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Hole Guitarist Says Using Band Name Is Valid

of the Oakland Press

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Courtney Love has taken a lot of heat for resuming her band, Hole, without any of its old members — especially co-founder and guitarist Eric Erlandson.

But Micko Larkin, who now occupies Erlandson’s spot and was Love’s chief collaborator on the new album, “Nobody’s Daughter,” feels like it’s much ado about nothing.

“I think he’s an awesome guitar player and stuff,” says Larkin, 23, “but the way we recorded the album ... it felt more like a band than a solo kind of thing. I think that’s the reason why it became Hole. I think it works for where we’re at right now.”

Before meeting Love three years ago through a mutual friend in London, Larkin led the rock band Larrikin Love, which released one album and six singles before breaking up in May 2007. The next month he received a call from the friend asking, “‘Would you like to try out to play for Courtney?’ I was like, ‘Hell yeah!’ And then about a week later I was in L.A.”

Larkin, who co-wrote five and co-produced nine of the 12 tracks on “Nobody’s Daughter,” acknowledges that Love can be a loose cannon at times but maintains that’s part of the fun of working with the widow of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. “I’ve played in quite a few bands, and if you play the same old tunes every night it starts to get really, really boring,” says Larkin, who resides with Love, platonically, in New York. “I think the spontaneousness kind of helps us in a way.”

And he’s looking forward to Hole becoming a going concern, with more recording in the future.

“We’ve got some cool things lined up,” he says. “We’re off to Japan next month and Australia next year. And we’ve recorded quite a lot of songs ... that didn’t end up on the album, so I think we’ll probably do an EP, and I’d be extremely up for another album.

“I think we’ll probably be around for quite awhile, yeah. We’ll just see how things go, man.”

Hole and Foxy Shazam perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $45, $32.50 and $10. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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