Preview: ‘Green Day: Rock Band’ Reps East Bay

Green Day: Rock Band, to be released June 8 for the Wii, Xbox, and Playstation looks and plays like a real, action-packed Green Day concert. It’s a faithful, authentic re-imagining of the band in the medium of the day. Casual Green Day fans or fans of Rock Band will enjoy a play-through, while die-hard fans of the East Bay band will be in pixelated paradise.

Now on par with the Beatles, Green Day: Rock Band is only the second Rock Band after The Beatles: Rock Band, where players control actual band avatars instead of their own custom avatar. Replacing the normal career path for Rock Band, players control Green Day through three “tours” representing different parts of their career.

You play 47 songs, including three entire albums: Dookie, American Idiot, and 21st Century Breakdown. And you’ll play in three custom venues: Inspired by 924 Gilman (the Berkeley punk venue Green Day frequented as a young band), The Warehouse’s aesthetic sets the stage for Dookie. American Idiot goes down overseas at UK’s Milton Keynes amphitheater before a seemingly unending crowd of thousands. For the closer, the band’s 21st Century Breakdown debuts at The Fox Theater in Oakland, a simulacra of the secret shows the band played there in 2009.


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