Courtney Love's Twitter tirade against Activision, Guitar Hero 5, Dave Grohl (oh she hates Dave alright), and whoever else has pissed her off seems to have died down a bit. In the interim, Activision has sent out a statement saying that contrary to her recent claims, Love did indeed give them permission to use Kurt Cobain as a playable avatar in Guitar Hero 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii).
Says Activision, they got a signed agreement from the former Mrs. Cobain to use the Nirvana frontman's likeness in the game:
Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5.
Love, on the other hand, said earlier via Twitter that she did no such thing. Or she did, but she was literally forced at gunpoint. I can't tell which. This Rolling Stone article, however, says that Love even had a hand in the process of digitizing Kurt, going as far as picking out the hairstyle and wardrobe that would be used for the avatar.
Now I'm inclined to think that there are two possibilities here. One, the Twitter account is fake and somebody's just messing around. Two is, well, she probably just forgot. Or something. That Rick James line comes to mind. Oh, and here's the video that started this whole mess: