Courtney Love (or Courtney Michelle, whatever) and her radically revamped Hole lineup triumphantly returned to the Los Angeles stage last night at the Henry Fonda Theater, for the first date of a two-night stint that sometimes-L.A.-resident Courtney described as "like having sex an ex-boyfriend for the first time in a long time." While lookie-loos attending the show hoping for some truly trainwrecky behavior were probably mostly disappointed, since Courtney was surprisingly on her game, she did exhibit some quirky antics: playing the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" TWICE; removing her Mary Jane shoes midway through the second song; wearing a trademark tiara and ballerina skirt, then leaving the stage for an uncomfortably long intermission to change into another one of her signature looks, a slipdress; and bidding the audience farewell with, "L.A., I fucking love you and hate you at the same time!"
As for diehard '90s fans who'd had Hole-shaped holes in their hearts for years, and who'd excitedly queued up for hours for this sold-out show, they were treated to an hour of classic Courtney, and didn't seem at all bothered by the absence of former Holemates Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur, or Samantha Maloney.
And at the end of it all, the PA blasted the Beatles' "Michelle," perhaps a cheeky reference to Courtney's reported name change. Judging by the moshing fans' absolutely maniacal reaction throughout this "Hole" gig, it seems a Courtney by any other name is just as sweet.