Rock Band 3 will get gamers tickling the ivories thanks to the addition of a keyboard peripheral, and I couldn’t be happier. Well, except for the fact that I’m running out of space in my living room for plastic musical instruments. It’s been awhile since the pioneering series has seen the introduction of a new instrument. The last time was the original title, which gave wanna-be drummers the chance to pound some pads and actual drummers a decent challenge.
Some songs have been announced, but there’s still plenty of gaps to fill in the 83-song track list. Here are a few I’d like to rock out to. Are you listening, Harmonix?
Elton John – “Crocodile Rock”
From the piano intro to the whimsical ‘la la la la la’ refrain, this song would be the perfect way to showcase the new keyboard peripheral and get the old folks singing along, too.
The Arcade Fire – “Rebellion (Lies)”
An extremely catchy song with a killer hook from an underrated band. The vocal harmonies in the chorus would get Rock Band vets singing along. Sadly there is no violin peripheral to complete the full band experience…yet.
The Faint – “The Geeks Were Right”
Call them New New Wave, Electronic Punk, whatever – The Faint’s combination of synthesized keyboards, meandering guitars, and robotic vocals is as alienating as it is attractive.
Ben Folds Five – “Last Polka”
Ben Folds plays the black and white 88 like a madman on this song, and it could prove an extremely tough song for Rock Band pianists on Expert difficulty. There’s no guitar, but that’s OK since past tracks in the series have eschewed certain instruments or even vocals.
Billy Joel – “Piano Man”
Another great song that would put the focus on the keyboard but still give other players some fun stuff to play. This one should be a given, but until it’s officially announced I’m not getting my hopes up.
Milemarker – “Shrink to Fit”
Driving punk with an electronic edge, this catchy and contrarian anthem has some great keyboard and guitar riffs. You’d just need a lady around to sing the chorus, or at least a guy who can hit the high notes.