.

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
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

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com