Harrah's Rock Band Competition

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  • 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.
  • BreakkingBreakking Opening Act
    edited February 2009
    My band and I all work in an Atlantic City casino. Fortunately for us, it's not a Harrah's owned property, otherwise we wouldnt be able to participate. We all plan on playing on the very first night, March 4.

    Two things about this that I'm disappointed in:

    1. Rockers must be at least 21 to play. I'm 38 and my bandmates are 30, 27 and 26 respectively, but it seems like a majority of the real strong players are under 21. I'd be thrilled if my band won the AC competition, but I know that we would not be going up against the best talent out there, cause the best talents probably cannot legally enter the casino.

    2. If we win the East Coast division, we get an all-expense paid trip to Atlantic City! We all work 5 days a week in this town. Even if they sent the fanciest limo possible, it would only be a 20 minute trip, sigh. Hopefully this is a problem that my band will experience.

    We are "Smells Like Cat" and we'll be rocking it this coming Wednesday at Harrah's. Expert on all instruments.

    Good luck to everyone around the country in this competition
  • tjdietderichtjdietderich Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    If anyone's interested in seeing what the stage for the Harrah's competitions will look like, there's some video of this past weekend's press event here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcXzIkeOV70

    I'll be honest, though. The singing is pretty brutal. But it was good times.
  • BreakkingBreakking Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    Does the fact that you guys were playing "Boys are Back in Town" mean that Harrah's has DLC also?
  • MythiasisMythiasis Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    Anyone in the Kansas City area need a drummer?

    95+ on Hard
    80+ on Expert

    PM or email me.

    Our Harrah's comps are on Tuesday nights.

    Looks like Atlantic CIty has the ION Drumkit. I need to go out and see if we have one at Kansas City Harrah's. I've been playing on one for several months so am used to it.
  • Scott1620Scott1620 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    Yea, I noticed the Ion in the video also, im used to playing on the standard set with a real bass drum pedal, but this may be motivation to get the ION set, and sell my perfect hitting standard set :eek: Ill be going to the one in AC at the showboat probably sometime this month...
  • EirkEirk Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    I'm looking for a lead guitarist in Missouri or the St. Louis area to join my band. We can 95%+ most songs on expert, and have a good amount of gold starred songs to our name. Hoping to find a guitarist of similar skill level.

    Send me a PM if you're interested!
  • nogrl504nogrl504 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    Hey Guys!
    Harrah's New Orleans Rock Bank Nights Competition kicks off on Friday, March 20 in Masquerade! I can't wait to see what type of talent they have in New Orleans!
  • BreakkingBreakking Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    My band and myself participated last night in the Harrah's AC tournament. Had a great time, came in second. My observations from the night:

    The employees that worked the show were very nice.

    Only 7 bands participated and only 2 of the bands played on expert.

    All the bands had major issues with lag during the competition. We worked with the Harrah's crew for a half-hour before the tourney to fix the lag, but couldnt completely eliminate it.

    The band that beat us had a real good strategy to win the tourney and it worked.

    For the tourney, you have to pick a song out of a list of 25 RB2 songs.But....Harrah's has downloaded every single DLC song available! So after the tourney was over, they let us rock out and play anything we wanted for a couple of hours.

    The Harrah's AC stage is a little bigger than the one at the Showboat's House of Blues AC.

    The local newspaper was there(Press Of Atlantic City). They took a ton of pictures and interviewed me and my band for about a half-hour.If any of it gets posted online, I'll put in the link.

    The band that comes in first gets $100 gift card for each member, one free hotel night and entry into the qualifier event in 6 weeks. They CANNOT enter any of the future tourneys before the qualifier.

    Second place band each gets $50 gift card. As a bonus, we CAN enter another tourney. So realistically, we could play 3 nights a week for second place for 6 weeks and receive a much bigger prize overall.

    Had a great time and I'd like to give a shout-out to our girl who we called "Staff". She ran the tournament, did a great job and then played drums with us for a few songs after the tournament was over. Plus, she was hot.

    GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE
  • poppasquatpoppasquat Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    yeah but in second you did qualify for the semis, right?
  • Scott1620Scott1620 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    Ohh, so your band can play in more than one compettition then if you get second place... I thought there were 30 songs that they picked for you to chose from?
  • PrettyGutsPrettyGuts Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    Anyone looking to play at any of the Caesar's shows in Windsor? Hoping to find someone who can play expert drums on at least tier 3 or 4. If you are this person and have no band to play with drop me an email - [email]prettyguts@yahoo.com[/email]

    The other three members of the band are 29 and 30 with a love of grunge and classic rock.
  • ReeseB456ReeseB456 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    @ Breakking/anyone else who participated already

    1) What strategy did the band who won 1st place use?
    2) How many of the bands used elaborate costumes?
    3) What %'s were the expert bands getting?
    4) Did it seem that presentation/style/costumes played just as much if not more of a role in the scoring then just overall band score?
    5) Was an ION drumset used?
    6) What song did your band play?

    Just trying to get a sense of the competition...Sorry for the million questions :)
  • Scott1620Scott1620 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    As far as I know, (I havent been there yet) In the official rules, in the first round, the highest score wins and there are no judges. In the second and third rounds performance is 50% of your overall score.
  • King_NuthinKing_Nuthin Road Warrior
    edited March 2009
    Breakking;2050325 said:
    The band that beat us had a real good strategy to win the tourney and it worked.
    Hit all their notes? I thought this round was based solely on score? Do tell more.
  • ReeseB456ReeseB456 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    Yeah, I'm so confused now; the rules really are not stated very clearly..

    For the local competition:

    1) Is it simply the highest score of the night and out of all the songs that moves onto the regional competition? ...If this were true, then it would seem that a band only needs to play a song that has an extremely high score potential and do well on it...

    2) Does style or presentation count at all for the local competition? Or just the regional?

    Somebody please elaborate....
  • capomojocapomojo Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    RTFRules ;)

    http://www.harrahs.com/rockband/

    It's points only at the locals. So all you scorehero zombies (which is a great band name by the way) go to town.
  • BreakkingBreakking Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    ReeseB456;2051251 said:
    @ Breakking/anyone else who participated already

    1) What strategy did the band who won 1st place use?
    2) How many of the bands used elaborate costumes?
    3) What %'s were the expert bands getting?
    4) Did it seem that presentation/style/costumes played just as much if not more of a role in the scoring then just overall band score?
    5) Was an ION drumset used?
    6) What song did your band play?

    Just trying to get a sense of the competition...Sorry for the million questions :)

    1. I dont want to give away the strategy used cause my crew is going to use it next time we play.
    2. No one had any costumes. I was wearing a Phillies jersey while singing.
    3. My band was the only one to play on all expert. I got 99 vox. My band got 96 bass 92 guitar 82 drums.(drum score was real low due to a combo of lag and the fact that our drummer had never played on an ION set before)
    4. Winner was strictly based on score, nothing else
    5. ION drums were used
    6. We played Round and Round.

    To answer another question, by coming in second, we DID NOT qualify for the next qualifier event. The original online rules stated that second place does advance, but as we spoke to the tournament employees before the competition, they said that rule was changed(at least in all 3 AC properties)
  • PrettyGutsPrettyGuts Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    Nice info, although I'm not sure what strategy you could employ that would be anything but scoring the maximum amount of points :)

    I plan on scoping out the competition at the Windsor competition on Wednesday and will post some thoughts. In addition to an expert drummer I could possibly use a bass/guitar player. I'm pretty sure we're going to play Alive, so if you're a solo player in the area that loves PJ drop me a line at the email a couple posts back.
  • BreakkingBreakking Opening Act
    edited March 2009
    An article in the Press of Atlantic City about the RB tourney I played in. First picture is of my band rocking out after the tourney. I'm wearing the Phils jersey.

    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/113/story/420914.html
  • poppasquatpoppasquat Unsigned
    edited March 2009
  • thewurm00thewurm00 Unsigned
    edited March 2009
    1. ) Can you play in more than one qualifying night if you dont advance to the final? Or are you limited to playing ONLY one night?

    2. ) I heard that the band that won one of the qualifiers chose the song "Teenage Riot" by Sonic Youth. However, I dont see that song on the list of songs so choose from.

    3. ) Does everybody have to be on the same difficulty level or you can you mix it up?

    Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
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