Hole reunites in New York following film screening
This post as been updated. See details at the bottom.
Courtney Love reconnected with her former Hole band mates for the first time in 15 years on Friday in New York for a reunion performance in conjunction with a screening of drummer Patty Schemel’s documentary “Hit So Hard.”
Fans had been speculating whether Love would show up at the event, where guitarist Eric Erlandson and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur were set to play with Schemel at Public Assembly concert hall in Brooklyn.
"Is there a lady still in the house that wants to join us for a song?" Auf der Maur asked. "You never know -- we never know." Love then appeared, asking for Erlandson's help in strapping on a guitar.
They played Hole’s “Miss World” and a tune by early Portland punk band the Wipers, “Over the Edge.” Video footage of the short reunion can be seen on YouTube.
The performance came at the end of a week in which Love entered the public spotlight again with a string of Tweets claiming that Dave Grohl had engaged in a physical relationship with Frances Bean Cobain, her daughter with Kurt Cobain. Grohl and Frances Bean quickly dismissed her posts, Grohl calling her remarks a “Twitter rant.” Over the weekend Love Tweeted an apology: "Bean, sorry I believed the gossip...Mommy loves you."
Love formed Hole in Los Angeles with Erlandson, Schemel and bassist Kristen Pfaff, who died at age 27 in 1994, after which Auf Der Maur joined the group.
Erlandson, Schemel and Auf Der Maur came together earlier this month for the release of Erlandson’s book “Letters to Kurt,” a memoir constructed as correspondence to Cobain, with whom he was friends.
One fan promptly posted a response to the reunion suggesting that Hole be booked for the 2013 lineup of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
[Update on April 17 at 12:14 p.m.: The documentary "Hit So Hard" will be screened in L.A. on Thursday, April 19, at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz and will be followed by a performance billed as "Eric and Patty Schemel and special guests." There's no official word on whether Courtney Love will join her former Hole band mates for this show. In addition, Erlandson will sign copies of "Letters to Kurt" at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, followed at 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, by "An evening of music/performance art and conversation with Eric Erlandson" with a "special guest TBA" at Largo at the Coronet Theater.]
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Courtney Love during a 2010 performance in Hollywood with the newest edition of Hole. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.