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Courtney Love and Hole Debut "Nobody's Daughter" in London

February 18, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Courtney Love took the stage last night at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, marking the first time in over 11 years that she has performed under the "Hole" moniker. Love's comeback featured a mix of old favorites alongside new cuts from Hole's upcoming Nobody's Daughter, the long-in-the-works album that will finally be released on April 27th on Mercury/Island Def Jam, Rolling Stone reported.

We've come to expect plenty of controversy from Love-related events in recent years — even Hole's concert last week in London was canceled when a squat riot broke out in Love's neighborhood — but according to the U.K. press in attendance, the comeback show was successful and drama-free. The Times Online called the performance a "brash but well-drilled show," though they felt this "Hole" was too similar to the backing band that Love had behind her when she played a solo show in London in 2007.

In the studio with Courtney Love: exclusive photos.

Kicking off with a medley of "Pretty on the Inside" and the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," Hole unveiled eight new songs over the course of the Shepherd's Bush concert, with Love frequently telling the audience that the new songs were difficult to play and that she needed a teleprompter to assist her with the lyrics.

Up top, watch Hole run through the encores "Doll Parts" and "Northern Star," and check out the Shepherd's Bush Empire set list below:

"Pretty On The Inside"/"Sympathy For The Devil"
"Skinny Little Bitch"
"Miss World"
"Honey"
"Violet"
"Letter To God"
"Pacific Coast Highway"
"Reasons To Be Beautiful"
"Nobody's Daughter"
"How Dirty Girls Get Clean"
"Malibu"
"Celebrity Skin"
"Samantha"
"Doll Parts"
"Northern Star"
"Never Go Hungry Again"

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