Fresh off the all-is-forgiven love-fest that was Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Courtney Love is back with some fresh music. The new track is called “You Know My Name,” and it finds Love burning some bridges on the back of a thumping pop-punk riff. It’s one half of a double A-side single (along with a song called “Wedding Day”) that will be officially released on May 4.
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Courtney Love makes a really good fascist cult leader. I can say this with authority because she plays one in Fall Out Boy’s new video for “Rat A Tat” from their album Save Rock and Roll. “Rat A Tat” is the ninth video they’ve put out for the album and they plan to make two more — one for each of the 11 tracks. The song opens with a spoken-word intro, then Love breaks in with “It’s Courtney, bitch.” Take that, Britney.
Love is some music-hating zealot who prances around with a megaphone and leather pants, rallying her brainwashed minions to destroy musical instruments. The production ends up being something like a mash up of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ video, but not quite as cool as that sounds…check it out to see for yourself. (Kudos to FOB for the crossbow banjo. Definitely seems like something Robert Rodriguez would’ve invented.)
Courtney Love is currently on tour through the end of this month, ripping through sets featuring Hole songs that sound as fresh as they did two decades ago. And after laying relatively low for a while, she’s got a lot coming up: A new album, a book, and a whole lot of social media suggestions. On her way to the airport, Love called in to give us updates on everything happening in Loveland.
EW: What inspired this tour you’re on?
Courtney Love: I was supposed to have a single out right now. Someone promised me a unicorn and then another unicorn, and then none of the unicorns came. I’m really pretty experienced now, so when people promise me unicorns, I really want to buy them, but I’m also really quick to say, “OK, f— off if there’s no unicorn coming.” But this is a fun tour. We have a guy named Ginger who is a brilliant guitar player. He’s like a [Billy] Corgan kind of guy, in the sense that he’s very gifted and very very loud. I have two very loud guitar players, so I’m always afraid my vocals will get drowned out. I’m also going to L.A. for a few days. I’m trying out for a film and I’m trying out for an HBO show, and I have a meeting for a Showtime show.
So you’re getting back into acting?
I have a new agent for the first time in a long time, and people thought—and for a while this was true—that I wasn’t interested in acting. But now I am, and I’m pursuing it really aggressively. I might even have to move back to L.A. to pursue it. We’ll see. I mean, I’m not Liev Schreiber, and I’m not going to play MacBeth at the Public [Theater], you know?
Do you relish the idea of moving back to Los Angeles after living in New York? READ FULL STORY
Whenever rock ‘n’ roll is in trouble, you can count on Courtney Love.
Or something. In a new video posted today, Love confirmed the news of her guest appearance on Fall Out Boy’s upcoming reunion album Save Rock and Roll , but not with any ordinary press release or tweet. No, C-Love instead decided to spoof Britney Spears’ classic “It’s Britney, b—h” line (which has its own Urban Dictionary entry) by announcing, yep, “It’s Courtney, b—h in a six-second YouTube clip, which Fall Out Boy tweeted earlier today.
As we noted in our on-the-scene report, there was a lot to be unamused by at the 12-12-12 concert in Madison Square Garden last night. Courtney Love thought so too — even before the show began.
According to a TMZ report, Love was “not amused” by the thought of Paul McCartney sitting in with her late husband’s band, Nirvana. And while her concerns regarding “Beatlevana” — Macca playing with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear – were shared by many, her solution was a little less solid.
TMZ noted that Love was “upset at Krist and Dave for calling tonight’s show a Nirvana reunion because she says Kurt was the heart and soul of the legendary band,” which we totally get. But she also told them, “Look, if John were alive it would be cool,” referring of course to the late Lennon. Which, like, yeah — if we’re playing that game, it would also be cool if Kurt Cobain were alive.
Brett Morgen, director of HBO’s new Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, is in the process of putting together a Kurt Cobain doc. But, contrary to widespread reports, Courtney Love isn’t involved in the process.
The New York Post quoted Morgen as saying, “Courtney is the one that brought me into this… We’ve been trying to find the right time to put this film together and the time is now.” Added Morgen, “We are going to do the movie sort of like a third-person autobiography — [as] if Kurt was around and making a film about his life.”
Courtney Love’s rep, however, denies Love’s role in the project, telling EW that while she herself isn’t working on the film, she’s “very happy” Morgen’s making it. “She thinks he’s a great director,” Love’s rep said.
Morgen confirmed this, explaining that his widely reported comments in the Post were taken out of context.
“Back in 2007, I had a meeting in L.A. with Courtney Love to discuss my possible involvement in a Kurt Cobain documentary,” he told EW in a statement. “She had seen my film, The Kid Stays in the Picture, and thought that I had the right vision and passion to bring Kurt’s story to life. Since that time, I have been speaking exclusively with Kurt Cobain’s estate, who have given me their full cooperation in order to make the film. Courtney isn’t currently involved with the project in any capacity. The estate and I will be releasing more information about our plans in the coming weeks. Production on the film will begin in the coming months and we are aiming for a 2014 release.”
Can you imagine an alternate reality wherein Kurt doesn’t commit suicide and the Cobain clan lives on happily ever after?
The ongoing saga of the family Cobain just got another wrinkle when The Fix revealed that 19-year old Frances Bean Cobain—the only child of Kurt and Courtney—has actually been in control of her father’s name, likeness, and appearance rights since 2010.
Documents show that in 2009, following her losing custody battle for Frances in 2009, Courtney agreed to step down as the administrator of End of Music LLC in exchange for $2.75 million, paid out to through Frances’ trust fund. The payout is a loan and until Courtney pays it back, she has no say in the business use of her late husband’s name or likeness.
As a part of the custody battle from a few years ago, Frances Bean also owns a generous portion of her father’s artifacts, including paintings, musical equipment, and personal items.
Though an executive named Larry Mestel has administrative rights to the catalog, and can approve usages like the inclusion of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in the recent Muppets movie, this ultimately means that Frances is in control of her father’s posthumous legacy. So if Nirvana songs show up in advertisements or if her dad’s hologram goes on tour, it’ll be on her.
Read more on EW.com:
Vintage footage of unreleased Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love duet surfaces: Watch it here
Courtney Love apologizes to Frances Bean Cobain on Twitter
In honor of Kurt Cobain’s 45th birthday, let’s listen to his other band
In the spirit of Tupac’s resurrection, another ’90s legend has appeared from beyond the grave.
Hit So Hard is a new documentary centering on Hole drummer Patty Schemel, but the movie’s been getting extra attention thanks to scenes containing rare vintage footage of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, and their daughter Frances Bean.
The movie has already played at a few festivals and will be showing in select cities soon, but if you’re impatient, a bootleg video has found its way to YouTube.
The clip features Cobain and Love performing an unreleased, apparently unfinished duet charmingly called “Stinking of You,” as well as footage of the new parents horsing around with Frances Bean, who was then just a tiny lil baby. They grow up so fast!
Check it all out in the video below:
Certain things in life are inevitable. Everybody gets sick. We all die. Andy Reid will mismanage the clock. Ron Paul will make this face. These things are so common that they should seem unremarkable, and yet every time they happen we think, “How could this possibly have happened again?”
Such is the case with Courtney Love, who turned a concert in Brazil into one of her signature freak-outs. According to multiple reports, Love began her odd outing at the SWU Festival by showing her boobs (ho-hum), then requesting some lip balm “for her herpes sore.” She continued to espouse her philosophy on the microphone, announcing her status as a gay icon and taking credit for being the inspiration for Smashing Pumpkins albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. (Based on the reissue of Siamese Dream we’ve been listening to, she shouldn’t be too proud of that one.)
The fireworks really got started when Love spotted a poster of her late husband Kurt Cobain in the crowd. “I don’t need to see a picture of Kurt, a–hole, and I’m going to have you f–ing removed if you keep throwing that up,” she shouted at the fan holding the poster. “I’m not Kurt. I have to live with his s—, his ghost, his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude and I’ll beat the f— out of you if you do it again. You weren’t f—ing married to him. I f—ing was! Go see the f—ing Foo Fighters and do that s—!”
Now that’s a rant! READ FULL STORY
Another day, another moment of Courtney Love cray cray.
Asked in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair about whether she’s still mad at Kurt Cobain for committing suicide, Love replies, “Mad? Ya think?! If he came back right now I’d have to kill him, for what he did to us. I’d f—ing kill him. I’d f— him, and then I’d kill him.”
“He tried to kill himself three times!” Love insists, adding that he overdosed at least five times, forcing her to carry around Narcan, a drug that’s used to bring overdosing heroin users back to life. “I was the f—ng E.M.S.” she says. “I was always sticking pins in his balls.” READ FULL STORY
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