2014.03.17 | Birthday Today! Pumpkins of the Past – Melissa Auf der Maur
Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah
Melissa Auf der Maur is a Canadian musician and photographer who is widely known for her role as bassist for the American alternative rock band Hole. Born with a mixed German-Swiss heritage to parents Nick Auf der Maur and Linda Gaboriau, Melissa’s surname literally ‘On the Wall’ in German (‘Maur’ is derived from ‘Mauer,’ which means ‘wall’ in German).
Melissa was tapped by Corgan as a replacement for D’arcy Wretzky. She played bass for the entire duration of The Sacred and Profane Tour in 2000 and appeared in the music videos for ‘The Everlasting Gaze’ and ‘Stand Inside Your Love’ before The Smashing Pumpkins briefly disbanded in 2000.
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