Hendrix's Axis boldly spinning on Rock Band

Guitar virtuoso's second album, including "Little Wing," "If 6 Was 9," plus newly released "Valley of Neptunes" heads to 360, PS3, Wii games next week.

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Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded to be one of the greatest guitarists in history, making it an oddity that his presence has been notably understated in MTV Games and Harmonix's Rock Band franchise. Soon, that will change. Following on from rumors last month that the virtuoso would receive his own stand-alone Rock Band game, Harmonix said today that The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love will be available for download within the game next week.

The Axis: Bold as Love playable album will be available for $20 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of Rock Band. Axis' lead track, "EXP," is not included in the pack, presumably due to its highly experimental, dissonant nature. Each of the 13 included tracks can also be purchased individually for $2 a piece on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Notably, the track pack also includes Hendrix's newly released, posthumous single "Valley of Neptunes."

It's not the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Rock Band, but it'll do.

Having appeared as an in-game character in Activision's Guitar Hero World Tour, Hendrix has only had one of his tracks included in a Rock Band game to date. That track, "Fire," appeared in last year's Lego Rock Band. Nine of the 13 tracks included in the Axis: Bold as Love pack can be downloaded individually through Lego Rock Band.

The Xbox 360 and Wii editions of Axis: Bold as Love arrive on March 30. PS3 gamers can pick up the pack as part of Sony's regularly scheduled Thursday update on April 1.

Axis: Bold as Love Album
"Up From the Skies"
"Spanish Castle Magic" *
"Wait Until Tomorrow" *
"Ain't No Telling" *
"Little Wing" *
"If 6 Was 9" *
"You Got Me Floatin'" *
"Castles Made of Sand"
"She's So Fine" *
"One Rainy Wish" *
"Little Miss Lover"
"Bold as Love" *
"Valleys of Neptune"

* = Also available for download through the Lego Rock Band in-game store.

Discussion

34 comments
maxisme
maxisme

I'm hoping that Hendrix DL's will beat Lady GaGa DL's or else there is something wrong... Nice to see some Hendrix, hope more albums get released.

CAPTAINPAINFUL
CAPTAINPAINFUL

I think that there are sooooo many better Hendrix songs such as 'The Wind Cries Mary', "Voodoo Chile' etc... there is one great song on that list and that is Little Wing... but really not much else on offer except for Spanish Castle Magic... oh well, so over music games anyway... too many issues with the guitars and drums just sucked all of the fun out of it for me a long time ago

MaverickVll
MaverickVll

Awesome! I haven't played RB in ages but this will definitely get me back into it.

Tree06
Tree06

Definitely getting this day one.

ausgamer529
ausgamer529

Jimmie finally got in the rock band series

mrT_creampie
mrT_creampie

Thank God Hendrix has landed on Rock Band

Airek49
Airek49

Music genre isn't as big as it once was, but if you are still in fact playing them, and you're for some reason playing Guitar Hero over Rock Band... Oops. Seriously... there is no comparison any more with the plethora of DLC, the RBN, better standalone games and now... Hendrix? GG.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

This is in my top 5 albums of all time. I would download it just because of how awesome it is that they're making a true classic into DLC, but as I already know how to play all the songs (on bass), it's not really necessary.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

dear harmonix: why is it you dont make a hendrix rock band? harmonix: we think gamers would relate better to a rock band green day. kids love green day, hendrix was a loser YEAH RIGHT! id rather buy this on disc than buy rbgd on disc... or at all

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

@ railrbeto007 People still complain about others playing music games?

Pete5506
Pete5506

Yes, some more great music

Um_Wut
Um_Wut

green day needs to be flipped the bird

jesuschristmonk
jesuschristmonk

they need to just say screw it to green day and just come out with this rofl soooooo many other bands that deserve to have a game made about them more that freaking green day...

Zerot
Zerot

little wing wooootttt

green_dominator
green_dominator

It's about time the father of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal gets recognition........Spanish Castle Magic, Castles Made Of Sand, If 6 Was 9 and Little Wing are the best of the album......

Trogeton
Trogeton

crap.. I thought they were coming out with a game.. just more dlc.. rb fail

PrimeLazarus
PrimeLazarus

@crunchb3rry Sorry to see you get thumbs down for what you said. People are ignorant---those that REALLY listen to Hendrix know what you are talking about.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

LOL at GH. They couldn't even get Hendrix dlc from world tour onto GH5. Another reason to switch.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

Lame. No Purple Haze. Ah well...there's always the next hendrix album.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

@ wolvklaw : I second that! Well said.

fat_otter
fat_otter

Screw Axis. Give me Electric Ladyland! (Or at least Voodoo Child)

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Sure took them long enough..must be hell negotiating with his next of kin.

wolvklaw
wolvklaw

Another reason why Rock Band is easily number one. They went the road that I will only travel now, making very few "new games" and instead putting content out on DLC. Granted it could be expensive if you are a collector, but the fact is my Rockband is pushing 500 songs, most all are songs I actually like. I have built my own game and never once have I felt taken advantage of or "milked". Even though times got hard, I am sure the DLC has slowed, it made no difference for Harmonix and every week something new is released, been that way since the original Rockband was released. Because of that my money will always go to them and the only time GH will get anything from me is when the game is on clearance. Thankyou Harmonix, you truly have done everything right.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Call me when they get Band of Gypsys.

threedown
threedown

just as i put all my rockband stuff away... i might just have to bust it out again for awhile! castles made of sand! definately temtping

Harerazer
Harerazer

Would love to see a "Woodstock" package with Hendrix, Joplin, etc. 2-3 songs apiece to make a 13 song package would get my $20 without a complaint. I'll pick thru this one.

missonrs
missonrs

this sis some wonderful news day one purchase for me