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Hole Concert Review 4/23/10 – The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA

27 April 2010 12 Comments

By: Darius

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Friday night’s Hole show at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles brought both, the expected and unexpected to those in attendance. This was the second show of the two-night stand and based on reviews, both from the media as well as personal accounts from friends in attendance, not a lot has changed with Hole and their enigmatic frontwoman, Courtney Love. The band is currently touring behind their first release in many years, Nobody’s Daughter, out today (April 27th) on Mercury Records. For the curious, I listened to Nobody’s Daughter in its entirety yesterday and it is quite good; a terrific comeback record for Courtney Love.

Courtney Love is a divisive character in the history of rock music. At times I’ve loved her creative output while at the same time despised her destructive personality and ego-driven desire for fame and excess. But love her or hate her; the woman is a legend. Her live shows are legendary, and mostly for the non-musical aspects. There are thousands of stories out there about Courtney and her chaotic performances. There was no way I was missing this show.

Hole Nobody's Daughter Cover CD Art

I heard a lot of negative feedback from the show the night before: the set was short, Courtney had no focus, she struggled to play her own songs, the mix was horrible, etc. Did this bother me going into night 2? Absolutely not! It actually invigorated me and I couldn’t wait to get there. I was fully prepared for this kind of show ever since the moment the tickets went on sale I and clicked the “buy” button. Courtney Love has always been a train wreck; her manic stage performance and rambling, incoherent stage banter is legendary. So for those that complained after night 1, I have to wonder whether they knew exactly who they were going to see on stage.

With that being said, Friday night’s show did not disappoint me in the least. The audience was primarily older and I was impressed by the sheer idol worship going on with a lot of the chicks in attendance. Many people were dressed up as Courtney. Roses and other gifts were thrown to her on stage, throughout the set. The energy was huge for this show and it was a welcome sight to see.

The band took the stage and opened up with “Pretty On The Inside”, than quickly into a cover of the Rolling Stone’s classic “Sympathy For The Devil”. Midway through the song, Courtney segued into the band’s first single of their new album, “Skinny Little Bitch”. Courtney looked quite good in a see-through dress (with black underwear) that she mentioned she received to wear at an awards show

The performance was altogether uneven. Again, I was not surprised at all, maybe I was just hoping that she would let loose for certain songs, such as the classic barn burner “Violet”. She was just pretty reserved throughout the entire show, which was somewhat of a surprise. I thought perhaps her age is catching up with her, but if anyone caught her on Howard Stern this week, you’d see that she’s still very much the same old Courtney.

My biggest complaint of the show has nothing to do with Courtney, instead, it’s her awful band. These jabronis she has playing with her right now bring absolutely nothing to the table, and that includes her lead guitarist and roommate, the 24 year old Englishman Micko Larkin. These guys created a lot of noise and had no stage presence worthy of mention. Even a surprise appearance from Linda Perry on the Nobody’s Daughter track “Letter To God” couldn’t save the evening in this regard. Courtney would do well for herself to patch things up with original guitarist Eric Erlandson and bring him back into the fold.

The evening can be summed up like this: Hole did play a short set that ran about 50 minutes in length, including the encore. Courtney fumbled her guitar chords multiple times. Her voice held up but showed limitations. At times she was focused, but oftentimes sang listlessly and seemed like she’d rather be somewhere else. She kept her clothes on the entire night. She mostly limited her banter between songs to simply thank the crowd for coming. It was pretty much an unremarkable show, altogether, yet one that satisfied those that understand the band and their history. I’m glad I went.

***Hole: Los Angeles, CA 4/23/2010***

Pretty On The Inside
Sympathy For The Devil > Skinny Little Bitch
Miss World
Violet
Letter To God (with Linda Perry)
Gold Dust Woman
Pacific Coast Highway
Nobody’s Daughter
Malibu
Samantha
Celebrity Skin
Play With Fire
Doll Parts

ENCORE

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12 Comments »

  • Carla said:

    I just saw the same show two nights in a row at Terminal 5.

    This review applies to both Terminal 5 shows as well as all her future shows.

    She’s still an icon.

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  • 323 said:

    This is my 1st time here. I was at the 2nd Fonda show at well and the 1st T5 show. Superfan? Maybe. Went to visit friends and caught it again. Very similar shows. LOVE HER!

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @ 323

    Welcome!

    Question – What stood out as the difference(s) between the California and New York shows?

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  • 323 said:

    Performance? Pretty much the same with the exception of the Fleetwood Mac cover seeming iffy for night 2 in NY.

    The people were about the same with LA people being LA people and the NY people being more reserved.

    She appeared tired during show 2 in NY because she did Today, The View, Stern and all those shows that day I believe.

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  • Dennis said:

    I saw her on Kimmel and damn does she look hot. It’s amazing what a person can look like without drugs and alcohol.

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  • Dennis said:

    Hey Darius, what’s with the references to WWF? Bret Hart, Rock, etc?!

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  • darius said:

    i saw a couple RAWs and the wreslemania PPV a few weeks ago and it brought me back to the days when i was obsessed with WWF and WCW. i guess the wrestling jargon is on the brain!

    for real though: courtney’s band sucks. she needs to retool.

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  • 12stones said:

    Her guitar player kept bitching about his right hand during the night 2 of the T5 shows. She mentioned it like 10 times. They not only suck but are whiny bitches.

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  • zebo said:

    What’s up Darius?

    Do you know where I can find the audio of her on Howard like you mentioned?

    Raw is unwatchable these days. I miss the Attitude Era of Wrestling.

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  • darius said:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzHQ1EDIB3c&feature=PlayList&p=AE43F648AF9B09AE&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=38

    That is part 1 of the courtney love interview on Stern. really good stuff. You can hit up the rest of the links from that page. enjoy!

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  • polaroidgirl said:

    I heard the Terminal 5 shows were much better than the ones out in LA.

    Did you see any music celebrities in the crowd out there Darius? I ask because I figured she’d be joined on stage since so many of her contemporaries live in the area.

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  • zebo said:

    THANK YOU FOR THE LINKS DUDE! YOU THE MAN!

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