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article imageFormer Hole bandmates clash over use of name

By David James Young     Jul 18, 2009 in Entertainment
Earlier in the year, Courtney Love announced that she would be releasing her upcoming solo album under the name of her old band, Hole. Unfortunately, there were a few people she forgot to tell - namely, her former bandmates.
First, bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (who left the band in 2000 to join the Smashing Pumpkins) was reportedly shocked to hear that there was talk of a Hole reunion, according to Starpulse. It was a comment from founding guitarist Eric Erlandson, however, that has raised some legal worries about Love's right to use the name Hole.
"We have a contract", the musician revealed to Spin Magazine. "She signed a contract with me when we decided to break up the band...I really don't have comment on it except that I know my part in that band".
He goes on to state that, purely on a "business level" that there is "no Hole" without his involvement.
"I love her a lot and I wish her the best", notes Erlandson, "and I'm open to discussions regarding the real Hole".
In response to this, Love has lashed out in a string of posts from her Twitter feed. Unedited, it reads as follows:
uh i just hear that a former guitar player is saying i cant use my name for MY band, hes out of his MIND, he may want to check the trademark and his amex "Disease Model Tour" Bills, and umm, lets see his 99 usage of that amex and his 01 usage of wow 298K?198,000DOLLARS? Hole is MY Band MY name and MY Tradmark
Neither Erlandson or Auf der Maur have commented further since this post.
The new Courtney Love/Hole album, Nobody's Daughter, is still set for an August release.
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