Watch Courtney Love Cover the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man”

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Musician Courtney Love performs onstage Hilarity for Charity's 5th Annual Los Angeles Variety Show: Seth Rogen's Halloween at Hollywood Palladium on October 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)

Courtney Love was one of many performers at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles Monday night who congregated there for a benefit concert. The concert, called Above Ground, raised money for MusiCares, a Recording Academy initiative that helps musicians pay for medical expenses and other personal emergencies.

Backed by musicians including Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, the former Hole frontwoman gave a punchy rendition of “I’m Waiting for the Man,” the classic ode to scoring heroin from the Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut album. Love has a sneer to match Lou Reed’s, and it’s not hard to draw a line between her own life experience and the source material. Given that MusiCares operates an addiction recovery program, it seems like the subject matter was chosen deliberately, and Love does it justice. Watch it below.

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