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The Office helps convince Billy Joel to do Rock Band

Billy Joel has never allowed original recordings of his music to be used in videogames before, but after a jab from a critic regarding an episode of The Office, he changed his mind.

"I've never allowed my music to be used in a game before," said Joel in an interview with USA Today. Didn't we just say that? Sheesh.

Joel changed his mind when he happened to see a review in Entertainment Weekly about an episode of The Office. In the episode, middle management icon Michael Scott pines about a Billy Joel Rock Band game.

In the episode's review, the critic wrote "something like, 'God forbid that ever should happen,'" said Joel. "So I called my people and said, 'Get me [in] that Rock Band game.' Then I wrote the critic, saying that every time I get a check, I'll give him a little nod."

Joel's music has appeared in music games before, but always with a cover artist performing it. His presence in upcoming Rock Band 3 DLC will be the first time original, master recordings have been authorized for use in a game.

A Billy Joel pack will be released for download in December. The following songs have been licensed for the game:

Big Shot
Captain Jack
It's Still Rock N Roll to Me
Movin' Out
Only the Good Die Young
Piano Man
Pressure
Say Goodbye to Hollywood
The Entertainer
The Stranger

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19 comments

  • EricBratcher - October 26, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    I'm a little baffled by the song list - I have to think something like "She's Got a Way", "Allentown", or "Tell Her About It" might be better for most folks than the more obscure tracks that were chosen, and it's a crime against music that "You May Be Right" wasn't included. But whatever. Welcome, Billiam!
  • hester2 - October 25, 2010 4 p.m.

    Those first two comments made me die a little inside.
  • TheWebSwinger - October 25, 2010 3:36 a.m.

    fuck billy joel.
  • thefarkinator - October 25, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    @ Billy Joel: u mad?
  • phieagles20 - October 23, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    I would say where is the longest time but considering there are basically no instruments it wouldn't really make a lot of sense i suppose.
  • Metroidhunter32 - October 23, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    Like hell they don't have "We Didn't Start the Fire" this list can't be complete.
  • zymn - October 23, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    MAKE THE SPAM STOPPP but on topic, YAY. i'm actually a pretty big Billy Joel fan. i dunno what it is, but i really like the sound and lyrics... but where's You May Be Right?
  • Rattlehead - October 23, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    TURbo, Billy Joel is crap. Elton John has more talent in his pinky
  • hanktherapper - October 22, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    Now I will give myself 10 seconds to think about buying this game before not doing so.
  • Personamanxx - October 22, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Why is'nt "We didn't start the fire" on this list???
  • OneToBoner - October 22, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    I don't see We Didn't Start The Fire on that list, that makes me angry, but at least there is other good stuff on there. Piano Man is a must. I can't wait to scream ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG at the top of my lungs with this comes out.
  • stickguy259 - October 22, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    So glad that Billy Joel is coming to Rock Band 3. When I first saw the keyboard, literally the first thing I thought was "There'd better be some Billy Joel in there" then I was sad when there wasn't. Now I am happy again. Also, first two commenters. You both suck hardcore.
  • purple_omlet - October 22, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    first two comments: people who don't know good music.
  • kneehighsocks - October 22, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    Maybe Harmonix should start getting critics to piss of artists more often.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - October 22, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Oh my. Apparently some of our audience needs to put its listenin' ears on and soak up some Billy Joel.
  • breener96 - October 22, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    No Goodnight Saigon... WHAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!
  • ThePrivateDick - October 22, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    I hope the above comments aren't serious. What a great way to compliment the new Rock Band 3 keyboard. Thanks, Billy Joel!
  • frmonth - October 22, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Yeah thats what I was thinking!
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - October 22, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Who is this?

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