BandFuse licenses 15 Songs by Jimi Hendrix

After a week of no updates regarding BandFuse DLC we finally have an answer, and it’s kind of a big deal. Jeff Marshall updated the BandFuse facebook page today with a post announcing that Realta has partnered with Experience Hendrix to bring fifteen signature songs from the legendary guitarist’s music catalog.

As part of this partnership players will get access to 15 signature songs from the Jimi Hendrix catalog, the first of Which will be rolled as part of the initial 10 songs for DLC on January 28th 2014! DLC will continue to launch 10 new songs a month with selected tracks Hendrix, along with a special list of songs to coincide with the Experience Hendrix Tour in March!

– Jeff Marshall (@BandFuseJeff)

Below is the PR release which also details BandFuse’s strategy for Jimi Hendrix DLC.

ALL-TIME GREATEST GUITARIST EVER JIMI HENDRIX TO ELECTRIFY BANDFUSE: ROCK LEGENDS VIDEO GAME

Exclusive Multi-Phased Partnership to Incorporate Hendrix as an In-Game Legend, Include Special Video Content and Bring 15 of His Greatest Songs to BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store

CAMPBELL, CA – November 26, 2013 – Realta Entertainment Group and Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. announced today a multi-phased partnership that will bring the musical legacy of Jimi Hendrix to BandFuse: Rock Legends, the music video game where legendary rockers transform players into real world guitarists, bassists and vocalists.

As part of this partnership players will get access to 15 signature songs from the Jimi Hendrix catalogue, which will be rolled out starting in January 2014 as downloadable content in the BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store.

Later in 2014, Hendrix will be integrated into the game as a rock legend, which will include interviews with present day guitar greats talking about Jimi Hendrix’s technique and experimental style paired with archival video footage from his illustrious career.

“Jimi was never afraid to go beyond the limitations of traditional guitar teachings, and when fans jump into BandFuse they will be amazed at how cool it is to learn to play guitar like Hendrix,” said Janie L. Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C. “The game provides players with the ability to play his exact sound, capturing the fuzz, feedback and tones that made his style legendary.”

Earlier this week BandFuse: Rock Legends was announced as the title sponsor for the eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour set to launch in March 2014.  These special event performances represent an ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix.BandFuse: Rock Legends will have playable kiosks at each stop of the 20-city tour, giving attendees a hands-on experience. The tour features two of the in-game instructors from BandFuse: Rock Legends, metal legend Zakk Wylde and funk master Bootsy Collins.

“We are ecstatic to be working with the Jimi Hendrix team to bring his immensely explosive talent to BandFuse: Rock Legends,” said Jeff Marshall, Director of Artist Relations, Realta Entertainment. “He was an unparalleled musical genius whose collective guitar works continue to be relevant and influential to budding musicians and music lovers the world over.”

Seamlessly connecting real guitars, basses and microphones to game consoles, BandFuse: Rock Legends empowers players to jam to a fully unlocked library of hit songs from rock to metal and punk to funk, featuring 55 massive genre-jumping songs. BandFuse: Rock Legends features in-game guitar and bass guitar instruction by a platinum cast of musicians including master guitar instructor Slash joined by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Bootsy Collins (Parliament/Funkadelic, Rubber Band), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom).

Which Jimi Hendrix songs do you expect? Could this be the first of many “big grabs” for Realta? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Funn Dave
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Funn Dave

Not thirty seconds before I checked RiffRepeater, I was thinking, “Rocksmith could really use some Hendrix (and Zappa and Grateful Dead).” Guess I’ll be getting Bandfuse sooner rather than later.

Also that quotation is perfect--albeit obviously necessarily used out of context.

