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Published on September 4th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne


Competition: The Beatles Rockband Game

*** Competition Closed ***

*** Congratulations to Kevin Connolly ***

*** who wins the Beatles Rockband Game ***

*** and replica Rickenbacker 325 Guitar ***

The Beatles RockbandBeatles Week continues on Culch.ie with a look at the new Beatles Rockband game. To coincide with the launch of the Remastered series on 09/09/09, EA releases its newest Rockband game and it has raised the bar. In July, I went to London to preview the game and got to play around with it as well as meet one of the game’s producers.

The game (in story mode) follows the band from the early touring days in Liverpool’s bars to the immortal, final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop. We follow in the band’s footsteps as they take over the globe during the height of Beatlemania. Along the way, venues, set lists, clothing and instruments replicate the band’s rise to fame, represented in The Beatles’ touring period from 1963 to1966 and their studio days from 1966 to 1969.

A huge part of the new game is the introduction of three-part vocal harmonies to game play, a pivotal part of the Beatles repertoire. I spoke about this and more with John Drake of Harmonix, the games developers:

Of The Beatles’ epic catalogue, 45 songs will be available on-disc with more available to download in the coming months. The first ten songs that will be available on the game-disc include some of my favourite Beatles tracks like I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Day Tripper, Back In The USSR, I Am The Walrus (which we murdered when playing the game – and NO you may not see the video footage), Octopus’s Garden and Here Comes The Sun, with additional songs to follow.

It was also announced that All You Need Is Love, will be released exclusively on Xbox 360 a downloadable song through Xbox LIVE on September 9, 2009 with all proceeds benefitting Doctors Without Borders. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, selected the humanitarian organization as the beneficiary.


So, do you want to win a copy of the The Beatles Rockband game on the Nintendo Wii? It really is a lot of fun, no matter how awful you are at singing, drumming or playing guitar.

The game can be expanded upon with a new set of hardware replicas representing the instruments made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Featured in the set are the Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars – two of the signature instruments played by Lennon and Harrison. As well as the Rockband game, we are giving you a replica Rickenbacker 325 Guitar, so you can feel a bit more like John Lennon.

To win the game and guitar, leave us a comment telling us what Beatles song you would like to play if you win. Winners will be randomly selected next Friday, 11th September.

For more information on the game check out www.theBeatlesRockband.com and have a look at the trailer here:

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44 Responses to Competition: The Beatles Rockband Game

  1. Deirdre Durran says:

    Let it be.

  2. Oooooh!!! An excuse to buy a Wii! I’d totally rock out “Come Together” best song ever!

    Is hey dude on it??

    nahhhhh nahhhh nah nanananan hey dude!!
    doodey doodey doooodey!

  3. Niall says:

    I’ve always wanted to play Back in the USSR. My version of course would be on cellos rather than guitars because I’m that much of a snob. 🙂

  4. TheChrisD says:

    Well, I’d play every single one of them, since I’d need the practice to ensure I wouldn’t look like a tosser when playing with friends 😀

  5. Nicole says:

    I’ve never even thought about buying the Wii version, since I have a PS3… I just might. http://see.walmart.com/the-beatles-rock-band/ has a countdown going on and an exclusive video, if you’re into that sorta thing. I’m excited!

  6. I’d play Across The Universe because that where this game would take me…

  7. Gary says:

    Hard Day’s Night.

    No explanation needed, me thinks.

  8. Steve Hughes says:

    it’s only love cos it’s the last song i sang live

  9. Lorraine Weldon says:

    A hard Days night 🙂

  10. Frank Bradley says:

    Here Comes the Sun

  11. haka khan says:


  12. That’s really hard to choose.
    I’ll have to say With A Little Help From My Friends.
    Its been an inspirational song for me

  13. Padraic Coyne says:

    I’m DYING to sing and play the drums to the 16 minute medley from side 2 of Abbey Road when that downloadable content is released in October.

    By the way, Hey Jude and Let It Be would suck on Rock Band unless Harmonix release a plastic piano peripheral with 49 multi-coloured keys. Think about it.

  14. John Prescott says:

    ‘I Saw Her Standing There’

    One, two, three, FOH! 🙂

  15. Mitchell Stirling says:

    I would love to be able to play a full 22 minute version of ‘Helter Skelter’ until there were blisters on ma fingers!

  16. emer breen says:

    Hey Jude, best song ever 🙂

  17. Kevin Connolly says:

    I would like Here Comes the Sun because it’s been a long cold lonely Summer, or excuse for a Summer

  18. Sean O'Boyle says:

    Given the interactive nature of the Game it’d have to be “All together now”!

  19. Will Heigh says:

    It has to be Helter Skelter

  20. Michelle Geoghegan says:

    I choose ‘One after 909’, the Anthology version which is rockier.

  21. twistedlilkitty says:

    I’d like to play ‘Ticket to Ride’ mostly because of this http://www.rathergood.com/chicken

    Mostly because it gives me an excellent way to develop carpel tunnel syndrome.

  22. Andrea says:

    We all live in a yellow submarine – please!!

  23. DaRadar says:

    Being a Ferris Bueller fan It’d have to be “Twist and shout”….great for shouting/singing to at a party !
    A close second though would be “In my life” for a more mellow vibe !

  24. Kevin says:

    Going to have to sway to Hey Jude!

  25. angela says:

    Has to be ‘Back IN The USSR’. what a rockin song that would be to play on the Rockband Game. Beatles forever

  26. TRACY says:


  27. Derek says:

    ‘Revolution’ from the White Album. That song raocks man!

  28. Damien Holmes says:

    Can’t believe nobody else mentioned it, but the tune I’d wanna play is my favourite:
    I am the Walrus!


  29. Christian says:

    I’d like to play Blackbird but I don’t think it’s on the playlist, so instead I would do Help!

  30. Ian Healy says:

    I Am The Walrus would be class!

  31. i would pick the song called ” the end ” the last song they ever recorded and because of the lyrics ” and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make ” It’s perfect and it’s beautiful

  32. Davyk says:


  33. trjh says:

    I think it’d have to be “I’m only sleeping”, a common refrain in my life… though “Yellow Submarine” is one of my lifetime favorite songs (and movies!)

  34. Lorraine says:

    Eight Days a Week!

  35. Aedan says:

    I’d love to give “I am the Walrus” a go.

    “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.”

  36. Frank Bradley says:

    so who won the contest?

  37. Darren Byrne says:

    Winner has been selected and I’ll post the results as soon as I get home from the cinema. Off to watch District 9 and The Final Destination. 🙂

  38. Darren Byrne says:

    *** Competition Closed ***

    *** Congratulations to Kevin Connolly ***

    *** who wins the Beatles Rockband Game ***

    *** and replica Rickenbacker 325 Guitar ***

  39. Darren Byrne says:

    In addition, thank you to everyone who entered our competition and please keep an eye on Culch.ie for more in the future.

  40. Geroge says:


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