After several non-denial denials and premature band reveals, Harmonix and MTV Games announced Thursday (June 11) that [artist id="988"]Green Day[/artist] music will be coming exclusively to “Rock Band.”
Available July 7 through Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, the first Green Day release on “Rock Band” will be a three-song pack taken from their latest album, 21st Century Breakdown. The songs will include “21 Guns,” “Know Your Enemy” and “East Jesus Nowhere.” Future releases are planned, but details on those remain hush-hush.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong seems pretty pumped about the project: “We are excited to be working with MTV and Harmonix. They are leaders and visionaries in the world of music and video games, and ‘Rock Band’ is a really cool way for fans of all ages to experience our music.”
This will be the first time Green Day songs will be playable in a music or rhythm game. Up until now, die-hard fans have been forced to create hacked versions of the songs and add them to modded versions of “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” (a practice that isn’t exactly encouraged by the games’ developers or artists).
This isn’t the first time “Rock Band” has managed to wrangle exclusive big-name artists. “The Beatles: Rock Band,” which launches in September, will be the first time music from the Fab Four will be featured in a rhythm and music game.