UPDATE: Grohl and Novoselic Respond To Cobain Guitar Hero Controversy; Courtney Love Threatens to Sue
After engaging in a vituperative Twitter war of words with Guardian blogger Everett True who criticized the use of Kurt Cobain's avatar in Guitar Hero 5 - it flails about, lip synchs to Bon Jovi and executes other dubious actions - Courtney Love now says she'll sue over how her late husband is utilized in the video game.
The Nirvana's frontman's widow insists that she never agreed that Cobain's image could be used in this way, which True vehemently criticized as being an blatant example of how Cobain's former bandmate Dave Grohl and Love were, among other things, "memory-destroying fret-wanking MTV-supporting fame-chasing money-grabbing grave-turning publicity-loving" and so forth in a frothy wash of expletives.
Love responded back with her own tsunami of cusses, finally declaring that there's "been four breaches of a very strict contract."
Activision, who developed Guitar Hero, countered that that Love was quite involved and ""Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain's likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero® 5."
Earlier, Activision vice president Tim Riley had explained that "Courtney supplied us with photos and videos. She picked the wardrobe and hairstyle, which turned out to be the 'Teen Spirit' look, then we went back and forth over changes – some subtle, some not so subtle ...."
Love also blamed Grohl - the two have long warred over various things - and added that Cobain would "despise" the game and avatar and she is "going to sue the s**t out of Activision; 'we' being the Trust, the Estate, the LLC, the various LLCs, Cobain Enterprises."
"For the record," continued Love, "this Guitar Hero s**t is breach of contract on a bully's part and there will be a proper addressing of this and retraction."
On Thursday afternoon, Grohl and Krist Novoselic chimed in with a strongly worded statement directed at Love and Activision: "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."