The lights are on
[Update] With the release of Don Mclean's "American Pie" today, Harmonix's streak of updating Rock Band with new DLC will come to an end at 281 weeks. Over 130 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band store since its launch in 2007. Here's to a job well done by Harmonix.
It's hard to believe it, but the April 2 batch of Rock Band DLC is the final one Harmonix is releasing. That makes the selection all the more appropriate. Don McLean's classic track "American Pie" is known not only for its length (more than eight minutes), but for its cryptic lyrics. Now you can enjoy the former while deciphering the latter in Rock Band.
American Pie is a long tune, but it's not the longest that the series has seen. You'd be forgiven for guessing the B-52's "Roam," but that one only feels as though it drags on forever. The titleholder is Rush, for its "2112." That sucker was 20 minutes and 27 seconds of dystopian Canadian prog rock.
Rock Band's been a big part of gaming since it was released in 2007 – with more than 280 installments of uninterrupted weekly DLC. The game's started countless house parties and stretched many of those on for too long as well. Everyone has their own stories to share, but one thing was universal: The drummer always screwed up the menus when they first sat down and pounded out a random beat. Oh well.
Do you have any thoughts on the end of the Rock Band era (as we know it)? Are there any favorite tunes or stories that come to mind? Any plans for a last hurrah with your former bandmates? Let us know in the comments.
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Rock Band ending its record-breaking DLC run was sad news for me, but I can appreciate why it had to come to pass. I bought my Xbox 360 for Rock Band, pretty much because I was loving Guitar Hero, but not loving having to not only wait for a new game for new music, but get music I wasn't that thrilled about. Rock Band changed that, and has almost consistently made its way to every one of our New Year's Eve parties, which is when I first tried Guitar Hero many years ago.
I've downloaded a pretty good share of songs from the Rock Band library, but have many more to pick from, so it's not so terrible there won't be new songs after April 2nd; there will be "new" songs for me still available. I've been exposed to cool artists I never would have sought out independently as a result of the game, and listened to favorites with a new appreciation as a result of having a sense of participation in the music.
Unfortunately, we'll never get Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane". (Seriously, I emailed Harmonix, like, four times requesting that.) Oh well...here's to you, Rock Band.
It's almost sad that these types of games got so popular. After Rock Band and GH3 came out, there was suddenly an abundance of music games, most of which were subpar quality money grabs. I think the greatest thing about Rock Band was also what doomed the series. After introducing the new instruments, they had to add songs that were fun for each instrument, not just guitar. Unfortunately, Wii syndrome (catering more to casual gamers than hardcore gamers), made the game stale. Lots of good times with Guitar Hero though, I think I need to play Bark at the Moon at least one more time.
This is sad news, but a great song to end on. I've always been such a huge fan of Rockband and still pull out the game now and again.
The day the music died... :(
I stopped playing Rock Band a while ago and decided to give it a go again after the drums kept getting in the way when I was cleaning my closet. It's still great fun. Maybe I could convince "the band" to get back together and have a little party on April 2nd.
It's interesting to see the music genre run its course...
Harmonix have said it's the last of the planned weekly DLC (for now). Dance Central is also ending the planned weekly DLC...just making me think they're focusing on next gen sequels now.
I'm sad to see the music stop coming, but honestly I haven't bought more than 10 songs in the past 6 months. It's not about being tired of the game, but other real life responsibilities like my first child keeping me from having the time anymore. That and I no longer have friends who want to play...they just want to play mindless shooter games, which I'm not a fan of at all.
I wonder if they'll perhaps focus on a next gen iteration, or just something new entirely.
Great pick for a final song to release.
I liked the Ultimate Showdown remix they did.
This is a sad day indeed. Rock Band, you will be missed.
Sad news, but a great song to end on! I haven't played in about a year, but I just might have to bring out my drum set and play for a bit.
RIP Rock Band