Planned GNâ??R Deal Underscores Power Of Video Games
July 14, 2008 at 5:40 AM (PT)
A decade and a half after releasing its previous album, GUNS N’ ROSES plans to put out a new song in SEPTEMBER -- on the video game ROCK BAND 2. MTV expects to announce on MONDAY that the sequel to its popular ROCK BAND game will include "Shackler’s Revenge," a track from the GUNS N’ ROSES album that has been in the works for more than a decade, said people familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the arrangement has yet to be announced.
THE NEW YORK TIMES writes that the inclusion of the song on a game suggests that the GUNS N’ ROSES album "Chinese Democracy" will come out this fall, after years of delays. AXL ROSE, who has selected replacements for the other original members, has said that the album is finished, but a release date has not been announced.
MTV and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, GUNS N’ ROSES’ label, declined to comment on the deal.
Both ROCK BAND and GUITAR HERO have helped the ailing music industry by licensing songs and using online networks to sell additional tracks for gamers to play along with. Those tracks, which usually sell for around $2 each, are more profitable for record companies and musicians than ITUNES sales.