Melissa Auf Der Maur
Birthdate: March 17, 1972
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Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur (born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian rock musician of Franco-Swiss ancestry from Montreal, Quebec, best known as a bassist with the band Hole and later with The Smashing Pumpkins. She is also a published photographer.
Auf der Maur became friends with Billy Corgan after apologizing for a friend who had thrown a beer bottle at the band during one of The Smashing Pumpkins's first Canadian concert dates at Montreal nightclub Foufounes Électriques. Her band, Tinker, opened for The Smashing Pumpkins in Montreal in 1993. In 1994, when Hole was in need of a new bassist following the death of Kristen Pfaff, Corgan recommended Auf der Maur to Courtney Love. Auf der Maur initially turned the job down, but later reconsidered. She joined Hole two weeks before the Reading Festival, and stayed through the album Celebrity Skin, leaving on October 20, 1999.
Not long thereafter, she toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, just after the band had finished the recording of Machina/The Machines of God, and the departure of original bassist D'Arcy Wretzky. She played with the band on their farewell tour, which was in support of the Machina album.
She also collaborated with the French group Indochine on the song "Le grand secret", jointly singing vocals and appearing in the video with Nicola Sirkis, and toured with Ric Ocasek of The Cars in 1997. Auf der Maur also contributed bass and backing vocals to childhood friend Rufus Wainwright's 2001 album Poses on the song "Evil Angel".
In 2004, her band Auf der Maur released its self titled debut album, garnering significant airplay on modern rock radio stations for the singles "Followed the Waves", "Real A Lie" and "Taste You". The same year, she appeared on the CBC television program The Greatest Canadian, as David Suzuki's celebrity advocate. Auf der Maur was part of the November 2004 Love Metal tour also featuring HIM and 2004's Curiosa. She was also the opening act for Matthew Good's Put Out Your Lights Tour in 2004. She contributed backing vocals on the track "Do Miss America" which appears on Ryan Adams's "Rock N Roll" album (2003).
In 2006, Auf der Maur was included in Blender magazine's hottest women of rock alongside Joan Jett, Liz Phair, and fellow Hole member Courtney Love.
In a recent interview with the Visions of Rock website, Melissa announced that she had finished her second solo album which would go hand in hand with a graphic novel and a concept film which should be released in late 2007/early 2008. The website for this project has been launched in August 2007 and can be found at xmadmx.com.
Auf der Maur is also an experienced photographer. She was a photography major specializing in self-portraiture at Concordia University when she was invited to join Hole. Her photos have been published in Nylon, Bust, Mastermind, and Harper's Bazaar, among other magazines. Her photos were also in the exhibition The Kids are Alright at Sotheby's in New York City along with photos by Yelena Yemchuk. A book of photos entitled Channels has been in the works for a few years as of 2007.
Studio albums and EPs: Pretty on the Inside | Live Through This | Ask for It | The First Session | My Body, the Hand Grenade | Celebrity Skin