The debut of The Beatles: Rock Band is still well over a month away, but early glimpses of the video game suggest another wave of Fab Four hysteria can't be far off. On his current tour (and at Coachella), Paul McCartney has already revealed some charming animated footage from the game. And at a recent preview session at MTV in Santa Monica, California, Rolling Stone got an up-close look at the most exciting version of Rock Band yet.
As RS previously reported, the game comes with 45 remastered tracks, and Abbey Road will become available for download at the same time as the title's September 9th release for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. Fifteen more tracks — and their venues — have been announced today, including "Can't Buy Me Love" at the Ed Sullivan Theater, "Paperback Writer" at Budokan and "I've Got A Feeling" at the rooftop concert (full list below).
A hands-on test of the game suggests it could sometimes be a challenge to keep up with George Harrison's guitar on "Day Tripper" and "Here Comes the Sun." And your luck singing along (and actually hitting the right notes) with John Lennon and McCartney is measured within the game. As previously reported, The Beatles: Rock Band allows for three-part harmony (a vocal training session in the game will help with that) and rocking on the Beatles' signature instruments: a Höfner bass, Rickenbacker and Gretsch guitars and Ludwig drums.
Fans will also find rare bits of Fab ephemera otherwise unavailable on the albums embedded in the game. According to a spokesman for MTV Games/Harmonix, McCartney personally did some unofficial fact-checking for the game, making small adjustments in the chronology. Before now, the Beatles have been totally unavailable to fans of Rock Band (or rival Guitar Hero), but the delay has led to a Beatles version of the game that pushes the technology further, finally offering a digitized magical mystery tour that is a vivid, multi-layered experience for a new era.
Confirmed songs for The Beatles: Rock Band:
"Twist And Shout" / Cavern Club
"Do You Want To Know A Secret" / Cavern Club
"Can't Buy Me Love" / Ed Sullivan Theater
"I Wanna Be Your Man" / Ed Sullivan Theater
"Eight Days A Week" / Shea Stadium
"Paperback Writer" / Budokan
"And Your Bird Can Sing" / Budokan
"Yellow Submarine" / Abbey Road Dreamscape
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" / Abbey Road Dreamscape
"With a Little Help from My Friends" / Abbey Road Dreamscape
"Within You Without You" / Tomorrow Never Knows / Abbey Road Dreamscape
"Revolution" / Abbey Road Dreamscape
"Birthday" / Abbey Road Dreamscape
"Dig A Pony" / Rooftop Concert
"I've Got A Feeling" / Rooftop Concert
"I Saw Her Standing There"
"I Want To Hold Your Hand"
"I Feel Fine"
"Back In The USSR"
"I Am The Walrus"
"Here Comes The Sun"
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