October 24, 2014 – Cake 4-pack and fandom singles!

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C3 releases for October 24, 2014:

New! Cake C01 4-pack

  • Cake – “I Will Survive” (Ollie)
  • Cake – “Never There” X (EvilCornbread and pksage feat. Nightmare Lyra)
  • Cake – “Opera Singer” (pksage)
  • Cake – “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” X (pksage)

FtV: Singles

  • Mic the Microphone – “Beyond Her Tomb” M (LyokoFreaks and Nightmare Lyra)
  • WoodenToaster – “Beyond Her Garden” M (Linos Melendi and 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 by a C3 author outside of C3.


Not that kind of cake.

Hey everyone! This week we’ve got four tracks from California alt-rockers Cake, another one of those bands conspicuously absent from official DLC. We’ve got almost all of the big singles (minus “Sick of You”, I guess), so get ready for some sick basslines and catchy trumpet hooks! I will also take a rare liberty as the author of these blog posts to comment that Cake is amazing and you should feel bad if you don’t download these songs.

Author comments for this week’s songs:

  • Cake C01 – I (pksage) am a big fan of Cake, and I’ve wanted this pack since RB1. I wanted to include at least one song outside of their big singles — much like Rocksmith got “Stickshifts and Safetybelts” — and “Opera Singer” fits the bill nicely. Honestly, though, it would take an album release of Fashion Nugget before I would feel sated with our Cake selection. And then probably an 8-pack after that. Regardless, though, these big hits should be plenty of fun on their own. Big thanks to Ollie and EvilCornbread for making it possible!
  • “Beyond Her Tomb” – NL writes, “A story rap about witchcraft and ponies, what’s not to like? Also great Vocals and Keys.”
  • “Beyond Her Garden” – NL writes, “An incredibly catchy tune with tricky Keys that any fan of Electronic music should check out.”

If you like Cake, don’t forget that we also released “The Distance” last year, if you’re wondering why it wasn’t in this pack. Hit our song database to download all past, present, and future C3 songs.

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October 17, 2014 – Six classic rock tracks, including Robert Palmer, Deep Purple, “Baby Come Back”, and three ELO hits!

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C3 releases for October 17, 2014:

New! Classic Rock C01 3-pack

  • Deep Purple – “Burn” M (Neversoft and AddyMilldike; from GH:WoR)
  • Player – “Baby Come Back” (farottone)
  • Robert Palmer – “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” X M (AddyMilldike)

FtV: Electric Light Orchestra C01 3-pack (Nyxyxylyth)

  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Fire On High” X
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” X
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Turn to Stone” X

New! Single

  • Superfluous Motor – “Schizophrenic Seizure (ft. Paolo Viteri)” M (Arcanon)

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 by a C3 author outside of C3.


“Classic rock” as a genre is a bit suspect, much like “indie rock”. I mean, something can be both Classic Rock and, like, hard rock, or soft rock, or folk rock, or…you get the idea. We’re confident, though, that this batch of tracks are both Classic and Rock, and we’ve got a FtV ELO 3-pack to seal the deal! This week also welcomes RBN author Arcanon to C3 with the first of many RBN tracks that didn’t quite make it. Taken together, this week is a bonanza of multitracks and Pro Guitar, and our Q4 is still just getting started!

Here’s what the authors have to say about this week’s songs:

  • “Schizophrenic Seizure” – Arcanon says, “I composed the drums to this as a standalone song, and Greg (Superfluous Motor) wrote the other instruments around it. He multiplied the intensity and made the song his own. Expect the full album that this is on, Shattered Groove, to come out on C3!”

If you like Deep Purple, remember to get “Space Truckin'” and “Child in Time” as official DLC, and “Fireball” as a C3 custom! We’ve also released four other ELO tracks since our inception — “Do Ya”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, and “Rain Is Falling” — bringing our total ELO roster to seven. Check out the song database to download all of these!

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Panic at the Disco – “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”: Fixed broken disco flips on Drums
  • Toto – “Hold the Line”: Added missing guitar solo marker

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October 10, 2014 – Toto 5-pack and 21 RBHP upgrades!

