Faking the Band – All aboard the freedom train [Jan. 13]

Faking the Band is a weekly feature detailing the latest in DLC for Rock Band 2 and GH World Tour.

Here’s an interesting cocktail: the retro-inspired son of a Jeffersons actress, a tattooed and perpetually shirtless punk drummer and a cadre of coworkers interested in pop rock and doom metal. Oh, and Flo Rida. Think of him as the spike, so to speak, in this peculiar little beverage we call “this week’s DLC.”

Rock Band 2 is now home to the funky styles of a Mr. Lenny Kravitz, powerhouse singer-songwriter and guitarist. His influences span the gap from Miles Davis to David Bowie, and his neu-retro sound is unmistakable. He’s also a four-time winner of the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” Grammy.

Speaking of four, that’s precisely how many songs of his showed up on Tuesday: three from his debut album Let Love Rule (“Freedom Train,” “Mr. Cab Driver,” the title track) and the upbeat, ever-popular 90s classic, “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

Not to be overshadowed, Harmonix’s own staff chipped in with two singles. Megasus, the sludgy metal band responsible for the divisive Guitar Hero II track “Red Lottery,” decide to self-promote a bit with the aptly-titled “Megasus.” Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives offer “Entangled,” making it the fourth song from this poppy and quirky band to be featured in a Harmonix videogame, the others being “Hey,” “Soy Bomb” and Rock Band‘s own “I Get By.”

As for World Tour, gamers are certainly in for a sweaty Thursday, January 15, when the Travis Barker Track Pack stops by. The man is best known as the mohawked, energetic drummer for pop-punkers Blink-182, but he’s also been involved in the worlds of hip-hop, alternative rock and ska. Even after surviving a harrowing plane crash in September of last year, Barker continues to impress with both his speed and his coordination.

The track pack features “What’s My Age Again?” from Blink-182’s Enema of the State, +44’s uniquely-titled “Lycanthrope,” and Barker’s remix of “Low,” the first single from Flo Rida’s debut Mail on Sunday.

Lenny Kravitz Pack [RB2]

[160 MS points per song / 560 for pack / all masters]

Assorted singles [RB2]

[80 MS points per song / all masters]


Travis Barker Track Pack [GHWT]

[160 MS points per song / 440 for pack / all masters]