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Courtney Love & Hole Rock The Tabernacle

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Courtney Love paid a rare visit to The Tabernacle Wednesday night as Hole and opener Foxy Shazam performed downtown. The modest crowd waited patiently as she came onstage an hour and a half late.

On March 16, the first Hole single in ten years, and first from Nobody’s Daughter was released. “Skinny Little Bitch” was the most added song on alternative radio and the second most added song on active rock in early March in the United States, debuting at #32 on Billboard’s Alternative Singles Chart

Were you at the show? What do you think of Courtney?

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jon

July 1st, 2010
6:49 am

Courtney was great. She was coherent, seemed like she was having fun and sounded good. She said her voice was shot but she rocked out and everyone had a great time. It was a fun show.

John with an H

July 1st, 2010
8:48 am

Courtney obviously has no respect for her fans. Foxy Shazam ended their set at 8:40 and Hole didn’t come on until 10:45. They didn’t have that much gear, and their stage was completely set up by 9:00.

So Courtney let her fans stand there patiently for an hour and a half. Was this patience rewarded by great music? No.

The band WAS competent, but is competency the standard by which we judge “artists” we pay $45 to see? If you make your fans (a group of which I no longer count myself amongst) wait forever, you better be great. Courtney does not deserve accolades for merely being sober, kinda/sorta “singing” her songs in a beyond trashed voice that makes Marianne Faithful sound like Neko Case in comparison, and occasionally strumming her guitar.

Ms. Love saw fit not only to trash her own material, but the music of Leonard Cohen and Alex Chilton. I’m sure Courtney probably thinks that she is on par with these artists, and is capable of “interpreting” their work. Nope.

This was a sub-par show by an artist who is clearly intent on destroying whatever shred of credibility she still has. Courtney has squandered several windows of opportunity. I’m sure the Tabernacle took a big financial loss on the show and will not be inviting Ms. Love back anytime soon, if ever.

Courtney showed nothing but contempt for her audience throughout the show. She clearly has as little love for her fans as she has for herself. The show was pathetic. Courtney was pathetic because she has wrecked her life and the lives of many around her. The audience was pathetic because they acted as if Love is a capable performer and/or somehow still relevant. I feel sorry for Courtney, but I don’t pity her. She will never receive another penny of my money.

Courtney’s multiple plastic surgeries have sertainly made her look lifelike, in a grotesque, cadaverous way–yet another example of how Ms. Love has rendered herself ugly and unloveable.

John with an H

July 1st, 2010
8:53 am

I need to correct one thing from the above post: Hole came onstage at 10:25, not 10:45. (Sorry for typo.) Still, that was an hour and 45 minutes after Foxy Shazam finished.

Foxy Shazam was very entertaining, by the way.

nickajack

July 1st, 2010
9:00 am

wow it looks like she wore cloths to the concert!!!!!

Michael

July 1st, 2010
9:10 am

I’m with John with an H on this. Instead of cheering Courtney, the audience should have booed or turned its back, when she came out.

The soundcheck was finished in half-an-hour and everyone including Tabernacle staff, the crew and the audience waited for over an hour-and-half for a short set. I won’t ever go to another one of her shows.

Deke

July 1st, 2010
9:37 am

“John With An H”, thanks for the review. I gave serious consideration to going last night, and now I’m glad I stayed home instead.

billy shears

July 1st, 2010
9:39 am

i mean, it’s courtney love. what did ya’ll expect? why would you even go to that show in the first place? hole were never that great.

it's part of the schtick

July 1st, 2010
9:53 am

she’s one of the strung out ‘bad boys’ of rock n roll… why in the hell do you expect her to show up on time? She’s a trainwreck. I went to see Lenny Kravitz and he was 1.5 hours late.

set your expectations a little more realistically

Joe

July 1st, 2010
9:56 am

Here’s a nice review of her show in Washington. Of course, according to the AJC, she “rocked” the Tabernacle and CL had this show as a “Go” this week.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/28/AR2010062804908.html

Maureen

July 1st, 2010
10:12 am

An “artist” of Courtney’s caliber does not deserve an hour and a half wait. She obviously does not respect those who paid to see her, and she definitely over-estimates herself.