Black Hood Mare
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I don’t understand what you people are on about. Bandfuse is superior in terms of soung learning. None of that bogus 3-D head-on collision rainbow crap.As someone who’s played music for 6 years prior to picking up the guitar I think that development over at UBISOFT is severely lacking -- why the hell are they trying to reinvent the wheel and make it 20x more difficult to acclimate to the guitar? There’s too much information to process with the notes coming AT you rather than from the side (the way humans have processed written information since…Oh, I dunno, the dawn of written language) and different colours for the strings. And the notes floating in space…what.the.hell? That steepens the learning curve to an unnecessary level.

Anyways, just realized I was ranting cause I’m drunk, but the point is. Bandfuse is better. Sidescroll notes are easier to acclimate, making it a lot EASIER to understand where the notes actually are like tab EVERY WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

Also, don’t get so high and mighty about who did what first. All I give a single damn about is how am I going to learn in the most efficient way possible. Plus…Bandfuse has better songs.

Hell, if bandfuse added in some Kyuss, Elder, Baroness, some more of Zakk’s stuff, more Petrucci, Stoner Rock/Doom metal (Are you listening studio that created bandfuse?) I’d be set for life.

Again, I’m drunk. Leave me alone.

This is James
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This is James

I concur, you are drunk. Those are the drunk ravings of a madman, who has taken LSD and magic mushrooms as well. Frankly, i’m surprised you’re still standing.

Twistedsinz
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Twistedsinz

Do you even own RS2014 or Bandfuse or spent any time comparing the 2. Drunk or not, Don’t start making comparisons on something you haven’t even tried.

Funn Dave
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Funn Dave

For anyone who’s played a rhythm game before--and such people make up a good portion of these games’ user base--notes scrolling at you is an easy and natural method of learning a song. My only beef is that having the notes at different elevations (because they’re on different strings), combined with the notes coming at you vertically, makes rhythms harder to convey. Rocksmith makes up for it by being very forgiving when it comes to rhythm, but that’s obviously an imperfect solution.

Then again, I’m not entirely sober either (although I’m not drunk, either :P), so what do I know.

chris
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chris

Forgiving about rhythm my exact thought. Rocksmith has a huge flaw because if you want to learn guitar you need to be in the pocket at all times not just close. I tried same song on Bandfuse and I scored much lower on timing so it actually shows you what your skill level is like

KingTessai
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KingTessai

Be prepared …
The Activision promo machine and the Activision cash machine are on ….

I don’t believe that the Bobby Kotick’s company is surfing on the success of RS1 ….
Fucking opportunist.

cringe
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cringe

I dont understand all the hate for bandfuse, I love Guitar, both RS and Bandfuse promote teaching Guitar. Sure they are different, but why the hate lol.

KingTessai
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KingTessai

I don’t think the reason is here …
Personnaly, I think Activision is a pure non-creative company,they want a max of cash in for a non risk investment …
When they see that the riskful bet of UbiSoft with RockSmith1 is efficient, then they decided to “propose” a “new” teaching guitar game …

Don’t forget that Activison fire a lot of people, even if they are talented … (Bizarre Creations, because the game Blur don’t sell enough, even if the crticts are nice with it …)

BobbyKotick
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BobbyKotick

We have no interest in a real guitar game. Our new Guitar Hero title in 2014 is what we are currently planning.

<3

Dan
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Fuckin’ Bandfuse?! If I wanted Hendrix tab I’d buy a Hendrix tab book for 15 quid! If I want to play hendrix songs in a fun and accessible computer game I guess I’ll have to dig out my dusty old copy of Guitar Hero World Tour. Or wait until they come to Rocksmith after no-on gives a shit about this game even after this announcement.

cringe
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cringe

guys, when comparing RS2014 & BandFuse keep in mind that bandfuse was made by a indie studio with no where near the budget of rocksmith. I own both games and I feel that each game has its place.
Bandfuse is always recording your performances so you can hear yourself back which is a huge +1 for me. Also being able to completely get rid of the guitar track so all your hear is YOUR guitar is a great feature. I love both games.

lolololol
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lolololol

You should look into some of the backers and background of the CEOs of Realta… They have more than enough money. They consist of VCs, ex wallstreet, and hollywood executives.

Andrei
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Andrei

Realta is not really a small indie studio, as lolololol said. On the other hand, the people responsible for Rocksmith at Ubi is a small team with a limited budget. I think the budgets for the 2 games are probably in the same ballpark, I’d be surprised if there were a huge difference. But Rocksmith is in its second iteration, so they could just refine what they did in the first game, while Bandfuse is brand new.

I agree it’s good that both games exist, competition is good and so on.

Jake
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Jake

You people with bandfuse need to post videos of all the songs and we don’t need to see you playing the guitar.

Andrei
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Andrei

DLC only in January. At least now I know I don’t need to rush to buy Bandfuse.

anthony
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anthony

ill get bandfuse when i see it for less then 20 dollars. i hope rocksmith also gets hendrix along with some bigger exclusives

WonderWaage
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WonderWaage

Hmm… I guess it is really just up to Janie… Christ… Well, I’m hopin’ it’ll come to Rocksmith too. ’cause I’m not buying Bandfuse ever.

Mateo
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Mateo

nooooooooooooooooo, i want Jimi in Rocksmith!!

This is James
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This is James

If this music is or was “available”, what was the issue with Ubisoft/Rocksmith persuing it?

Jed
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Jed

You know, given Bandfuse’s many delays, ambiguous release dates, and miniscule impact on the media, I’d.say the first batch of Jimi DLC will come out in March, the next in June, and by then the game will fizzle out. It’s too bad, but for most it’s just too big an investment for something so new and experimental. People who want to learn guitar through a game either already have Rocksmith or are using Bandfuse to compare to Rocksmith. If the release had fewer (and smaller) hiccups, I would’ve bought the game day one in 2012.

Dyseman
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Dyseman

To be honest, I was worried about Bandfuse initially because of all the delays. The to find out 1st DLC was 2 months after launch and monthly (theoretically) thereafter.

But I do like the Highway over Rocksmith’s. Although I can do both.

I hope they get in gear and at least do some Bi-Weekly

dave
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dave

Any word if this is exclusive? That’s the real question here.

armin1021
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armin1021

snail mail?

Jed
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Jed

Are you guys planning on doing a review of Bandfuse? I can’t find any reputable review sites that have reviewed the game, so I’d like to see the stance you guys hold

ginrog
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ginrog

Hopefully the other DLC will be songs not in Rocksmith. I love having 2 different games but I would like different songs.

Chris
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Chris

Impressive. They learned from Rs1 experience that black keys and blink 182 dlc don’t exactly blow people away. Just a matter of time before they get GNR

charlie99
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charlie99

Doesn.t get much bigger than this. Really axecited(sorry) about bandfuse. Lovin rocksmith too though.

JaY
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Fuck a Bandfuse!! we Need Hendrix on RS 2014..

armin1021
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armin1021

How much?

Grumble Volcano
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Grumble Volcano

I predict 13 singles and 2 popular non-singles which are already in RB:

Hey Joe*
Purple Haze
The Wind Cries Mary
Foxy Lady
Up From the Skies
All Along the Watchtower
Crosstown Traffic
Fire
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)*
Freedom
Angel
Gypsy Eyes
Dolly Dagger
Little Wing
Spanish Castle Magic

(* means live version)

James
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Hope this mean RS is gonna pick it up DLC-wise

rurbaniak
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rurbaniak

Did Bandfuse just make the first mistake on paying a ton for licensing?

ginrog
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ginrog

Well played Bandfuse. If people needed an incentive greater than another guitar game(more the merrier) then I think this would be it.

Mike
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Mike

Oh no, we can’t let Bandfuse win.

ROCKWARRIOR86
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and we’re not gonna rocksmith bust out the aerosmith 5-pack! ❗

Osteofight
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Osteofight

DLC starts 1/28/14. 10 songs a month. There is some bad news in that good news.

elemenohpenc
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elemenohpenc

touché bandfuse, touché.