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C3 releases for October 10, 2014:

New! Toto C01 5-pack

  • Toto – “Africa” (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Toto – “Child’s Anthem” X M (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Toto – “Hold the Line” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Toto – “How Does It Feel” (farottone)
  • Toto – “I’ll Be Over You” (farottone)

New! Single

  • Tarby & Aviators – “Little Sister” 2x (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 by a C3 author outside of C3.


I bless the rains down in Munchkinland!

Sometimes a pack needs no fancy description or subtitle, and classic rock legends Toto speak for themselves. So hey, welcome to October — “Africa” and “Hold the Line” are finally here! The weather is cool, the packs are hot, and it only gets better for the rest of the year.

Author comments for this week’s songs:

  • “Little Sister” – Nightmare Lyra says, “Sounding like a mix of Nine Inch Nails and Faith No More with New Wave elements, this great Bioshock inspired track is excellent for Vocals and Keys, as well as rhythmic good fun on G/B/D.”

Remember that the official DLC store is still up, and “Rosanna” awaits you there to flesh out this pack if you don’t already have it.

We’ve also got 21 new Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrades, courtesy of the never-flagging espher with special guest Lowlander! This week covers Screaming for Vengeance and Are You Experienced, along with a host of metal singles and other goodies. Check the end of this blog post for the full list, or go to the RBHP site to download the upgrades.

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October 3, 2014 – Queensrÿche’s “Operation: Mindcrime”, plus Silversun Pickups, The Raconteurs, Attila, and Cold!

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C3 releases for October 3, 2014:

New! Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (farottone and xlxAvaricexlx)

  1. “I Remember Now”
  2. “Anarchy—X”
  3. “Revolution Calling”
  4. “Operation: Mindcrime”
  5. “Speak”
  6. “Spreading the Disease”
  7. “The Mission”
  8. “Suite Sister Mary”
  9. “The Needle Lies”
  10. “Electric Requiem”
  11. “Breaking the Silence”
  12. “I Don’t Believe in Love”
  13. “Waiting for 22″
  14. “My Empty Room”
  15. “Eyes of a Stranger”

New! Singles

  • Attila – “About That Life” 2x (uSound)
  • Cold – “Remedy” (RyanHYK)
  • The Raconteurs – “Consoler of the Lonely” M (Neversoft and pksage)
  • The Raconteurs – “Hold Up” M (Neversoft and pksage)
    Both converted from GH:WT DLC
  • Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year” M (Neversoft and GreenPanda12)
    Converted from GH:WoR

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 by a C3 author outside of C3.


Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook? Why, us, of course! Take a break from your mind-control-serum-induced assassination spree to play another full Queensrÿche album! In a C3 first, you can download the whole album at once to join Nikki on lead guitar, Dr. X on bass, and Sister Mary on drums for a legendary rock opera experience. Or pass on the drama and intrigue entirely, and rock out to some awesome mixed singles.

What do this week’s authors have to say about the release? First, here’s farottone on Operation: Mindcrime:

Operation: Mindcrime is arguably the best and more appreciated metal concept album, certified platinum and repeatedly ranking in the top 50 albums ever released by numerous magazines. It’s got a compelling story and in Rock Band it plays just beautifully. All instruments range from easy and enjoyable to hard and challenging, though never getting frustrating. And the vocals are stunning: Geoff Tate is one of the purest voices in rock history and keeping up with him will just leave you breathless. If you like discovering new music that plays well in the game, do yourself a favour and play just once the whole album on any instrument: you’re gonna be hooked. :)

So, play through the story of Nikki, a junkie who is recruited by an enigmatic Doctor X with the intent of having him kill political leaders and subvert society’s order. Ideology slowly gives way to reality when, at the climax of the album, in a 10 minute epic with an amazing duet and latin choirs, Nikki is asked to kill the only beacon of hope in his life. Nikki’s life unravels and the inevitable ending of the album leads to him realising what he’s done.

Assorted tidbits:

- The album is available in singles and, for the first time ever in C3 history, as a whole album package (expect more in this format). Plus, the album is also available in a single package with all the medleys intact, so that you can play it with no intended interruptions.
– Spreading the Disease has an amazing drum line achieved by assigning snare to green: try it and love it. :)
– In Suite Sister Mary the latin choirs have not been charted and are treated as backing. The reason is that while we know what should be sung, and even if we have people somewhat familiar with latin, not all lyrics are clear. Also, the choirs sometimes overlap with the 3 “natural” harmonies.
– Throughout the album, whenever there are spoken bits, H1 is Nikki, H2 is Mary, H3 is Dr. X.
– Finally, this album couldn’t have been done without xlxAvaricexlx’s impressive guitar and drums work, plus more instruments on some songs. In fact, Queensrÿche haters please consider one thing: him authoring Empire was one of the main reasons I got into customs, so if you ever downloaded a song of mine that you loved, make sure to thank Queensrÿche! :D And xlxAvaricexlx, we finally got this one out, thanks for all the stuff you did!

And here’s are other authors on their singles:

  • The Raconteurs – Finally! Long overdue GH ports, by my estimation. Both of these tracks from Consolers of the Lonely are great on guitar, but none of the instruments are ever boring. For best effect, play an album-order setlist with “Salute Your Solution” and “Many Shades of Black”.
  • “There’s No Secrets This Year” – GreenPanda12 (who is celebrating his first C3 release today!) says, “Opening number from SP’s Swoon album, lots of chords to keep your fingers moving. Great song to play on all parts.

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild”: Important fix. Was accidentally released in mono with one audio channel missing, now correctly stereo again.

If you liked this album, farottone has released several other full Queensrÿche albums, including Promised Land, The Warning, and Empire, the last of which includes full multitracks for all songs! And if you’re a Silversun Pickups fan, check out “Substitution“. All song downloads are also available in our database.

See you next Friday!

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September 26, 2014 – Metal Origins 5-pack!

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C3 releases for September 26, 2014:

New! Metal Origins C01 5-pack (BearzUnlimited)

  • Black Sabbath – “Iron Man” X
  • Blue Cheer – “Summertime Blues”
  • Deep Purple – “Fireball” 2x
  • Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”
  • Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild” X

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 by a C3 author outside of C3.


Rock music has slowly evolved over the last 60 or 70 years, layering sounds upon sounds to create a delicious cake of different genres and styles. One genre near to the heart of many plastic guitarists is heavy metal, and this week’s pack focuses on how it came to be. Sabbath, Zep, and Deep Purple are all called out directly by the Wikipedia article, and their lineup of 1968-1971 hits is bolstered by “Born to Be Wild” (HEAVY METAL THUNDER) and Blue Cheer’s version of “Summertime Blues”, credited by many as The First Metal Recording. All five are excellent additions to any library, whether for their fame or their difficulty. This is your study material for Metal 301! There will be a test!

Author BearzUnlimited has this to say about each song:

  • “Iron Man” – “Finally getting to play that iconic riff in RB, two guitar solos, lots of drum fills, and some fun bass lines. Plus, learn the lyrics other than ‘I am Iron Man.'”
  • “Summertime Blues” – “Great, heavy rendition of the rockabilly classic, with pounding drums and fun riffs on both guitar and bass.”
  • “Fireball” – “Perhaps the first ever speed metal song, this track features a rocking organ part, double bass drumming with fast fills, and an exciting bass part with a solo.”
  • “Dazed and Confused” – “This heavy, bluesy number from Zep’s debut features some great guitar riffs that are mostly mirrored by bass. The drums part is loaded with fills, and vocalists have to match Plant’s intense wailing. The middle of the song has an intense, fast section with a wild guitar solo.”
  • “Born to Be Wild” – “This song has fun parts for every instrument, including a great guitar riff, a nice bass groove, and a tough organ solo.”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Berlin – “Sex (I’m A…)”: Fixed drums overdrive

If you liked this pack, C3 has released ten other Led Zeppelin tracks, along with (literally) hundreds of other metal tracks from Dream Theater to Pantera. Try filtering by the “Metal” genre in our database!

See you next Friday!

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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!

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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!

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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.

See you next Friday!

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