Green Day Rock Band coming by year's end?

Lead singer tells radio station the Bay Area punk band is getting its own full-fledged installment in Harmonix rhythm series.

Source: A five-part radio station interview available on the front page of KROQ-FM's Web site.

What we heard: Quite literally, this is what we heard:

Billie Joe Armstrong: "Yeah we're doing a whole Green Day Rock Band." (emphasis added)

As for when that will happen, Armstrong said, "I'm not sure. Soon. Not like this week soon, but this year soon. I think by the end of the year."

News of band-specific rhythm games leaking out before official announcements is fast becoming a tradition. Joe Perry leaked word of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, while Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had only himself to blame for tipping people off to the company's next band-centric effort, Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

So assuming Armstrong isn't delusional, the question becomes what form exactly this Green Day Rock Band project will take. That question is made all the more difficult to answer since musicians aren't always known for choosing their words carefully.

After all, when Perry told Billboard.com about Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the site was left with the impression that the game in question was Guitar Hero IV instead of a spin-off project. And what fan of Jimi Hendrix could forget former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash saying that Activision was "doing a Hendrix one," when the publisher's plans for the legendary musician were apparently limited to a pair of three-song downloadable content packs.

To date, MTV Games has announced only two band-specific retail products: last year's Wal-Mart-exclusive AC/DC Live track pack, and this year's Rock Band: The Beatles, which was touted at the Microsoft E3 press conference. Beyond that, bands such as The Who, Boston, and Rush have received tribute in the form of downloadable albums and compilations. Green Day would be a natural choice for a downloadable album (perhaps the band's new release, 21st Century Breakdown) or extended song pack, but a full stand-alone game sounds like a bit much. After all, it's unclear if the Wal-Mart-exclusive AC/DC experiment was successful enough to justify retail releases for any single band shy of the stature of The Beatles or Metallica.

The official story: A Harmonix representative had not returned request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Green Day in Rock Band seems not bogus, but are they big enough to land their own game? Time will tell.

[UPDATE 6/11/09] Well, that didn't take long. MTV Games today announced an exclusive deal with Green Day to release a three-song track pack and unspecified future projects.

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371 comments
awesome3496
awesome3496

green day is my fav band this put a smile on face 4 the entire day i been imaging one 4 a year now dreams do come true

karlocoaster
karlocoaster

I've loved Green Day for only a few years now but it may as well be 10, I've been imagining a Green Day Rock Band for a few months and this news has made my day. Yeah, so they're not as good as Metal-licker or Aerosmith but so what? I'm going to love this game because I enjoy the music so much, and thats all that matters to me personally. Also, for me, it doesnt have to challenging stuff. The game will be easy, therefore I will enjoy it more. I'll be able to learn the phrases so that I dont have to look at the screen (I already know the drums to most of their songs). For all of you none music experts out there, Green Days music is actually not sh*t (I'm not just defending them 'cos theyre my favourite band), its not all Power-Chord after Power-Chord, they actually use proper chords alot (people just tab it wrong), Mike is no simple bassist (just listen to Dookie) and Tre relates to Mike so well, bringing out great rhythms everytime. And as far as selling out goes.. Well yeah, maybe they have. But by joining a major label so that people can hear their music? Thats a good reason I think. Sorry that Ive ranted, I just think people need to know what theyre talking about before they say anything, no dis-respect.

lloydy-46
lloydy-46

Yeah, so the latest is that there WILL be a full green day rockband. It got announced at the VGAs. It'll be more than DLC tracks with the band recreated and as Mike put it, all the band's "favoutite venues and songs." Woo-hoo!!

MrsPhilipClapp
MrsPhilipClapp

its always funny to "listen" to ppl argure over something so little.. I aboslutely love Green Day and hope they do get their own rock band.. ppl say they haven't done crap to deserve one but w/e makes u guys happy go ahead and say it.. also, why are ppl so concerned about their label? ima go ahead and add my opinion to it and say theyre a bit of all "alt., punk, heavy metal, etc.." cause it just depends on what song ur listening to.. their earlier albums are more punk/heavy metal but who honestly cares about what genera they are? if they get this game out im gonna go and buy it like within the first week it comes out..

suki12321
suki12321

on witch platform im so f****** happy

Zapp3d
Zapp3d

i want a Muse rock band or guitar hero!

ne0man
ne0man

helloooooo? have you people down there actually read this? it says on the bottom "exclusive deal with Green Day to release a THREE-SONG TRACK PACK"

Killzone23
Killzone23

@Purpuhlrowboht Linkin Park Rock Band would be sick

Azrael9110
Azrael9110

F*!@ NO! Green Day sucks, and that game WILL NOT SELL. 1. There are a lot better bands out there to make a gamer off of. 2. There are too many games with little plastic instruments. Just keep releasing DLC and call it a day, jeez...

onlymetal75
onlymetal75

This is a joke!! Green day sucks!How about making one for a band that actually deserves it. Like Iron Maiden or Judas priest?

Isayama
Isayama

Another Rockband?!?!?! Mother F***er!! >=(

BloodEagle2142
BloodEagle2142

I don't really see why Green Day would get their on game, compared to the bands that have their on game. Maybe they broke a record and I didn't hear about it....their a good band, I just don't know about the prestige they could attract out of a gaming market compared to other well known and loved bands through the varying age of players.

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

Well here's a big surprise. Some people love Green Day, some people consider them sell-outs because they wanted a major label and money. Because you wouldn't want money for your hard work, I'm sure. They just write the music they want to write, they're not trying to "insult punk" or whatever. They're defined as "pop-punk" (admittedly, that makes no sense). I like the band, I think their music is good. They're like any other band, just writing the music they want to write and hoping it's successful. Of course they took a major label, seeing as it's their job, they'd like to get money from it. Stop whining. If you like it, great, listen to them. If not, great, go listen to something else and quit hating.

muzza93
muzza93

The drum tracks will be awesome, tre' cool is a great drummer, i might actually use the microphone for once with this game because green day are the best band in the world

DarqKiller
DarqKiller

OH BOY! I just love to buy every single insanely overpriced cash in these greedy ****s pump out of their ass every ****ing year. Srsly, anyone who buys into this **** deserves a kick in the nuts. Also, I know they once had MCR (My Crappy Retardation) on their list, but arent most of their songs, you know, challenging? and dont they usually NOT make your ears bleed? You just wait, soon enough we're going to have Linkin Park Rock Band. Cant wait to have some whiny emo **** SCREEEEEEEAMING IIIIIIIN MY EEEEEEEAAAARRRRS!!!!1 MY BRAAAAAAIIIN, IT WIIIIIILL, NOT HEAAAAAALL!!!1!1!!!1111! while I'm strumming on a plastic guitar that looks like something that belongs in an arcade with two other friends trying desprately not to set the TV on fire. Yeah, okay guys, It was fun at first, but now its becoming more played out and old than Final Fantasy VIII. Now excuse me, I'm going to go hide in my bunker.

Temmesfeld
Temmesfeld

I heard they are making a Metal Rock Band with enphasis on bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, Killswitch, Slipknot, Trivium, Atreyu, All that Remains, ect.... Just kidding, but wouldn't that be awesome?

DuckTape909
DuckTape909

Green Day? Isn't the point of the game to play challenging music?

bunyipbrown
bunyipbrown

oh and their new album is complete ass

xemnas_kh64
xemnas_kh64

I think this is a good idea. I mean, they're a good band, and having a Green Day in a Rock Band installment may not as bogus or crazy as some people may think.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

green day are alright =] think its a good way for them to make a bit of money

ThatWhiteGuy1
ThatWhiteGuy1

I like the idea of a Green Day Rock Band, I really like them, and thought their new album was great!

tjLight
tjLight

I remember when green day was a good band, Their last good album was Nimrod which came out 12 years ago. If it’s their older tracks, great, if it’s anything after that its crappy garbage commercial pop rock trash .

2kfan
2kfan

I do like Green day but it would be better if they made something like okassar said

okassar
okassar

I TOTALLY don't mind specific genre/band oriented games, but I would MUCH rather have something like "Rock Band:Contemporary Hits" or "Rock Band:International Hits" or even "Rock Band:Alternative Rock." Maybe even "Guitar Hero:Metal"

SirSpoon84
SirSpoon84

well im not gonna hate on this, just glad that they keep making rock band and guitar hero games in hopes they release a full Tool game. i doubt it, but it would be nice

Spartan809
Spartan809

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: GUITAR HERO.

