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4th July 2017

(Photo: Therapy? Archive)

WalesOnline newspaper are running a story with eye witness accounts of the night that Hole played TJ's in Newport, Wales. It is said to be the night that Kurt Cobain proposed to Courtney Love.

Love was of course the lead singer of Hole and she brought her boyfriend, Cobain, to the gig. Nirvana were riding high at the time with 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Simon Phillips, of promoters Cheap Sweaty Fun, helped organise the gig and tickets were £4, or £4.50 on the door.

He told WalesOnline:

"There is quite a lot of shakily accurate stuff out there about that night. It was a Hole tour and Therapy? and Daisy Chainsaw were supporting. That night was completely the wrong way around. Daisy Chainsaw were amazing and should have headlined. Therapy? were really good as usual. Hole, as a musical outfit, I thought were all right but they left me mildly disappointed.

"The band turned up to soundcheck without Courtney Love, they came in late afternoon. But Courtney Love turned up very late with Kurt. They were both with a guy called Russell Warby who was Hole's booking agent.

"That night they had a car crash on the Old Green Roundabout, just along from TJ's. I remember Russell's car being put on a low-loader, because it was a write-off. It was an old sky-blue Skoda and it was a right old mess.

"They came from London with Russell and the band came down separately. We had a phone call from Russell saying they would be late and then this crash happened. But as they were playing last we just carried on with the show.

"Shortly before they were due to come on stage Russell came in with Courtney, who I had never met, but anyone would have recognised her. Ten minutes later this scruffy guy sauntered in.

"He had his hair all over his face so I did not recognise him, which I would have done otherwise. I told him, 'It's £4.50'.

"There was little response so I said 'Mate, it's £4.50 tonight, you have to pay to get in'. He pulled his fringe to one side and I was like 'Oh, shit'. And in he came.

"The only other contact I had with them was at the end. I shook Kurt's hand and he said 'Hey man, cool venue you've got here'. There were no minders or any of that bollockks. He was just milling about on his own."

Graham Edwards was in the lower sixth at Newport's St Joseph's RC High School when he attended the show and he remembers Kurt watching Hole from the left of the stage.

"I heard the proposal happened behind the fruit machine, but I don't know whether it is an urban myth. It's amazing if he did. Some people go to the top of a mountain. But no, let's go behind a fruit machine in Newport. Where it stinks. I like it."

Courtney, who was later one half of one of the most unlikely celebrity couples of all time when she and Steve Coogan had a two-week fling, resulting in her alleged pregnancy, recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and said:

"I'm going to write a memoir, but I have a lot of secrets I have to keep."

The memoir, titled 'The Girl With The Most Cake', was originally due to be released in 2013 but has yet to appear on shelves. In 2014, the singer branded the project as a "disaster" and "a nightmare", stating that she never wanted to write a book in the first place. She has since been sued by her first ghostwriter. She added:

"I'm on my second ghostwriter. The first one was too tell-all, too much in a kind of sleazy way.

"Let's make it tasteful. Patti Smith did a really tasteful one, Bob Dylan did a really tasteful one, Keith Richards owned his stuff but did a really tasteful one, so I want a co-writer and I want to write it myself. I want somebody to make it funny and true."

Courtney was also recently named as a celebrity casino goer by the Toronto Sun along with Kate Beckinsale and Lars Ulrich.

Red Flush online casino recently added a page to their site featuring unlikely celebrity couples but did not feature Courtney and Steve Coogan.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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