AC/DC is set to become the first band to get their own version of the popular game Rock Band, available exclusively through Wal-Mart and Sam's Club November 2.
AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will also be the first time ever the band has included an entire album for video game play, with 18 live tracks from their legendary live performances becoming available in one electrifying, standalone game. That's right. According to the press release making this announcement, you won't need a version of Rock Band or Rock Band 2 to play AC/DC LIVE. You will, however, still need your "instruments." I'm pretty sure no Angus Young schoolboy outfit is included, although I won't be surprised if such an accessory is later offered through some sort of expansion pack.
All tracks from the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will also be available for play in Rock Band and Rock Band 2 by entering a special export authentication code for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Playstation 3 versions.
I guess I'm the last man in America who doesn't understand the appeal of these virtual musician games. You'd think a rock 'n' roll fanboy would love something like this, but I just don't get it. What is it I don't understand? I'm obviously the one who didn't get the memo because Rock Band and Guitar Hero are two of the most popular, lucrative game titles in the universe. The bus left, and I was not on the bus.
I don't understand pretending to play fake guitars for hours on end when, if I had that kind of focus, I could be learning to play some of these same songs on a real guitar (bass, drums, whatever). How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. I suppose some of you could say the same thing about me spending hours playing Madden 2009 and while I'll admit if I'd practice and drop a couple hundred pounds I might be a little more elusive, I don't think there's anything that can change the fact that I'm short and slow. No matter. The people have spoken and I'm in the minority, and that's just fine.
Pricing for AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii is $39.88 and $29.88 for the PlayStation 2. AC/DC's first album in 8 years, Black Ice, will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart Oct. 20.
Here's the track list for AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack
"Shoot to Thrill"
"Back in Black"
"Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
"Fire Your Guns"
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
"Whole Lotta Rosie"
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
"Let There Be Rock”
"Highway To Hell”
"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”