Kurt Loder recalls the Courtney Love/Madonna incident at the 1995 VMAs
More MTV 30th birthday fun! Kurt Loder recalls the infamous Courtney Love/Madonna incident at the 1995 VMAs in this outtake from my upcoming book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.
"We were set up on the side of Radio City Music Hall, and I was talking to Madonna and something came sailing through the air, and I had no idea what it was. It was a powder compact or something, and there was this kind of garbled shouting. I was up on a platform with Madonna, and we looked down, and there was Courtney. Madonna said, ‘Don’t bring her up here.’ Meanwhile, someone is in my ear, saying, ‘Get her up there. That would be great.’ I said, ‘Come on up, Courtney.’ So she came up, and she was a total mess, of course, but a wonderful mess—I love Courtney. Madonna, who was like an elder statesmen, said, ‘Oh, poor Courtney.’ She stayed for a little bit, until someone got her out of there.
"And then it was just Courtney. She was talking, and then she fell off the stool she was sitting on and landed on her back with her legs splayed, displaying herself to the camera guys, who were aghast. It was a memorable evening."