Because the holiday season is upon us, we felt it would be a good idea to profile a hot gift item that appeals to the broadest of audiences; something that teenagers, baby boomers, men and women alike can both appreciate and enjoy. When I think about something that fits the criteria, I think about none other than The Beatles: Rock Band for XBox 360, PS3 and Wii.
Combining the short attention span of today’s youth with the musical culture of their parents and grandparents, this version of Rock Band has become a staple in many homes in the mere three months it has been on shelves. The track list includes 45 songs chosen from 12 of the albums that the Beatles recorded between 1962 and 1969 under contract with EMI. If you become tired of those, the remaining songs on Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road and Rubber Soul are available for digital download at $2 a piece.
The instruments that come in the $199 – $250 Limited Edition are replicas of the bass, guitars and drums that the Beatles helped make famous. If you already bought Rock Band 1 or 2, you can use your existing hardware and get away with just purchasing the game for $50. The official website has all of the extra details and links to retailers to make your purchase. I recommend Frys, who is selling the full kit for $199 ($50 cheaper than anyone else).