Times Musicians Majorly Crossed The Line With Fans At Concerts - Grunge

There’s one thing that fans should keep in mind when at a Courtney Love or Hole performance — do not reference her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in any way, shape, or form if you don’t want to risk her flying off the handle. Fans at the SWU Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, found that out firsthand in 2011 when the singer-guitarist cussed out an audience member who was holding up a picture of Cobain and momentarily walked out before returning onstage.

One can argue that the fan’s actions at the SWU Festival were tantamount to trolling. But there was less question about Love taking things too far some 16 years prior, during a Hole gig at Club Paradiso in Amsterdam. After the band performed the song “Asking for It,” Love went off on an apparently abusive fan who threw a drink at her. As heard in this YouTube clip, Love viciously fat-shamed the fan and dropped the names of several other prominent musicians, including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and the Lemonheads’ Evan Dando, as well as Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt. She topped it all off by telling the audience to “go f*** [themselves],” adding that Cobain hated Amsterdam and that the fans should go see Nine Inch Nails instead.

No musician deserves to get drinks thrown at them, but Love’s reaction was a classic case of the punishment, if you can call it that, not fitting the crime.