September 19, 2014 – Arrr, plunder ye this Tegan and Sara, Billy Joel, RB Harrrmonies Project, or more booty still!

Note: Preview videos be choppy seas, and may harrrbor some song issues the cap’ns haven’t yet swabbed out. Ye’d best be treatin’ them only as previews, or ye’ll be used as ballast. First mate Lowlander has the hon-arrr of preparin’ the crew’s videos.


C3 booty for September 19, 2014:

New! Tegan and Sara C01 (drummerockband)

  • Tegan and Sara – “Alligator”
  • Tegan and Sara – “Arrow”
  • Tegan and Sara – “I Was a Fool” M

New! Billy Joel Instrumentals C01 (Lowlander and mazegeek999)

  • Billy Joel – “Nocturne”
  • Billy Joel – “Root Beer Rag”
  • Billy Joel – “The Mexican Connection”

New! Singles

  • Alestorm – “You Are a Pirate” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Kaipa – “Electric Power Water Notes” (Lowlander and mazegeek999)

A red X be markin’ the treasure of Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charrrts, a blue M is meanin’ full multitracks, a blue K flies the “karaoke” standard (separrrated vocals), and a rusty 2x means ye’ll not be searchin’ long for a 2x Bass Pedal version.


Avast! Know ye what day it is, bilge rats? It be Septembarrr 19, Talk Like a Pirate Day! Don yer tricorner hats, grip a cutlass between yer teeth, grab a buxom lass (or fetchin’ lad) in one arrrm, and prepare to board the ship o’ Rock Band treasures with th’ other!

Ye’d think there’d be a treasuarrr trove of rock starrr pirate images on the Seven Seas o’ Google, but me one good eye spotted very few. Dejected “arrr”.

Now, it’s not only bein’ Talk Like a Pirate Day, but also the barrrthday of the fine lasses Tegan and Sara! Give ‘em a yo ho ho and/or a bottle o’ rum as you play these songs, or suffer a terrible curse. If ye be thinkin’ that Tegan and Sara be too much like hipstarrr music, try yer hand at Billy Joel, or perhaps two pirate-themed(-ish) shanties. We’ve plenty o’ loot to go around, ye scoundrels!

Bein’ the good cap’ns that we arrr, we even let th’ crew out o’ the brig to arrrticulate why ye should share our booty:

  • “Alligatarrr” – drummarrrrockband says, “Fun Keys and Drums parts will keep you playing this over and over again.”
  • “I Were a Fool” – drummarrrrockband says, “EXTREMELY fun and a good challenge on Keys and Vocals.”
  • “(The Dread Pirate’s) Nocturne” – Lowlandarrr says, “One of Joel’s more solemn compositions, this keys-only track is filled with arpeggios that steadily get more complex.”
  • Root BeerGrog Rag” – Lowlandarrr says, “A ragtime throwback, this has something to offer every instrument (except guitar), but the spotlight is on keys, which easily comprises one of the harder charts of the song.”
  • “The Spaniard Connection” – Lowlandarrr says, “Even without a vocal hook, this is easily one of Joel’s most memorable melodies. A typically great piano line is balanced by some jazzy drum work.”
  • “You Arrr a Pirate” – Ghost Pirate Lyra says (as the only one in charactarrr for this fine day), “Yarr, even ye landlubbers should be able to play this bloody great tune, though only a real pirate can get a perfect score singing this old sea shanty!”
  • “Electric Shark-Filled Water Notes” – Lowlandarrr says, “In The Wake Of Evolution was 2012’s sleeper hit of RBN offerings, but a portion of the song had to be cut to fit into the RBN’s, and Magma’s, constraints. Nowadays, such constraints don’t exist, and we can bring you the longest song C3 has put out since Dogs by Pink Floyd.”

But what’s a pirate shanty without some harrrmonizing? espharrr is here with H3ADShOt3 to set yer peg-leg tappin’ to 22 RBHP upgrades, including Bob Marrrley and the Wailarrrs! (Aye, have I mentioned “arrr” yet, me lovelies?) Get ye to the bottom of this cap’n’s log fer the full list, and sail to the Isle of RBHP to be claimin’ ‘em fer yer own.

We’ll be seein’ yer sorry hides next Friday! Yarrr!

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September 12, 2014 – Five legends without their bands!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for September 12, 2014:

New! The (Not) Pack C01 (farottone)

  • Brian May – “Resurrection” (not Queen)
  • Mike + The Mechanics – “Over My Shoulder” (not Genesis)
  • Paul McCartney – “Another Day” (not The Beatles or Wings)
  • Peter Gabriel – “Steam” (not Genesis)
  • Phil Collins – “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (not Genesis)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


A band isn’t just a band, but a collection of (usually) talented musicians in their own right. Genesis, Queen, and The Beatles are all chock-full of them, and we’ve picked out five of our favorites. This week we celebrate these five guys with burgers! Wait, no, with Rock Band songs, sorry.

