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Sneak Peek: Kurt Cobain’s ‘Guitar Hero’ Character


For four iterations of the Guitar Hero franchise, one rock icon has been notably absent: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain — but that all changes with Guitar Hero 5, out September 1. Cobain will appear as a playable character for fans to shred with on a pair of Nirvana classics: Nevermind single “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and an exclusive live version of “Lithium,” recorded during the trio’s legendary 1992 performance at England’s Reading Festival.

“Kurt Cobain is one of the most recognizable frontmen in rock’n’roll…. and we’re thrilled to offer Guitar Hero fans exclusive access to the unreleased live version of ‘Lithium.'” says Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision.

In the game Cobain’s avatar sports his trademark shaggy blonde hair, a green cardigan, and t-shirt featuring singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston’s “Jeremiah” frog logo, a look emblematic of the period around the release of 1992’s blockbuster Nevermind. Scroll down to watch a video trailer of the playable guitarist in action.

The two Nirvana tracks join a 80-song set list, which includes tunes by Kings of Leon, the Rolling Stones, the White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, plus other ’90s rockers like Blur, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Sonic Youth.