Bon Jovi supports Guitar Hero 5 Cobain protest

The BBC reports that Rocker Jon Bon Jovi says he understands why Nirvana's former members protested over the use of Kurt Cobain's image in video game Guitar Hero 5. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said last week they were "very disappointed" that Cobain's avatar could be used to play songs by other acts in the game. "I don't know that I would have wanted it either," Jon Bon Jovi told the BBC. "To hear someone else's voice coming out of a cartoon version of me? I don't know. It sounds a little forced."

Guitar Hero 5 entered the UK games charts at number one last weekend, beating its heavily-promoted rival, The Beatles: Rock Band.

The late Nirvana frontman features as an unlockable character, allowing players to see his image performing a multitude of other tracks, including Bon Jovi's You Give Love A Bad Name.

In a joint statement last week, Grohl and Novoselic said they "didn't know" Cobain's image would be used in this way. "We are dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game". The pair also urged game makers Activision to "do the right thing in 're-locking' Kurt's character".

Guitar Hero allows players to recreate rock riffs on replica instruments
Activision said permission to use Cobain's image had been granted by the singer's estate.

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