The Old Man Band (Players Over 30)

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  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Ah..the good ol Intellivision days,Coleco vision, Nintendo....the countless Gameboys , Sega ...and yes, my sons watched enviously when their mom could beat both games of Zelda with the original Link she started the game with! grin... Did anyone learn on the early IBM PC? I remember pong and playing Othello on my dad's 8088.

    My boys think I am the coolest mom around being a parent that shares their love for video games. They had a hard time getting to play them with me around hogging it all the time. In fact "Hansel" is my son who lives in North Carolina with his wife "Kat"... they are official Friends of the Family band members now that they have RB2 for their Wii (They also play GHWT on the Wii). My other son "Xero" or sometimes he goes by "Vincent" (from FF days) plays an expert guitar and has entered Guitar Hero tournaments. He doesn't have a Wii, though. I think he is going to invest in a PS3

    I have to say I am happy with the Wii for the interaction you get that the other systems don't have. Its fun and people of all ages, even my grandmother can play.

    I am with you Z, I love PC gaming more than anything. I love RPGS. And darn if you didn't dash my imagination saying you lived in Colorado. I have this image of a smooth talking southern Louisiana bayou drawl when I "hear" you singing...oh well...sigh.

    BTW, we are having internet issues again. Currently, Brett is shopping for his new character from the money I earned her drumming some of the world tour songs..wish I could just donate some of my earnings to those noobs...but....oh well.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I won't dissappoint you too much, I was boarn and raised here in New Orleans, but my partens divorced when I was 8 and my Dad moved to Colorado. So I did a lot of going back and forth. So I really am Southern born and bred in that sense, but to be honest I don't have much of an accent (although linguists would say I have more of an homogonized accent). I do have a little bit of a New Orleans accent on certain words, though. Besides you can't really think of a southern drawl when you think of New Orleans (the city is pronounced kind of like you might pronounce N'awlins, although not really that badly and there are a few variants, or sometimes New Ohr-leah-uns but definitely not New Or-LEEns). This city was so heavily populated by Irish (well many nationalities, really, we were second largest immigration point in the United States behind New York, after all) longshormen. So that makes the New Orleans accents sound a lot more like a somewhat drawled New York (Brooklyn, I suppose) accent far more than the typical southern one. Of course there are pockets in the rest of South Louisiana where you get that Cajun accent, but it's not particularly common to hear that around here. The more typical southern accents don't start until you hit Mississippi or moving a bit further north in Louisiana, a bit of it in Baton Rouge (although the accents there tend not to be very strong) but the more north you go the more it becomes more typically southern. What can I say, Louisiana is an extremely (and, more often than not, oddly) diversified state.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I don't think there's anything more cool than seeing my wife,5 year old son,6 year old daughter and me ripping through "Eye Of The Tiger" on a Sunday morning.definitely the best game I've played.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    So with the Nirvana pack coming out tomorrow... I dug up the original thread with the charts: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93062

    I dunno... as a drummer... not a lot there.
    I like Nirvana... but these tracks are definitely the dimmer lights of the Nevermind album (imo).
    Might get "Breed".... everything else is a "meh".
    edit - on second look... maybe getting "Stay Away" as well.

    What do you folks think?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Well, let's see, we have...

    Nirvana - Breed
    Nirvana - Lounge Act
    Nirvana - On a Plain
    Nirvana - Polly
    Nirvana - Something in the Way
    Nirvana - Stay Away
    Nirvana - Territorial Pissings

    I'm a bit of a Nirvana junkie (it seems like I'm jsut a junkie for DLC these days) so I may have to get more than a few of those. I was going back over and singing Simple Man again today, too, and that really is such a great song. Just some nice little riffs on just every instrument and vocally it's just fantastic to get into, although I have to be careful about that. I tend to never get 100% on it because I get a little carried away and forget those little things that RB2 insists you hit, so I always seem to miss 1 phrase by the tiniest sliver (and it never seems to be the same phrase, either, go figure.) Well of to bed for me. I probably won't be on tomorrow, we're getting closer to Mardi Gras so plenty of folks and town and things to do and parades to show them and such.

    Happy Carnival Season everyone!
  • ryanco64ryanco64 Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Anyone of you guys online to play? ;)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Pubknight;1971702 said:
    So with the Nirvana pack coming out tomorrow... I dug up the original thread with the charts: http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93062

    I dunno... as a drummer... not a lot there.
    I like Nirvana... but these tracks are definitely the dimmer lights of the Nevermind album (imo).
    Might get "Breed".... everything else is a "meh".
    edit - on second look... maybe getting "Stay Away" as well.

    What do you folks think?

