Jimi Hendrix: 'Rock Band' Game Coming

The ultimate guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix, will soon have his own "Rock Band" video game.

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Update: Harmonix confirmed they are not developing a standalone Hendrix game. Jimi Hendrix music coming to Rock Band in the near future will be in the form of downloadable content, or part of a greater collection of songs to be released later in this supposed "new edition."

The ultimate guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix, will soon have his own "Rock Band" video game.

Jimi Hendrix's stepsister, Janie Hendrix, who controls the late guitar god's estate, let it slip during an L.A. Times interview that a Hendrix edition of "Rock Band" will be coming before the end of the year.

The statement was made while discussing the impact of Sony Music's licensing deal for the Hendrix master recordings last year. "At the time the deal was completed," read the article. "Sony vowed to make his music 'available through every type of media' - including a new edition of 'Rock Band' that Janie Hendrix says should appear before the end of this year."

Officials at "Rock Band" publisher MTV Games or developer Harmonix did not respond to requests for comment by press time. The company in December announced its next artist-based game would be focused on Green Day, with a treatment similar to that of "The Beatles: Rock Band" in which various elements of the band's career and development are chronicled. It's unclear whether the Harmonix team has the resources to do both a Green Day and Hendrix special edition in the same year.

However coming out with a Hendrix game this year makes the most sense. There's certainly no shortage of Hendrix-related material coming out in the coming months as the 40th anniversary of his death approaches this fall.

Thanks for the report to Billboard.com.

