The Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero 5 drama has deepened yet again. Though Courtney Love responded with characteristically misplaced vitriol, Cobain’s former bandmates simply wanted to remind the world that they have absolutely nothing to do with the whole affair. Just in case anybody missed the point, the duo released the following statement, clarifying their viewpoint:
This is a statement regarding Nirvana, Guitar Hero and the likeness of the late Kurt Cobain.
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.
This is a pretty sad statement on a two levels. First, it’s clear that Novoselic and Grohl have genuine feelings about Cobain. Perhaps more tragic, though, is that they might think Activision has some magic code to “relock” the Cobain avatar. In this case, the horse has already left the barn,