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Courtney Plays Big House

Embattled rocker plans show for women prisoners

October 19, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Courtney Love is heading to the big house.

It's not the legal battles she is currently fighting in New York City and Los Angeles that are sending her to the home of orange jumpsuits, but rather Love's desire to put on a Johnny Cash, Live at Folsom Prison-style performance. "I'm going to record in a prison," she tells Rolling Stone, as she readies to tape a show at a California women's correctional facility.

Love skipped out on a potential jail sentence in July when she pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance, stemming from a prior incident when police arrested her in Los Angeles. Inspired by this summer's narrow escape -- probation and rehab in lieu of incarceration -- the rocker has remained in touch with law enforcement officials about making a concert a reality.

"I dodged a bullet," says Love, "so I'm going to do the most I can do to make the ladies happy. I think [playing] a women's [prison] would be fun."

But first, Love and her band the Chelsea will do a series of dates for the general public, beginning October 24th in San Diego, California. The group is currently in rehearsals, where Love says they've been rediscovering cuts off her recent effort, America's Sweetheart.

"There's a song on my album, 'I'll Do Anything' -- I didn't know it sounded so much like Nirvana when I wrote it," she says. "It's fucking 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' It also sounds just like that Blur song, 'Song 2' -- the woo hoo song."

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