Here was the moment at the Courtney Love show last night, and it was brief: right after “Violet,” there’s the usual applause and all, but then it comes back, and surges into a roar, like the crowd all agrees to just cheer the shit out of Courtney Love for, I don’t know, being through hell, most of it self-inflicted, and being murdered by the media, and having her daughter taken away once or twice, and the Kurt thing, but living through it against the odds, and now, playing a sparsely-populated show in some fuckin’ chicken town, and showing up in a silver cutaway jumpsuit and bare feet and way-fake boobs and ratty blonde hair, and actually smiling while singing lines like “I always wanted to die”—and then, during this spontaneous burst of love from the crowd, Courtney Love, 49 years old, looks out into the Phoenix Theater, coyly grins, then visibly swells with gratitude, cocks her head and blows a kiss, serious as a heart attack.
You know how you see a band that’s famous for being sloppy, or mad at each other, or too drunk, but then there’s the one night they’re super tight, or just happy, or sober, and it’s like “THIS is what this band always could be but now finally, gloriously is“? That was Courtney Love last night at the Phoenix, accepting three bouquets of roses when she hit the stage, opening the set with “Plump,” screaming the lines “IT MAKES ME SICK” like the screech of a malfunctioning tractor and, at the end of the song, looking down at the monitor and telling the soundman: “I just blew a speaker.”
Fresh off a totally sold-out show at the Independent in July, ’90s icon and walking sociological experiment Courtney Love returns to the Bay Area for a show at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Those hoping to catch a trainwreck in action may want to consider that the widow of Kurt Cobain and public streaker has been getting pretty good live reviews lately, touring with a solid backing band. (Still, Phoenix booker Jim Agius says: “I understand and accept the risks completely.”)
It will be Courtney Love’s first time performing in Sonoma County since 1991, when Hole played a show at the SSU Duck Pond with Nuisance and the Fluid. (Yes, I still have the flyer.)
Tickets will be $35, and they go on sale tomorrow, Aug. 7, at the Phoenix Theater’s site.
Courtney Love writes in her blog on MySpace. Courtney Love does not have an editor. Courtney Love asks her computer a lot of questions. Courtney Love exists on Mars.
Courtney Love is very amusing to me right now.
From her MySpace blog, March 18:
there are 27 TWENTY SEVEN Cobains inthe USA< there are no other people named Kurt and there is certainly not a name “KOBANE” AS IN DAWN CICCONE KOBANE. KAY?
NOW there are NO cobains in Ohio or New Jersey,
ALL of the people show including the 103 year olds ( when theres 50 that means there are tons more we were just looking at Cobains over 100 years of age, there are none so these peopel ALL HAVE PROPERTY< they all own PROPERTY, there are 1000s and 1000s of these using my and my daughters surname ( they have to to purchase the fraudelent property they have to show a forged POWER OF ATTORNEY to some batty old lady in the the county title office are you WITH ME?)
i am fucking SHOCKED to see the STUPIDIDTY of some of your comments. really “kurt will always be no 1″ what the Fuck? are you fucking BRAINDEAD?
Kurt is DEAD. yet he owns under his ssn over 2000 properties, under a few other names even more, do you get it?
they stole HIS money were forced to use HIS surname and bought REAL property
do you UNDERSTAND?
DO YOU UNDERFUCKINGSTAND?
to show you much else would make you start singing i dont know,….Metallica? am i speaking to BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD?
HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK?
DO YOU REALISE WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ROCK AND ROLL IS AN INDUSTRY WHERE ALOT OF MONEY GETS STOLEN? ( EG HENDRIX FAMILY 280,000,000$)? DO YOU?
ARE YOU YET UNDERSTANDING THAT THE FAMILY, THE MOTHER, SISTERS, HALF BROTHER AND DAUGHTER OF KURT COBAIN HAVE HAD EVERY PENNY STOLEN AND PUT INTO CRAPPY ASSED PLANNED UNIT SUBDIVISIONS, LOOK AT “CARMEN”
DO YOU THINK THAT THERE IS A CARMEN? IN THE WORLD? COBAIN? THERE IS NOT.
AS STATED THERE ARE NO COBAINS OF ANY VARIANT IN OHIO OR NEW JERSEY,
ARE YOU FUCKING BRAINDEAD?
MORTGAGE FRAUD IS A 4 TRILLION DOLLAR A YEAR INDUSTRY,
DO YOU THINK THAT 103 YEAR OLD COBAINS WHO HAVE LIVED AT ONE ADDRESS FOR 103 YEARS EXIST?
4 TRILLION A YEAR INMORTGAGE FRAUD.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND?