The Who: Rock Band set for 2010?

Lead singer of classic rock quartet says band-specific installment in rhythm game franchise is planned for next year.

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Source: The Who lead singer Roger Daltry told Massachusetts paper The Republican that The Who will be getting its own Rock Band. When an interviewer brought up the recently released The Beatles: Rock Band, Daltry said, "The game, yeah, yeah, they're going to be doing a Who one next year. There is one planned."

Who's next in line for a dedicated Rock Band game, what's on second, and Idunno's on third.

What we heard: It makes some sense that The Who would be next in line for the Beatles treatment. In addition to being one of the biggest classic rock acts out there, The Who has been tied to the Rock Band franchise almost since day one. When Harmonix originally announced full album downloads, The Who's Who's Next was the first one revealed, even if technical difficulties forced it to be scrapped in favor of a sampler of the band's hits. And in a promotional push for the sequel, the legendary British rockers played a surprise set at Harmonix and MTV Games' big E3 2008 Rock Band 2 party.

On the other hand, the report contained no more details about the game, leaving some question as to whether Daltry spoke of a stand-alone title like The Beatles: Rock Band, a retail-exclusive offering like the AC/DC track pack, or simply another round of downloadable content. A dedicated Who Rock Band game would also raise questions as to which songs would be included in the setlist. Versions of many of the band's biggest hits are already available in existing Rock Band games, including "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O' Riley," "My Generation," "Who Are You," and "Behind Blue Eyes."

There's a long history of loose-lipped musicians breaking Guitar Hero and Rock Band news in advance of official word, and a slightly shorter history of them flubbing the details in the process. When Joe Perry spilled the beans on Activision's plans for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, he said it would be Guitar Hero IV, not a stand-alone spin-off to the series. Then there's the Guitar Hero Jimi Hendrix and Rock Band Green Day downloadable content packs, which were initially reported to be full games by Slash and Billie Joe Armstrong, respectively.

While Daltry's statement about the game left room for interpretation, his endorsement of rhythm games was more concrete.

"Anything that gets nonmusical people interested in music is wonderful," Daltry said. "In my opinion, music is our last true great freedom. They can burn our books, they can burn our paintings, but they can't stop us singing and making music."

The official story: A Harmonix representative declined to comment.

Bogus or not bogus?: Plans change, and interviews with musicians are often as open to interpretation as the songs they perform. Another wave of downloadable content for The Who is a possibility. However, given some analysts' disappointment with The Beatles: Rock Band's sales and the numerous Who songs already available in Rock Band, the idea of a stand-alone game for the band looks less appealing than it once might have.

Discussion

167 comments
Strongwoods
Strongwoods

I dont understand why a standalone game? That would totally not be a good seller! Me in my mind they should make another track pack for a band like Lynyrd Skynyrd!

ArielAguayo
ArielAguayo

yeah, I already heard about this. but yeah, this is similar to the Green Day thing. They might have some plans for it, but they could change

necronaux
necronaux

That far out? Figured the way they pump these out, they should be able to get it done for x-mas '09.

ositoPERU
ositoPERU

oh man! this shold be pretty awesome! i hope they include "Baba O'Riley" (aka "teenage wasteland") and i probably won't stop repeating that song since it's one of the my favorite all-time songs.

phimseto
phimseto

Great idea, but hopefully not as miserly as Beatles Rock Band. It was absolutely criminal that there were only 43 tracks in that game (and a lot of them tracks I could have lived without), especially with the outlandish price points for the full albums. I think Beatles Rock Band would have sold more if it wasn't sixty bucks. It certainly did not feel like a full game.

DJSAV_101
DJSAV_101

I'll just stick to RB2 and The Beatles Rockband until RB3 comes out (if it does).

