Courtney Love shared an Instagram photo of herself with her Hole bandmates Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf Der Maur on Friday night. “With the girls, serving up a Hole lot of something. Maybe,” she captioned the image, leading many to wonder if a Hole reunion is in the works. Billboard notes that although he doesn’t appear in the photo, Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson is tagged in the pic.
Check out the photo below.
Back in 2012, the ’90s rock band reunited for one night after the New York premiere of drummer Schemel’s documentary Hit So Hard. Two years later, Love revealed that Hole was working on new material, but she later dismissed the possibility of a reunion.
Is she teasing fans once again for a reunion that may never happen? Maybe.
Singer and guitarist Courtney Love formed Hole in Los Angeles in 1989 along with lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. While the band had a revolving line-up of bassists and drummers, their most prolific members are Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff, who died from a drug overdose in 1994, and Melissa Auf der Maur. Hole is considered one of the most commercially successful female-fronted rock bands of all time, selling over 3 million records in the United States alone. The band has been on hiatus since the mid ’90s, when Love took a break to focus on acting. In 1995, she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt. Despite the hiatus, Hole released the album Celebrity Skin in 1998, which was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. The band also recorded a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” for The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack in 1996. The track was the first to feature Auf der Maur on bass.
In an April 2016 interview, Auf der Maur said she was no longer interested in recording new material with her onetime bandmates, but she revealed her hope that Hole could come together one more time to compile “a proper, immersive retrospective that would include demos, outtakes, live recordings, video and photos.”
“I don’t do anything for money,” Auf Der Maur tells Blast Echo. “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.”
During the interview, she called Love a “Once-in-a-Generation Piece of Art,” and added that she would support a Hole reunion if the band came together to “finish what we started.” She added, “It’s still unresolved to me.”
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 7, 2016
Patty Schemel reunited with Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, and Melissa Auf Der Mar in 2011 when they all attended the premiere of Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel. The reunion marked the quartet’s first time together since the making of their Celebrity Skin album. At that time, Schemel told Billboard that seeing her bandmates after 13 years was “a little stressful.”
“I haven’t seen everyone all together in 13 years. I’ve seen everyone individually, but not all together. It’ll be exciting,” she said. When asked if the reunion might result in some new music, Schemel added, “Nothing has been discussed, but I have a feeling… Who knows.”
Hit So Hard tells the story of Schemel’s time in Hole from 1992-98 and her battle with drug addiction. The project came to fruition after Patty asked her friend and film director P. David Ebersole for help digitizing her personal collection of Hole videotapes.
“He was looking at the footage and said, ‘You should probably do something with this, this is great footage,’ ” Schemel remembers. “It’s really personal stuff. I never thought of it going everywhere. But I started explaining to him what each scene was, and he started to get the story and the story started to tell itself as each new tape was seen.”
Watch the trailer for Hit So Hard below:
“It’s the story of my band and the story of my addiction,” Schemel explained. “The cleaner and more focused I became, the more I discovered things about myself and that it wasn’t all about the identity of being that drummer in Hole.”
Courtney Love recently spoke of reconciling with Guns N’ Roses following the feud they had in the ’90s with Nirvana. The tension “culminated at the MTV VMA’s with Love and Kurt Cobain getting into a shouting match” with Axel Rose, per Alternative Nation. Love says Rose was “totally misunderstood by us Grungers.”
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