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March 22, 2004

This section will not be updated anymore. For news I recommend mtv.com and Rosewater Honeyblood.

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July 23, 2003

Way behind on most of the news this time, but here's the most recent stuff:

Courtney appeared on The Osbournes last night, and her anticts included reenacting a scene from "Macbeth", with dolls, and running around in her panties.

Read the full episode guide and watch a video clip over at mtv.com

Courtney's also signed a three-album deal with Virgin Records, which will include her upcoming album America's Sweetheart, due out October 28.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, she had this to say about some of the material:
"There's one song about a fictional boy who saves fictional rock and roll in a fictional town. Other than that, it's a lot of God and a lot of sex. Some rebirth, stagnation and death and some hope."

Read the full article here.

But not only that. The other two albums are, for now, planned to be released in the fall next year, and in late 2005. The plans for the second album is for it to be a live album, recorded in a women's prison, and there are also supposedly plans to release a DVD "including new and previous material featuring collaborations with special guests", according to nme.com.

Also, a few days ago, teenmusic.com reported that Courtney now seems to be having seconds thoughts about giving some of her material to none other than Britney Spears. Apparently she has her doubts about Britney's ability to interpret the lyrics correctly.

And last but not least, it seems our dear Courtney will have a manga character based on her life and persona. She's teamed up with manga publishers Tokyopop and created the character Princess Ai, "the princess of a mysterious land who disguises herself as a performer and takes refuge in the nightclubs of Kabushiki-cho".

Read about it over at nme.com

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June 9, 2003

A couple of more (unconfirmed) tourdats have been added to the list:

July 24, 2003 - The Astoria, London, UK
July 25, 2003 - The Astoria, London, UK
July 26, 2003 - The Astoria, London, UK

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May 9, 2003

According to Courtney herself, she has NOT confirmed that she'll play at the Reading Festival this August. She says "sorry man but whomever did the billing at reading did NOT check with me- i aint playing reading unless i get a good slot, period and i aint playing in the sun. NO." and "So NO im NOT playing Reading as far as i know right now." (From kittyradio.com)
If this means she's a no-show at the Leeds festival as well, I do not know.

She is, however, looking for bandmates, and just a couple of days ago there was an ad about it in The Village Voice.
The ad reads:
"Women Required for International Rock Revolution!

Join Courtney Love's Touring Band and get famous, see the world!

Must play BASS or GUITAR (Really Play) and look like a Goddess.

We like Emily the Strange, Lolita Goth, Patty Schemel's drumming, Nuggets and "Performance" the Movie. We love Flea but don't want you to play like him.

We start NOW.

Please send NTSC Video Cassettes to:
P.O. Box C238
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-802-7269

Read an article about it here

Last but not least, it seems she's got about 28 new songs for her solo album, America's Sweetheart, including a cover of the Kim Carnes song "Bette Davis Eyes".

Read the article here

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April 17, 2003

Hear part of the Radio 1 telephone interview with Courtney, made a couple of days ago, where she talks about her new video, The White Stripes, and past Reading Festival experiences, among other things! Click below!

Radio 1 telephone interview

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Have something you've always wanted to ask Eric? Well, now's your chance. Lately, through a member of Hole's official messageboard, he's been replying to questions asked by fans. So just fire away.
You'll have to be registered at the messageboard to do so, though:
Ask Eric!

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April 16, 2003

Courtney is currently in France, recording her solo album. It's supposedly to be titled "America's Sweetheart", and is produced by Jim Barber.
It seems she's also in talks for a label deal with EMI, Sanctuary and V2, among others.
She's also already signed to Poptones/Telestar in the U.K.

As for her scheduled performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals, she's said she has 38 new songs to play, and seems to be planning an extraordinary stage show with pornography and plenty of controversy.


Courtney Love In Label Talks
Exlusive - Courtney Love's Best And Worst Bands
'Sweet' Love - Courtney Love solo album given title

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April 8, 2003

FINALLY! Courtney has been scheduled to perform at at least two festivals this summer!

August 22, 2003 - Reading Festival, Reading, UK
August 23, 2003 - Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK

Let's all hope there's more to come!

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February 20, 2003

The Full Love Story!

"Queen" COURTNEY LOVE has given NME.COM an exclusive preview of her new album featuring her first new songs in four years.

Courtney played us a selection of her works in progress, with tentative titles including 'Pills', 'Left In The Dark' and 'All The Drugs In The World'. We also heard what will be her first release since 1998's 'Celebrity Skin', 'Mono', and its likely B-side 'But Julian, I'm a Little Older Than You'.

Although Love is unwilling to reveal an album title, a recent poll on her website suggests 'Life Despite God' and 'Harder Faster Ever After' are in the running.

