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Music fans and gamers will be delighted to hear that a Rock Band video game featuring The Beatles finally has a release date

Gamers will finally be able to get their hands on a Rock Band video game based around The Beatles, one of the most popular bands of all time.

The new game will have "an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles," it was said in a statement.

The Beatles: Rock Band will be released around the world on September 9.  The game by itself will ship for $59.99, and another $99.99 will snag gamers a guitar, bass, mic and drums so they can jam alongside the Fab Four.  Older Rock Band instrument controllers will still be able to work with the new game.

This is the first time music from The Beatles will be used in a video game, with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr the remaining two living members of the band.  Both McCartney and Starr, alongside Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, contributed input into the video game.

"The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music," McCartney originally said when the game was first announced.  "I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out."

The Beatles have been hesitant over the years to allow their music to be sold online or featured in a video game, but the band's officials have finally agreed on money issues with game studios and music producers.  The band has sold more than 600 million albums across the world.  The video game was made possible when Harmonix and Viacom were able to complete a deal with Apple Corps, Ltd. -- rumors of a possible Beatles-based game been swirling for quite some time.

The game will be released for the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles. 

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RE: yawn
By TreeDude62 on 3/6/2009 3:40:34 PM , Rating: 4
Your not putting the music into the context of the time. People didn't shred on the guitar in their day. Their songs were simple, but had a lot of meaning behind most of them. Mame me a band in the 60's that was better than The Beatles.

RE: yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2009 3:49:05 PM , Rating: 5
They were the Backstreet Boys of their generation... only difference was they played instruments (very mediocrely I might add) and their fame lasted more than 15 minutes.


And I'm not a Beatles fan, but anyone saying this is just trolling or ignorant.

RE: yawn
By SpaceRanger on 3/6/2009 3:50:53 PM , Rating: 5
*Hits The Rolling Stones With a Bus*

THERE! Mamed another band that was better...

Better is always objective in nature..

RE: yawn
By TreeDude62 on 3/6/2009 4:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose your right. I never really cared for the Stones myself (they have songs I like, but many of them I don't). But can anyone really argue The Beatles as at least being one of the most influential (if not THE most) bands, ever?

RE: yawn
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2009 4:11:01 PM , Rating: 1
Stones are so overatted. Calling themselves 'the greatest rock band of all time' is such a joke.

RE: yawn
By omnicronx on 3/6/2009 4:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
He asked about the 60's, and the Beatles were THE band of the 60's.

The Stones are a great band, and as a whole I like them better, but nobody can take away the 60's from the Beatles, it was their decade.

RE: yawn
By ebakke on 3/7/2009 7:15:40 PM , Rating: 2

RE: yawn
By bighairycamel on 3/6/09, Rating: 0
RE: yawn
By Lord 666 on 3/6/2009 4:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
The Doors?!?!?!

RE: yawn
By Mortando on 3/6/2009 4:38:55 PM , Rating: 5
In related news, Beethoven is *totally* overrated because he couldn't play guitar like Hendrix.

RE: yawn
By bighairycamel on 3/6/09, Rating: -1
RE: yawn
By Mortando on 3/6/2009 5:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
Okay, I'll slow this down for you. The Beatles weren't particularly influential because of their ability to sing or play an instrument or their stage performance, it was their *songwriting ability* (specifically their pop/rock&roll songwriting ability). No one on your list has a legacy that comes close to the Beatles in that respect (and I say that as a fan of pretty much every one of them).

RE: yawn
By Spuke on 3/6/2009 7:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
No one on your list has a legacy that comes close to the Beatles in that respect
Not even Eric Clapton?

RE: yawn
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/6/2009 5:36:23 PM , Rating: 2
yes, most of these people groups were influenced by the works of the Beatles... So, the student sometimes can put something out better then the teacher your point?

By the way, outside of Elvis, all these listed above wish they had as many hits as the Beatles.

RE: yawn
By xsilver on 3/6/2009 9:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Elvis only wished for another sandwich?

Anyways I find it odd that the above list only has 2 non americans.

That and also the fact that even if we only take on board that the beatles were "only" a 60's band try to think of a consensus "best" band for any decade after that. I simply cannot do it. (note I said "best" not biggest; the beatles were both)

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