After years of Courtney Love exposure being limited to sad custody battles, incoherent MySpace rants and visits to Top of the Standard (grunge is dead), New Yorkers will see the '90s bad girl where she belongs: onstage! Dust off the Doc Martens and babydoll dress: Hole plays Terminal 5 on April 27th.
Brooklyn Vegan has the scoop on the gig, which comes on the heels of a SXSW show later this month. It also dovetails nicely with New York's rediscovery of all things early '90s. You know, Inescapable plaid. Flannel everywhere you look. Ripped jeans. Heroin overdoses.
On the musical front, Hole (which BV amusingly puts in quotes due to the lineup being short on original members) joins relics like the decimated Alice in Chains (which has two sold out gigs next week), Billy Corgan (who may or may not be dating Jessica Simpson) and Axl Rose (OK, more late '80s) who are suddenly back in the spotlight.
So what if Love has been a bit of a mess recently? She was just as big a trainwreck during Hole's peak. And the potential for a sloppy, combustible show at Terminal 5 makes the concert a big draw. There's also the band's killer music off of albums "Live Through This" and "Celebrity Skin" (though they're rumored to be more the works of Kurt Cobain and Corgan, a former Love fling).
Let's just hope the after-party is at a suitably grungy venue and not Top of the Standard. Cabin, maybe?