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SXSW: Three things that ruled about the Hole reunion -- and three things that did not

Hole at SXSWCourtney Love revived Hole for a mixed set at SXSW. (Photo by Stacy Schwartz)

By Chris Richards

As we continue to nurse our post-SXSW music hangover, readers have been asking for our thoughts on Courtney Love's "reunited" Hole. (Those quotation marks are necessary considering Love is the only original member that performed in Austin.) I caught the band's first performance at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on Friday afternoon. It was awesome/awful. A quick breakdown...

The three best things about Hole's Friday afternoon gig:

1. Love's voice sounded older and more ragged, but the strain fit the material quite well. How great would it be if they had her visit "American Idol?"

2. Alterna-anthems "Miss World" and "Violet" sounded vicious, raucous and undeniably classic. Seeing them performed live might be worth the price of admission should Love take her band on tour through the Washington area this summer. (Sorry - no local dates announced yet.)

3. Love actually made it through the entire set.

The three worst things about Hole's Friday afternoon gig:

1. The banter was awful. When Love started talking trash about Poison frontman Bret Michaels, it felt incredibly sad.

2. The new material was awful. When a reformed Hole sounds more like Velvet Revolver than a reformed Stone Temple Pilots (who also played SXSW), we're in trouble.

3. Did I mention how the banter was awful? Toward the end of the set, Love blither-blathered off on a tangent about how Perez Hilton has inspired this comeback. Yikes.

By Chris Richards  |  March 22, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  SXSW  | Tags: Courtney Love, Hole  
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