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Rock Band Teams with Cre Fest Adding New Tracks to Download Catalog

August 1, 2008

Rock Band Teams with Cre Fest Adding New Tracks to Download Catalog

SOAD Goes “B.Y.O.B.” With Two New Tracks At Music Store

Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the additions of Mötley Cre, Buckcherry, Sixx:A.M. and System of a Down tracks to the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content. Available August 5 in celebration of Cre Fest, the 40+ city rock extravaganza featuring Mötley Cre, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt, the Rock Band Music Store will have a 30-day, .99 price point to purchase Mötley Cre’s “Face Down in the Dirt, Buckcherry’s “Rescue Me” and Sixx:A.M.’s “Life Is Beautiful.” Earlier this year, Rock Band teamed up with Cre Fest for the length of the tour mobilizing fans and players to participate in the Rock Band Second Stage Experience. Gaming enthusiasts compete for the chance to play the game onstage as opening acts of the headliners, win backstage passes to the Rock Band VIP area, score meet and greets with artists on the tour and play Rock Band backstage with Cre Fest artists.

Having sold more than 85 million albums, global rock superstars Mötley Cre add their second track to the download catalog with “Face Down In The Dirt,” #1 Independent Album, Saints of Los Angeles, the band’s first with the original lineup in more than 10 years. The first single, “Saints of Los Angeles,” was the first new track to debut at the Rock Band Music Store. “Face Down In The Dirt” is available for .99 (80 Microsoft Points for the Xbox 360).

Sixx:A.M. contribute their first single, “Life Is Beautiful,” from their debut album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, the gripping complement to Mötley Cre cofounder, songwriter and bassist Nikki Sixx’s harrowing autobiography Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (MTV Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster). “Life Is Beautiful” is available for .99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).

Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated rock act Buckcherry make their Rock Band debut with “Rescue Me,” from their forthcoming fourth studio album Black Butterfly. “Rescue Me” is available for .99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).

System of a Down make their Rock Band Music Store debut with “B.Y.O.B.," the Grammy Award-winning song and the first single released from SOAD’s fourth album Mezmerize, and fan-favorite “Toxicity,” (ranked #14 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs) from the Toxicity album. “Toxicity” and “B.Y.O.B.” are available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) each.

The first Cre Fest pack was released at the beginning of June to coincide with the launch of the tour. Including songs from Mötley Cre (“Down At The Whisky”), Papa Roach (“Time Is Running Out”) and Trapt (“Who’s Going Home With You Tonight”), the pack has enjoyed great download success. Trapt’s latest CD, Only Through The Pain is also out on Tuesday, August 5th.

Release date:

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2008 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360)
  • Thursday, August 7, 2008 (PLAYSTATION Store)

Tracks:

  • Mötley Cre “Face Down in the Dirt”
  • Buckcherry “Rescue Me”
  • Sixx:A.M. “Life Is Beautiful”

Price: .99 (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track for one month then price point changes to $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

Track:

  • System of a Down “B.Y.O.B”
  • System of a Down “Toxicity”

Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

(All five tracks utilize the original master recordings)

Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PLAYSTATION Network

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

With the addition of these tracks there are now more than 200 tracks available to date via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at http://www.rockband.com/dlc). Rock Band continues to fly off shelves and satisfy music fans and gamers’ voracious appetite for rock as more than 15 million downloads have been purchased 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 allows online play and features that expand the boundaries of music gaming. Rock Band downloadable content is playable and integrated into setlists in all game modes including: Solo Tour, Band World Tour, head-to-head competition either locally or online, and from any Quickplay mode. In order to play downloadable content for head-to-head matches or multiplayer online, all players must own the same downloadable track. Downloadable content for the Xbox 360 is available for purchase via Xbox LIVE Marketplace using Microsoft Points and is downloaded directly to the Xbox 360 hard drive. Downloadable content for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band is available for purchase on the PLAYSTATION Store through the free PLAYSTATION Network and is downloaded directly to PLAYSTATION 3 system's built in hard drive.

On June 30, Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company in the world, and MTV Games, announced the release of Rock Band 2 this coming September. The groundbreaking music platform that forever changed the face of music video games is committed to taking gaming to the next level with the evolution of the franchise. Rock Band 2 will make its debut on Xbox 360 and have an exclusive launch window in North America. Rock Band 2 will be available for additional platforms later this year. Rock Band is rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

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