Trivia / Rock Band

  • There are 5 (maybe 6) distinct ways to play in Rock Band 3:
    • Pro Guitar \ Bass
    • Pro Keys
    • Drums \ Pro Drums: Involves hitting the correct inputs. The normal mode has a bass pedal and 4 drums (one acts as snare, the other three divide tom and cymbal duties). The pro mode adds 3 cymbals, for 8 inputs total, but otherwise plays the same.
    • Vocals \ Harmonies: Lines on the highway dictate the target pitch level for each syllable of each vocal part (using sloped lines for Melismatic Vocals). Players try to sing to the same note as the lines, but the octave doesn't matter (e.g. singing a C2 while the real singer is in C4 is acceptable).
    • "Legacy" Guitar\Bass: These guitars have a fret board with 5 (main) buttons and 1 strum bar. When a gem reaches to bottom of the highway, the player must hit the strum bar while holding the fret button(s) that correspond to the gem(s). Without the strum bar, pressing fret buttons by itself has no effect, making this quite different from drum gameplay.
      • "Legacy" Keys: Could be considered similar to Legacy Guitar with a touch of drums, in terms of gameplay. Here, there are 5 keys, and the correct key must simply be played when the gem representing that key reaches the bottom of the highway (with the strumming mechanic removed). Legacy G\B charts can be played on keys, but fast "strumming" becomes fast repeated note hitting. Conversely, Legacy K charts can be played on guitar and bass, but keyboard chords tend to be more difficult than guitar chords in a 5-button paradigm, especially when played on a guitar controller.
  • The top 10 most downloaded artists since the series began are:
    • The Beatles (Though Harmonix wasn't willing to give any numbered order, they confirmed that The Beatles are #1, despite their store being separate.)
    • blink-182note 
    • Bostonnote 
    • Disturbednote 
    • Foo Fightersnote 
    • Metallicanote 
    • No Doubtnote 
    • The Policenote 
    • Red Hot Chili Peppersnote 
    • The Whonote 
  • The only artists to make 3 on-disc main series appearances (excluding track packs) are Avenged Sevenfold, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Elton John, Iron Maiden, The Police and The Who.
    • Queen is a interesting case since Lego Rock Band had two of their songs, the inseparable "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" along with their appearance on RB3 and RB Blitz.
      • The Foo Fighters are the only artist in the series with 5 appearances on a Rock Band title ("Learn to Fly, "Everlong", "Breakout," "These Days", and "The Feast and the Famine".)
    • Additionally, Dave Grohl appears as a guest drummer for the Queens of the Stone Age in "Go With The Flow" (RB1) and "No One Knows" (RB3), takes drumming duties for Tenacious D in their song "Master Exploder" (RB2) and as a full member of Them Crooked Vultures ("Dead End Friends" on RB3) and Nirvana ("In Bloom" on RB1 and "Drain You" on RB2), giving him 10 appearances in the series' disc titles.
    • To this day only one band among these has appeared on all four main, numbered titles: The Who with "Won't Get Fooled Again" on 1, "Pinball Wizard" on 2, "I Can See for Miles" on 3, and "The Seeker" on 4.
  • Of every single Guitar Hero game that was released prior to Live (On Tour and DJ Hero games notwithstanding), Guitar Hero: Metallica is the only title to not have a single track represented in either Rock Band 3 or 4:
    • GH1: I Love Rock N Roll, I Wanna Be Sedated, Smoke on the Water and No One Knows (RB3)
    • II and Smash Hits: Free Bird and Beast and the Harlot (RB3)
    • 80s: Radar Love and Caught in a Mosh (RB3), No One Like You (RB4)
    • 3: Before I Forget (RB3), The Seeker (RB4)
    • Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic (RB4)
    • World Tour: Crazy Train, Hey Man Nice Shot and One-Armed Scissor (RB3), The One I Love (RB4)
    • 5: In The Meantime and 20th Century Boy (RB3)
    • Band Hero: Whip It and In a Big Country (RB3)
    • Van Halen: Panama (RB4)
    • Warriors of Rock: Get Free, Lasso and Been Caught Stealing (RB3)
      • Likewise, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Van Halen did not have any representations in Rock Band 3, but "Toys in the Attic" and "Panama" were in Rock Band 4.


  • Broken Base: Rock Band 4's announcement initially brought joy to the fanbase. Since then, though, the most hardcore players have been slowly segmented upon confirmation of a few things:
    • The new instruments introduced with Rock Band 3, keys and Pro Guitar/Bass, will not be supported at launch, and likely not for some time if ever.
    • There will be no on-line multiplayer at launch.
    • While your old Xbox 360 and PS3 instruments will be usable on your newer consoles (the 360 with the help of a dongle), your wired instruments, including the $300 ION Drum controller and any electronic drums you hoped to connect with the RB3 MIDI Pro Adapter, will only work if you're on PlayStation 4. Xbox One players are left to hope that support will be included in the future.