In the four-year hiatus, Courtney says she's "de-grunged", and the new songs, while still obviously penned by her, are far more diverse in style. The influences vary, from The Fall and Wire, to PJ Harvey, '60s LA pop and Gospel. Most of the material we heard was in demo form, recorded on a simple four-track. She is now back in Hawaii doing more recording but plans to come back to the UK to finish the record.

"I need to be the Queen. I keep things in order, I really do," she says of her new material. Nu-metal is still a target, but so is "stupid" and "sexist" Eminem, who she's "going to go after".

She said: "It's time for (Eminem) to go. He's a fucking sexist. He's not good for my fucking daughter. I want a good world for my daughter. When I saw 'It's so boring without me,' in that song ('Without Me'), I just figured he'd written a nice song about me!"

Below is an exclusive preview of Courtney's new album, so far. NME.COM understands that the sessions have been produced by Courtney Love and Jim Barber, and there's talk of the album being released by Poptones this year.

'All The Drugs In The World' - One of the first songs written for the new record. A real late '60s / early '70s vibe to it, with Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones an obvious influence. "This song is a great way to start a show", Courtney says of 'All The Drugs...''s massive opening guitar riffs and stomp-a-long chorus.

'Evil Women Blues' - Probably not the finished title, the version NME.COM heard is long and drawn out, with PJ Harvey's 'Rid Of Me' an obvious influence. More of a work-in-progress than a complete song, Courtney claims Christina Aguilera was in the next studio when she recorded it. It ends with the the lyric "I can't find a vein."

'Pills' / 'Sunset Strip' - Courtney plays three different versions of this song to NME.COM, each with different parts that are finished. Describing it as "orgasmic", the lyrics reference Velvet Underground's but, Courtney says, "the killer line is 'Cruising down the Sunset Strip / There is nothing that is not within my grip/ Tonight, I got it right, just one time'.

'Mono' - The first single. "It's deeply, deeply spiritual," Courtney says of 'Mono', which is much less polished than anything on 'Celebrity Skin', but catchy nonetheless. A release date is still unconfirmed, but the single is now complete.

'Left In The Dark' - Considering the diversity of what comes before it, the "pure Californian pop" of 'Left In The Dark' is much closer to Hole than the "de-grunged" 'Mono' and 'Pills'.

'But Julian, I'm A Little Older Than You' - Bubblegum pop, Wire an obvious influence. The lyrics are mostly made up from Escort Agency adverts, and includes a goofy and funny chorus 'I see Paris / I see France / I can see your underpants'.

One of the other lines quips 'In the story of my life you'll barely get a mention', a dig at the people who try to sell stories on her life. Early versions contained references to 'London Calling', but Courtney is considering taking them out following the death of Joe Strummer.

'The Ballad' - Courtney doesn't have a proper title, but seeing as she speaks of it in the same sentence as REM's 'Everybody Hurts' and Oasis' 'Songbird', NME.COM gets the impression it'll be a single.

"You'd better get a lyric you can live with forever," she says. "There's a lyric in there which is 'I Am The Centre Of The Universe', and I get to say that every fucking night. So when I say it I have no problems, because no matter what mood I am in I get to go out and sing 'I am the centre of the FUCKING universe."

- nme.com

Pictures available in the Contributions gallery, at the bottom of page 1.

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February 7, 2003

Courtney Love Dresses Up As Donald Duck, Strips Down At Benefit Show

Love sings Elton John's 'Bitch Is Back' at show to raise funds for London's Old Vic Theatre.

Courtney Love, who made headlines on Tuesday for being arrested after causing a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to England, became a rock-and-roll cartoon again the following night literally.

The former leader of Hole ended a star-studded benefit performance to raise funds for London's historic Old Vic Theatre by coming onstage dressed as Donald Duck, then stripping down to fishnets and underwear while she sang Elton John's "Bitch Is Back" with John on piano. Elton was known to rock a similar duck suit when performing back in the '70s.

The show was organized by actor Kevin Spacey, who has taken over as artistic director of the theater.

During the evening, Love also belted out "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," Sting sang "Come Down in Time," Elvis Costello performed "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Sinead O'Connor sang "Sacrifice" and Craig David crooned "Candle in the Wind."

Spacey performed "Harmony" alone, and later he dressed like Elton, sprawled across a piano and sang "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" surrounded by a gospel choir. Partway through the song, the choir parted, revealing the real Elton at the piano.

Among those attending the event were actors Peter O'Toole and Joseph Fiennes, and Virgin Air founder Richard Branson, on whose airline Love had her troubles (see "Courtney Love Arrested For Disorderly Conduct Aboard London Flight"). When Love and Branson met at a party in connection with the benefit, both seemed polite and smiley with one another, a publicist for the event said.

This report is from MTV News.

- Jon Wiederhorn, vh1.com

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February 6, 2003

Courtney's Quacking Performance!

