Courtney Love says Bikini Kill reunion is “biggest hoax in the history of rock and roll”

Not off to the shows, then?

Courtney Love has hit out at the recently reformed Bikini Kill by labelling their reunion as a “hoax”.

The Washington band – comprised of vocalist Kathleen Hanna, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail –  surprised fans last week by announcing that they’re getting back together in 2019. “THIS IS NOT A TEST,” they tweeted. “Bikini Kill have announced shows in LA & NYC this spring.”

Although fans of the ’90s punk rockers were delighted with the news, Love has now taken to social media to make her feelings about the band’s reunion crystal clear.


Replying to a post by Bust Magazine that calls for the group to add more shows to their sold-out stint, Love replied: “Speak for yourself. Biggest Hoax in [the] history of rock and roll.”

Agreeing with the former Hole frontwoman, one user said: “Riot Grrrl was a failed experiment that died the second they decided shunning their own exposure was the ‘anti-establishment’ way. Bikini Kill were sort of over before they even started.” Love responded to the comment, writing: “Exactly!”

Love went on to say that “two of [Bikini Kill] are total amateurs”, before clarifying that she thinks Kathleen Hanna is “a good hype man”, but has a “diy nonsense dilettante” persona.


“A big idea they cannot convey, because they suck,” she added. “That’s all!”

It was reported in 2015 that Courtney Love and Bikini Kill had previously locked horns at a show in 1995.

Speaking of a backstage run-in, Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson said: “We had bulk candy backstage. I go, ‘Courtney, there’s [Bikini Kill frontwoman] Kathleen Hanna. You should offer her some candy.’ She grabbed the candy and just threw it at her.

“Everybody was like, ‘Oh my God, she punched her in the face,’ but from what I saw, she threw the candy, and kind of slapped her in the direction of her face. I don’t know if she actually hit her, or what. It doesn’t matter, it was not cool.”

Back in October, Courtney Love and Melissa Auf der Maur performed a number of Hole classics together as they reunited onstage at a special tribute event.

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