Jimi Hendrix Coming to “Rock Band” With Full “Axis” Album, More Exclusives to Follow

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Jimi Hendrix is the greatest guitarist of all time and current Rolling Stone cover star, and now RS can reveal that his legendary albums are coming exclusively to Rock Band with a wave of downloadable content thanks to Harmonix, MTV Games and Experience Hendrix. The guitarist’s entire second LP Axis: Bold as Love will be unleashed as DLC starting March 30th, along with the unearthed Jimi single “Valleys of Neptune” from the new disc of the same name.

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“Much like Jimi’s music, we feel that Rock Band represents an amazing, innovative medium for music discovery and interaction that can have a profound affect on those who experience it,” says Janie Hendrix, the CEO of Experience Hendrix. “We are extremely pleased to be able to have Jimi Hendrix’s genius musical legacy continue to live on and touch people the world over through Rock Band.” The makers of Rock Band jumped at the opportunity to become the exclusive music video game destination for Jimi. “Hendrix’s music is something that our fans and supporters have been clamoring for on the Rock Band platform,” MTV Games’ Paul DeGooyer tells Rolling Stone.

Rock Band will dole out Hendrix’s music in connection with Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings’ own CD/DVD remasters of Hendrix’s three studio album and the posthumous release First Rays of the Rising Sun. “The remasterings of the catalog are really incredible and you can hear stuff for the first time in those recordings and we’re kind of the beneficiary of that,” DeGooyer says, adding that the Rock Band tracks will also boast “improved sonics.”

As for why the franchise opted to unleash the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s second album Axis: Bold As Love to gamers before Are You Experienced? and Electric Ladyland, DeGooyer explains, “A lot of people are familiar with the singles [on Axis], but the concept of the album has kind of evaporated from the minds of certain demography over the past decade or so, and so people are cherry-picking songs. Axis may benefit from getting this highlighting and taken together. And it’s tremendously fun to play as well.”

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