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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Chinese Democracy on Rock Band 2

Get ready to sing like Axl and emulate whichever guitarist is in Guns n' Roses these days: Gn'R debuted their song "Shackler's Revenge" on Rock Band 2, and now Axl Rose will bring the rest of Chinese Democracy to the music video game on April 14th as a new batch of downloadable content. Thirteen tracks off Chinese DemocracyRock Band is assuming you've already beat enough challenges to add "Shackler's Revenge" to the in-game track list — will be available both in bulk and as individual tracks for Playstation 3 and XBox 360, while the Wii will only sell CD as individual tracks.

At least Axl is finally doing something to promote this album after failing to tour (so far) or give interviews through conventional channels or even release that video for "Better" that's just sitting on a editing dock somewhere. As the album has failed to reach sales expectations since its release as a Best Buy exclusive on November 23rd, making the entire LP available to players might expose Axl's long-in-the-works Chinese Democracy to a larger audience, ingraining itself into the skulls of users who might not have cared for "Street of Dreams" at first listen. Plus, people seem to use the Rock Band and Guitar Hero series as a way to discover new music. We have a friend who had never heard the Cars' self-titled album until it became available in its entirety on Rock Band 2 in May 2008. Rock Band is the new MTV.

While tracks like "Better" and "Scraped" seem almost tailor made for a Rock Band release, we're curious how the ballad "This I Love" will make the jump to Rock Band as it's all piano and vocals until the guitar solo kicks in around the three-minute mark. Chinese Democracy was ranked Rolling Stone's 12th best album of 2008. Gn'R become the latest band to have an entire album playable through RB, joining the Pixies, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Judas Priest and more.

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