New City Digital Entertainment
Rock & a Hard Place was a short-lived battle of the bands quiz-themed competition game show.
Two famous rock bands with three members (four at one point) compete. This game features a true battle of the bands as teams play for charity and compete five rounds in rock, pop culture, and general trivia.
Each episode features a variety of rounds which include the following:
- Heavy Mental - This is always the first round. Meat Loaf asks a member of either band a question. If they are correct, they get $100 for their band's charity; if they are wrong, however, the next player in line tries to answer the same question. This process goes on until each player plays at least twice. Afterwards each band gets a bonus question.
- For the bonus questions, each band is given a question with multiple answers to it. They try to give as many answers as possible until they give a wrong answer or run out of time. Each correct answer is worth $100 for their charity.
- Title Wave - A series of blanks representing the title of a song are shown. Words are revealed one by one randomly. The first player to buzz in with the correct title earns $100 for each unrevealed word. Then, if they can identify the artist who made that song popular, they earn an additional $100.
- Scene Not Heard - This is always the third round. The bands are shown a music video with no sound. The first player to buzz in and identify either the song or the artist receives $200 for their band's charity. If they can identify both they win $400. If, however, they are wrong on either, the other band gets a chance to name the remaining part or both to win the money.
- Odd Man Out - Four pictures of famous people are shown, and Meat Loaf reads a clue that applies to all but one of them. The first player to buzz in and correctly guess the person who doesn't belong receives $200 for their band's charity; however, if they are wrong, the other team gets a chance to answer.
- Who Am I? - Meat Loaf reads five clues to a famous person. The fewer clues it takes to correctly identify the person, the more money the bands win for their charity. If they are wrong, the other band can choose to guess immediately or see more clues. The values of the clues are as follows.
- Clue #1: $1,000
- Clue #2: $750
- Clue #3: $500
- Clue #4: $250
- Clue #5: $100
- Child's Play - This is always the last round in the game. One member of a band plays a song on a kazoo (one of which is always a children's melody). The other members have to identify that song. A correct answer earns the band $500 for their charity, but a wrong answer means they have to play it for the opposing band, who can steal the money for a correct answer.
At the end of the game, the team with the most money wins the game. Both charities receive whatever money their bands won for them.