Harmonix started off by offering-up trivia questions, leading followers to speculate on the soon-to-be-featured-artists, before the developer broadcast the answers: Marilyn Manson, Tears for Fears, Foreigner, The B-52s, and Def Leppard.
Some of the hints posted by Harmonix were actually pretty interesting.
In case you missed it, we'll give you another chance to play:
Hint: "They formed in NYC and their name was inspired by the fact that half of the original members were English and the other half were American."
Hint: "...has sold over 11 million albums in the US, 68 million albums worldwide, three of which are multi-platinum."
Answer: Marilyn Manson
Hint: "Disturbed has covered their work."
Answer: Tears for Fears
Hint: "...got its start in Athens, GA, and their first album sold more than 500,000 copies. John Lennon was also quoted that they had an influence on his career later."
Answer: The B-52s
Hint: "Has a great VH-1 Behind the Music."
Answer: Def Leppard
While not all of the hints were as interesting as others, some are still very interesting.
Particularly that bit about John Lennon drawing inspiration from The B-52s - that explains a lot about his post-Beatles career.
As for how the announcements play into the Rock Band 3 offerings, it's definitely a solid variety of music - and will undoubtedly please fans from a variety of music genres. Personally, I'm especially excited about Foreigner and The B-52s (I've got my fingers crossed for "Rock Lobster").
Following the recent Rock Band 3 trailer as well as pre-order bonuses, Harmonix is definitely revving up the pre-launch announcements. I'm sure we'll hear more information regarding the artists you'll get to mimic in Rock Band 3 as we get closer to the game's release this holiday season.