When Rock Band Network launched in mid-January, playtesters and fans were pleasantly surprised to see that it would not only bring new bands into the forefront, it would also deliver tracks from bands that everyone already knows. The initial list brought names like Steve Vai, Bang Camaro, Creed, Evanescence.
This list may not contain a living guitar legend like Steve Vai, but it does include one of the biggest acts of the 80’s, Billy Idol, as well as a few of the biggest names in rock over the past decade or so. Longtime plastic guitar players will also recognize several names on this list as previous Guitar Hero or Rock Band bonus track bands. As of now, Rock Band Network is planned to release the first batch of tracks in late-February/early-March.
Billy Idol with Generation X
While we already have several tracks by Mr. Idol by way of discs and DLC, one of his bigger tracks remains untouched by the Rock Band series. “Dancing With Myself” has already made it’s appearance in Guitar Hero 5, but now Billy Idol is bringing the hit from early on in his career when he was with Gen. X to Rock Band Network.
In 2003, Finger Eleven released one of the biggest hits of the year. The mellow track, “One Thing” was very uncharacteristic of their actual sound, but hit it very huge in the mainstream music charts. The band was not able to get another huge hit until 2008, when they released “Paralyzer”. The song was much harder and more like the rest of their catalog, but still had enough of a pop-factor to skyrocket the track all the way to the top of several mainstream rock charts across the globe. “Paralyzer” was released in 2009’s Band Hero, but now Finger Eleven is now bringing that huge hit to the Rock Band Network.
Seether has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and has produced 10 top ten songs. Seether will be bringing two of those tracks to Rock Band Network. “Fake It”, from their latest album, reached #1 on the US Mainstream Rock charts and helped shoot their album, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, into the top 5 in the US. The band will also release their 2005 hit, “Remedy” via Rock Band Network.
The tragedy stricken band, who lost their singer to heart failure in 2002, just one year after their trademark hit, “Bodies”, reached the top ten of US Mainstream Charts, will be bringing that smash hit to the Rock Band Network. The band has carried on with a new singer, including performing on last summer’s Crüe Fest 2 tour, so it’s unclear whether or not we’ll be seeing more recent tracks as well.
The Celtic punk rock group, who has released four studio albums, will be bringing two of their tracks to Rock Band Network. “Drunken Lullabies”, the title track off of their first Gold album, as well as a live version of “Requiem for a Dying Song” will lead Flogging Molly’s debut on music video games.
Five Finger Death Punch
As one of the hottest metal groups in today’s scene, it was just a matter of time before Five Finger Death Punch arrived in a music video game. So far, we only know of one track from them, “Burn it Down”. It wouldn’t be surprising if more tracks came down the pipe from them, either through DLC or Rock Band Network.
Clutch has somehow managed to remain under the radar in the mainstream, but they have an incredibly strong following. Their sound has evolved from heavy metal to hardcore punk to just straight up hard rock over the course of their two-decade-long career. So far, two songs are known to be coming to Rock Band Network from Clutch: “50,000 Unstoppable Watts” and “The Mob Goes Wild”.
So far, we only have Damone’s wildly popular “Out Here All Night” by way of DLC, but we will soon have three more tracks from the band. This time, the tracks are coming from their latest album, Roll the Dice. The tracks that are known as of now are “Roll the Dice”, “Conquer Me” and “Serial Killer”.
Day of Fire
Day of Fire, which features former Full Devil Jacket frontman, Josh Brown, and are heavily influenced by 90’s rock groups like Stone Temple Pilots will be bringing the lead single off of their new album. “Lately”, which comes off their new album, Losing All, is the only track on the way as of now.
You may know Anarchy Club from their various appearances on previous Harmonix games. While Harmonix was at the helms in the Guitar Hero series, “Behind the Mask” appeared in Guitar Hero and “Collide” appeared in Guitar Hero II. In fact, GameSpy named “Collide” as one of the top bonus tracks in the game, which is quite an honor seeing as how many fans praise the bonus tracks in Guitar Hero II. After Harmonix switched over to the Rock Band series, Anarchy Club came too. “Blood Doll” was a bonus song in Rock Band, and Harmonix also included “Get Clean” in Rock Band 2. We don’t know which songs may appear on Rock Band Network yet, but with a résumé like Anarchy Club’s, the tracks are sure to be popular.
The Main Drag
The band that brought us the on-disc track on Rock Band 2, “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter” will be reemerging through Rock Band Network. This time, they won’t be only bringing one track. In fact, they’ll be bringing two of their entire albums, Yours as Fast as Mine and You Are Underwater.
Another former bonus band from the days of the Harmonix Guitar Hero, Graveyard BBQ is best known for their Guitar Hero bonus song, “Cheat on the Church”. Fans of that track (which there are many) will be pleased to know that “Cheat on the Church” will be one of the tracks that Graveyard BBQ will be bringing to Rock Band Network. In addition to that incredibly popular cult-hit, Graveyard BBQ will be releasing “BBQ Nation”, “Ride the Stache”, “The Clothes that Makes the Man”, and “By the Grace of the Grill”.