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Anyone going? Anyone?
Like an unwashed, slightly off smell. No thanks.
11 May - London, Sheperds Bush Empire
12 May - London, Sheperds Bush Empire
13 May - Manchester Academy
15 May - Glasgow O2 Academy
16 May - Leeds O2 Academy
18 May - Birmingham O2 Academy
19 May - Bristol O2 Academy
20 May - Nottingham Rock City
Two nights at Shepherd's Bush...? ...Really...? Here's the thing, I would quite happily pay for a smaller venue experience, where she played some songs, did some talking, maybe a Q&A type thing, maybe a rolling revue of her and, er, Evan Dando and Melissa Auf De Maur or something. A Courtney Love "rock show" at this stage does not appeal.
Though I could happily listen to "20 years in the Dakota" on loop for a good hour or so.
The 2010 incarnation of Hole sold out Brixton. Terrible gig, though.
I kind of feel like Courtney Love's career has sort of been one of diminishing returns, still I'd probably be up for going to one of the dates though.
And Celebrity Skin but never seen Hole live. This might be the last chance to see Courtney live (even if my hopes of it being a good gig is probably slim to none).
...has anyone seen the documentary Hit So Hard about Hole drummer Patty Schemel? If you like Hole/Courtney Love/grunge/90s guitar in general it is absolutely fascinating. Even if you like none of those things it is still a brilliant music documentary. Recommended.
Even as someone who was obsessed with Kurt/Courtney/Hole in the 90s and had exhausted all known footage of them it had lots of new stuff. Extras on the DVD are good too, lots of home footage of the Live Through This tour.
I saw it and then Patty herself did a question and answer. Great documentary...I felt for Patty.
I went to a screening at The ICA and we had no Q&A afterwards even thought that tends to be their bread and butter. Fuck The ICA man...
Love that place, although people look at you like death if you're sat there munching popcorn...
Should I be drinking an over-expensive refined Shiraz? Probably.
One of the many reasons its so great...
bought from elsewhere on occasions. Anyway, speaking of 90s female fronted band documentaries I've a spare ticket for The Punk Singer at The BFI on Monday 24th March if anyone is interested? A documentary on Kathleen Hanna.
then again in 1999 both at Brixton ane both were amazing gigs. I saw her a few years ago at Shepherds Bush which was appalling. Not sure whether to go or not this time around.
The one where she gave the kids power tools in the video.
Not really sure why I did that.
hahah i thought u mean this band.....curtly love
playing guitar for her now?
Not sure if he's playing on this tour. Hope so!
He also wrote a couple of tracks for her next album.
not very good. I did get a ticket for her Shepherds Bush gig. I think the 19 year period of seeing the same artist/band is the longest for me (if I'm making sense here).
It actually sort of sounds like The Distillers trying to sound like Hole. Anyway, I'll give it a few more listens. Maybe it'll improve.
Courtney looks like she's been stuck in that attic for 20 years! Looking forward to tonight.
They were good.
I'm going tonight.
Will probably get drunk beforehand.
If anyone wants to join us.
they have them please? I can't see them anywhere and they usually post them on a sheet of A4 on the wall of The SBE.
I didn't know what to expect tonight. I've seen Hole in 1995 at Brixton which was simply the most raw and oddly emotional gigs that I've been to. It remains one of my best gigs ever. (It was just £9 for a ticket back then; that's inflation for you kids). 1999 at Brixton was a band on top of their game and was a simply a brilliant rock show; it was stunning. I remember the ticker tape falling during Heaven Tonight which was amazing. However, the version of Hole that turned up at Shepherds Bush in 2010 was a lesson in how to fuck up. Every aspect of a gig that could be fucked up was ticked in duplicate. It was appalling. Tonight showed how good she can be when she wants. The band were pretty tight, she seemed to be pretty happy performing and in a good mood, her voice was probably as good as 19 years ago and she/they simply rocked. I wasn't expecting Rock Star to be played and her voice on Northern Star was as strong as when Celebrity Skin came out. Even her new songs that I think are very weak sounded good and worked well amongst the excellent set list. Overall, a brilliant gig. If you have tickets for tomorrow I'm jealous as you'll have a great time.
When we got to the venue and saw she was due on at 8:45 we thought 'Yeah right' but low and behold she was on time and pretty much captivating throughout. As you say, the 2010 gig was really poor (from some awful cover choices through to getting someone onstage to sing Doll Parts who didn't know the words) and the 2007 Bush Hall gig where she just looked lost was actually quite sad but last night was superb. She looked and sounded great and it was a nice surprise to hear songs like Olympia/Rock star, Plump and 20 years in Dakota.
I am so hungover.
To be honest. But she was fucking brilliant. Before the gig started there was two 12 year old girls behind me. So I let them go in front of me, and after a brief conversation they said they only picked up a guitar because of Courtney. She still has it. Brilliant.