R.E.M. has always had a special place in the hearts of Rock Band fans. Long-time fans of the game probably remember rocking out to "Orange Crush" on the original game disc. And since then, the single "Losing My Religion" has been a staple in the game’s song library. This week in DLC, we up the ante with eight songs by the band, spanning their illustrious career.
Starting in their early years with the band’s first single, "Radio Free Europe," and criss-crossing all the way to their latest album with "Living Well Is the Best Revenge," the pack is filled with the band’s trademark alt-rock stylings and enigmatic lyrics. Guitarists will enjoy jamming along to Peter Buck’s distinctive guitar play from "What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?". Not to be outdone, vocalists will be sure to check out "It's the End of the World As We Know It" to see if they can keep up with Michael Stipe’s rapid-fire cacophony of verses. And of course, if his lyrics aren’t your thing, you can always parody your own Weird Al-inspired version of their Green album hit, "Stand."
As founding members of the alt-rock movement, author to 70 million in album sales, and inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the list of accolades for R.E.M. is absolutely massive. Several of the modern bands you know and love can cite direct influences to their work…. Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Live, Hootie and the Blowfish, and many more. With millions of fans, decades of work, and an inspired career, R.E.M. is a big-splash welcome addition to the Rock Band song library this week.
Also available this week are "Driver 8," "Living Well Is the Best Revenge," "Superman," and "These Days."
These tracks will be available the week of October 5th on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. Individual tracks will be $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $2.00 on Wii. "R.E.M. Pack 01" will be available for $13.49 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Also available this week is a three-pack of tracks from T. Rex. It’s already been announced that the T. Rex fan favorite, “20th Century Boy” will be featured on the Rock Band 3 soundtrack, but next week, fans can get an early taste of T. Rex with a three-pack of the band’s songs to add to “Bang a Gong,” which is already available in the Rock Band Music Store. The British glam rock band will add three more songs to Rock Band next week – from 1971’s Electric Warrior, which Rolling Stone called one of the 500 Best Albums of All Time, is “Cosmic Dancer” and “Jeepster;” as well as the 1972 single “Children of the Revolution,” which reached No. 2 in the United States.
These tracks will be available the week of October 5th on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. Individual tracks will be $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $2.00 on Wii. "T. Rex Pack 01" will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $5.49.
To discuss this DLC, visit the official discussion thread on the Rock Band forums.
T. Rex DLC Trailer
R.E.M. DLC Trailer