The Piano man cometh again

by: Dan -
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Harmonix brought us the first taste of Bill Joel for Rock Band 3 back in December 2010, and today, we found out that a fresh batch will be arriving next week. The Billy Joel Piano Challenge consist of six songs that bring the total Billy Joel collection to 18 in the Rock Band library. This will be a must buy, and I am glad to see a mic of classic hits and deeper cuts made this list. Pricing as usual will be $0.99 for the Pro Bass/Guitar upgrade on “Prelude/Angry Young Man”, $1.99/160 MS Pts/200 Wii Pts per song and $9.99/800 MS Pts/1000 Wii Pts for the entire Billy Joel Piano Challenge.
  • “I Go to Extremes”
  • “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)”
  • “My Life”
  • “Prelude/Angry Young Man” X
  • “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”
  • “She’s Always a Woman”

Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.


Cambridge, Mass. – March 18, 2011 – Harmonix today announced that a six-pack of songs from The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, will be available beginning March 22 in theRock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.

Rock Band provides the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums through the Rock Band music platform, which features more than 800 artists and more than 2,500* tracks via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at Rock Band’s gigantic music library dwarfs that of any other rhythm video game on the market. More than 75 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band Music Store since its launch Nov. 20, 2007.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii
Looking for a keyboard challenge in Rock Band 3? Next week, we’re bringing you the “Billy Joel Piano Challenge” pack, featuring classics like “My Life,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” and “Prelude/Angry Young Man.”

As always, songs available as downloadable content for Rock Band 3 feature five-button guitar and bass parts, drums, Pro Drums, and keys, Pro Keys and harmonies, where applicable. Some songs also feature Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrades available for an additional $0.99 upgrade download.

This brings the total number of Billy Joel songs available for Rock Band 3 to 18, featuring everything from “Big Shot” to “Piano Man” to “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, has won six GRAMMY® Awards and is the third-best selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA.

Live At Shea Stadium: The Concert was released March 8 by Sony Music Digital. The two CD set and DVD features more than two hours of Billy and his band, as well as duets with guest artists Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks and John Mayer, along with exclusive DVD/Blu-ray bonus performances with Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and John Mellencamp. For more information and to order, please click here.

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation®3 system (March 22):

“I Go to Extremes”
“Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)”
“My Life”
“Prelude/Angry Young Man” X
“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”
“She’s Always a Woman”
(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation®3 system March 23)

These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks and as “Billy Joel Piano Challenge” on Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
$2.00USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
$0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
$9.99, £4.99 UK, €7.99 EU (800 Microsoft Points, 1000 Wii Points) for Billy Joel Piano Challenge

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

*Available on-disc, via download and disc export. Internet connection and export key purchase required. Wii has more than 1,500 song tracks available for purchase on the Rock Band platform on-disc, via song import, and download. Not applicable to Nintendo DS™.
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