TheProfileth
TheProfileth

"Furthermore, I'm offended that GameSpot, a site as popular as it is, even posted this topic as Green Day being a punk rock band. That just further influences all of these kids in their tight girly jeans, their checkered wrist-bands and girly eye liner to continue on thinking that s*** like this is actually punk rock. Anyone who wants to argue with that needs to look up the Dead Boys, G.B.H. or G.G. Allin." Maybe our days of punk rock with meaningful lyrics and social commentary is over just like metal nowadays is about who can scream the loudest and play the fastest and swear the most. My favorite 80's punk rock band (who is still together and making music) "Bad Religion" only got 1 song in rock band and it is one of their soft songs, not like their good ones like "Let them eat war" or "Delirium of Disorder".

toyungu
toyungu

im still waiting for heroine hero like in south park.

BananaCrazyCake
BananaCrazyCake

All of you who are bashing this idea are blowing it way out of proportion. If you don't like it, don't buy it! Simple as that! And besides, it isn't even a full game, only three songs for DLC. This proves that people are so prone to jump to conclusions all the time...

MonkeyPants_13
MonkeyPants_13

Hmm, let's see what's next for the series: Avril Lavigne Rock Band Fergie Rock Band Britney Spears Rock Band

snare411
snare411

international superhits would be great.

GuitarHero06
GuitarHero06

they should come out with a Skrewdriver rockband! hahaha

Linkman0714
Linkman0714

dont really care for green day too much. glad they are not getting their own game. they arent as legendary as aerosmith and metallica

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

I love how this article links to another article. and that article links to this one. very informative.

Zeldafan221
Zeldafan221

I hope it's just a pack. To many band dedicated games. I enjoy Green Day's Music, I don't see why people hate them so much. I just think they are alternative or Pop-punk (not punk, but Pop-punk) People should stop it with the genre thing and they didn't really sell out. They are just playing music they enjoy. They write their own songs.

missonrs
missonrs

okay im a huge green day and i love most of their stuff but i think the beatles are truly the only band that deserves their own game. They should rather put teir stuff as dlc and drop the price of dlc so you can get 45 songs for 60 bucks instead of just 30 songs.

bob1387
bob1387

"Green Day....the punk band...lol yeah right. Sid Vicious is rolling in his grave knowing a band who labels themselves punk is selling out to this crap. They write songs about nonconformity, and look what they do. They sold out a long time ago, but this just makes it more pathetic." @jtuds, YOU ARE MY HERO for posting this comment. Many thumbs up. Furthermore, I'm offended that GameSpot, a site as popular as it is, even posted this topic as Green Day being a punk rock band. That just further influences all of these kids in their tight girly jeans, their checkered wrist-bands and girly eye liner to continue on thinking that s*** like this is actually punk rock. Anyone who wants to argue with that needs to look up the Dead Boys, G.B.H. or G.G. Allin.

EG_Ergo_Proxy
EG_Ergo_Proxy

I thought The Beatles Rockband wasn't a bad idea, but this, its not going to work as well as they hope I believe. They need to stop with singling out bands for their games, and stick with certain genres, or just a mix of everything.

Vic_N_Vince
Vic_N_Vince

I personally see this as a step down from "The Beatles: Rockband". Though there is a lot they can do with Green Day which makes the possibility of a GDRB interesting. Guess it's aimed to hit a more contemporary music audience.

kenny_2469
kenny_2469

Green Day is the most honest band out there. Billie Joe is complete genius. He writes music based on his life and opinions. Green Day has been popular from the day they released Kerplunk. If any band deserves a title from Rock Band, its Green Day. Call them sell-outs, pricks, douche bags...the fact of the matter is that they are un-arguably one of the best bands. If you hate Green Day so much...dont buy the game; that simple.

Captain_Tom
Captain_Tom

Well, there can't be any doubt now. They are officially sell-outs.

isctony
isctony

About time! Though i think a genre pack would be better than a single band?

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I'd have to say not bogus, seeing that the news page has an article at the top dating this game in July.... :P

tg1413
tg1413

Damn, I would love a Green Day rock band. I've never actually played Rock Band before, but to be able to play all of Green Day's songs would be great. I'm not going to get involved with the whole rock legends status thing by comparing them to Aerosmith, Metallica or the Beatles, but I really like their music and I'd really enjoy it.