Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur will be the musical guest on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" on June 18 at 12:35 a.m. ET. Melissa will be promoting her Capitol solo debut, which will be released June 1 under the "Auf Der Maur" moniker.
"Auf Der Maur" was produced by MASTERS OF REALITY's Chris Goss and features an impressive list of guest artists, including QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan, Twiggy Ramirez and Auf Der Maur's former bandmates James Iha (SMASHING PUMPKINS) and Eric Erlandson (HOLE).
Asked in a recent interview what valuable lessons she learned during her time in HOLE and the PUMPKINS, Melissa said, "My time in HOLE, when I was 22 to 27, was the most educational and formative in terms of lifelong lessons. In HOLE, I discovered who I was and what my values were. I learned to speak up for who I am. When you're in an environment with really intense people, you either step up and speak up or just evaporate into the background. In those years I learned to become tough.
"What I learned, and what I respect most about Billy [Corgan] and Courtney [Love], is the way they live their lives. They are very honest in terms of knowing exactly what they want and then going and getting it. And I say hurrah for that.
"It's like they created these worlds of their own, these two very impressive full-on planets, and they invited me to spend time on them. Now I have my own planet, and I'm the captain, and the time I spent on their planets prepared me for this."