NATIVESON71

July 1st, 2010
10:14 am

I’m a HUGE HOLE fan…I can not believe I missed this SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
WTF – WHY did I not know about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K4HOLE

July 1st, 2010
10:41 am

John with and H is an idiot. The show rocked, and Courtney is still the queen of real rock and roll. I think most reviewers who give her bad press don’t even go see her. And to Maureen, Courtney can do whatever she wants and her real fans will wait then “follow her all the way down”.

Chris M.

July 1st, 2010
10:50 am

I was surprised at how good Courtney Love was last night in Atlanta, considering she was so late. I had sort of low expectations. She kept apologizing for her voice, which she described as “shot,” but it most certainly was not. She had a lot of energy and powerful voice on such hits as “Violet,” “Doll Parts,” “Celebrity Skin,” “Malibu,” and more. There were also some great covers such as the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.”

The new songs also came across very well too. “Skinny Little Bitch” was a highlight, as was her new number about a one night stand “Someone Else’s Bed.”

Considering some of the negative reviews as of late, I will say that Courtney Love and Hole were on top of their game in Atlanta. It was actually a very enjoyable concert. The 1990’s grunge nostalgia was contagious. She really showed up in a big way last night.

Foxy Shazam ended up being a pretty great opening act. They were strange, no doubt – but VERY entertaining. They really put a lot of energy into their performance.

david

July 1st, 2010
11:01 am

I saw a trruly great performer ie…Ted Nugent at HOB in Myrtle Beach last saturday. Ted was on time and played every single note of every single song with 110 percent heart and soul effort. He blew the roof of HOB and truly cares for his fans. Courtney should pay homage and follow Uncle Ted’s lead and work ethic!

John with an H

July 1st, 2010
11:16 am

To K4HOLE: What’s next from you–an explanation of the validity of Sarah Palin’s political ideas and a tirade about how those that don’t understand her are sexist?

So please, please “follow her all the way down” with my blessings.

K

July 1st, 2010
11:16 am

Where’s the review, AJC? So many photos and no review?

Yeah, she was sloppy and only half-played her guitar. The 90-minute wait sucked. But my expectations were low, anyway. Or maybe they were too high: I expected a total circus, but she was reasonably coherent. At least she apologized for her “shot” voice. Mostly she sounded good, though. Loved the joke about how many times she’s come to Atlanta for plastic surgery. I went for Foxy Shazam, anyway, and sticking around for Courtney was a bonus. It brought a wave of ’90s nostalgia.

Note to the mom next to me: please don’t bring your tiny 11-year-old daughter to a rock show dressed like a strung-out slut, complete with 2 lacy bras and raccoon eye-makeup. It weirds me out.

Wes

July 1st, 2010
11:28 am

I was in the audience, and was obviously peeved at the long wait along with everyone else. Once she actually came on stage, she did apologize for being “a little late.” I’m sure she was passed out backstage due to an overdose of something. Anyway, the songs were recognizable, but the music wasn’t really that good… it just didn’t have any impact for some reason. Since it was just Courtney and some hired musicians, “Hole” wasn’t giving it their all (especially Courtney). I know it wasn’t the venue, because I’ve been there for MANY other shows that sounded awesome.

Granted, she did have a hoarse voice, and anyone there could obviously tell. During the choruses of her famous songs, she pointed the microphone towards the crowd, instead of singing it herself. She was lip-syncing a lot of her verses. She also pointed to the set list, and refused to play some songs because they were “too throaty.”

The NIN “Closer” cover was the WORST cover I’ve ever heard, but she probably did that on purpose because of the bad blood between her and Trent Reznor. She also said something about Atlanta being the city where she has gotten most plastic surgery… and it definitely shows. And she also said “hello” to the audience at the beginning of the show, and then said “that was a New York hello” (or something along those lines).

It just seemed like she didn’t really care about her performance, nor her fans. By the way, I’m no longer a “fan” after witnessing the fiasco last night. The only reason I went is because I like some of Hole’s songs, and I’m a huge fan of Nirvana.

I completely agree with John with an H.

imperiouswon

July 1st, 2010
11:31 am

This show was GREAT! Yeah, we had to wait a while, but that’s rock n rock people.

