Rock Band Signs Kings of Leon, Rancid, Rise Against & MORE

July 17, 2009 Written by Richard Allen

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**ROCK BAND MEDIA ALERT** KINGS OF LEON AND RANCID MAKE ROCK BAND DEBUTS

Plus tracks from The Grateful Dead and Thin Lizzy for Rock Band Unplugged!

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that indie rockers Kings of Leon and punk rockers Rancid will make their Rock Band debuts with three packs of songs that will be added to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content next week, as will a three pack from Rise Against and a single from Lush, for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Additionally, tracks from The Grateful Dead and Thin Lizzy will be available for Rock Band Unplugged.

New Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 Systems

The Rancid pack will include “Ruby Soho” and “Time Bomb,” from the band’s 1994 platinum album, …And Out Come The Wolves, as well as “Last One to Die,” from the band’s latest studio album, Let the Dominoes Fall. The band is currently on tour in support of this album with fellow American punk rock outfit Rise Against, who also offer a three pack to the Rock Band Music Store next week. “Re-Education (Through Labor)” and “Savior,” from the band’s new album, Appeal to Reason, as well as “Prayer of the Refugee,” from the band’s 2006 album, The Sufferer & the Witness, will be available July 21 for Rock Band fans. “Sweetness & Light” from English shoegazers Lush will also be available next week, and Tennessee indie rockers Kings of Leon will make their Rock Band debut with “Crawl” and “Sex on Fire,” from their 2008 album, Only by the Night, as well as “Molly’s Chambers,” from the band’s 2003 debut album, Youth and Young Manhood.

Tracks available for Xbox 360 (July 21) and PLAYSTATION 3 system (July 23):

  • Kings of Leon “Crawl”
  • Kings of Leon “Molly’s Chambers”
  • Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire”
  • Rancid “Last One to Die”
  • Rancid “Ruby Soho”
  • Rancid “Time Bomb”
  • Rise Against “Prayer of the Refugee”
  • Rise Against “Re-Education (Through Labor)”
  • Rise Against “Savior”
  • Lush “Sweetness & Light”

(All tracks are original master recordings)

These tracks will be available for purchase as part of the “Kings of Leon Pack,” “Rancid Pack,” “Rise Against Pack” or as individual tracks for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems.

Rock Band Unplugged Tracks for PSP®System

Rock Band Unplugged fans will enjoy the addition of The Grateful Dead’s “Casey Jones” and Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town (Live)” to the 21 tracks already available via the Rock Band Unplugged in-game music store for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

Tracks available for Rock Band Unplugged (July 23):

  • Grateful Dead “Casey Jones”
  • Thin Lizzy “The Boys Are Back In Town (Live)”

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **