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Courtney Love may be mad as a hatter, but she's found an unusual ally in her fight against Activision's use of a Kurt Cobain avatar in Guitar Hero 5: Jon Bon Jovi.

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The Bon Jovi frontman has told the BBC "I don't know that I would have wanted it either. To hear someone else's voice coming out of a cartoon version of me? I don't know. It sounds a little forced".

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Does it ever. He then reveals that he was approached by Activision to appear in Guitar hero 5 himself, but said nothankyou.

"I had the paperwork, they wanted me to be on that game and I just passed," the long-haired heartthrob said. "But no-one even broached the subject with me that I would be singing other people's stuff. I don't know how I would have reacted to that. I don't know that I would have wanted it either."

True story: I won a karaoke competition at a pub in Barcelona in 1998 singing "Blaze of Glory".

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Bon Jovi supports Cobain protest [BBC]

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You know, I don't really understand what all the fuss is over Kurt Cobain. I agree with an earlier comment that said, "I still say people are putting him too high on that pedestal, he wasn't that great..."

I mean, come on, the guy was a musician and entertainer - why is there a problem with his likeness in a music game? Why, then, isn't there a problem with, say, Hendrix, Lennon, or Harrison who appear in other games in the genre? If Cobain had died of natural causes, would people feel any differently? Should they? If he had died 40 years ago (like Hendrix) instead of just 15, would people still be up in arms? Do you think that Beethoven is rolling in his grave somewhere for his depiction in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?

People getting up in arms about Cobain, and not any of these other musicians seems a bit hypocritical to me. I think it's mostly about the fact that people _remember_ seeing Cobain and not any of these others. There is, perhaps, a disconcerting feeling seeing him again in Guitar Hero... kind of like watching home movies of a deceased relative... but should we erase the home movies because they remind us so much of what we lost? ...or should we use them to celebrate and remember what we had for a time?

Honestly, I think that the continued use of a celebrity's likeness (in this case Cobain's) shows just how popular they really are... it's a testament to his accomplishments, and an extension of his life's work that people still recognize him and love his work after 15 years.