Harmonix releases first Rock Band DLC since 2013

Have you saved your plastic instruments? Because it looks like Rock Band DLC is making a comeback!

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It's been almost two years since Rock Band stopped releasing new weekly DLC tracks. Today, Harmonix had a special surprise for those that have held on to their plastic instruments (like me), revealing three brand new songs to hit the Rock Band Store.

The following tracks will debut tomorrow, January 13:

  • Arctic Monkeys - "R U Mine?"
  • Avenged Sevenfold - "Shepherd Of Fire"
  • Foo Fighters - "Something From Nothing"

"R U Mine?" comes from the Arctic Monkeys' most recent album, AM. "Shepherd of Fire" represents Avenged Sevenfold's first Rock Band track in several years from album Hail to the King. Finally, it wouldn't be Rock Band if there wasn't a contribution from Foo Fighters, so here's "Something From Nothing" from their most recent Sonic Highways album. The tracks will go for $1.99 a piece and are playable for both Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz.

Why Harmonix picked now to seemingly revive the Rock Band Store is unknown, but it appears to be a positive sign that the franchise may still have some life in it. If this represents a return to the stage for Rock Band on next-gen consoles at some point in the future, we certainly hope they've read our most recent feature.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    January 12, 2015 9:30 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Harmonix releases first Rock Band DLC since 2013

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      January 12, 2015 9:34 AM

      IT'S ALIVE!!!

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        January 12, 2015 11:40 AM

        :) nice, they need to make a new one for the PS4 and XB1, I need to dust off my drums.

        Ozzie you think @ E3 they will announce it?

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          January 12, 2015 3:26 PM

          The rumor is that it'll come earlier than that. Announcement could come from PAX East, which is right in Harmonix's back yard.

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      January 12, 2015 9:55 AM

      It's all about Rocksmith now that people have realized they can actually learn how to play real guitar instead of hoarding fake plastic ones!

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        January 12, 2015 9:59 AM

        yeah but time to expert guitar in rock band does not compare to time to expert guitar in rocksmith.

        Not that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes it's a lot of fun to drink some beer and shred the plastic guitar because a person can, vs fumbling through on a real one.

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          January 12, 2015 10:01 AM

          Yeah, it's definitely still fun for anyone to be able to pick it up and do pretty well. It just looks a lot cooler to have a bunch of real guitars hanging on your wall instead of a bunch of plastic ones shoved in a corner, under the couch, and with a plastic drum set taking up all of your closet space!

          (I'm joking, Rock Band is good fun)

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            January 12, 2015 11:11 AM

            Laundry room is home for my plastics.
            Still play the crap out of RB3.

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          January 12, 2015 11:41 AM

          Yeah, and I always played rock band for the drums or vocals, not so much the guitar.

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      January 12, 2015 10:12 AM

      If they can figure out a way to transfer all my DLC music from the 360 to the xbox one, and let my current horde of plastic instruments work, and release a no-frills-added version of Rock Band for the Xbone, then I would happily purchase one. That's really the last thing for which I keep my 360.

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        January 12, 2015 11:37 AM

        Dance Central is kind of the trial run for this, with old 360 DLC being made available for free to anyone that bought it before. The thing is, getting back all those music rights that have expired isn't going to be easy.

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        January 12, 2015 11:46 AM

        I was thinking this the other day for guitar hero though

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        January 12, 2015 11:52 AM

        Same same same

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        January 12, 2015 12:10 PM

        I have the ION Rocker Drum Set which is great but would love it if they can make that backwards compatible. Maybe best case scenario is if they come with a new control element that replaces the one used for the 360 for $30-40.

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        January 12, 2015 2:27 PM

        Same for me.

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        January 12, 2015 5:19 PM

        That and RDR are the only reasons for me.

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      January 12, 2015 11:44 AM

      HOLY FUCK, I AM EXCITE.