Seattle Office of Film + Music

June 15, 2010, 1:12 pm
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Rolling Stone
The reunited Soundgarden, who haven’t released an album of new music since 1996’s Down on the Upside, will debut an unreleased track titled “Black Rain” on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Activision recently revealed. While whether “Black Rain” is an unearthed track or a new recording by the Seattle grunge rockers is unclear, the song marks the first new music Soundgarden fans have received from the band since “Bleed Together” was included on the 1997 greatest hits comp A-Sides. There’s no indication as to whether “Black Rain” will be released independent of Warriors of Rock. The game is due in September. Since announcing their reunion on New Year’s Day, Soundgarden have been largely quiet, staging only one secret show full hits and rarities in Seattle in April, the group’s first gig since 1997. However, things should pick up later this summer when Soundgarden headline their first “official” reunion gig on the closing night of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 8.

September 10, 2009, 3:08 pm
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Rolling Stone
By now you’ve seen the clip of a digitized Kurt Cobain rocking his way through Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” on Guitar Hero 5. It’s an image so bizarre, it not only freaked out Rolling Stone, but sent Courtney Love into a Twitter rampage. In a statement issued this afternoon, Grohl and Novoselic say they are “dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game,” adding, “The name and likeness of Kurt Cobain are the sole property of his estate — we have no control whatsoever in that area.” The pair ask Activision to “re-lock” the Cobain character and state, “It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. Kurt Cobain wrote songs that hold a lot of meaning to people all over the world. We feel he deserves better.”


Rolling Stone
Today, Activision has confirmed that a Kurt Cobain character will be playable in Guitar Hero 5 alongside Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Matt Bellamy of Muse. Two Nirvana tracks, Nevermind’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and a live version of “Lithium,” from their 1992 headlining slot at England’s Reading festival, also join the game’s set list, a first for the seminal band that defined the grunge era. Watch Cobain’s avatar rocking “Smells Like Teen Spirit” below:
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May 12, 2009, 1:02 pm
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Come next year, like the Beatles and AC/DC, Pearl Jam will have their own edition of Rock Band, but apparently theirs will be the first edition of the game where fans will have made the choices about what songs appear. Well, sort of. The songs with the most plays on the Rhapsody streaming music service will be the ones considered for placement in the game, so votes are measured by actual actions. Then in June people will be asked to create playlists of their favorite songs from the remaining choices to help narrow it down even further. This will no doubt be an interesting experiment in fanbase mobilization considering the scope of the ten club and general rabidness of Pearl Jam fans.