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Rock Band gets all holiday cheerful, and also brings more Foo Fighters

Posted by: Randy at 12/19/2008 11:27 PM
Rock Band is getting into the holiday spirit with the "Rockin' the Holidays 2008 Pack" which features:
  • "Hanukkah Blessings" by Barenaked Ladies
  • "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" by Billy Squier
  • "Blue Christmas" as covered by The Pretenders [I have no idea]
Plus, the Foo Fighters are adding to their already thick lineup of songs in the Rock Band Music Catalog:
  • "DOA" from 2005's In Your Honor album
  • "Times Like These" from 2003's One By One
  • "This Is A Call" from 1995's self-titled debut
These new tracks will all be available on December 23rd (Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Store).  I never got into the Foo, but no self-respecting Gen Xer would deprive themselves of "This Is A Call."


ROCK BAND Media Alert 

ROCK BAND® GETS IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON WITH A "ROCKIN' THE HOLIDAYS 2008 PACK"; FOO FIGHTERS ADDS MORE TRACKS TO THE DOWNLOADABLE MUSIC STORE CATALOG 

Cambridge, Mass. – December 19, 2008 - Harmonix and MTV Games are rocking the holidays by delivering both a Rock Band "Rockin' the Holidays 2008 Pack" and more Foo Fighters to the Rock Band Music Catalog. 
 
The Rock Band "Rockin' the Holidays 2008 Pack" offering includes a 3-pack of "Hanukkah Blessings" by Barenaked Ladies, "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" by rock musician Billy Squier and The Pretenders' version of "Blue Christmas."
 
The Foo Fighters 3-pack includes"DOA" from the band's 2005 album In Your Honor, "Times Like These" from their 2003 album One By One and the hit single "This Is A Call" from their self titled debut album. Rock Band players now have access to an amazing collection of Foo Fighters music including The Colour and the Shape in its entirety (12 tracks) released as downloadable content last month, "Everlong," featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack, and "Learn To Fly," featured on the original Rock Band soundtrack.
 
Each track will be available starting December 23, 2008, for the Xbox_360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. The Foo Fighters' tracks will be available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) each or $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points) for the 3-pack.  Holiday tracks will be available for $.99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) each or for $2.99 (240 Microsoft Points) for the 3-pack.
 
Release Date:        Tuesday, December 23, 2008 (Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360)
and (PlayStation®Store)
 
Tracks:                  (Click on track to view music video)
                                     Foo Fighters                      "DOA" 
                                     Foo Fighters                      "Times Like These" 
                                     Foo Fighters                      "This Is A Call" 
                                     Barenaked Ladies            "Hanukkah Blessings" 
                                     Billy Squier                       "Christmas is the Time To Say I Love You" 
                                     The Pretenders                 "Blue Christmas" 
                                                 
 
Price:                      $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for Foo Fighters tracks
                                $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the 3-pack 
                                $.99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for Holiday tracks
                                $2.99 (240 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for the 3-pack 
 
                                               
                              (All tracks are original master recordings)
 
Locations:               Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation®Network
 
             ** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **
 

There are now more than 500 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/music). Rock Band continues to fly off shelves and satisfy music fans and gamers' voracious appetite for rock with more than 30 million paid downloads since its launch on November 20, 2007.  The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.

 
Rock Band and Rock Band 2 allow online play and features that expand the boundaries of music gaming. Rock Band downloadable content is playable and integrated into setlists in all game modes.  In order to play downloadable content for head-to-head matches or multiplayer online, all players must own the same downloadable track.  Downloadable content for Xbox 360 is available for purchase via Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 using Microsoft Points and is downloaded directly to the hard drive of Xbox 360. Downloadable content for the PLAYSTATION 3 system's version of Rock Band is available for purchase on the PlayStation Store through the free PlayStation Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system's built in hard drive.
Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system is now available nationwide and supports all previously downloaded content.  The groundbreaking music platform that forever changed the face of music video games is committed to taking gaming to the next level with the evolution of the franchise.  Rock Band 2 will be available for additional platforms later this year. 
Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB.
For more information on Rock Band 2 and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com  and www.harmonixmusic.com