For those of you still playing Rock Band 4, a new song just became available that will test your endurance, your skills, your patience, and your willingness to play one of the longest songs in the history of modern rock music. Iron Butterfly’s 17-minute rock opus In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida has now been added as DLC for the game.
Many younger readers may only know the song through reruns on The Simpsons as a prank by Bart on the church. But the 1968 track is one of the iconic songs of the era and was one of the key elements that helped usher in heavy metal and acid rock into the public consciousness. But you rarely hear it these days, because radio favors songs that only last 3-4 minutes long — while this track can fill a third of an hour in radio minutes.
Harmonix has done an impressive job of keeping Rock Band 4 fans engaged by offering weekly DLC tracks that vary in style and artist while keeping the music engaging. Even though it’s been out for two years, there are still streams and YouTube channels dedicated to conquering the game every week on every difficulty. It’ll be interesting to see what players can complete this on the hardest mode with a perfect score for the entire 17 minutes.