Someone must have forgotten to tell the Rock Band/Guitar Hero massive that the album format is dead, because downloads via the gaming marketplace are on the up. So much so that - hot on the heals of Pixies, Guns N' Roses and Metallica - six new artists are jumping on the (Rock)bandwagon.
Rock Band 2 debuts on 14 September with the promise of a 500-strong downloadable tracklist before the year's end. And it's not just b-side filler, either. Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Megadeth and Stevie Ray Vaughan are offering classic and arguably seminal albums.
Albums for sale…
Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
Megadeth - Peace Sells… But Who's Buying
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood
No Doubt - A new Best Of collection
Guitar Hero the movie?
It's no surprise to see more big name gear brands - Marshall, Vox and Zildjian - wanting a piece of the Guitar Hero pie, and it's only a matter of time before someone tries to make 'the movie'. We're sure the game's maker Activision knows nothing about it yet, but film director Brett Ratner (X-Men, Rush Hour) has expressed an interest in making it.
"I love Guitar Hero and I think it's a part of pop culture. I would love to do a Guitar Hero movie, if Activision would ever let me", Ratner told MTV. "It could be about a kid from a small town who dreams of being a rock star and he wins the Guitar Hero competition".
Sounds absolutely fantastic.