Rock Band debuts Motley Crue single

Last week, Def Leppard's publicist touted the band's upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock downloadable song pack, set to be released April 24, as the first time a major act "released a new single ahead of its traditional launch through a video game." That honor now looks like it will go to...

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Last week, Def Leppard's publicist touted the band's upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock downloadable song pack, set to be released April 24, as the first time a major act "released a new single ahead of its traditional launch through a video game." That honor now looks like it will go to glam metal band Motley Crue, which will be releasing its new single in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of Rock Band this week.

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Harmonix announced today on the official Rock Band forums that the single, "Saints of Los Angeles," would be available for download Tuesday on Xbox Live or Thursday on the newly redesigned PlayStation Store. For a limited time, the song will sell at the discounted rate of $.99 (80 Microsoft points).

Motley Crue won't be the only nostalgia-inducing act to see songs surfacing in Rock Band this week. Harmonix is also planning to launch a three-song classic-rock pack, which includes master tracks from Blondie ("Call Me"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Simple Man"), and The Police ("Message in a Bottle"). The pack will cost $5.49 (440 Microsoft points), or $1.99 (160 Microsoft points) when purchased separately.

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