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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 bighairycamel on 3/6/2009 4:12:52 PM , Rating: 0
I'll attempt to name a few...

Stevie Wonder
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Rolling Stones
Jimi Hendrix
Cream (w/ Eric Clapton)
Early Elton John
Ray Charles
Pink Floyd
The Righteous Brothers
Chuck Berry
Hell, even Elvis could hold a vocal note better than anyone in The Beatles.

I know some of them aren't "bands" but they had more talent in their fingers than the band combined.

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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