Friday, September 11, 2009


Courtney Love has been... well, "ranting" is a good way to put it ... on Twitter about the Kurt Cobain avatar on Guitar Hero, which, when "unlocked," can be used to front other bands including Nirvana ripoffs Bush and even Bon Jovi. She somehow made it seem like Dave Grohl may be to blame. Dave and Krist Novoselic released this statement today:

This is a statement regarding Nirvana, Guitar Hero and the likeness of the late Kurt Cobain.

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. The name and likeness of Kurt Cobain are the sole property of his estate - we have no control whatsoever in that area.

While we were aware of Kurt’s image being used with two Nirvana songs, we didn’t know players have the ability to unlock the character. This feature allows the character to be used with any kind of song the player wants. 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.

Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl

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