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Courtney Love on making new music, getting back to acting, and more: An EW Q&A

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?

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Vintage footage of unreleased Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love duet surfaces: Watch it here

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:


Courtney Love freaks out when concert-goer holds up photo of Kurt Cobain -- Watch the video here

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

Courtney Love talks sex, drugs, and allegedly getting blamed for 'the downfall of Def Leppard' in (possibly) craziest interview to date

Courtney Love has always been a quote machine.

But I’m hard-pressed to think of an interview of hers quite as entertainingly bonkers as the two-part epic that addiction website The Fix has just published, in which the singer-actress discusses her numerous drug problems, her sex life, and a boatload of celebrity acquaintances. You’ll find a clutch of choice quotes below, but the interview is well worth checking out in full. It’s not every day someone name checks Jimmy Iovine, Tesla (the rock band, not the pioneering electrical engineer), and Carl Jung in almost the same breath.


Perez Hilton tells us all about SXSW's worst and best bands, his newest signee, and why he hates Ke$ha

perez-hiltonImage Credit: Wild1/PR PhotosWith SXSW finished until next year, thousands of music fans are now scattering back home to annoy and/or delight their friends by bragging about all the life-changingly brilliant new artists they discovered in Austin. Most also have a horror story or two about buzz bands that turned out to be more like bust bands in a live setting. Perez Hilton was eager to share the latter type of SXSW tale when I met him backstage before his warehouse party last night. “I saw jj earlier this week,” he said, referring to the woozy Swedish act whose full-length debut inspired countless critical raves last year. “I love their album, and they were awful live…They were embarrassingly bad. It was insulting as an audience member, actually, how little they cared. This girl just sat there, not having any interaction with the crowd, being lethargic. It was disgusting.” Ouch. Sorry, jj.

Surely, not everything Perez saw in Austin this year made him feel such revulsion? “I went to parties, I saw some shows, but everyone that I really wanted to see is performing here tonight [at my party],” the savvy self-promoter said. Oh, okay. I asked Perez to explain why he’d picked some of the artists he did for his third annual SXSW bash. He answered as follows. READ FULL STORY

Perez Hilton brings Snoop Dogg and more to his wild SXSW party

snoop-dogImage Credit: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images I wanted to snark on the massive warehouse party hosted by gossip lord Perez Hilton last night in Austin. I really did, if only because its timing conflicted with the Big Star/Alex Chilton tribute show I’d hoped would close out my SXSW 2010, and because corrosive snark is after all Perez’s own stock in trade. (That and doodling on photographs of famous people.) And yet, when I made it past the insane lines into his shindig — which journalists were asked to identify as SWAGGSM Presents. Perez Hilton’s “One Night In Austin” — I found said warehouse reverberating with huge beats that JD Samson was throwing down from a laptop. I had no choice but to admit it: Say what you will about Perez and his blog’s role in our culture, any party where a member of radical feminist icons/terrific musicians Le Tigre is the between-sets DJ is legitimately awesome.


Courtney Love brings Hole back at SXSW, plays actual pretty good rock show

Courtney-Love-Hole-SXSWImage Credit: Whitney Pastorek/EW.comIf the best thing that can be said about Courtney Love’s return as the frontdemon of Hole is that she didn’t fall down, fall over, or fall apart — well, that’s actually quite something. The SPIN@Stubb’s day party hosted what was long anticipated as the biggest train wreck of SXSW 2010, but Love’s re-coming-out party was more professional than anyone could have hoped for. Did that make it good? Depends on what you were after.

After a terrific series of sets from Rogue Wave, Sharon Jones, Miike Snow and more (stay tuned for our coverage of those acts later), the main event was introduced by comedian Margaret Cho, who told the crowd, “When I first saw Hole it changed everything for me.” The pressure was on. And at times, it felt a little bit like we’d put our collective kid on stage in a beauty pageant, expecting the worst; indeed, wrapped in a gauzy black blouse, tattered gray tutu, a beaded tiara, sporting orange “BEWARE” tape as a sash, Love looked the part of Miss World, waiting for someone to kill her. With a monitor at her feet (presumably for lyrics), she seemed a bit frozen at first, smoking a cigarette, tossing off her sunglasses, and opening with the wink of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” as she strummed a blood-red Rickenbacker. First single “Skinny Little Bitch” followed, and Love began to warm up: her foot went up on the monitor, easing the fears of some in the photo pit who remembered shooting her in her underwear-free early days. She launched into “Miss World.” The place went nuts. Love cast a sidelong smile. Her voice sounded great. “Hey kids, we’re Hole,” she said. READ FULL STORY

SXSW exclusive: Courtney Love, Hole to headline Perez Hilton's party

love-hiltonImage Credit: Love: Amanda Schwab/, Hilton: Albert L. Ortega / PR PhotosFor the third year in a row, gossip blog magnate Perez Hilton is throwing a “One Night in Austin” party on SXSW’s final evening (presented by SWAGG; thanks, sponsors). He recently announced the artists who will perform at the Saturday night event, an eclectic bunch including his label signee Sliimy, Macy Gray, Snoop Dogg, Estelle — and an unnamed “surprise guest” going on last of all at 1:20 A.M.

Who could it be? Rumors have flown around Austin this week. The most intriguing one I heard was that the surprise guest might be Perez’s pal Lady Gaga. That would have been pretty cool, but sadly, it’s not the case. (Unless Gaga is an unannounced fake-out double-surprise guest? Holding out hope!)

Reps for Perez Hilton’s party tell the Music Mix that the surprise headliner will, in fact, be Courtney Love and Hole. Love is already set to introduce the band’s new lineup at a daytime event this afternoon, as well as another show late tonight, so if I’m counting correctly Perez’s party will be this iteration of Hole’s third live gig ever in the U.S. I’ll be at “One Night in Austin” all Saturday night; check back here on Sunday for a full report.

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First Hole single, 'Skinny Little Bitch,' hits interwebs: Listen and weigh in here!

It’s almost as though Courtney Love doesn’t know it is her duty as a train wreck to announce a new record and then keep pushing the release date back and back and back until it disappears into a haze of Chinese Democracy-like proportions: Not two weeks after Nobody’s Daughter got a label and a release date of April 27th, the first single from the reanimated corpse of Hole is here… and it doesn’t suck.

Much like the clip of “Samantha” I linked to last time, “Skinny Little Bitch” sounds a bit like leftovers from the ’90s instead of something vivid and in the moment. But from the sludgy bar chords to Love’s aggro wail, it definitely sounds like Hole. And despite the fact that I am no longer 19 years old, I still really enjoy Hole, so, hey, awesometown.

You can download the clip for yourself at, if you want. Do you want, Mixers? What think you?

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Courtney Love finds new home for Hole: 'Nobody's Daughter' hits stores April 27

The ’90s revival rolls on with the musical return of one Ms. Courtney Love, most recently known for her train-wreckish exploits and last seen in this space losing custody of Frances Bean, her daughter with Kurt Cobain. After five years, Love has finally found a home for a new album from the reanimated corpse of Hole, which includes no original members (much to the displeasure of long-time guitarist and songwriter Eric Erlandson): According to SPIN, Nobody’s Daughter will be released April 27 by Mercury/Island Def Jam.

As a huge fan of Hole’s first two albums — oh, anger issues, how you opened musical doors! — and someone who tentatively came around to embrace both 1998’s glassy-eyed Celebrity Skin as well as Love’s flirtation with Hollywood glamour, I am of two minds about this. I’d like to see Love succeed (grunge needs more happy endings), and I can’t help but feel that a segment of the younger female population would benefit from her hard-worn perspective. But while her February performance of new track “Samantha” on the BBC’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross was by no means an utter destruction of the Hole legacy — watch it after the jump; her wrecked voice has, if anything, just gotten more interesting in the last 10 years — I’m not sure that song is much more than a retread of old material. The increasingly pained lyrical repetition is there, but it’s no “I made my bed I’ll lie in it/I made my bed I’ll die in it.” Much like I have a hard time with her old pal Billy Corgan and his stubborn insistence on calling any group of nearby musicians “Smashing Pumpkins” (let’s not address the Guns N’ Roses issue), it’s tough to embrace an Erlandson-free lineup. Then again, best-known Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur was herself a replacement, after Kristen Pfaff died of an apparent overdose following the release of Live Through This. See what I mean about this story needing more happy endings?

What do you think, Mixers? Are you prepared to open your tortured hearts to the new Hole?

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