Beatles’ rock band gets a release date.

Fire up your XBOX 360’s and get ready to rock the wiimote Rickenbakcers and Casios my friends.  The Beatles are coming soon to a video game console near you.  It looks like I may need to finally upgrade my video game system because of this.  I am still running an Nintendo 64 and an XBOX. 

The time has come to upgrade and this may be the thing that pushes me to do it.  9.9.09 catchy.  John’s lucky numbers just seem to pop up everywhere even after he’s gone.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The music of the Beatles will arrive as a playable video game for the first time on September 9, 2009 when The Beatles: Rock Band hits stores in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The game, which will be available for Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii on the same day, “takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career,” according to a press release issued by the title’s makers, Apple Corps, Harmonix and MTV Games. While there’s no playlist or word about venues and avatars, there will be a limited number of instruments issued that are modeled after guitars, basses and drums John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr used (regular Rock Band peripherals will be compatible, too).

Three offerings will be released on September 9th: The Beatles: Rock Band software; standalone guitars; and a limited edition premium bundle that will presumably include the game and some configuration of instruments. And there’s an incentive to pre-order now: the game’s makers say exclusive content will be accessible to those who reserve the game in advance through major retailers over the next few months. The game’s official Website is active and promises updates.

McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison are all backing the game, which is being overseen by Love co-producer Giles Martin. Rumors that Beatles music would finally come to Rock Band or Guitar Hero fired up in June 2008 after insiders speculated that the appearance of the Fab Four’s music in American Idol, the film Across the Universe and the Cirque du Soleil Love production indicated Apple Corps might be willing to loosen their famously tight grip on the band’s catalog. In October 2008 the game’s makers made it official, announcing, “This game will take you on a journey from the Beatles first album Please Please Me until the last album at Abbey Road,” as Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones put it. “It will span samples of the whole catalog all the way through.” At the time, McCartney added, “I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out.”

The game will be the first Rock Band title specifically branded to a band, though the game does offer full albums; the Guitar Hero series includes special versions for Aerosmith and Metallica (exclusive preview here).

Source: Rolling Stone


78 Responses

  1. Yes! I was just checking to see if you had this up already. I just read it. I’m so thrilled. Originally everyone assumed Q4= Christmas season. September 9th is so much better! I find it odd that they went to so much trouble originally to make it clear that this was a separate game NOT Rock Band, and then they just casually are like, “Yeah, it’s “Beatles Rock Band”. Silly folks, but frankly who cares what label they put on it. Sorry for my blathering, but this is coming from probably the first girl to give her Rock Band character a Beatles t-shirt on Rock Band..and whose gamer tag is Beatle Kitten. 🙂

  2. I’m sceptical about this. Making family entertainment out of “The White Album”.

    One of rocks most explosive and edgy albums. : )

  3. Pizza & Fairytales: Don’t know if you’re aware…but many songs on Rock Band and GH World Tour are not terribly family friendly already but they are portrayed to be. Edgy, controversial, whatever…the Beatles are given leniency in most homes. As long as no one mentions “Two Virgins” it’s all considered PG regardless 😉

  4. As long as they don’t make all fun and games out of “John Lennon/Plastic Ono band”. : )

    They wont release the “Let it be” movie because it’s not the sunshine version of The Beatles. It’s too controversial they say.

    That’s what worries me. Rewriting history. There’s a lot more money to make in pizza and fairytales, than booze and poetry. : )

  5. This sounds amazing!

  6. I’m not into video games per se, so doubt I’ll buy this–but I’m sure enterprising and smart fans out there will find a way to extract the multi-tracks and make them available for us collectors to study 😉

    Beatle Bob
    (Bootleg reviewer on 910, Bootlegzone, Beatleglist, etc)

  7. I’m with you, Matt– I’ll be buying my first-ever video game console specifically for this. I think it’s genius. Just a huge coup that Harmonix got everyone on board for this. I am praying that it has “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey”…

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  9. In the 60’s the Beatles were the most innovative band on earth. Miles ahead of everybody else.

    Making a game of The Beatles now, is too late, because other bands have already done that.

    So this is not The Beatles. This is just a dedicated follower of fashion. Like anybody.

  10. Remember this is a GAME. The Beatles produced MUSIC. Why dont people who want to recreate this just buy Musical instruments and learn how to play them. Its much more fun. And how its meant to be all along.

    Must admit i will be buying it though.

  11. Yes, I will buy it too. : )

    I’m negative in my views over here, but that’s probably because one side of me wants The Beatles to stay in the 60’s. I just the love The Beatles. And the 60’s.

    Don’t touch it. Leave it like it is. Sort of . : )

    But it wouldn’t surprise me if the game is a lot of fun.

  12. Yes no doubt the game will be fun.

    But what gets me is . There is people who i work with spend literally hours and hours playing the other Rock band games.
    I say ” why dont you learn how to play a real guitar”. They reply ” love to but i havent got time”.
    The time spent on the videos game would be ample to learn how to play a guitar.
    I think people would get much more of a kick when the learn how to play the lick from I feel Fine or Day Tripper than they would from a video game.

    Still its 2009, we have have to move on….even the Beatles.

