Faking the Band – No, you can’t get virtual jetlag. [5/20/08]

Faking the Band is a weekly feature detailing the latest in downloadable content for Rock Band.

Êtes-vous prêt pour un échange content transatlantique?

Ahem! Sorry about that. Had a frog’s legs caught in my throat. What I meant to say…are you ready for a transatlantic content swap?

Rock Band for the Xbox 360 is boarding a jet plane and will be landing in Western European countries on May 21, 22 and 23 (Germany, France and the United Kingdom, respectively). The PS3, PS2 and Wii versions will be held up a bit, possibly due to turbulence or a hold-over for refueling, and land a bit late on August 29.

This immigration has been a long time coming, and the European gaming community has naturally grown a little upset and a lot impatient over the oft-delayed arrival. One of the concessions made to ease this international tension was a handful of on-disc, Eurocentric tracks. Of course, we here in the Western Hemisphere cried foul once we saw the British selections, so we’ll be getting every track as well via May 20’s DLC!

If our European friends find that insulting, perhaps they’ll be happy to know that the entire North American DLC library will be available to them the same day. And to the people of Mexico too!

Just singles here. No pack. [160 MS points per song]

Note: The bracketed information lists the band’s nationality, the language of the song’s lyrics and whether or not the track is a master or cover, respectively. And, in personal news, I love me some Muse!

  • “Beetlebum” – Blur [BRITISH / ENGLISH / COVER]
  • “Hysteria” – Muse [BRITISH / ENGLISH / MASTER]
  • “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” – Oasis [BRITISH / ENGLISH / MASTER]
  • “Perfekte Welle” – Juli [GERMAN / GERMAN / MASTER]
  • “Monsoon” – Tokio Hotel [GERMAN / ENGLISH / MASTER]
  • “Countdown To Insanity” – H-Blockx [GERMAN / ENGLISH / MASTER]
  • “Hier Kommt Alex” – Die Toten Hosen [GERMAN / GERMAN / MASTER]
  • “New Wave” – Pleymo [FRENCH / FRENCH / MASTER]
  • “Manu Chao” – Les Wampas [FRENCH / FRENCH / MASTER]