New game features Fab Four

The long waited instalment of the computer game Rock Band featuring The Beatles will be released on September 9th.

Plans had been in the works to release the game for some time, with legal wrangling over the rights to the songs. All surviving Beatles were consulted over the game, with Yoko Ono giving the disc her seal of approval.

The Beatles are very protective of their back catalogue, and this marks the first time their music has appeared in a game. Players will be able to play along with the group are they perform their classic tracks , using simulated guitars, drums, bass and vocals.

New hardware will be supplied modelled on instruments used by the band during their live appearances. Sir Paul McCartney, for instance, frequently favoured a distinctive Hofner bass while John Lennon used a black and white Rickenbacker.

The tracklisting for the game has yet to be revealed, but makers are not short of classic songs to chose from. The Beatles released their first single 'Love Me Do' in 1962 and went on to dominate the global cultural landscape for almost a decade.

The group split in 1970 following the release of their album 'Let It Be'- which was later remixed by Sir Paul McCartney. The band's popularity has only increased after their split, and the game is widely tipped to be a massive best seller.

'Rock Band: The Beatles' is due to be released on September 9th.

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