Rock Band March Madness, Semifinals!

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We’re almost finished with this tournament and today we roll on to the penultimate round. Only 4 songs remain, and today you get to decide who will make it to the finals tomorrow! Before that, however, let’s have a look at the results:

Deep Purple’s Highway Star def. R.E.M.’s Orange Crush (247-246)
Outlaws’ Green Grass and High Tides def. The Killers’ When You Were Young (302-190)
Boston’s Foreplay/Long Time def. Metallica’s Enter Sandman (371-155)
Coheed and Cambria’s Welcome Home def. Blue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (267-214)

And in the loser’s bracket:

The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter def. Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz (362-95)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Maps def. The Strokes’ Reptillia (279-171)
Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation def. Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly (233-229)
Tribe’s Outside def. KISS’ Detroit Rock City (252-206)

Our first match of the semis pits two songs that almost define the original Rock Band face to face as Highway Star meets Green Grass and High Tides!

The other match today pits some of the most played songs against each other when Foreplay/Long Time takes on Welcome Home!


In the loser’s bracket, our first match pits a legendary classic against a song that’s gone through a whackload of those already as Gimme Shelter faces Maps!

The other loser’s bracket match features two dark horses doing battle as Wave of Mutilation faces Outside!


The matches will conclude tomorrow, when the finals of Rock Band March Madness take place!

Rock Band March Madness: Quarterfinals!

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It’s time for the quarterfinals of Rock Band March Madness! As we’re (not as) slowly (as I’d like) running out of March, all of the quarterfinal matches will be run today. So, with that said, let’s look at what we have on the card today!

First, it’s two songs that could have gone the whole way if they had different seeds. It’s Deep Purple’s Highway Star vs. R.E.M.’s Orange Crush!
Next, it’s the longest song in the game taking on the newest song left. It’s Outlaws’ Green Grass and High Tides vs. The Killers’ When You Were Young!
Next up, it’s two perennial fan favourites taking on each other. It’s Boston’s Foreplay/Long Time vs. Metallica’s Enter Sandman!
Finally, it’s a band that once managed to eclipse Muse for requests taking on a song that always gets busted out at parties! It’s Coheed and Cambria’s Welcome Home vs. Blue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper!!




In addition to the four matches here, we have the quarterfinal loser’s bracket matches too! Here they are:

First, it’s two great British classic rock songs doing battle. It’s The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter vs. Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz!
Next, it’s the battle of the 2000s New York rock scene. It’s The Strokes’ Reptillia vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Maps!
Next up, it’s the band that inspired a band Dave Grohl was in taking on the band Dave Grohl did after that band. It’s Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation vs. Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly!
Finally, it’s the last bonus song left in the whole competition taking on one of rock’s most theatrical bands. It’s Tribe’s Outside vs. KISS’ Detroit Rock City!




As always, the voting closes in 24 hours, so come back tomorrow when we start the semifinals, and half of these songs will be eliminated! EDIT: I’m not going to have the opportunity to start the semifinals tomorrow, so they will go live on Monday instead.

Rock Band March Madness, Round 3 Recap

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The Round of 16 is officially finished, and tomorrow we move on to the quarterfinals, but before we do that, let’s take a look at what happened this round!

First, here’s yesterday’s results:

Coheed and Cambria’s Welcome Home def. Nine Inch Nails’ The Hand That Feeds (209-129)
Bue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper def. Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl (248-92)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Tribe’s Outside def. The Acro-Brats’ Day Late, Dollar Short (174-133)
KISS’ Detroit Rock City def. Death of the Cool’s Can’t Let Go (241-75)

And now, let’s take a look at the stats!

  • Biggest win (# of votes): The Killers – When You Were Young, 212 votes
  • Biggest win (%): The Killers – When You Were Young, 88.41%
  • Narrowest win: R.E.M. – Orange Crush, 3 votes
  • Most votes for a winner: The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter, 338 votes
  • Most votes for a loser: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California, 274 votes
  • Least votes for a winner: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps, 155 votes
  • Least votes for a loser: Anarchy Club – Blood Doll, 32 votes
  • Most voted on match: Orange Crush vs. Dani California, 551 votes
  • Least voted on match: Wave of Mutilation vs. Nightmare, 264 votes

Just like the last couple times, we ask you: what was the biggest upset this round? The winner of the last round’s biggest upset was Maps beating Tom Sawyer!