Comments from farottone about this week’s songs:

  • “Resurrection” – “High octane, classic hard rock tune with the late Cozy Powell on drums and some finger bending solos. Breathe deep before you play this one!”
  • “Over My Shoulder” – “Very catchy solo excursion for Genesis’ bass and guitar player Mike Rutherford. Cool to sing (Paul Carrick on vocals), this one offers some challenge to the drummers due to its unrelenting beat.”
  • “Another Day” – “The first single of McCartney’s solo career features is a fun (though sad by theme) on all instruments track reminiscent of The Beatles.”
  • “Steam” – “Funky track with a cool bass chart, challenging drums and solid guitar work.”
  • “Against All Odds” – “A guitar-less track that people who grew up in the 80s will recognize instantly. Great piano, simple bass and drums, vocals to sing out very loud!”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Anamanaguchi – “Another Winter”: Minor fix to Expert Pro Keys

See you next Friday!

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September 5, 2014 – Six ’90s classics!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for September 5, 2014:

New! The 1990s C01 6-pack

  • The Breeders – “Cannonball” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • The Cardigans – “Lovefool” (pksage)
  • Garbage – “Special” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • R.E.M. – “Shiny Happy People” (farottone)
  • Republica – “Ready to Go” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight” (BearzUnlimited)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


Do you smell that? It smells like…Surge, and Ecto-Coolers, and…grunge? Oh god, did someone leave the ’90s open again?

Great. Now we have CRT monitors all over the place.

That’s right! Hot on the heels of the ’80s pack – okay, well, warm-ish on its heels — are six bangin’ ’90s songs to tickle your nostalgia. It’s all that and a bag of chips. Don’t bug out, beeyotch! Slip on your jelly shoes, maybe some body glitter, and get ready to rock to these phat beats. Word.

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August 29, 2014 – Duran Duran 5-pack, Tenacious D, and more, including 25 RBHP upgrades!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for August 29, 2014:

New! Duran Duran C01 5-pack

  • Duran Duran – “Come Undone” (farottone)
  • Duran Duran – “Ordinary World” (farottone)
  • Duran Duran – “Planet Earth” (ShadowOfTheServer feat. farottone)
  • Duran Duran – “Save a Prayer” (farottone)
  • Duran Duran – “The Reflex” (farottone)

New! Singles

  • Eluveitie – “Inis Mona” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Nightmare Lyre – “Apple Bucking Anthem” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra feat. Linos Melendi)
  • Tenacious D – “Break-In City (Storm the Gate!)” (RyanHYK)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


This week we once again expand the RB selection of an awesome band, ’80s legends Duran Duran! RB2 and official DLC gave us “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Rio”, and “Girls on Film”, and C3 has previously released “Notorious”, so this week brings us up to nine tracks of sweet bass, catchy vocals, and the occasional ballad! We’ve also got one more Tenacious D song for you, bringing the total to five, and two unique singles to add some spice. Whether or not poppy New Wave is your thing, this week has some great songs. Check it out!

And don’t take my word for it! Here’s what the authors have to say about this week’s songs:

  • “Come Undone” – farottone says, “This song might need a girl to sing the high parts! Cool guitar riff reminiscent of ’90s U2.
  • “Ordinary World” – farottone says, “The most rock-oriented song in this batch. Good vocals with fun vocalizing at the end.
  • “Planet Earth” – farottone says, “Great drum disco beat, fun but easy vocals, and somewhat funky guitar.
  • “Save a Prayer” – farottone says, “A great classic. Fun to sing!
  • “The Reflex” – farottone says, “A slightly customized version, using the intro from the single remix version but the full album cut after that. Great song on all instruments, especially bass, and possibly a bit challenging on drums.
  • “Inis Mona” – NL says, “Amazing mix of Metal and Folk Music, resulting in spectacular Keys and Drums, as well as entertaining and rhythmic Guitar and Bass parts.
  • “Apple Bucking Anthem” – NL says, “Electric violins to Guitar, Banjo to Keys, pounding Blues Drums and HO/PO filled Bass should make this a fun instrumental all around the board.

