Good news for Courtney Love fans: Not only has the alt-rock queen revived her band Hole to release her long-awaited album Nobody's Daughter this spring, she just announced the group's first live concerts in 11 years!
Love, who reformed Hole with three new members, will return to the stage Feb. 17 at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire with her 23-year-old songwriting partner and guitarist Micko Larkin, plus bassist Shawn Dailey and drummer Stu Fischer. The quartet will play two other European shows: Milan on Feb. 19 and Amsterdam on Feb. 21.
So why, exactly, did Love revive Hole after all these years? "I don't function well without a real band," she told SPIN in an exclusive interview.
But her decision isn't without its critics. Fans have lambasted the Hole reformation online, citing the absence of original guitarist Eric Erlandson and bassist Melissa Auf der Maur.
"Nobody asks Trent: why Nine Inch Nails?" says Love, referencing industrial-rock vet Trent Reznor, NIN's only permanent member, who, up until his band's final concert in September, assembled assorted musicians to tour and record. "I made the [band] name up," adds Love.
Love prepared for the three February gigs with a private solo acoustic concert in New York City on New Year's Eve. Watch video of her warming up with Larkin before the NYE show in her hotel room, running through an acoustic cover of the Replacements' "Unsatisfied."
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Courtney Love, "Unsatisfied"