MELISSA’S MEMORIES

Sunday at Reading will be special anniversary for the rock temptress...

MELISSA AUF DER MAUR wowed the RADIO 1 stage at the CARLING WEEKEND LEEDS FESTIVAL today, in what is the beginning of an emotional weekend for the rock vixen.

The former Hole bass player played her first UK festival show of her solo career, packing in hits ‘Followed The Waves’ and ‘Real, A Lie’.

And as she left the stage, Melissa told NME.COM about the significance of Sunday’s appearance in Reading: “Sunday is the biggest day of my life, it’s my decade anniversary my first show out of Canada and my first show in Hole, at Reading 94, so this Sunday a decade later is kind of a symbolic day of my musical history.”

The show went down in history, with Courtney Love, still numb from the suicide of Kurt Cobain, lost control onstage and punched Wedding Present singer David Gedge.

”It was terrifying,” said Melissa I was 22 years old, had been in the band for two weeks, just got a copy of the record, it was the eighth show I’d ever played. But I might almost be more nervous about this than I was at 22 playing in some stranger’s band in front of 65,000 people. Because this is more a responsibility for me. But it’s a big decade celebration for me right now.”

She also told about how she was glad to be back in the UK after returning from the Curiosa Tour in the US: “It was fun,” she said, “the rolling fields this morning in the cab ride that we took made me get in tune with the sweet nature aspect of this stuff that we really don’t have anywhere in the States, there’s only cement blocks in the middle of nature, this is real deal mud and nature and I love it.”

Melissa played before The Von Bondies, who she is soon to tour the US with.