Country musician Charlie Daniels has hit out at Guitar Hero III after the game showed his song – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – being played in the game surrounded by monsters and other evilry on stage.
“I want any of you parents out there whose children have this game to know that I did not grant these people my permission to pervert my song and am disgusted with the result,” said Daniels on his site.
“Unfortunately I lost the publishing rights on the song many years ago in a settlement with a former partner and the license to Guitar Hero was granted by the company who now owns the publishing. I would never grant permission for some company to create a video game version of a song I wrote in which the devil wins a contest and I’m sorely disappointed with the company who owns the copyright for not policing the situation. As it is they have allowed these people to violate the very essence of the song.”
The irony. Just amazing.