'Green Day: Rock Band' in the works
Only second band to have a stand-alone gameNEW YORK -- Green Day is getting the full "Rock Band" treatment.
Video game developer Harmonix announced at Sunday's Spike Video Game Awards that it will release an edition of "Rock Band" dedicated exclusively to the punk rock trio in 2010. Green Day will subsequently become the second band to have a stand-alone "Rock Band" game, after "The Beatles: Rock Band" was released in September.
According to a trailer premiered at the awards show, "Green Day: Rock Band" will feature the avatars of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool performing at key venues and shows from its nearly two-decade career, in addition to music and artwork from its extensive catalog.
"We've worked with the 'Rock Band' team in the past year to enable our fans to play tracks from '21st Century Breakdown,' and we're excited to now be working on a game, spanning our entire career," Armstrong said in a statement. "We want people to fire this up, choose their favorite Green Day tracks, and play along with us as 'Rock Band' avatars so they can feel what it's like to perform on stage as Green Day."
Green Day most recently earned three Grammy nominations for its new album "21st Century Breakdown," which has sold 864,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band will release three more tracks from the album -- "Christian's Inferno," "Last of the American Girls," and "Viva La Gloria!" -- for download at the "Rock Band" music store on Dec. 15, adding to already-released songs "Know Your Enemy," "21 Guns" and "East Jesus Nowhere."
Meanwhile, the band can look forward to pulling in big sales numbers with its upcoming game. "The Beatles: Rock Band" has sold 800,000 units since September, according to data from the NPD Group.