Rock Band Rivals Harmonix Reddit AMA Recap

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A number of Harmonix employees spent time answering questions over on the Rock Band sub-reddit this afternoon to celebrate this week’s launch of the Rock Band Rivals expansion. Below you’ll find a recap of some of their answers (some of them are things that many of us already know, but came up again, so I included them in case others aren’t aware). The AMA does not seem to technically be over, but has slowed down significantly. If anything else of note pops up, we’ll be sure to update this post.

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The Whammys 2016: Losers Round 8

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Welcome back to Day 18 of The Whammys!  We’re almost at the finish line, but we still have a few more rounds left.  Let’s see the results from yesterday:

WINNERS BRACKET:

The Cranberries – “Zombie” def. U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (51/30)
Van Halen – “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” def. Brian Setzer – “Rock This Town” (42/38)
Van Halen – “Hot for Teacher” def. Generation X – “Dancing with Myself” (42/40)
Toto – “Africa” def. Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” (55/25)

All losers have been sent to the losers bracket.

LOSERS BRACKET:

Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” def. Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (47/33)
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” def. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” (41/37)
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” def. Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life” (52/28)
The Romantics – “What I Like About You” def. The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done” (44/36)

All losers have been eliminated.

Another upset for me personally, as I thought Tom Petty was gonna survive until at least the Top 4.  “Lust for Life”‘s reign of terror has also come to an end.  It was able to take down two fan favorites in a row with “Road to Nowhere” and “Cryin'”, but it couldn’t pull off a third upset.

Here’s today’s matchups:

U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” vs. Earth, Wind & Fire – “September”
Brian Setzer – “Rock This Town” vs. Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil”
Generation X – “Dancing with Myself” vs. Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” vs. The Romantics – “What I Like About You”

Have fun voting!

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The Whammys 2016: Winners Quarterfinals, Losers Round 7

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Welcome to Day 17 of The Whammys!  We’ve come so far already, but we still have one more week of this left!  Today we’ll be deciding who moves on from the Top 16, but first, here’s yesterday’s results:

Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” def. Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks” (48/22)
Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” def. U2 – “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (39/32)
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” def. Aerosmith – “Love in an Elevator” (39/31)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” def. Heart – “What About Love?” (41/28)
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” def. Joan Jett – “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (39/32)
Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life” def. Aerosmith – “Cryin'” (36/35)
The Romantics – “What I Like About You” def. Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy” (39/29)
The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done” def. Warrant – “Cherry Pie” (47/23)

All losers have been eliminated.

And just like that, much to my surprise, Aerosmith has been completely eliminated!  What’s more, with Neon Trees gone, there are no more songs from the 2010s left in the bracket.  It’s getting harder and harder to predict who will win each round, and I expect this round to be even harder.

Here are today’s matchups:

WINNERS BRACKET:

The Cranberries – “Zombie” vs. U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
Van Halen – “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” vs. Brian Setzer – “Rock This Town”
Generation X – “Dancing with Myself” vs. Van Halen – “Hot for Teacher”
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” vs. Toto – “Africa”

LOSERS BRACKET:

Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” vs. Earth, Wind & Fire – “September”
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” vs. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That”
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” vs. Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life”
The Romantics – “What I Like About You” vs. The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done”

Have fun voting!

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DLC Playthrough for 10/18: Rivals Pre-Order Songs

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We’ve got 10 brand new songs available today for the launch of the new Rivals expansion pack featuring acts like Skillet, Bring Me the Horizon, Weezer, and Eagle-Eye Cherry! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at Xbox.com and Playstation.com are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99. The Rock Band Rivals Launch Pack is available for $15.99 (XB1/PS4).

Bring Me the Horizon – Happy Song (XB1/PS4)

Capital Cities – Safe and Sound (XB1/PS4)

Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight (XB1/PS4)

The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather (XB1/PS4)

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (XB1/PS4)

Pharrell Williams – Happy (XB1/PS4)

Semisonic – Closing Time (XB1/PS4)

Sia – Chandelier (XB1/PS4)

Skillet – Feel Invincible (XB1/PS4)

Weezer – King of the World (XB1/PS4)

The Whammys 2016: Losers Round 6

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Welcome back to Day 16 of The Whammys!  This one’s a bit late, but I was playing Rivals.  I’m sure you’ll understand.  Here’s yesterday’s results:

WINNERS BRACKET:

The Cranberries – “Zombie” def. Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (64/35)
U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” def. Aerosmith – “Cryin'” (59/40)
Van Halen – “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” def. Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy” (47/46)
Brian Setzer – “Rock This Town” def. Warrant – “Cherry Pie” (53/44)
Generation X – “Dancing with Myself” def. Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks” (61/36)
Van Halen – “Hot for Teacher” def. U2 – “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (55/43)
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” def. Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” (54/44)
Toto – “Africa” def. Heart – “What About Love?” (74/26)

All losers have been sent to the losers bracket.

LOSERS BRACKET:

Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” def. INXS – “What You Need” (63/35)
Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” def. Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike” (63/31)
Aerosmith – Love in an Elevator” def. The Cranberries – “Dreams” (53/42)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” def. Tonic – “If You Could Only See” (47/46)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Hate Myself for Loving You” def. Bastille – “Pompeii” (56/37)
Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life” def. Ozzy Osbourne – “Road to Nowhere” (48/46)
The Romantics – “What I Like About You” def. Blues Traveler – “Hook” (56/37)
The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done” def. Deep Blue Something – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” (50/47)

All losers have been eliminated.

It’s sad to see these songs go, but this is the most brutal part of the tournament.  Even the best songs aren’t safe from elimination.  And with that, here’s another round of losers bracket matchups for even more eliminations!

Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks” vs. Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”
U2 – “Pride (In the Name of Love)” vs. Earth, Wind & Fire – “September”
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” vs. Aerosmith – “Love in an Elevator”
Heart – “What About Love?” vs. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That”
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” vs. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Hate Myself for Loving You”
Aerosmith – “Cryin'” vs. Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life”
Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy” vs. The Romantics – “What I Like About You”
Warrant – “Cherry Pie” vs. The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done”

Have fun voting!

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DLC for 10/18: Rivals Pre-Order Songs

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It’s finally time for Rock Band Rivals! And that means that almost definitely this week’s DLC is the pre-order bonus songs. It just remains to be seen whether or not the Amazon exclusives are also part of this collection.

  • Bring Me the Horizon – Happy Song
  • Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
  • The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
  • Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Semisonic – Closing Time
  • Sia – Chandelier
  • Skillet – Feel Invincible
  • Weezer – King of the World

All songs are $1.99. The Rock Band Rivals Launch Pack is available for $15.99.