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Montreal, Canada (1993 – present)

Melissa Auf der Maur (born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian rock musician from Montréal, Canada, best known as the former bassist of bands Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Auf der Maur became friends with Billy Corgan after apologizing for a friend who threw a beer bottle at him during one of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Canadian shows. Her band, Tinker, opened for The Smashing Pumpkins in Montréal 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 originally turned down the job but reconsidered on advice from her father. She joined Hole two weeks before the band’s appearance at the Reading Festival, and recorded the band’s third album Celebrity Skin. She left on October 20, 1999 after the band’s tours in promotion of the album.

In 1999, she joined The Smashing Pumpkins after the departure of D’arcy Wretzky, and remained with the band until they disbanded in 2000. After this, she collaborated with a number of artists. In 2001, she sang on Rufus Wainwright’s album, Poses. In 2002, she sang with Nicola Sirkis on the French band Indochine’s song “Le Grand Secret.”

In 2004, she released her debut album, Auf Der Maur. The singles “Followed the Waves”, “Real A Lie” and “Taste You” garnered significant airplay on modern rock radio. Six years later, she released her long-awaited follow-up, Out Of Our Minds, in 2010, which featured a more obscure approach to songwriting and featured an appearance from Glenn Danzig.

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  • malinaflint

    INCREDIBLE woman! I ♡ U Melissa!

    15 Feb 9:13am Reply
  • Furyvault

    I'm in love.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Truly a bass goddess:):)

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • afromme

    @serv1ces - Well, still about as hard to understand for a German as the slightly differently spelled "On the Wal" would be for an English speaker. Not every "Schu(h)macher" is spelled with the h that we nowadays use in the word "Schuh", and yet it's pretty clear where the name comes from even without the h. By the way - Melissa's heritage is Swiss - I think Swiss regional spelling tends to differ slightly from "regular" German.

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • serv1ces

    in German wall is actually Mauer.... not Maur

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • rockowa_

    she proves that the bassists are not shit at all. she is amazing

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • discordia23

    Her family name means "on the wall" in German. Crazy.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nanotequee

    Te haría 42 pibes, colo.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • joaotsantos

    The Canadian Rock League (CRL) is a competition constituted by 2 leagues, the First division and the Second Division. You can vote in your favourite CANADIAN artists/bands and put them in the top! If you love challenges and competition please join us: Canadian Rock League Every week have a new voting! Have fun

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • cobaincocaine

    bass queen

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    so unbelievably sexy.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • cygnusx10

    she is extremely bad ass. love! x2

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • storm2k8

    Beast of Honor brought me here

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • angrywinters

    A truly amazing artist.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • garandhero

    her second album is awesome stuff

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tanya_90

    i miss her

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • fevaray

    she is extremely bad ass. love!

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Aurora_Feizul

    Melissa is the shit! Love her.

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • footsteps

    yes!

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • violettte1

    did she have her daughter yet?

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
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