Rage continues over Kurt Cobain’s image in Guitar Hero 5

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As the backlash over the use of Kurt Cobain’s image in the new video game continues, his former bandmates in Nirvana are feuding with his widow Courtney Love. The dispute is over the use of Cobain in Guitar Hero 5, which features the late Nirvana frontman as a playable character in the game. Fans can unlock the character and then play with him through any song on the game, including hair metal rockers Bon Jovi and Motley Crue. Check out the video below to see for yourself.

In a series of angry messages on her Twitter page, Love announced that she plans to sue the game’s manufacturer, Activision. She insists that she did not authorize the use of Cobain’s image in the video game.

However, Activision denied those claims in the following statement, “Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5.”

As for Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, the two surviving members of Nirvana, they have no say whatsoever in the usage of Kurt Cobain’s likeness. They did, however, release a statement denouncing the game’s use of Cobain as a playable character. “We want people to know that we are dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game,” they said.

Novoselic and Grohl admit they were aware of Cobain’s image being used with two Nirvana songs, but did not know players would have the ability to unlock the character. “We urge Activision to do the right thing in ‘re-locking’ Kurt’s character so that this won’t continue in the future. It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. Kurt Cobain wrote songs that hold a lot of meaning to people all over the world. We feel he deserves better.”

In related news, fans who purchase Guitar Hero 5 through its website, will receive a free copy of the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Van Halen game. Guitar Hero 5 also features Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, Shirley Manson of Garbage, and Matt Bellamy of Muse as playable characters.

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