Hole was an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989. The band was fronted by vocalist, lyricist, and guitarist Courtney Love, who formed Hole with guitarist Eric Erlandson. Hole had a revolving line-up of bassists and drummers, their most prolific being drummer Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff and Melissa Auf der Maur.
Initially part of Los Angeles' indie rock scene, the band collaborated with Kim Gordon for their debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), and went on to release the critically and commercially successful Live Through This (1994), and Celebrity Skin (1998), the latter of which garnered them four Grammy nominations. The group officially disbanded in 2002 and its members pursued other projects. In 2009, Hole was reformed by Love with new members, despite Erlandson's claim that the reformation breached a mutual contract he had with Love. The reformed band released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010), but Love announced in 2012 that she was returning to a solo career, and declared that "Hole is dead".