But Does It Come With A Cowbell?
Posted on Thursday, July 12 @ 18:40:57 PST by JP_HurhHarmonix threw a coming-out party for Rock Band last night at an appropriately grungy rock and roll bar in West Hollywood.The invite promised “super secret special guests.”That turned out to be an understatement.After a perfunctory Rock Band run-through in which Microsoft’s Peter Moore was able to make up for his start-button pause gaffes at the Microsoft press conference (not just once, but twice!), Harmonix gave the stage over to Eagles of Death Metal and Queens of the Stone Age for a set each.This wasn’t just a special appearance, like Jennifer Love Hewitt at E3 2003.It was a full-on concert.For geeks.
Yes, Queens of the Stone Age are that band, the one whose song “Little Sister” has enough cowbell to satisfy Bruce Dickinson on a bad day.And they rocked about as heavy a show as I’ve ever seen from five feet away.Harmonix is clearly reaping the benefits of their new pals at MTV.
As you might guess, the game media crowd was probably a different crowd than Queens frontman Joshua Homme was used to.He cracked at one point: “I heard this is some kind of convention.What is it, an Alcoholics Anonymous convention?”
And he probably had a point. In the half-hearted attempt at a mosh pit, for example, many of the media were wearing courier bags.
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