In response to Courtney Love’s protests that she had nothing to do with the likeness of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, being used to sing Bon Jovi songs in Guitar Hero 5 and subsequent lawsuit threats in regards to that matter, a statement has been released by Guitar Hero manufacturers Activision in concert with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. What does the statement sound like? A denial, a denial, a denial, of course.
“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.”
And it goes on to add:
Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, the two surviving members of Nirvana, have no say whatsoever in the usage of Kurt Cobain’s likeness.
Oh right, Everett True forgot to call out Novoselic in his unhinged ranting after finding the trailer online yesterday! Huh. I wonder why?
UPDATE (6 p.m. ET): Grohl and Novoselic have released another statement, and this time they’re asking Activision to please re-lock Cobain’s character, so he won’t be forced to mime his way through the likes of Bon Jovi:
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