Disco not dead, but Rock not really in Rock Band next week

by: Dan -
I’m having a little fun at the expense of the Bee Gees, because I do like them, but with the Comiskey Park Disco Demolition night a scant 31 years old, I thought the reference was funny. Regardless, the Bee Gees ARE coming to Rock Band next week with a 6-song pack and will be accompanied by singles from B.B. King and Procol Harum. “Stayin’ Alive” and “The Thrill is Gone” will have the option to download the Pro Bass and Pro Guitar modes for an additional $0.99. The base pricing will be $1.99/160 MS Pts/200 Wii Pts per track, or $9.99/800 MS Pts/1000 Wii Pts for the Bee Gees Pack 01. Check out the list, squeeze into those tight pants and practice your harmonies:
  • Bee Gees – “Jive Talkin’”
  • Bee Gees – “Night Fever”
  • Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” X
  • Bee Gees – “Nights on Broadway”
  • Bee Gees – “Tragedy”
  • Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing”
  • B.B. King – “The Thrill Is Gone” X
  • Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.
**ROCK BAND MEDIA ALERT**

NO JIVE TALKIN’ HERE: BEE GEES SIX PACK IS COMING TO ROCK BAND

THE LEGENDARY B.B. KING AND PROCOL HARUM MAKE ROCK BAND DEBUT

Cambridge, Mass. – Nov. 12, 2010 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that six of the Bee Gees’ greatest hits, including one track with Pro Guitar and Pro Bass, as well as singles from B.B. King and Procol Harum, will be available Nov. 16 in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.

Rock Band provides the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums through the Rock Band music platform, which features more than 800 artists and more than 2,000* tracks via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/songs). Rock Band’s gigantic music library dwarfs that of any other rhythm video game on the market. To date, more than 75 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band Music Store since its launch Nov. 20, 2007.
Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii

Ready to try out those three-part vocal harmonies in Rock Band 3? We’ve got a workout for you! Next week, six songs from the legendary trio of brothers, the Bee Gees. Throughout their 40-year musical career, the Bee Gees have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. Next week, we’ll have “Jive Talkin’,” “Night Fever,” “Nights on Broadway,” “Tragedy,” “You Should Be Dancing” and the quintessential 70s hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” which will feature a Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrade.

The legendary blues song, “The Thrill Is Gone,” from guitar virtuoso B.B. King will also be available as downloadable content next week, featuring a Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrade. Although this song has been recorded multiple times, B.B. King’s version won him a Grammy® Award and a Grammy Hall of Fame award and is included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs.

We’ve got fans of the keyboard covered next week as well, with “A Whiter Shade of Pale” from the British group, Procol Harum. Originally released in 1967, the song made it to No. 1 on the UK charts and No. 5 in the United States.

As always, songs available for downloadable content for Rock Band 3 feature five-button guitar and bass parts, drums, Pro Drums and keys, Pro Keys and harmonies, where applicable. Some songs also feature Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrades available for an additional $0.99 upgrade download.

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Nov. 16):
• Bee Gees – “Jive Talkin’”
• Bee Gees – “Night Fever”
• Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” X
• Bee Gees – “Nights on Broadway”
• Bee Gees – “Tragedy”
• Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing”
• B.B. King – “The Thrill Is Gone” X
• Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Nov. 17)
These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “The Bee Gees Pack 01” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “X” 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, €0.75 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade $9.99, £4.99 UK, €7.99 EU (800 Microsoft Points, 1,000 Wii Points) for The Bee Gees Pack 01
** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **
*Available on-disc, via download and disc export. Internet connection and export key purchase required. Wii has more than 1,500 song tracks available for purchase on the Rock Band platform on-disc, via song import, and download. Not applicable to Nintendo DS™.
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