Hole Announce U.S. Headlining Tour Dates

After bowing out of tour with Marilyn Manson last month, L.A. rock band sets 17 dates for own headlining jaunt.

Less than a month after bowing out of their joint tour with shock-rockers Marilyn Manson, Hole have set dates for their own headlining outing to begin later this month.

The monthlong, 17-date trek in support of the rock band's Celebrity Skin album will kick off April 30 in Cincinnati. From there Hole will play midsized theaters in Midwestern, Eastern and Southern cities to appease fans who lost out when the band dropped off the Manson tour.

"If anything, what happened with Manson is going to help [this tour]," said Ray Waddell, tour reporter for entertainment trade magazine Amusement Business. "They gained a lot of publicity and more notoriety, and they can do some business."

Hole left their co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson after just nine dates, with the March 14 show at Los Angeles' Great Western Forum marking their final performance on the bill. Hole's exit was blamed on production discrepancies between the bands.

Manson and Hole singer Courtney Love traded barbs in the press as well

as onstage during their tour together. Marilyn Manson has continued on

without Hole, with initial openers Monster Magnet taking second billing

and raunchy rockers Nashville Pussy assuming the opening slot.

Before Hole left the Manson tour, the group's bassist, Melissa Auf Der

Maur, had serious reservations about the two bands' compatibility.

"It's ... potentially very neutral and sweet," she said in a March 9

interview about the Hole/Marilyn Manson pairing. "But for some silly

reason, Manson loves hate. ... He gets the entire crowd to chant, 'We

love hate! We hate love!' ... And like the first night I heard that [I

thought], 'Disgusting! What is he doing out there?' ... I'm standing

for the light in this world ... I'm just hoping [Hole will] hone the

light more than we ever have before" (RealAudio excerpt of interview).

"I'm sure in hindsight [Hole's] preference would have been to do the headlining tour and bypass the agony of the Marilyn Manson experience, because obviously it didn't work out," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of tour-industry trade magazine Pollstar. "Certainly when they're headlining they know that the crowd they're playing for came to see them, which really was part of the problem with the Manson tour -- that a large part of the crowd came to see Marilyn and didn't care for Hole."

Hole's glossy Celebrity Skin -- which is at #111 on this week's

Billboard 200 albums chart -- has spawned such radio hits as the

title track

(RealAudio excerpt) and "Malibu." The album recently went platinum (1 million copies sold), and this week's calculations placed it at 1.1 million units, according to SoundScan, the organization that tracks album sales.

Waddell and Bongiovanni said Hole's choice to play midsized theaters is likely to guarantee a successful tour.

"They're not trying to sell amphitheaters and arenas -- they're playing the right places," Waddell said.

An opening act has not been announced.

Hole Tour Dates:

April 30; Cincinnati, Ohio, Taft Theater

May 1; Nashville, Tenn., River Stages

May 2; Atlanta, Ga., Music Midtown

May 4; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sunrise Musical Theater

May 7; New Orleans, La., State Palace Theater

May 8; Dallas, Texas, Bronco Bowl

May 9; Houston, Texas, Aerial Theater

May 11; Tulsa, Okla., Brady Theater

May 12; Kansas City, Mo., Memorial Hall

May 14; Pittsburgh, Pa., I.C. Light Amphitheater

May 15; Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory

May 16; Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theater

May 18; New York, N.Y., Roseland Ballroom

May 21; Cleveland, Ohio, Nautica Stage

May 23; Maryland Heights, Mo., Riverport Amphitheater

May 25; Columbus, Ohio, Veterans Memorial Auditorium

May 26; Detroit, Mich., State Theater