Courtney Love may be the stuff of celebrity and show business gossip these days, she certainly seems to have found her own personal 'self destruct' switch, and flicked it a few times.
All of which can easily overshadow the fact that with the band Hole, she recorded some good alternative rock songs along the way, some even Grammy award nominated.
Live Hole were more than capable of being the 'grunge' act, however their 'rough' and sometimes 'edgy' sound, was more than complemented by some tight and professional musicianship.
In June 1994 just four months before this recording, Hole appeared at the Reading Festival in England. Legendary British DJ John Peel wrote the following about that particular day:
"Courtney's first appearance backstage certainly caught the attention. Swaying wildly and with lipstick smeared on her face, hands and, I think, her back, as well as on the collar of her dress, the singer would have drawn whistles of astonishment in Bedlam. After a brief word with supporters at the foot of the stage, she reeled away, knocking over a wastebin, and disappeared. Minutes later she was onstage giving a performance which verged on the heroic...Love steered her band through a set which dared you to pity either her recent history or that of the band...the band teetered on the edge of chaos, generating a tension which I cannot remember having felt before from any stage."
Four months later, this is Hole live on the 29th October 1994 at 'Rendon Inn' New Orleans, USA. The tension clearly remained, this is after all rock'n'roll.
Set list from the gig:
02 Beautiful Son
03 Miss World
04 Jennifer´s Body
05 Asking For It
07 Softer, Softest
08 I Think That I Would Die
09 Credit In The Strange World
10 Teenage Whore
11 Doll Parts
13 Never Go Away
Music source is probably FM stereo (cannot confirm - can you help?) it is very good audio none the less.
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