The Hives—“Die, All Right!”
What the heck kind of song title is that? A pretty tame one by Hives standards—This is after all the band that gave you “The Hives Declare Guerre Nucleaire” and “Hives Invent the Metric System in Time.” No grunge angst for these guys though, as the song’s not about dying—It’s about embezzling a load of cash, hitting the road and generally raising hell. With a nod to three-chord 60s punk, this was one of the tunes that broke the Hives in America, and started talk of a garage-rock revival. Includes a couple of the niftier drum breaks ever to hit Rock Band.
Stone Temple Pilots—“Interstate Love Song"
Now here’s a band that was clearly bound for great things—like drug busts, jail time, and loads of breakups and reunions. Never mind, however: STP was a huge deal in 1994, and this intensely catchy track was one of the reasons. The band got criticized at the time for lacking the proper grunge cred; since Scott Weiland was a pretty boy from Los Angeles instead of an angst-ridden waif from Seattle. But they scored early with songs like “Vasoline” (already in Rock Band) and this follow-up. Their later career was spottier, and Weiland of course went onto Velvet Revolver, but here’s your chance to cop some of his early swagger.
Iron Maiden—“Number of the Beast"
You couldn’t get enough of “Run for the Hills,” so here’s the other key track (and title song) from the album that put Maiden on the map — Their third release, but the first with Bruce Dickinson upfront and the first that really caught on in America. The future of heavy metal was up for grabs in 1982, and you might say that Iron Maiden bridged the past with the future: The weighty swords'n'sorcery themes harked back to 70s metal, but they brought in a more raw, thrashy sound that would get more familiar once Metallica arrived. With its piercing screams and tricky changes, this one will give your Rock band ability a workout.
“I Want My, I Want My DLC!”
The songs in Rock Band are only the beginning. Each week we’ll be rolling out more downloadable songs, essential tracks (and sometimes whole albums) from every era of rock history. Check the Rock Band website to find out what’s new.
Tracks will usually sell for $1.99 each; with three-pack specials costing $5.49. (On the Xbox 360, that’s 160 Microsoft Points per track and 440 per three-pack). Occasional special or discounted tracks may cost a dollar more or less.
Downloadable content for the Xbox 360 is available through the XBOX LIVE marketplace. Downloads for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band are available through the PLAYSTATION Network Store. In each case, the songs are downloaded onto your hard drive.
If you’re playing solo, you can start rocking right away. For head-to-head or multiplayer online, all players will need to download the song.