Melissa Auf Der Maur was part of Hole, playing bass form 1994 till 1999. She was speaking with German magazine Visions and talking about now being the time for a Hole reunion.
Auf Der Maur said Hole had been one of her favourite bands and with some help from Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan found her way into the band. She said Courtney Love was a trailblazer and despite putting out some incredible records, Love and Hole don’t get the credit they deserve.
“When I think about the heritage of this band, I often get sad,” says Auf der Maur. “We do not have a box set and a decent degree, and even our performances have to be found on Youtube, even for me.”
The rest of the interview is in a paper copy of the Visions, but NME got a hold of it and has more quotes translated from German.
“We’re older, we’re mellow. I feel this would be the moment to do it. We did a few little gigs over the years but nothing substantial, which by the way I am quite happy about to be honest.”
Auf Der Mer joined Hole after the death of the original bass player Kristen Pfaff. She played with the band during the difficult Live Through This tour. Hole was still recovering from the deaths of Pfaff and Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love was battling drug addiction.
Along with drummer Patty Schemel and guitarist Eric Erlandson, Auf Der Maur would feature on a few Hole recordings, most notably 1998’s Celebrity Skin. She left the group in 1999.
“Now it’s been exactly 20 years since I’ve left the band, and I want a piece of our glory back,” she continued. “Hole was a very good band, and I want to let everybody know it’s important that women in rock music also get remembered, even if they were in the shadow of their husband.”
“And even though may have been the biggest rock hero of the ’90, I still think that Courtney is due more respect. I know she’s not been in music much in the past since then, but those three records of hers, you know, from punk to the red carpet, from ‘Pretty On The Inside’ to ‘Top 40’, it’s a fascinating career.
“It was short, but it’s one of the most remarkable careers of any woman in rock, so I hope she gets her respect. I was happy to be a part of it.
“Courtney deserves a creative bouquet of honouring. She’s one of the most misunderstood, wild card, strange individuals, and Hole’s legacy is important to me, as far as it being looked at with the respect it deserves and the impact it made. The impact is very real. The #MeToo moments, Courtney was always saying this stuff.”
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