The classic line-up of Courtney Love's rock band Hole faces a series of obstacles before a reunion tour can be planned - because all the members have very different backstage requirements. Love recently revealed she, Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf Der Mar have regrouped to rehearse but there is nothing set in stone regarding tour dates or the recording of new material.
The Malibu singer admits it's going to be a logistical nightmare to get the group back on the road.
She tells Pitchfork.com, "I'm not going to commit to it happening, because we want an element of surprise. There's a lot of i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed.
"There's some caveats, there's some things people need. We're older, we're all mainlining vegan food... Nobody smokes, other than me. No one's on drugs. Melissa drinks red wine, like me, and Patty's sober.
"I'd like to make sure that (my current guitarist) Micko (Larkin) stays along for that ride, because we're going to need an extra person if we do it anyway. He's been my guitarist for seven years, we have a good connection."
Meanwhile, the singer reveals that aside from the backstage rules it wouldn't take much to get her old band back in the studio and then onstage: "If we can get two killer songs together and then look at an album... I can't live on the oldies circuit. The band started talking about everyone who's done it... I'm the last hold-out on this."
But she admits it's not as if her old bandmates are waiting for her to sign off on a full reunion: "No one's been dormant. Patty teaches drumming and drums in three indie bands; Melissa has her metal-nerd thing going on - her dream is to play Castle Donington with Dokken."
"That was a mistake in 2010. Eric (Erlandson) was right - I kind of cheapened the name, even though I'm legally allowed to use it. I should save Hole for the line-up everybody wants to see and had the b**ls to put Nobody's Daughter (out) under my own name." Courtney Love regrets releasing her last album under the name of her band Hole.
Courtney Love has confirmed reports suggesting she has reunited Hole's most famous line-up. She sparked rumours just after Christmas (13) when she posted a shot of herself with guitarist Eric Erlandson on Facebook.com alongside the caption, "2014 going to be a very interesting year".
But there were no other news or announcements - until now.
In a new interview with the Quietus, Love reveals she is rehearsing new material with Erlandson, drummer Patty Schemel and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur.
She says, "I started playing with Patty and Melissa and Eric, just to see how that was. We already played like, three or four times in the last week."
The classic line-up disbanded in 2002 but reunited briefly in 2012 at the premiere of Hit So Hard, a documentary about Schemel.
Courtney Love appears to be deadly serious about her plans to mend fractured friendships in 2014 - a new photo has sparked talk of an unlikely Hole reunion. The outspoken rocker recently announced that her New Year's resolution is to forgive and forget, and a blurry new snapshot of her and former bandmate Eric Erlandson suggests Love means business.
Love and Erlandson officially disbanded the most famous Hole line-up in 2002 and, in recent years, they quarrelled over guitars once owned by Love's late husband Kurt Cobain.
But now it seems their friendship is back on and in a new caption accompanying the shot of the two former bandmates embracing, Love writes, "And this just happened. 2014 going to be a very interesting year".
The tweet also includes the Twitter handle for Melissa Auf der Maur, who quit Hole and joined the Smashing Pumpkins in 1999.
The band's most famous line-up also includes drummer Patty Schemel.
The four-piece last worked together in 1998.
Outspoken rocker Courtney Love has made it her New Year's resolution to forgive and forget after sharing her love advice with fans online. The former Hole frontwoman, who was married to tragic Kurt Cobain, admits she has harboured regrets about how she has handled her past romances, but she is no longer interested in holding grudges now she's approaching 50.
Taking to her Facebook.com page on Thursday (26Dec13), she wrote, "I think at nearly 50 the basis of any realtionship (sic) should be restraint and pragmatism before the big dramatic tsunami - s**t i wish i knew this at 20, and to become best friends and to make sure your exes dont all hate you (sic). its important to leave romances nicely - and its 2014 so im letting alot of grudges just go, i dont have time... none of it matters...
"so to everyone take my advice, lose the grudges and grudge matches first of all youll make alot more money if that doesnt incentivise you, youll just be happier and get kissed more (sic)."
Love did not name names in the post-Christmas message, but she has previously been linked to actors Edward Norton and Steve Coogan, rocker Billy Corgan and her former Hole bandmate Eric Erlandson.
Rocker Courtney Love has abandoned plans to form an all-girl band because there aren't enough females who want to join her onstage. The former Hole star is embarking on a comeback with a band full of guys after failing to persuade women to sign on for her latest venture.
She tells Bust magazine, "I put an ad on Craigslist (listings website) that said, 'Band in the style of Hole looking for bassist in the style of Melissa Auf der Maur'.
"I got exactly one response. There's just not a lot of chick bass players."
And she warns fans not to hold out hope for a Hole reunion because she has fallen out with guitarist Eric Erlandson and doesn't have any plans to revisit the past.
She adds, "I've been offered money to do an oldies sort of thing. It's just not me.
"I don't mind making a crowd happy. I still really like Malibu. I play Miss World sometimes. I don't like Doll Parts anymore; it's just a simple song, like three chords, and it drives me nuts."
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer wore a Valentino wedding dress Saturday to her own wedding, but no one really got to see it. One of the world's most photographed women wore a blanket to cover up her gown, Reuters reports. Schiffer, who tied the knot with British film producer Matthew Vaughn in a 14th-century church in Shimpling, England, disappointed onlookers who wanted to wish her well. Presumably, anyone on the guest list, which included the likes of Madonna, Guy Ritchie and Trudie Styler, caught a glimpse.
"It's just a sex thing," quipped Hugh Grant of his Two Weeks Notice co-star, Sandra Bullock. The two were at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday telling reporters all sorts of steamy stories, according to Reuters. Although no one is really sure if their comments were for real or just a joke, Bullock has only admitted to kissing and holding hands with Grant 'cause she's "just not ready to have sex yet."
James Caviezel will morph from actor to racer today when he gets behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Corvette pace car to lead 33 drivers down two parade laps and the pace lap of the Indianapolis 500. Caviezel follows other famous celebrity drivers from past Indie 500 races, including Jay Leno and Anthony Edwards.
The former head of Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. Evans was instrumental in approving such film classics as The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and Love Story, which helped turn the struggling studio around.
Attention all Matrix fans! The next two sequels are a bigger and better work in progress, according to producer Joel Silver. "We have done visual effects for the movies that, because of the time that we took to make them and the cost, will never be seen again," Silver told Sci Fi Wire on Friday in Sydney, Australia--where the films are currently in production. Look for The Matrix Reloaded to hit the big screen in May 2003. You can watch the teaser trailer for both films here on Hollywood.com.
In the Biz
Meg Ryan's not throwing any punches in her next role, although she will be managing a few boxers. The Associated Press reports Ryan will play female boxing manager Jackie Kallen in Against the Ropes, a big screen drama co-starring Omar Epps and directed by Charles Dutton. No word on when production will begin.
First, she made Pepsi the choice of the belly button ring generation. Now, popster Britney Spears' will have them geared up with Samsung cell phones. A new deal unites the singer and the phone company during Spears' Dream Within a Dream 2002 concert tour that kicks off Friday in Las Vegas, Launch Music reports.
Rock band Hole has announced their official breakup, Launch Music reports. Hole released three albums, including Pretty on the Inside, Live Through This and Celebrity Skin.
B.B. King was crowned entertainer of the year for the fourth year in a row at the 23rd annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Thursday in Memphis, Tenn., AP reports.
If you like the tunes of the late Perry Como, now you can enjoy his clothing, too. AP reports Dawson's Auctioneers and Appraisers will be offering over 1,500 lots from the singer's former Florida home Thursday through June 2, including monogrammed cardigans, golf shoes and candid photos of Como with other celebrities.
Call them another "one-hit wonder."
The Australian pop duo Savage Garden have broken up after topping music charts and bombarding radio stations with their contagious ballad "I Knew I Loved You," last year.
The duo of four years has decided to split up. Darren Hayes will embark on a solo career and Daniel Jones will stay out of the spotlight.
"We achieved something so great in a short period of time that we had to look for something else,'' Jones told Reuters on Friday.
The band took the United States by surprise in 1998 with their single, "Truly, Madly, Deeply," topping charts and winning a Billboard Music Award for adult contemporary single of the year.
Their breakup story sounds like another, though legitimate, version of Milli Vanilli to me. I wonder if a VH1's Behind The Music series on them is on the works.
Give me the money!
It feels good to be rich. Or at least that's what The Beatles, Britney Spears and 'N Sync can say, each of whom scored high numbers on the 100 Top Celebrities list in Forbes magazine this month.
The Fab Four ranked third on the power list--behind Tom Cruise and Tiger Woods--with earnings of $70 million for the year. Blonde teen bombshell, Britney Spears, took fourth place in the power rankings, earning $38.5 million. Boy band 'N Sync topped her financially, with $42 million in the bank, but charted at #8 on the power list, just behind the Backstreet Boys, who brought in $35.5 million.
Forbes ranked the artists by determining their incomes, magazine cover appearances, press clips, TV and radio hits, and Web hits.
Last year, the Rolling Stones topped the chart at #6 with $50 million, the Backstreet Boys were at #8 with $60 million, Cher was at #9 with $40 million and Celine Dion chimed in at #13 with $43 million.
Is Courtney Love a troublemaker?
Music industry insiders call her the "troublemaker" of rock and roll, but Love is just looking out for justice--really.
Courtney Love is on her way to court after a Los Angeles judge ruled that her lawsuit against Universal Music could go to trial, a Love spokeswoman told Reuters Thursday.
Love counter-sued Universal in February 2000 after they sought damages for five undelivered albums when Love tried to end her contractual relationship with the recording company. In Love's opinion, the record industry locks artists into contracts that extend for much longer than allowed in other businesses such as television, film and sports.
But that's not it. Love is also suing Universal Music Group and remaining Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl for control of Nirvana's master recordings. According to MTV.com, Love is asking for Nirvana's master tunes to be returned and claims that Universal has failed to account for $3.1 million in royalties.
In related news, Love will play her first show as a solo artist backed by ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel when she opens for Jane's Addiction at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 27 in Los Angeles, Love's manager, James Barber, told SonicNet.com.
Earlier this month, the all-female rock group she formed in March fell apart as the members started splitting off to do their own projects. Hole is currently inactive as Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson fight a legal battle with Geffen Records after she finished two records of a five-album deal before departing from the label.
Bon Jovi offers "America The Beautiful" Download
Rocker-actor Jon Bon Jovi and "compadre" guitarist Richie Sambora have recorded a touching version of "America The Beautiful" that is now available for download as an MP3 file on his official Web site, www.bonjovi.com, states an Island Records press release.
"We gave blood, made sandwiches, donated clothes and money, and we sang. We sang for our country, to our country, as our way of saying we're one, united," Bon Jovi said. "Download it, keep it, save it, play it, be proud of it, and I'll ask you to do so with your hearts as well as your wallet."
Where in the world is Jason Newsted?
Seems like Metallica's former bassist is keeping busy as he entered the studio to produce Texas' rock band Speedealer.
"Speedealer is the first heavy band worthy of my 110 percent commitment since Metallica," Newsted told Virginmega.com on Tuesday.
Currently, the Dallas quartet are crafting their record--tentatively titled Second Sight--slated to hit stores in spring 2002.