Yesterday, Trent Reznor posted a blog on the Nine Inch Nails website announcing that the band will tour with Janes Addiction this year – and that this will possibly be the last Nine Inch Nails tour, ever. The band is coming off of last year’s ‘Lights in the Sky’ tour (which I witnessed twice – @ Lollapalooza in Chicago and here in Nashville). Reznor stated, “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 elaborate production…” [and if you had the opportunity to see one of the shows, 'elaborate' is an understatement!] “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.”
Nine Inch Nails and Reznor, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first release, and have decided to ‘go back to their roots’ and join together, once again, with Janes Addiction – a band NIN performed with early on in their career. There are no dates for the NIN/Jane’s tour as of yet, but once they are announced, you can count on me being at one of the shows (hopefully as headliners of Lollpalooza – wishful thinking on my part). Regardless if you are a fan of their music or not, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails changed the music scene forevor back when I could hardly walk, and ever since then, the band has continued to develop and grow in their musical expression.
Below is the full text from the Nine Inch Nails website ‘A Note from Trent and a wave goodbye’:
Towards the beginning of my career in Nine Inch Nails, our biggest break came in the form of an invitation to perform a series of shows with Janes Addiction These performances essentially created and defined the term “alternative” rock in the US, created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving (Lollapalooza), set the stage for Nirvana to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really fucking FUN to play and attend – truly the best times I’ve had. The shows were epic. So epic, they propelled NIN to the “next level” (whatever that means), but caused Jane’s to implode. The band broke up at the end of that tour.

Fast forward to the present. Corporate rock STILL sucks. A friend tells me they saw the original Jane’s lineup play a tiny show in LA that was unbelievable. I break out my Jane’s records and am amazed by how vital they sound. These guys were the real deal and in this current climate mostly dominated by poseurs and pussies it was refreshing to hear something that sounded dangerous, volatile, beautiful and SINCERE.

Emails were sent, phone calls were made, dinner was arranged, ideas were discussed and the next thing I know we’re in the studio experimenting. We laugh, we get to know each other, we cry, we yell, we almost quit, we record LOTS of guitar solos, we discuss, we actually begin to all communicate, we yell some more, we become FRIENDS, we laugh again and we do some great things. I get to see first hand why they broke up all those years ago but I also get the chance to see four distinct personalities that become an INCREDIBLE band when they’re in the same room.

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. I reached out to Jane’s to see if they’d want to join us across the US and we all felt it could be a great thing. Will it work? Will it resonate in the marketplace? Who knows. Are there big record label marketing dollars to convince you to attend? Nope.
Does it feel right to us and does it seem like it will be fun for us and you? Yes it does.
Look for tour dates soon and I hope to see you out there.

Trent



It’s sad to hear this might be the end of Nine Inch Nails, but I doubt he [Reznor] will be out of music forevor. He has been known to produce and collaborate with other artists, and even if this is the last ride into the sunset for Nine Inch Nails, there is no doubt in my mind that Trent Reznor will continue to be an influence on rock music for many years to come.

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  1. I remember your Lollapalooza podcast recap from a year or so ago. Thanks for taking me to the action!

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  2. Ladies and gentleman I think we might have found the one person who remembers the four-episode existance of 'Renegades of Rock' (my old podcast)! Haha, thanks for bringing back those memories – soon I think I am going to step back into the world of podcasting. You and I should join forces for the ultimate podcasting experience. A 'tour de force' of news, comedy, tech-junk, and music. If nothing else, we should at least join forces for one monumental internet-airwave event.

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  3. Sounds good to me. @tched and I were think of a centenitak. two laps. two angles of a topic or something and bam we fit.

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  4. We'll make it happen – to be discussed @ our next Palmas excursion.

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  5. I heard about that farewell tour. I MUST go. Always loved NIN but have never seen them in concert. horrible I know. shame on me. glad there are others out there who care about such things :)

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  6. Never seen them in concert? It's a life changing experience! Ok, maybe a little dramatic, but they are insanely good live, then add in the original lineup of Janes Addiciton. Amazing.

    Check out this link posted up on NIN.com of Janes performing life @ Echoplex the other night: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/1

    (And thanks for checking out the blog Molly)

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  7. Never seen them in concert? It's a life changing experience! Ok, maybe a little dramatic, but they are insanely good live, then add in the original lineup of Janes Addiciton. Amazing.

    Check out this link posted up on NIN.com of Janes performing life @ Echoplex the other night: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/1

    (And thanks for checking out the blog Molly)

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