McCartney initially thought Harmonix demo looked like a “really bad band”

Tuesday, 8th September 2009 07:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt


The Beatles: Rock Band may now be a top review-grabbing, sure-to-be-successful super-game, but Paul McCartney’s initial thoughts on Harmonix’s pitch weren’t exactly complimentary.

From this Guardian piece:

There were “a couple of grown-ups standing looking very foolish with these little plastic guitars playing to a screen”, he says. “And we’re going, ‘Yeah, all right… It just looks like a really bad band.’ They said: ‘We really can do a great one with the Beatles, and we’ll show you.’ So Ringo and I got a bit intrigued. They said: ‘Look, the thing is, if we get it right, these things are very, very popular.’ And we go, ‘Yeah, well, we know, because our kids and the young people we know do it.’”

McCartney’s scepticism gently lifted. “The scepticism is in order not to make a terrible mistake,” he explained. “We go, ‘no, no,’ and we’re really down on it, and they’ve really got to prove themselves. We won’t go, ‘Oh, that’s nice… go on boys, you just do it.’ We guard the flame a bit. But then they did come back one day and they had something. They were playing our songs, they had some visuals that were half-working, and the penny dropped. We went, ‘You know what? This could be pretty cool.’”

And the rest is history. Good history, “the Shareholders” hope.



  1. Morrius

    The insanely huge amounts of money had nothing to do with it, naturally.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Tonka

    Do you honestly think Sir McCartney is in any need of cash?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SticKboy

    Isn’t Paul McCartney actually dead, anyway? This guy’s just an imposter whose real name is William (Billy) Campbell.

    I swear it’s all true! The internet told me so!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. mightyhokie

    Even though I’m an 80′s metal head (although I liked some pop rock) and not the stupid shit like the late 80s Poison kind of crap but the early-mid 80′s like Ozzy, Priest, Van Halen, etc) I have never really gotten into the Rock Ban or Guitar Hero games because, well, I play actual guitar.
    But when I saw the Beatles, the visuals that reflect the time period of those songs, the trivia, the Peter Max 70s stuff, I thought, wow I’m going to get that one.
    It is fitting that the best band of all time should get the best of the Rock Band games. It just looks incredible, not to mention the music.
    I really don’t think money would have much to do with it. Paul has billions, and Ringo certainly has hundreds of millions. money cant hurt, but I doubt it was very important to the remaining Beatles.

    #4 5 years ago

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