Once onstage, CLove was actually very professional and put together. Her somewhat raspy voice sounded great, and fit the music perfectly. The band played a great mix of songs, old and new. I was nearly in tears of joy for songs like “Miss World” and “Violet,” which totally rocked my face off. The other highlight was her cover of Big Star’s “Thirteen” in the encore, which nobody in the audience seemed to recognize except me.

She bantered a little bit between songs, mentioning several times how she wrote certain songs in Altanta. That was not surprising as Hole’s second (and breakthrough) album “Live Through This” was recorded at Triclops Studios in ATL. All in all, a standout show. I am still floating …

Wes

July 1st, 2010
11:39 am

One thing I forgot… bands should be required to play for at least an HOUR before doing a so-called “encore.” They came on stage around 10:25 and did their encore just after 11.

I just get mad that I paid $45 dollars to see that pathetic excuse for a show.

Kar

July 1st, 2010
11:48 am

She played for 35 minutes and they’ve had what, four albums? Is she having trouble remembering her own songs? That she wrote?

Them Crooked Vultures had one album, played ever song on it and will not play covers or encores. Their set was almost two hours long. Plus, they had roughly thirty minutes between the opening act and coming on.

Hbomb

July 1st, 2010
12:54 pm

Last night’s show was really all about FOXY SHAZAM….not only were they punctual, but they rocked the house, and were incredibly entertaining. We waited around until about 10:15 before we decided to leave, since Hole had not shown up on stage to play at that point- over an hour and a half after Foxy finished their opening act. I wish Foxy would have played a 2 hour set- that would have been a perfect night.
And, oh yeah, I too saw the lacy bra wearing, raccoon eyed 11 year old girl, and it creeped me out as well.

xoxoDMB

July 1st, 2010
1:03 pm

I must have been at another concert than those who had bad experience last night at the Tabernacle. Yes, it SUCKED that she took nearly two hours to come on stage after the opening band…but it was WELL worth the wait! Courtney has never looked or sounded better. I waited 16 years to see her live – and it was just as incredible as I knew it would be. Highlights were “Violet”, “Someone Else’s Bed”, “Asking For It”, “Skinny Little Bitch”, and “Letter to God”.

Chris M.

July 1st, 2010
1:13 pm

She played for over a 1 hr and 15 mins actually Hbomb, did you leave at the encore or something? Hole actually performed 18 songs – that’s not too bad.

Chris M.

July 1st, 2010
1:14 pm

And Wes, you should have bought the $20 tickets. All you needed to do was register as a Freeloader with 99x, and you could have bought the Hole tix for $20…

grace

July 1st, 2010
1:15 pm

I went to last night’s show specifically to see Foxy Shazam. I’ve seen them live before and I knew that I was in for an excellent show. I was so upset to find out that they only played for half an hour. Then the wait for Hole was just obscene, considering the cost of a ticket to last night’s show. Foxy treats their fans way better, considering each member of the band was standing near the merch table at one point during the evening to be available to meet fans. I got to meet the lead singer (Eric Nally) last night, and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. I will continue to support Foxy in favor of bands like Hole who don’t exactly respect their fans.

Stinkus

July 1st, 2010
1:54 pm

Courtney could learn a lesson or three about show business, being a professional, and respecting the audience from Foxy Shazam, who certainly brought it and gave 110%.

But we all know that Courtney is incapable of learning anything from anyone.

I find it laughable when people refer to her as a “survivor” or an “empowered woman,” as they often do. Courtney is an opportunist, a user, a megalomaniac, a jerk. Her fans are just chumps. Next time Courtney comes through town and is playing a smaller venue like The Loft, her “real fans” can stand and wait for her for four hours for all I care.

Wes

July 1st, 2010
2:05 pm

Chris M. – I wish I was aware of that deal beforehand. I do have an old freeloader card that I got YEARS ago, but it’s from 99x when they were on 99.7, so I don’t even know if it’s valid anymore.

THE BIRD

July 1st, 2010
2:14 pm

Big A from Big A and the showers was on hand. That guy is straight Funk. Atlanta should support Big A and the Showers more.

Thanks for taking a picture BIG A.

