Hole bassist calls Courtney Love a ‘once-in-a-generation piece of art’ amid reunion talk

Melissa Auf Der Maur explains conditions behind potential reunion

Melissa Auf Der Maur, the former bassist of Hole, has discussed the possibility of reuniting the grunge band while also calling singer Courtney Love a “once-in-a-generation piece of art”.

Auf Der Maur was a member of the group from 1994-1999, leaving to join The Smashing Pumpkins, later embarking on a solo career.

Following talk of a ‘classic’ line-up Hole reunion, featuring Auf Der Maur, Love, guitarist Eric Erlandson and drummer Patty Schemel, a couple of years back, the bass player has now spoken to Blast Echo about the conditions on which she would rejoin the band.

Auf Der Maur said that she would be keen to reunite the group in order to raid the archives and release a series of rarity records.

“Courtney is a once-in-a-generation piece of art,” she is quoted as saying. “She is fuckin’ incredible. And, yes, her drama sometimes overshadows the power of the band. The power of the band, the arc of the albums and her performing abilities, we have it all on tape everywhere. We have proof of it and I would love to have it in one place.”

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“I support that story and I would be happy to put it in an incredible archival package,” she added. “But that doesn’t mean playing a thousand fuckin’ festivals for money. If you wanna talk about the archives and you wanna talk about the brilliant past then I’ll have a conversation.”

Auf Der Maur continued to say that she “would be so proud to put that into the world that I would want to celebrate and play a couple shows. I really would just like to finish what we started. It’s still unresolved to me.”

However, Auf Der Maur argues that Love is more keen on writing new music with the band. “[Love] just wants to make new songs,” she said. “Well, that’s cool but we’re not on the [same] wavelength right now. I’m not able to jam in L.A. every day.”

“I don’t do anything for money. When I imagine us playing outdoor daytime stages to, like, beer-soaked 20 year olds who don’t even know Hole or listen to records, that doesn’t sound healing or celebratory.”

Love has previously said that while she is working with Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson again, she doesn’t want to tour with her old band and that she specifically did not want to be part of the “oldies circuit.”

Love added: “We have to make some music that’s relevant to now, and we’d have to get a modern producer. My relationships with Melissa, Patty, and Eric are all great. At this point in my life, no one is my enemy. Any grudges or issues with that past? I’m done with it.”