On the phone from New York, Courtney Love is sounding pretty rough.
I’m told earlier by her management the 49-year-old former Hole frontwoman, who now tours and records under her name, is under the weather.
Maybe she’s overworking herself?
Love is recording her next album, working title: Died Blonde - the followup to 2010’s last Hole album, Nobody’s Daughter; is in the midst of her I’m Still Alive club tour of North America that’s seen as a precusor to a much larger trek next year; and is writing her memoir. The working title? Last Bitch Standing.
“I’m kind of sick,” says Love, sounding as haggard as you might like to imagine she would.
“I was up late singing last night in the studio. I don’t know maybe it’s a bug or something.”
QMI Agency talked to the widow of Kurt Cobain - who recently sold rapper Jay-Z a few lyrics from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit to include in his new song Holy Grail - about what might be the year of Courtney’s comeback.
What’s the new record sounding like?
It sounds epic. It’s amazing. It’s great. But it’s really hard work.
Who are you working with on it?
It’s mostly (guitarist) Micko (Larkin). So Micko’s doing like early pre-production and then we’ll have somebody else do other production. But he’s exceedingly well educated and very well trained in the studio.
When will it be released?
At Christmas when my book comes out.
Are you still writing the book as well?
It will be turned in by August.
Has it been difficult or easy to write the your memoir?
Well, I have a co-writer now so it’s actually much easier. I think his name is going to be on it but, I don’t know, if I can avoid his name being on it I will happily do that. Basically he sits there and I talk and then somebody transcribes what we talk about and then I go attack what’s on the written page and make it more literate.
Did you ever think you would write a memoir?
Well, it’s been three or four years since I did the deal (with Harper Collins) and I put it off. But it’s a good time to put it out now. And it’s a good time to tell my story and what actually happened and stuff like that.
It’s been a while since you’ve toured in Canada. What can fans expect to hear?
I’m excited. We’re not playing new material but we’re playing things we haven’t played live a lot. Because the venues are so small and it’s people who know every song so we play the hits but we also play things that people don’t expect.
Whatever happened to your rumoured reality TV gig?
I changed my mind. I got a film offer instead so obviously one trumps the other. And I wouldn’t have done the cheesy thing anyway. It was a music judging thing. I don’t want to say what it was, but it wasn’t cheesy in that a lot of people would love to do it but I’m not one of them. The money was crazy though. I must say the money was crazy.