Typically a man of few (spoken) words on stage, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor delighted a Las Vegas audience this weekend with a surprising act of kindness.
Generally speaking, there’s no such thing as “TMI” when it comes to rock star autobiographies. We want to hear it all! Al Jourgensen’s new memoir, however, may be the exception to that rule. In the third paragraph on page xxiii of his book.
The fact that they’re still playing their brazenly uncommercial music to large crowds today is equally impressive. Judging by the power of the band, and the passion of the thousands gathered at the Prudential Center, they’ll be able to do it for years to come.
If Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 masterpiece ‘Downward Spiral’ was an opera of depression-induced suicide, then new album ‘Hesitation Marks’ is an opera where Trent Reznor grieves, forgives and buries the body.
The intimate show followed their enormous festival dates, but they sure didn’t sound any smaller, pummeling the tiny Troubadour with the band’s legendary industrial strength.
Here’s a primer on Trent Reznor’s many, many projects after Nine Inch Nails waved goodbye in 2009.
Like Public Enemy, who played the Rocky stage the prior day, NIN did not fit into the #YOLO vibe, which means that a fair portion of the didn’t know what to do with their music.