.

Courtney Rocks Los Angeles

Love debuts new band at the Roxy

February 23, 2004 12:00 AM ET

"Can you forgive us, this whole new-band-haven't-played-in-five-years thing?" Courtney Love asked about halfway through an hour-long set Friday night at Los Angeles' Roxy Theater.

While Love did play a radio station gig at the nearby Viper Room a night earlier, the sold-out Roxy show marked her "official" return to the concert stage and the first public show since the release of the America's Sweetheart album a couple of weeks earlier. The line outside the venue, which stretched for blocks, was befitting the "event" feel of the show.

Still, fans seemed undeterred when Love and her all-female three-piece band, which she dubbed, "three big blondes and a brunette," finally took the stage ten minutes after one, an hour later than the scheduled midnight starting time. "Hi, and fuck you," she said, launching straight into the rambunctious "Mono," Sweetheart's opening track. When Love, wearing a sleeveless, tight black dress, tauntingly asked, "Did you miss me?" during the song the predominantly young female crowd roared back their answer.

If there were any nerves after the long layoff, they weren't visibly apparent. Love delivered a fairly straightforward eleven-song set that primarily mined the new album, though she did dig into the Hole catalogue for "Plump," a couple of tracks from the Celebrity Skin album, and "Miss World," which she introduced by saying, "I can do one thing really well, that's this."

Her between-song banter was, as one might expect, always entertaining. When Love introduced the band early on she pointed to drummer Samantha Maloney, and said, "That's Dave Grohl." Love also referenced her late husband by saying, "Kurt would've been thirty-seven today. Hi, Kurt."

The encores brought a cover of 'Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry," as well an extended version of "Malibu." The hypnotic number, which featured Love solo on electric guitar, found Love at her most raw as she delivered lines like, "Hey, I think it's time for me to jump" in a spoken voice.

"Goodnight, thank you. Thank you so much," she said as she walked off stage shortly after two, all eyes still focused squarely on her.

Set list:

Mono
Plump
All The Drugs
Miss World
I'll Do Anything
Celebrity Skin
Hold On To Me
But, Julian I'm a Little Bit Older Than You
Voices Carry
Sunset Strip
Malibu

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com