Dear HMX, why the live songs and the re-records? I think people would like to know the 'why' a certain song recording was used given Henry's possible reasons listed above.
HMXhenry said: Is there any reason why you would like to know beyond idle curiosity?
I can understand that it's interesting to know why Song X was a re record, but I don't think knowing which specific reason of the above 10 that I listed would clarify the process any further, prevent future emails asking why Band Such & Such isn't in the game, improve sales, etc.
Honestly, I'm not directly plugged into the reasoning behind a lot of the licensing work and don't know all the specifics for all the re records, live versions and alternate takes. But I'm involved enough to know that bands and labels won't be too thrilled to have the specifics of their dirty laundry aired in public (this band lost their masters, two guys in this band are fighting, this guy doesn't actually own his own material, and so on) even if it's for content that's already been released. Chances are they'd need a bigger motivation than curiosity to let us talk openly about that behind the scenes information and, honestly, I don't think that information would change much for people playing the game.
We'll always dig and provide more info whenever possible but, unfortunately, there are always going to be licensing details that we won't be able to talk about.