Even more tracks leaving the Rock Band store in December (UPDATE)

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It would seem that the next quarter has brought on the next announcement of tracks leaving the store. Rather than do another write up, let’s just get to the list of songs we’ll be losing. It should be noted that because of the upcoming holiday schedule, it’s likely these tracks will be pulled earlier that scheduled.

On December 30th 2013, the following songs will be leaving the music store:

  • Crooked X – Gone
  • Naked Brothers Band – Body I Occupy
  • Naked Brothers Band – I Don’t Want to Go to School
  • Scars on Broadway – They Say
  • System of a Down – B.Y.O.B.
  • System of a Down – Toxicity
  • Tokio Hotel – Ready, Set, Go!

UPDATE: Looks like we’ve gotten some more info about the upcoming pull.

  • We’ve gotten word from SCEA (aka Sony America) to expect a 12/17 pull date for the affected tracks. No word on a timeline from SCEE (aka Sony Europe) yet, but it’s likely they’ll have the same schedule. So be aware that tracks may / will likely be pulled earlier than the initial 12/30 date.
  • System of a Down’s “Toxicity” was available as DLC for Rock Band Unplugged on the PSP, but it will be pulled in this round of re licensing as well. In the future, RB DLC and RB U DLC share the same licenses so if a track is pulled from one it should be pulled from the other as well.

[Official announcement]

A message for those who’s codes didn’t work

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Hello everyone. It seems like there was an issue with the Poison and 2112 codes. A number of people have informed me that their codes didn’t work. To the winners of the Poison giveaway that didn’t get their code, this is why. Unfortunately, because the whole batch seems to be iffy, we can’t really give out another code for the same pack. Fortunately, however, we’ve got plenty of great DLC we CAN give as a replacement. If you were a winner who didn’t get a working code from one of those giveaways, please tell us what you’d like as a replacement.

The packs you can choose from are as follows…

For Xbox 360, we’ve got:

  • 21st Century Breakdown
  • Aerosmith’s Greatest Dimension
  • American Idiot
  • Avenged Sevenfold 01
  • Billy Joel: The Hits
  • Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits
  • Coldplay Collection 01
  • David Bowie 02
  • Dookie
  • Hall & Oates 01
  • Nickelback Then and Now
  • Ozzy Osbourne 02
  • Pat Benatar 01
  • Queen Extravaganza 02
  • Slipknot 02

And for PS3, we’ve got:

  • Aerosmith’s Greatest Dimension
  • Dave Matthews Band 01
  • Experience Hendrix
  • Fuelled by Ramen 01
  • Green Day: All albums in one code
  • Hall & Oates 01
  • Linkin Park 02
  • Men at Work & Santana
  • Nickelback Then and Now
  • Queen Extravaganza 02
  • Rage Against the Machine 01
  • Rush 01

Rock Band Community Nights: 2112 Giveaway (PS3 ONLY)

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You know, we’re on a super big Rush kick right now, so guess what, we’re doing ANOTHER Rush giveaway! What a better way to finish the October #RBnights than with Rush’s legendary epic 2112!

Here’s what you can win:

  • Rush – 2112
  • Rush – 2112: Overture, The Temples of Syrinx
  • Rush – 2112: Discovery, Presentation
  • Rush – 2112: Oracle: The Dream, Soliloquy, Grand Finale

All songs include a Pro-Guitar/Bass upgrade

As always the rules are in order to win you must correctly answer one of the trivia questions below before anyone else. You must also indicate which question you’re answering. The codes are only for Playstation 3. One pack per person, please! Also, if you’d rather we contact you via Twitter instead of e-mail if you win, leave your account name in your comment. Now that’s settled, let’s give some things away!

  • What’s the full length of 2112?
  • What book is it often believed served as the inspiration for 2112?
  • 2112 is one of two Rush albums featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear to Before You Die. What was the other?
  • 2112′s Overture and Grand Finale may be considered instrumentals, but what was the first COMPLETELY instrumental the band recorded?
  • At the time of writing, what’s the only Rush live album where you can hear 2112 in its entirety?
  • 21:12 is military time for 9:12 PM. What is the significance of 9-12 to Rush?
  • 2112 took up an entire side of an album. This was the second time they’d done it. What Rush song was the first to take up an entire album side, and what album was it featured on?
  • Who is credited with creating the iconic Starman graphic (the one seen in the header image of this post) that features prominently in this album?
  • What is the name of the city in which the main character of 2112 resides?

Rock Band Community Nights: Rush Giveaway (PS3 ONLY)

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Now it’s time to giveaway some tunes by Canadian legends Rush!

Here’s what you can win:

  • Rush – Caravan
  • Rush – Fly by Night *
  • Rush – The Spirit of Radio (Live) *

* indicates a Pro-Guitar/Bass upgrade available for $0.99 (Not included in the giveaway)

As always the rules are in order to win you must correctly answer one of the trivia questions below before anyone else. You must also indicate which question you’re answering. The codes are only for Playstation 3. One pack per person, please! Also, if you’d rather we contact you via Twitter instead of e-mail if you win, leave your account name in your comment. Now that’s settled, let’s give some things away!

  • When Retrospective I was re-released as disc one of Gold, what change occurred to the track listing?
  • What is the only Rush song in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll?
  • On March 28th 2010, five Rush songs were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. What were they?
  • Who was Rush’s drummer on their debut album?
  • Which song has been described by Geddy Lee as “the quintessential Rush song”?
  • Fill in the blank: In 1976, Creem magazine said “The first thing you notice about Rush is that they’re not as gross looking as _____”.
  • What did Alex Lifeson purportedly consume $19,000 worth of in one afternoon?
  • Which Rush song is divided into the following four chapters: I) At the Tobes of Hades; II) Across the Styx; III) Of the Battle; IV) Epilogue?
  • Geddy Lee lent guest vocals to a Canadian single in 1981. It peaked at #16 on the Billboard 100 singles chart in March 1982 and proved to be a bigger hit than anything Geddy had done with Rush. What was the song, and who performed it?
  • What prize did Rush pick up at the Juno Awards in 1975?

UPDATE: All the codes are gone now. See you later for the final giveaway of the month!

Rock Band Community Nights: Poison Giveaway

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Ready for some legendary hair metal? Then you’re in luck, because we’re giving away tracks by the ultimate glam band: Poison!

Here’s what you can win:

  • Poison – Nothin’ but a Good Time *
  • Poison – Talk Dirty to Me
  • Poison – Unskinny Bop

* indicates a Pro-Guitar/Bass upgrade available for $0.99 (Not included in the giveaway)

As always the rules are in order to win you must correctly answer one of the trivia questions below before anyone else. You must also indicate which question you’re answering. The codes are only for Xbox 360. One pack per person, please! Also, if you’d rather we contact you via Twitter instead of e-mail if you win, leave your account name in your comment. Now that’s settled, let’s give some things away!

  • What Poison song was named the worst guitar solo ever by Guitar World in 2004, and what album did it originally feature on?
  • What were the only Poison covers not to appear on Poison’d!?
  • When the Simpsons character Otto got married, what was the name of the Poison cover band that played at his wedding?
  • Who played guitar in Poison following C.C. Deville’s 1991 firing up until his rejoining of the band in 1999?
  • What tracks on Hollyweird were identical, save for the lyrics, which tell the story of life on the road from different perspectives?
  • What was the name that Madacy Entertainment re-released Look What the Cat Dragged In under in 2005?
  • Who was Poison’s original guitarist?
  • What was the name of Poison’s first video album?
  • After the original Poison guitarist left, they began auditioning candidates for their new guitarist. Who were the 3 they narrowed it down to?
  • In what film did Bret Michaels make his acting debut?

Rock Band Community Nights: Avenged Sevenfold Giveaway

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How are you all enjoying #RBnights this month? We’ve got another giveaway, this time for Avenged Sevenfold. The questions are courtesy of the super awesome @GrumbleVolcano6!

Here’s what you can win:

  • Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Scream
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Seize the Day

As always the rules are in order to win you must correctly answer one of the trivia questions below before anyone else. You must also indicate which question you’re answering. The codes are only for Xbox 360. One pack per person, please! Also, if you’d rather we contact you via Twitter instead of e-mail if you win, leave your account name in your comment. Now that’s settled, let’s give some things away!

  • To promote Avenged Sevenfold’s latest album “Hail to the King”, HMX created a Blitz tournament in which people could win DLC and the album. What song was chosen for this tournament?
  • Bat Country has appeared as DLC in Rock Band but it’s also on disc for which 2 music games?
  • What bonuses do you get for buying the CD deluxe edition of Hail to the King?
  • When was the live concert for the “Live in the LBC” filmed?
  • Who was Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer for the album “Nightmare”?
  • After the credits of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the band performs “Carry On” but with 2 members replaced by important characters of the game’s campaign. Who are those characters?
  • Carry On was in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but what other Avenged Sevenfold songs have appeared in Call of Duty games?
  • Which independent label were Avenged Sevenfold’s first 2 albums released on?
  • Avenged Sevenfold has been nominated for 10 Golden God Awards and won all apart from 2. Which ones didn’t they get?
  • Which single from the album “City of Evil” has not appeared in a Rock Band game on disc or as DLC?