DLC for 3/8: One Direction

One Direction Photographed by John Wright

Well, we knew what the artists for this month we’re going to be, but we’ve now got extra confirmation that One Direction will be returning to Rock Band, thanks to some early leakage from our Aussie friends. What remains to be seen is if that’s all for this week, or if some surprise singles have joined the party.

  • One Direction – Best Song Ever
  • One Direction – Never Enough
  • One Direction – Story of My Life
  • One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

All songs are available for $1.99. One Direction 01 will be available for $6.99.

NOTE: We understand not everyone enjoys One Direction, but we ask you to please keep the comment section civil. Thank you.

Rock Band March Madness II: Round 1 Recap

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The first round of Rock Band March Madness II has concluded, and today we’ll take a break from the voting and look back on the round as a whole.

First, though, let’s take a look at the results from yesterday.

Day 4 was one of the closest days we had so far in this tournament. There was really only one absolute blowout, and the rest of the matches could have gone either way up until the very end. That said, the performance of Foo Fighters’ Everlong was one of the most dominant we’ve seen so far in the tournament.

Blondie’s One Way or Another def. Rage Against the Machine’s Testify (220-194)
Foo Fighters’ Everlong def. Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me (367-51)
System of a Down’s Chop Suey def. Nirvana’s Drain You (251-159)
Linkin Park’s One Step Closer def. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? (207-193)
Beastie Boys’ So What’cha Want def. Devo’s Uncontrollable Urge (207-192)

If you want to take a look at the bracket, and see what matches are lined up for the next round, you can see it here.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some stats from the tournament so far.

  • Biggest win (number of votes): Carry On Wayward Son, 428 more votes than Pretend We’re Dead
  • Biggest win (%): Carry On Wayward Son (88.77% over Pretend We’re Dead)
  • Narrowest win: Man in the Box, 2 more votes than Float On
  • Most votes for a winner: Carry On Wayward Son (490 votes)
  • Most votes for a loser: Float On (274 votes)
  • Least votes for a winner: One Step Closer & So What’cha Want (Tied with 207 votes)
  • Least votes for a loser: Rock’n Me (51 votes)
  • Most voted on match: Any Way You Want It vs. Night Lies (560 votes)
  • Least voted on match: Uncontrollable Urge vs. So What’cha Want (399 votes)

Now, there is one poll to vote on today. We want to know what you think the biggest upset in this round was.

Rock Band March Madness II: Day 4

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It’s that time of year again! For those who don’t remember, last year we held a Rock Band March Madness tournament where you guys voted on the Rock Band setlist in an effort to determine what the best song in Rock Band was. We’re bringing it back this year, but since we looked at Rock Band last year, this year we’re moving forward and talking a look at Rock Band 2!

A quick note about the bracket. I’m using Challonge to make the bracket happen, and because of the number of songs in Rock Band 2’s setlist, it had to generate a bunch of byes. 44 to be exact. That means that there are a bunch of matchups already in place that won’t be taking place until Round 2, and all the winners from this round will be moving on to face songs that haven’t had match-ups yet. Because of this, in the interest of fairness, the Loser’s Bracket will be made up of the songs that lost in Round 1 AND Round 2.

Before we take a look at today’s match-ups, let’s look at yesterday’s winners:

Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way def. Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue (435-75)
RATT’s Round and Round def. Dinosaur Jr.’s Feel the Pain (330-174)
Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle def. Speck’s Conventional Lover (421-87)
Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer def. Interpol’s PDA (310-186)
Panic at the Disco – Nine in the Afternoon def. Abnormality’s Visions (415-85)

Now, let’s take a look at what you can vote for today!

Our first match pits new wave icons Blondie’s One Way or Another against alternative metal greats Rage Against the Machine’s Testify!

Next up, we have two community favourite artists facing off as Foo Fighter’s Everlong meets Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me!

Then, we have a metal classic matching up with a grunge classic as System of a Down’s Chop Suey takes on Nirvana’s Drain You!

After that, we have two great Y2K-era alternative rock tracks clashing as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? battles Linkin Park’s One Step Closer!

Finally, it’s two of the most influential artists in their respective genres as Devo’s Uncontrollable Urge faces off against Beastie Boys’ So What’cha Want!





This is the final set of match-ups for Round 1. They’ll be open for 24 hours, at which point we’ll bring you a recap of everything that’s happened this round!

Rock Band March Madness II: Day 3

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It’s that time of year again! For those who don’t remember, last year we held a Rock Band March Madness tournament where you guys voted on the Rock Band setlist in an effort to determine what the best song in Rock Band was. We’re bringing it back this year, but since we looked at Rock Band last year, this year we’re moving forward and talking a look at Rock Band 2!

