Rock Band DLC: Abbey Road and Queen

The folks at Harmonix are nothing if not busy. Sometime next month, the developer of the Rock Band franchise will surpass the 1,000 song mark (including both disc content and DLC) for its music game franchise. This week we got to see two sets of upcoming DLC, both of which will be available on...

The folks at Harmonix are nothing if not busy. Sometime next month, the developer of the Rock Band franchise will surpass the 1,000 song mark (including both disc content and DLC) for its music game franchise. This week we got to see two sets of upcoming DLC, both of which will be available on Tuesday.

First up, we had a chance to try out the new DLC for The Beatles: Rock Band, the full version of the group's 1969 album Abbey Road. Five of Abbey Road's songs were included in the disc version of The Beatles: Rock Band but fans will still have some real gems to experience as part of the DLC, including the clanging groove of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and the epic 16-medley that serves as Abbey Road's climax. Here's the full track listing as the songs appear in the game:

• Come Together
• Something
• Maxwell's Silver Hammer
• Oh! Darling
• Octopus's Garden
• I Want You (She's So Heavy)
• Here Comes the Sun
• Because
• You Never Give Me Your Money
• Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard
• Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
• Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
• Her Majesty

As you can see, several of the songs that make up the medley have been strung together to make slightly longer game experiences. If you're playing the 360 or PS3 version of The Beatles: Rock Band, you'll be able to either play these combined tunes individually (for example "Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard") or as part of a setlist; you'll also have the choice to play the Abbey Road medley in its entirety, eliminating the loading times that typically come between songs on a Rock Band setlist.

Unfortunately, the option to play the Abbey Road medley uninterrupted will not be available on the Wii version of this DLC. Incidentally, Harmonix reps told us that playing the Abbey Road medley in its entirety is a relatively simple way of getting the "One Million Points" achievement in the game. In addition, for a song like "Because" that features no drum track, you'll be able to play through the song even if you're signed into the game as a drummer--something you couldn't previously do.

There aren't any new dreamscape visuals created for the DLC of Abbey Road; instead, the game will be pulling from the art assets that are already on the disc featuring the band recording their songs in the Abbey Road studios. In all the highlight of the Abbey Road DLC will surely be playing the medley straight through--after all, who isn't going to enjoy belting "Carry That Weight" at the top of their lungs?

Next up is the Queen track pack, which features ten of the English rock band's finest songs. Here's the tunes that will be available in Queen pack:

• Another One Bites the Dust
• Crazy Little Thing Called Love
• Fat Bottomed Girls
• I Want It All
• I Want to Be Free
• Killer Queen
• One Vision
• Somebody to Love
• Tie Your Mother Down
• Under Pressure

If you're familiar with Freddie Mercury and Crew, you know that Queen songs are often vocal showcases and it will take your best chops to emulate Mercury's signature style and range. We tried out the anthemic "I Want It All" (which you might recognize from its use in a bank commercial these days) and the classic "Killer Queen" which originally appeared, as a cover, in the first Guitar Hero game. Brian May's delicate and melodic guitar part in the latter is still a highlight for us and we're happy to report it's still a blast to play in Rock Band 2.

Abbey Road DLC will be available on Tuesday, October 20 and run you $16.99 or 1360 MS points. The Queen track pack (1280 MS points, $15.99) will be released on Xbox 360 and Wii on October 20, and on PSN on October 22.

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53 comments
the_edge7
the_edge7

I'm pissed off with the lack of support and cross region DLC. I've downloaded around $45 worth of content only to realize that the version I had was the US version and I'm on the PAL - AUS, PS STORE. very unhappy.... any one know ways around this. (ROCK BAND 1)

real-guitarhero
real-guitarhero

wasnt there like a free 20 songs or something harmonix mentioned? or did i not hear that right. ... i dont think these are free..

noheartsniper
noheartsniper

@FDKpancho id be even more robbed if you were my english teacher LOL

may_lin
may_lin

I think Queen is better, anyway! Freddy for ever! :-)

FDKpancho
FDKpancho

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NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

@bjmage16 it's the Beatles. and I guess Queen too, but I didn't suspect they were like that.

LoveToTango
LoveToTango

To be clear, visuals for the first few The Beatles: Rock Band DLC albums were placed on the original disk because there was room. Those visuals are not shown in the original game. (Various Harmonix people visited the Best Buy debut in Cambridge, Massachusetts and answered a lot of our questions on 9/9/09.) I'm fairly sure I'm seeing new ones but I've been focusing on the notes.

strahd01
strahd01

woot a queen album I love every song too! i am there!

bjmage16
bjmage16

$17 for Abbey Road DLC, even though 5 of the songs are already in the game? And $17 for DLC for this series is ridiculous. That's the price of a brand new CD, why would I want to pay that much for an album I can only enjoy while playing the game? Oh, and I can buy Abbey Road at Wal-Mart for $10. Same complaint for Queen. I love Queen and the Beatles, but additional songs aren't worth that kind of money.

