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Kurt Cobain Poster Causes Courtney Love Concert Freakout

Hole singer blasts Dave Grohl, insists she is a 'gay icon'

November 14, 2011 5:35 PM ET

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Courtney Love strips down during her performance at a music festival in Sao Paulo Brazil on November 13th, 2011
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Courtney Love went off on a rant last night during her performance with Hole at the SWU Festival in Brazil. In addition to claiming that she has license to use the word "fags" thanks to her supposed status as a "gay icon," requesting a Chapstick for a herpes sore and insisting that she was the inspiration for the Smashing Pumpkins' hit albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the singer launched into a tirade about Dave Grohl after spotting a fan carrying a photo of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

"I don't need to see a picture of Kurt, asshole, and I'm going to have you fucking removed if you keep throwing that up," she said to the audience member. "I'm not Kurt – I have to live with his shit, his ghost, his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude and I'll beat the fuck out of you if you do it again."

"Go see the fucking Foo Fighters and do that shit," Love said before storming off the stage. She returned a few minutes later after her guitarist, Micko Larson, led the audience in a chant of "the Foo Fighters are gay." Before beginning their encore, Love told the crowd "I don't care what you listen to at home, but if a guy takes money off my kid's table, fuck him."

You can watch Love's response to seeing the Cobain poster in the video below.



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