Courtney Love plays first Hole gig in 11 years

Band play Shockwaves NME Awards Show in London

Courtney Love plays first Hole gig in 11 years

Photo: Andy Willsher

Courtney Love finally debuted her new Hole line-up last night (February 17) with a comeback Shockwaves NME Awards Show at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

The first show under the band name in 11 years saw Love play a series of Hole classics alongside new material from forthcoming album 'Nobody's Daughter'.

Hole had been set to play a London club gig on February 11 – but it was cancelled after an illegal party nearby meant Love was stopped from leaving her hotel by police for safety reasons.

Last night eight new songs were debuted including 'Skinny Little Bitch', 'Honey', 'Letter To God', 'Pacific Coast Highway' – which Love described as "like 'Malibu Part 2'" – 'Nobody's Daughter', 'How Dirty Girls Get Clean', 'Samantha' and 'Never Go Hungry Again'.

Love, wearing a figure-hugging black laced suit and pink and blue tutu, opened the show with a medley of 'Pretty On The Inside' and The Rolling Stones' 'Sympathy For The Devil', on which she changed a line to "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", referencing a quote attributed to Kate Moss.

'Reasons To Be Beautiful' was dedicated to her stylist, who she referred to as "my husband Panos, who makes me so beautiful", before Love paid tribute to the late designer Alexander McQueen.

After a hit-packed climax, Love returned to the stage solo for an acoustic encore, playing 'Northern Star' and new track 'Never Go Hungry Again'.

Hole played:

'Pretty On The Inside'/'Sympathy For The Devil'
'Skinny Little Bitch'
'Miss World'
'Letter To God'
'Pacific Coast Highway'
'Reasons To Be Beautiful'
'Nobody's Daughter'
'How Dirty Girls Get Clean'
'Celebrity Skin'
'Doll Parts'
'Northern Star'
'Never Go Hungry Again'

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