Did Courtney Love Just Hint At A Hole Reunion?

1 March 2024 | 1:13 pm | Mary Varvaris

The Hole teaser came towards the end of Courtney Love's time on stage, when she thanked the audience and vowed, “Later… I’ll be back in Hole.”


Hole (Source: Supplied)

Courtney Love shocked fans when she appeared on stage with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s cover band, The Coverups, in London on Tuesday (27 February).

Love joined Armstrong and his bandmates for a surprise show at The Garage in Islington, London – the first of two impromptu concerts The Coverups announced last week.

If Love singing Cheap Trick’s He’s A Whore and Tom Petty’s Even The Losers with The Coverups wasn’t surprising enough, she really got the audience going when she hinted at reuniting with her iconic rock group Hole “later”.

The moment was captured by the UK publication Music News and posted to YouTube. The crowd erupted into cheers when Armstrong introduced Love and performed two tracks with her.

Addressing the audience, Love, with a smile plastered on her face, said: “My name is Courtney Love – you may not remember me. I’ve been living in a cave in Birmingham for about nine years. We’ll give this a fucking try, right?”

The Hole teaser came towards the end of her time on stage (about seven minutes), when she thanked the audience and vowed, “Later… I’ll be back in Hole.”

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Armstrong quipped, “I told you it was going to be a special night”, before showing his admiration for Love, stating: “Thank you, Courtney. I hope we see more of you singing. Please, we need you.”

You can watch footage of the event below.

While there’s been talk of a Hole reunion in the last few years, Love shot down any rumours in 2021 when she told Vogue that fans should stop getting their hopes up.

“A proper Hole reunion will absolutely not [be happening],” she commented in an interview. “You guys have gotta get over it. Our old manager Peter Mensch calls once a year to ask about a reunion. I’m so honoured to be in that company, but it’s just not gonna happen.”

Hole made headlines last May when a version of the band’s classic hit Celebrity Skin featuring AI-doctored vocals resembling Kurt Cobain landed on YouTube.

The original track landed in August 1998 and peaked at #24 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The album of the same name debuted at #4 in Australia.

On X (formerly known as Twitter), the primary reactionary emotion towards the video was rage. “I strongly believe we need to make this shit illegal. Not even slightly kidding,” one user posted.

Another called the AI number “copyright infringement, totally distasteful, poorly executed, and subtextual misogyny,” while a poster laid their feelings out as clearly as possible: “This sounds like shit.”