ROCK BANDÂ® RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SONGS FROM SNOW PATROL, DEEP PURPLE, JAMES GANG AND JETHRO TULL
Cambridge, Mass. â December 23, 2008 - Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the addition of four new tracks to the Rock BandÂ® Music Store catalog of downloadable content from bands Snow Patrol, Deep Purple, James Gang and Jethro Tull.
Scottish alternative band Snow Patrol makes its debut in the Rock Band music catalog offering their first single âTake Back the Cityâ from their new album A Hundred Million Suns (2008).
In addition, the Rock Band music catalog will expand its collection of Deep Purple tracks, giving players access to the classic rock bandâs single âSpace Truckinâââ from the influential album Machine Head (1972). Deep Purpleâs âHighway Starâ was featured on the original Rock Band soundtrack.
Next weekâs offering also includes the classic rock single âFunk #49â from the album James Gang Rides Again (1970) featuring Joe Walsh, Dale Peters and Jimmy Fox.
The Jethro Tull singleâHymn 43â will become the second Tull track in the Rock Band music catalog, joining âAqualungâ which was featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack. Both songs are from the bandâs fourth studio album Aqualung (1971).
These tracks will be available starting December 30, 2008, for the Xbox_360Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and January 8, 2008, for PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 computer entertainment system. Each individual track will be available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points).
Release Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360)
Thursday, January 8, 2008 (PlayStationÂ®Store)
Tracks: (Click on track to view music video)
Snow Patrol âTake Back the Cityâ
Deep Purple âSpace Truckinââ
James Gang âFunk #49â
Jethro Tull âHymn 43â
(All tracks are original master recordings)
Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, PlayStationÂ®Network
** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **
Rock Band 2 is available now for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems and the Wii system. The Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 versions support 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.
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 satisfy music fansâ 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 LIVEÂ® 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 PlayStationÂ®Store through the free PlayStationÂ®Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system's built in hard drive.
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
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