    • None of the exports are available yet, though they are a priority (even RB3, which was originally announced as not being exportable).
    • In addition, Rock Band Network songs from the old days will not be available at launch for the most part (save for some in-house bands), though they're trying to work the logistics of porting them over.
      • Due to RB4's intent as an evolving platform rather than the first installment on the new generation of consoles, they anticipate patching in further functionality down the line.
  • Doing It for the Art: Harmonix and Rock Band are considered by many to be the smaller-but-classier competitor to the more financially successful Guitar Hero (which Harmonix established). One look at their credentials or interviews does indicate how dedicated they are to, and how well they know, music.
    • According to their PR, almost every person on the development staff is a musician in a band and Harmonix is their day job.
    • Well, given the large number of Harmonix bands in the games (Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives, The Main Drag, Anarchy Club, Bang Camaro, That Handsome Devil, and Breaking Wheel to name a few), it's not hard to believe.
  • Dueling Games: with Guitar Hero. RB3's "realistic instruments" implementation is dueling with Power Gig: Rise of the SixString. And winning handily, thanks to how painfully mediocre Power Gig is. Ubisoft's Rocksmith, on the other hand, is a more than suitable competitor in the "playing with real guitars" department (especially considering that it works with any real guitar rather than only with models made for the game).
  • Fan Nickname: "Pop Band", whenever a DLC containing Top 40 pop songs is announced.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: So far:
    • Rock Band 2 shipped with a special edition bundle with enhanced instrument controllers, including a guitar controller with much more quiet fret buttons and a camera and microphone to make calibration easier, and a drum kit with a sturdier kick pedal.
    • The Beatles: Rock Band had a special edition bundle with Beatle-themed instruments, including a guitar shaped like Paul McCartney's Höfner_500/1 bass, with instrument peripherals modelled after John Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 and George Harrison's Gretsch Duo Jet sold separately. The game is also sold as a Singstar bundle with two microphones (for the PS3 only), as well as a Value Bundle with original Rock Band controllers.
    • Green Day: Rock Band was released in the States as both a standard edition as well as a 'Plus' edition at $10 extra, which allows players to transfer all the songs in the game to other Rock Band titles for free, and comes with all previously released Green Day Downloadable Content.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The Beatles Rock Band was released on 09/09/09. Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine...
    • This was also to coincide with the release of the Beatles remastered box set the same day.
  • Name's the Same: Many:
    • There are five different songs named "Burn;" two (by Rob Zombie and Nine Inch Nails) available as standard DLC and three (Captor, Mike Orlando, Big Square) on RBN.
    • The first Rock Band game has "Can't Let Go" by Death of the Cool, and "Can't Let Go" by Lucinda Williams is part of the first Rock Band Country Track Pack as well as DLC.
    • "Closer" by Lacuna Coil was released as DLC in 2008 (and was also part of the Rock Band Metal Track Pack), "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails was released as Rock Band 3 DLC in 2012, and "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey was released as Rock Band 4 DLC in 2016.
    • There are two songs called "Creep", one by Radiohead from the first Rock Band soundtrack, and the other by Stone Temple Pilots, which was released as DLC.
    • "Control" by Puddle of Mudd and "Control" by Mutemath are both available as DLC.
    • There are two songs called "Days Go By" in the Music Store: one by Keith Urban and one by The Offspring.
    • "Dreams" by Beck was released as DLC in 2015, and "Dreams" by The Cranberries was released as DLC in 2016. "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac was also released as DLC in 2011, but got taken down from the store in 2016.
    • "Down" by blink-182 and "Down" by 311 are both available as DLC.
    • Three songs called "Fire" exist in the game: two of which are by Jimi Hendrix (the Jimi Hendrix Experience version was part of Lego Rock Band, and a solo Jimi Hendrix live version was released as DLC in 2010) and "Fire" by the Ohio Players.
    • "Forever" by Papa Roach and "Forever" by In This Moment are both available as DLC.
    • "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty is part of the Lego Rock Band soundtrack, and "Free Falling" by The Warning is part of the Rock Band 4 soundtrack.
    • "Gone" by Montgomery Gentry and "Gone" by Crooked X are both available as DLC, and the former is also part of Rock Band Country Track Pack.
    • "Happy?" by Mudvayne was released as DLC in 2012, and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams was released as part of the Rock Band Rivals pre-order tracks in 2016.
    • "In the End" by Green Day was included on the Green Day: Rock Band soundtrack and "In the End" by Linkin Park was released as DLC.
    • "It's My Life" by No Doubt and "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi were both released as DLC.
    • We also have two live renditions of songs named "Jailbreak"—denoted in-game as "Jailbreak (Live)"—by Thin Lizzy and AC/DC. Incidentally, there are no studio tracks of songs named "Jailbreak."
