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Courtney Love & Melissa Auf der Maur playing NYC Planned Parenthood benefit

Auf der Maur and Love on the cover of Hole's 'Celebrity Skin'
Auf der Maur and Love with Hole circa ‘Celebrity Skin’

UPDATE: The benefit has been postponed due to “public health concerns.”

Courtney Love and onetime Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur will reteam for a Planned Parenthood benefit at NYC’s Town Hall on March 14. The event, which is being produced by Hal Wilner, is titled Bans Off My Body and co-presented by the Feminist Institute, and will also feature performances by Perry Farrell and his wife Etty Farrell, plus Rachael Yamagata, Joan as Police Woman and Betty. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 20 at 10 AM.

“When the question is around women’s reproductive rights, the first thought I had as the former bass player of Hole was, ‘Time to get the band back together,’” Auf der Maur told Rolling Stone. “I began to imagine Courtney and all of her complex feminist lyrics screaming at these old men who dared to judge what we should and should not have. I wanted to get back on stage supporting Hole’s legacy in being outspoken and fearless. We are both mothers of daughters, and as it was before, their rights and future generations’ women’s rights and freedoms are my inspiration.”

Love and Auf der Maur last performed together at the he “Pioneering People Basilica Benefit: Courtney Love” benefit in 2018 (which was the first time they’d played since 2012). This may likely fuel the continued talk of Hole’s mid-’90s lineup getting back together.

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