  13. I just bought an acoustic guitar and am teaching myself to play but The Beatles Rock Band is strangely irresistible to me. I wonder what Paul makes of it? Perhaps one day I’ll buy it but for now I’m going to continue to torture the neighbours and keep on “playing” my real guitar.

  14. I’m a musician (though of the classical variety) and I STILL love the Rock Band games. Guitar Hero, too. It’s just something different. Even a good guitarist might like to live the fantasy of having a cheering stadium cheering for his or her band– and then there’s the whole other fantasy of playing the Beatles’ songs as your own. I’ll be every musician wishes they’d written them.

  15. I think that if people spent as much time as they do playing games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band playing instruments like guitar and bass guitar they would be good musicians. It annoys me how people can spend time doing something that gives them hardly any benefit when they can put the same amount of effort into something that will benefit them greatly.

  16. Most people can learn how to play some basic stuff on an instrument. Do it as a hobby. If people spend more time playing music games, instead of practising on a real instrument , it just speaks for itself. The lack of talent. I don’t think the next Eric Clapton will be lost because of music games. If you have that amount of talent, and you pick up a guitar, you will practise and become good.

  17. The question we should be asking is “when will Rock Band come out with a keyboard.” So many great Bealtes tunes require a keyboard…Let it Be and Hey Jude included. The Keyboard would help.

    I’d also love to see Rock Band finally learn to accept harmony vocals too!

  18. I am going to get one of that too! Looks like it’s time to sell the (still new) GuitarHero World Tour huh? Anyone interested? 🙂

  19. Ololo! I like what is written here!!

  20. Unreleased material is cheating. Then collectors who are only interested in the music have to buy it anyway.

    And of course, then you need a video game console …

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  23. What KIND of unreleased material is the question. I’m getting it anyway 😉

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  25. спасибо, прочитал на одном дыхании

  26. Захватывающе. Зачет! и ниипет!

  27. Sad to see this site dead.

    I loved it here, but now it’s over, goodbye!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Интересно сделано. Почти за душу берёт, заставляет смеяться над остальной блогосферой. Но несовсем полно тема обозрена. Где об этом почитать подробно?

  29. WHERE ARE YOU MATT????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Will it work on a Playstation 2 console????

  31. Hope you see you posting again soon

  32. It’s sad that Matt just walked away without saying goodbye, we miss you Matt.

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  34. I usually don’t play video games but Rock Band is cool. And The Beatles Rock Band should be amazing.

  35. Check out my rendition of let it be

  36. Thanks Matt you took a feel good song and made it fun. I was about to leave just before you changed it up. A friend of mine up here in Alaska just did a tribute I’d like you to see. I,ll be glad to share it.

  37. Not to mention the really cool Beatles rock-band. There is a contest for a giveaway of a set of Remastered Beatles Albums.. See the post here..


  38. Here is a link to a group of people, musicians, and merchants spoofing Abbey Road’s album cover on its 40th anniversary. Real Cool!!! The wife of the guy doing the re-masters , Dave Lawrence, is in the shots too.

  39. So what’s the verdict?

  40. I love the Beatles. It’s a family tradition for us to sing their stuff on the holidays. I love this exciting (and funny) recent Ringo Starr Video too!

  41. I love the beatles! Can’t wait to play the game

  42. Спасибо было интересно читать.

  43. Great post on the subject. Rock music punk music – all the great stuff comes from bands who kick against the status quo.

    Andras session guitarist and rock guitarist

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  45. The beatles are still number UNO.

  46. hey anyone got facebook add these guys there films are pretty good check out the clip called “Visual Thinking” at the bottom of there page, beautifully Beatles inspired

  47. Does this mean tha Beatles will revive the video game industry?

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  49. I’m way behind the times. Just got my PS3 for Christmas. Of course, as a die hard Beatle fan I bought Beatles Rock Band. I’ll admit it…it was one of the reason I upgraded from the PS2…It was worth it! I love it!!!

  50. I also had to upgrade to PS3 but hey….money well spent!!

  51. Hey guys,

    Wanted to tell you about this incredible Beatles cover band called THE FAB FAUX. They are the closest Beatles sounding band I’ve ever come across; it’s almost like a trip back to the 60’s. They are gonna be playing in Washington D.C. on 5/22/2010 at Lisner Auditorium. Do check them out and support the music.

    Also do check this video out –

    Peace & Love

  52. Amazing blog. The Beatles are my most favourite band on the entire planet and I love music. Keep up the good work.

  53. Los Beatles son increibles

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  55. Very very Interesting stuff you have on this site. It’s amazing how alive they still are today, from Rockband, to McCartney playing shows all over the world. I wonder how long they their legacy will stand? Perhaps forever. IT’ll be interesting to see when i’m an old man!

    Thanks for the nicely done blog. I have a little site with a combination of Beatles tee shirts. Just in case anyone was looking for some. I couldn’t find any sites with decent options.

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  56. Beatles rockt noch immer

  57. I have played this game with my kids. They loved it and I am expanding their knowledge of the Beatles music. Great way to keep them interested in the Beatles!!

  58. That is great news.I am glad the Beatles are getting high recognition.

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  62. I can’t wait to get my hands on this new Beatles rockband! I always favored rockband over guitar hero! I must get this.

  63. I’ve been playing this rockband like everyday! Its so fun and I never get tired of it!

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  65. When will they finally return?

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