Baby And I Are So Ready For Rock Band 4

Baby And I Are So Ready For Rock Band 4

Between flood damage and the inconvenience of moving dust-collecting plastic instruments to a new home on short notice, every piece of Rock Band or Guitar Hero equipment I once owned has been trashed, save one. Oh yeah, Baby and I are ready for Rock Band 4.

Thursday’s announcement of Rock Band 4 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 came with good news and bad news. The bad news was that keyboard, my favourite addition to the series, would not be supported in the new game. The good news? Harmonix and Mad Catz plan on making all older non-keyboard hardware compatible with the new game.

More than half a decade ago (time flies) I had the chance to review Mad Catz’ Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster for Rock Band, and since then no plastic guitar has felt right in my hands. After my review I purchased my own, and I’ve not played Rock Band without it since.

I call her Baby, though she’s more of a toddler at this point. The years have taken their toll — she’s got scratches and bangs all over her body. At some point she got a sticker affixed to her face. And her buttons — her poor buttons, with their worn faces.

Since Thursday’s announcement, Baby and I have been getting to know each other again. She’s still impressively weighty. Her strum bar clicks delightfully. Her buttons dance beneath my fingers. I’ve owned real guitars in the past, but I haven’t loved them as much.

I guess I’ll eventually need a microphone for my wife to sing along, and maybe I can teach my children to rock the drums or bass. But for now, Baby and I have each other, and that’s enough for love. We’ll give it a shot.

Are you folks ready for Rock Band 4? Do you have a coveted instrument you’ve been saving for this day? How many plastic instruments have you trashed in the years since Rock Band 3? Let us remember the good old days while looking forward to a new age of clicking to the music.


  • I still play RB3 nearly every 2nd weekend. Of all the games I’ve ever own, its the one that has been played the most mainly due to how much fun everyone has that plays it.

    I have the logitech Wireless guitar and a couple of Guitar Hero guitars. I’ve also got the Fender for RB3, But my prize and joy was learning that I could connect my Roland TDK9KX2 to RB3 and now RB4……truely an awesome combo.

    Ready for RB4? am i ever! I just wish Sony would get their act together and help Harmonix get the new DLC available for AUS/EUR players….

    • Why not join the army and actually learn how to fight hand-to-hand instead of play CoD?

  • I’ll need to buy a proper (licensed or otherwise) drum kit for this. I doubt my old Band Hero kit will be worth shit, and I always wanted to have a proper go at Rock Band’s pro drums.
    And while I’m dreaming – I reckon Morpheus integration would be incredible with RB4. Imagine a translucent note track streaming down while you look out to the audience, ducking lobbed beer cans for multipliers, occasionally being blinded by the lighting and hazers, virtual arms playing along… A man can dream.

  • Beatles Rockband had the best insruments, I hope they do work out backwards compatibility and allow us to import the RB3 disc songs.

  • if only they can work out a way for DLC to be transfered from x360 to ps4.

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