    I'd have to say, I think a lot of these songs suck, where's Smells like teen Spirit, and Come as you are? I'm getting a little tired of HMX, touting they have awesome bands but then give the lamest songs by the bands, Activision is guilty of this as well. The Guitar Hero Aerosmith Track pack game only has about 3 good Aerosmith songs.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I ended up picking up 3 (blame boredom... if I'm off work due to the hip much longer, I'm going to lose my mind)

    Picked up Breed, On a Plain, and Stay Away... as the others don't offer much drum wise.
    As a positive, at least on Hard, Stay Away is an absolute gift as a devil horn drum song (it's really not that tough).

    Nevermind was an important album for me growing up, and I do have to admit that playing the songs is pretty cool. Not as cool as playing the Boston songs.... but up there.

    My only problem with judging dlc is I'm so limited... I can't 'rate' anything besides the drums (just not good enough). But those three songs, drums-wise are fun enough... and auto-pilot easy 5 stars on hard drums.
  • jepjr13jepjr13 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    picked up Breed and Territorial Pissings(love that tune)..."grunge"is just fine with me . Alice in Chains "Dirt" ,and Pearl Jam's entire catalog would make me happy
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Nirvana never did much for me (even though they were front & center during my formative HS & early college years). Like a few songs, Dive in particular but I'll probably use this week as an excuse to get some of the Track Pack 1 stuff I've been holding off on. I'll give 'em all spin & if a few catch my ear who knows. I don't buy into the Cobain "troubled artist" hype (sorry, you don't become a rock star by accident & most of what I've read into Nirvana history is that he was very clear to what he wanted them to be & controlled almost every aspect of their image, much more so than most bands do), and Love (by extension) is a waste.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I got all of it. My "formative" years were a bit lean on the music I really liked (although I do like a rather eclectic mix) but the big stuff then was Madonna and Michael Jackson and everything was all Pop and New Wave and then a lot more R&B (Whitney Houston and such) and Hip Hip were making the scene, not really my thing. I was grooving on Ozzy's new stuff at the time and discovering a lot of Sabbath from the '70s. The big hits on the metal and rock side seemed more often to involve the "hair" bands, like Ratt, Poison, Bon Jovi and such, all OK but not what I really wanted (although my secret shame there had to be Twisted Sister for some reason, I love the crap out of "Come Out and Play" I think it was called, starting with a line from that '80s gang movie "The Warriors". Don't ask me why I like it, I just do.)

    Of course in the background the punk scene was merging more rock and metal sounds in and overall rock was picking up an edgier sound until the emergence of groups like Nirvana start shoving "Adult Alternative" into the mainstream and there my musical niche started to really burst out. Even some of the obscure songs off of "Nevermind" I think are just awesome. Hell, Polly has to be one of my favorite songs on that album, so visual, visceral, sardonic and just great stuff, IMHO. The lyrics and music just fit so sarcastically together, so very Gen X, just so cynical in a way. I just love it.

    These days I'll take ANYTHING by System of a Down (who have to be one of my all time favorite bands, although there's really only one song on Serj's solo album that I really like at all, and it's not the one they gave us for DLC, go figure.) Disturbed is awesome as is Drowning Pool. Give me "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" already!

    Overall I do agree that it would be nicer to see some of the great songs from many of the bands they've put into their DLC, like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on this album. Ah well, I'm sure licensing rights play into it all somewhere as well probably limiting what songs HMX can and can't put into DLC.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Anyone have Motely's Crews Saints of L.A., Move Along, All the Small Things by Blink? I picked those up last night, wouldn't mind playing with someone else that has them.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1977860 said:
    Anyone have Motely's Crews Saints of L.A., Move Along, All the Small Things by Blink? I picked those up last night, wouldn't mind playing with someone else that has them.
    I have:
    Move Along and
    All The Small Things.
    no Saints of LA though, sorry.

    I've got 50 dlc total, which includes... like... 14-15 of the 20 free (deleted a few of them). I'm not sure how much dlc we have to choose from in total now, but I think this week is the first week I haven't grabbed at least the majority (got 3/7).

    Though the rumour is next week... at least next week's back catalogue stuff... is going to be another full album, this time from the Cars.
    (There is some guy in the Rock Band forums that claims he can hack the servers and sees what is uploaded before it goes live. He's successfully predicted both Boston and Nirvana).
    So if it is The Cars, I won't be getting that next week. (Something about Rick Ocasek's voice just reallly irritates me)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I like the Cars, I'll get You might think I'm crazy, I thought the whole back log was supposed to be up by the end of this month.
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I had read the new releases would start syncing up across all consoles "in February"... but always went on the assumption the back catalog is going to take a while.

    Mind you, the way its going, I'm not going to hold my breath on the new releases.
    All I want is for the new releases to sync up in time for the Pearl Jam "Ten" release.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I also0 have Move Along and All The Small Things, but not Saints of LA. I currently have 55 DLC, which includes around 15 of the 20 free DLC. SO I'm pretty well loaded for bear on a lot of the DLC content so far. I like the Cars, too, so count me in for a good bit of that. I'd definitely be up for some Pearl Jam, too, and would lik eto see some kind of "catch up" at that point. Even if it isn't that all of the backlog is done so much as tossing some bones of the new stuff in with the backlog they are working on.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1978621 said:
    I like the Cars, I'll get You might think I'm crazy, I thought the whole back log was supposed to be up by the end of this month.
    haha, just realized You might think isn't even included in the Cars pack. I guess I'll have to settle for let the good times roll, and my best friends girl.
  • Rsunset327Rsunset327 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I'll play. I'm 31 with 4 kids and a money hungry leech, I mean wife :D
  • Candy442Candy442 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    Hey Kev,

    we were having connection problems AGAIN with our internet, just now able to get back on to let you know that is why we were exchanging invites last night.

    Hope to be able to get a solid internet soon so we won't be losing the connection. I was on long enough to do a good score in the Winter Drums, but just shy of Pandora's Boxers. Who's band is that?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Welcome, RSunset. I'll likely be on tonight so I'll add you then.
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    zarlor;1982888 said:
    Welcome, RSunset. I'll likely be on tonight so I'll add you then.
    Sorry about last night, I royally stunk it up. I've beaten snow on hard before. I couldn't get into a good rythm last night. I was having a hard time with songs I've five stared before. I can't believe I lost a million fans by not getting 4stars on blink. I was so mad when I failed on snow.:mad::mad::mad: I got cocky because before I went online with you I beat some songs I never had before on hard. Finally finished all the songs on the tour. I cheated though, for battery and pain killer, I didn your noise vocal thing you talked about to get threw the songs. Still only got 3 stars on pain killer. lol I guess I'm just a medium guy all around. I can live with that. :D
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Rsunset327;1982425 said:
    I'll play. I'm 31 with 4 kids and a money hungry leech, I mean wife :D
    I'll add you also, what time do you play? I've got 3 kids that keep me on the shelf until 10 est or so. Unfortunately for me, that's a little later than the rest of the crew around here. Also, what is your weapon of choice?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Kev2380;1982903 said:
    Sorry about last night, I royally stunk it up. I've beaten snow on hard before. I couldn't get into a good rythm last night. I was having a hard time with songs I've five stared before. I can't believe I lost a million fans by not getting 4stars on blink. I was so mad when I failed on snow.:mad::mad::mad: I got cocky because before I went online with you I beat some songs I never had before on hard. Finally finished all the songs on the tour. I cheated though, for battery and pain killer, I didn your noise vocal thing you talked about to get threw the songs. Still only got 3 stars on pain killer. lol I guess I'm just a medium guy all around. I can live with that. :D
    No issues. It happens. I was more worried about all the pickup members that they may get frustrated and quit. No wories foer me, though.

    BTW, what did you mean by "I didn your noise vocal thing you talked about to get threw the songs"? If you mean where I was talking about gold-starring songs on vocals, that was strictly, and I do mean strictly, for "talkie" songs, like Testify, Visions and that Beastie Boys song (I try to purge everything Beastie Boys from my memory, so sorry about not remembering the name there.) In those songs it doesn't require you to sing anything. I'm REALLY surprised you were able to even get 3 stars out of something like Painkiller that way, even on Medium or Easy. Even the "talkie" sections of something like Painkiller requires you to try to mimic, to some extent, what the singer is doing there and so sometimes they can be more easily missed than you'd expect. But pure, all-"talk" songs, yeah, you can just make whatever noises you want and as long as you kick in OD in pretty much the right spots you should be able to Gold Star those puppies. Battery or Painkiller, though... definitely not the songs I was talking about. ;)
  • Kev2380Kev2380 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Hey zarlor, I never meant you cheated. I was just saying that's what I did to pass those two songs, actually got 4 stars on battery and 3 on pain killer on hard.

    BTW, do you have the thread for the guy who is predicting what DLC comes next?
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Sorry, i wasn't talking about cheating anything, only trying to decribe how, essentially, easy the talkie songs are. So I was trying to figure out what you meant by saying you just made noise on something like Painkiller and Battery and still passed them. I'd guess you had to hit some good notes in there somewhere! ;)

    As for the predictions thread, you got me. PK was the one who mentioned that.
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    FINALLY! I Gold Starred Tangled Up in Blue (I sure as heck didn't FC that piece of garbage, but at least I got the gold stars I was trying for.) That leaves one last annoying song to do that on... Rob the Prez-O-Dent. How I despise that song....

