I loved the hell out of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and right now, I’ve got a cupboard full of faux plastic instruments that still get hauled out on the odd occasion, when company and the requisite amount of alcohol dictate it. With the rocking-out-to-music-while-jamming-on-fake-instruments genre gone for many a year, there’s been a great deal of speculation as to whether or not it’ll find a resurgence. Could Rock Band and its ilk come back? Harmonix seems to thinks so.
After two years of dormancy, just last month Harmonix released three more downloadable songs: Arctic Monkeys’ “R U Mine?” Avenged Sevenfold’s “Shepherd Of Fire” and the Foo Fighters’ “Something From Nothing.” Many wondered if this was some sort of signalled return, or a crazy-once off.
Now, there are two brand new songs soon to be available (via VG247) – and they certainly seem to hint that Rock Band may be set to return. Tenacious D’s “Rize Of The Fenix” and Weezer’s “Back To The Shack” will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from tomorrow, and both seem to hint at a return.
It could, of course, just be Harmonix being sly jesters, getting people’s hopes up for no good reason, or it could be some sort of portent. I’d be completely on board with a new Rock Band, with a few next-gen embellishments . Geoff and the Electric Bananas of Doom could be set for a comeback tour – but I’d only do so if I could magically use all of my existing fake instruments, because there’s no chance on earth I’m buying a brand new set.
Last Updated: February 17, 2015