Is September 9 marked on your calendar? If not, then you probably aren't a Rock Band fanatic. But September 9, 2009 also represents a milestone for the music industry, when The Beatles will be getting the royal Rock Band treatement, as we reported last month:
... music lovers can also expect some more promotional releases to hit shelves on 9/9/09, including the entire original Beatles catalog, digitally re-mastered for the first time.
Each CD in this collection comes packaged with replicated original UK album art, expanded booklets with the original and newly written liner notes, rare photos, and for a limited time, a brief documentary film embedded on each CD. Music content-wise, the bundle comes with all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, "The Magical Mystery Tour," and "Past Masters Vol. I & II," for a total of 16 discs. Every packaging booklet also includes detailed historical and recording notes.
Now Harmonix, MTV Games, and EA have revealed plans to release special replica Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitar instrument controllers on the same day for the truly devoted. These standalone peripheral controllers for The Beatles: Rock Band will launch worldwide on the same day as the game and promotional bundles, 9/9/09, and emulate two signature instruments used by John Lennon and George Harrison.
Get your wallets ready, though, because these controllers do not run cheap, especially if you're already planning to purchase the Höfner bass controller and Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drums (pearl finish, vintage replica Beatles kick drum head) -- tributes to Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, respectively. The guitar controllers themselves will be available for $99.99 in the States, €99.99 in Europe, £89.99 in the UK, and should be compatible with all versions of the game, no matter what console you prefer.
Also announced, fans from North America and Europe can join The Beatles: Rock Band Pre-Order Club starting today. Interested? When you pre-order The Beatles: Rock Band, participating retailers should give you a code, which you then enter on the official site to join the Club. Members are granted access to breaking news and exclusives like behind-the-scenes content.