Zine Archive - special thanks to Swivle, Die-Guitar-Hero, and Jaicen06 for making this archive possible
Issue 26 – With a little help from our friends (you guys) – Fri Nov 13, 2009 @ 4:26 PM
Hey guys and gals, we’ve got some exciting news happening next week – we will be releasing Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band as full-album downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band! Originally released in 1967, this milestone album for The Beatles laid the groundwork for the psychedelic rock to come and has been hailed by many as one of the greatest albums of all time. Remember, you’ll need a copy of The Beatles:Rock Band in order to play through this landmark release.
If you want the chance to Rock out with your blocks out, then the recently released LEGO Rock Band should be right up your alley. Featuring tracks ranging from Incubus to Jimi Hendrix, there’s something there to please everyone in the family. Want to play these tracks in Rock Band 2? Export all the songs onto your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 hard drive! Build a band and rock the universe.
We’ve also released two more poscasts for your listening enjoyment! Hear our interview with Paul and Storm (of Paul & Storm fame), learn more about Rock Band Network and, as always, listen to our DLC round-ups and a plethora of giggles. We also have a host of awesome interview and articles available (ever want to see Big Dipper sing Cannibal Corpse?) at The ‘Zine. You’d do yourself a disservice by not checking it out!
Issue 25 – Events and the Secret Life of Scientists - Friday Oct 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM Eastern
Hey, Boston area fans of The Beatles: Rock Band! On Sunday, November 8, we will be teaming up with the Somerville Theater to host a special screening of A Hard Day’s Night followed by a TB:RB competition of the big screen! We’ll be handing out loads of prizes and running an informal Q&A in between songs. Come for the movie, stay for the gaming! You can buy tickets in advance and hit up the Rock Band Local page for info on events in your area. If you’re hosting an awesome RB event, shoot us an emal and we’ll get your story up on the website! We’ll make you famous!
In other news, Harmonix Co-Founder and CTO Eran Egozy recently sat down with the PBS program NOVA to talk about music, science, video games, the early days of HMX, and his secret life as a clarinetist. Check him out on “The Secret Life of Scientists”!
Energizer is still looking for a rock band they can fly to NYC and pamper like rock stars for a weekend, so if you think you can pull off a marathon performance at the MTV Store in Times Square, don’t forget to sign up for the Advance Into Overdrive Challenge. We’re also gearing up for an Energizer Battle of the Bands that could win you the entire RB DLC catalog, a year’s worth of batteries, and all sorts of other limited swag! The first round kicks off on November 16.
Oh, hey, don’t forget that LEGO Rock Band is coming out soon! If you need a reminder of the epic (and exportable!) song content in the game (Queen! Tom Petty! Europe! Bon Jovi! David Bowie! Elton John! Jackson 5! Iggy Pop!) just check out the set list. You should see LRB on the store shelves starting November 3, so mark your calendar!
Issue 24 – Community Goings On - Friday Oct 16, 2009 @ 12:05 PM Eastern
In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been cranking out a ton of new web content for RockBand.com lately. We asked the folks on the forums what you wanted more of, and you told us! Hopefully we delivered. Check out some of the stuff that we’ve posted in the last week or so.
Al Jourgensen, the madman behind Ministry, joined us for an interview to talk about Rock Band, the Chicago Blackhawks, and his cameo in the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow!
Even though PAX wrapped up last month, we’ve still got loads of stories to share. HMXpope put together a video documenting our whirlwind weekend at one of the gaming’s greatest community events. Featuring guest appearances by Jonathan Coulton, Pal and Storm, and Destructoid’s Nick Chester! Don’t miss HMXsean’s write up on his impromptu flash mob tweetup either… who knows when he’ll come and dance in our town!
Oh yeah, we put out a podcast too! We’ll be putting them out every other week to balance out the newsletter shipments. In our first podcast episode we talked RB with Claudio from Coheed and Cambria as well as Tim Schafer of Brutal Legend. Plus lost of giggling!
