Who counts the money underneath the bar?
Who writes the wrecking ball in two wild guitars?
Don't tell us you need us, 'cause we're just simple fools
looking for America, coming through your schools.
Don't you remember?
Marconi plays the mamba. Listen to the radio!
Don't you remember? We built this city...
We built this city on rock and roll!

To celebrate Rock Block's fifth anniversary, players in the fall 2019 tournament will build their own personal rock and roll cities, just like in Starship's cheesy 1980s hit. Each concert victory will earn the winner another location in their growing city, based on a classic place from rock mythology. Whoever is the first to collect all 100 locations will become the winner and receive a prize!

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To join the tournament, first join Rock Block. For more information about the game, see How to Play.


We Built These Cities...

These are the individual cities constructed by the players.


Steve West
mayor of the city of Dividing By Zero
29 locations built, 71 remaining

Bars

1. Bar Italia (Pulp)
2. O'Malley's Bar (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)

Civic Structures

3. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)

Farms

4. Beggar's Farm (Jethro Tull)
5. Cadillac Ranch (Bruce Springsteen)
6. Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan, Rage Against the Machine)

Hotels

7. Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)
8. Hotel California (Eagles)
9. Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)

Law Enforcement

10. Karma Police (Radiohead)
11. Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band)

Major Thoroughfares

12. Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
13. Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard)

Medical Facilities

14. Dr. Feelgood (Mötley Crüe)

Minor Roads

15. Dead End Street (The Kinks)
16. Kentucky Avenue (Tom Waits)

Parks

17. Beechwood Park (The Zombies)
18. Wicked Garden (Stone Temple Pilots)

Places of Worship

19. Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club)

Private Clubs

20. Club at the End of the Street (Elton John)

Residences

21. Hyacinth House (The Doors)
22. Run's House (Run-D.M.C.)
23. The House That Jack Built (Aretha Franklin)

Restaurants

24. Danny's All-Star Joint (Rickie Lee Jones)

Small Businesses

25. Hoover Factory (Elvis Costello)

Stores

26. Kingston Market (Harry Belafonte)
27. Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys)
28. Rainbow Store (New York Dolls)

Transportation

29. Ferry Cross the Mersey (Gerry and the Pacemakers)


Scott Hardie
mayor of the city of Green Destiny
16 locations built, 84 remaining

Bars

1. Late Bar (Duran Duran)

Education

2. High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Entertainment

3. Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve)

Hotels

4. Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)

Law Enforcement

5. Starkville City Jail (Johnny Cash)

Major Thoroughfares

6. Holland Road (Mumford & Sons)

Natural Landmarks

7. Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)

Parks

8. Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie and the Banshees)

Places of Worship

9. Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club)

Private Clubs

10. Club Paradise (Drake)
11. Mary's Place (Bruce Springsteen)

Residences

12. #29 Strafford Apts (Bon Iver)
13. Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)

Restaurants

14. Tom's Diner (Susanne Vega)

Stores

15. Frick Park Market (Mac Miller)
16. Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys)


Chris Lemler
mayor of the city of Disc golf freak
11 locations built, 89 remaining

Attractions

1. Brokedown Palace (Grateful Dead)

Bars

2. A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega (Ashley McBryde)
3. Late Bar (Duran Duran)

Hotels

4. Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)

Law Enforcement

5. Karma Police (Radiohead)

Major Thoroughfares

6. Dixie Highway (Journey)

Neighborhoods

7. Spanish Harlem (Ben E. King)

Parks

8. Lakeside Park (Rush)

Places of Worship

9. Monday Morning Church (Alan Jackson)

Residences

10. Run's House (Run-D.M.C.)

Restaurants

11. Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)


Erik Bates
mayor of the city of Jayhawk
6 locations built, 94 remaining

Bars

1. Bar Italia (Pulp)

Graveyards

2. Cemetery Gates (Pantera)

Law Enforcement

3. Starkville City Jail (Johnny Cash)

Major Thoroughfares

4. Gypsy Road (Cinderella)

Natural Landmarks

5. Cliffs of Dover (Eric Johnson)
6. Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)


Matthew Preston
mayor of the city of Roughneck
3 locations built, 97 remaining

Minor Roads

1. Dead End Street (The Kinks)

Transportation

2. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
3. Cripple Creek Ferry (Neil Young)


Aaron Shurtleff
mayor of the city of Ca$h Cow
3 locations built, 97 remaining

Bars

1. Bar Italia (Pulp)

Education

2. Cannabis College (Jason Mraz)

Law Enforcement

3. Gallows Pole (Led Zeppelin)


Charles Menstru
mayor of the city of FR369
0 locations built, 100 remaining


Rules

Concerts: "We Built This City" concerts will be started automatically. Every pair of active players will face off simultaneously, with a brief delay between concerts. The challenger and defender will be randomly assigned. The Overtime play rule will ensure that there are no draws, but the other play rules and the artists in each concert will be randomly selected based on what each pair of players has available to them. These concerts will use the None trade rule and expire after seven days of inactivity. Winning or drawing in these concerts will not result in ranks of new artists in the Collection Guide, since participation in the tournament already does so (see Prizes below), but they will count towards achievements such as "win fifty concerts."