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Nightmare Lyre – “Enter the Hive”: Volume increased, minor G/B fixes

Finally, we’ve got yet another Rock Band Harmonies Project release, with 25 new harmony and Pro Drums upgrades to legacy DLC! espher, KyleJCrb, StackOverflow0x, and Lowlander contributed songs this week, including Grateful Dead 01, Spoon 01, Big Dipper 01, and more. Visit the RBHP website to download these upgrades, and check the end of this blog post for a full list.

See you next Friday!

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August 22, 2014 – King Crimson and mixed singles!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for August 22, 2014:

New! King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (BearzUnlimited)

  • “21st Century Schizoid Man” M 2x
  • “I Talk to the Wind”
  • “Epitaph” 2x
  • “Moonchild” 2x
  • “The Court of the Crimson King” 2x

New! Singles

  • Enter Shikari – “Mothership” 2x (Gigakoops)
  • Gigakoops – “Trumpy the Acid Trumpet in Space Adventure 9: The Chronicles of Life and Death (ft. Nightmare Lyre and Squiggle Glitz)” M 2x (Gigakoops and Nightmare Lyra)
  • Martin Garrix – “Animals” (ShadowOfTheServer feat. espher)
  • Seether – “Driven Under” (Colonel 32dll and Lowlander)
  • WoodenToaster – “Rainbow Factory” K (Nightmare Lyra)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


Prog rock has close ties to the plastic-instrument family of games; how could it not, when high-level play of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band thrive on complex and challenging instrumentation? As such, prog rock icons King Crimson and their debut album In the Court of the Crimson King have been requested by rhythm gamers for years and years. Guitar Hero gave a tiny taste with “21st Century Schizoid Man” in GH5, but we’re proud to bring the full album to Rock Band this week in all its complex glory.

But, as usual, there’s more for you if prog rock isn’t your cup of tea — we’ve got a post-hardcore track from Enter Shikari, a popular dance song from Martin Garrix, post-grunge from Seether, and two community-made electronica numbers. Check out the preview video to see if any of it is right for you.

And don’t take my word for it! Here’s what the authors have to say about this week’s songs:

  • “21st Century Schizoid Man” – BearzUnlimited says, “The album is kicked off by ’21st Century Schizoid Man’, a chaotic hard rocker than can be described as ‘jazz metal’. One of the band’s most famous songs, it starts off with heavy guitar riffs and distorted vocals before building up to a frantic, saxophone-driven, 6/8 jazz interlude. The song has a highly varied and melodic bass part, insanely fast drums, and a ridiculous sax solo on keys.” (Also, please note that the charts are not the same as GH5’s.)
  • “I Talk to the Wind” – BearzUnlimited says, “Things then cool down with ‘I Talk to the Wind’, a mellow ballad. Despite being softer and slower, it has some interesting drum rhythms and a variety of wind instruments including two flute solos on keys, as well as a great two-part vocal harmony.”
  • “Epitaph” – BearzUnlimited says, “Next is the symphonic, mellotron-driven ‘Epitaph’, which has an epic, atmospheric sound and a great, emotional vocal performance. Drums have a unique double bass rhythm and some tricky fills building up to the song’s end. There’s also a fun acoustic arpeggio pattern on guitar.”
  • “Moonchild” – BearzUnlimited says, “‘Moonchild’ begins as a dreamy ballad but then drifts off into a free-time improvisation. This section is one of the most unique Rock Band experiences available, due to the unpredictability and complete lack of structure. Guitar, drums, and vibraphone (charted to keys) all have highly varied and challenging parts.”
  • “The Court of the Crimson King” – BearzUnlimited says, “The album is then brought to a close by ‘The Court of the Crimson King’, the band’s signature piece. The song alternates between quiet, poetic verses and grand choruses, with some instrumental interludes in-between. It features a great drum rhythm with lots of big fills, a long flute solo on keys, and fun guitar patterns similar to ‘Epitaph’.”
  • “Rainbow Factory” – NL says, “A unique sounding song with loads of catchy melodies all around the instruments that makes it a fun play without being blisteringly difficult.”

See you next Friday!

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August 15, 2014 – A three-pack from Latin pop master Shakira, plus three singles!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for August 15, 2014:

New! Shakira C01 3-pack (drummerockband)

  • Shakira – “Can’t Remember to Forget You (ft. Rihanna)”
  • Shakira – “Hips Don’t Lie (ft. Wyclef Jean)”
  • Shakira – “Whenever, Wherever”

Mostly New! Singles

  • Adolescents – “Amoeba” X (Nyxyxylyth and BobQuentok)
  • Aviators – “One Last Letter” M (Linos Melendi feat. Nightmare Lyra) [FtV]
  • Michael Bublé – “Feeling Good” (farottone)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


Rock Band is mostly about rock music, but it’s also about providing a broad variety of music and getting everyone in the room into it, and this week’s pack is the perfect crowd-pleaser. These three songs from Top 40 favorite Shakira will get everyone on their feet, even the ones that don’t care about Guns N’ Roses or Slayer. Pasty white kids, let the music unleash the fierce Latin beast inside you! And if that’s not your thing, we’ve got our first single from punk rock legends Adolescents, another from crooner Michael Bublé (joining “Everything”), and a nu-metal track from brony artist Aviators.

