Keyboards, New Guitars Instrumental to Rock Band 3

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Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos recently revealed some of the most exciting additions to the upcoming Rock Band 3: fully functioning MIDI keyboard peripherals, new guitars, and an authentic "Pro" mode. Also revealed was the game's first 26 tracks.

"With the introduction of keyboards, we get to bring a ton of amazing new music onto the platform, which will help feed the appetite for music for years to come," Rigopulos told USA Today.

Rigopulos goes on to describe Rock Band 3's new peripheral as a fully functional MIDI keyboard, usable both in and out of the game. "Our ambition for Rock Band 3 was really to re-energize and reinvigorate the (music game) category and advance it and move it forward," he says.

The veil was also lifted on a set of new "advanced" guitar peripherals, reportedly designed to take advantage of the game's "Pro" mode -- an intermediate gameplay mode meant to help bridge the gap between plastic and real-world instruments.

Also reported was a sneak peek at the game's massive 83-song tracklist, which includes such legendary rock-n-roll acts like Queen, The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, and the late Ronnie James Dio:


Combat Baby -- Metric

Dead End Friends -- Them Crooked Vultures

Get Free -- The Vines

Lasso -- Phoenix

Me Enamora -- Juanes

Oh My God -- Ida Maria

Portions of Foxes -- Rilo Kiley

The Hardest Button to Button -- The White Stripes


Been Caught Stealing -- Jane's Addiction

In the Meantime -- Spacehog

Plush -- Stone Temple Pilots

Walkin' on the Sun -- Smash Mouth


Crazy Train -- Ozzy Osbourne

Here I Go Again -- Whitesnake

I Love Rock and Roll -- Joan Jett

Just Like Heaven -- The Cure

Rainbow in the Dark -- Dio

The Power of Love -- Huey Lewis and the News

Sister Christian -- Night Ranger


Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen

Break On Through -- The Doors

Crosstown Traffic -- Jimi Hendrix


'Rock Band 3': Keyboards are the Key [USA Today]

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