Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana, is making a big comeback in a video game. He is appearing in the game as a playable character in the new and upcoming Guitar Hero 5, scheduled to be released in September.
Gamers will be able to play along as the musician to Nevermind (the album version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as well as a never-before-released live version of the hit single “Lithium.” This is big news. Even though Rock Band and Guitar Hero have featured some of Nirvana’s music, Guitar Hero has only recently managed to secure the license to “Teen Spirit.”
The game producing firm, Activisim, had to receive consent from Cobain’s widow: Courtney Love, as well as his bandmates, before they could add him into their project.
“Kurt Cobain is one of the most recognizable frontmen in rock ‘n’ roll history and it’s an honor to have two of Nirvana’s masterpieces included in Guitar Hero 5,” says Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision. “This is the first time the original recording of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ has ever been licensed in an entertainment property and we’re thrilled to offer Guitar Hero fans exclusive access to the unreleased live version of ‘Lithium.”
This renowned musician will be joining Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, Shirley Manson, and Matt Bellamy as exclusive in-game artists for the new Guitar Hero 5.