COURTNEY LOVE duetted with ELTON JOHN and dressed up in a DONALD DUCK costume on stage at a fund-raising show for the OLD VIC THEATRE in LONDON last night (February 5).

The former Hole frontwoman was lending her support to actor Kevin Spacey, who announced yesterday that he is taking over as artistic director of the historic London theatre. A host of stars had turned out for the concert, during which Love and Elton John sang 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' together.

Later in the show, Love came back onstage dressed as Donald Duck, and then stripped down to her pants.

Other performers who covered Elton songs at the Old Vic Sting, Elvis Costello and Craig David.

The audience included Virgin airlines boss Richard Branson - on whose plane Love had caused a ruckus the previous day, on her way to the concert and stars Joseph Fiennes, Peter O'Toole and Cate Blanchett.

- nme.com

Pictures available in the Online Sources gallery, page 12 and page 13.

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February 5, 2003

Courtney Won't Face Charges Over 'Air Rage' Incident

COURTNEY LOVE will not face charges over yesterday's (February 4) alleged air-rage incident on a Trans-Atlantic jet.

The former Hole frontwoman was cautioned by police yesterday under the Public Order Act for 'causing harassment, alarm and distress to another person'. Love was last night released after almost 11 hours of questioning.

The star had been arrested at 11.05 yesterday morning by police who met her Virgin Atlantic flight on the tarmac at Heathrow. She was accused of disruptive and abusive behaviour.

As Love left Heathrow police station last night she explained what had happened onboard, saying: "I cussed at a lady - my daughter always said I had a potty mouth. "I cussed at a lady named Mary, she wasn't letting my friend into first class and I said, 'Why are you being such a bitch about it?'."

Love said she had received a warning for swearing at a member of the aircrew. Asked how she felt about her treatment at the hands of the airline, she said: "I think that I have been flying British Airways for a long time and I will continue to do so.

"This is my second time on Virgin and my first time wasn't so great either."

Despite her barbs, Virgin Atlantic insist they would welcome the star back on any of their flights.

"If she complies with general conditions of carriage, we be glad to have her back," a spokesperson told NME.COM.

Their position is an about turn from yesterday, when they said they would "push for prosecution" over the incident.

"As far as we're concerned, the matter is now closed," the Virgin spokesperson added.

Love is due to perform tonight (February 5) at a glitzy fund-raiser for an Elton John-sponsored charity at the Old Vic in London.

- nme.com

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February 4, 2003

Airline To Push For courtney Prosecution

VIRGIN ATLANTIC have said they will "push for prosecution" following COURTNEY LOVE's arrest this morning (February 4) for "disruptive behaviour" on a flight into LONDON's HEATHROW AIRPORT.
The star was arrested at 11.05 this morning by police who met flight VS008 on the tarmac at Heathrow. The pilot had alerted the police at 10.52. It is alleged the former Hole frontwoman was shouting and refused to sit down and put on her belt. Love, travelling in the Upper Class lounge, was arrested for disruptive and abusive behaviour.

In a statement to NME.COM this afternoon, the airline said:

"The safety of all our passengers and crew is of paramount importance. We will not tolerate disruptive behaviour by passengers on board any of our aircraft, always report it to the authorities and always push for prosecution."

There is no indication yet what punishment Love could face.

The 38-year-old, arriving in London to attend a charity concert at the Old Vic Theatre tomorrow night (February 5), is being held at a police station at Heathrow Airport.

- nme.com

Pictures available in the Online Sources gallery, page 11.

Watch news clips from/about the arrest!

Entertainment Now (english)

TV3 Nyheterna (swedish)

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December 10, 2002

Doc Who Allegedly Prescribed Addictive Drugs To Courtney Love Gets License Revoked

Jules Mark Lusman may also face criminal prosecution for his practice.

The Medical Board of California has revoked the license of a Los Angeles area doctor for prescribing addictive drugs to celebrities, allegedly including Courtney Love and Winona Ryder.

Jules Mark Lusman, a 49-year-old laser surgery specialist, may also face criminal prosecution for his practice, which purportedly included making house calls and prescribing Demerol and other drugs for cash.

Lusman, who denied the allegations in an "Inside Edition" interview on Monday, argued before the medical board that "his care and treatment fell within the standard of care at all times for a physician in his community with his practice emphasis."

In the board's report, a person identified as "C.L.," who was "a fairly well-known musician" who "at one time had been married to Mr. C., who had passed away," received Demerol and prescriptions for syringes and the hypnotic drugs Ambien and Xanax from Lusman during the summer of 2001.

While a spokesperson for the board could not reveal the identity of "C.L.," two sources familiar with the investigation told the Los Angeles Times it was Love.

Love's manager, James Barber, declined to comment.

Another source familiar with the investigation noted that the Medical Board of California did not interview Love or fully investigate if what appeared in Lusman's files was true.

This report is from MTV News.

- Corey Moss, vh1.com

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