In June, Courtney Love announced she would resurrect Hole for the first time in 11 years; now she’s making it official. The band has scheduled its first three shows in Europe to support Love’s long-in-the-works album Nobody’s Daughter. It’s been a big week for ’90s bands confirming their returns, as Chris Cornell announced Soundgarden will be reuniting this year, too. But Hole is more like Billy Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins, in that Love is only member of the Live Through This-era group featured in the current band. The new Hole now includes Love’s guitarist and songwriting collaborator Micko Larkin, plus bassist Shawn Dailey and drummer Stu Fischer, The Guardian reports.
Former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur was rumored to be game for Love’s new group, but she is reportedly no longer involved in the reunion. As for guitarist Eric Erlandson, he has publicly lamented Love’s use of the Hole name.
According to the newly launched Nobody’s Daughter Website, which features the image of a shattered glass slipper, Hole’s return will become official February 17th at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, followed by a February 19th show in Milan and another concert two days later in Amsterdam. The band also launched a brand new YouTube page, complete with videos of bassist Dailey rehearsing and Love and Larkin performing a messy rendition of the Replacements’ “Unsatisfied” while Love got ready for New Year’s Eve.
Rolling Stone recently joined Love and Larkin in the studio for a progress report on Love’s Nobody’s Daughter. “Wherever I lay my head is Hole,” Love told RS‘ Jenny Eliscu at New York’s Electric Lady Studios. “It’s four letters. It is one of the best band names in fucking history, if I do say so myself.” Read more from that interview here: