.

Jon Bon Jovi Joins Cobain "Guitar Hero 5" Protest

September 18, 2009 11:04 AM ET

Former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl have already expressed consternation about a Kurt Cobain avatar in Guitar Hero 5 singing along to Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name." Courtney Love went into a Twitter frenzy and fans everywhere shook their heads in disbelief. But they have found an unlikely ally in their protest: Jon Bon Jovi.

"I don't know that I would have wanted it either," Bon Jovi told BBC News. "To hear someone else's voice coming out of a cartoon version of me? I don't know. It sounds a little forced."

In a statement issued earlier this month, Grohl and Novoselic said they were "dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game," adding, "The name and likeness of Kurt Cobain are the sole property of his estate — we have no control whatsoever in that area." The pair asked Activision to "re-lock" the Cobain character and stated, "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."

Related Stories:
Grohl, Novoselic Didn’t Approve Cobain's "Guitar Hero" Avatar
Kurt Cobain's "Guitar Hero 5″ Nightmare: Live Through This
Kurt Cobain Joins "Guitar Hero 5″: How Nirvana Came to the Game

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com