AUF DER MAUR played their first ever headline show last night (February 16), as the NME AWARDS SHOWS drew to a close.
The band, fronted by former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, chose our closing night to make their first headline appearance anywhere in the world at a sold-out London Islington Carling Academy.
After the show, which gave many fans the first chance to hear tracks from her forthcoming album, Melissa told NME.COM: “How did it feel? Like home. Like a party to celebrate everything that I love about music and about life, it’s like a warm, fuzzy feeling, and very very cool.”
The band had recently toured the UK supporting A Perfect Circle, but the star was pleased to get the chance to take centre stage.
She said: “Knowing that this is the first show that we officially announce, ‘We are us and we are playing for you’ and people were coming to see what we advertised. So yes, it feels totally different, it feels like the beginning, Today feels like the official beginning of my life.”
Of her plans for the next stage of her life, she told NME.COM: “This exactly, this thing, in every major city in the world, exactly this situation, every major city on the planet, and then I will feel like I’ve done my pilgrimage to make contact with the intimate hot, sweaty rock people of the world. This size club and this kind of enthusiasm is the beginning, the feeling of something new, this is the magic of rock music, and if I can do this in every country on the world, I will feel at one with the planet, with the human race!”
Support came from rising Icelandic rockers Minus. Auf Der Maur’s debut single ‘Followed The Waves’ is out this week through EMI, followed by the album ‘Auf Der Maur’ on March 1.