Harrah's Rock Band Competition

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  • AxlitisAxlitis Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Hopefully this means more B-52's DLC.
  • John-311John-311 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    My grandparents live in Valley Center, CA, right near the Harrah's there...but the Las Vegas local competition is held the two days before the regional competition, so you might as well just combine the trip and you're already at Vegas even if you lose!

    So is the competition judged purely on score like it says in the press release? Couldn't someone just figure out the highest possible full band score you could get out of that list of songs and just do that song at every competition? Are you judged on performance/costumes/crowd reaction, since there are going to be celebrity judges at each of the regional competitions?
  • recharge138recharge138 Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    I live in Memphis. Anyone in the area want to team up for Tunica? Msg me.

    Hard/expert guitar
    Expert Bass
    Hard/expert vox
    med/hard drums
  • digiangel234digiangel234 Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Figures, nothing ever happens in my local area.
  • King_NuthinKing_Nuthin Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    John-311;2008596 said:
    So is the competition judged purely on score like it says in the press release? Couldn't someone just figure out the highest possible full band score you could get out of that list of songs and just do that song at every competition?
    I hope it doesn't work that way because that's exactly how it would go down. The regional and finals rounds would be like a Madden tournament where everyone picks that year's money team and runs the same 3-4 plays. Boring! With online leaderboards and scorehero it won't even take much work to figure out the highest possible score and correct pathing.
  • cmenearcmenear Rising Star
    edited February 2009
    Didn't it say something about judges...why would you need judges for a "Score" based system...or was the "celebrity judging" just for the finals.

    I didn't bother reading through the whole thing when the lady indicated "I'm not singing this far pregnant"...I figured we could have gotten some empathy points!
  • RastabotRastabot Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Wow theres at least 4 places in each region, and then theres only 2 in the western region, thats really lame and doesn't make a lot of sense
  • iruhlmaniruhlman Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Can we bring our Explorer guitars to use? I can do without the solo buttons as I prefer this guitar for better accuracy when i need it.
  • RastabotRastabot Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    iruhlman;2010218 said:
    Can we bring our Explorer guitars to use? I can do without the solo buttons as I prefer this guitar for better accuracy when i need it.
    They wont even let you bring your own drum sticks, so I highly doubt you can bring your own guitar.
  • edited February 2009
    cmenear;2005171 said:
    Any chance of seeing Apples at the Horseshoe in CB? I'd be willing to sit in the audience if I can't convince the pregnant missus that she can sing 8 months pregnant and earn some bonus points for going into labor in the middle of Teenage Riot!
    Not likely. I researched it, but I am having multiple difficulties not limited to:

    * Finding enough band members

    * Finding band members that want to make fools of themselves (the scoring rules put an emphasis on "stage presence," peformance, and costuming.)

    * To register, you need some sort of a rewards card, which requires you to go to the casino (and probably gamble a certain amount)
  • cherokeesamcherokeesam Washed Up
    edited February 2009
    Apples;2010366 said:
    Not likely. I researched it, but I am having multiple difficulties not limited to:

    * Finding enough band members

    * Finding band members that want to make fools of themselves (the scoring rules put an emphasis on "stage presence," peformance, and costuming.)

    * To register, you need some sort of a rewards card, which requires you to go to the casino (and probably gamble a certain amount)
    Actually, you don't have to play or pay at all to get a Total Rewards Card. Just have a valid ID and they'll print up a card for you....all free.
  • King_NuthinKing_Nuthin Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Apples;2010366 said:
    * Finding band members that want to make fools of themselves (the scoring rules put an emphasis on "stage presence," peformance, and costuming.)
    Where did you see this part, because when I clicked on several of the links to the fine print it said results were determined by total score, which was then explained to be the in-game score. At least one of those rule sets was for one of the regional finals rounds because the prize was defined as the trip to the finals in Atlantic City and 8 tickets to the B-52 show. Its also worth noting that winning the regional and trip to AC is valued at $5000 and you will owe taxes on it, because times are tough and non-cash prizes that get taxed can be an unexpected kick in the junk come April 15.
  • cmenearcmenear Rising Star
    edited February 2009
    Apples;2010366 said:
    Not likely. I researched it, but I am having multiple difficulties not limited to:

    * Finding enough band members

    * Finding band members that want to make fools of themselves (the scoring rules put an emphasis on "stage presence," peformance, and costuming.)

    * To register, you need some sort of a rewards card, which requires you to go to the casino (and probably gamble a certain amount)

    I would have two and three covered...pretty sure my rewards card will show a few thousand $ spent there.
  • redlummadaredlummada Rising Star
    edited February 2009
    Holy crap, they're going to have a local competition HERE in Windsor? That's awesome. Need to find a good singer badly.
  • HellKatzXHellKatzX Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    I'm only a couple hours from Council Bluffs but I only have a band of 3 and we only really play medium/hard.
  • koathkoath Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    Apples;2010366 said:


    * To register, you need some sort of a rewards card, which requires you to go to the casino (and probably gamble a certain amount)
    The Casinos I've ever been to the rewards card is mainly so they can keep track of you, one way or another. I've never ran into a one that requires you to gamble a certain amount.
  • edited February 2009
    I am in Las Vegas and need band players! I'm so stoked about this tourney that I nearly pulled a muscle in my arm playing tonight.
  • seamjessjoshseamjessjosh Rising Star
    edited February 2009
    TheDeacon_Reloaded;2013161 said:
    I am in Las Vegas and need band players! I'm so stoked about this tourney that I nearly pulled a muscle in my arm playing tonight.
    What do you play? I'm getting my TR card Thursday and registering. I live in Vegas, play expert drums and have for over a year....
  • DrTrainDrTrain Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    thats really dumb,why not find someone who will sponsor it for people under 21 as well,and more damn places in Canada,
    also whats with every prize these days involving the 360?
    maybe some people wanna win a ps3?
  • BacchusDisciplesBacchusDisciples Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    seamjessjosh;2013218 said:
    What do you play? I'm getting my TR card Thursday and registering. I live in Vegas, play expert drums and have for over a year....
    Looks like there are an expert vocalist and guitar looking for two more in Las Vegas, also on PS3:

    http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124730
  • MrHartgraveMrHartgrave Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    If anyone here needs a EXPERT Drummer, bassist, or singer I am available for the AC area competitions...feel free to email me at [email]F_Hartgrave@hotmail.com[/email] or message me here on this site...
  • RenrockRenrock Too bland to be banned
    edited February 2009
    VOX in TN and looking to put a band together. I have friends I'm waiting on an answer from , but hit me up if you have any serious inquiries about assembling a band.

    I don't care what location I play at , I'm doing it one way or another ! (i'm gonna getcha getcha getcha)
  • Squ34KSqu34K Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    I know it's been stated several times in this thread, but I'd like to speak for a decent portion of competitive Rock Band teams in saying: By limiting the age to 21 and over, many good teams (mine included) are being excluded, and in a sense feel kind of screwed (for use of a better term). This is no way to hold a National Tournament by being non-inclusive to all majority (18+) players.

    I understand that casinos have strict rules regarding age and the areas that persons under 21 can access; however, there are ways around this (for instance placing the competition in an all-accessible area). Seriously, Harmonix, many of the best players in the nation are being left out of this competition.
  • King_NuthinKing_Nuthin Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    Nobody is getting screwed. It's Harrah's tournament and promotion, they set the rules and run the contest. Its not about crowning the greatest Rock Band players, its about getting people into the casino and signed up in their frequent gamer program. Don't blame Harmonix.
  • chaopolischaopolis Rising Star
    edited February 2009
    UGH!!!!!

    I'm so psyched that an official Rock Band competition is coming to Vegas....

    BUT... guess who has an immediate family member who works for Harrah's and therefore is INELIGIBLE TO COMPETE!!!!!!

    DARN IT ALL!!!!!
  • MelonCollie01MelonCollie01 Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    my wife and I are looking to go to Council Bluffs (maybe on the 27th of March) she is expert vocals, and I play expert guitar/bass

    shoot me an email [email]meloncollie01@aol.com[/email] if you think you might want to join up (obviously we need a drummer and guitar/bass - depending on the song)
    Of course winning would be SWEET!!! we are planning on having FUN!!!
  • CJHobbesCJHobbes Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    My buddies and I are stoked about making fools of ourselves in front of the general public of Las Vegas. I don't think we have any pipe dreams of winning the thing, since we're not going to care about an optimal scoring path, but it'll be fun to get out there and rock out in front of fellow RB players and tourists alike!

    (it looks like the Vegas one will be set up outside at Carnival Court. Very cool and ripe for plenty of public exposure!)

    Anyhow, is anyone else planning on throwing on some costumes for this? And what do you think about this part of the article: "In addition, visitors at participating Total Rewards casinos across the country will be able to pick up their choice of guitar, bass, drums or vocals and rock out throughout the year during special Rock Band Nights. " If Harrah's can set up some RB nights, that would be awesome. I can't find anything else in Vegas that isn't on a work night (sunday and monday nights, ugh).
  • jaygradyjaygrady Rising Star
    edited February 2009
    Are there different teirs based on difficulty?
  • Squ34KSqu34K Unsigned
    edited February 2009
    King_Nuthin;2017869 said:
    Nobody is getting screwed. It's Harrah's tournament and promotion, they set the rules and run the contest. Its not about crowning the greatest Rock Band players, its about getting people into the casino and signed up in their frequent gamer program. Don't blame Harmonix.
    I don't want to debate you further, but I believe district and regional qualifiers culminating in the crowning of an ultimate champion with $10k on the line + perks sounds like all the elements of a high-stakes national tournament.

    In your defense though, it is true that the rules are governed by Harrah's more or less, and it is a good business decision for Harmonix. I just don't want to see them go the way side of other game companies and worry solely about the dollar rather than the whole of their fan base.
  • harbingerofdoomharbingerofdoom Road Warrior
    edited February 2009
    update for those of you in northern NV, Northern CA central valley and bay area...

    i just got an email from Harrahs marketing department.

    Thank you for your feedback. Your comments regarding not offering Rock
    Band at the Northern Nevada properties is not the first time we've heard
    from Rock Band fans from Central California and the Bay Area. However,
    your feedback clearly described the disappointment of the Northern
    California Rock Band fans and was shared with Harrah's Chief Marketing
    Officer (CMO). After reading your comments, the CMO's directive was
    'let's try hard to give the Northern California Rock Band fans what they
    want'.

    So Harrah's Corporate headquarters is working with No Nevada properties
    to determine the feasibility of bringing the competition to either Reno
    or Tahoe. We appreciate your interest in participating in Rock Band and
    Harrah's truly appreciates your loyalty and input. Don't gave up hope
    and keep practicing because Rock Band may be coming to Reno or Tahoe in
    the near future.
    hopefully they can pull it together in the next week to get it up & running in time for this one.
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