Love and Hole Ready to Roll?
Here comes Courtney Love again.
And not just on computer bulletin boards.
Details are being worked out for Love to take her band Hole on the road, resuming a career that was sidetracked by the April suicide of her husband Kurt Cobain and the May death of Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff.
Those tragedies understandably overshadowed the April release of Hole’s acclaimed album, “Live Through This,” and forced the cancellation of a promotional tour.
The plan now being discussed would have Hole open shows for Nine Inch Nails this fall, including a possible stop at the Universal Amphitheatre.
Love, who is auditioning bassists, tested the performing waters last week with a surprise appearance at “Lollapalooza” in Philadelphia, where she performed two songs alone with acoustic guitar.
“Courtney needs to do what’s best for her, and being on stage is cathartic and an honest, real thing,” says Hole manager Janet Billig.
What about fans who feel Love is exploiting the two tragedies by touring so soon?
“You can’t think about that,” Billig says. “You just have to go do it and hope people accept it.”
But will they?
While reactions to Love’s “Lollapalooza” performance was reportedly favorable, feelings have been mixed about her attending the recent “MTV Film Awards” show so shortly after Cobain’s death, and about the often harsh dialogue she’s carried on with fans and detractors via the America Online computer service.
“To ask her not to perform would be cruel and unwarranted,” said one top music industry publicist, who asked not to be identified. “If she goes out and it’s great music, she should do fine.
“I’d advise her that she should go on tour but not talk a lot. If she goes out and puts on good shows people will get the point. Her personal life is her own. I don’t think there’s anything to say that she can’t say with a guitar.”
Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor is glad to give Love an opportunity to tour, and agrees that as long as she lets her music do the talking, she’ll be received well.
“She’s in a tough position, based so much on the personality and the tabloid elements that surround her, versus the music,” Reznor says. “But the music’s really good, and that’s where at the end of the day she’s standing on two legs. I don’t know her, but purely as music I respect what she does, and that makes me want to help her.”
Billig says she does not know whether Love has written new songs since Cobain’s death, though Love reportedly read several poems dealing with her loss during a gathering in Philadelphia the day before the “Lollapalooza” show.