Joanne

July 1st, 2010
2:30 pm

In high school,I would go down on the guy who drove me to school listening to live through this. Ahh memories.

ozzfest

July 1st, 2010
2:49 pm

GREAT SHOW WHILE IT LASTED….SHE CAME ON AT 10:20 AND PLAYED UNTIL 11:25.
SCREW HER FOR MAKING US WAIT SO LONG AFTER THE OPENING BAND.

WE SPOKE TO HER GUITAR PLAYER (MIKO OR NICO??) AFTER THE SHOW AND HE WAS OUT OF HIS MIND….SEEMED LIKE IT WAS SMACK DOIN’ THE TALKING I’LL BET COURTNEY IS BACK ON THE JUNK.

I COULD STRAIGHTEN HER AND HER $50M OUT REAL GGOD.

I came I saw I waited

July 1st, 2010
3:49 pm

I have inside info that she was wasted before the show and refused to go on stage. She was yelling at her crew and the cops were called to escort her out of the building if she did not perform.

She is s functioning drunk. The show did not live up to my expectations. I will still be one of her few remaining fans and buy another album if one is released but based on the turnout last night I think Courtney and Hole is over.

Kar

July 1st, 2010
4:26 pm

Screw it. If she was that bratty I would’ve just had her thrown out and sued what’s left of her a$$ for breach of contract.

A

July 1st, 2010
5:21 pm

Well, since she’s functioning at the level of a two year old I think she’s doing pretty well. The tantrums that gross everyone out also fuel her music. I doubt anyone who is making money off her is going to say no to her. Kind of tough to know when to rein it in when you’ve been using rage to define yourself and everyone is praising you for it. Poor cow. I think she may well be one of the most interesting people in rock and roll.

aaron

July 1st, 2010
5:55 pm

Take this with a grain of salt, but a pretty reliable source told me that she was pissed at the venue for some reason, so her tardiness was just in spite of that. So the fans were left to wait last night because of her bratty behavior. The APD was called for riot control, because the venue was about to tell everyone to go home if she didn’t come on by 10:30pm, since venue curfew was at 11pm.

How Rock n’ Roll. I hope she gets fined for a noise ordinance for playing past curfew and by the Tabernacle for staffing having to stay later.

If this is true, it’s pretty inexcusable. There’s no reason for that. Plus the performance was lackluster. Partially because of the fans were pissed at her tardiness, a lot of people had to warm up to her again before enjoying themselves (oops, by that time the show would have been almost over.) Also because of the weird set-list of 5 covers and picks of mostly greatest-hits run-through. I don’t know where she gets off on criticizing other musicians integrity and then pulling stunts like this.

On a positive note, this is the best we’ve seen Courtney in years. She looked and sounded great when she wanted to. I’d say the best songs of the night were ‘Someone Else’s Bed’ and ‘Live Through This.’

stone

July 1st, 2010
5:57 pm

too bad she didn’t start stripping and showing her junk. she’s good at that

sodefeated

July 1st, 2010
7:42 pm

i cant imagine why someone who doesnt like Hole/Courtney would bother coming to the show in the first place. im a huge fan and waited 13 years for last nights show.. i really didnt mind waiting another hour and a half no matter what her reason was for being late.
i thought she looked and sounded great, she didnt look drunk/high to me at all.
i thought the show was great. sure, i wish it would have lasted longer, but whatever.
i was more suprised at the kind of people that were at the show to be honest.
it was such a weird group of people, and most of them looked like they didnt give a crap that they were even there. maybe i just wish everyone was as excited and enjoyed it as much as i did, but i know thats a lot to ask.
everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but if you didnt like her in the first place, why would you go to the show and then waste time writing a scathing review??

Art With An A

July 1st, 2010
7:48 pm

John With An H…I share your contempt for Ms. Love, but please spare us with your left wing political views. Your agenty of Hope and Change is the worst president we’ve ever had and is destroying America. If you’re the typical America-Hating “Progressive” apologist, which you sound like, I guess you still think the arrogant prick is great. Give me Sarah Palin over him any day…. and stick to music and pop culture and leave the politics out of it.

