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Hey, Here's Rock Band 3!

USA Today nabs details on Harmonix's next game.

Hey, want to see Rock Band 3's new keyboard controller and hear about a few of the improvements coming to Harmonix's next Rock Band release?

I'd sure love to tell you all about it. And maybe, in another 23 hours or so, I will. But until then, here's a video from USA Today.

They've also posted a partial song list, helpfully organized by decade.


  • Combat Baby -- Metric
  • Dead End Friends -- Them Crooked Vultures
  • Get Free -- The Vines
  • Lasso -- Phoenix
  • Me Enamora -- Juanes
  • Oh My God -- Ida Maria
  • Portions of Foxes -- Rilo Kiley
  • The Hardest Button to Button -- The White Stripes

  • Been Caught Stealing -- Jane's Addiction
  • In the Meantime -- Spacehog
  • Plush -- Stone Temple Pilots
  • Walkin' on the Sun -- Smash Mouth

  • Crazy Train -- Ozzy Osbourne
  • Here I Go Again -- Whitesnake
  • I Love Rock and Roll -- Joan Jett
  • Just Like Heaven -- The Cure
  • Rainbow in the Dark -- Dio
  • The Power of Love -- Huey Lewis and the News
  • Sister Christian -- Night Ranger

  • Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen
  • Break On Through -- The Doors
  • Crosstown Traffic -- Jimi Hendrix
 For more details, see USA Today's story.     Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
Posted by Steve_Ramirez
@MormonWarrior said:
" JUANES?!?!?!?!?!? Freaking YES!! "Me Enamora" is a fantastic song. I've been wanting to sing in Spanish forever on these...  Me enamora, que me hablas con tu boca... "
Same here. Pretty exciting stuff.
Posted by zFUBARz

god damn they just had to include Bohemian Rhapsody. I was out damn it, OUT!!! and here they go dragging me back in.

Posted by rjayb89

Crosstown Traffic.  Yes.

Posted by Daveyo520

In   ter   est   ing

Edited by BackpackKat
@Biddy said:

" @xyzygy said:

" Needs more Radiohead!!!
Here here! Keyboard could work as a synthesizer. "
Maybe Bodysnatchers or Airbag or...or oh don't get me started. If they have any radiohead it is a guaranteed purchase for me. I can do my best crazy Thom Yorke impression
Posted by SleepyDoughnut

If anything, it's good to have some Queen back in there.

Posted by NickNorman

For some reason, I'm really excited about Rock Band 3, probably the most excited I've been for a music game since Rock Band 2. The keyboard looks great, and the tracklist does not disappoint, and that's not even half of the songs so far.

Posted by DeadMonkeys

I'm holding out for the Trumpet and Saxophone peripherals.

Edited by Nasos100

Crazy Train AND rainbow in the dark?
purchase made

Posted by Seroth

I haven't played Rock Band in many months, so I'm ready for some more plastic instrument goodness.

Posted by Damian


  Huey Lewis 
is the news!
Posted by NickLott

I was pretty skeptical but I'm getting sold on this keyboard peripheral.

Posted by MisterMouse

Keyboard seems pretty awesome, but the switching between sides seems kind of jarring

Posted by Falconer

Give me Subdivisions (Rush), and I'll be lining up to get that.

Posted by rusted3572

The Cure!  I have been waiting so long for them to appear in a music game and now they are going to in both guitar hero and rockband.  I'll be getting this one as Just like Heaven is much better than Facination Street.  Infact, the few songs I was interest in Guitar Hero 6 for are include in here, so I guess I will be only buying one music game this year.

Posted by ApuZ

The Keyboard will definitely get me back into Rock Band for a while.

Edited by Forceman4077

As someone who would like to play a bit of piano this looks like a great way to try it out without getting lessons or an expensive keyboard. P.S. bass pro plz P.P.S. Matt & Kim

Posted by random_guy23
@ShaggyChu: Oh god yes for Subdivisions... man that would be awesome....
Posted by AlexB

O_o DO WANT! Going into excitement coma...