Locations: The goal of the tournament is to build all 100 locations in your city. Each tournament concert offers the winner another location in their city. The location that can be won is randomly selected and displayed on the concert page from the beginning. It is guaranteed to be a location needed by either the challenger or the defender (or both) as of the time when the concert began. As soon as the concert is won, the location is automatically added to the player's city on this page.

Victory: The first player who has collected all 100 distinct locations will be declared the winner. As of that moment, whoever has collected the second-most will be declared the runner up, whoever collected the third-most will be declared third place, and so on. Concerts that have already started can play out, but will no longer affect the scores.


Prizes

The champion will receive a $50 Amazon gift card by email, a small trophy, and a copy of Machi Koro, a game with a similar concept.

The champion will also receive 100 ranks of new artists in the Collection Guide. The second-place player will receive 80 ranks of new artists, the third-place player will receive 60 ranks, and all other participating players will receive 40 ranks.

Every participating player will receive a copy of Starship in their label, and unlock the Overtime play rule if they don't have it already.

A "participating player" is defined as playing at least one turn in a "We Built This City" tournament concert.


Concerts

These are all "We Built This City" tournament concerts in chronological order. Bold titles are still being played.

Scott vs. Chris, won by Scott, on September 7 at 2:26pm, Scott built #29 Strafford Apts (Bon Iver)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 8 at 4:15am, Steve built Karma Police (Radiohead)

Chris vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 8 at 2:03pm, Scott built High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 8 at 2:30pm, Steve built Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 8 at 4:38pm, Steve built Beggar's Farm (Jethro Tull)

Chris vs. Erik, won by Chris, on September 9 at 3:19pm, Chris built A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega (Ashley McBryde)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Steve, on September 10 at 5:41am, Steve built Hyacinth House (The Doors)

Erik vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 10 at 11:17am, Steve built Kingston Market (Harry Belafonte)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Chris, on September 10 at 11:54am, Chris built Karma Police (Radiohead)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 10 at 5:24pm, Steve built Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Steve, on September 11 at 8:09am, Steve built Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)

Erik vs. Chris, won by Chris, on September 11 at 9:19am, Chris built Karma Police (Radiohead)

Scott vs. Chris, won by Scott, on September 11 at 11:33am, Scott built Club Paradise (Drake)

Scott vs. Chris, won by Scott, on September 11 at 12:58pm, Scott built Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)

Chris vs. Erik, won by Erik, on September 11 at 3:37pm, Erik built Starkville City Jail (Johnny Cash)

Steve vs. Erik, won by Steve, on September 11 at 3:39pm, Steve built Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan, Rage Against the Machine)

Scott vs. Erik, won by Scott, on September 11 at 5:23pm, Scott built #29 Strafford Apts (Bon Iver)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Chris, on September 11 at 6:00pm, Chris built Spanish Harlem (Ben E. King)

Chris vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 11 at 8:16pm, Scott built Late Bar (Duran Duran)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Chris, on September 12 at 2:12am, Chris built Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)

Chris vs. Erik, won by Chris, on September 12 at 11:09am, Chris built Dixie Highway (Journey)

Erik vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 12 at 2:51pm, Steve built Rainbow Store (New York Dolls)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 12 at 6:48pm, Steve built O'Malley's Bar (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)

Scott vs. Aaron, won by Aaron, on September 12 at 7:36pm, Aaron built Bar Italia (Pulp)

Chris vs. Aaron, won by Chris, on September 12 at 7:37pm, Chris built Monday Morning Church (Alan Jackson)

Erik vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 13 at 11:37am, Steve built Hoover Factory (Elvis Costello)

Chris vs. Charles, won by Chris, on September 13 at 4:00pm, Chris built Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)

Matthew vs. Erik, won by Erik, on September 13 at 4:11pm, Erik built Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 13 at 4:56pm, Steve built Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley)

Erik vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 13 at 5:43pm, Scott built Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)

Chris vs. Charles, winner will get to build A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega (Ashley McBryde)

Matthew vs. Charles, won by Matthew, on September 13 at 11:00pm, Matthew built Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)

Steve vs. Aaron, won by Steve, on September 14 at 6:28am, Steve built Beechwood Park (The Zombies)

Steve vs. Charles, won by Steve, on September 14 at 9:00am, Steve built Danny's All-Star Joint (Rickie Lee Jones)

Steve vs. Charles, winner will get to build Castle of Glass (Linkin Park)

Aaron vs. Charles, won by Aaron, on September 14 at 10:00am, Aaron built Gallows Pole (Led Zeppelin)

Chris vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 14 at 10:38am, Scott built Starkville City Jail (Johnny Cash)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 14 at 12:16pm, Steve built Hotel California (Eagles)

Charles vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 14 at 2:00pm, Scott built Hong Kong Garden (Siouxsie and the Banshees)

Charles vs. Scott, winner will get to build Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 14 at 4:05pm, Steve built Bar Italia (Pulp)

Charles vs. Aaron, winner will get to build Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan)

Aaron vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 14 at 11:19pm, Scott built Holland Road (Mumford & Sons)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 15 at 6:37am, Steve built Kentucky Avenue (Tom Waits)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 15 at 11:41am, Steve built Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 15 at 3:17pm, Steve built Run's House (Run-D.M.C.)

