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Monday 5 October 2015

Nirvana bandmates slam Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero game

Published 11/09/2009

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest Guitar Hero video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana.

Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said in a joint statement they were "dismayed and very disappointed" that an avatar of the late Nirvana frontman could be used to play songs by other artists.

They said: "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.

"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.”

Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, had been lashing out on Twitter this week about her late husband's inclusion in the game, calling it vile and claiming she would sue Activision, the game's publisher.

Love claimed she never approved Cobain's digital likeness.

In the game, Cobain can be used to sing other artist's tracks, including Bon Jovi's 'You Give Love a Bad Name'. Players can also make him rap and dance.

Nirvana fans have expressed anger that the image of Cobain - who took his own life in 1994 - is being made to perform the types of music that the singer frequently criticised.

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