HOLE@O2 ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM, 09/05/2010
I don’t think I’ve ever been excited about a gig as I have tonight. I’ve idolised Courtney Love since around the age of 15, and now at 27 years old and 6 and a half months pregnant, actually getting to see them play live was just one of those events that I’d resigned myself to believing I’d missed out on forever.
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The night didn’t get off to a fantastic start, myself and the rest of the photographers there had to wait almost an hour and a half to be given a photo pass for the band so I completely missed 1st support act Tiffany Page. From what I heard from the lobby she was very good though and apparently had single of the week on Radio 1 last week too so I imagine we will be hearing more from her in the future.

Next up were Little Fish; hailing from Oxford, the female fronted duo stormed the stage to prove why they were good enough to support the legend that is Courtney Love. They got an alright reaction from the crowd, but to be honest no one was here tonight to watch the support acts, and everything just fest like a massive stall till Courtney! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the entire set from Little Fish as I had to go back to the lobby and wait for the photo pass for Hole, but again, what I heard from the lobby sounded good , and I’m sure Little Fish won’t be going anywhere soon with lots of tour dates for the rest of the summer.
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Finally (!) it was time for the main act. I didn’t know what to expect from tonight’s performance. I know the band has had so many line-up changes that Courtney is the only original member now, and from what I heard allegedly happened in the sound check I was a bit worried the band wouldn’t show at all. Panic did set in for a moment when suddenly the lights went down and the silhouette of goddess Courtney swaggered onto the stage.
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Wearing a little black dress, and no makeup she seemed to recoil as the lights went up. Going straight into Pretty on the inside, as she spat out ‘Slut, kiss, girl’ all the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and I hoped this was going to be epic! Pretty on the inside then morphed into Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones, which was a little annoying as I hoped she was going to perform Hole songs, but it suited her voice perfectly and by the smile on her face she really seemed to enjoy playing it.
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Next up was ‘Skinny Little Bitch’ from the new album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’, it is a good solid song and the new single I believe, but I personally wanted to hear the older stuff. Miss World came next; it was so wonderful to hear this song live, especially from a makeup-less Courtney who seemed to be struggling to remember the chords. It was then I realised why she had a woman with a Mac book at the side of the stage, Courtney had a state of the art auto cue at her feet which not only showed the lyrics, but also the chords. A little bit of me was totally heartbroken that she didn’t remember the songs on her own, but with the lifestyle she has led we’re lucky she is still here at all so I totally forgave this, not sure if all the crowd would have been so forgiving if they’d seen it too? As she battled on through the set she seemed to struggle at times, often glaring quite obviously at the guitarist to her left who she seemed annoyed with?
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When it came to Violet she seemed to stumble over the words halfway through, but she laughed as the adoring crowd filled in what she had forgotten. They also did a cover of Nine Inch Nails song ‘Closer’ which was memorising. She carried on through the set singing some classic old songs like Dollparts and tracks from the new album too. By the time she got to Malibu she looked exhausted, but happy. Finishing the set with Celebrity Skin, Courtney seemed to come alive, the crowd totally in the palm of her hand. As she thanked the audience and left the stage, the room erupted into a roar, demanding more from the fragile looking star. After a few minutes she and the guitarist returned to the stage playing a lovely encore, including one of my favourite songs, ‘Asking For It’.
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Tonight was one of the best gigs I think I’ve ever been too for many different reasons. Yes Courtney Love was unstable at times, yes she forgot the words, yes she stumbled through some of the chords, and yes she was using a hidden auto cue, but all of the above is the reason why myself and the other 2000 people love her and love her music. It truly was a fabulous gig and I really felt lucky to have been part of it tonight.
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Words and Photography by Lucy Pryor

2 Responses to “Hole + Little Fish + Tiffany Page @ O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK – 9th May 2010”

  1. Bianca Says:

    Lucy, that first photos in this set is amazing, what a great capture! Keep up the good work lovely. So glad you enjoyed being there :) x

  2. Lucy Says:

    aww thank you so much!! it was so amazing, one of those gigs I will remember forever!
    xxx

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