Nine Inch Nails Play Intimate Album Release Show in L.A.

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Band keeps it simple at the Troubadour in West Hollywood

Via Rolling Stone

“We’re all jet-lagged,” Trent Reznor told the audience last night, a few hundred fans crammed into a tiny club in Los Angeles. “We’ve been criss-crossing the globe, playing all sorts of shows. Thank you for whatever humiliating things you had to do to get tickets.” The occasion was the release of Nine Inch Nails’ latest album, Hesitation Marks; the venue was the Troubadour in West Hollywood, a storied room best remembered for hosting the likes of James Taylor and Carole King in the Seventies. (Sadly, Reznor was not inspired to bust out an acoustic guitar for some Tapestry covers.)

For an hour and three quarters, Nine Inch Nails stripped away most of the production elements of their current tour (which has hit major rock festivals in recent months): what remained were some colored lights, a strobe and a smoke machine. Oh, and Reznor’s unrelenting intensity. He punched himself in the head, he clung to the microphone stand like it might blow away, he howled like a bleeding animal. Reznor doesn’t scream on Hesitation Marks (which the band did just three songs from); at the Troubadour, he showed that was an artistic choice rather than a physical limitation.

“I can’t find the set list,” Reznor noted at one point, not sounding concerned. He could have picked almost anything from his back catalog, and the sweaty, happy audience would have sung along, fists in the air. The five-piece band moved effortlessly from stomping rock to throbbing electronica, and even did a gorgeous instrumental, “La Mer,” in the encore. Highlights included the funky “The Hand That Feeds,” the new single “Came Back Haunted” and the night’s final song, a particularly raw version of “Hurt.” Reznor gave an understated vocal performance, perfectly sized for the hushed room, which built until he was drowning in his own pain.

Chatting with the audience, Reznor noted that on the small stage, he had no place to hide; he felt that every mistake was obvious, like when he fluffed the lyrics to his collaboration with David Bowie, “I’m Afraid of Americans.” Or as he told the crowd after playing “Disappointed” about halfway through the show: “Usually by this part of the set, we’ve been replaced by robots and we’re backstage, relaxing and catching up on Breaking Bad.”

Set list
“Somewhat Damaged”
“The Beginning of the End”
“Terrible Lie”
“March of the Pigs”
“The Line Begins to Blur”
“The Frail” / “The Wretched”
“I’m Afraid of Americans”
“Gave Up”
“I Am Sanctified”
“The Warning”
“Find My Way”
“Came Back Haunted”
“The Hand That Feeds”
“Head Like a Hole”
“La Mer” / “The Day the World Went Away”

NIN Trent Reznor’s angriest, grumpiest moments

Videos: the Nine Inch Nails frontman isn’t afraid to speak his mind – or smash up a stage

Trent Reznor isn’t known for his sunny disposition, at this year’s Reading Festival he publicly criticized the festival and national treasures, Biffy Clyro – before he performed at the event. Reznor is traditionally a prickly individual, never afraid to share his opinions or smash up a stage if things aren’t to his liking. Check out some of his grumpiest, most outspoken and angriest moments of all time here. Reznor is not that bad! haha!

Watch Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 tour documentary [Part 1] + Stream new album


Stream Nine Inch Nails’ new album, Hesitation Marks

Earlier this month, The Moment Factory uploaded a short teaser trailer that highlighted the behind-the-scenes work for Nine Inch Nails’ latest masterpiece of a tour. Now, VEVO has offered up part one of a more expansive documentary that digs deeper into the mind of Trent Reznor and his obsession with creating a new live experience for his fans.

“My goal, if we’re playing a 70 to 90 minute set, is that it’s almost a film,” Reznor explains, “where it starts out one way — not only musically, but visually it evolves into something that keeps your attention, frames the music in a way that feels like a journey from one place to another.”

This particular section of the film focuses on the stress and expectations leading up to their debut performance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival.

Check it out below:

Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt. 1 (VEVO Tour Exposed)

Don’t get too used to this stage setup, though, as following the band’s tour of summer festivals they’ll launch an entirely new production for their North American fall tour. “The fact that we’re doing all this only for these few shows, and then we have to do it over again, throwing all this out to do a completely new thing, with new things that won’t work, that feels a little insane,” Reznor said to The New York Times.

The band’s new album, Hesitation Marks, is due out September 3rd via Columbia (pre-orders are ongoing); stream it now via iTunes. Check out their full tour docket below.

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tour Dates:
09/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America
09/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
09/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
10/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena *
10/03 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell *
10/04 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center *
10/07 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center *
10/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center #
10/15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center #
10/18 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center #
10/19 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center #
10/21 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena #
10/22 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena #
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena #
10/26 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit
10/30 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center ^
10/31 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center ^
11/01-03 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience
11/05 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center *
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center *
11/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
11/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center *
11/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena *
11/19 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena *
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
11/22 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena *
11/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
11/25 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^

$ = w/ Tomahawk
* = w/ Explosions in the Sky
# = w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor