DLC for 4/5: RB4 Pre-Order Songs

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We have the update coming this week, but surprise! There’s also some DLC coming to the store as well! Let’s see what we have coming for us.

The songs are only available as part of the Rock Band 4 30 Song Mega Pack, which will be available for $14.99. Please note that, as of now, even if you purchased these songs last-generation through DLC, RBN, or exports, you will not be entitled to re-download them for free. This may change in the future, however.

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Rock Band March Madness II: The Final

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It’s the match-up that virtually everyone had predicted for the final, and definitely two of the most deserving songs in the setlist. Both songs have been utterly dominant for the whole tournament and remain fan favourites at any Rock Band night. You all know what it is. It’s Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son vs. Foo Fighters’ Everlong! Only one can win, however. Before we get to that, let’s take a look at how we got here:

Kansas – Carry on Wayward Son

  • Round 1: Defeated L7’s Pretend We’re Dead (490-62)
  • Round 2: Defeated The Presidents of the United States of America’s Lump (324-73)
  • Round 3: Defeated Alice in Chains’ Man in the Box (293-94)
  • Round 4: Defeated Journey’s Any Way You Want It (231-127)
  • Round 5: Defeated Soundgarden’s Spoonman (253-120)
  • Round 6: Defeated Pearl Jam’s Alive (213-125)

It’s, of course, interesting to note that virtually all of Kansas’ victories have been over 90s alternative rock songs, much like what it’s opponent Everlong is. Will Carry on Wayward Son be able to continue its trend of killing 90s classics, or will this be one wall it just can’t climb.

Foo Fighters – Everlong

  • Round 1: Defeated Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me (367-51)
  • Round 2: Defeated Tenacious D’s Master Exploder (230-76)
  • Round 3: Defeated System of a Down’s Chop Suey (244-144)
  • Round 4: Defeated The Offspring’s Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) (250-103)
  • Round 5: Defeated Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye (263-107)
  • Round 6: Defeated Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way (201-136)

If we’re to average out the number of votes both songs received, then Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son is the clear winner with the final score coming to 300-252. Of course, that’s not how this tournament works and all that matters is how you vote. So, be sure to get your votes in!

Those results also, obviously, mean that Pearl Jam’s Alive and Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way will go head to head to determine the third place winner. Let’s take a look at the match-ups those songs faced, as well.

Pearl Jam – Alive

  • Round 1: BYE
  • Round 2: Defeated Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness (257-94)
  • Round 3: Defeated The Who’s Pinball Wizard (173-124)
  • Round 4: Defeated Smashing Pumpkins’ Today (243-113)
  • Round 5: Defeated Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1) (241-129)
  • Round 6: Lost to Kansas’ Carry on Wayward Son (213-125)

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

  • Round 1: Defeated Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue (435-75)
  • Round 2: Defeated Sonic Youth’s Teen Age Riot (248-98)
  • Round 3: Defeated Go-Go’s’ We Got the Beat (296-37)
  • Round 4: Defeated Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle (208-139)
  • Round 5: Defeated Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer (254-115)
  • Round 6: Lost to Foo Fighters’ Everlong (201-136)

Once again, if we look at the average number of votes received, Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way defeats Pearl Jam’s Alive by a score of 273-225. Even if we remove Go Your Own Way’s first round to compensate for Alive having a bye, Fleetwood Mac STILL wins by a score of 241-225. Once again, however, game’s aren’t played on paper and anything can happen if you vote!

In addition to those matches, we also have the loser’s bracket final. Let’s see how that shaped up.

The match-up that made up the final could have gone a very different way. Both semi-final match-ups were very close and both parties traded victories throughout the day. Ultimately, however, it’s come down to Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 taking on Jethro Tull’s Aqualung!

