ROCK BAND 3 FANS TO PLAY SONGS FROM â€˜THE PIANO MANâ€™ HIMSELF AS BILLY JOELâ€™S MUSIC IS ADDED AS DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT
Rock Band 3 to Rock the World on Oct. 26, 2010, with More Than 2,000* Songs Available to Fans at Launch
Harmonix Music Systems Inc., the worldâ€™s premier music video game developer, and MTV Games, a part of Viacomâ€™s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today proudly confirmed that, as reported in USA Today, Billy Joel will bring his music exclusively to the Rock Band platform, among the first to be released as Rock Bandâ„¢3 downloadable content.
“The addition of the keyboard made me interested in bringing mymusicto Rock Band,” said Billy Joel. “The game introduces music to an enthusiastic audience in a powerful way, and now also helps players get a grasp on the fundamentals of the keyboard.”
â€œWe are very excited to count Billy Joelâ€™s celebrated songs among the first downloadable content available for Rock Band 3,â€ said Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of electronic games, music and programming for MTV Networks. â€œThe moment our fans heard we were adding keyboard game play, they have been clamoring for music from The Piano Man. We are delighted to be working with Billy to allow our fans to play his killer arrangements in Rock Band â€“ especially the fantastic keyboard parts.â€
Billy Joel has won six Grammy Awards since his first hit in 1973. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, is a member of the Songwritersâ€™ Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and beginning Dec. 14, some of Billy Joelâ€™s most-loved songs including â€œBig Shot,â€ â€œCaptain Jack,â€ â€œItâ€™s Still Rock N Roll to Me,â€ â€œMovinâ€™ Out,â€ â€œOnly The Good Die Young,â€ â€œPiano Man,â€ â€œPressure,â€ â€œSay Goodbye to Hollywood,â€ â€œThe Entertainer,â€ and â€œThe Strangerâ€ will be available as Rock Band 3 downloadable content and will include Keys and Pro Keys parts.
To date, Rock Band fans have downloaded more than 75 million songs from the Rock Band Music Store, and the Rock Band Network Music Store. With more than 2,000* tracks available in the Rock Band platform, Harmonix and MTV Games stand next to none as the leading providers of downloadable content for rhythm video games. Rock Band pioneered offering content in a variety of ways, through on-disc game play, game export, downloadable content and the Rock Band Network. The Rock Band platform allows fans to interact with their favorite music in a unique and hands-on way, and also gives artists the ability to reach fans through a whole new channel.
Highly anticipated this holiday season, Rock Band 3 delivers the deepest Rock Band experience yet with an incredible 83-song setlist and the addition of keyboards, vocal harmonies and the all-new Pro Mode. The game will be available Oct. 26, in North America and Oct. 29 in the rest of world for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii.