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Published on May 26th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Could a Hole reunion be in the works? It kinda looks like it.

A little more than twenty-five years after Hole released their Live Through This album, thoughts turn to the prospect of a reunion to commemorate the occasion. Could it happen?

The Hole 90s kids remember featuring Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Canadian bassist Melissa Aur Der Maur, and drummer Patty Schemel broke up in 2002. There was a reunion of sorts that lasted from 2010-12 with Courtney, Eric and a different rhythm section, but that didn’t quite feel the same.

To date, any conversations I’ve had on the subject–and trust me when I say I’ve talked to the only person that matters in this situation–have pointed at no such reunion happening. T

here are lingering disagreements between Courtney and Eric and contractually, there cannot be a Hole reunion without him. That explains why the few Courtney gigs we’ve seen since 2002 haven’t used the H-word.

Courtney has been busy following non-musical pursuits. She’s been working within the fashion industry (she appeared in a Yves St. Laurent ad), dealing with Cobain estate business, working on a memoir, fending off various legal issues, acting (Sons of Anarchy and Empire) and spending time with daughter Frances.

Any reunion talk not only must address all of the above but we need to ask a very important question: Is there enough interest in a Hole reunion to make it economically worthwhile?

A few years ago, Courtney wouldn’t have thought so given the current economics of the music industry. She was basically done with music.

But there are signs that the situation may have changed.

On June 8, Sweden’s Lykke Li is hosting the YOLA Fest in Los Angeles on behalf of a mezcal brand out of Oaxaca, Mexico, that only employs women. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Downtown Women’s Centre in LA.

The lineup looks like this.

Courtney’s set will be acoustic, apparently, so one shouldn’t expect full-on versions of “Rock Star” and “Violet.” Still, it’s something, right?

Then there’s this quote from a story on Live Through This that appeared in The Guardian this weekend:

“So what then are the chances of Hole re-forming and touring Live Through This for its anniversary? ‘We are definitely talking about it,” says Love. “There’s nothing wrong with honouring your past; I’ve just kind of discovered that. If you don’t, people will rewrite history and you will become an inconvenient woman.’ Courtney Love inconvenient? Never.”

Huh. We’ll see.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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