Two months after her husband, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide, tragedy continues to cling to flamboyant Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. On June 16, Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff, 27, was found dead in the bathtub of her Seattle apartment, the apparent victim of a heroin overdose. ”This is all the more tragic because [Pfaff] was in the process of moving back to Minneapolis to be with old friends until the Hole tour resumed,” Ed Rosenblatt, president of the band’s label, DGC Records, said in a prepared statement.
The band’s request to attend the funeral was denied by Pfaff’s family. ”It wasn’t anything personal,” says Kristen’s father, Norm Pfaff. ”We just didn’t want any publicity.” The members of Hole, says the elder Pfaff, appeared to be friendly. ”If there were any conflicts it might have been what is typical in a band situation,” says Pfaff. ”All bands have tensions within.”
Before Pfaff’s death, Love had gradually been emerging from mourning. In late May, she responded to Hollywood’s interest in turning Cobain’s life into a movie by entering a plea into America On-Line’s international pop-underground folder: ”Please stop it.” She was spotted shopping in New York and attending the MTV Movie Awards on June 9 in Los Angeles with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and was tentatively planning to return to the road with Hole this fall. Now, a DGC spokesman says, ”I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to when they’ll tour.” Love, however, released a statement through publicist Pat Kingsley, with whom she signed after Cobain’s suicide, vowing ”to continue on” — most likely by shooting another video clip for the prophetically titled album Live Through This.
DGC, meanwhile, has resumed some promotional activities for Live Through This, which reached No. 55 on the Billboard charts. But the company is not pressing Love to return to the business of selling records. ”It’s really a matter of what Courtney is ready emotionally to do,” says a DGC exec. ”The sign has to come from Courtney.”