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Real bands face off against fake bands tonight on Spike TV Rock Band 2 special

Have you ever gold-starred your favorite song on Rock Band, and briefly thought that you could embarrass the artists who originally recorded the track in a head-to-head showdown? Well, based on what we've seen from major-label bands that have tried their hand at Harmonix's rockstar simulator, that probably wouldn't be terribly difficult -- regardless, Spike TV will be pitting the three highest ranked groups of faux troubadours against three actual bands in a Rock Band 2 countdown special tonight at 11:30 PM EST.

The show, titled 30 Minutes to Midnight, will feature Judas Priest, Cheap Trick and Disturbed playing their respective Rock Band 2 tracks against the top three bands of the Xbox Live community: Earth, Wind and Centaur!; Die! in a Fire; and Here Comes a New Challenger. The program will also feature a young man who can apparently pass a song while performing all four parts at once -- and without any of those newfangled robot arms we've been hearing about lately.

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