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|Beatles Unveil Fab Rock Band Game|
| June 2, 2009|
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono gathered at a press conference in Los Angeles yesterday, held in conjunction with the annual E3 videogame conference, to announce details of The Beatles Rock Band video game. They disclosed 10 of the 45 songs that will be included in the game when it comes out on September 9 (9/9/09, get it?) and they are: "I Saw Her Standing There," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Feel Fine," "Taxman," "Day Tripper," "Back In The USSR," "I Am The Walrus," "Octopus's Garden," "Here Comes The Sun" and "Get Back."
Additionally, the former Beatles said the entire Abbey Road album will be available for purchase and download, as will other tracks from the Fab Four's catalog, after the game is released. "All You Need Is Love" will be released exclusively for Xbox 360 users as a downloadable song, and the proceeds of the single will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
"The game is good, the graphics are good, and we look great," joked Ringo Starr at the press conference, though he was not exaggerating. A trailer for the game can be viewed here at TheBeatlesRockBand.com, and the virtual depictions of the band members are pretty dead on. The trailer shows them playing at different venues from throughout their career, such as the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Shea Stadium, Abbey Road studio and the Ed Sullivan Theater. It also takes players through different phases of the band's career, from the early days to the later psychedelic era.
The Beatles Rock Band will be the first music game to offer three-part vocal harmonies rather than just one singer, challenging players to recreate The Beatles' vocal blend. There will also be custom-built models of the instruments that The Beatles played, such as McCartney's famous bass. The website also notes that "the game is packed with fab extras. Master the songs to hear rare audio and view unseen photos from the archives!"