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August 8, 2014 – Four songs from R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People, plus “Thunderhorse” and 22 RBHP upgrades!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for August 8, 2014:

New! Automatic for the People 4-pack (farottone)

  • R.E.M. – “Drive”
  • R.E.M. – “Everybody Hurts”
  • R.E.M. – “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite”
  • R.E.M. – “Try Not to Breathe”

New! Singles

  • Dethklok – “Thunderhorse” G 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
    Converted from Guitar Hero II

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom. This week, the blue G denotes partial multitracks (guitar and bass stems, keys/drums/vocals in backing).


Automatic for the People, R.E.M.’s eighth studio album, is often heralded as their best work. 22 years later, we’re here to add four more songs from its legacy to Rock Band, joining official DLC’s “Man on the Moon” and earlier C3 release “Nightswimming”! Three of these songs (everything except “Sidewinder”) are ballads, the hallmark of the album, and feature orchestral arrangements by John Paul Jones. (Yes, that John Paul Jones!) Turn down the lights, grab a beverage with an appropriate alcohol content, and get ready to feel some feels.

Next up is “Thunderhorse”, the infamous GH2 track from fictional band Dethklok! Relive your GH2 bonus song nostalgia on guitar, or try out the new vocals, keys, or drums charts. But pick up some food, too. Booze ain’t food.

We’ve also got 22 more Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrades this week, courtesy of espher and StackOverflow0x! To tie in with this week’s C3 release, all of R.E.M. pack 01 gets its much-deserved harmonies, along with Harmonix 01, Maroon 5 01, Anthrax 01, “Kryptonite”, and several others. Check the end of this blog post for the full list of songs, and visit the RBHP page to download these upgrades.

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August 1, 2014 – “In the Air Tonight”, “Whiskey in the Jar”, SoaD, Limp Bizkit, and more!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for August 1, 2014:

New! Singles

  • Anamanaguchi – “Another Winter” (ShadowOfTheServer feat. Gigakoops)
  • Gigakoops – “Good Grief” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Limp Bizkit – “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” (Convour feat. Nightmare Lyra)
  • Metallica – “Whiskey in the Jar” (Colonel32dll and TLITD31 feat. Lowlander)
  • Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight” (farottone)
  • System of a Down – “Sugar” (Nightmare Lyra)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


Been a while since our last mixed singles week! We love these weeks, since we (hopefully) get to deliver something for everyone. On top of Rock Band’s first Phil Collins track and several other huge singles, this week features several authors from the customs community sponsored by C3 authors! If you’ve got that inner spark for customs and you’d like to get them out there with C3, hit the forums with your full-band work and let us know! Or, if you’re looking to get started, check out this new guide by farottone to creating customs from MIDIs or FoF tracks.

Why should you download these songs?

  • “Another Winter” – If chiptunes are your thing, you can’t do better than Anamanaguchi. This track from the Scott Pilgrim video game will give your Pro Keys hand quite a workout!
  • “Good Grief” – Gigakoops says, “‘Good Grief’ is a multi-track medley based off the Kubler-Ross model of the grieving process, consisting of the songs ‘Denial/Anger’, ‘Bargaining’, ‘Depression’ and ‘Acceptance’.”
  • “Rollin'” – Nightmare Lyra says, “Unbelievably catchy, perfect for both parties and for just rocking out with some heavy riffs and complex drum beats.” A censored radio edit version of this song is also available.
  • “Whiskey in the Jar” – One of Metallica’s most famous covers from Garage Inc. A must for Metallica fans.
  • “In the Air Tonight” – The epic drum fills in this song need no introduction. No better way to introduce Phil Collins to Rock Band!
  • “Sugar” – Nightmare Lyra says, “Mix of jazzy and thrashy beats on drums, iconic riffing on Bass and Guitar and crazy vocals that will leave your tongue twisted for weeks.”

Updates from the last week to previously released C3 tracks:

  • Röyksopp – “Poor Leno”: Fixed a disco flip marker on Drums
  • Rush – “Bastille Day”: Fixed a disco flip marker on Drums

See you next Friday!

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