Although Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails only release new albums on average every 5 years and generally tour around the 4-year mark, they keep their fans consistently happy by regularly releasing new music be them EPs or remixes. With the last National tour (not counting festivals) wrapping up in 2014 and a new album by the name of Bad Witch freshly delivered in June of 2018, it was about time for Reznor and crew to head out on another tour.
Here are 5 reasons you should see Nine Inch Nails live.
5. They tour every 4 years and it's always amazing!
When you are a band like Nine Inch Nails and you are known for your mastery of music and technology, And you tour every leap year (it seems), you have to put on an amazing show for your fans. Nine Inch Nails always pushes lighting design and tour visuals to their limits, and this tour isn’t any different. With massive strobes blasting the crowd at every minute, movable hot lamps to backlight the band and a giant torn curtain that showcases the band's silhouette’s in all their glory, there is no way to not be impressed.
4. A new show every night
When you have almost 30 years of music to pull from, it can get boring playing the same tracks every night. Although NIN is pretty much guaranteed to play their most popular songs like "Reptile", "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt", you really don't know what songs they will play on any given night. Trent Reznor likes to keep his fans guessing and has an ever-evolving and rotating list of songs for their setlists. Even if you saw multiple shows on the same tour, you will get a different experience each time.
3. Trent Reznor plays the Sax
The always evolving frontman Trent Reznor is a master musician and a multi-instrumentalist and as he showcases in NIN's latest album Bad Witch, he is also a beast on the Saxophone. In the past Reznor has been a bit shy about playing the Sax on stage, he sheds those fears this tour with the beautiful "God Breaks Down The Door".
2. Nine Inch Nails pays tribute to the late David Bowie
About halfway through their set, Reznor takes a minute to discuss one of the artists that inspired him to make the music they do. He talks about how David Bowie showed just how amazing music could be when you stop caring what others think and stay true to yourself. In addition to talking about Bowie, NIN plays 1-2 Bowie covers each show. Possible songs include: "I Can't Give Everything Away" and "Subterraneans"
1. Going to see NIN live forces human interaction
In a world where everyone is engrossed in their phones and tickets to great shows almost immediately sold out because of ticket scalpers, Nine Inch Nails decided to mix up the system (as they often do). When their current tour was announced they forced people to actually get off their computers and go down to the box office. Initial tickets were only available for purchase in person for one day and lines were not allowed to form before 8 a.m. This made it so their fans had an opportunity to stand around in line and actually talk to people before purchasing their tickets, possibly even making a new friend in the process.
Nine Inch Nails are on tour through Mid December.