Trogeton
Trogeton

why the who.. why not a band that is still going wild till this day.. like rolling stones or maybe iron maiden, or possibly disturbed..man rb is getting worse with band titles I thought beatles was alright, but the who wtf I don't even hear people talking about this band aerosmith got more hits than the who

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Big sales, here we come! Oh, wait. Recent rhythm games have sold worse that Hello Kitty's Rollercoaster Rescue. Over-projected sales and luke-warm reviews, here we come!

nparks
nparks

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! If there's any band perfect for a Rock Band game, it's The Who (well, maybe Led Zep, but Jimmy Page is too much of an arrogant, hypocritical jerk to allow it). The Who >>> Beatles. Next up, hopefully Queen, followed by Rush.

Shaymojack
Shaymojack

Dear Harmonix: Please don't pull an Activision.

someGAMEcream
someGAMEcream

Im gunna guess its gunna be Rolling Stones. They just seem like a perfect fit with one song on disc, and no downloadable content. Plus their huge. However, I would like to see The Doors. Their my fav. band, but I dont think they may be popular enough for a standalone game. You dont go from The Beatles to The Doors. I will be happy with just DC anytime though Harmonix.

zinoalex
zinoalex

I would much rather see The Rolling Stones have their own relaese.They were the bad boys of rock and roll and argueably the "greatest rock and roll band in the world".At least how they were billed back in the day.The Who can have their release but The Stones should have theirs first.

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

im weak at the knees right now, i may actually buy a plastic guitar game.

score89
score89

I think it is smart to keep RB2 alive with DLC, but realising other RB such as the Beatles and probably a U2 or Who game could burn HMX reputation, the lego RB having new modes,being compatible with some DLC and being able of exporting out of it makes more tempting than a BandGame, still it is a coin toss in the air

Cabal23
Cabal23

This is going to be the future of all geriatric rock bands. Who's next Journey?

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I'm tired of these stand alone games, its time to make Rock Band 3.

gameweasl
gameweasl

Why, they have released some Who songs and they are great, but Pink Floyd would be better...

Cabal23
Cabal23

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Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Rock Band 3 could incorporate unique characters and videos for each downloadable song, similar to what they did with the Abbey Road collection in The Beatles: Rock Band downloadable content. This way, there doesn't need to be a specific game to allow gamers to experience the band and their music in a setting appropriate to the branding. I think that's the best way for them to take this. It's harder to want to keep paying for new rhythm games at $60 a pop when you could simply download the songs to your existing game for a lot cheaper. _

thrashunreal
thrashunreal

BessenStock... you are aware that Beatles: Rock Band is beating the new Guitar Hero in sales, yes?

BessenStock
BessenStock

Um, yeah, this is why these games are going to fail. You companies turn a good idea into crap. Nice. This is how a company milks you. They put out a game that's perfectly capable of downloading songs, but instead, they can make MORE money by charging you for part of a band's catalog in an "exclusive" bull crap band game. Gimme a break. The Beatles is a prime example of why this doesn't work. It's way too short, not very difficult at all, and... well, sales suck. Harmonix has turned into the developers version of EA and Activision.

DiamondDogs
DiamondDogs

Well at least they aren't going the route of Prince, Jimmy Page; and Jack White saying that these games are a waste of time & that you're aren't learning about music & whatnot.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

The Who = most overrated band of all time.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I do enjoy these music games, but there's just too many too fast in terms of the peripheral updates.... I mean, they can release as many stand alone games and track packs as they like, but when they keep updating the instruments with the tiniest of gameplay changes, it annoys me. I still play using my wired GH2 controller on the 360, because I refuse to pay for another one...

GNWPCD
GNWPCD

Yeah because the Beatles did so great in sales (NOT!!) lets go to the well once more. Ugh I can't wait until these rock band / Guitar Hero games are finally old style. Both companies are just milking it for all its worth and then some. The Who? Add that to Guitar Hero Aerosmith and best of the 80's for bargain bin finds in the coming year. If you can't get the Beatles to work, the Who isn't going to fare much better. But ok I guess big companies know best. uh huh.

