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The Beatles: Rock Band Instruments

Beatles Instruments

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Here it is.  All of the Fab Four’s instruments together.  We’ve seen the announcements for the other instruments before, but a good close-up (see below) pictures of the drums is new.  It doesn’t appear to any significant changes to the drum set from previous versions of the Rock Band franchise, with the obvious exception of the large Beatles logo on the front of the set.  Official word from Harmonix was brief, but they did say it is a “…Ringo Starr inspired, Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drum set with a classic pearl finish and vintage replica Beatles kick drum head.”  With everyone playing together today at E3 with the instruments, it looked about as real as you can get with fake plastic instruments!

Ringo's drums

The Beatles: Rock Band Opening Cinematic

See the opening cinematic to The Beatles: Rock Band.  It was pulled together by Peter Candeland and Passion Pictures (who have worked with the Gorillaz in the past).  Very awesome… they nailed it with the perfect Beatles-esque vibe:

UPDATE: See a higher quality version over at The Beatles: Rock Band page here.

The Beatles: Rock Band at E3 (video)

Here’s the video if you missed it (like me):

Thanks S1ckH4nds!

The Beatles: Rock Band Site Update

Beatles Site

With all the new details coming out about The Beatles: Rock Band, it only makes sense that the site has now had a MAJOR overhaul. They even updated the favicon (nice attention to detail)!  Lots of cool things to check out, so head on over.

The Beatles: Rock Band

The Beatles: Rock Band Confirmed Details

The Beatles: Rock Band

As referenced earlier, Harmonix presented The Beatles: Rock Band with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr today at the beginning of Microsoft’s E3 press conference.  Here’s some of the goods…

The game begins during the band’s earliest days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Gamers will then travel across the Atlantic to experience the band’s unforgettable 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the sold-out concert at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965, and conclude at The Beatles’ memorable concert at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. The Beatles’ studio years will come to life in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. Highlighting the studio years are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to imaginative environments that capture the essence of The Beatles’ genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years. The game follows The Beatles to 1969 where story mode culminates with their final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps Headquarters.

Throughout the game, players will be able to hear decades-old unreleased vocals of The Fab Four talking between takes while recording their classic records.  The rumor that three-part vocal harmonies will be included was indeed confirmed today.

The game will be sold with 45 songs on-disc, of which the first 10 confirmed tracks listed below.  Additional tracks will be revealed prior to release.

  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • I Feel Fine
  • Taxman
  • Day Tripper
  • Back In The USSR
  • I Am The Walrus
  • Octopus’s Garden
  • Here Comes The Sun
  • Get Back

Coinciding with the 9/9/09 release date, a full album will be made available as DLC, “Abbey Road.”  Other Beatles records will be made available in the future, as well.

The Beatles song “All You Need is Love” will be released as an Xbox exclusive downloadable content also on 9/9/09.  All proceeds from the sale of this track will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

And for our international friends who haven’t gotten the timeliest of previous Rock Band releases, The Beatles: Rock Band will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox®360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system from Sony, and the WiiTM home videogame console from Nintendo on September 9, 2009.

Official Press Release

The Beatles: Rock Band Multimedia

The Beatles: Rock Band OFFICIAL Trailer

This has surpassed my expectations… can I have it early, please?!

Also available on The Beatles: Rock Band site.