Pay attention, Green Day fans. It's time to don your spiky black wig, and strap on that red necktie, because we have some news for you regarding Green Day: Rock Band. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Simon Vozick-Levinson, Harmonix project director, Chris Foster, not only dropped interesting morsels regarding Green Day: Rock Band, but also disclosed the entire 47-track lineup.
As we somewhat suspected would be the case for the next band-dedicated Rock Band, the same method for progressing through the track list used in Beatles: Rock Band will be in place here, serving to chronicle the career of Green Day as it evolved from jamming in friends' basements to filling arenas to capacity. Tracks will take place within set-piece locales that echo the period in which those songs occurred - namely The Warehouse (a fictional venue to represent the dives and squats they played in before they made a name for themselves), The National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, where they recorded arguably their best live performance ever, and the Fox Theater in Oakland California, where they performed an impressive homecoming set last year.As with the locations, the band members themselves will appear differently at each venue, down to the number of tattoos they each had at the time they performed in those venues.
Unlike Beatles: Rock Band, Green Day: Rock Band will feature full albums, along with a mix of individual classics. Dookie and American Idiot are included in the game in their entirety. Whereas 21st Century Breakdown will feature only 12 of the tracks from the album, since the remaining tracks have been available on the Rock Band store for awhile now and will remain that way. If you have downloaded these songs for use in a previous version of Rock Band, never fear. You can pull them into this edition to complete the album yourself.
Lastly, remember those amazingly well-realized 3-part vocal harmonies in Beatles: Rock Band? They're here too at the band's insistence. And that is a good thing indeed. Here is the full-track list:
VENUE: The Warehouse
Dookie (1994)“Burnout”“Having a Blast”“Chump”“Longview”“Welcome to Paradise”“Pulling Teeth”“Basket Case”“She”“Sassafrass Roots”“When I Come Around”“Coming Clean”“Emenius Sleepus”“In the End”“F.O.D.”
VENUE: Milton Keynes
American Idiot (2004)“American Idiot”“Jesus of Suburbia”“Holiday”“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”“Are We the Waiting”“St. Jimmy”“Give Me Novacaine”“She’s a Rebel”“Extraordinary Girl”“Letterbomb”“Wake Me Up When September Ends”“Homecoming”“Whatsername”
Nimrod (1997)“Hitchin’ a Ride”“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”“Nice Guys Finish Last”
Insomniac (1995)“Brain Stew”“Jaded”“Geek Stink Breath”
VENUE: The Fox Theater, Oakland 21st Century Breakdown (2009)“Song of the Century”“21st Century Breakdown”“Before the Lobotomy”“Last Night on Earth”“Peacemaker”“Murder City”“¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)”“Restless Heart Syndrome”“Horseshoes and Handgrenades”“The Static Age”“American Eulogy”“See the Light”
Downloadable Content (not included)“21 Guns”“Know Your Enemy”“East Jesus Nowhere”“Last of the American Girls”“¡Viva La Gloria!”“Christian’s Inferno”
The subject of the Beatles: Rock Band successor is a controversial one. Some say Green Day is the perfect fit, since they have popularity, catchy songs, and a back catalogue strong enough to support a game like this. Others would argue Green Day isn't in the same league as the Beatles and is undeserving of their own Rock Band title. What say you guys? Any tracks missing that you think should be in included?