Do you think you have want it takes to power through a marathon Rock Band performance live from the MTV Store in Times Square and party like a rock star for a weekend in New York City? We’re teaming up with Energizer to find the group with enough personality and fan power to pull it off. To learn more about the “Advance into Overdrive Challenge” head on over to the official site and start building your fan page with photos and videos. We’ll see you in NYC!
If you’re looking for a rhythm gaming fix while you’re on the go, Rock Band on the iPhone and iPod Touch has what you’re looking for. This is the first time RB is hitting the App Store, and we’re arriving in style with Live Bluetooth Multiplayer, unlockable rewards and achievements, and additional downloadable content. Check out the fact sheet for more info!
Issue 23 – It's good to be the Queen - Friday Oct 2, 2009 10:41 AM Eastern
Guys, guys, guys.. want to know what Queen DLC we’re releasing on Rock Band on 10/20? Yeah, I though so. We’ve got 10 amazing Queen songs coming soon. Check ‘em out!
Queen 10 Pack: Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, One Vision, Fat Bottomed Girls, I Want It All, I Want to Break Free, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure
While the Queen DLC is still over 2 weeks away, that’ll give vocalists a chance to rest up in anticipation… that is if you think you can pass on the 10 songs coming out as DLC next week! We’ve got three bands coming to RB for the first time and the return of one of the most popular female vocalists in the entire setlist!
Over on the RockBand.com version of the ‘Zin we just wrapped up our epic 52 Weeks to Rock series! You can head on over to read the last installment for a run down of the Top 10 Lies in Rock Band from the perspective of VAGIANT(Boston)’s very own HMXHellion.
What will fill the void left by 52 weeks to Rock? Will it be a new weekly series? Maybe. More interviews with artists in Rock Band? Perhaps. How about a podcast? You bet! Keep posted to the Announcements forum of RockBand.com for the very first HMX Podcast shipping next Friday!
Issue 22 – Beatles and Jam! – Thur Sept 19, 2009 at 5:27 PM Eastern
Hey gang, did anything exciting happen in the last few weeks? Oh yeah, The Beatles: Rock Band came out! Members of our community have been writing some great reviews, sharing stories, and comparing scores. You can head on over to The Beatles: Rock Band forums to continue the discussion. We’ll be posting frequent updates as we host TB:RB events, upload additional content, and announce more info about the upcoming full album downloads for Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Rubber Soul. Keep posted for more info!
There’s still plenty going on in the main Rock Band universe as well. We’re happy to report that Pearl jam will be releasing the entirety of their new album Backspacer as DLC for Rock Band. All 11 tracks, including the hit single “The Fixer,” will be available for download on Tuesday, Sept 22nd. Check out [the] exclusive interview with Pearl jam to whet your whistle for next week’s DLC!
We are creeping up on our 100th consecutive week of downloadable content, and the set list is on schedule to hit 1.000 songs by the end of the year. In recent weeks we’ve added tracks from Tom Petty, Jackson 5, Talking Heads, Billy Idol and more. Keep posted to RockBand.com for regular weekly updates!
Issue 21 – PAX Harmonix – Thur Sept 3, 2009 @ 4:14PM Eastern
With only 5 days back at the Harmonix HQ after returning home from Gamscom in Germany, the travel-ready Community Team is hitting the road yet again as we head out to the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle.
We’ll have an awesome set up at PAX, with The Beatles: Rock Band, LEGO Rock Band and the full 800+ song catalog of Rock Band playable at our booth. Stop by and play with us!
HMX will also have a larger presence at PAX, with a full panel discussing Rock Band Network, super limited shirts from HMX artists to benefit Child’s Play, and what is to be an epic set from Freezepop!
PAX is one of our favorite community events of the year, and this year the timing couldn’t be more perfect with the release of The Beatles:Rock Band only a few days away. We’ll have all of the TB:RB playable at PAX and we’ll have some goodies for everyone that comes by.
And the fun won’t end on launch day either! After 9.9.009 we’ll still have DLC, event info to share, and a few other surprises as well. Hang on, we’re almost there.