Rock Band DLC

Giveaway! How About Some Free Bon Jovi DLC?

Rock Band: Bon Jovi

UPDATE: Just to save you some time, the contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

Are you having a nice day? Perhaps I can make it nicer. No, no, don’t runaway; I’m not going to lay my hands on you. But I will be there for you with a dose of good medicine: I have been handed 10 codes for that big-ass Bon Jovi track pack that hit yesterday, and lest I give love a bad name, I’m going to give them away to you.

Since these codes are in high demand (you might say they’re wanted, dead or alive), we’re going to have to have a little contest. Luckily, entering is simple: just leave a comment on this post using some Bon Jovi song title in a horrifically cheesy way (see this entire post for examples).

Tomorrow, November 11, at 11:11 am, I will close the contest, and shortly thereafter I will randomly select 10 winners from all the comments posted. Make sure you include a valid e-mail address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win; otherwise you will see your hopes of free DLC shot down in a blaze of glory, and your code will be handed off to another contestant who has been livin’ on a prayer.

No fair repeating any of the awful puns used in this post; we were not, after all, born to follow. And don’t bother entering if you’re on PS3 or Wii — these codes are for 360 only. (They are, however, region-free, so our friends overseas can participate as well! Who says you can’t go home?) And if you have a problem with these rules, tough; it’s my site, and it’s my life.

…Oh god I am so very ashamed.

Rock Band DLC Today: Bon Jovi

Rock Band: Bon JoviDid last week’s one new track in the main Rock Band store not float your boat? How about 15 this week? That do anything for you, Jack?

Here’s what you can look for today…

on the Wii,

on the PS3,

…and on all systems. But please note: There’s a wrinkle with that GameStop pre-order pack. Apparently, due to some wacky technical difficulties, the Deftones track will not be available today on PS3 or Wii. It does appear to be available on 360 though. See here for more details.

New Rock Band DLC: Bon Jovi and More

Rock Band: Bon JoviSay what you will about Bon Jovi, they have done what they do very well for a very long time. And with such a keys-heavy sound, it’s no surprise they’re one of the first artists to appear as Rock Band 3 DLC. Alas, contrary to previous rumors, the lineup isn’t quite as huge as their entire greatest-hits album, but it’s a pretty solid collection nonetheless. Sure, it includes repackaged versions of tunes already available in the Rock Band library. But it also has “Runaway.” I consider that a net win.

Bon Jovi Bad Medicine Bad
Jon Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory Blaze
Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Have
Bon Jovi I’ll Be There for You I'll
Bon Jovi It’s My Life It's
Bon Jovi Lay Your Hands on Me Lay
Bon Jovi Livin’ on a Prayer (RB3 Version) Livin'
Bon Jovi Runaway Runaway
Bon Jovi Wanted Dead or Alive (RB3 Version) Wanted
Bon Jovi We Weren’t Born to Follow We
Bon Jovi Who Says You Can’t Go Home (w/ Jennifer Nettles) Who
Bon Jovi You Give Love a Bad Name (RB3 Version) You

And that’s not all that’s coming on Tuesday. Those of us who didn’t preorder from GameStop also get those three previously exclusive singles:

Deftones My Own Summer My
New Order Blue Monday Blue
Talking Heads Burning Down the House Burning

Pricing for the Bon Jovi pack will be $19.99, 1600 Microsoft Points, or 2000 Wii Points. Each track can be purchased individually for $2 or the equivalent. And the GameStop tracks, the three “RB3 Version” tunes, and “Runaway” all offer Pro guitar/bass upgrades for a buck.

Might I interest you in a playlist? You can find it after the break. Continue reading →

Rock Band 3 Squier Strat Priced, Dated

Rock Band 3 Squier ControllerFinally, in our last bit of news that struck whilst I was away, Fender announced a release date, preorder date, and pricing for the Rock Band 3 Squier Strat Controller. (In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the fully stringed, fully functional guitar that interfaces with Rock Band 3.)

The details: It’ll be available for an MSRP of $279.99 on March 1, 2011, with preorders opening up on New Year’s Day.

My thought: I would certainly have appreciated a lower price, especially since you’ll need to pick up a $40 MIDI adapter to make it work with Rock Band, but it could have been much, much worse. A basic Squier Strat tends to run around $200 on its own. So an $80 — or even $120 — premium to make it a full-fledged game controller and MIDI instrument? Seems totally reasonable to me. And on top of that, it’s sure to be available for cheaper from various music-instrument retailers.

Agree? Disagree? Lemme know in comments.


Rock Band DLC This Week: Rush, The Doors

Rock Band: RushOh, hello there. Sorry I’ve been absent, but luckily nothing super-huge came out while I was away, this time. (Pricing for the Squier was big, but not super-huge. More on that later.)

This was a low-key week for new DLC, no doubt to give Harmonix a little breathing room following the launch of Rock Band 3. But even so, I’m particularly pleased with the new offering:

Rush Subdivisions Subdivisions - Signals (Remastered)

But that’s not all: Now all those Doors tracks are available as singles and in one big-ass pack.

The Doors Hello, I Love You Hello,
The Doors L.A. Woman L.A.
The Doors Light My Fire Light
The Doors Love Her Madly Love
The Doors Love Me Two Times Love
The Doors Peace Frog Peace
The Doors People Are Strange Strange
The Doors Riders on the Storm Riders
The Doors Roadhouse Blues Roadhouse
The Doors Soul Kitchen Soul
The Doors The Crystal Ship The
The Doors Touch Me Touch

Pricing per base track is the usual: $2 or equivalent, with the Doors 12-pack now going for $19.99, 1600 Microsoft Points, or 2000 Wii Points. But now there’s a new wrinkle: Only some of these tunes have Pro guitar/bass upgrades available — “Subdivisions,” “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “Touch Me.” The upgrades will run you an extra $.99, 80 MS, or 100 Wii.

Help yourself to an updated playlist after the break. Continue reading →

Rock Band DLC Today: The Doors

Rock Band 3: The DoorsHey, look at that: Rock Band 3 is out! (And it’s really, really good! In case you’ve missed all the glowing reviews, have a look at my roundup.) That means 12 songs worth of brand-spankin’-new Rock Band 3-style DLC from The Doors is available for your purchasing pleasure. And better yet, some of it is even free.

And let’s not forget that there are Rock Band Network tracks arriving today on PS3 and on Wii, as well.

John Lennon’s Imagine Coming to Rock Band 3

Rock Band: John LennonMan, Harmonix has really lined up a slate of big-name DLC to show off Rock Band 3′s new features. First the Doors, then Bon Jovi, then Billy Joel — and now John Lennon has been confirmed as a new DLC artist.

The announcement includes little in the way of details, only saying that John Lennon’s Imagine will be “among the first albums released as Rock Band 3 downloadable content.”

Minus the title track, which is included on the RB3 disc, the lineup of the DLC pack should look like this:

John Lennon Crippled Inside Imagine
John Lennon Jealous Guy Imagine
John Lennon It’s So Hard Imagine
John Lennon I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die Imagine
John Lennon Gimme Some Truth Imagine
John Lennon Oh My Love Imagine
John Lennon How Do You Sleep? Imagine
John Lennon How? Imagine
John Lennon Oh Yoko! Imagine

No pricing or release date has been confirmed at the moment, but I’m guessing we’ll see it either November 3 or November 10. Unfortunately, though unlike the Beatles Lennon’s stuff is actually available for download, it doesn’t seem to be on the streaming sites, so I can’t provide a playlist. But you know all these tunes anyway, right?