Big Announcements From Rock Band And Guitar Hero

June 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Music, My Blog, Video Games

Today’s Music Monday post will be about two things I enjoy, music and video games.

I admit that I own all three major gaming systems, but I have never played Rock Band or Guitar Hero. This may change soon.

It was recently announced that The Beatles’ version of Rock Band will be released this year on September 9. Not only does the game include classic venues, such as the Ed Sullivan Theater and Shea Stadium, but it comes packaged with replicas of the band’s instruments. The announcement is considered big news, especially considering how select the surviving band members seem to have been lately when it comes to using their music and name in the new digital world. More information, including the video game trailer and videos from E3, can be found on the game’s official website.

Guitar Hero, Rock Band’s competition, will be releasing a new game featuring Van Halen. From the limited information that has been leaked online, the game will consist of Van Halen’s greatest hits and appearances by several guest bands. Michael Anthony, Van Halen’s original bass player, has been replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang (in the game and in real life); this strange move doesn’t surprise me as I have heard several stories, whether they be true or not, about how Eddie has mistreated Michael Anthony over the years. Also, the game will not include Sammy Hagar; I can not argue that the Sammy Hagar era of Van Halen had some great songs, but to me, Van Halen is David Lee Roth.

On a similar note, Sammy Hagar and Micahel Anthony have recently formed a new supergroup called Chickenfoot; their new band also includes guitarist Joe Satriani and the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s former drummer Chad Smith.

Watch the Guitar Hero bootleg video from E3:

Watch Chickenfoot’s performance on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” from this past Friday night: