Information about Rock Band DLC Re-licensing

Hey gang,

It's that time again. Below you'll find the list of 7 singles we were unable to re-license for the Rock Band DLC store. These tracks should remain up for purchase until December 30th, 2013, which gives you nearly 6 weeks to pick up any of these songs if you've held off on them until now. Credit where credit is due: even though we'll be losing these 7 tracks next month, the Music Ops team spent months working with bands and labels to ensure that we retained hundreds of other tracks.

As with the previous updates, these songs are coming down from the in game store, but if you already downloaded them nothing should change for you. Check the below previous posts for more info, and if there are additional questions that need clarification we’ll be sure to add an FAQ to this post.

  • Crooked X - “Gone”
  • Naked Brothers Band - “Body I Occupy”
  • Naked Brothers Band - “I Don’t Want To Go To School”
  • Scars on Broadway - “They Say”
  • System of a Down - “B.Y.O.B.”
  • System of a Down - “Toxicity”
  • Tokio Hotel - “Ready, Set, Go!”

As with previous re-licensing announcements, we don't have complete control over first party schedules, so while the dates above reflect when we plan to remove content from the in game store you may see changes a few days earlier or a few days later on the console and online marketplaces. In fact, because of the upcoming holiday, it's very likely that these tracks will be pulled earlier than scheduled, as 1st party generally avoids store updates during the last week of the year. We'll post updates if we get more specific confirmation on the holiday plan, but if you're interested in picking these tracks up we definitely wouldn't recommend waiting until the last minute.

One final reminder: seeing as how this is all pre-RB3 content, all the tracks listed in this post are currently available for 50% off. Singles should be $1 on Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.

Hey gang,

It’s been almost 3 months since our last re-licensing update, and we have another round of announcements. As with the previous updates, these songs are coming down from the in-game store, but if you already downloaded them nothing should change for you. Check the previous posts below for more info, and if there are additional questions that need clarification we’ll be sure to add an FAQ to the Rock Band forums.

The good news is that we’re giving more notice for these tracks than we’ve been able to previously. With the exception of one track, the content listed below is scheduled to come out of the store on September 30th, 2013, giving DLC completionists, hold outs, and latecomers 6 weeks to pick up this content.

This is the track that will be pulled from the store on August 28th:

  • T.Rex - Bang A Gong

These are the songs that will be pulled from the store on September 30th:

  • The Janitors - "Get Your Rock On"
  • Locksley Pack 01
  • Locksley - "All Over Again"
  • Locksley - "Don't Make Me Wait"
  • Locksley - "She Does"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Snow (Hey Oh)"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Tell Me Baby"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic Album Pack
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Apache Rose Peacock"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Blood Sugar Sex Magik"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Breaking the Girl"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Funky Monks"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "I Could Have Lied"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "If You Have to Ask"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Mellowship Slinky in B Major"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "My Lovely Man"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Naked in the Rain"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Sir Psycho Sexy"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Suck My Kiss"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Greeting Song"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Power of Equality"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Righteous and The Wicked"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "They're Red Hot"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under the Bridge"

For more information about the re-licensing process, what this means for you, and an in-depth FAQ, visit the Rock Band Forums.

We have some information about new songs being removed from the Rock Band Music Store. As mentioned in the previous blog post (available below), a limited number of song licenses for Rock Band DLC songs are expiring. This will be occurring on a quarterly basis. We wanted to give you a heads up that the following songs are scheduled to be removed from the store on June 30, 2013. If you already own them, they will still be in your library, and you will be able to re-download them if necessary.

  • Tokio Hotel - "Monsoon"
  • Die Toten Hosen - "Hier Kommt Alex"
  • Les Wampas - "Manu Chao"
  • Them Terribles - "Bullets & Guns"
  • The Material - "Moving to Seattle"
  • Crooked X - "Rock 'n' Roll Dream"
  • Vesuvius - "Promised Land"

For more information about the re-licensing and how it affects you, read on to the previous blog post below.

The below information was previously posted on April 10, 2013.

We wanted to give you a heads up on an upcoming change to a limited number of older legacy DLC songs currently available in the Rock Band library. When licensing songs for release for any platform, including DLC, agreements include term limits on how long the content may be sold on a given platform. This isn’t specific to Rock Band – it’s something that exists in pretty much all licensing agreements. Now, over 5 years since the release of the first batch of Rock Band DLC, we’re reaching the end of some of the earliest licenses we secured. Our Music Team has been hard at work extending these licenses to make sure that this has as small an impact on the community as possible, but there may be a very limited number of songs that will no longer be offered for new purchases in the Rock Band store.

What does this mean for you, Jane and John Q Rock Band? Read on:

  • If you’ve already bought these tracks, nothing changes. Tracks that you’ve purchased/downloaded are yours. Relicensing should not affect content already in your library.
  • Select legacy tracks, primarily from the earliest DLC releases, may no longer be offered for new purchase in the Rock Band Store. Again, if you’ve already purchased these tracks you should be entirely unaffected.
  • If for any reason you need to redownload this content (i.e. in cases of console transfer, hard drive space management, etc.) you should be able to do so even if that content is no longer available for new purchasers in the store. For more information on how to redownload content, check your download history on your console or online, and consult 1st party support channels.

As of right now, the only content affected is Metallica Pack 01, the tracks “Ride The Lightning”, “And Justice For All”, and “Blackened”, all of which were released on November 20th, 2007. This content has already been pulled from the Rock Band Store and from 1st party marketplaces.

We’ll post as more information becomes available, with relicensing updates likely coming in on a quarterly basis. We’re hard at work to minimize the impact on the Rock Band catalog and Rock Band community, securing extensions for an overwhelming majority of content and, most importantly, making it a priority to give you advance notice in the future if songs are expiring and have to come down. We’ll do our best to make sure that you have one last chance to buy these legacy catalog tracks!

Rock on,