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Rock Band Brings Styx and REO Speedwagon to the Music Store

April 17, 2009

ROCK BAND® ADDS LEGENDARY ROCKERS STYX AND REO SPEEDWAGON  

Harmonix and MTV Games announced today it will add a 7-pack of songs featuring some of the biggest hits from Styx and REO Speedwagon to the Rock Band® Music Store of downloadable content. Next week’s lineup also includes a 3-pack from progressive rock outfit Hautewerk.    

Styx and REO Speedwagon are two of the most commercially successful American rock bands from the late 70s and early 80s. The “REO Speedwagon / Styx Tour ’09 Pack” will include three of Styx’s biggest singles that were recently re-recorded, including “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and “Renegade” originally featured on the band’s eighth studio album Pieces of Eight (1978), plus “Too Much Time on My Hands” originally featured on the band’s 1981 concept album Paradise Theatre, the band’s highest charting album of all time. Also included in the 7-pack are REO Speedwagon’s timeless classics “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” originally featured on the band’s third album of the same name (1973), “Roll With the Changes,” originally featured on the band’s seventh studio album, You can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish (1978) and “Take It on the Run,” originally featured on the band’s 9-times platinum 1980 album Hi Infidelity

The “REO Speedwagon / Styx Tour ’09 Pack” also includes the brand-new collaborative song between Styx and REO Speedwagon, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” which the band recorded together in anticipation of their upcoming CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ tour for radio and Rock Band DLC. As previously announced, Rock Band and VH1 Classic are sponsoring the bands' upcoming CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ tour and will give fans a chance to play the Styx and REO Speedwagon DLC Rock Band tracks on a mini-stage at every concert, win Rock Band giveaways and more! CAN’T STOP ROCKIN’ kicks off on May12th in Amarillo, Texas. 

In addition, progressive rockers Hautewerk will be making their Rock Band® Music Store debut next week with three tracks from their 2006 debut album Stop Start Again including “Stop Start Again,” “Alone in My Head” and “I Know Where You Came From.” 

Release Date:        Tuesday, April 21, 2009   (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360®)

                              Thursday, April 23, 2009 (PlayStation®Store)  

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

Tracks:                       

                               Styx                                “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” 

                               Styx                                “Renegade”

                               Styx                                “Too Much Time on My Hands” 

                               REO Speedwagon             “Ridin’ the Storm Out”

                               REO Speedwagon             “Roll With the Changes” 

                               REO Speedwagon             “Take It on the Run”

                               Styx/REO Speedwagon     “Can’t Stop Rockin’”

                               Hautewerk                        “Stop Start Again”

                               Hautewerk                        “Alone in My Head”

                               Hautewerk                        “I Know Where You Came From” 

(All tracks are master recordings) 

Price:                     $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
                               $
10.99 (880 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) “REO Speedwagon /
                               Styx Tour ’09 pack”  
                               $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) “Hautewerk Pack 01” 

Locations:                      

                              Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360
                              PlayStation®Network  

Music Videos:

Click on the track below to view the song’s corresponding music video.

                               REO Speedwagon               “Take It on the Run”  

In addition, progressive rockers Hautewerk will be making their Rock Band® Music Store debut next week with three tracks from their 2006 debut album Stop Start Again including “Stop Start Again,” “Alone in My Head” and “I Know Where You Came From.” 

Rock Band 2 is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems and Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo.  

There are now more than 640 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at www.rockband.com/music). 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.

 
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