GUNS N’ ROSES BRING ‘DEMOCRACY’ TO ‘ROCK BAND’:
April 10, 2009
David J. Prince of www.billboard.com reports that Axl Rose may have spent 15 years fine tuning the 14 tracks on “Chinese Democracy,” but it only took five months for the entire album to make its way into the “Rock Band” video game franchise.
“Chinese Democracy” will be released in its entirety into the Rock Band Music Store on April 14 and gamers will be able to download and play all 13 songs from the record, Harmonix and MTV Games announced Friday. “Shackler’s Revenge,” the first track to emerge from the album, made its debut in the “Rock Band 2” release.
Gamers who use the XBox 360 and Playstation 3 gaming systems will be able to purchase the entire album and individual tracks, while Nintendo Wii players can only buy the tracks individually.
In an exclusive interview, Axl Rose told Billboard that the game’s producers felt the album’s multiple layers and tracks needed extra programming to sound and play correctly. “They felt the record – based on the nature and complexity of the depth of instrumentation – deserved a bit more attention and some more involved elements than they’ve generally dealt with,” he said.
“Chinese Democracy” was released in November 2008 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album has sold 570,000 copies to date according to Nielsen SoundScan.