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The Beatles Rock Band: Your Oldies, Their Game, Everyone’s Fun

By Jeremy Suede on August 19th, 2009

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Parents who grew up with the The Beatles can finally use that knowledge to impress and bond their kids. Or, at least, one would hope.

MTV Games has announced 19 more tracks that will be featured in the upcoming video game “The Beatles: Rock Band” bringing the total to 40 plus with one more mystery track to come.

After numerous chart topping hits and over 600 million albums sold around the world, this marks the first time The Beatles’ songs will be available in a digital format.  “Beatles: Rock Band” will be released on Sept. 9 and will be a game you can truly enjoy with your kids.  You get to be John, Paul, George, and Ringo and play in the most famous venues in Beatles history.

Even if you aren’t familiar with the Rock Band games, your kids are, trust us. They are the ones with the instruments used as controllers.  Guitar, drums, keyboard and microphone are used to “play” along with the song, it’s easy and VERY addictive.

This time around, there will be an educational component too. As you master songs, a player will earn photos, videos, trivia and audio samples (some never before released) from throughout Beatles history.  By achieving better scores on songs, the more content you will unlock.

So now, for the first time, a parent’s musical tastes are being blended with the latest technology and it’s an opportunity for the whole family to have fun together. The game can be played with up to 4 people so you and the kids can play the game and you get to see them enjoy the same music you do.  While they may not be impressed with you knowing the songs before they are unlocked, once you kick their butts a couple times and get some high scores, they’ll come around.  Just think, if you can get them to play along to The Beatles in the house, you can get them to listen to it in the car too and car rides won’t be such a struggle to find something to listen to.

Here is the list of songs in the game.  Some have the venue you will be playing them in as well.  There is still one more (that hasn’t been announced) to be released though so after reading the list, let your mind go to work on what song isn’t there that you would like to play (come on Elenor Rigby!).  Also try to see how many you can get through without craving to hear one.  I got to Octopus’s Garden before I just had to listen to some.

  • Boys – at the Cavern Club
  • A Hard Day’s Night – at the Ed Sullivan Theater
  • I’m Looking Through You – at Shea Stadium
  • Ticket to Ride – at Shea Stadium
  • Drive My Car – at Budokan
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Getting Better – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Good Morning – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Hello, Goodbye – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Hey Bulldog – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Dear Prudence – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Helter Skelter – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Something – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Come Together – with Abbey Road Dreamscape
  • Don’t Let Me Down – at a Rooftop Concert
  • I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – at a Rooftop Concert
  • I Me Mine – at a Rooftop Concert
  • Twist and Shout – at Shea Stadium
  • Do You Want to Know a Secret
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • Eight Days a Week
  • Paperback Writer
  • And Your Bird Can Sing
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • With a Little Help From My Friends
  • Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows
  • Revolution
  • Birthday
  • Dig a Pony
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Octopus’s Garden
  • Tax Man
  • I Feel Fine
  • Day Tripper
  • I Am the Walrus
  • Back In the USSR
  • Get Back
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand

“The Beatles: Rock Band” will be released Sept. 9 for PlayStation 3, X-Box 360 and Nintendo Wii. It retails for $249.99 with all the instruments or, if you already have instruments, only $59.99.

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