R.E.M., Offspring tracks slated for ‘Rock Band’ store

Gaming, Music, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

New from Harmonix and MTV Games: Four new tracks from alternative rockers R.E.M. and The Offspring join the Rock Band Music Store catalogue of downloadable content. In addition, British guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson makes his Rock Band debut.

R.E.M. makes its second appearance in the Rock Band music library with next week’s release of the band’s mainstream breakthrough hit “Losing My Religion” from the 1991 album Out Of Time. R.E.M.’s track “Orange Crush” was featured on the original Rock Band soundtrack.

The Offspring deliver two tracks this week including “All I Want” featured on their 1997 album Ixnay on the Hombre and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” from the band’s 1998 album Americana. Rock Band fans now have access to a total of seven songs from The Offspring in the Rock Band music library.

Rock guitarist and critically acclaimed songwriter Richard Thompson makes his Rock Band debut with the addition of “The Way That It Shows” to the Rock Band Music Store. The song was released on Thompson’s 1994 album Mirror Blue. Thompson’s distinct sound and celebrated career earned him numerous awards including Rolling Stone’s 2003 Top 20 Guitarists of All-Time and the 2006 BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The tracks, from original master recordings, will be available today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and Thursday at PlayStation Store.

Tracks:
The Offspring “All I Want”
The Offspring “The Kids Aren’t Alright”
R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”
Richard Thompson “The Way That It Shows”

Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

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