Four years after their last album, Courtney Love finally waves goodbye to her old band...

Hole have confirmed they have split.

The band have not released an album since 1998’s ‘Celebrity Skin’, and it was widely assumed that singer Courtney Love, who has been working on other musical projects in recent months, had disbanded the group.

In a statement, Love said that the band will no longer tour or record under the name Hole, although they will promote future releases from their catalogue together.

She said: “I will always treasure the time we played together. Eric (Erlandson) has been an important part of my family for over ten years and he’ll continue to be a part of my life.”

Guitarist Erlandson added: “We’re incredibly proud of the music we’ve made together, but it seems like time for both of us to move on. Our fans have made Hole

one of the greatest experiences any musician could ever have. Courtney and I are incredibly grateful for their loyalty and inspiration.”

Love claimed that the ongoing legal battles between her and Universal music also led to “been a lot of distractions” within the group. She continued: “Since Geffen Records closed during the promotion of our last record, there have been a lot of distractions. Universal’s lawsuit against us made it impossible for us to find a new record company despite overwhelming interest from other labels. After three years of waiting, Eric and I have decided to put Hole to rest.”

In March last year, Love announced details of a new band, Bastard, who also featured Veruca Salt’s Louise Post on lead guitar, ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel and Gina Crosley from Rockit Girl on bass.

She also played a handful of shows in October with another new line-up, where she premiered tracks including ‘Life Despite God’ and ‘All The Drugs’.

Love is now working on brand new material with Schemel and ex-4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry.