Although being struck by controversy for releasing new material under the Hole name, Courtney Love hits the road for the first time with the band's new line-up.
Courtney Love is hitting the road with an all-new line up for her band Hole in the group's first live concerts since 1999. The rocker founded Hole with Eric Erlandson in 1989 and formed a trio with Melissa Auf der Maur.
The band split in 2002 but Love revealed plans last year 2009 to release new material under the Hole name, without Erlandson and Auf der Maur. She unveiled her new line-up last week, introducing fans to guitarist Micko Larkin, bassist Shawn Saily and drummer Stu Fischer.
The revamped Hole will go on tour in Europe in February with stops in London, Milan, Italy, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Last summer, July 2009, Love was embroiled in a dispute with her former pal Erlandson over the rights to the band name, the latter claiming Kurt Cobain's widow was banned from releasing music under Hole after allegedly signing over ownership to Erlandson.
He told Spin magazine, "We have a contract. She signed a contract with me when we decided to break up the band, which was like 2002 or something... The way I look at it, there is no Hole without me. To put it blunt. Just on a business level."
But Love hit back at her former pal's allegations, insisting Hole will always be her band. She wrote on her Twitter.com blog, "I just heard that a former guitar player is saying I can't use my name for MY band, he's out of his MIND. He may want to check the trademark... Hole is MY Band, MY name and MY Trademark." The singer is planning to release Hole's next record, Nobody's Daughter, later this year, 2010.