The Rockstar Alumni Concert Calendar: Summer Music Festivals Edition

Posted on July 10 2013, 2:48pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Rockstar, Music
 
With summer kicking into gear, it seems like there's more music festivals on offer than ever all around the world - with a wide array of eclectic outdoor summer concert extravaganzas providing the chance to see many favorite bands you may have heard on Rockstar game soundtracks over the years.
 
From the Kings of the Mic Tour with a line-up of legendary rap acts ranging from 'West Coast warlord' Ice Cube to recent R&R Hall of Famers Public Enemy...
To the 'shock therapy' delights of the Masters of Madness Tour which brings the spectacle of seeing Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson on stage performing together...
To perennial summer season festival favorites like Reading and Leeds in the UK (this year featuring Rockstar alums like Nine Inch Nails, Major Lazer, Foals, Sick of It All, and David Rodigan), Summer Sonic in Japan (featuring The Stone Roses, Living Colour, John Legend, M.I.A., and Busy P), and of course Lollapalooza (this year with The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Major Lazer and more).

Outside of the big grand stage festivals, there's also plenty of legends touring their own headlining shows all summer long like Heart's Wilson sisters and KISS taking their circus show around the globe - and plenty others.

Hit the jump below for a handy list of many of the currently active touring artists, and as always feel free to post any others or your personal concertgoing experiences this summer in the comments section...

Spring Festivals and Full-Length Albums Live - Rockstar Alumni Concert Calendar

Posted on April 24 2013, 11:24am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Rockstar, Music

As Biz Markie (a Rockstar soundtrack alumni himself via San AndreasPlayback FM) once bellowed - it's spring again. In addition to the trees and grass lookin' fresh, this also means the weather is getting ripe for music festival season and worldwide tours. The eclectic radio stations of GTA's past are well represented at Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival in May featuring Alice in Chains, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hall & Oates, ZZ Top and much more. The Keys will also be playing the historic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival along with San Andreas' Willie Nelson, Earth Wind & Fire from Vice City Stories and Gary Clark Jr from Walton's Bar in Max Payne 3. 
 
For those digging the growing trend of bands performing full classic albums live, there are a few fun options amongst Rockstar alumni this spring. Radio X's Living Colour are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album Vivid (including the seminal smash "Cult of Personality") by performing it top to bottom on their current tour. Vice City's YES have gone two steps further by performing The Yes AlbumClose to the Edge and Going for the One to completion (though due to time constraints, they'll only be performing the first two at certain venues). Most interesting perhaps is the case of Queensrÿche - having parted ways last year, Geoff Tate's version of the band is currently playing their 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime in full. If mixing it up is more your speed, the other original members are on tour playing the hits - likely including "Queen of the Reich" from Vice City Stories.
 
Check out the full calendar after the jump...

Unreleased Original Radio Espantoso Songs from Vice City Now Available on iTunes

Posted on April 23 2013, 10:31am | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Games, Music



On top of the classic Love Fist EP we remastered and released not too long ago, we've just dug even deeper in the vaults to release a trio of original sought-after tracks from Vice City's Radio Espantoso airwaves.

"The Bull's Wrong" by Alpha Banditos

"Yo Te Mire" by Tres Apenas Como Eso

"La Vida Es Una Lenteja" by Unaesta

These latin jam bands were a sureshot to get the fiesta going back in 1980s VC and now fans of their funky sounds (special shout to LegionYT1994) can grab the digitally remastered tracks for the low price of $0.69 each over at iTunes. They're also available for streaming on Spotify and have been added to our official playlists.
 

Previously:
Official Grand Theft Auto Radio Playlists on Spotify and iTunes
Love Fist's Original 1986 EP Is Now Available on iTunes
Head Radio & Lips FM Station Albums from Liberty City Stories Now Available on iTunes
Grand Theft Auto III: Head Radio & Lips FM Station Albums Now Available on iTunes

Official Grand Theft Auto Radio Playlists on Spotify and iTunes

Posted on April 11 2013, 1:13pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games, Music

As a service for all GTA fans on Spotify as well as for those who’d like to easily browse and find their favorite tracks from Grand Theft Auto radio history on iTunes, we’ve gone ahead and compiled the official set of playlists below, with tracks from all the music stations featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, Episodes from Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City and more.

Please note that this is all the music from these stations that's currently available on each service – some songs don’t yet exist on either Spotify or iTunes, but we’re hoping to be able to add the original songs within our control where possible soon. And for those nostalgic for some of the commercials from these games, be sure to check out The Advertising Council repository if you haven't before - a proper collection of radio adverts from the archives of LC, VC and SA's historical radio dials...
 
Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes from Liberty City
A reflection of the diverse sounds of Liberty City, the epic in-game soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City features 19 unique music stations with everything from modern East Coast hip-hop to Eastern European pop. These playlists also include the adrenaline-pumping additions in The Lost and Damned as well as the club anthems and rare disco classics featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
 
The Beat 102.7 Spotify iTunes
The Classics 104.1 Spotify iTunes
Electro-Choc Spotify iTunes
Fusion FM Spotify iTunes
IF 99 Spotify iTunes
The Journey Spotify iTunes
JNR Jazz Nation Radio Spotify iTunes
K109 The Studio Spotify iTunes
L.C.H.C - Liberty City Hardcore Spotify iTunes
Liberty Rock Radio 97.8 Spotify iTunes
Massive B Soundsystem 96.9 Spotify iTunes
Radio Broker Spotify iTunes
RamJam FM Spotify iTunes
San Juan Sounds Spotify iTunes
Self-Actualization FM Spotify iTunes
Tuff Gong Radio Spotify iTunes
The Vibe 98.8 Spotify iTunes
Vice City FM Spotify iTunes
Vladivostok FM Spotify iTunes

Check out the complete station listings after the jump...

 

Love Fist's Original 1986 EP Is Now Available on iTunes

Posted on January 11 2013, 10:42am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Music

Who's ready to Fist Till Morning??

By popular demand from legions of diehard Love Fist fans (looking at you, lol232 and LegionYT1994 and others), we're happy to announce that the original four-track 1986 Love Fist EP has been digitally remastered and is now available  on iTunes for the "nice price" of $0.69 per song - or get the full EP for $1.99 (look for it on Amazon in the coming days as well). This includes the smash hits "Dangerous Bastard" and "Fist Fury" that made a big splash back in those heady and hazy days in 1980's Vice City - as well as two sought-after rarities, “Down Down Down” and “Fist Till Morning." Enjoy these gems from Scottish headbanging legends, Jezz, Willy, Dick and Percy. Sorry, legendary albums The Number of the Breast and Clear the Custard are still out of print.

Love Fist EP Official Track Listing:
 

Video: A Behind the Scenes Look at HEALTH's Original Max Payne 3 Soundtrack & Score

Posted on January 10 2013, 11:52am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Rockstar, Music

Lots of new insight into HEALTH's making of the Max Payne 3 original soundtrack and score can be found in this short film just released by The Creators Project, as seen below. Via interviews with the band as well as with Rockstar, you'll get the backstory on how the game's original music came together and the technical approach to its unique dynamic scoring...

Previously:
Watch HEALTH's Official Music Video for "TEARS"
Max Payne 3: The Official Soundtrack - Now Available on iTunes

Because It's Friday: Joey Bada$$ "Fromdatomb$"

Posted on December 28 2012, 4:32pm | Author: R* S | Filed Under: Music

New music from Brooklyn's Joey Bada$$ with a jazzy sample that may be familiar to Rockstar fans...

A shout as well to our friend and soundtrack alumnus Statik Selektah on the scratches and cuts on this.

10 of Our Favorite Music Videos from the Vice City Soundtrack

Posted on December 27 2012, 9:51am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Music

In our continuing nostalgic ruminations in this 10th Anniversary year since the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, today we take a look back at the game’s soundtrack and think back to those halcyon early years of MTV when it actually was all about music + television. In between the channel’s signature moon man interstitials and ‘veejay’ visits to your living room from Martha Quinn and J.J. Jackson, came the original wave of music video programming that transfixed and inspired a generation of kids - including many of us here at Rockstar. Frequently surreal, heavily driven by contemporary fashion photography and design of the period, and now laden with pop music history – enjoy this rundown of just ten (in no particular order) of our favorite 1980s music videos of songs that appeared in the Vice City soundtrack….

"Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles (Flash FM)

A bizarre little clip in its own right, now etched in history for being the first video ever played on MTV when they launched in August 1981, is "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. Apparently actually the second filmed version of the video - the original being a slightly simpler yet still pretty strange performance clip heavy on post-disco-futurism - this one was tailor made to suit its destiny. Filled with campy sci-fi imagery, follow the wonderment of a young girl seeing her old-fashioned radio explode as Trevor Horn (later of Yes and Art of Noise fame) and The Buggles play otherworldly explorer-scientists heralding in the new music video era...

Hit the jump below for the rest of our faves.

Social Club Crews

For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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