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MTV may be eyeing a Rock Band TV show

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 28th 2007 5:24PM

MTVHarmonix brought us Guitar Hero and it was good. MTV bought Harmonix and promised more musical delights in the near future and now there is Rock Band. Where GH allowed you to rock the axe, RB expands to allow the entire "band." Peripherals are available to allow a guitarist, bassist, drummer and vocalist to all perform together. And major record labels are promising unprecedented cooperation, including making new music available weekly for the game.

Now, Rocky Mountain News is reporting that a Rock Band TV show may be under consideration at MTV. While nothing official can be reported, MTV senior VP of home entertainment Paul DeGooyer says of it, "we need the right concept, one that looks at how gamers engage with the game." Implications may be, though, that they are trying to find a way to do it without diluting or damaging the Rock Band name.

With major label and musician support and that planned rollout of new jams each week, including an exclusive premiere of Metallica's next single, Rock Band looks poised to be a major player in the music industry. It may just change it in the same way MTV itself did lo those many moons ago. If it proves anywhere near as popular as Guitar Hero, which seems pretty likely, then it will definitely have the attention of all those young people that have stopped buying CDs in favor of downloads and ring tones. And if tapping into the huge video game market is what it takes for the music industry to hang onto the youth market, then it's a savvy move.

My fear is that foursomes who jam the Rock Band will delude themselves into thinking they have real talent and try to force feed the rest of us their tone deaf crapilations. And you can bet your ass they'll all be recording themselves and plastering it all over YouTube to try and be the next viral ("Chocolate Rain") sensation. Me, I'm waiting for Barbershop Quartet for the Wii. I'm gonna get the boys back together and we are gonna bring the house down! Where's my bow tie? Where's my Ragtime Doll?

[via 1Up.com]

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Chris Bragg

How about a show with a bunch of different already established rock bands playing music set to "videos". Or a show where rock bands play a concert, but can't use any "plugged in" instruments.

Nah, that's dumb.

November 29 2007 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As horrible as this idea sounds, it will actually involve music. Are we sure this won't be on MTV2 or MTV9?

November 28 2007 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well you can say that the singer have real talent if they play it good, and to some extent the drummer too, becaus playing the Rock Bond drums on the hardest setting is kinda like playing drums in real life.. but that doesent go for the guitar and base.. thats still just a game you get good at..

November 28 2007 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey now, don't be talking smack about the barbershop quartet boys! I have a hard time taking MTV seriously on anything that it says will have a musical focus. Too much reality crap and not enough music. At least my cable system gets VH1 Classic for my Metal Mania. And I think the biggest pitfall of this concept is something you mentioned. Competitors are likely going to be deluded into thinking they've actually got talent and ability. Idol eventually whittles its way down to the talented few, and you don't necessarily need to play an instrument. And these other "making the band" type shows never seem to produce anything beyond a single album at most. Even the best one, Rockstar: INXS has produced only one album (admittedly a good one, IMO) and a decent tour. I'm anticipating a large bucket of fail.

November 28 2007 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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