Audio Interview with RBN Artist: Rusty Cooley

When it comes down to it, there are two types of people that play games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. The first type of people play it because it’s fun and they like the music. That’s the categ0ry I fall in. If there’s a song I like that comes out as DLC, I’m going to buy, no matter the difficulty of the charts. I have a feeling the majority of people that play these games fall into this first category, however casual they may be. The second group is the die-hards, many of whom check out this site, and are constantly on the lookout for the next DLC track that is going to challenge their ever-increasing plastic guitar playing dexterity. It is rare that an artist comes along with music that fits into both categories, but I recently had a chance to speak to one.

Thanks to Trav and Dylan, I had a chance to chat with Rusty Cooley recently over Skype, who has been recognized by Guitar One magazine as one of the ten fastest shredders in the world. If you want something that’s going to challenge him, wait until you see what he has coming to the Rock Band Network! Listen to our hour-plus long conversation with Rusty, who tells us about himself, his music, his love for Dethklok, and his enthusiasm about Rock Band.

Thank you very much, Rusty! For more info about Rusty Cooley, check out his official site and his YouTube channel. He will have a number of songs coming to the Rock Band Network in the future, including “The Butcher,” “Under the Influence,” “The Duel,” and more! Directly below is a playlist of some of these songs, followed by a video from his YouTube channel of him in action.

Rusty in studio recording solos for the Austrian Death Machine album:

In case you didn’t get the reference to Dethklok in the interview, check out the specific clip below:

PS3 RBN DLC for 7/13

  • Alias Unknown – Top Back
  • Andrew Buch – Trippolette
  • Driveshaft – You All Everybody
  • Parry Gripp – Girl at the Video Game Store
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over

Note: The version for Alias Unknown in the embedded playlist above is not the same as the in-game version.

[Official announcement]

Friday Followup – The Vines

How did Twitter react to the announcement of The Vines as next week’s DLC? With a resounding “meh.” The pickins were a little slim this week, so we’ve only got a few, so check ‘em out below!

Don’t get me wrong, waking up the news of songs by The Vines in Rock Band 2 is good and everything, but I can think of a few other things that I would like to wake up next to… No, not that! CUPCAKES!

You’ve never heard of the Vines or Sweet Billy what’s-his-name? For shame, sir.

That’s the spirit! Does it help that “Get Free” by The Vines will have Pro guitar charting for Rock Band 3?

I can respect this. I don’t expect everyone to like every week of DLC. At least he didn’t make some stupid request…


RBN DLC for 7/9

  • Hyro da Hero – Lights Out (80 MSP)
  • Norma Jean – The Anthem of the Angry Brides (160 MSP)

DLC for 7/13

I’ve been hearing that Microsoft’s weekly newsletter about new content arriving on XBox Live that announces the DLC early may be here to stay. While it doesn’t include track listing, it would be interesting to see if the weekly official announcement from Harmonix will be moved up to correspond with this. No more Friday DLC announcements? Not sure, but I’ll let you know when we know for sure.

We already knew the Vines were coming, but here’s the full listing of all DLC coming next week:

  • The Vines – “Get Out”
  • The Vines – “He’s a Rocker”
  • The Vines – “Orange Amber”*
  • The Vines – “Outtathaway”*
  • The Vines – “Ride”
  • Sweet Billy Pilgrim – “Future Perfect Tense”*

* Denotes Family Friendly track compatible with LEGO Rock Band

[Official announcement]

Danish Band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy Coming (Probably) to Rock Band

Many of us outside of Denmark may not be too familiar with Danish band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, but to those of you who have been to Tivoli, you might find this news a little more exciting.

According to Danish news outlet Ekstra Bladet, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy’s song “Silverflame” will be making its way to Rock Band, probably in the form of DLC, pending the band’s approval. Lead singer Tim Christensen originally said it was coming to Guitar Hero, but accidentally misspoke, probably due to Guitar Hero’s leading market share in Europe.

Early this year, MTV Games mentioned that they are committed to stealing market share from their main competitor in Europe, and I think offering popular regional acts as DLC is a good start. I haven’t heard the song before now (check it out just below in its entirety), but it’s not bad at all.

[Thanks, Terrificy!]