Because I’m the best.wife.ever (snort), I bought J Rock Band for his birthday. Now, those of you who know J will realize his birthday isn’t until next week, but the box came to work on Friday, and I hightailed home early in fear of the impending STORM OF THE CENTURY 2, box in tow. (Note to my coworkers: I did not participate in any Rock Band playing until 5pm, when the work laptop was shut off. Really).
Rock Band, for those of you living under a rock/not a 29 year old woman trapped in a sixteen year old’s mind, is like Guitar Hero on steroids. The giant box contains a game, a microphone, a drum set and a guitar. Much to my dismay, all components have wires, unlike my snazzy wireless Guitar Hero guitar. Up to four people can play at a time: two guitars, a drummer and a singer. Now, if J & I had two friends, we wouldn’t need kiddie games to keep us occupied, but that’s a whole other story.
There’s a whole new set of songs on Rock Band. When I read the box and saw that “Don’t Fear the Reaper” was included, I exclaimed, “Sweet! We’re gonna need a cowbell!”
J loves the drums. He was a drummer in a previous life, and misses it.
FortunatelyUnfortunately, we don’t have the room/soundproofing to set up a drum set, so this will have to satisfy his inner rock star. So, he’s in his glory, pounding away. There are even places in the song where you can freestyle, and he makes it sound good. I, on the other hand, have no rhythm at all. Hitting the bass pedal at the same time as hitting the drum (or, heaven forbid, more than one drum) is way more than I can handle.
So, I chose to sing instead. As I mentioned, the game comes with a mike. The mike can magically tell if you’re singing the right words (scrolling across the screen) at the right pitch. There are times when no words are required, and you can play percussion by tapping the mike against your palm (More Cowbell!!!) I did particularly well with Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” and now I can sing the actual words, and not just the ones I made up. (Apologies to the late great Kurt Cobain for my butchering of his song).
The guitar parts seem easier than the songs on Guitar Hero, and I was bummed to learn you can’t play the Rock Band guitar on GH. You can use the wireless guitar from GH on Rock Band, which is cool. It would be cooler if we had more friends to play with us though.
So, you locals are invited to visit and play anytime. And if you’re lucky, I’ll sing for you! And J will howl like a dog while I sing. Fun times.