If Courtney Love were an app, she'd be one that's potent, durable, and endlessly fascinating. It's been almost 20 years since Hole's fearless leader--the blonde rocker in the baby doll dress, always strapped to a guitar--body surfed her way into our hearts across such hits as "Miss World," "Doll Parts," "Violet," "Celebrity Skin," and "Malibu." Although Love has always been a polarizing figure, there's no denying her legacy as a rock 'n' roll star who's endured tremendous loss, addiction, and media scrutiny.
2013 will see a second Summer of Love as Hole's frontwoman makes her way across the U.S. on a 21-date solo tour that'll find Love playing more intimate venues in tertiary markets to tide fans over until a new album is released next year. Download.com caught up with the singer just days prior to the June 20th kickoff to chat about the apps she'll be using on the road, her notorious Twitter feuds with Billy Corgan and Amanda Bynes, and weaning herself off of her latest addiction--Facebook.
Which apps will you be using the most while out on tour, this summer?
Really? [laughs] I don't know. I mean, I'm supposed to do something for Style.com that's like an Instagram thing, but I'm sporadic about it. There was a while where, in 2010, I was really into my wardrobe, and in St. Louis, one day, me and this dresser of mine were like, "Let's start a Tumblr account: What Courtney Wore Today." It was funny and a good idea in St. Louis, and then I didn't do a few fashion weeks and got kind of bored of totally keeping up with everything...you know what I mean? Like "Oh, I must have that special thing now." I go in and out with fashion, because it sort of bores me. So I don't have stuff to post all that much.
My drummer, however, has a very popular blog called "Pop Lipps," because in this weird ironic twist he also owns the hippest and probably one of the most prestigious modeling agencies in New York, called "One Management." So Scott, he's very fabulous, and if you go on his Instagram, he always takes pictures of everything. Like I was sitting with one of the Jagger kids, the other night, and he took pictures of it. I always forget. You know what I mean? Like I am sitting with Perry Farrell, but I don't take pictures of it. Scott always does.
You've said a lot of newsworthy items on Twitter. How do you decide when you're going to Tweet something versus not?
Well, there's an actual science to it, which I didn't know when Twitter first started, obviously; so if you know anything of my Twitter history, I was just "waaaaaaaaaaaaa." I didn't really know what it was for. I had a lot of financial documents, but I don't think that the attorney general of the United States is on Twitter. It's not really the right demographic to be putting up $14 million-dollar bank statements or $2 million-dollar wire transfers. But, you know, I was so pissed off, because this person I've known for a really long time--she's a movie star--her CPA got arrested for a $1 million-dollar wire transfer. I had a $4 million-dollar wire transfer that was illegal, so I put it up on Twitter, the day after this guy who had been my CPA once, too, got arrested, just to be a brat. That doesn't really work and got me into all sorts of trouble.
So you have to think about what time it is on the East Coast, you have to think about, kind of learn when to do it. I don't Tweet too much, and no one else does it for me. I do it, myself. But it took a while; there was someone doing it for a while, because I was like a wildcat doing Twitter and always getting in trouble. So now I don't get in trouble that much. It still makes the news, but big deal.
Many of your interactions with people on Twitter, such as Billy Corgan and Amanda Bynes, for example, became like tennis matches for fans, who were glued to the back-and-forth comments. Did it ever feel awkward to speak so candidly to these people in such a public way?
No, I think the Amanda Bynes thing was just something I noticed. I didn't even know who the hell she was, so I Tweeted that thing. It was really none of my business, but at the same time, it was like then she called me ugly, which I thought was hilarious. Then I ignored that and Tweeted back that, "It doesn't matter if I'm ugly, you should probably get it together." But the thing was, it really wasn't my business.
As for Billy, I do know what his problem is. His problem really isn't his problem. He's pretty gullible and easily misled, believe it or not, in the end. And listen, I'm probably the last person Billy Corgan is worried about. Billy is probably far more obsessed with Trent Reznor getting an Academy Award than me. You know what I mean? Billy came out of the '90s with a lot of money, and you know, I don't think he's a very happy guy. But you're also talking about 2009, I believe. I'm now using Twitter in a different way.
Do you have those moments when you're on the road and you turn to your phone... I'm assuming you have an iPhone?
No, I have a Samsung now, but I did have an iPhone for a long time. But go on.
Do you have those moments where you're feeling sad and turn to your phone for a little bit of comfort, like "Oh, let me put on a song or play a video game or let me check out a joke app" to feel better?
You mean like drunk texting boyfriends...what are you talking about?
No, like maybe a joke app to cheer yourself up.
No, I can't figure out how to work apps on Samsung.
What about Facebook?
I have Facebook, which I'm weaning myself off of Facebook, because I have too many friends, too many people with 37 mutual friends and I don't know who the **** the person is. You know what I mean? And it gets to the point where you have to start unfriending people because some people filter and some people don't. The whole purpose of Facebook, for me, is to have a rhythm with friends of mine who live in Britain, and my partner in my fashion line and people who are in a different time zone--like Australia--that I'm friends with. Or "Come over now" or whatever...it can be really utilitarian on that level. But most of the people I know that I consider really good friends don't even have a Facebook.