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Melissa Auf Der Maur
Montreal, Canada

Date of birth:
March 17, 1972

Vital stats:

The bass-ics:
“Bass players go through a kind of selfless act, which involves just being considerate and very, very sensitive to every move everyone makes. I love it; I actually feel guilty when I pick up the guitar.”

Where you’ve seen her:
As the bonny bassist in the bands Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins.

A born rocker:
Melissa’s mother lived platonically with Frank Zappa during her pregnancy and after Melissa’s birth.

Right place, right time:
Melissa met Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan after a bar brawl erupted following his performance in a Montreal punk club. (Melissa approached Billy to apologize on behalf of the city.) After witnessing her musical prowess, he suggested her for the gig with Hole.

Kinda like Fester was to Gomez:
“Billy’s kinda like a big brother to me, I don’t want to give him too much credit, but he’s been around most of my musical endeavors.”

Presenting Billy “The Apocalyptinator” Corgan:
“When I was in Hole, we would do a lot of girly stuff on the tours, like shopping and just… girly stuff. Now that I’m in the Smashing Pumpkins, I’m the only girl. I still go shopping with [guitarist] James Iha, but the other guys spend their time watching pay-per-view wrestling matches and hanging out with pro basketball players who come to the shows.”

We had to put our rock animal to sleep:
“In this band I have no idea where the songs came from, so I may be overcompensating with the live show. It’s like playing in the perfect metal band. I do kicks. Someone even compared me to the guy from Iron Maiden. It’s not like I’m trying. I’m not practicing in front of a mirror, but it’s happening. This music has released the rock animal in me.”

The Smashing Pumpkins
Melissa Auf Der Maur, An Unmitigated Shrine

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