Charles vs. Matthew, winner will get to build Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard)

Steve vs. Matthew, won by Matthew, on September 15 at 9:41pm, Matthew built Dead End Street (The Kinks)

Scott vs. Matthew, won by Scott, on September 16 at 8:05am, Scott built Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 16 at 8:52am, Steve built Club at the End of the Street (Elton John)

Scott vs. Chris, won by Chris, on September 16 at 8:56am, Chris built Run's House (Run-D.M.C.)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Scott, on September 16 at 10:29am, Scott built Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)

Chris vs. Erik, won by Chris, on September 16 at 12:26pm, Chris built Lakeside Park (Rush)

Charles vs. Erik, won by Erik, on September 16 at 2:00pm, Erik built Gypsy Road (Cinderella)

Chris vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 16 at 2:14pm, Scott built Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve)

Erik vs. Steve, won by Erik, on September 16 at 2:41pm, Erik built Cemetery Gates (Pantera)

Erik vs. Charles, winner will get to build The Tijuana Jail (The Kingston Trio)

Matthew vs. Erik, won by Erik, on September 16 at 3:32pm, Erik built Starkville City Jail (Johnny Cash)

Matthew vs. Aaron, won by Matthew, on September 16 at 11:41pm, Matthew built Cripple Creek Ferry (Neil Young)

Steve vs. Aaron, won by Aaron, on September 17 at 12:10am, Aaron built Cannabis College (Jason Mraz)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Chris, on September 17 at 4:03am, Chris built Late Bar (Duran Duran)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 17 at 8:50am, Steve built Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band)

Scott vs. Chris, won by Chris, on September 17 at 8:54am, Chris built Brokedown Palace (Grateful Dead)

Scott vs. Erik, won by Erik, on September 17 at 10:16am, Erik built Cliffs of Dover (Eric Johnson)

Scott vs. Chris, won by Scott, on September 17 at 10:27am, Scott built Mary's Place (Bruce Springsteen)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Steve, on September 17 at 11:48am, Steve built Wicked Garden (Stone Temple Pilots)

Steve vs. Erik, won by Steve, on September 17 at 12:20pm, Steve built Ferry Cross the Mersey (Gerry and the Pacemakers)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 17 at 6:19pm, Steve built Dr. Feelgood (Mötley Crüe)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Steve, on September 17 at 10:41pm, Steve built Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)

Aaron vs. Steve, winner will get to build Silver Springs (Fleetwood Mac)

Aaron vs. Chris, winner will get to build The Tijuana Jail (The Kingston Trio)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Steve, on September 18 at 4:49am, Steve built Dead End Street (The Kinks)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 18 at 8:23am, Steve built The House That Jack Built (Aretha Franklin)

Aaron vs. Scott, winner will get to build Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)

Chris vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 18 at 9:54am, Scott built Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys)

Scott vs. Chris, won by Scott, on September 18 at 10:27am, Scott built Mary's Place (Bruce Springsteen)

Erik vs. Aaron, winner will get to build Starkville City Jail (Johnny Cash)

Chris vs. Steve, won by Steve, on September 18 at 11:31am, Steve built Cadillac Ranch (Bruce Springsteen)

Scott vs. Steve, won by Scott, on September 18 at 11:53am, Scott built Frick Park Market (Mac Miller)

Steve vs. Chris, won by Steve, on September 18 at 2:28pm, Steve built Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club)

Chris vs. Erik, won by Erik, on September 18 at 2:32pm, Erik built Bar Italia (Pulp)

Chris vs. Scott, won by Scott, on September 18 at 2:33pm, Scott built Tom's Diner (Susanne Vega)

Erik vs. Scott, winner will get to build Itchycoo Park (The Small Faces)

Steve vs. Erik, winner will get to build Paul's Boutique (Beastie Boys)

Matthew vs. Erik, winner will get to build Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)

Erik vs. Chris, winner will get to build Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)

Matthew vs. Aaron, winner will get to build Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)

Chris vs. Matthew, winner will get to build Spanish Harlem (Ben E. King)

Matthew vs. Steve, winner will get to build Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino)

Scott vs. Matthew, winner will get to build Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band)

Scott vs. Steve, winner will get to build Rainbow Store (New York Dolls)

Scott vs. Chris, winner will get to build Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Chris vs. Steve, winner will get to build Ferry Cross the Mersey (Gerry and the Pacemakers)