Courtney Love played her first-ever solo show Friday night (Oct. 26) at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif. She used the show to unveil a new band lineup, featuring former Hole drummer Patty Scheme
Courtney Love played her first-ever solo show Friday night (Oct. 26) at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif. She used the show to unveil a new band lineup, featuring former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, guitarist Kenny Korade, bassist Jerry Best, and former Redd Kross member Steve McDonald on guitar, along with a clutch of new songs. The gig was scheduled as a warm-up for her support slot for Janes's Addiction the next night at the Hollywood Bowl.
Love's choice of tracks for the 75-minute set was far from obvious, ranging from b-sides such as "Drag" and "20 Years in the Dakota" (from the "Malibu" and "Beautiful Son" singles respectively) to obscure cover versions by the Vertrebrats ("Left in the Dark," originally from the "Battle of the Garages" compilation on Voxx) and the Lyres ("Help You Ann").
New songs included the proto-metal "All the Drugs," "Hold on to Me," and the wryly titled "But Julian, I'm a Little Older Than You" (reportedly about the Strokes' lead singer Julian Casablancas).
Reflecting on the events of Sept. 11 from the stage, Love declared "I'm a cynical person, but I'm trying not to be. I'm patriotic. I love Creed, I love Oprah. Hell, I'll even sleep with them ... I'm an American." At one point, she asked the crowd what they thought of her hair color, before adding "I lost one stylist to Madonna, and one to Britney, so I decided to have brown hair and not wear make-up ... oh, and I'm gay."
Love also took the opportunity to spout a diatribe on Scientology, and rampage against Limp Bizkit (stating "I'm here to take Fred Durst and his f*cking red hat and his music biz executive golf playing, out of your ass").
At one point during the show, she climbed the PA stack, eliciting a roar from the crowd, and later invited about 30 female fans to sit on the stage. Love also caused havoc by throwing Halloween pumpkins into the audience, stating "Don't sue me."