    • Also, there are three songs called "Monster": the one by Lady Gaga, one by Skillet, and one by the Welsh band The Automatic.
    • There are two songs called "Pain", one by Jimmy Eat World and the other by Three Days Grace, both DLC.
    • "Photograph" by Nickelback and "Photograph" by Def Leppard are both available as DLC. Coincidentally, both bands have been produced by Mutt Lange.
    • There are two songs called "Pressure" released as DLC, one by Paramore and one by Billy Joel.
    • Two songs called "Ride", one by Trace Adkins and one by The Vines, have been released on the Music Store. The former is also available as part of Rock Band Country Track Pack Vol. 2.
    • Both Johnny Cash's and Social Distortion's versions of "Ring of Fire" are available as DLC (the former being part of Rock Band Country Track Pack 2, as well)
    • "Sing" by My Chemical Romance was released as part of the Rock Band Blitz soundtrack. Over three years later, after Rock Band 4 got released, "Sing" by Ed Sheeran was released as DLC.
    • "So Far Away" by Avenged Sevenfold was released as part of the Rock Band Blitz soundtrack. Before this, a Staind song of the same name was released as DLC.
    • Three "Somebody to Love"s are available as DLC - one by Jefferson Airplane, and Queen's version is available as DLC twice, as it was re-released in 2010 as a "Rock Band 3 Version" with additional Rock Band 3 features.
    • "Story of My Life" by Social Distortion and "Story of My Life" by One Direction are both DLC.
    • "Testify" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Rage Against the Machine. Incidentally, that's another Mood Whiplash setlist.
    • "These Days" by R.E.M. and "These Days" by Foo Fighters are both available as DLC.
    • There is a fairly amusing case concerning songs named "Walk". One week saw the release of the Foo Fighters hit in the game. The next week saw the release of the Pantera hit of the same name.
  • No Export for You: Rock Band 2 never got released in Australia. RB1 only came out in Australia and New Zealand more than a year after its original release. And given that you need an original copy of RB2 to export the tracks from that game to RB3... Aussies can only access the nine bonus tracks from that game. Let's just say the importers are doing a roaring trade on that game with those down under. And that was the one game with studio AC/DC track... (There's still the AC/DC Live Track Pack though.)
    • Also applicable in that, as of mid-2016, if you have not previously exported RB1, RB2, or Lego Rock Band, you are unable to export them to RB3 or 4, as their licenses have expired. This leaves a whopping 174 songs that players just starting with 4 are completely locked out of.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Done occasionally, often in the form of preliminary access to downloadable content or special codes to unlock new in-game instruments. Thankfully, none of it stays exclusive to preorders (songs are eventually put in the RB Music Store, and instrument codes make their way onto Game FAQS or message boards quickly).
  • Promoted Fanboy: The Warning are a band that were founded after playing the original Rock Band. Their song "Free Falling" is part of the Rock Band 4 tracklist.
  • Sequel First: Axis: Bold as Love from the Jimi Hendrix Experience was released before Are You Experienced (which had some substitutions).
    • Also, Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance, which was the first full album released on the Music Store, came out before British Steel (the latter was the 30th anniversary edition, with live versions of its tracks; however, their in-game year tag is still 1980, when the album was originally released).
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Lego Rock Band features a new "Super Easy" mode (combining No Fail with being able to hit pretty much anything to count as a success) and locks out songs from any previous version deemed potentially harmful to minors from being played. These both are for the youngest ones, so they can play without being exposed to songs like "Holiday In Cambodia" or "White Rabbit".
    • Getting Crap Past the Radar: That said, songs that are less blatant about their subject matter can still be played. Most of the ones that are more subtle about Intercourse with You get through, though several about violence also make the cut (if you're curious - cartoonish violence, a la "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Jonathan Coulton is acceptable; horror-tinged violence like his "Re: Your Brains" is not).
      • The filter seems to be a bit hit-and-miss, though - "Uncle John's Band" by The Grateful Dead was playable in LEGO Rock Band, lyrics with the word Goddamn in them and all.
  • Unexpected Character: Rock Band 4 features BABYMETAL of all bands as DLC. Granted, they said in a tweet several months prior to the offical announcement that they had gotten several requests for them, but no one thought they would take it seriously.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Rumors circulated for a while concerning "evidence" of Led Zeppelin being mentioned in the files of The Beatles: Rock Band.
  • What Could Have Been: Rock Band 3 was originally going to have a keyboard instrument. For whatever reason, this was scrapped. Instead, it was given an appropriate substitute, the keytar, though with the MIDI Pro Adapter, almost any off-the-shelf keyboard with a 5-pin DIN MIDI port can be used.
    • Rock Band: Japan got canned when Harmonix decided it would be too much trouble to create a Japan-only entry in the franchise. One reason was that Japanese gamers have smaller dwellings so they would have less space in their homes to store the bulky peripherals the game would require.

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