I think the announcement of Green Day: Rock Band is a bad idea for two reasons.
One: AC/DC is one of those old school bands that still won’t put their music up for legal download. The Beatles even more so. I can understand that with them, a special approach was probably the only way to get their music playable. Green Day has no such qualms. They already have DLC out for Rock Band. Remember back in, I’ll say 2002, when Pepsi made that push to give free iTunes songs away to help make iTunes catch on? Do you remember who was in that ad? Green Day. Plus, you’re going to tell me that the best possible followup act to The Beatles is Green Day?
Two: This sets a really unfortunate precedent. Part of the reason I hate the Guitar Hero franchise now is because they come out with a million games a year. Rock Band, on the other hand, has had this really successful streak with DLC, and that’s worked for me. We all want to have access to all of our songs without changing discs. The last thing I want are all my artists divided up into their own games. It worked for The Beatles, but their a really special band. I imagine I’d get bored of Green Day music after the second song, since they don’t really interest me for this kind of game.
So, no, I probably will not be buying Green Day: Rock Band.
Update: It sounds like all released Green Day DLC will work in Green Day: Rock Band and you’ll be able to export all the tracks into Rock Band and Rock Band 2, so at least that’s something.