Love, Auf Der Maur Climb Out Of Hole

Former Hole principals Courtney Love and Melissa Auf Der Maur look to be resurfacing in separate and vastly different projects. Auf Der Maur has recorded an album of note-for-note Black Sabbath covers

Former Hole principals Courtney Love and Melissa Auf Der Maur look to be resurfacing in separate and vastly different projects. Auf Der Maur has recorded an album of note-for-note Black Sabbath covers to be released this fall, and Love writes on the message board of her official Web site that she's tackling the role of Lady Macbeth for an upcoming film.

In what will be her first major role since 1996's "The People Vs. Larry Flynt," Love writes that she'll be co-starring with Peter Mullen, a Scottish actor who won accolades for his role in "Miss June," in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth." First-time filmmaker Vincent Regan will direct the film.

Love notes that she lobbied heavily for the role and that competition was fierce. In the lengthy post, in which she discusses the character attributes of Lady Macbeth, Love says she is "humbled beyond belief" to have bested a number of what she says were Oscar-winning actresses for the part.

For the past few years, Love has been embattled with lawsuits. Her label status is still up in the air, as she is involved in a contractual dispute with Universal Music Group (UMG). A hearing on the case is set for Tuesday (Aug. 20), but both sides are reported to be near a compromise. Love's lawyer Barry A. Cappello and a UMG spokesman declined comment, but neither would refute reports that the case will be settled before it goes to trial.

Additionally, Love is involved in separate litigationover the management of Nirvana's back catalog. Love last year filed a complaint against surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic and UMG arguing that all rights to Nirvana should revert to her. Love is reported to have recently written a settlement proposal to Grohl and Novoselic.

As for Auf Der Maur, the former Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist recently played a string of dates in Los Angeles fronting Hand of Doom, the group's name taken from a song on Black Sabbath's classic 1971 album "Paranoid" (Warner). The live shows, with Queens of the Stone Age's Nick Oliveri providing some vocal help, drummer Pedro Yanowitz (Money Mark), guitarist Guy Stevens, filmmaker Joey Garfield in a DJ role, and clothing designer Molly Stern on bass, were recorded for a seven-song debut, due Oct. 22 via Idaho Music/Retrophonic.

"To me, Sabbath songs have some of the greatest riffs ever written," Auf Der Maur said in a statement. "We think of this as theatre slash humble-worship slash comedy routine. It feels like acting in a huge fantastical play."

The album finds Auf Der Maur and friends covering "Hand of Doom," "Fairies Wear Boots," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Mob Rules," "Changes," and "Black Sabbath." Oliveri sings lead on "Mob Rules," but otherwise, Auf Der Maur handles all vocal duties.

There are no tour dates planned, but Hand of Doom is planning to play record release shows this fall in New York and L.A.

Meanwhile, Auf Der Maur continues work on a solo record on which she collaborates with Queens of the Stone Age's Oliveri and guitarist Josh Homme, Jordan Zadorozny (Blinker The Star), Steve Durand (Tinker), John Stanier (Tomahawk), James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), and former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, among others. A label and a release date for the project have not been determined.