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

i should say whole setlist, it is 3 different albums

MaddenBowler10
MaddenBowler10

the whole album is pretty good, there really isn't any songs that stand out but they are so good musically u just gotta love em.

blazey09
blazey09

im still waiting for a metallica album and a disturbed album. and just because they made a aerosmith guitar hero doesnt mean they cant have aerosmith in rock band its all to the artist to begin with. This isnt too shabby considering there has been alot of crap as of late.

punch37
punch37

@ihsanqueen we will rock you and we are the champion are not coming out as dlc because they are gonna be in lego rock band and everyone knows already that all the songs in lego rock band can be imported over to rock band 2

karn3n
karn3n

@megamaster32 Didn't you notice that they made a Guitar Hero Aerosmith? And that you haven't seen an Aerosmith song in any Rock Band since? Hmm... I wonder why =P. Besides, Aerosmith is horrible anyways.

mydadsdirtysock
mydadsdirtysock

@ihsanqueen: Go back and listen We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions and see if you would wanna waste your money on songs with hardly any rock worthy parts besides vocals. And Bohemian Rhapsody is a good song, but not a good Rock Band song. As for no Under Pressure.....I guess you misread, cuz it's there.

djibril26
djibril26

@spikbeatz: thanks for the info @ihsanqueen: at least this is better than the upcoming band hero!!

ihsanqueen
ihsanqueen

What? No We Will Rock You?....Ok, that's allri.....What!! No We Are The Champion? No Under Pressure? No Don't Stop Me Now? And the worst is..... NO BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY? SERIOUSLY???

megamaster32
megamaster32

kind of strange aerosmith is never on rockband

spikbeatz
spikbeatz

@djibril26: yes it will be for either RB 1 or RB 2. All songs for either of those games work for both RB1 and RB 2. The Beatles DLC will ONLY work for The Beatles Rock Band.

skinny_man_69
skinny_man_69

Ugh. Just when I was willing to stop paying money for DLC all this drops. It never ends!

chrono_wind
chrono_wind

Would've been interesting if they added...Flash Gordon. Still awesome though. :)

djibril26
djibril26

Just one question.... does the DLC of Queen is available for the Rock band 1

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

No new dreamscapes?! Oh come on, I thought that was a given! That's what was supposed to justify the fact that's it's expensive! Bahhhhhh Still getting it...sigh.

Little_Socrates
Little_Socrates

I wish they'd traded Somebody to Love for Headlong, but I guess that means Headlong will be on disc for the next Rock Band game, right? :D Meanwhile, intense sadness about the lack of new dreamscapes for Abbey Road, seeing as how it's costing more than two dollars a track, and one of them is "Her Majesty". Still buying it, though. Not passing that up!

SeanChan10
SeanChan10

yes finally queen on rock band :)

childe_roland
childe_roland

Just picked up The Beatles RB today, I'm incredibly impressed to say the least, the crew at Harmonix seem to be doing everything right, nice work.

MATTHEW820
MATTHEW820

Go Rock Band!! GH should just give up now, RB gets sooo much DLC while GH hardly gets any

wario96
wario96

YAAAAA! and i thought i was going to have to get guitar hero 1 to play killer queen! viva rock band! screw you guitar hero!

jrescan
jrescan

Queen's song is not "I Want to Be Free" but "I Want to BREAK free"...

zype2
zype2

Whatever happen to Bohemian Rhapsody for Queen?? It's a very epic song which would be awesome to play as a group. Seems like a fun song to play in a party........ Oh well, the set list still seems mighty sweet. Still waiting for a Led Zeppelin game or DLC for Rock Band. Very pleased Abbey Road will be the first DLC for the Beatles. Second favorite Album from them (White Album is my favorit) Third is Sgt. Pepper which soon will be available.

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

It is somewhat a shame that Abbey Road is so expensive.. it costs more than the actual album. That would be somewhat understandable since it's an interactive medium, but with 5 of the songs already on disc it seems a bit overpriced. I might buy some songs piece by piece, but I can't promise a full album download for this, despite my love for The Beatles. And I think what most people are looking forward to in new RB:TB DLC is new dreamscapes for each song, so the lack of that is somewhat disappointing. I'm not one to care for fancy graphics especially in rhythm games, but Beatles is pretty simple to play. Oh well, more Beatles is more Beatles I s'pose.

jazilla
jazilla

I find $17 for Abbey Road hilarious seeing as that you already own 4-5 of the songs on the original album. While that album is my favorite Beatles album, the rest of the songs for it aren't long enough on their own to just ify the price or having to play the medley uninterrupted. also, i feel it is tragic that all of the dreamscapes are just rehashes. this is really lame to milk the fans out of this much money.

thuman123
thuman123

dudeski89, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions are gonna be on Lego:Rock Band so it those songs aren't gonna be dlc since you can just transfer the songs on LRB over to Rock Band 2

spag007
spag007

@ Elvis4576 : you want sgt pepper? buy Beatles: rock band! It's awesome!

farrlinn
farrlinn

Rock band gets the best bands by far.

farrlinn
farrlinn

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dudeski89
dudeski89

They're missing We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody from the Queen Pack...

Riprock
Riprock

Ok. Cool Bands. Cool tracks. Lots of good DLC, but it's too expensive! For a game with expensive accessories, we don't need to spend even more money on tracks. I wish the store had deals where you could buy any 4 tracks for the price of 3, or get a free track after buying 10, or SOMETHING!

Waffleman7
Waffleman7

Wish they weren't so expensive!!!!!!!

Waffleman7
Waffleman7

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Iamax
Iamax

Where´s The show must go on?????

kurtcobain62896
kurtcobain62896

this awesome now i only need sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band and rubber soul and i will be happy

brenden403
brenden403

QUEEN! They should've had Keep Yourself Alive though.