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Green Day Bring New "Breakdown" Tracks To "Rock Band"

June 12, 2009 12:25 PM ET

Green Day and Rock Band are teaming up to bring a trio of tracks off the band's latest album, the four-star 21st Century Breakdown to the video game. Breakdown's first single "Know Your Enemy," plus "21 Guns" and "East Jesus Nowhere" will all be featured in a Rock Band DLC pack being released on July 7th, Rock Band makers MTV Games and Harmonix announced.

"Rock Band is a really cool way for fans of all ages to experience our music," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in a press release that also hints at a future collaboration between the Bay Area punks and the game: "Additional Green Day songs and projects will be announced at a later date."

Green Day is the latest band to join forces with one of the industry's biggest video games as the two leaders — Rock Band and Guitar Hero — vie for blockbuster names and exclusives. Activision has already struck a deal with Van Halen for a Guitar Hero game that won't feature Mike Anthony or Sammy Hagar, and also joined forces with Eminem and Jay-Z for the upcoming DJ Hero. Rock Band, meanwhile, nabbed the Fab Four for September 9th's The Beatles: Rock Band.

The three songs mark the first time Green Day tunes have been playable in the Rock Band series. The Breakdown trio told the story behind the making of 21st Century Breakdown in a recent Rolling Stone cover story. For photos and interviews from that issue, check out our Green Day hub.

Related Stories:

Green Day Rip Into "Breakdown," Fan Favorites at NYC Club Show
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Unveil "The Beatles: Rock Band" in L.A.
Through the Years: Green Day's History In Photos

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