Either way, for anyone who loves debating music trivia with their buddies over a couple of cold ones, there's only one app to add to your smartphone: 'Rock & Roll Heaven' is THE music trivia quiz. Sporting the largest database of any music trivia app, it'll put those long-standing musical arguments to bed… while starting a few new ones at the same time.
Gary Guthrie, the brains behind the ever-growing battalion of questions knows the kind of thing that gets music fans' grey matter turning over. "We believe that the true music fan has an insatiable appetite for trivia that not only tests their knowledge, but also informs and enlightens them about musicians and their backstories,"
Spoken like a true music aficionado. We all know that it isn't just about knowing your lyrics, feeling your music and dancing your socks off; it's also about knowing who designed the Led Zeppelin album covers and where Jim Morrison got his hair cut. Because it's trivia that separates the real music lover from the rest.
And Guthrie knows his stuff. He has hung out backstage with everyone from KISS to John Denver, gave birth to the Classic Hits/Rock format on more than 20 major market radio stations, and received gold record awards for his early support of artists like Bruce Springsteen and Meat Loaf. In the process he’s amassed a library of juicy rock & roll insights. He’s even become a music trivia question, himself, as the radio programmer who spliced together solo versions of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" spawning Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's legendary duet.
The game has four categories of questions: 'Classic Rock,' 'Classic Oldies,' 'Lyrics,' and 'The 80s and Beyond.' There is something here for everyone, whether you were brought up on The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Bad Company and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the Beach Boys and BeeGees, Pink Floyd or the Pretenders. There's even a touch of the Beck and Beyonce era to make sure you're still on your game.
And the greatest thing about 'Rock and Roll Heaven' is that it is a truly interactive game. Every player can upload their own questions and try and outfox fellow trivia buffs. Plus, because there's different point values for each question, the app can be used as a party or bar game.
To keep things fresh, there's new content added daily and the game's leaderboards enable the real trivia warriors to claim bragging rights over friends and families, while others will be happy with just broadening their own musical horizons.
What’s more, the whole thing is entirely free (or just 99 cents for a no-ads version).
For music fans who are more interested in Classic Rock/Oldies or something more in-depth, the book version of 'Rock and Roll Heaven Entrance Exam' is the perfect answer. From Chuck Berry to Blondie, the book is chock-full of music puzzlers with questions that fascinate and answers that illuminate and give the interesting stories behind the questions. (For those who want to buy the book, there's a $5 off coupon code. See below.)
Either way, one thing is certain: the 'Rock & Roll Heaven' app and book are must-haves for anyone who has music in their soul.
Android Marketplace download link: https://market.android.com/
Apple Store download link: http://itunes.apple.com/
Rock and Roll Heaven Entrance Exam (book version). https://www.createspace.com/
To watch a video demonstration of the app, visit http://www.youtube.com/
ABOUT THE DEVELOPERS/AUTHORS:
The brains behind the game include E5 and Bit33, creators of TriviaBurst, the most popular trivia app available with more than 250,000 users; A Nest of Eggs, publisher of 'Rock and Roll Heaven Entrance Exam,' the authoritative resource for music trivia; and Gary Guthrie, widely considered one of the pioneers of the Classic Rock/Classic Hits radio formats and a trivia question, himself ("Who was the person that spliced together solo versions of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" that spawned Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's legendary recording?).