AfterNews: Beatles/Neil Young/Jackson 5

Harmonix and MTV, the makers of popular video game Rock Band, announced that they will join forces with The Beatles to create a standalone version of the game based on the music of the Fab Four due late next year. But don’t expect the game to be Rock Band: The Beatles…

“It’s not a ‘Rock Band’ game,” Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos said during a conference call, speaking for the MTV-owned studio behind the original “Guitar Hero” and the “Rock Band” series. “It’s a new creative exploration of their music and a celebration of their legacy in a way that hasn’t been done before.” The developer added that it will be a “music-making game. … There will be interactive performance of the music … and stuff you haven’t seen from us before.” The game is being described as a “journey” through the band’s career, from its first album to its last, though whether that means the project will encompass every Beatles song was not something the reps were willing to divulge. Reps also did not comment on whether gamers would be able to play as the musicians themselves. [MTV News]

It’s fantastic to see The Beatles finally starting to embrace technology. Can a deal with iTunes and Surround Sound remasters be far behind?

Honorary lifetime member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union, Neil Young, cancelled a concert at TForum in Inglewood this evening due to a strike by the venue’s workers against the venue’s owners. The concert will be rescheduled for sometime in 2009, and ticket holders will be eligible for refunds. [Relix]

Jermaine Jackson told the Associated Press that The Jackson 5 are planning to tour next year with sister Janet Jackson as the opening act. Jackson mentioned that all of the brothers will be involved, including Michael.

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