    Still, getting Dylan's junk is mighty good news that I just had to share (although I'm sure nobody is really all that interested. ;))

    Oh and as a side note that might be interesting to folks, it looks like PK was right. All the new DLC will be from The Cars:

    Good Times Roll
    My Best Friend's Girl
    In In Touch With Your World
    Don't Cha Stop
    You're All I've Got Tonight
    Bye Bye Love
    Moving In Stereo
    All Mixed Up
  • PubknightPubknight Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Heya folks,
    Checking in, I've been a bit scarce lately working on this whole hip recovery thing.
    Rsunset327, I'll add you in as well.

    Status wise, I'm very excited... I got my new bass pedal this week!
    It's taking a bit of adjustment (mainly for tweaking its setup) but its definitely an improvement.
    I'm working my way through expert drums, tier by tier on sight reads.
    Going well... though my typical hard score still exceeds my expert score, mainly due to more "stuff" in expert that can break combos.

    I figure after I get through the initial sight-read pass and start playing everything on expert, that will get better. Realistically, I suppose it has taken me over a month to get where I am on Hard, so it should take about that same time to get to a comparable spot on Expert as well.

    After I've gone through the expert "just pass everything first" stage, and I feel comfortable enough, I'll take to playing Expert online. Right now I'm still on the "hard" online stage, and Expert offline.

    Has everyone been playing much?

    The Cars DLC will be a big pass for me... just have never been a fan... unless there are a couple of songs that all of you folks will be picking up... then I will pick those up as well just so we have a bit of a consistent 'stable' of songs to choose from.

    And Kev, that guy that made the prediction, his user name is: CaitSith2.
    I'm going to start searching his posts, or keeping an eye out for any of his predictions, as he seems to have some sort of inside knowledge/server hack ability to accurately predict the upcoming DLC. (he's nailed 3 consecutive weeks now... which is way more than coincidence as far as I'm concerned). He says that the dlc is up on the server 2 weeks in advance, and he has some way of 'seeing' it.
    I haven't seen an upcoming dlc prediction from him yet.

    And Z, congrats on Tangled... that's great.
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Is Visions incredibly easy on Vocals?
    After multiple attempts to pass Visions first on guitar then on bass (hard & expert) I decided to try vocals just so I could unlock it on quickplay & not lose 76K fans each time I failed. So, I try it on hard, first time I've ever seen the words, & 100% FC! So, just to experiment I try expert & 100% GS FC! I was totally shocked, it's the only time I've ever sung in a non-band situation & I usually have to sing on med. So, I guess I'm just assuming since Visions is a "talker" it's just real easy as long as you can read.

    PK, good to hear your doing better, I'll be on throughout the weekend on guitar/bass. I'd say go expert especially when on-line so you can get saved on difficult sections. That will make you better, faster. hopefully we can jam (that goes for everyone else too!)
  • zarlorzarlor Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Megatron, that's what I've been saying! All of the talkies are extremely easy for a non-singer. You don't have to say the words or anything, just make noise or make up the words however you want, as long as you are making sounds as the words scroll by, you're good to go. And if you hit the OD in the rights spots (and since most of the talkies kind of limit you on when you can hit it anyway you'll usually hit it in the rights spots) you should be able to GS them with no problems. So Visions, Give it Aways (although the first phrase has something special you have to do, see below, and the last phrase is actually sung, but neither of those should affect your ability to GS the song) and So Watc'ha Want are all very, very easy to do vocals on. Same is true for that DLC song, Prequel to the Sequel.

    Now some songs have talkie sections that are also that easy (like Rob the Prez-O-Dent) but have enough singing to make them difficult anyway, or more often you have songs that have certain talkie sections that require a lot more precise way of fully activating it. Like the very first phrase of Give It Away there are two sounds they want you to make ("Oh and Ohh") that if you just make any sound there will NOT fully activate that phrase. On those you have to add a raspiness to your voice to make them work. Same is partially true for a couple of falling slide sections in Painkiller. Other songs need some other effect to the sound but I don't know all of them yet or exactly what they need (the first energy phrase in Blondie's One Thing or Another is one of those, the "git cha"s I just can't nail, but on Psycho Killer there are these "Fa, Fa" sections where I've figured out that a lot of F sound is what they are looking for to get those to work best.)

    But, at any rate, songs that are almost entirely "talky" usually need no tricks. Just any noise will let you nail them to the wall. They really are just that easy (and you'll notice that most of them have no dot ratings at all for vocals).
  • megatronmegatron Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    It's just so much harder than any other song on guitar (for me), best i've done is x-84% and then to GS Vocals 1st time (and I don't think my timing was good at all) kinda blew my mind. I just assumed it was going to be as-difficult.
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