Rock Band 4 and its massive collection of DLC songs is likely a bit of a licensing nightmare for Harmonix. The hundreds of bands that have to be worked with to keep the thousands of songs available must take more time than actually developing the game itself. This is why, every once in a while, a set of songs will be removed from the Rock Band 4 marketplace, as their licensing agreements come to an end and one party decides that it isn’t worth renewing.
This is happening once again, with Harmonix announcing that a bunch of pieces of DLC would be pulled from the Rock Band 4 market “before the end of January.” Exactly when they’ll be pulled is up to a lot of things, including the various update times and days of the PlayStation and Xbox Live Stores, so if you want to get any of these songs, you better buy them as soon as possible.
The songs and DLC packs being removed from Rock Band 4 are: Guns N Roses “Chinese Democracy” (LP Chinese Democracy 01 Pack), Guns N Roses “Scraped” (LP Chinese Democracy 01 Pack), Night Ranger “You’re Gonna Hear From Me” (Night Ranger 01 Pack), Nazareth “Hair Of The Dog” (single), I Mother Earth “Levitate” (Single), Hawkwind “Master Of The Universe” (Single)
Superchick “Stand In The Rain” (Single), Silverchair “Straight Lines” (Single), LP Chinese Democracy 01 Pack, Night Ranger 01 Pack, and Tom Petty A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) (Live) / Century City (Live) / Jammin’ Me (Live) / Nightwatchman (Live) / The Waiting (Live) / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Live Anthology Pack 02.
As is always the case with DLC licensing changes, if you already bought these songs, you can ignore this whole mess. They will stay in your game, and will be available for re-download later on. Those who haven’t purchased them though, will lose the chance some time in the next couple of weeks.
Rock Band 4 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.