Nothing groundbreaking here, but at the recent EA Showcase London, Harmonix producer Alan Moore had a chance to chat about Green Day: Rock Band while more gameplay footage is shown. He does mention that there is over 40 minutes of video footage and over 100 pictures, most of which has never been seen by fans, before. Check it out below!
Although I didn’t purchase Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine” album immediately upon release, I do remember picking up “Broken” between my middle school and high school years. From someone who typically listened to whatever my parents played on the radio up until that point, I was just discovering my own music tastes, and upon going back and discovering “Pretty Hate Machine,” my mind was blown. During the rest of my high school years, I was constantly discovering different artists under the “electronica” genre, everything from Prodigy to Josh Wink to God Lives Underwater. Although my musical tastes have changed since them, I still go back and listen passionately to the albums I kept after all these years.
Enter Scratching The Itch, who borrows heavily from the late 80′s, early 90′s electronic vibe. The may be in part due to a meeting with Trent Reznor himself! With the self-described sound “Depeche Mode attempting to play Pink Floyd,” I was eager to find out more about this artist, and what we can look forward to in the Rock Band Network in the future. Check out my conversation with Scratching The Itch below!
RockBandAide: Give us a lesson in who Scratching the Itch is… tell us about the band and your history.
Scratching The Itch: Scratching The Itch is a solo project. Everything – composition, performance, engineering, production, mastering, Rock Band charts – it’s all me and me alone.
As far as my own musical background, I started piano lessons when I was 5, and became a touring member of the Phoenix Boys Choir in middle school. I’ve always been a choirboy I guess.
I started writing back in the 80′s, and it shows in the music. I think it grew out of the need to express myself musically, but in a way that was less dorky than what I’d been doing. That, and I was trying to impress girls.
RBA: How did you end up deciding on the name “Scratching the Itch?”
STI: I only arrived at the name Scratching The Itch in 2006. I’d struggled with various “band” names over the years. Some were lame. Some were unpronounceable. All were embarrassing. In the end it came down to a few things. The name had to sound cool, and have something of an edge to it. It also had to not be in use by anyone else. One day it just kind of came to me – the whole project is me scratching my own personal creative itch. I did some looking around, and realized that no one else was using the name, and quickly claimed it. I think I can finally settle down and be happy with this name.
If you haven’t heard about “Rock Band, Live” coming to an amusement park near you this summer, a many more details have come out about it, including characters, venue, and setlist… all below!
The image header above reveals some of the characters and parts of the storyline for the musical “concert-like” show. During the 30-minute show, eight singers play Rock Band in front of a massive backdrop of speakers.
The backstage crew, including a manager, roadie, spiritual guru, merchandise girl, groupie and even a “Mom” character, also play roles in the show. The show’s storyline (SPOILER WARNING) follows the trials and travails of a glam band, its tour manager and an eclectic backstage crew. Almost immediately, the band fires its tour manager, who breaks down the theatrical fourth wall and starts his own band with members of the audience. Naturally, a battle ensues between the stage band and the audience band, resulting in a series of video game showdowns. Meanwhile, a secondary love story develops between the band’s bass player and the merchandise girl. Eventually the rival bands decide to put aside their differences and form one band.
Prior to each 30-minute performance, theme park visitors will compete on Rock Band drums and guitar/bass instruments, with the top scorer climbing on stage to jam with the singers for the final song of each set. Audience members selected to jam on stage make a quick costume change before joining the band during the final song of the set.
Non-touring versions of the show will play throughout the summer at Cedar Point in Ohio from June 5 to Aug. 22, and Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto from May 29 to Sept. 6.
A touring version of the show will make stops at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania (May 28-31), Kings Island in Ohio (June 3-13), Valleyfair in Minnesota (June 17-27), Carowinds in North Carolina (July 2-11), Worlds of Fun in Missouri (July 15-18), California’s Great America in Santa Clara (July 23–Aug. 1), Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park (Aug. 5-15) and Kings Dominion in Virginia (Aug. 20-29).
Opening set: “Hello There” (Cheap Trick) / “Come Out and Play” (The Offspring) / “Rock and Roll Band” (Boston)
Sound check: “You Shook Me All Night Long” (AC/DC) / “Livin’ On a Prayer” (Bon Jovi)
Audience band audition song: “One Way or Another” (Blondie)
First gig: “Anyway You Want It” (Journey) / “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (Pat Benatar) / “ABC” (Jackson 5)
Second gig: “We Will Rock You” (Queen) / “Blitzkrieg Bop” (Ramones) / “We Got the Beat” (Go-Go’s) / “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” (Jet)
Video game showdown: “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor)
Love story resolution: “Somebody to Love” (Queen)
Finale: “Don’t Stop Believin’” (Journey) / “Life is a Highway” (Rascal Flatts) / reprise of “Rock and Roll Band” (Boston)
My initial reaction when finding out the opening cinematic to Green Day: Rock Band was released was shock, but I guess that makes sense considering the game will be released in roughly three weeks.
If memory serves me correctly, the opening cinematic was performed by MK12, the same group who did the interstitial cinematics for The Beatles: Rock Band.
Check out the cinematic, if you want, below!
UPDATE: James from MK12 responded below in the comments with this:
And to those curious if this is the full thing or not — it is… it was their decision to do a 30 sec intro not ours. We are quite proud of it and it was accomplished over the period of a few months (full time). To those that don’t think there is enough detail i’m sorry we didn’t please you, but we tried to bring in elements from the various album covers as inspiration and tell a story in 30 seconds