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Jimi Hendrix ‘Rock Band’ Game in the Works


The estate of Jimi Hendrix confirmed over the weekend that it will lend the iconic guitarist’s name and likeness to an upcoming edition of ‘Rock Band.’ Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the late guitarist’s stepsister Janie revealed that a Hendrix-branded edition of the game would hit the market sometime in 2010.

According to the report, the estate’s recent licensing deal with Sony calls for the company “to make his music ‘available through every type of media’ — including a new edition of ‘Rock Band’ that Janie Hendrix says should appear before the end of this year.” Meanwhile, Billboard reports that officials behind ‘Rock Band,’ which include developer Harmonix and publisher MTV Games, have yet to comment on the project.

The Times report predominantly focused on the release of the new Hendrix disc, ‘Valleys of Neptune,’ which is due next month and includes recordings that the classic rock legend made in early 1969. A special edition iPod Touch featuring Jimi’s image is also purportedly on the way.

Janie Hendrix, who heads Experience Hendrix LLC, also told the Times that she is continuing to work with recording engineer Eddie Kramer and Hendrix historian John McDermott in exploring her stepbrother’s archives and suggests there is a decade’s worth of material worthy of release. Her aim is to “restore her guitar hero stepbrother’s recording legacy.”