Yes the mother lode edition of Rock Band becomes a reality on 9/9/09. Everybody is excited. Apple Corps/Viacom/MTV Games shareholders are super excited. Your boyfriend is already spurting himself in anticipation. It’s all happening, nerds! Even Sir Macca himself is demonstrably enthused, if you can take the fact that his background screens during that great Coachella set basically became a commercial for this installment of Rock Band. It’s billed as a “first-of-its-kind music-based video game offers a revolutionary tour of The Beatles’ music, career, and legacy.” Here’s a trailer to help visualize why this is not your average timesuck:

The X-Box game comes out 9/9, which is also the date the Beatles’ entire discography gets its digitally remastered re-release. The game will have 45 songs for you. The first 10 have been identified:

01 “I Saw Her Standing There”
02 “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
03 “I Feel Fine”
04 “Taxman”
05 “Day Tripper”
06 “Back In The USSR”
07 “I Am The Walrus”
08 “Octopus’s Garden”
09 “Here Comes The Sun”
10 “Get Back”

And they’re promising all of Abbey Road for future download purchase, as well as others from the discog. Looks like they’re making it so it was worth the wait (or at least worth having bought X-Box in anticipation). More info and pre-order links at the official site.

Comments (60)
  1. I wonder what George and John would think of it. Graphics look good though.

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  2. this game does look like a ton of fun

  3. fuckcockdickfaceLick  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    pretty sweet that they did ‘get back’ on the roof of Apple. nice to know these rock band dudes did their homework.

  4. AJ Thunderfuck  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    Where’s my acid dealer when I need him?

  5. Leo  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    Graphics do look great. Love the trippiness from ‘I Am A Walrus’ on.

  6. "motherload"  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    Are you looking for the “motherload”?


    I’m digging for the mother lode.

  7. Joker'sLady  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    finally! an excuse to get my parents to buy this game and system.

  8. i hope there is a part where you can sing like yoko ono.

  9. You wanna know how f—–’ busy The Beatles were in 1963? Check this:

  10. number 9…number 9…number 9…number 9…haha

  11. Looks awesome.

  12. annie onymous  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    if this has “happiness is a warm gun” i will buy a game system to have this.

  13. I say I’m too old to waste my time with a game console but daaaaamn is this enticing…

  14. First of all, there’s no hyphen. It’s just Xbox.

    Second, it’s going to be available on Xbox 360, Wii, and Playstation 3.

    Good try, though.

  15. I’m not sure if this blows my indie cred or not but THREE PART VOCAL HARMONY MOTHERFUCKER

  16. sant  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    words in lowercase blow your indie cred

  17. Aw wonderful. Can’t wait for this.

  18. They old elgish dudes wrote some amazing shit didn’t they? :P

    Here comes the sun and al that.

  19. SKELETAR  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    I think one of the overlooked amazing parts of the trailer is the introduction of two part vocal harmonies.

  20. jesus they did a great job with this

  21. rooksauce   |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    the beatles = lame

    if only they could have given us a real rockband special edition. perhaps green day???? : )

  22. The other trailer is 100x more awesome.
    I’d link it, but nobody would watch anyways…

  23. It better have “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
    I always imagined that would be the best song for this type of game

    • DragonForce  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

      So says Pitchfork, “At some point in the future, you’ll be able to download even more, including Abbey Road in its entirety.”

      • OmNom  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

        So says Stereogum, in this post, “And they’re promising all of Abbey Road for future download purchase.”

        • I guess everyone hates Pitchfork now…they’re the exact same comment except the Stereogum one has twenty positive votes and the Pitchfork one’s been downvoted…interesting

  24. I would almost certainly buy a next-gen console for this. So long, Dreamcast.

  25. john b  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    they have to warn about tobacco references in games these days?

  26. moocow  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    When people play this game they’re going to realize how hard some of this stuff is to sing…the “Day Tripper” harmony, for one – no chubby neckbeard is gonna hit those notes.

  27. Jakob  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    tobacco reference? heh heh, yeah, something was being smoked at least.

  28. William  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    hahaha… I’m at a point where I don’t know who’s serious and who’s so indie sarcastic anymore…

    “Beatles=lame”?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!? HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA only one-upped by a “they should make a green day guitar hero” (even bigger laugh)

    sorry buddy without the Beatles there would be no Green Day.

  29. If they had Tomorrow Never Knows…(fingers crossed)

  30. samb  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    Has anyone heard anything about pricing for the Remastered Box Set dropping the same day?

  31. Burg  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    This looks like fun! I’ve been resisting Rock band and the like for this long …but it will be tough to resist now :)

    Maybe I’ll have a kid or two to justify the purchase…fianlly a video game that i would mind children playing.

  32. The preview looks cool to me, though I think it’s sad that rather than actually learning these tunes (with a real instrument), we’ve become a nation of gamers who don’t know how to do anything for real anymore.

    • ...  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

      People always make comments like this in regards to Rock Band/Guitar Hero games, as if playing them precludes playing real instruments. I don’t get it. I feel like games like this would probably INSPIRE a lot more people to pick up an actual guitar.

      • The drums (and obviously the singing) translate very well into the actual skills (but piss off the neighbors slightly less than a real kit). The guitar skills, not as much, but it definitely increases the manual dexterity and speed that you need to play guitar.

        I’m super excited for this game, though. And rather a nation of gamers who are at least playing fake instruments. It’s a skill that translates into *something* unlike, say, Donkey Kong or Madden.

  33. guess i’m the only one who has a problem with showing a virtual ringo playing drums on “back in the u.s.s.r.” when, in fact, paul played drums on that song. but, then again, i’m a beatles nerd.

    • Josh  |   Posted on Jun 6th, 2009 0

      I thought of the same thing… wait, Paul played drums on USSR… Haha… We Beatles dorks have to stick together!!

      Looking forward to the game… should be a lot of fun.

  34. zach   |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2009 0

    ^maybe it was live? Should be pretty sweet and will be the first Rockband/Guitar Hero that i will be purchasing.

  35. If only they had a mellotron….or a harpsichord.

  36. TD  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2009 0

    I prefer playing drums on Rock Band but I’d rather be John than Ringo. Dilemma!

  37. Lloyd  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2009 0

    THis is going to be fantastic, I’m in I want one know. They are still the greatest rock n roll band ever.

  38. I don’t know shit about video games, but as a huge Beatledork..this looks amazing.

  39. Why not Guitar Hero? Rock Band is way inferior, especially for the Beatles.

  40. !!!  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2009 0


  41. This will be the next stage in my air-guitar, bedroom Beatles fantasy.

  42. awesome! this is going to spawn so many feuds over who gets to be john.

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