Rock Band Mania Sweeps The Nation


Friday, January 9th 2009, 9:54 pm
By: News 9


Perhaps this isn't the place to come clean about an addiction, but I feel I must since an insidious, infectious epidemic that's sweeping the nation.

No, It's not drugs or alcohol. It's RockBand. Yes, you heard correctly. The video game system that was a must-have this Christmas season but was already flying off the shelves along with it's counterpart Guitar hero.

This started about three months ago when one of my colleagues Lucas Leon, chief editor here at News 9, invited me to his home to play this video game.

I thought it was stupid. A bunch of people sitting around acting like rock stars and racking up points for hitting the notes correctly, banging in tune on the drums or strumming a guitar? Not my cup of tea, but of course, I had to check it out.

I didn't leave that house until 5:00 a.m.

It's amazing how the simplest of seemingly mindless entertainment could cause grown men and women to revert back to their childhood. I don't know why I was surprised at this new phenomenon; After all, who among us hasn't wanted to let out their inner rock star, whether it's singing in the shower, the car or playing air guitar? And haven't karaoke bars remain popular among people of all ages. And who among us hasn't wanted to let out their inner rock star, whether it's singing in the shower, the car or playing air guitar?

But there's something about staying in the comfort of your own home and transforming yourself into Bono. And I wouldn't have it any other way.