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.”
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