The list, viewable below, confirms the nine previously revealed tracks, and adds Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up" to the mix. The game is said to sport over 80 songs on the disc, all master track recordings performed by the original artists.
Two other contributions--Bad Religion's "Sorrow" and an unknown track from Scandinavian punk rockers Turbonegro--have been announced by their respective artists, though the validity of other rumored songs remains unclear.
- Dream Theater - "Panic Attack"
- System of a Down - "Chop Suey"
- Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
- The Muffs - "Kids in America"
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give it Away"
- Motorhead - "Ace of Spades"
- Cheap Trick - "Hello There"
- Elvis Costello - "Pump it Up"
- Journey - "Anyway You Want It"
- The Who - "Pinball Wizard"
Gameplay details bound to please those that played the original follow.
As previously announced, Rock Band 2 will be compatible with the prolific amount of Rock Band downloadable content released thus far on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, along with the original's guitar, drum, and microphone instruments. DLC released after the sequel will continue to work with the first game.
In addition, Rock Band 2 sports a number of other oft-requested features, including:
- Online World Tour mode, allowing entire bands to battle over Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
- Instrument, artist, genre and album-specific mini-campaigns.
- Custom setlists, permitting players to queue up their own playlist instead of picking tunes one at a time.
- The removal of band leaders, simplifying band formation and management.
- The ability to switch instruments mid-campaign.
- A drum trainer, described as a "true teaching tool" with basic beat and vocabulary lessons.
- Regular contests from developer Harmonix.