Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur is now on her own and working harder than ever. Auf der Maur calls this the best year of her life now that she has the freedom to play whatever and with whomever she wants. At the top of her laundry list of projects is the sexy starís first solo album. According to Rolling Stone, the tentatively titled, Auf der Maur, is comprised of songs written and demoed over the last six years and features guest appearances by James Iha and Chris Holmes, as well as a duet with Rufus Wainwright. Auf der Maur is also involved with a string of different side projects.
One of these side projects, a band called Chelsea, made up of former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney, A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin and former Need guitarist Radio Sloan, will debut next week in Los Angeles with a show at Spaceland. The busy little bee also has a Black Sabbath tribute band, Hand of Doom, where she clocks in as the lead singer. Hand of Doom debuted last week in NYC. The previously reported collaboration with Ryan Adams, James Iha, and Evan Dando, called the Virgins, is a long way away but is still in the works. Finally, Auf der Maur has of late been doing some cover songs for motion picture soundtracks, including Poisonís "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the Clashís "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and Billy Idolís "Eyes Without A Face." The songs will be included in the upcoming comedy Run Ronnie Run, Oliver Stoneís Beyond Borders, and an unnamed teen thriller, respectively. Auf der Maur plans on working at this mind numbing pace until she either has a heart attack or ODs on No Doz.