The announcement comes at us a bit early this week due to the holiday. Which is all good, as it gives us an additional two full days to be totally excited.
.38 Special – “Hold On Loosely” +
Bad Company – “Can’t Get Enough” +
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Saturday Night Special” +
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama (Live)” +
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Tuesday’s Gone”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name?” +
+ = pro-guitar/bass charts available
“Hold on Loosely” by .38 Special kicks off the DLC for next week. If you didn’t know much classic rock outside the rhythm game genre, this one was featured in Guitar Hero: Rocks the ’80s. It’s a fantastic song with a killer guitar solo. Of all the tracks this week, this is the one I’m probably most looking forward to on pro-guitar.
Next up we have “Can’t Get Enough” by Bad Company, which is ironically titled because I have indeed had enough of this song. I’m not a big fan of Bad Company. I’m very much not a fan of this song (though at least it’s not “Feel Like Makin’ Love” which I hate). There’s nothing technically wrong with it I suppose; I’ve never really sat down to figure out why I don’t like it (or the group in general), but I think it’s that I find the song boring. The riff is fairly generic, the lyrics repetitive and uninspired, the beat pure standard … it’s rock-by-the-numbers I suppose, which I think I could probably apply to most of the group’s big hits. “Shooting Star” I do like, and “Bad Company” is a pretty good song too, but other than that? No thanks. Barring Mike wanting to pick it up, I’ll be skipping this one.
Then there’s Lynyrd Skynyrd. And frankly you cannot go wrong with Skynyrd, whatever the song.
“Saturday Night Special” is the first in the four-pack. It’s pure southern rock and one of their more “standard” songs. The only instrument I can see possibly feeling left out here is keyboards – if they’re there, I can’t pick them out. But guitar, bass, drums, vox? You’re totally covered. If you’re not traditionally a fan of southern rock generally or Skynyrd specifically, I’d say to still give this one serious consideration.
“Sweet Home Alabama” is next, and even if you’re not the largest fan of the south, who can’t love this song? There’s just nothing here to not love. Well, maybe if HMX go totally boneheaded and use a post-1977 live recording, but I have way more faith in them than that. An added bonus is the RB3-showcasing harmonies and keys in this song, which should be fantastic. A common theme these days, but barring the “wrong” Skynyrd, this one is a total no-brainer.
I love it when I pull a “this needs to be in Rock Band” on a song and lo, a month later, there it is. So it is with “Tuesday’s Gone”. Just a beautiful song, and again a great addition for use of harmonies and keyboard. Pro-keys players? Do not let this one pass you by. (The only regret I have here is that it’s the sole track this week missing pro-guitar/bass charts, but perhaps HMX will add it at a later date; I really love that it’s option to go back and do that with any and every song.)
Closing out a fantastic pack is “What’s Your Name?”, and again you can’t go wrong here. A much more light-hearted song, again with a really strong piano which, although less in the lead than in “Tuesday’s Gone”, goes to town and sounds like it’ll be fun as hell. I think that of the four Skynyrd tracks this one is probably the “weakest”, but it’d be like picking the weakest between Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and Ares; whoever you pick, he’s still a freaking god.
As far as I’m concerned, this week is another home run. Even with my fairly lackluster reaction to last week’s Imagine, the DLC coming out for Rock Band 3 has been absolutely and consistently fantastic. I know that the string of tracks that are clearly catered just to me must some day end, but for now I am going to happily keep riding the wave.