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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

All you need is love, a console and Beatles: Rock Band

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney promote an upcoming game featuring The Beatles' music. Credit: David Sprague / For The Times

It was a Beatles reunion, with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney sharing the stage at this morning's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The two living members of the legendary band dropped in on the Microsoft press conference to show off a new video game: the Beatles: Rock Band, developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Networks.

The game, due out Sept. 9, will let players jam along with the Fab Four as they roll through the ages. The game will feature classics such as "Here Comes the Sun," "A Hard Day's Night" and "Octopus' Garden." Players will be able to download playable tracks from the entire "Abbey Road" album.

Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, and Olivia Harrison, widow of lead guitarist George Harrison, also took their bows at the press conference.

As for Lennon and Harrison, their in-game likenesses played across jumbo-sized screens at the press conference.

"Who would have thought we'd end up as androids?" McCartney joked.

-- Alex Pham