It’s a big week for Courtney Love. Tomorrow is the major-label release of her five-years-in-the-making Nobody’s Daughter. There’re two Hole headlining shows at this week at Terminal 5, one late-night rendevous at Union Square Best Buy tonight. There’s a couch/performance slot scheduled for tomorrow on The Late Show With David Letterman and Wednesday brings a likely bonkers guest stint on The View. The primary objective of these engagements is not only to move units, but also for Love to attempt to show she’s cleaned up her life since her abominable solo failure America’s Sweetheart, when she flashed Letterman on-air and later ended up in rehab. So there’s a lot at stake here. As she recently told the Times, “I bet the farm on this record, which is dangerous, but great in a way, because when you do that, you have nowhere else to go. There is no Plan B.”
Frankly, Plan A is beginning to look a little scary. This is Courtney Love here: a vulgar tornado prone to instability and manic episodes, always willing to spill her troubles to reporters and invite everyone to share her self-loathing. After the first round of Nobody’s Daughter‘s media blitz, when Hole played three shows this past March at SXSW, NME‘s recent cover story has Love saying that the performances took such an emotional toll on her that she considering jumping out of a window — and that was just the warm-up. Nevermind that this publicity campaign is pretty intense for someone not on meds, who hasn’t lost custody of her daughter. Maybe assuming Love could handle this was a supremely bad idea, moreso than, say, every other bad idea?
Now Love’s longtime frenemy Billy Corgan — who’s listed with three songwriting credits on Nobody’s Daughter, even though he publicly threatened not to let Hole use the songs they collaborated on — is shit-talking his old pal on Twitter. His anger, it appears, stems from that NME interview in which Love shared about a threesome she had with Corgan and a stylist. “You know, if you are gonna recall sexual debauchery, at least try to get the year right,” he posted last night. And then a few hours ago, the following tirade:
Particularly brutal: “Only u could abandon such a beautiful, incredible child who is smarter than u, cooler than u, and better than u.” Given that Love basically blurts out whatever whenever, and she’ll be all over the place for the next few days, this should be an interesting week.
But Courtney? Don’t jump.