Melissa Auf der Maur
- Melissa Auf der Maur
- Montreal Quebec Canada
- Singing Songwriting Bass Guitar
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Melissa Auf der Maur Hole
Auf der Maur became friends with Billy Corgan after apologizing for a friend who had thrown a beer bottle at the band during one of The Smashing Pumpkins' first Canadian concert dates at Montreal nightclub Foufounes Électriques. Her band, Tinker, opened for The Smashing Pumpkins in Montreal in 1993. In 1994, when Hole was in need of a new bassist following the death of Kristen Pfaff, Corgan recommended Auf der Maur to Courtney Love. Auf der Maur initially turned the job down, but later reconsidered. She joined Hole two weeks before the Reading Festival, and recorded the album Celebrity Skin with the band, ultimately leaving on October 20, 1999, after her 5-year contract with the band had come to an end.
Melissa Auf der Maur The Smashing Pumpkins
Not long after, she joined The Smashing Pumpkins, just after the band had finished the recording of Machina/The Machines of God, and the departure of original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. She played with the band on their farewell tour, which was in support of the Machina album.
Melissa Auf der Maur Other collaborations
Auf der Maur briefly toured with former Cars-frontman Ric Ocasek in 1997, after contributing bass and background vocals to his 1997 solo album Troublizing. More notably, Auf der Maur collaborated with French group Indochine on their song "Le Grand Secret," singing a duet in French with Nicola Sirkis, to great acclaim in France. Melissa joined the band on stage to perform the song on various occasions, and appeared in the music video for the song. She performed a rare, short, acoustic set of some of her solo songs during an Indochine show in Paris, February 22, 2002. She has contributed bass and backing vocals to childhood friend Rufus Wainwright's albums Scar and Poses, and appears in his 1998 video for "April Fools." In 2008, she collaborated with Canadian musician Daniel Victor, on his music collaboration project Neverending White Lights. They recorded the song The World is Darker, for which a video was released in March of 2008. Aside from this, she has contributed to albums by artists such as Ryan Adams, Ben Lee, Idaho, The Stills and Fountains of Wayne.
Melissa Auf der Maur Hand of Doom and The Chelsea
In 2002, Auf der Maur fronted a Black Sabbath cover band called Hand of Doom, in which she performed lead vocals. They played a number of shows, and released a live album. In the same year, she and drummer Samantha Maloney (another Hole alumna and also formerly of Mötley Crüe, and Peaches), Paz Lenchantin (of A Perfect Circle, and Zwan), and Radio Sloan (of Peaches, The Need) got together to play a show in Los Angeles, California as The Chelsea, taking their name from the Chelsea Hotel in New York, where Auf der Maur lived for a number of years. They performed original songs and some covers. Courtney Love later adopted the band as her backing band while touring for her first solo album, America's Sweetheart. Only Samantha Maloney and Radio Sloan remained of the original line-up, and the band was later renamed to The Courtney Love Band.
Melissa Auf der Maur Auf der Maur
In 2004, Melissa released her first solo effort Auf der Maur, garnering airplay on modern rock radio stations for the singles "Followed the Waves", "Real a Lie" and "Taste You". The same year, she appeared on the CBC television program The Greatest Canadian, as David Suzuki's celebrity advocate. Auf der Maur was part of the November 2004 'Love Metal tour' also featuring HIM and 2004's Curiosa. She was also the opening act for Matthew Good's Put Out Your Lights Tour in 2004, as well as for The Offspring's Splinter tour in 2004.
Melissa Auf der Maur 2006–2007
On February 2, 2006, MTV.com reported that Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin had signed a new management deal with Front Line Management, with a spokesperson confirming they had signed under the name "Smashing Pumpkins." In response, Auf der Maur said in a separate interview, "As long as Billy has Jimmy, he can make the essential Pumpkins record, I'm sure." When asked of her involvement, she said she was not participating in any reunion plans, but was quoted as saying, "My services are always there to play my favorite songs. If D'arcy is not available, I'm always happy to be second in line." Despite her public interest, on April 23, 2007, The Globe and Mail reported that Auf Der Maur would not be rejoining the Smashing Pumpkins.
In 2006, Auf der Maur was included in Blender magazine's hottest women of rock alongside Joan Jett, Liz Phair, and Courtney Love.
Melissa Auf der Maur Second album
In a 2007 interview, Auf der Maur announced that she had finished her second solo album which would go hand in hand with a graphic novel and a concept film, the release dates of which are unclear. The album will be released under the name of MAdM, whereas the comic and film will go by Out of Our Minds, or OOOM for short. A website containing teasers of the projects, as well as a movie trailer, was launched in August, 2007 and can be found at xMAdMx.com