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    flemjammin
    i'm super pumped for this game to come out. these games are sick. gives you a break from playing real guitar once in a while, but i still don't like how much money these guys make off this shit
    Aliens-exist182
    OMG people who get pissed off by this must be complete retards!, its jus a game!! its a good thing!!
    spymodhf
    vultures?OMG wrote: Yeah because all the guy's amazing albums and live material we have eft just isn't enough... let's make a game of it!!!1 Seriously, what is this good for? At least stick to doing these games with artists who are ALIVE and who can consent to their material being used this eay.
    how about FUN? How can you people not comprehend the main goal of a video game or any game for that matter? also, I second offspring_punk's sentiments.
    Syv
    offspring_punk wrote: Can people PLEASE quit bitching about these games. THIS ISN'T WHAT HENDRIX WOULD WANT. How the Fuck do you know? I'm sure he would want people to enjoy his music through means of a video game -_- Just get over it everyone...It's a video game, it's meant for entertainment. They aren't belittling the artists any by putting them in a game. Just shut the Fuck up.
    This guy's right. We don't know whether he would want this or not. That being said, I think they should either not make this at all(too late) or make it more of a tribute than another Metallica or Van Halen game, i.e. have you go through a story like in "Highway Chile" or something and not play a cyberpuppet of him like Kurt Cobain in GH5.
    firebirdg
    I don't really see the ****ing problem! It would be cool to have a game with Hendrix songs. The man was a real guitar hero, he was one of the greatest. His songs are fun to play. So why not in a game?? It would make happy people who could never play real guitar, or drums, or bass, and that always wanted to play their favorite artist songs. Besides, if you are so "offended" for Hendrix being disrespected, think about this: it will open Hendrix music to a whole lot of people who barely or never heard him. His music will be better known, and we all know we need fine music in this times, with all that crap going around. SO what's the problem?? Stop complaining about something you won't even play! Go back to your guitar, bass, or any other thing you play, and keep playing it. It's a game, it's not hurting anyone. And yes I've played guitar, real guitar, for almost 6 years and yes I like this kind of games. They are FUNNNY and ENTERTAINING. Who cares if it's not real guitar, I like to have some fun with my friends. No one is saying it feels the same to play guitar hero or rock band than to play real stuff. Stop waisting your fingers, complaining about this. And, you should try the game sometime. It's really cool, you just need to enjoy it.
    jsaatsaz
    I honestly think that his potential to be really cool. Whether it's pulled off or not, I don't know. But it has potential.
    NemX162
    I don't even care about the fact the musical reasons these are bad. I'm just getting sick of crappy games that people EAT UP.
    Tanooki
    Ledforthehead wrote: Just a game. I'll probably rent it, play it, have a little fun. You know what your supposed to do.
    why isn't everyone exactly like you?
    Ledforthehead
    Just a game. I'll probably rent it, play it, have a little fun. You know what your supposed to do.
    SkepsisMetal
    OH FOR FU.... you know what to hell with it we all saw it happening. I think we should just leave it be. It doesnt affect our everyday lives. Its just a stupid game, for stupid kids.
    Sami Philadelph
    Pretentious ignorant stubborn bastards. Half of you can barely play guitar worth two shits anyway, maybe you SHOULD be playing Rock Band. Anyways, I don't play these games, but I have before, and they're quite fun, especially with a full band. Although I'm not sure the bassist, vocalist, or drummer will get much out of this. Regardless, it should be a fun game.
    humperdunk
    would you be pissed if there were a video game (not rock band obviously) featuring Julius Caesar? No? Then why would you get pissed at a game featuring Jimi Hendrix? get over yourselves, it's just a game.
    Villearreal92
    Game=Virtual simulation of an act for fun. Prick=Everyone who can't understand the difference between a game and reality Whether or not Hendrix gets his own game or not doesn't matter to me, but i will never be able to get over the amazement of how many people can trash a game. People that complain about guitar hero and rock band need to just deal with the fact that it's a GAME, and that if they don't like the GAME they can IGNORE THE GAME...for ****s sake get over yourself people
    toothdecay7758
    That's the problem with dead artists. People want to milk the hell out of them and they can't do anything about it. I personally don't have a problem with the games, I just think the man should be left alone
    dhoyft
    Most of you people need to get over yourselves. It is a damn game... so what if it features some of the best music of our time? Believe it or not, video games are not going away any time soon. Would you prefer that music game companies make games featuring crappy music that gain popularity thus pushing great artists like hendrix and the beatles aside? God forbid more people listen to good music in this world, right?
    SG_Dead_Head
    Woah this isnt right ur defiling the hendrix name wait know your stapping it in the throat and repeategly molesting it in your basement. i dont wanna sound like one of those guys who picks fights over the internet cuz they have no life but im sorry i wasnt alive when hendrix was and i know that he didnt represent that
    Hamham272
    offspring_punk wrote: Can people PLEASE quit bitching about these games. THIS ISN'T WHAT HENDRIX WOULD WANT. How the Fuck do you know? I'm sure he would want people to enjoy his music through means of a video game -_- Just get over it everyone...It's a video game, it's meant for entertainment. They aren't belittling the artists any by putting them in a game. Just shut the Fuck up.
    Quoted for absolute truth. This game will be sweet.
    MyUserName777
    You guys all bitch that kids should pick up a real guitar but at least this game is actually exposing kids to decent music considering the load of crap we get today. I can't say I'm for or against game but at least it will expose some people on how the guitar is supposed to sound like rather than just the same 3 chords that make up a lot of music today. It WILL be annoying though when people start claiming to be Hendrix fans for years
    ZA58