Rock Band March Madness, Round 3: Day 4

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…and then there were 16! We’re nearing the halfway point of Rock Band March Madness, and each bracket is down to just 16 songs! As the matches get harder to call, we have some of the biggest matches yet coming this round!

First, let’s take a look at yesterday’s results:

Boston’s Foreplay/Long Time def. The Smashing Pumpkins’ Cherub Rock(211-70)
Metallica’s Enter Sandman def. Radiohead’s Creep (174-108)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation def. Crooked X’s Nightmare (203-61)
Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly def. Aerosmith’s Train Kept a-Rollin’ (198-83)

And now, let’s look at today’s matches:

Our first match pits a song that toppled a favourite to win against a song that toppled a song that toppled a song that was a favourite to win! It’s Coheed and Cambria’s Welcome Home vs. Nine Inch Nails’ The Hand That Feeds!

Our other match is a battle of two songs that in the last round managed to both defeat songs that are somewhat synonymous with Rock Band as Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl faces Blue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper!


And in the loser’s bracket:

Our first match is a bonus song battle, and depending on the results today, may be the last one of the tournament. It’s Tribe’s Outside taking on The Acro-Brats’ Day Late, Dollar Short!

Our other match pits a song that was menu music for Rock Band 1 against an artist who provided the menu music for Rock Band 3! It’s KISS’ Detroit Rock City vs. Death of the Cool’s Can’t Let Go!


The polls close in 24 hours, and there’s only one way to make sure your favourite gets through: VOTE! There won’t be any matches tomorrow as we look back on the Round of 16.

Rock Band March Madness, Round 3: Day 3

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…and then there were 16! We’re nearing the halfway point of Rock Band March Madness, and each bracket is down to just 16 songs! As the matches get harder to call, we have some of the biggest matches yet coming this round!

First, let’s take a look at yesterday’s results:

Outlaws’ Green Grass and High Tides def. Molly Hatchet’s Flirtin’ with Disaster (160-118)
The Killers’ When You Were Young def. Anarchy Club’s Blood Doll(244-32)

And in the loser’s bracket:

The Strokes’ Reptillia def. OK Go’s Here It Goes Again (164-109)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Maps def. David Bowie’s Suffragette City (155-117)

And now, let’s look at today’s matches:

Our first match has two franchise favourite artists go head to head as Boston’s Foreplay/Long Time goes head to head with The Smashing Pumpkins’ Cherub Rock!

Our other match has two songs that have followed very similar paths. One absolutely dominated the first round only to have a close match in the second, while the other had a close first round, only to absolutely crush in the second. It’s Metallica’s Enter Sandman vs. Radiohead’s Creep!


And in the loser’s bracket:

Our first match pits a band that was still in high school when they first released music against a band that inspired a genre that high schoolers still love to this day as Crooked X’s Nightmare meets Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation!

Our other match pits two of the Rock Band Forums’ heroes against each other when Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly meets Fake Steven Tyler and Aerosmith’s Train Kept a-Rollin’!


The polls close in 24 hours, and there’s only one way to make sure your favourite gets through: VOTE! We’ll be back tomorrow with 2 more awesome matches!

Rock Band March Madness, Round 3: Day 2

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…and then there were 16! We’re nearing the halfway point of Rock Band March Madness, and each bracket is down to just 16 songs! As the matches get harder to call, we have some of the biggest matches yet coming this round!

First, let’s take a look at yesterday’s results:

Deep Purple’s Highway Star def. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun (239-174)
R.E.M.’s Orange Crush def. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Dani California (277-274)

And in the loser’s bracket:

The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter def. Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive (338-203)
Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz def. Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld (272-121)

And now, let’s look at today’s matches:

Our first match pits two southern rock giants against each other as Molly Hatchet’s Flirtin’ with Disaster does battle with Outlaws’ Green Grass and High Tides!

Our other match puts two songs that have both scored pretty major upsets against each other: It’s Anarchy Club’s Blood Doll vs. The Killers’ When You Were Young!


And in the loser’s bracket:

Our fist match is a modern rock battle featuring two bands that took WAY too long to get more DLC: It’s The Strokes’ Reptillia vs. OK Go’s Here It Goes Again!

Our other match pits a song that was decimated in the first round against a song that scored a pretty decent upset last round as Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Maps takes on David Bowie’s Suffragette City!


The polls close in 24 hours, and there’s only one way to make sure your favourite gets through: VOTE! We’ll be back tomorrow with 2 more awesome matches!