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photos by Ryan Barkan
But then it all started to slip away, as Ms. Love's abuse of cocaine and prescription pills took a toll. She became a tabloid regular, famous for behavior like flashing her breasts at David Letterman. It was hard to imagine her ever being taken seriously again. "I have lived the worst parts of my life in public," she said earnestly, "and now my band and I have made a relevant record."Hole kicked off the initial four-date US leg of their tour in LA on Thursday (4/22). Coming up, they play two nights at Terminal 5 on April 27th and 28th. Tickets to both NYC shows are still/back on sale at the moment.
"I went all in," she added. "I bet the farm on this record, which is dangerous, but great in a way, because when you do that, you have nowhere else to go. There is no Plan B."
The challenge is to make the quality of the music eclipse Ms. Love's tabloid celebrity, said David Massey, the president of Mercury. The label gave Ms. Love a multi-album deal just four months ago, before the recording was finished. "The decision to sign the band was entirely music driven," he said. "It's now become such a complete, great record that I'm blown away. One thing that impressed me when I got to know Courtney were her lyrics and ideas. Nobody else is doing such raw, truthful music." [NY Times]
Before those, there will be an acoustic in-store performance at the Best Buy Union Square on Monday, April 26th at midnight (aka when you can buy Hole's new album, Nobody's Daughter, which comes out April 27th). Details on that are below.
The band then heads to Europe before returning to the US for more shows this June. One of those will be a Friday, June 25th gig at NJ's Wellmont Theatre. Tickets go on sale at noon.
The picture above and more below are from the group's appearance at Spin day party at SXSW at Stubb's on March 19th. There are also pics of the other bands that played that show - Rogue Wave, Fucked Up, Miike Snow and Sharon Jones. Those, with the setlist, all tour dates and a teaser video for the record are below...
Rogue Wave @ Stubb's
In-Store Performance & CD Signing
MONDAY, April 26thHole - 2010 Tour Dates
Best Buy Union Square
One Union Square South
Here is your chance to see HOLE perform LIVE in celebration of their brand new CD 'NOBODY'S DAUGHTER'. Be one of the first 200 customers to pre-purchase their new CD NOBODY'S DAUGHTER beginning at 8:00 AM on Monday at Best Buy Union Square to obtain your wristband for this very special event later that evening.
HOLE will perform an intimate acoustic set followed by an autograph signing session at midnight. That's Monday, April 26th @ 11:00 PM @ Best Buy Union Square in NYC! If you are not lucky enough to be one of the first 200, you may get a wristband which allows you to have your CD signed after the performance, but HURRY! Both the performance and signing are EXTREMELY limited."
04/22/2010 • Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
04/23/2010 • Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
04/26/2010 * Best Buy, New York, NY (see above)
04/27/2010 • Terminal 5, New York, NY
04/28/2010 • Terminal 5, New York, NY
05/03/2010 • O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
05/05/2010 • O2 Academy, Brixton, UK
05/07/2010 • Manchester University, Manchester, UK
05/09/2010 • O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
05/10/2010 • Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
05/11/2010 • Docks, Hamburg, Germany
05/13/2010 • Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
05/14/2010 • Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
05/15/2010 • Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
05/17/2010 • Le Bataclan, Paris, France
05/18/2010 • Rockhal, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
06/06/2010 • Live 105's BFD 2010, Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco, CA
06/22/2010 • The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
06/23/2010 • House of Blues, Boston, MA
06/25/2010 • Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
06/26/2010 • The Norva, Norfolk, VA
06/27/2010 • 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
08/07/2010 • Summer Sonic 2010, Chiba Marine Stadium, Tokyo