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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 Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/6/2009 4:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
You don't know much on the Beatles do you? A very large percentage of current musicians (people that play instruments and sing - not boy bands or rappers) get their foundation from the Beatles. Also, their 15 minutes of fames as you say, was 12 years of the group being together... and about 60 years of out selling every other band.... That is a huge testimony to their overall talent – something current bands are still trying to achieve a small fraction of. Anytime they put out a revised/new Beatles CD it still outsells any new bands CD sales for that year. Let's see them try to do that with the Backstreet Boys.
The band was the biggest thing since the wheel. They could not even tour for the last five years they were together. It was to difficult to secure the events and people where getting hurt. Things that many take for granted in the music world today are that way because the Beatles created those things.

You don't have to like them, however you should show them respect for their achievements...

RE: yawn
By bighairycamel on 3/6/09, Rating: 0
RE: yawn
By iamted on 3/6/2009 5:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
ok so im only 31 and cant remember but i think that most of the bands that have been compared to the beatles came after the beatles were around, so infact the very bands that they are compared to were influenced by the beatles. yes clapton stones hendrix all came after the invasion. the beatles were more than a band, in that they also helped to define an era, they had the hair, the attitude, and they were young, elvis was already around for years before they were. they had an edgey new style, that wasnt refried beans like most of the music of their day. or of our day. they were doing things that no one else dared to try.

is their music primitive, well ofcourse. for the most part the eletric guitar was a new instrument, so they were pioneers. if your going to compare the beatles to someone, then do it compared to charlie chaplin, he wasnt the first actor, but youd be hard pressed to name someone that was better in his day.

RE: yawn
By omnicronx on 3/6/2009 5:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
And popularity has NOTHING to do with talent.
In the Beatles case, I disagree, without talent they would have never breached the US market. It sure was not their cheap bowl haircuts..

RE: yawn
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/6/2009 5:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
Go back and read my post... I said that their fame lasted more than 15 minutes (in reference to the Backstreet Boys who's fame didn't last more than 15).

A better idea... Go back and read my post. The area you quoted from my post more directly. My point was, it's because of their talent that their fame has lasted so long and so strong. 30 years from now, no one will know the name of the Back Street boys, but I bet the Beatles will still be played on the radio and/or their songs still covered. Back in the 50's and 60's you were not but on a record unless you were talented... I was way too expensive.

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