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Kurt Cobain's likeness in Guitar Hero 5

Late Nirvana frontman to appear alongside "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Lithium" in Activision's upcoming rhythm game.


With Guitar Hero 5 arriving in stores Tuesday, Activision is making its last big publicity push for the launch. The publisher has been announcing a steady stream of stars who will appear in-game, from Johnny Cash and Carlos Santanna to Garbage's Shirley Manson and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.

Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5.
Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5.

Today Activision capped off that list with the announcement that Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain will be playable in Guitar Hero 5, performing the band's breakthrough hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and a live version of another single from the album Nevermind, "Lithium."

Guitar Hero 5 will feature 85 songs pulled from a number of genres, including Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Megadeth's "Sweating Bullets," and Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." Activision is also running a promotion for the game where players who purchase specially marked copies of Guitar Hero 5 will get the upcoming Guitar Hero: Van Halen for free.

[UPDATE] Apparently Cobain's likeness can be used to sing a wide variety of non-Nirvana songs, as this YouTube montage shows.

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