, ‘Shackler’s Revenge’, which is taken from the band’s first album for 14 years, Chinese Democracy.


The game also features classic Sixties master recordings by the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Who … and Bob Dylan makes his video game debut with ‘Tangled Up in Blue’.


Also included is AC/DC’s arena anthem, ‘Let There Be Rock’, along with original recordings by Beck, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and Linkin Park. Joan Jett, Blondie, Paramore, the Go-Gos and Alanis Morissette provide the female touch.


Rock Band 2 allows players to perform in virtual bands by providing up to four players with the ability to play different peripherals modelled after musical instruments, including lead guitar, bass guitar and drums. There’s also a microphone peripheral for vocals.


Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of Electronic Games and Music at MTV, said: “With Rock Band, Harmonix and MTV Games set out to create a powerful music platform for music fans, their friends and families to discover music in a way unlike ever before.


“We’re honoured that such legendary artists as AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan and more have chosen Rock Band 2 as a new platform for fans to experience their music.”


Rock Band 2 track List:

AC/DC – ‘Let There Be Rock’; AFI – ‘Girl’s Gone Grey’; Alanis Morissette – ‘You Oughta Know’; Alice in Chains – ‘Man in the Box’; Allman Brothers – ‘Ramblin’ Man’; Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Almost Easy’; Bad Company – ‘Shooting Star’; Beastie Boys – ‘So Whatcha Want’; Beck – ‘E-Pro’; Bikini Kill – ‘Rebel Girl’; Billy Idol – ‘White Wedding Pt. I’; Blondie – ‘One Way or Another’; Bob Dylan – ‘Tangled Up in Blue’; Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’; Cheap Trick – ‘Hello There’; Devo – ‘Uncontrollable Urge’; Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Feel the Pain’; Disturbed – ‘Down with the Sickness’; Dream Theater – ‘Panic Attack’; Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’; Elvis Costello – ‘Pump It Up’; Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’; Foo Fighters -‘Everlong’; Guns N’ Roses – ‘Shackler’s Revenge’; Interpol – ‘PDA’; Jane’s Addiction – ‘Mountain Song’; Jethro Tull – ‘Aqualung’; Jimmy Eat World – ‘The Middle’; Joan Jett – ‘Bad Reputation’; Journey – ‘Anyway You Want It’; Judas Priest – ‘Painkiller’; Kansas – ‘Carry On Wayward Son’; L7 – ‘Pretend We’re Dead’; Lacuna Coil – ‘Our Truth’; Linkin Park – ‘One Step Closer’; Lit – ‘My Own Worst Enemy’; Lush – ‘De-Luxe’; Mastodon – ‘Colony of Birchmen’; Megadeth – ‘Peace Sells’; Metallica – ‘Battery’; Mighty Mighty Bosstones – ‘Where’d You Go’; Modest Mouse – ‘Float On’; Motorhead – ‘Ace of Spades’; Nirvana – ‘Drain You’; Norman Greenbaum – ‘Spirit in the Sky’; Panic at the Disco – ‘Nine in the Afternoon’; Paramore – ‘That’s What You Get’; Pearl Jam – ‘Alive’; Presidents of the USA –’Lump’; Rage Against the Machine – ‘Testify’; Ratt – ‘Round & Round’; Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Give it Away’; Rise Against – ‘Give it All’; Rush – ‘The Trees’; Silversun Pickups – ‘Lazy Eye’; Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Today’; Social Distortion – ‘I Was Wrong’; Sonic Youth – ‘Teenage Riot’; Soundgarden – ‘Spoonman’; Squeeze – ‘Cool for Cats’; Steely Dan – ‘Bodhitsattya’; Steve Miller Band – ‘Rock’n Me’; Survivor – ‘Eye of the Tiger’; System of a Down – ‘Chop Suey’; Talking Heads – ‘Psycho Killer’; Tenacious D – ‘Master Exploder’; Testament – ‘Souls of Black’; The Donnas – ‘New Kid in School’; The Go-Go’s – ‘We Got the Beat’; The Grateful Dead – ‘Alabama Getaway’; The Guess Who – ‘American Woman’; The Muffs – ‘Kids in America’; The Offspring – ‘Come Out & Play’; The Replacements – ‘Alex Chilton’; The Who – ‘Pinball Wizard’.





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