30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has released a video of himself performing as Kurt Cobain, provoking a mixed reaction by music fans.
Thrash Hits simply said "F--k off. Seriously, Leto, just f--k off", while The Press posted a comment by a Nirvana fan which said "This makes me physically sick. I think it's pretty clear to anyone with even a passing knowledge of Kurt that he'd have found this 'performance' and talk of a biopic entirely repulsive. 30 Seconds to Vomit."
Others have been defending Leto and his tribute on the YouTube page.
Explaining the performance, he said: "I heard today was the day Kurt passed away 17 years ago. Can't believe it's been that long. So grateful for his contribution and inspiration. Not sure I'd be doing this if it weren't for him. He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible. Thanks for that."
"This made me recall a short piece of film I shot when I heard they were making a film celebrating his life. I made it to explore the character and explore creative possibilities. I never sent it to the studio or to anyone but thought I'd share it now."
Leto is the right kind of age to have been obsessed by Nirvana as a youngster, so our amateur analysis here is that he saw the opportunity to play his hero is a forthcoming film and made the video to state his case.
The film is to be based on the Cobain biography "Heavier Than Heaven" which Courtney Love has bought the film rights for, but in January it was reported that 35-year-old Ewan McGregor was the number one choice for the role. Too bad Jared.