They played ‘Doll Parts’, ‘Miss World’, and ‘Softer Softest’ at an event that also featured Chloë Sevigny, Michael Stipe, John Waters, and Marina Abramovic
This weekend, artists including Chloë Sevigny, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, photographer Ryan McGinley, and more honoured Hole’s Courtney Love at a tribute event in Hudson, New York. Marking 25 years since Hole’s Live Through This and 20 years since bassist Melissa Auf der Maur left the band, the event involved a quasi-reunion of the band as Love and Auf der Maur performed Hole classics “Doll Parts”, “Miss World”, and “Softer Softest” together.
The performance was part of a ‘Pioneering People’ fundraiser for Basilica Hudson, an arts space that also hosts festivals like Basilica Soundscape, which was co-founded by Melissa Auf der Maur. A host of figures also honoured Courtney Love at the event via video, including John Waters, Marina Abramovic, Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, and Hole drummer Patty Schemel.
Auf der Maur served as the event’s creative director and producer alongside artist Joe Mama-Nitzberg, who was previously the creative director for Hole’s Celebrity Skin album art. “Courtney’s legacy is vital to the voice of women in our culture,” Auf der Maur said when the event was first announced. “The passion she brings to her life and art fuels and inspires the long fought battle for the empowerment of alternative voices as they take centre stage at last.”
Watch clips of the performance below.