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The Beginning Of The End ?

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 !!)

I posted a few TwitPic shots as we were waiting to get into the venue (after Chicken Parma + beers) – click to see – one | two | three.

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…>

  • 1,000,000
  • 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
  • Survivalism
  • Gave Up
  • La Mer
  • The Fragile
  • Non Entity
  • The Good Soldier
  • Wish – this was the greatest song of the night – IMHO
  • Suck
  • 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.

And – we’ll hopefully see some official pics and videos from Rob Sheridan.  Keep an eye on Vimeo + Flickr + Front Row Centre to see.

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).

  1. Alternative Nation 1994
  2. Big Day Out 2000 – need to dig out photos from my old “film” SLR
  3. Rod Laver Arena – 2005 – With Teeth tour
  4. Metro 2007 – Sunday Night (13th May)
  5. Metro 2007 – Tuesday Night (15th May)
  6. Festival Hall – last night
  7. 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 !

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