Courtney Love has made her opinion on her late husband's inclusion in Guitar Hero 5 known through her barely coherent twitter updates, but no one had heard from Dave Grohl nor Krist Novaselic, Nirvana's surviving members, about their feelings on the matter. Well the grunge pioneers have broken their silence, and, surprise surprise, they're not happy about Kurt's likeness in the game, specifically since he can be unlocked to play more than the two Nirvana songs.
An Associated Press story has Novaselic and Grohl issuing the following statement:
"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."
I have to say that the chances of Activision making the decision to "re-lock" Kurt as a playable character are slim to none, as the number of people who would enjoy playing as him would most likely eclipse the number who felt the same disappointment the band members feel. And while Activision is maintaining that all legal rights were secured before adding Kurt to the game, Courtney is keeping up with the tweets that state she's going to force a game recall and make millions of dollars suing Activision. I guess we'll have to wait and see if the courts will decide this one.