From Under the Cork Tree: A Rock Band Fan Story

After the last week of new weekly Rock Band DLC, we asked fans to send us their stories about Rock Band to share with the community. This story is from forum member crash13. The image above is his dream band of Fall Out Boy featuring Harmonix Community Manager Eric Pope.

This story starts before the time of Rock Band. In a year called 2005, I was in the car casually listening to the radio. At the time, I wasn’t too big into music, except The Beatles, because who didn’t listen to The Beatles, am I right? Anyways, I was listening to the radio and I heard a drum intro followed by some guitar and bass, and then “Am I more than you bargained for yet?” At the end of the song I fell in love. Given, at the time, I had no idea what he was saying. That started my journey into music.

After two years of discovering music I found out about this guitar game, I loved it. Then I found out about a guitar game, but with drums and singing. Now you may be thinking, “How does this all come together?” On the set list of the first Rock Band was a song by the same band that got me into music. “Dead on Arrival” was the song. It became my favorite song on the game. Since I had the game on PS2, DLC didn’t really matter too much to me, but in May I heard that “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race” was coming to Rock Band. I knew I had to get an Xbox 360 to enjoy this song though. So I begged my dad for one. After months of begging, November rolled around, and at the beginning of the month, “I Don’t Care” was announced to be coming out on the day before my birthday. It was bittersweet, my favorite band had three songs in Rock Band, but I could only play one of them on the PS2…. Or so I thought. Later that month, the second Rock Band Track Pack was released and the first Fall Out Boy DLC song was on it. I was overjoyed. I played that song a lot, but I still couldn’t play “I Don’t Care.” In 2009, my father finally cracked and I got an Xbox 360 with Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and many other games. The two DLC songs were two of the first ones I downloaded, (the first being “Don’t Stop Believing”). I was so happy to finally have all three Fall Out Boy songs in one place.

Now let’s fast forward to 2011. After years of no Fall Out Boy DLC, August gave me my favorite pack in all of Rock Band… Fall Out Boy Pack 01. It was glorious, my favorite song of all time “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” another track from my favorite CD From Under the Cork Tree, “Dance, Dance” and a great song from Infinity on High, “Thnks fr the Mmrs.” The best part though was that the Pro Guitar and Bass upgrade was for my favorite song ever. This was the main factor for me for buying a Mustang Pro Guitar. Thanks to Rock Band I learned how to play it on every instrument. Pro was the best feature implemented in Rock Band 3.

The final chapter of this story takes place in 2012. Harmonix announced Rock Band Blitz, a controller-based Rock Band game for one player. Some were skeptical, but I was all for it. It brought me back to the days of Frequency and Amplitude. Eventually they announced the whole set list, which included the final Fall Out Boy song in the Rock Band library, “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me.”” Once again I was over the moon, not only because it was my favorite artist, but they are one of only five bands to be in the first and last Rock Band games.

So that’s my story about my favorite band in Rock Band. I want to thank Harmonix for all of these great years of Rock Band. You guys are the best with being in touch with your community. I’ve never felt like a game company could be like a family before you guys. Here’s to all the years of Rock n' Roll and to the future, which I’m sure will be just as great, if not better!


Thanks for letting us make these. Can't wait to see the new games!

The last paragraph legitimately warmed my bitter heart. Thanks for writing this up for us!

Thanks man!

Crash, the picture of Pope almost killed me. I haven't laughed like that in ages! Quite a nice read too!