You may have heard about Hole’s brief reunion that took place this past weekend (and seen the fan video of the performance), but TMT has the inside scoop on how the semi-impromptu reunion went down.
The event where the performance took place was the after-party for a new documentary about Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Only Schemel and guitarist Eric Erlandson were scheduled to play at the event, as bassist Melissa auf der Maur was supposed to be busy upstate, but after a successful mini-reunion the prior week at the Hudson Basilica (a venue owned by auf der Maur), she decided to make it down to the NYC event. At the Hudson event, an enthusiastic (and loud) fan jumped on stage after being offered a microphone and sang vocals on a rousing rendition of “Violet.” Good times were had and 3/4 of Hole (now going by the appropriately 90s-sounding name Trinity Jam) were primed for expanding the experience if possible.
Once it was certain Erlandson, auf der Maur, and Schemel would all be at the NYC premiere after-party at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Schemel did some covert texting to Ms. Love and the next thing everyone knew, Courtney showed up to the Hit So Hard after-party. At the end of Trinity Jam’s set, Courtney joined her former bandmates on stage to play “Miss World,” then Melissa stepped offstage so James McNew (of Yo La Tengo, Dump) could take over bass duties on “Over the Edge,” a cover of The Wipers’ awesome 1983 track. When asked by the crowd what the band would be doing together next, Love responded in typical fashion, going on by saying, “If something’s not relevant, I don’t want to do it, so for me, as much as I love playing with Patty, and I would play with her in five seconds again, and everyone standing on this stage, if it’s not moving forward I don’t want to do it, it’s just my thing. If it’s not miserable and it’s going forward, then I’m happy with it, that’s all I have to say about that question.” After that, the evening ended.
The doc, Hit So Hard, is opening in Los Angeles at the Vista Theatre and will feature a special concert (following a showing of the film) this Thursday at 7 PM. While there’s no promise that a similar reunion will take place, for the price of a movie ticket, it’s well worth being there to find out.
[Photo: Variance Films]