Wanted: Band For Courtney Love; Only Goddesses Need Apply

Ex-Hole singer assembling touring band to support upcoming solo debut.

Courtney Love is looking for a few good women.

With about 28 songs written for her solo debut, Courtney Love has issued an open casting call for touring bandmembers. "Women required for international rock revolution," reads the opening line of a full-page ad in the weekly New York newspaper The Village Voice. "Join Courtney Love's touring band and get famous, see the world."

Similar ads also ran in the LA Weekly and papers in the U.K. and Australia. Applicants need only to meet two requirements: they can play bass or guitar and they look like a goddess.

The first concert Love has scheduled isn't until late August, when she'll take the stage alongside Metallica, System of a Down, Good Charlotte and Sum 41 at the Reading and Leeds festivals in England. A U.S. tour is expected to begin this fall. It would be Love's first Stateside trek in four years.

Prospective players will have an idea whether they meld with Love by meeting some points of reference, also listed in the ad. Love and the people she has on board thus far like the misanthropically themed Emily the Strange clothing line, the sexy and sinister Lolita Goth image, the unsung psychedelic '60s bands that comprise the various Nuggets compilations, and the swinging London gangster flick "Performance." They also fancy former Hole drummer Patty Schemel's playing style.

The only other guideline is the "no boys" clause.

Those interested in applying for the job are asked to send video cassettes to PO Box C238, New York, NY 10011. A phone number listed in the ad — (212) 802-7269 — reaches a voice mailbox that was full at press time.

Although Love has written enough songs to fill two albums, she has not yet secured a label deal for one, which she plans to call America's Sweetheart. Talks with labels are expected to yield a deal by the end of the month. Among the tracks being recorded in a studio in the south of France, with help from Christina/Pink collaborator and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry, is a cover of Kim Carnes' 1981 hit, "Bette Davis Eyes."

America's Sweetheart is expected to surface in the fall. It will be Love's first studio album since 1998's Celebrity Skin by Hole, who officially called it quits last May after an 11-year recording career (see "Courtney Makes It Official — Hole Are No More").