TORONTO, ON – July 9, 2007 – With a major second album now in stores and coming off an amazing showing at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Billy Talent has blazed on to the Canadian rock scene. Their first album, Billy Talent, has gone triple platinum in Canada … so, what’s next for these young stars? On Thursday, July 12, 2007, the band will take on their fans in the Xbox 360-exclusive hit, Gears of War™, as part of the popular “Game with Fame®” series on Xbox LIVE™.

Canadian fans can add the band’s gamertag, BillyTalentGWF, to their friends list on Xbox LIVE for a chance to get in the game with the members of Billy Talent: Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa, Jonathan Gallant, and Aaron Solowoniuk. Sign on between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 12 and join in the fight to save humankind from the Locust Horde in Gears of War. The punk stars will be taking on gamers from across the country from the Gaming Lounge at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, kicking back and taking a break before their concert at the Amphitheatre on Friday, July 13.

The Xbox Live “Game with Fame” program gives Xbox Live subscribers the unique opportunity to meet, chat and play against some of today’s hottest stars. Past “Game with Fame” celebrity players include INXS, Ludacris, Simple Plan and My Chemical Romance. For further information on other Xbox events, visit the Xbox Canada Web site at http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/.

Xbox LIVE is the first and most comprehensive unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy for people to find the friends, games and entertainment they want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox LIVE connects millions of members across 25 countries to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, downloadable games via Xbox LIVE Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favourite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/live.

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