Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)

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By Thomas Semioli

In a 2004 Amplifier Magazine interview, bassist, photographer, and actress Melissa Auf der Maur revealed to this writer “I’m a pretty in the moment person …I never got to do the in-between stuff, like feel music. I was in a small band in Montreal for less than a year and the next thing I knew I was with a bunch of strangers in Hole playing to 65,000 screaming fans at the Reading Festival…”



Unlike many low-slinging instrument, hit making alternative rock bass players of the 90s, Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) plied her craft with a firm command of melody, rhythm and a penchant for improvisation.



Melissa’s unabashed reverence for metal, experimental and pop were realized on her fine self-titled solo bow (2004) and equally fervent Out of Our Minds (2010).



Nowadays Melissa runs Basilica Hudson, a performance and arts center in Hudson, New York with her husband Tony Stone.



Melissa Auf der Maur Sound & Vision





“Celebrity Skin”–E



Smashing Pumpkins

“Cherub Rock”



Solo Melissa:

“Followed the Waves”

“Taste You”