After eleven years, three albums and much drama, Hole officially broke up on May 23rd. Founding members Courtney Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson announced the breakup in a statement. "I will always treasure the time we played together," Love said. "Eric has been an important part of my family for over ten years and he'll continue to be a part of my life."
"We're incredibly proud of the music we've made together, but it seems like time for both of us to move on," Erlandson said.
The numerous lawsuits Love is currently involved in precipitated the decision to end the band. "Since Geffen Records closed during the promotion of our last record [Celebrity Skin], there have been a lot of distractions," Love said. "Universal's lawsuit against us made it impossible for us to find a new record company despite overwhelming interest from other labels. After three years of waiting, Eric and I have decided to put Hole to rest."
Two years ago Love announced that she was leaving Geffen and would release Hole's music over the Internet. Geffen's parent company, Universal Music Group, filed a suit for breach of contract against Hole for unspecified damages, maintaining that the band owes the label five more albums. Hole contends that California's "Seven Year Statute" applies to the band's contract, and therefore Hole is no longer obligated to record for Geffen. The California labor law has become one of Love's chief causes in her battle with major labels and last September she testified, along with Don Henley and LeAnn Rimes, before a California State Senate Select Committee.
Love and Erlandson formed Hole in Los Angeles in 1989 along with bassist Jill Emery and drummer Caroline Rue, but Love and Erlandson would work with several different bassists and drummers through the band's career. With Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon producing, Hole released Pretty on the Inside in 1991 on indie label Caroline Records to positive reviews. That following year, Love and Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain were married. In 1993, Hole reassembled with bassist Kristen Pfaff and drummer Patty Schemel to record their major-label debut, Live Through This, which would spawn the hits "Doll Parts" and "Asking for It." The album was released on Geffen in 1994 just days after Kurt Cobain's suicide. Two months later, Pfaff was found dead of a heroin overdose in her Seattle apartment and was replaced by Melissa Auf de Maur. Four years later, the band regrouped with Billy Corgan in tow to write and record their follow-up, Celebrity Skin. Schemel left the band shortly after its release and was replaced by Samantha Maloney. Following the tour behind the album, Auf de Maur left to join the Smashing Pumpkins and Maloney toured with Motley Crue.
Love is currently working on a solo album with Schemel and former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, who has worked with Pink and Christina Aguilera. It is due for release early next year.