Posted by: Cory | March 28, 2008

Nine Inch Nails @ Rupp Arena – 8/31


I am so incredibly excited.  Nine Inch Nails are coming back to Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena in August.  I saw Trent and his crew shortly after With Teeth was released in Lexington, and it was one of the most intense shows I have ever witnessed.  Afterwards, I’d said I will be at every nearby show that this man plays.

Rumors had abounded for some time that the band was finished as the band we know.  Ghosts I-IV alleviated that fear for most…but a full scale tour is sure to do it for all. 

Trent Reznor is a visionary, and I think unequivocally the most important man in music today.  I have my suspicions that Radiohead just beat him to the punch and that he was always planning on experimenting with alternative methods of distribution and payment schemes with Saul Williams (the man who opened my eyes to a new way of thinking about poetry back in 1998).  Radiohead’s distribution was a gimmick.  Trent’s method is a truer exploration of the possibilities, which is why it continues to evolve from the $0/$5 model of Niggy Tardust to the $0/$5/$10/$75/$300 model of Ghosts I-IV.  Also, Trent is a marketing genius, recognizing that nobody wants advertisement and promotion shoved down their throat, and that the best form of advertisement is the kind that consumers actively seek out and follow.  The game that corresponded to the release of Year Zero had kids listening to white noise peaks and valleys of audio transmissions from the characters of the campaign, which happened to be a binary encoded series of dates.  The attention to detail is something simply not seen these days, and calls to mind loops and complexities used in old Arabic and Italian storytelling techniques.  More recently, Trent has issued a call for visual counterpieces to go alongside Ghosts I-IV from fans to be published on YouTube. 

As for the show itself…the last time I saw NIN was with the Moving Units (3rd party photo review)…one of my favorite dance punk bands right there alongside VHS or Beta…however whether it was the more goth-ish crowd (People in KY seemingly wrongly associate NIN with goth), but their live show didn’t match their first album.  However, they may have just been performing their upcoming album at the time, Hexes for Exes, since released, which isn’t good at all

NIN on the other hand absolutely was amazing.  I recall pinion starting off the set quietly before anyone had come to the stage and I didn’t see anyone else in the crowd getting excited, but I started jumping because I knew it was coming….and then it hit and the crowd erupted.  Also, on that tour, Trent had a visual component that was stunning to watch, but I was a bit too close to fully appreciate it.  I didn’t care as he screamed into my face and I got a drum stick at the end, for which I was offered pretty decent money (an offer I refused).  I’m really looking forward to this upcoming show…NIN has been one of my favorite bands since Pretty Hate Machine since it fit in well with my punk upbringing and while I’m not keen on paying $50 for anyone…it’s well worth it for this show.

For the Tour Schedule,

Tour Schedule

July 25 Pemberton BC Pemberton Festival
July 26 Seattle WA Key Arena at Seattle Center
July 28 Edmonton ALB Rexall Place
July 29 Calgary ALB Pengrowth Saddledome
July 31 Winnipeg MAN MTS Centre
August 2 Minneapolis MN Target Center
August 5 Toronto ONT Air Canada Centre
August 7 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena
August 8 Worcester MA DCU Center
August 12 Knoxville TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
August 13 Duluth GA Gwinnett Arena
August 15 Oklahoma City OK Ford Center
August 16 Houston TX Toyota Center
August 18 Dallas TX American Airlines Center
August 20 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center
August 22 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena
August 23 Auburn Hills MI Palace of Auburn Hills
August 27 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center
August 29 Philadelphia PA Wachovia Center
August 31 Lexington KY Rupp Arena
September 2 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 3 Salt Lake City UT The E Center Of West Valley
September 5 Oakland CA Oracle Arena (formerly Oakland Arena)
September 6 Inglewood CA The Forum


  1. Saw the show last night at Key Arena…you will be pleased!

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