Courtney Love and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur are to perform at a Planned Parenthood benefit concert at New York’s Town Hall on 14 March.
The event, titled Bans Off My Body, has been organized by Planned Parenthood, alongside the Feminist Institute, a nonprofit that collects and digitises feminist art, humanities, politics, and business, providing a global online archive.
Also performing will be Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and his wife, Etty Farrell, alongside Rachael Yamagata, Joan as Police Woman, and alt-rock band Betty.
The event won’t see a full Hole reunion – as guitarist Eric Erlandson and drummer Patty Schemel won’t be performing. However it is the first time Love and Auf der Maur have played together since 2012.
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ANNOUNCEMENT! The Feminist Institute is beyond thrilled to present the #BansoffMyBody Benefit Concert for @ppgnyact on Saturday, March 14th at @townhallnyc ! . . Revealed exclusively on @rollingstone , this incredible evening will feature none other than Courtney Love & Melissa Auf def Maur from Hole, Perry & Etty Farrell, Rachael Yamagata, Joan As Police Woman, Betty and more special guests to be announced . . Read more on Rolling Stone at the link in our bio now. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW, Thursday, February 20th at 12pm EST via the townhall.org . . See you there! @courtneylove @xmadmx @perryfarrellofficial @ettyfarrell @rachaelyamagata @joanaspolicewoman @bettyrules . . Produced by @willnerh & Lawrence B. Benenson
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the concert, Love said: “I have had access to great, free women’s reproductive health care in my life, and have also had none or very limited access to it for most of my teens and twenties, leading bands, writing music, being sexually active.”
“The restricted access almost killed me. There is no way, as an American woman who got through it miraculously healthy, that I’m going to let other women suffer. I hope this concert can help young women realize that vital information and education and medical help is out there for them, and we have to fight like hell to make sure that it remains that way. Women’s clinics and the law are under attack and we have to protect each other.”
Love was recently awarded NME’s Icon Award, and accepted it at the ceremony on 12 February.