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Courtney Love and Nirvana members unhappy with Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero

September 10, 2009 |  7:57 pm

Courtney Love, the controversial rocker and widow of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, is blasting out angry messages on Twitter in response to her late husband's likeness being used in Guitar Hero 5. A character portraying Cobain shows up for the game's two Nirvana songs to sing and play guitar on a virtual stage.

Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, Cobain's former band mates, joined Love in their disapproval with the game character, saying they're "dismayed and very disappointed," according to a statement released by their publicist.

Bassist Novoselic and Grohl, Nirvana's drummer before becoming the front man for the Foo Fighters, say they knew the Cobain character would be shown during the Nirvana songs but were unaware that players could unlock him to be used in other songs by bands such as Bon Jovi and Bush.

"We urge Activision to do the right thing in 're-locking' Kurt's character so that this won't continue in the future," the Novoselic and Grohl statement read. "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."

Novoselic and Grohl were quick to point out that they have no say in whether Cobain's likeness can ...

... be used. Activision, the maker of Guitar Hero, disputes Love's claim that she, a representative of the Cobain estate, didn't sign off on the use of Cobain's image.

"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," an Activision spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.

But Love continues her public tirade via Twitter, saying she is "disgusted" and calling it her "nightmare." Her continued rant can be viewed on her Twitter page, @courtneylover79. But we warn that the messages contain excessive profanity and demonstrate very poor grammar.

When The Times attempted to reach Love for comment, she didn't return phone calls and declined via Twitter to e-mail a statement (see image below).


-- Mark Milian

Follow my random thoughts on rock music and technology on Twitter @markmilian.