Cambridge, Mass.– April 6, 2009– Harmonix and MTV Games announced today 11 new tracks coming this week to the Rock Band® Music Store catalogue of downloadable content for Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo, including Journey’s definitive power ballad“Don’t Stop Believing.” This week’s music lineup also includes tracks from American hard rock band Foo Fighters, British alternative band Oasis and three family-friendly tracks from the favorite pineapple dweller, Spongebob Squarepants.
Described by Allmusic as“one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock,” Journey’s smash 1981 hit“Don’t Stop Believing” will be released for download in the Wii Rock BandMusic Store this week.“Don’t Stop Believing” is one of the most referenced rock songs in popular culture, receiving prominent placement in the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos.
Pat Benatar’s classic single“Heartbreaker” from the In the Heat of the Night album (1979) will also be available for download along with The Von Bondies signature hit“C’Mon C’Mon” from their debut album Pawn Shoppe Heart (2004). In addition, the content update will also include the 2008 single“Geraldine” from Scottish alternative band Glasvegas.
Wii fans will also be able to purchase and download three tracks from Nickelodeon sensation SpongeBob SquarePants including“I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off of You,”“The Best Day Ever” and“Where’s Gary?” from the 2006 album SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever.
As previously announced, the above tracks from Journey, Pat Benatar, The Von Bondies, Glasvegas and SpongeBob SquarePants were released last week to owners of Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
This week’s Wii Rock Band Music Store update also features four back catalogue tracks from the Rock Band music library including three tracks from the Foo Fighters.“DOA” is from the band’s fifth album In Your Honor (2005),“This is a Call” is the first track of Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut album (1995), and“Times Like These” is the second single issued from the band’s Grammy award-winning fourth album One by One (2002). In addition, Rock Band will also deliver more from Oasis with“Rock‘n’ Roll Star” featured on the band’s seminal debut album Definitely Maybe (1994).
Release Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tracks: Journey“Don’t Stop Believing”
The Von Bondies“C’mon C’mon”
Foo Fighters“This is a Call”
Foo Fighters“Times Like These”
Oasis“Rock‘n’ Roll Star”
Spongebob Squarepants“The Best Day Ever Song”
Spongebob Squarepants“Where’s Gary?”
Spongebob Squarepants“I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off of You”
(All tracks are original master recordings)
Price: $2.00 (200 Wii Points) per track
Location: In-game Rock Band 2 Music Store (Wii Points must be
purchased through the Wii™ Shop Channel)
** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **
Rock Band 2 is available now for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation®2 systems and the Wii system. The Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Wii versions support downloadable content.
Downloadable content for Wii is purchased via the in-game Rock Band Music Store using Wii Points purchased through the Wii Shop Channel and can be downloaded to the hard drive of the Wii or to an SD card for additional storage. The tracks stream directly from the SD card for seamless play.
To view a complete list of the more than 620 tracks available in the Rock Band music back catalog please visit www.rockband.com/music. With the addition of these tracks there are now 110 tracks in the Wii Rock Band Music Store.
Rock Band continues to satisfy music fans’ and gamers' voracious appetite for rock with more than 40 million paid downloads since its launch on November 20, 2007. The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.
Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB. For more information on Rock Band2 and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.