A quick note about the bracket. I’m using Challonge to make the bracket happen, and because of the number of songs in Rock Band 2’s setlist, it had to generate a bunch of byes. 44 to be exact. That means that there are a bunch of matchups already in place that won’t be taking place until Round 2, and all the winners from this round will be moving on to face songs that haven’t had match-ups yet. Because of this, in the interest of fairness, the Loser’s Bracket will be made up of the songs that lost in Round 1 AND Round 2.

Before we take a look at today’s match-ups, let’s look at yesterday’s winners:

The Who’s Pinball Wizard def. Cheap Trick’s Hello There (388-105)
Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky def. Testament’s Souls of Black (295-187)
The Replacements’ Alex Chilton def. Jane’s Addiction’s Mountain Song (252-222)
Judas Priest’s Painkiller def. Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy (262-233)
Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1) def. Dream Theater’s Panic Attack (260-235)

Now let’s take a look at today’s matches!

First up, it’s a classic rock clash as Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way takes on Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue!

Next, it’s the 90s vs. the 80s when Dinosaur Jr.’s Feel the Pain meets RATT’s Round and Round!

Then, we have two great pop-rock songs when Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle battles Speck’s Conventional Lover!

The next match pits two great American alternative bands against each other as Interpol’s PDA faces off against Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer!

Finally, it’s two of the most radically different songs in the game as Panic at the Disco’s Nine in the Afternoon faces Abnormality’s Visions!





All that’s left to decide is who will win, so it’s time to get voting! Polls close in 24 hours, when 5 more matches will be brought to you.

Rock Band March Madness II: Day 2

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It’s that time of year again! For those who don’t remember, last year we held a Rock Band March Madness tournament where you guys voted on the Rock Band setlist in an effort to determine what the best song in Rock Band was. We’re bringing it back this year, but since we looked at Rock Band last year, this year we’re moving forward and talking a look at Rock Band 2!

A quick note about the bracket. I’m using Challonge to make the bracket happen, and because of the number of songs in Rock Band 2’s setlist, it had to generate a bunch of byes. 44 to be exact. That means that there are a bunch of matchups already in place that won’t be taking place until Round 2, and all the winners from this round will be moving on to face songs that haven’t had match-ups yet. Because of this, in the interest of fairness, the Loser’s Bracket will be made up of the songs that lost in Round 1 AND Round 2.

Before we take a look at today’s match-ups, let’s look at yesterday’s winners:

Journey’s Any Way You Want It def. Bang Camaro’s Night Lies (473-87)
Alice in Chains’ Man in the Box def. Modest Mouse’s Float On (276-274)
Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son def. L7’s Pretend We’re Dead (490-62)
Soundgarden’s Spoonman def. Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 (346-203)
The Muffs’ Kids in America def. Beck’s E-Pro (287-251)

Now, let’s look at what’s up today!

First off, we have a classic rock battle as The Who’s Pinball Wizard takes on Cheap Trick’s Hello There!

Next up, we have two polar opposites meeting as Testament’s Souls of Black battles Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky!

Our next match pits two 80s alt-rock favourites against each-other as Jane’s Addiction’s Mountain Song meets The Replacements’ Alex Chilton!

The next battles features two completely different, but beloved, 90s songs when Judas Priest’s Painkiller faces Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy!

Finally, we have the opposite ends of the difficulty spectrum as Dream Theater’s Panic Attack does battle with Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1)!





All that’s left to decide is who will win, so it’s time to get voting! Polls close in 24 hours, when 5 more matches will be brought to you.

Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero: On Tour: Decades

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Hot on the heels of the successful Guitar Hero: On Tour, Activision was quick to follow up with Guitar Hero: On Tour: Decades less than 6 months later. Featuring the same gameplay as the original game, the gimmick this time was that each venue was themed after a different decade: Modern (2005-2007), 00s, 90s, 80s, and 70s.

Reception to the game was mixed with many critics saying that there wasn’t much done to improve upon the original game, although one feature that was lauded was the ability to share songs when playing multiplayer with someone who had a different game. Essentially, if you had On Tour, you could play with your friend who had On Tour: Decades and get full access to the setlists of both games.

Much like On Tour was to Guitar Hero III, On Tour: Decades was released soon after Guitar Hero World Tour, and as such, serves as a sort of companion piece. Because of this, quite a few songs are shared between the two games. It’s also worth nothing that shortly after the release of On Tour: Decades, Rock Band themselves enter the portable sphere with Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP. Between those two games, two songs are shared:

  • Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), as the holes are continually filled in by Rock Band’s weekly DLC releases, we will update this post, and keep it linked in the FAQ page above, for future reference.

On Tour: Decades features 28 songs spanning from the 70s through to 2007, although just like On Tour, there were 7 different songs between the North American and European versions of the game, bringing the total up to 35 songs. Of those 35, 20 are currently available in Rock Band, or 57%. That number increases substantially, however, when you factor in the two pulled DLC songs and the one non-exportable track. Including those three, the percentage increases to 65%, significantly up from On Tour’s 48%.

The full list is available after the jump.

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