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I do not remember seeing one and would love to see it...
Did you do an Abbey Road pelican crossing photo?
What was the initial reaction by Yoko Ono to the John Lennon models used? Was there particular areas of the models that she wanted to adjust to make them more lifelike, for example his hair or glasses?
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Did Yoko Ono actually visit HMX HQ yelling for "moar wind!" in regards to the rooftop sequences?
I hope there's lots of people on TB:RB at the moment, coming on right now.
I also have two questions for you:
How did the song-choosing progress go? Like, did you guys think this song has to be in the game because it would be a blast to play, it's such a popular song and so on.
And, what input did Paul and Ringo have in the game?
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A deal of the Week in the Beatles DLC would have been a great way to celebrate the 2 anniversary and a way to test if there's still interest in further DLC.
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Our team was sent to Abbey Road Studios to put on a demo for an assembled group of studio techs, reps from EMI and Apple Records and assorted press. We played TB:RB on two huge projection screens in Studio 2, the same room where The Beatles recorded some of the most important songs of all time.
We were fortunate enough to receive a tour of the facilities and it was like working in a living museum. Producers, audio engineers and studio techs went around the room and showed us all the treasures.
"This is padding that The Beatles hung up themselves to improve acoustics. This panel deteriorated but was replaced with a swatch from the original."
"This is the unfinished echo chamber where they recorded some of their harmonies!"
"That's the piano they used to record Lady Madonna and Hey Bulldog... that piano right there... yes, the one you are leaning on."
My heart sank. Studio 2 is still a fully functioning recording studio and everything is very much in use, so it's not like a museum where these essential cultural artifacts are under glass or labeled and cataloged or marked "DO NOT LEAN AGAINST, DUMMY". I apologized up and town and they shrugged it off and insisted that everything was fine, that the piano is moved and played all the time but I still felt like the biggest chump.
You can check out photos of the infamous piano, me diddling dials in the sound booth and other shots of Abbey Road and Studio 2 in this set in our Harmonix Flickr page.
It was also a priority to make sure that the set list reflected the participation and creativity of every member of the band. You can't overload on John songs without cutting down the number of Paul songs, etc. It was a difficult balance to strike.
The time line was an interesting factor as well because the set list had to reflect their growth over time as well. While we could have obviously just said "Oh, Sgt. Pepper will kick ass, just put all of that on disc" showing the progression from beginning to end really helps capture the spirit of the band.
What was the song selection process like? With a catalogue of over 200+ classic songs, that had to have been a hard choice to decide what 73 songs wound up being on disc and DLC.
Were there songs that were kind of off limits or too delicate to work with? Did Paul, Ringo, Yoko, the Harrisons give input and say "Oh this song HAS to be included!"
Also, with Rock Band 3 being only a year away, were there any thoughts of ever making a Beatles Rock Band 2 with pro instruments/keyboard (since there were still dozens of hit songs that didn't make it in the first time)
We've had songs from Paul and John in RB3, are there any plans to get some of Ringo's or George's solo work in Rock Band 3? There are some truly great tracks that would be great for the pro instruments.
One final question, is a Beatles export to RB3 an absolute no no or could it ever become a reality?