Jimi Hendrix helps Rock Band reach 2,000 song milestone

With proof that good music never dies comes news that developer Harmonix's upcoming release of  Jimi Hendrix's classic “Are You Experienced” album will push Rock Band's music catalogue past the 2,000 song landmark.

Due to be release for all systems on October 26th, Hendrix' re-entry into the franchise's databanks will make Rock Band's music catalogue the largest in the genre. The lead track, “Are You Experienced”, is also set to take up the coveted No. 2,000 mark.

"The success of our song downloads has afforded us the opportunity to approach Rock Band as an interactive music platform and reshape the way gamers think of expansion content," says Paul DeGooyer, senior vice president of electronic games, music and programming for MTV Networks.   "Our commitment to weekly releases, disc export, forward compatibility of downloads and the launch of the Rock Band Network were milestones in the development of Rock Band's vibrant digital business.  Now, with the release of our 2,000th song, we are reaffirming our commitment to present new music every week - and with the new features in Rock Band 3, there will be more ways than ever to experience it."

To date, Rock Band's armoury of rock 'n roll includes tracks from more than 800 different bands, of which over 75 million have been downloaded by Rock Band fans. In honour of their Hendrific achievement, Harmonix invites fans to pull out their favorite beanbag chair, turn down the lights, shut the door, and enjoy  some smooth... statistics?! Whoa. Way to harsh our buzz, Harmonix.

Oct 5, 2010

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  • ssj4raditz - October 6, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    @GayforGilbert: It's Xavier Stone.
  • GayforGilbert - October 5, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    To all those asking: That's a screenshot taken from Guitar Hero III, and no, it is not Jimi Hendrix. It's Neversoft's interpretation of a character created by Harmonix who is a Jimi Hendrix-alike. The character's name escapes me, at the moment.
  • mrmorozov987 - October 5, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    It seems like just yesterday Rock Band hit the 1000 song milestone. 2000 songs, pro modes, keyboards, harmonies... and Guitar Hero fans get a quest mode. : P
  • Redeater - October 5, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Wow this would have been a godsend.....if this was 3 years ago. Also that character damn well better not be Hendrix. How lazy is that to render him right handed?
  • TheLefty - October 5, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    That Jimi Hendrix is not left handed. I'm horrified. On topic, this may just be enough to get me to pick my plastic guitar again.
  • Felixthecat - October 5, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    I have always found it strange how there hasn't been a music game based around Hendrix. I guess that sticking "Guitar Hero" in front of anyone's name immediately defiles it. Anyway, I'm very happy Mr. Hendrix is getting more of his masterpieces put into games, but alas, I don't own Rock Band, so this doesn't effect me. Oh well.
  • dunc12 - October 5, 2010 9:41 p.m.

  • Babzors - October 5, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    go jimi hendrix! yay rock band!

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