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August 28, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Kurt Cobain returns, for “Guitar Hero” debut with “Teen Spirit”

Tragic Seattle rock star Kurt Cobain is headlining a new version of the hit video game “Guitar Hero” featuring an eerIE, animated Cobain resurrected on screen.

His appearance in “Guitar Hero 5” should balance out “The Beatles” game debut on the competing “Rock Band” on Sept. 9.

It’s the first appearance in a video game for the Nirvana lead and grunge icon, who shot himself at his Seattle home in 1994.

Cobain will be a “playable character” in “Guitar Hero 5,” which comes to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii next month. He’ll perform his from Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind — breakout hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and a previously unreleased live recording of “Lithium.”

“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,’ ” Tim Riley, vice president of music affairs at Activision, said in the release. “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.’ ”

Other musicians in the game include Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.

A video and a few screenshots of the virtual Cobain:

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