CC

July 1st, 2010
9:05 pm

John With An H…I share your contempt for Ms. Love, but please spare us with your left wing political views. Your agenty of Hope and Change is the worst president we’ve ever had and is destroying America. If you’re the typical America-Hating “Progressive” apologist, which you sound like, I guess you still think the arrogant prick is great. Give me Sarah Palin over him any day…. and stick to music and pop culture and leave the politics out of it.

X2

bill lumberg

July 2nd, 2010
1:03 pm

hey joanne do you still need a ride to school?

Michael

July 2nd, 2010
1:50 pm

Oh please. George Bush will probably go down as the most inept President Eva!!!

And Palin? She’s so dumb that she signs a multi-million dollar contract with Fox, and THEY CAN’T FIND A USE FOR HER. No editorials, no talking head analysis, not even that vanity show that lasted one episode. Now she’s doing an animal show? About hunting from a helicopter? Catching and gutting fish?

Instead she’s venting on Facebook like a fourteen year old.

dizzyinahaze

July 2nd, 2010
11:00 pm

Well…

I was three rows back and just to the right (facing the stage). I thought Courtney Love looked really amazing and sounded pretty good. I would see her again for sure. She apologized for the voice issues, but she did scream through Violet like I’d hoped. I do love the new album, I wish she’d done more (Loser Dust, Nobody’s Daughter) and fewer covers. Her cover of Sympathy for the Devil was fab. Kudos for mixing up the setlists from show to show… lots of bands don’t do that! The crowd around me was totally into the show.

I saw Hole tour for Live Through This, which happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Honestly, Courtney sounded about the same. Yeah, it was a long wait… and yeah, she seemed a little high on something but I expect nothing less (or is it more?) from this chick. She is a total rock star. I miss the 90s… grungealicious!

BTW, I had my 9-year-old daughter there. It was her 2nd rock show. She plays guitar and thinks C Love is awesome (she doesn’t yet know about all the drugs and drama). I did see the mom and kid with the bra top and winged eyeshadow on my way in… I agree, that was creepy.

Tabernacle is the best venue in ATL. Always.

sodefeated

July 3rd, 2010
5:58 pm

dizzyinahaze!! i was the girl next to you in the blue shirt!

Parkerrrr

July 5th, 2010
1:44 pm

The show was epic. I had never seen them live and honestly never expected to. The wait after the opening act was long, security & med. staff at the front of the floor gave us many different reasons. Eventually they came on stange and rocked. After the show, a significant crowd waited outside by the bus for her to come out. During the wait, every member of both bands greeted fans. When Courtney came out, we screamed and she came straight over to give autographs. That meant so much and I got more out of the concert than I ever expected. Will never forget!

Parkerrrr

July 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

sodefeated, I feel the same way. Apparently the fanbase was small, people just showed up to see how COURTNEY would act. I would have waited all night just to see them live.

For the record, she looked amazing and acted normal if not a bit tired.

Chase

July 5th, 2010
9:36 pm

Hole sucks. FOXY SHAZAM is where it’s at. I payed 45 dollars JUST to see Foxy, and I left happy, unlike you Hole fans. ;D

Elaine

July 6th, 2010
5:10 pm

I hope that she is not raising her daughter with the same non-qualities that she has.

dizzyinahaze

July 6th, 2010
5:53 pm

Hey sodefeated :) You were cool. It seems like a bunch of people were there to see Foxy Shazam??? They were entertaining but their music was non-memorable. I remember their hair, not their songs.

sodefeated

July 7th, 2010
4:32 pm

haha i remember the cigarette eating. thats about the highlight of their performance for me.

Brandon

July 10th, 2010
1:45 am

CLove is nothing more than a glammed up pile of doogy poop! Queen of Rock!? How laughable! Why do you think she does TINY venues? She couldn’t fill up an arena if they GAVE the tickets away! That 1 poster hit the nail on the head! Her “fan” base is very SMALL! Take out all the curious lookyloos, and the place would probally only have 3 rows filled! She is a true SKANK GRUNGE QUEEN! lol! All her plasic surgery has left her looking like an unreconizable FREAK. This is her last tour. Her music career is OVER! Next gig????????? Maybe an acting role as a bag lady or a corpse of the living dead movie. lol!