Because of the whole band premise of the Rock Band series, instrumental tracks for regular Rock Band DLC are very rare (more common on the RBN, however). The only track I can remember at the top of my head, is the recently released Frankenstein back in January. So I thought I would share one of my favorite, and arguably the most popular instrumental song in the whole Rock Band platform, YYZ by Rush.
Rush is definitely one of the most popular artists in Rock Band, with three different packs (including the entirety of 2112), two on-disc songs, and five singles. We have even featured three of their songs as previous Thursday Throwback picks: Limelight, Closer to the Heart and Working Man (Vault Edition).
YYZ was released in 1981, on their studio album Moving Pictures. It wasn’t released as a single, so its popularity is mainly down to it being one of the favorites at concerts. The name comes from the airport code of Rush’s hometown of Toronto. The band always know when they are home, as YYZ appears on their luggage. YYZ was first featured on the setlist of Guitar Hero II, along with Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and then finally as part of the full album release of Moving Pictures in Rock Band.
I’m glad to report that the exclusion of the vocals does not effect the rest of this song. While your singers can take a breather, everyone else should prepare for a workout, because its difficulty of the song is pretty high. 4-tier guitar starts off relatively simple in the intro, which then turns into a little harder riff, and then turns into a strumfest at around the two minute mark, with a solo later on. 4-tier bass follows a very simple pattern to the guitar throughout most of the song, hence the same difficulty, but towards the end it gets even harder, so watch out. As you would expect from Neil Peart, 5-tier drums is the hardest of the instruments, with loads of foot pedal usage, switches in cymbals, and loads of tricky fills throughout, so I would recommend playing in Pro mode for that extra challenge.
Got any ideas for any artists we haven’t featured yet? Or different songs by artists we have featured? Any ideas would be great!
After looking through this site, why don’t you head on over to my growing fansite, The Tribute Pages which features loads of tributes of video games, TV shows and movies. Much appreciated!