"For me, it's really hard. I think I'd rather play the guitar on the game. The drums are really hard. But what's cool about the kit that you get is, you can put it on free-play mode and the practice mode, and you've got an electric drum set. So it's kind of cool. I did an interactive thing with some random 'Rock Band' players all throughout the world, and I got my ass kicked really bad. I couldn't even finish the song. I got pwned! Pwned like a newb."
-Green Day drummer Tré Cool, utilizing his best gamer parlance to express just how badly he was beaten when he tried to play his own songs in the just-released video game "Green Day: Rock Band." The game brings together 47 of the band's greatest tunes (including Dookie, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown in their entirety) and lets you project yourself into the band via the "Rock Band" guitars, drums and microphones. Though Cool finds the drums difficult, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says they're no easier than the guitars. "Since most of our songs only have four chords, it's probably more difficult to play them on 'Green Day: Rock Band' than it is on real guitars," he joked.
Cool calls out one of the great features of the drums on "Green Day: Rock Band." When you get tired of banging along to hits like "Basket Case," "American Idiot," "21 Guns" and "Geek Stink Breath," you can head into the practice studio and use the drums as an electronic drum kit (which, as he notes, allows you to channel John Bonham without bothering the neighbors.
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