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Rock Band Fever

I have really been getting into a certain game by name of Rock Band.  I didn’t imagine I’d be THIS addicted!  I’m not even a rock and roll fan to boot, but the whole “playing” a song has me helplessly hooked.  What’s worse?  You get better over time and practice, and when you start playing those really difficult songs, you get an extreme sense of satisfaction when you rip the frets then hit a long note.  (The Hellion, Welcome Home are certain examples.)

My hand is cramped, but the only reason I’m not playing right now is because I’m waiting to join a band online and play together, but it’s taking so long.  The only reason its taking so long is because I keep joining a band made by some asshole named Aaron, who keeps on kicking me out.

I’ve been somewhat enchanted by the life of a real rock band.  Starting out with putting up an advertisement, looking for band members.  Bonding with your bandmates and covering their backs as they cover yours.  Gathering followers in local clubs and so forth.  Driving around the states in search for jobs.  Van breaking down in the middle of nowhere.  Bandmate spats, much like a real family.  Man, there’s a lot of stories to be made in that life.

Brief interlude, Aaron (the asshole) just joined MY band! :)  Yes, I kicked him out immediately!  heh.. uh, no one else is joining.  Um, I feel very alone now?

So anyway, I remember my days back in the US.  I was heading to a basement in college to play some pool with a friend.  To my surprise, I saw a full band there, with only like 5 people in the basement.  They played their hearts out, and received a couple of golf claps from the guys trying to concentrate on pool.  I wonder where those guys are and what happened to them now that it’s 4 years later.

Another interlude, I joined an online band!  Ahh, it’s a bunch of newbies :)  It’s so cute looking at the little ones selecting EASY and MEDIUM difficulties.  I, however, select the EXPERT difficulty.  Let me teach those tykes a thing or to.  BRB



Back, and well, I just bombed out badly and screwed everyone with me, therefore I was kicked out of the band.  One really has to know his limits, eh?  And his ego…

What’s it like to have band members?  Here’s an account from the Rock Band blog,

I should explain a bit about what it will be like to have bandmates. Bandmates are not like friends – do not live under the delusion that by having a band, you will now have new best buddies with whom you can hang out casually and watch season 2 of Golden Girls. Your bandmates will be more like family members… family members that you will sometimes need to kick in the shins when they won’t stop futzing with their pedal boards while you’re trying to coordinate tour plans. Family members that will make out with people you have crushes on using the excuse, “You’re the one who bought me that third Jager shot, dude.” Family members who will spill Yoo-hoo in your tube amp and then attempt to pacify you by suggesting that, “it’s not like you’re all that good at guitar anyway.” And you will live and die for these people. You will get in fights for these people – fights you would never have imagined jumping into before and which make absolutely no sense, no matter how many times your bandmates insist that “it was a question of honor.”

One sure has to have a passion for this sort of thing.  It’s a little late for me, but I ain’t missing out though!  I’m still tearin’ the guitar apart on the PS3!  RARAWRWRAAR!!! *tries to smash the guitar but wonders what that would accomplish*

I’ll just pretend I broke the guitar.  Yeaaaa *satisfied noises*

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Reader Comments (7)

Long live Rock'n'Roll!

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterN.

Hey i know a band of 3 playing in some basement in an undisclosed remote location not far away from Kuwait city Drummer plays Medium / Hard , BAse easy/ medium and Guitarist Expert :P

August 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMJKOUT

Mjkout: What happens in the basement, stays in the basement!

August 28, 2008 | Registered CommenterBojacob

looks like fun. I liked the game but it's not my kind of music but oh well have to wait till I fix my media part of the room

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTAT

TAT: It's not my kind of music either, but playing was VASTLY different from listening!

September 1, 2008 | Registered CommenterBojacob

Fixed that pedal u broke yet ?

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermjkout

I viewed this movie last year. I really thought the cop winston and his cousin Herman where the funniest in the movie. But when cousin herman picks up Winston, he is blasting some kind of heavy metal band. I can't remember the name of that band, think it started with an "S".
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