SIR-RAMBO-ROCKS
SIR-RAMBO-ROCKS

I think the real point is Who cares???? :) tell me someone else will actually laugh at this

CywolveXD
CywolveXD

id prefer this over the rumored U2... but I still think this stuff should be DLC

LinKuei_warrior
LinKuei_warrior

and U2 wanted a full fledged game...at least the who earned their stripes in more ways than U2 did.

McDog3
McDog3

I'd be fine with more DLC from the Who, but i'd like the next Rock Band to be in the vein of the first two. A plethora of songs from multiple genres and artists. I like variety!

-SPECTER-MIKE
-SPECTER-MIKE

Please, please, please Rockband, dont become Gutiar Hero.

Harerazer
Harerazer

If it's not The Stones tho, I don't know if I'd want to see another standalone game ala The Beatles. Something along the lines of the AC/DC track pack could just be DLC since the effort put into that was really weak. I think a "vs" game like Solan said would be cool but who would you put in? Nowadays rivals aren't really bands, they're just acts (Shakira vs Beyonce with true motion control. LOL). The best idea I can think of now would be New Kids On The Block vs New Edition...which actually wouldn't be that bad from a vocalists point of view.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

The Stones have a big enough song catalog to have a stand alone game, like the beatles. The Who? i am not so sure, and the fact that many of their best songs are already available would make them redundant! How about the Who? vs some other band? the game could be about the two bands, and any historical interactions they have had... ALSO, I think Led Zepplin is poised, considering they have not participated yet, to have a stand alone game. A Queen: Rockband? unlikely, because of the stupid Singstar: Queen.

BornGamer
BornGamer

I'm still amazed Rock Band Queen hasn't been announced.

Barabajagal
Barabajagal

I'd much rather see a Rolling Stones Rock Band game. The Stones were afterall the anti-Beatles during the Sixties.

ValKilmerStyle
ValKilmerStyle

I don't think this will happen, but it's a great idea. The Who is diverse enough to carry an entire game without boring everybody and their instrumentals are insanely entertaining. Unfortunately, they're not the Beatles, and if a Beatles game disappoints with its sales, no one else stands a chance.

lizardking13203
lizardking13203

i love the who but like everybody's saying all there best stuff is already dlc instead how about an all clash rock band they have so many great songs and only a few have been on any games

ckat609
ckat609

Dear God! Harmonix is turning Rock Band into a Hero-like cow! This is sad... they should just focus on DLC.

spidey223
spidey223

Why not Led Freaking Zepplin.... ? ALL TIME MOST INFLUENTIAL CLASSIC ROCK, PERIOD!!! The Who? seriously??? Get ready to lose money on sales. No offense to The Who, but you can't really expect this to make money?

_IronManDude_
_IronManDude_

Meh. As much as I like The Who, all of their hits have already been covered, and I think there are a lot of other, more deserving bands. Rock Band: The Rolling Stones? Not that I'd like it so much, but it sure would sell. I'd prefer to see Rock Band: Iron Maiden.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@Elfrancorifle that wouldnt be good, A7X is good but not all their songs are great, their self titled album only had like two good songs umm scream and afterlife i would say, their first album is horrible except the song streets, their 2nd album prob has like 5 good songs, and third only like 5 good songs, sayong that, rockband A7X wouldnt be that fun

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

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The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

I propose The Legendary E Street: Rock Band. Because GH didn't do Bruce Springsteen, but especially Clarence Clemons and his sax justice on Born To Run. Worst audio quality on DLC I've ever heard.

gnbfd
gnbfd

Alright, this'll probably be one I won't buy. Sorry Harmonix, how about you try the Chili Peppers next time though? :P

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Um...I don't think enough people would buy an all-The Who game to justify its existence. A Led Zeppelin game would do better.

Trogeton
Trogeton

I'm more of a metal, rock type guy guitar hero has interested more rock band kinda lost it for me