Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ROCK QUEEN LOVE'S BACK IN COMMAND ; the Singer/songwriter Talks to Sarah Walters about Her New Music and Why We Should Trust Her with a Nirvana Musical

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ROCK QUEEN LOVE'S BACK IN COMMAND ; the Singer/songwriter Talks to Sarah Walters about Her New Music and Why We Should Trust Her with a Nirvana Musical

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ON the day CityLife is due to chat with Courtney Love, she tweets that she has burnt her breakfast bagel.

That's not the reason we call her people and ask if we can rearrange the chat but, 24 hours later, we're connected to Courtney down the line from LA. Which seems like a safe distance from the Hole frontwoman and her disobedient toaster.

And yet, the minute she opens her mouth, we wish we were sitting in her kitchen because, despite her fierce reputation and notoriously fiery temper, she's an absolute pleasure to talk with.

That might in part be because, today, she's signed up a powerful new movie agent to get her back into the film business, but it's more likely because she is keenly aware of her misunderstood character.

"I'm always afraid of my big mouth. It's like, 'Here's the song, listen to the song, why do we have to have these interviews?'. No offence," she says.

"One little thing out of context and that's going to be the headline. I'm never presented or seen the way I want to be - it's a struggle.

"In 2004, I had such a gnarly downfall (she's referring to a period that resulted in a long stay in rehab) that I couldn't control because I was addicted to drugs, and 10 years later I'm still paying for it.

"With film, you have to maintain an image of maturity and responsibility that says you're in a good place. Finally I am; I don't have to fake anything."

One piece of evidence to support that? She shelved her completed biography because it made her look like a kissing and telling 'pantomime villain'.

She doesn't come across that way today; instead, at 49 - she'll be 50 in July - she's the same confident, bold figure that blasted onto the alternative rock scene with Hole in 1989 (and earlier as an actress in biopic Sid And Nancy and parody Straight To Hell), but slightly softened by age.

The response to her new AA-sided single, You Know My Name/ Wedding Day, ahead of a full album has been overwhelmingly positive and she seems surprised - flattered even. …

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