Jon Bon Jovi Joins Cobain “Guitar Hero 5” Protest
JON BON JOVI JOINS COBAIN “GUITAR HERO 5” PROTEST
September 19, 2009
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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