The message boards at Hole's official web site http://www.hole.com , are buzzing with rumours that guitarist Eric Erlandson has left the band, which would bring the number of people in Hole down to one? Eric formed Hole in 1989 with Courtney Love, who has since gone on to do just about everything, including fighting major labels for the rights of artists. Bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur left the band in 1999. According to the rumours, Eric's quitting because he's tired of being second fiddle to Courtney's legal battle.
Britney Dresses Down
Britney Spears is still battling with her "not just a girl, not yet a woman" persona. This time, she's going to swap the sexy woman image for a coy girl image when she appears in 90 second Pepsi ads during the Super Bowl next month. The ads are the most expensive slots on U.S. TV, costing more then $88 thousand U.S. per second. Nonetheless, Britney's not so innocent that she wouldn't refuse a large portion of the $8 million U.S. (that�s $13 million Canadian) cost of the commercials. In the ad itself, rather than showing her famous midriff, she'll be dressing in more period clothing, from the '50s to the present.
Poor Britney... Sells her body for free Pepsi... *lol*
Pearl Jam Pay Tribute
Pearl Jam is one of the bands that has always been very cool with their fans. The fanclub single is a big part of every fans year and this season�s release will be another cool one. Bassist Jeff Ament has recorded "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" in honour of the passing of Joey Ramone. Jeff is quoted as saying, �When Joey died this year, I sat down and played Ramones songs on my acoustic. For the first time, I really felt the sadness and loneliness in Joey�s lyrics.� He continues �This homemade recording is my love letter and thank you to Joey and the Ramones for giving me a push.�
Home Recording In Da House!
Making a record can be an expensive endeavor. In the 70's and 80's some records cost millions and millions of dollars to produce, but things are changing with advanced technology . Studio software can be found in many homes, sparking more and more wannabe artists and cutting cost for established artists at the same time. Trent Reznor is sceptical, " it can sound great but it does not mean it is a good song or good idea. It is another method to get those ideas out. I think that it's a real interesting thing today that is happening with music."
Melissa Auf De Maur's Latest Project
Since her departure from Hole and the demise of the Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Auf De Maur has been very busy. Never mind the rumoured collaborations with ex-Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlain and Blinker The Star's Jordan Zadorozny, she was also part of The Virgins with Ryan Adams, Evan Dando and James Iha. Now we are hearing there is a more solid project in the works called The Chelsea. Melissa will be joined by Paz from A Perfect Circle and former Hole and Motley Crue drummer, Samantha Maloney. The Chelsea will make their debut at the "Spaceland" club in LA on February 6th.