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The Hard (Day’s Night) Sell

The Hard (Day’s Night) Sell


Paul McCartney has revealed in a new interview that he, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison took some convincing to give Harmonix the nod to make The Beatles: Rock Band, but that the Massachusetts outfit’s dedication and enthusiasm brought them over. He also revealed that it was George Harrison’s son, Dhani, who first floated the idea of a Beatles videogame.

“One thing we don’t want to do is just do naff ideas,” McCartney insisted. “[Harmonix had] a couple of grown-ups standing looking very foolish with these little plastic guitars playing to a screen. And we’re going, ‘Yeah, all right… It just looks like a really bad band.’ They said: ‘We really can do a great one with the Beatles, and we’ll show you’.” So, Harmonic went away, started putting some gameplay and visuals together and came back with a prototype Beatles game.

“They did come back one day and they had something,” McCartney explained. “They were playing our songs, they had some visuals that were half-working, and the penny dropped. We went, ‘You know what? This could be pretty cool.” However, others in the music industry still need some convincing.


Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman expressed his dismay at the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero during a recording session at Abbey Road Studios no less. During a break of recording a Beatles charity song for Children In Need he told the BBC, “It encourages kids not to learn, that’s the trouble.”

“It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument,” he continued. “I think is a pity so I’m not really keen on that kind of stuff… It irritates me having watched my kids do it – if they spent as much time practising the guitar as learning how to press the buttons they’d be damn good by now.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such arguments, but Harmonix saw fit to respond. “Most people try to learn an instrument at some point in their lives, and almost all of them quit after a few months or a year or two,” said Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of Harmonix. “This, I think, is because the earliest years of learning an instrument are the least gratifying. When people play Rock Band, however, they very quickly get a glimpse of the rewards that lie on the other side of the wall. We’re constantly hearing from fans who were inspired by Rock Band to start studying a real instrument.”

Via Guardian and BBC

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