Beatles in Rock Band

The popularity of interactive music video games such as “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” has boosted sales of up-and-coming bands as well as re-ignited the sales of classic rock acts.

However, I never thought I’d see the Beatles jump on the bandwagon.

But it’s true.

The Beatles and Apple Corps. Ltd., have joined exclusively with MTV and Harmonix, creators of the “Rock Band” video games, to create a game that focuses on the music and artistry of that revolutionary band from Liverpool, England.

This will be the first time Beatles music will be used in a video game. The game, which has yet to be titled, was conceived with creative input from the surving members of the Fab Four, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia.

Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, has been tapped to produce the game. The father-and-son team produced the Beatles music for the innovative Cirque du Soleil’s “Love,” which premiered in Las Vegas in 2006.

McCartney, Starr, Harrison, Ono and MTV and Harmonix bigwigs expressed their gratitude and excitement in a statement issued Thursday. And it was Starr who summed it up the way he always does:

“Let the games commence,” he said.

The Beatles video game will make its debut sometime next year.

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