Guitar Hero CEO on Nirvana dispute: 'Kurt Cobain's estate cashed the cheque'

Dan Rosensweig tells NME.COM he's open to dialogue with the parties

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Nirvana

'Guitar Hero' CEO Dan Rosensweig has told NME.COM that Kurt Cobain's estate has "cashed the cheque" allowing the late singer after agreeing a contract to allow the Nirvana singer to be used in the game.

Love had threatened to sue Activision, the game's makers, for allowing Cobain to be used in 'Guitar Hero 5' to sing songs by other artists.

Cobain's former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic slammed Activision too, requesting they re-programme the game so the frontman could only appear performing Nirvana songs.

Rosensweig suggested Courtney Love was fully aware of the contract she agreed to with regard to Cobain's character's use and had accepted the agreed fee. He added that he was "disappointed" Grohl and Novoselic objected, but said he would be happy to talk to them to try and clear things up.

"I do know that there's absolutely a contract and we know that the cheque has been cashed," he told NME.COM. "I can only deal with the facts. It's very clear what the terms are."

He went on to claim that the real dispute should be between Love, who controls Cobain's estate, and the two former Nirvana members.

"We care about the artists more than anyone else and we would like to make artists happy in every circumstance," he said. "I'm disappointed in this case that there seems to be confusion between the band and the estate.

"I can't speak for everybody being happy, [but] it gets done with complete consent from artists. These are the artists who fans love. We hope over time that the estate will appreciate that."

Rosensweig added that he was not opposed to opening dialogue again if it would help to smooth things over.

"We love engaging in dialogues with artists," he said. "We always want to hear from artists. In this circumstance there seems to be some confusion between the estate and we would love to clear that up. We're not avoiding any dialogue."

Jon Bon Jovi, whose music features in 'Guitar Hero 5', recently sided with Grohl and Novoselic. "To hear someone else's voice coming out of a cartoon version of me?" he said. "I don't know. It sounds a little forced."

"It's really not Guitar Hero's confusion. We went and spoke directly to the estate and made it crystal clear, got the rights, paid for the rights, and really we've done what we've always done. The fact that the rest of the band and the estate did not communicate – I'm not aware of those facts [about their communication].

Reacting to Rosensweig's comments by posting on Twitter Love denied any money had changed hands.

"Call me and tell me what cheque and for how much. You liquidate Kurt and you tell me I've cashed a cheque? We didn't get a cent," she wrote. "Now Mr Activision if you want to fix that I'd very much appreciate it. You've humiliated me and my daughter. People think we did 'Guitar Hero 5' for money when in fact we got not one cent. My understanding was you would pay me personally as I stated."

'Guitar Hero 5' was released on September 11. Watch a video of Cobain's character in action in the game by clicking below.

Read More On This Artist

Nirvana Merchandise
More News
John Lydon: 'Ukip's talk about immigration is subdued racism'
Brandon Flowers says second solo album is 'definitely going to be different'
Lucy Rose announces UK tour and promises to play new material
Sleaford Mods' Jason Williamson: 'Bono's such a massive cunt'
Future Islands' Samuel T Herring feared he 'was going to die' earlier this year
Madonna calls new album leak 'a form of terrorism'
New Official Chart Show host Clara Amfo is 'surprised at how nice everyone's been'
Wiley reschedules tour following unrelated shooting outside London venue
Wu-Tang's RZA: 'I used to do rap battles on the spot where Eric Garner was killed'
Pond unveil new video for track 'Sitting Up on Our Crane' - watch
The 1975 named as the hardest-working band this year with 195 shows in 29 countries
Muse update fans on new album as they record with orchestra in Milan – watch
Apple did not intentionally delete music from users' iPods, jury finds
Scott Stapp alleges that 'the heart of ISIS is in my own family' in uncovered 911 calls...
Florence & The Machine and Alt-J added to Flow Festival line-up
AC/DC sell out Wembley Stadium gig in 60 minutes
Laura Marling announces new album 'Short Movie' – hear first song now
D'Angelo team confirm release of new album was brought forward following Ferguson protests
St Vincent reveals 'Birth In Reverse' video and says she has recorded songs with Carrie...
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars perform 'Uptown Funk' on finale of 'The Voice US'...
Kendrick Lamar premieres brand new song on 'The Colbert Report' – watch
The Decemberists share new song 'The Wrong Year' - listen

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM