September 11, 2009 10:02

Ex-Nirvana members unhappy over Kurt Cobain's 'Guitar Hero' appearance

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic slam Activision

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Former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have criticised Activision, the makers of the 'Guitar Hero' computer games, for making the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain a character in the latest version of the game.

The pair said they had been unaware that the Cobain character in 'Guitar Hero 5' could be used in such a way, and has urged the company to alter the game so he can only play the two Nirvana songs, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and 'Lithium', featured, reports BBC News.

"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," they said in a statement.

They added: "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."

Activision said they had a written agreement from Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, allowing them to use the singer/guitarist as a playable character in the game.

Love has disputed the claim through her Twitter page,, threatening to sue Activision and get "damages against these fuckers".

Watch footage of Cobain's character in the game by clicking on the video below.

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