For regular readers of my blog, you’ll know I have an almost “unhealthy” obsession with all matters NIN & Trent Reznor.
Well, last night, I went to see Nine Inch Nails for the 6th time !
After seeing them (twice) in 2007 at The Metro, I was wondering how the new show would be – supposedly more stripped back and raw than the recent Lights In The Sky extravaganza – with enormous screens & interactive video equipment.
Trent has also been mentioning that there might be a break coming, and the end of Nine Inch Nails is “nigh” :
In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases.
I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while.
Last year’s "Lights in the Sky" tour was something I’m quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production.
It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed.
After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year.
The approach to these shows is quite different from last year – much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye.
So – was keen to see/hear as much as possible – as it could be THE LAST time…!
When they played in 2007, I was a fan club member, and could have (should have) gone early – as I would have been able to enter early for the soundcheck – and (probably) meet/greet the band.
At Festival Hall – I arrived early – about 5.30pm – and waited around for other people I knew to arrive. Security were being dicks, but I just eaves-dropped – and heard “they’re stuck in traffic”.
Next thing we knew – a Tarago carrying the band arrived !
I called out “Trent !!” and he turned and half-waved as the entered the building – that was all we were going to get – so we headed off for some dinner at a local pub (they had the “Beside You In Time” DVD playing on the plasma screen in the bar – nice touch !!)
The support band “Jaguar Love” were pretty crappy – with a guitarist, vocal and drum/synth backing track – WTF !!?!
Anyway – wasn’t long after that Trent & the lads came on stage – Robin Finck on guitar, and Justin Meldal Johnson on bass. The drums were handled by Ilan Rubin who is only 20 years old ! (amazing drummer)
Was a very different show to the recent “Metro” shows – with each player having a keyboard, and playing at some time or other. Some great new tracks from The Slip – although felt like it took a few songs for the crowd to warm into it.
An amazing lights show (as expected) – even though it was “stripped back” – it was still as good as any show at the Tennis Centre – certainly the best I’ve ever seen at Festival Hall.
(NB. not my photos !)
Here’s the set list + comments…>
- Letting You
- Discipline – first three songs were from “The Slip”
- March Of The Pigs
- The Frail
- The Wretched
- Head Down
- Burn – was very different with the bass riff done on keyboards, rather than a “phat” slide sound along the fret – prefer the “old” way (!) Rob Sheridan was filming all through this song – on a HD Canon 5D (high-res) – can’t wait to see some footage
- Gave Up
- La Mer
- The Fragile
- Non Entity
- The Good Soldier
- Wish – this was the greatest song of the night – IMHO
- The Hand That Feeds
- Head Like A Hole – nearly broke the floor of Festival Hall with over 1/2 the floor in a big sea of MOSH !
And – for encore :
- Reptile – awesome chug-chug riff – shook the floor with “bass”
- The Downward Spiral
- The Beginning Of The End – they left the lights on for the first half of this song – almost a “tribute” – seemed like Trent was “emotional” – as if to say “this is the beginning of the end of Nine Inch Nails”
- Dead Souls – “they keep calling me !”
- Hurt – great to finish on such a great song – and the crowd was silent + “in awe” – not like the fvcked up crowd yelling at The Metro show (cut the song short).
Again – no “Closer” in the set, but that doesn’t bother me. Trent spoke a few times during the show, and said “we’re doing songs WE like to play, not a greatest hits show”.
Although – I reckon they’ll pull it out of the bag for SoundWave (maybe ?)
Another AWESOME show – not quite as good as the Metro 2007 (2nd show) – don’t know if that will EVER be topped.
I took a photo on my mobile phone immediately after the show – looking elated, but rather hot and sweaty – click here to see.
And – there’s a bunch of video clips from the show – less than 24 hours later – click to see some YouTube fan footage.
There’s a few pics on the “nin.com” site also – click here.
Can’t wait to see them TOMORROW – for SoundWave – will be 7x !
That’s more than I’ve seen Metallica or Fear Factory (both seen 6x).
- Alternative Nation 1994
- Big Day Out 2000 – need to dig out photos from my old “film” SLR
- Rod Laver Arena – 2005 – With Teeth tour
- Metro 2007 – Sunday Night (13th May)
- Metro 2007 – Tuesday Night (15th May)
- Festival Hall – last night
- SoundWave – tomorrow !!!
Better go rest up – and get ready for a 36 degree sweat-fest – and metal-a-thon – with Nine Inch Nails as the icing on the cake !
UPDATE : Rob has uploaded a 5 min video clip of BURN, live from Festival Hall – click here to have a look – amazing High Def quality ! …
…and if you create an account (and are logged-in), you can download the .MOV version – just be careful, as it’s 600 MB !