The Washington Times - October 30, 2008, 12:44AM

UPDATE: I got to listen to some great Beatles songs before the conference started.  It definitely reminded me why I loved John, Paul, George and Ringo in the first place.

As expected, the Beatles’ songs will become part of the video game universe.

Specifically, MTV Games and Harmonix, through an exclusive partnership with Apple Corps Ltd., will develop a new, stand-alone interactive music video game based on the Fab Four’s catalog.



* The game was creatively conceived with input from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison with their full blessing.

* Giles Martin will be the music producer for the project.  

* It’s not just an expansion pack, but a new, full-blown title built from the ground up, a journey through the evolution of the Beatles.

* “Access the most tracks and create a fully interactive experience,” Mr. Giles said.

* Not a Rock Band title, and completely dedicated to the Beatles. Projected release is for next year’s holiday season.

* Specifics of the game play were painfully sparse. It will be compatible with existing Rock Band peripherals.

The Beatles get a Rock Band style video game.


In less than 10 hours, the mystery of whether one of rock’s greatest groups will strengthen the Rock Band 2 music lineup will be answered with a teleconference hosted by MTV Networks and Apple Corps Ltd.

A bunch of high-salaried folks will be taking part and promising to explain the development of an “unprecedented global music project.”

A cryptic press release was sent out earlier today, and when this video game reviewer managed to make the list, it appears the musical match might be in the works.

Personally, if the rampant speculation is true, I look forward to straining my vocal chords in an attempt to reach the upper melodic stratospheres of a Paul McCartney vocal line or to try to conquer a George Harrison guitar lead. I won’t be sweating the Ringo drum parts

I will be calling in to the conference and will post something here as soon as I know the definitive answer.

If true, the Beatles will join such legends as Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull, the Ramones, the Who and Kiss in the game, making the Rock Band lineup a potent package for music fans.

It also takes some of the air out of the recently released competition, Guitar Hero World Tour.

Of course, it could be just some announcement about a boring digital distribution deal.

Joseph Szadkowski