Motörhead – Ace of Spades ’08

  • Round 1: Lost to Soundgarden’s Spoonman (346-203)
  • Round 2: Loser’s Bracket hadn’t begun
  • Round 3: Defeated Cheap Trick’s Hello There (227-98)
  • Round 4: Defeated AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock (173-141)
  • Round 4.5: Defeated Linkin Park’s One Step Closer (181-99)
  • Round 5: Defeated Rise Against’s Give It All (197-137)
  • Round 6: Defeated The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man (159-151)

Jethro Tull – Aqualung

  • Round 1: BYE
  • Round 2: Lost to Soundgarden’s Spoonman (216-168)
  • Round 3: Defeated Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Give It Away (191-110)
  • Round 4: Defeated The Muffs’ Kids in America (228-85)
  • Round 4.5: Defeated Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness (169-109)
  • Round 5: Defeated Dream Theater’s Panic Attack (170-160)
  • Round 6: Defeated Tenacious D’s Master Exploder (172-142)

Interestingly enough, both songs were eliminated from the main tournament by Soundgarden’s Spoonman. As well, despite Jethro Tull having a first round bye, both songs played the same number of matches. If we look at the average votes, we’re in for an incredibly close match with Ace of Spades ’08 narrowly picking up the victory by a score of 190-183. That could all change, though, depending on how you vote!

The loser’s bracket also features a third place match, contested between The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man and Tenacious D’s Master Exploder!

The Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man

  • Round 1: BYE
  • Round 2: Lost to RATT’s Round and Round (192-160)
  • Round 3: BYE
  • Round 4: Defeated Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue (229-72)
  • Round 4.5: Defeated Rage Against the Machine’s Testify (179-97)
  • Round 5: Defeated Nirvana’s Drain You (197-138)
  • Round 6: Lost to Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 (159-151)

While some might say Ramblin’ Man had a bit of an easy bracket, what with two byes and all, no one can deny that it showed complete dominance over the loser’s bracket, and was incredibly close to making the final.

Tenacious D – Master Exploder

  • Round 1: BYE
  • Round 2: Lost to Foo Fighters’ Everlong (230-76)
  • Round 3: Defeated That Handsome Devil’s Rob the Prez-O-Dent (242-72)
  • Round 4: Defeated The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? (197-107)
  • Round 4.5: Defeated Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy (153-122)
  • Round 5: Defeated Modest Mouse’s Float On (175-161)
  • Round 6: Lost to Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (172-142)

Master Exploder was a favourite to win the whole tournament, and might have made a much better run at it had it not been drawn against finalist Everlong in its first match. That early exit, however, allowed The D to run rough shot over the whole loser’s bracket with some incredibly dominant performances. That said, if we look at the average votes, Ramblin’ Man walks away with the victory with a score of 183-164. Even if we remove Master Exploder’s crushing defeat against Everlong, the final score is still only 183-181. That said, it’s such a close match-up that every vote really will count!

Rock Band March Madness II, Semi-Finals

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And then there were four. We’re almost at the finals of this looooooong tournament, but we have just one more stop before we get there. We can’t get there unless you vote, though, so be sure to make sure your favourite gets to the end!

First, let’s see the results from the quarters.

Kansas’ Carry on Wayward Son def. Soundgarden’s Spoonman (253-120)
Pearl Jam’s Alive def. Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1) (241-129)
Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way def. Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer (254-115)
Foo Fighters’ Everlong def. Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye (263-107)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 def. Rise Against’s Give It All (197-137)
The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man def. Nirvana’s Drain You (197-138)
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung def. Dream Theater’s Panic Attack (170-160)
Tenacious D’s Master Exploder def. Modest Mouse’s Float On (175-161)

Now, let’s see what’s on tap for today:

Our first match sees two songs that have left nothing but a path of destruction against everything they’ve met, but only one can stand tall. Will it be Kansas’ Carry on Wayward Son or will it be Pearl Jam’s Alive?

Finally, we see our other match pitting two songs that were ALSO fan favourites in the competing Guitar Hero World Tour against each other with Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way going head to head with Foo Fighters’ Everlong!


Here’s what’s coming up in the loser’s bracket:

First up, two of the final challenges in Rock Band 2 face off as Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 takes on The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man!

The other match pits two artists that are recipients of heavy metal GRAMMY awards against each other when Jethro Tull’s Aqualung faces off against Tenacious D’s Master Exploder!


Going Country 09! DLC for 3/29!

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The final artists of the month, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt. We know the theme, so let’s see what the choices are.

  • Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
  • Luke Bryan – That’s My Kind of Night
  • Sam Hunt – House Party

All songs are available for $1.99, Going Country 09 is available for $5.49.

 

Rock Band March Madness II: Quarter Finals

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Incredibly enough, it looks like we’re actually going to make our April 1st deadline! We kick off the quarter finals of Rock Band March Madness II today, and the tournament has already yielded some incredibly close results as well as its fair share of massive upsets. Just remember that if you don’t vote, you’re favourite could go home!

Before we get to today’s matches, let’s take a look at yesterday’s results:

Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 def. Linkin Park’s One Step Closer (181-99)
Rise Against’s Give It All def. Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy (145-133)
The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man def. Rage Against the Machine’s Testify (179-97)
Nirvana’s Drain You def. The Presidents of the United States of America’s Lump (155-123)
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung def. Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness (169-109)
Dream Theater’s Panic Attack def. The Replacements’ Alex Chilton (151-115)
Tenacious D’s Master Exploder def. Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy (153-122)
Modest Mouse’s Float On def. Megadeth’s Peace Sells (162-117)

Now, let’s see what we’ve got today!

First up, two incredibly fun to play songs that have just dominated everything they’ve gone up against go head to head when Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son faces off against Soundgarden’s Spoonman!

Next, a grunge favourite takes on a well loved new wave song that no one expected to get this far. It’s Pearl Jam’s Alive vs. Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1)!

Then, two of the great groups of the 70s face off with Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way taking on Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer!

Finally, it’s the two most modern songs left in the tournament duking it out as Foo Fighters’ Everlong meets Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye!




Now, let’s see what’s coming up in the loser’s bracket.

First up, we have one of the all time great metal bands taking on one of the best punk band out there. It’s Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 vs. Rise Against’s Give It All!

Then, it’s a southern rock classic taking on an iconic grunge band as The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man faces off against Nirvana’s Drain You!

After that, it’s a battle of progressive rock with Jethro Tull’s Aqualung taking on Dream Theater’s Panic Attack!

Finally, can indie rock kill the metal, or will the metal prevail? Find out as Tenacious D’s Master Exploder battles Modest Mouse’s Float On!




Rock Band March Madness II, Round 4.5

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So, it turns out that we have an extra round of loser’s bracket matches that need to be taken care of before the next round of matches officially starts, so let’s get those out of the way here.

First, let’s see the last set of results.

Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way def. Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle (208-139)
Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer def. Bad Company’s Shooting Star (177-167)
Foo Fighters’ Everlong def. The Offspring’s Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) (250-103)
Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye def. Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know (190-148)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness def. Lacuna Coil’s Our Truth (208-99)
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung def. The Muffs’ Kids in America (228-85)
The Replacements’ Alex Chilton def. Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl (218-75)
Dream Theater’s Panic Attack def. Abnormality’s Visions (267-22)
Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy def. The Donnas’ New Kid in School (197-105)
Tenacious D’s Master Exploder def. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? (197-107)
Modest Mouse’s Float On def. Interpol’s PDA (216-91)
Megadeth’s Peace Sells def. Lush’s De-Luxe (198-94)

Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at today’s loser’s bracket matches:

First up, two artists that practically define their respective genres. It’s Motörhead’s Ace of Spades vs. Linkin Park’s One Step Closer!

Then, two well loved alternative songs that showcase both sides of the spectrum go head to head as Rise Against’s Give It All battles Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy!

After that, we have southern rock greats meeting the modern kings of protest music with The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man facing off against Rage Against the Machine’s Testify!

Next, it’s a 90s battle when Nirvana’s Drain You faces The Presidents of the United States of America’s Lump!

The next battle pits two high tier songs against each other as Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness takes on Jethro Tull’s Aqualung!

Then, we have two fan favourite tracks battling it out when The Replacements’ Alex Chilton faces off against Dream Theater’s Panic Attack!

After that, two giants of modern heavy metal duke it out when Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy does battle with Tenacious D’s Master Exploder!

Finally, indie rock meets heavy metal when Modest Mouse’s Float On faces Megadeth’s Peace Sells!