Posted by KillerFly

Count me in as someone who still gets excited about Rock Band.

Posted by Redbullet685

Keyboard looks kinda cool and setlist looks good so far. Cant wait

Posted by paulunga

Okay, RB 3 ALSO has "Bohemian Rhapsody", just like Guitar Hero... 6, was it?  Unfortunately "Fascination Street" is way better than "Just like Heaven". :(

Posted by thorkildsen

omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited by Tebbit

 The Power of Love -- Huey Lewis and the News  
That's awesome. 
Don't need a credit card to ride this train! EFTPOS will work just fine.

Posted by Cheapoz

Awesome. Can't wait for it to be released in Australia in 2025.

Posted by hagridore

How do you "plug" more than 4 controllers into a 360? That said, the keytar looks great! 
And what bass controller is that?

Posted by cartoons4andy

I still have a few things to see first.  The jumping back and forth on the keyboard seems find on slow songs, but what of fast ones?  What will pro-keyboard look like?   I'm still totally excited even without those answers yet, so this is a good sign.

Posted by Majkiboy

Actually, i wish Harmonix all the success with this.. as opposed to that GH6-thing, and I've been a GH dude for some time.. man I suck

Posted by MachoFantastico

Can't wait, having put in a 100+ hours into Rock Band 2 I'm super excited by what Harmonix are doing.  
Awesome early setlist aswell. 

Posted by Dizzyhippos

Yep thats more rockband alright

Posted by zudthespud

For me to buy my first of these games they need atleast 2 of 3 things: they need to have an actual musical score option for the keyboard, a feeplay option for the keyboard, and the option to use 3rd party usb keyboards. Otherwise I don't feel like being patronised by a video game, I'd rather just play my actual piano. 

Posted by gbrading

If they have The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Crosstown Traffic", I definitely want "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)".
Posted by c1337us
@Jeffsekai said:
"  Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen   sold  "
Yes. This. In an instant this has gone from a casual interest to GOT HYPE!!! I will be lining up to get this when it releases locally.
Posted by Xeiphyer

I don't think I'm ready for another rhythm game, and I don't know if I ever will be again.

Posted by TepidShark

They should do The Doors' Self Titled as Full Album DLC.

Posted by mattbirdy1986


Posted by Kolonel_Kool
@Jeffsekai said:
"  Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen   sold  "
Posted by Leoplureodon

Haters shouldn't have got guitar hero 3+ 

Posted by Hilfemaster

Ida Maria in rock band? 

Posted by Zounds

I will buy this.

Posted by GunstarRed

this explains the lack of sister christian in the Night Ranger DLC... so, so pumped for more RB!!!
Posted by JustinSane311

That track list is insane.  I love every song except for a couple in the 2000 category.  I'm officially pumped for this game!

Posted by simian

The keyboard has me more interested than I thought I'd be. Almost enough to probably pick it up.

Posted by puje1

Kind of funny how he talk about their  innovationsin the genre, but never actually mentions any...
I so hope this game will let you download 20 songs (you actually like) in stead of just comming pre-packed with 20 crappy songs!

Posted by beatlebrainiac

I'm really sold on this tracklist. The mainstream songs are of the variety that anyone can enjoy, and the indie songs sound fun to play as well as pleasant to listen to. Guitar who?

Posted by Scroll

Abit of Them Crooked vultures works for me.

Posted by natetodamax

I Love Rock And Roll is such a boring song to play in music games

Posted by delicious_lie

Oh My God by Ida Maria.

Edited by bartok

To paraphrase and butcher a quote from that Albert Einstein fellow, "I don't know what kind of songs will be used for Rock Band 3 but in Rock Band 4 they will be using Styx and 'Stones."
Obviously we know what songs they are using but this will probably be the last sequel to Rock Band as the casual players seem to be tiring of the plastic instrument genre.
Edit- Oooh they got Sister Christian by Night Ranger I wonder if it includes a creepy Asian kid throwing fire crackers ?

Posted by Leadcat

Them Crooked Vultures? Sold!