Metallica songs yanked from Rock Band DLC as licensing agreements expire

Customers who have already purchased songs will be unaffected, with Harmonix saying that future updates on DLC will likely arrive quarterly.

Rock Band's older DLC content will begin to leave the game's store as licensing agreements expire, developer Harmonix has said.

Metallica's "Ride the Lightning," "And Justice for All," and "Blackened" are the first, and currently only, tracks to be affected. The three songs were released on the Rock Band store back in November 2007.

Speaking about the potential removal of songs from the Rock Band library, Harmonix said on Facebook that "our Music Team has been hard at work extending these licenses to make sure that this has as small an impact on the community as possible, but there may be a very limited number of songs that will no longer be offered for new purchases in the Rock Band store."

At present, customers who have already purchased the content will be unaffected by the removal of the songs and will be able to download them if required.

Harmonix says that future updates on Rock Band DLC relicensing will likely arrive on a quarterly basis. The developer says it is "making it a priority" to give players notice ahead of content expiring.

"We'll do our best to make sure that you have one last chance to buy these legacy catalog tracks," said Harmonix.

The final downloadable track for Harmonix's Rock Band Store, "American Pie" by Don McLean, was released on April 2. In total, the store saw over 4,000 tracks released across 275 consecutive weeks.

"We're incredibly proud of the DLC milestones we've set, especially producing the largest music library of any game available, and we wouldn't have been able to release as much outstanding content without the support of our amazing community," wrote Harmonix in February.

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Blowing_for_Ps4
Blowing_for_Ps4

This just makes me want to get ride the lightning and master of puppets again

zyxahn
zyxahn

To me it's like listening to the songs, people still do that don't they ???  Instead of just turning on the music you play it in these games.  The Blood Sugar Sex Magic cd is a constant favorite of mine to play through.  Just incase anyone says I play the game because I can't play an actual guitar I can play them on one of those as well.  Covering the bases :)

Fursnake
Fursnake

When those Metallica tracks were 'yanked' they did a James Hetfield yell.

Nibbles37
Nibbles37

If I was a musician famous or not and my tracks were on Rock Band I would be honored they wanted to include my stuff and want it up there for all time so that people could enjoy the music no matter when they showed up to the party.

nazart81
nazart81

it's time for the rocksmith guys to up their game and grab some metallica songs.

adroge1
adroge1

Oh Metallica... yeah, used to listen to them until they demonstrated their true colors. A bunch of cry babies if you ask me.

GamerofMario1
GamerofMario1

I don't care about Metallica, but it is nice for Harmonix to tell us in advance...

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

If I recall, from Rock Band 1 to 2 most of the Metallica stuff got dropped at that point. Goes to show you whoever manages their label has little to no care about those that enjoy their music. The EA equivalent of the music industry...

Dagus0323
Dagus0323

I love their music but their moral standings are kinda iffy for me.
I under stand that they want musicians to make as much money as possible because with more money in music, more people are drawn to make music, thereby increasing the evolution and amount of new groups after them to prosper after becoming popular.
but they just end up looking like fucking dickheads doing what is a sorta good thing lol. they need a better manager

zerooo0
zerooo0

Didn't Metallica sue their own fans?

McDog3
McDog3

@Nibbles37 

Unfortunately, most of the time its the record label that holds the licensing rights.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@adroge1 Same... after all the napster crap I lost interest. Tried to continue liking them but their songs seemed fake.

Felt like I was listening to millionaires who play music, not musicians who became millionaires.

Dagus0323
Dagus0323

@PSBEATSALLDEAL @Dagus0323 I don't care if they are greedy child molesting jew burners...
my point is that they make good music and have a good reason to want to make the money.

you disagree with their reasoning, i understand and respect that, but not ALL musicians are in it for the music, some people i'm sure are in it for the money, and can also make good music....

EA are greedy terrible people, but that doesnt make Battlefield a worse game for me. I still enjoyed it lol.

Swordsman0
Swordsman0

@PSBEATSALLDEAL @Dagus0323 That's nice, I completely agree.  In the real world however, people go into a profession to make money, so what Dagus said does apply.

Dagus0323
Dagus0323

oh, and sueing their fans...
If I really really liked A7X or Serj or David Disturbed or Brad Paisley or Garth Brooks or any other artist, that does not make it ok to walk into the mall and steal the CD.
I understand that most album sales are done digitally but the point is still there. I was raised that stealing was never ok, not "well son you can steal sometimes but only when you are totally sure they have like, so much money already that its no biggy"

don't shortcut capitolism lol