    Leave Jimi be, if you what to play stuff by him drop your Xbox lift up your gut and play a real guitar if your fat fingers can
    VinntheDrummer
    I think instead of making another worthless guitar game, kids should actually learn how to play a real guitar or bass and not a BS virtual game that can't even compare to playing a real instrument. Truely there are no challenge in these games and they keep on making new versions of the same game and some even have the same songs on them.
    gabrielr
    Well, if the game is real, hendrix used a lot of technology to help create his sound. good to see it's being passed down another generation.
    SG_Dead_Head
    SG_Dead_Head wrote: Woah this isnt right ur defiling the hendrix name wait know your stapping it in the throat and repeategly molesting it in your basement. i dont wanna sound like one of those guys who picks fights over the internet cuz they have no life but im sorry i wasnt alive when hendrix was and i know that he didnt represent that
    but i do agree it wwould open up my genaration to his music just i dont think its the right way
    mustainex2000
    maybe is the perfect way to influence a lot of guitar hero junkies and turn them into real players! because, if they discover Hendrix, and in that way ... but really, these games totally sucks.
    jcarrig
    I hope it happens. Beatles rock band was fun. It's just a good way to enjoy a bands music and interact with it at the same time. Kind of like dancing to a song. Did you plebs complaining ever do that, dance to a song? ZOMG, HOW FREAKING DARE YOU TAINT THE ARTISTS NAME BY ENJOYING THEIR MUSIC IN A NEW WAY. HOW DARE YOU PLAY THEIR CD ON A 5.1 AUDIO SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO 2.1 AS IT WAS INTENDED. And talk of corporations and making money.. do you want them to stop selling their cd's too? What the hell do you people think this is, really. These games are just games and they just broaden an artists audience, which is what every artist wants. Why else are they in the business? Anyone can play music in their bedroom. Jimi Hendrix was ambitious in increasing his audience and finding success. Fact.
    SSDaniel105
    If it wasn't for games like this I wouldn't own a guitar. Since I won one in a Guitar Hero II contest. I think it's a cool idea, it's introduced a generation to music they probably wouldn't have heard of otherwise, it did for me. It doesn't matter if you like the games or no, or think it's destroying their careers or their good name. It's their name to destroy if they so please, or his estates in Jimi Hendrix case. If you become famous, or had the opportunity to have your music sold to millions through a game, and disclosing full knowledge of the name of the song, artist and having that be the only reason they're playing the game (for the music), that's the BEST advertising for your CDs and concerts as possible. However I still believe that Guitar Hero I had it the best, when they did covers of the songs. It was way more fun then, I think they should do something like that with this game, or use live recordings.
    RHCPfan690
    I'm gonna try and look at this not assuming in any way what Jimi Hendrix would want. I see this as a positive thing for 2 reasons. 1, anyone that knows the history of the Hendrix family knows they have been screwed out of A LOT of money because of Michael Jefferey's dealings... 2, is it such a bad thing that kids will experience his music through this forum? Any kid that listens to music exclusively through RB/GH wouldn't have gotten into him anyway, and anyone who finds a deep enough connection will inevitably get some of his albums... what makes this 2nd person any less of an avid jimi hendrix fan than you? I bet 70% of you, including myself, used to play GH/RB, and personally, it expanded my musical horizons. You should all get off your high horses and look at this as best you can- whether you bitch on here or not it'll still get released, and it'll still be bought by millions of people.
    Scourge441
    BassFishin wrote: Everyone here needs to read the XKCD comic that makes fun of people that criticize rock band. I won't link it because it might be flagged as spam, but if you can find it... you might change your views.
    This one? http://xkcd.com/359/ Checked.
    TomusAM
    I don't play Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but I don't have a problem with them. Honestly, people need to grow up and realize it's not like the companies are making fun of anyone.
    SlayingDragons
    Ugh, pointless arguments on UG. >.> Sounds cool, it'll get people to recognize the genius behind hendrix, and even if it doesn't, it exposes them to a new style of music. Could get some people to pick up guitar, and people will have fun with it. God, you people try to make it sound like guitar hero/rock band is murdering guitar-based music, while it's doing the absolute opposite. To be honest, one of the reasons I picked up guitar is because of guitar hero, and I'm pretty dedicated to guitar now.
    webbster87
    when will this guitar hero and rock band shit die out. its getting to damn old. What next lynyrd skynyrd? PEOPLE QUIT THINKING YOUR COOL BY PLAYING A FAKE GUITAR WITH ONLY FIVE BUTTONS AND TRY THE REAL THING! DAMN!!!!!
    cherrypie287
    KileManA7X wrote: The_Seventh_Sin wrote: PRSfanatic wrote: Rape a dead man's good name again, yay for the corporate bastards making those rock band and guitar hero games. This is like the Gibson Hendrix Guitar. it's so true. the games have a worse effect on the living: reunion tours of bands like Kansas x_X Yeah Kansas were great in the 70's but now they're just old hags. They should make a Dream Theater game! It'd be so hard no one would want to play it!
    TheStoneGod
    metalfr3ak666 wrote: this is horrible now there's going to be people going like "oh my god you know that jimi hendrix guy from guitar hero? he's such an awesome guitarist." It happened for slash, it's going to happen to jimi
    Unfortunately, you are correct.
    IDoCocaine
    When it comes to anyone complaining about Guitar Hero or Rock Band games, I think Brendan Small said it best. "If any of these music snobs think that they didnt grab a tennis racket and pretend to play guitar for years before they even grabbed real guitars, then I think they are lying and theyre stupid." Speaking of which. I'm hoping for a Guitar Hero: Dethklok
    Galvatron
    Me and my new band have also just signed an exclusive Rock Band game deal. We dont have any songs written yet but once we do our game is going to be super awesome. Just to give a little tease and get you guys really excited,chances are high that our band is going to be playing covers of Trooper as well as Loverboy.