Jon Bon Jovi has waded into the debate over a Guitar Hero video game featuring Kurt Cobain, insisting he disapproves of the use of the star's image in the new edition.
Former Nirvana rockers Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl admitted last week (11Sep09) they were "dismayed and very disappointed" after learning their bandmate's likeness can be used to play songs by other artists in Guitar Hero 5 - and Bon Jovi agrees with their protest.
The late frontman, who committed suicide in 1994, can be used by players to perform a number of songs, including Bon Jovi's You Give Love A Bad Name.
Bon Jovi says, "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."
The 47 year old was also approached by bosses at game giant Activision to appear alongside Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash in the game, but declined the opportunity.
He adds, "I had the paperwork, they wanted me to be on that game and I just passed. 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."
Cobain's widow Courtney Love announced last week she is taking legal action against Activision chiefs, insisting she never would have agreed to the project if she knew Cobain would be "reincarnated" for renditions of Bon Jovi's hit.