Harmonix Announces Rock Band Add-Ons

Harmonix, makers of the rockingly successful interactive Rock Band game, has announced plans to expand its lineup of instruments, an inside source has revealed.

Speaking under condition of anonymity, they spilled the proverbial beans on several new additions to what Harmonix has referred to as their “franchise” game.

The Rock Band Flute will make players yearn for living in the past as songs from Jethro Tull are planned as downloads. Also packed with the Rock Band Flute will be a pair of kneepads—but boots are optional.

Rock Band’s Steel Drum add-on is sure to make a big splash as well, with the Star Wars hit “Cantina Band” and many Calypso favorites planned for add-on content.

As if that weren’t enough, the Rock Band Concertina will appeal to the oom-pah crowd. This will only lead to speculation that complementary “brasstic” instruments–simulated brass instruments but in plastic form–are on the horizon.

Rock Band’s mature fans will appreciate the Rock Band Wireless Keytar, an exciting addition that will introduce the synth-pop and electronic genres to the game, with music from bands such as Depeche Mode and Devo planned for downloadable content.

“The possibilities are virtually endless,” said the source.

Harmonix also plans polka yodeling, allowing previously reluctant individuals languishing for oddball octaves lively, spirited dancing all year-round.

More details and pictures as they come. Stay tuned.

(UPDATE: Please read the follow-up. Thanks!)

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Happy Belated Birthday!

Yesterday marked the 4th anniversary of Anthony entering our world and turning into the chaotic, fun, mesmerizing, confusing, aggravating, enjoyable, scary, outrageously fun and often nonsensical place it is today.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

It was four years ago that I got that call from Ann telling me to turn around and come home, and when went from somewhat irresponsible adult to a father that now had two people counting on him for everything. It’s a humbling experience and role I take seriously. It was also the day I cried when I first saw that slippery, strangely colored little baby being removed from Ann’s womb. Whether covered in goop or all cleaned up, I knew that little stranger had changed our lives forever.

It’s hard to fathom that he went from this…

To this…

…in just four short years. I now know what people mean when they say that children grow up too fast. While I miss that little baby, I look forward to each day when we learn something new, do something different, say something meaningful.

Happy birthday, kid! We’ll see you at Chuck E. Cheese’s on Wednesday for Birthday Party #2!

Oh yes, and baseball season has officially begun (in case you couldn’t tell by my banner)! On this, the first game of their 50th season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers beat the Bonds-less Giants by a score of 5-0.

You can’t script stuff like that. Here’s to what will hopefully be an amazing season!