Nine Inch Nails to 'wave goodbye' after tour with Jane's Addiction
No, you haven't been transported back to 1991. Trent Reznor's industrial metal monoliths are to embark on a farewell tour with one of their earliest gig partners.
Trent Reznor announced both a world tour and an impending hiatus, yesterday. His fans won't know whether to don their celebratory black T-shirts or weep into their consolatory black bedspreads. Reznor will put his band to rest after a farewell tour with one of NIN's earliest gig partners – Jane's Addiction. He outlined his plans in a website posting entitled "A note from Trent and a wave goodbye". "2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases," he wrote. "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."
"After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year.
"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." The first of these "raw", "goodbye" gigs took place in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this week. Though he had expressed nervousness about this "first show of the new tour", Reznor later reported a "mission accomplished". "Very strange show for us to play," he wrote on Twitter. "Completely different and exciting. Nothing was familiar to us." Reznor has spent recent weeks in the studio with Jane's Addiction, producing their first album in six years. He became involved after a friend told him about an "unbelievable" concert in Los Angeles, which prompted Reznor to dig out his dusty vinyl. "[I was] amazed by how vital they sound," Reznor wrote. "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 [and] we record LOTS of guitar solos." Reviving a pairing that was born in the 1991 Lollapalooza festival tour, Jane's Addiction will join Nine Inch Nails on several of their forthcoming dates, including a gig at the Sasquatch festival in Washington state. After that, it's hard to know what Reznor has in mind. He may simply be retiring the NIN name – or he may be retiring from music altogether. The last time Nine Inch Nails "disappeared", after 1999's The Fragile, it took six years for Reznor to return. That gap stands in stark contrast to the past four years, which has seen the group release four separate albums.
Released Pretty Hate Machine. Released The Downward Spiral.
Toured with the Lollapalooza tour. Pretty Hate Machine was certified gold. Released the EP Broken. Broken was certified gold.
The Downward Spiral was certified gold.
Grammy Woodstock '94. Award for The video for "Closer" Best Metal was nominated for Performance 2 MTV Video Music Awards including ("Wish"). Breakthrough Video The video for "Wish" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Metal/Hard Rock Video.
and Best Art Direction.
The Downward Spiral was certified platinum.
1995 Nine Inch Nails were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist. Pretty Hate Machine was certified platinum. Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance (The Downward Spiral). Nine Inch Nails released Further Down The Spiral. Pretty Hate Machine was certified 2x platinum. The Downward Spiral was certified 2x platinum.
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("The Perfect Drug")
Won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance ("Happiness Is Slavery") Reznor was nominated for Best Rock Song ("Hurt"). Further Down The Spiral was certified gold.
The video for "The Perfect Drug" was nominated for 5 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, Best Alternative Video, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography.
Trent Reznor was sued by a musician who claims that Reznor stole 6 of his songs after conversing over the internet. The musician claims he had sent Reznor a copy of his music in 1993 so that Reznor could listen to the tunes. The songs in question include 4 from The Downward Spiral (Nine Inch Nails' biggest LP) and a track from the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. The Downward Spiral was certified 4x platinum. The lawsuit claiming Trent Reznor plagiarized songs for The Downward Spiral was dismissed by a judge in California
Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance ("Starf****rs, Inc.") and Best Alternative Music Performance (The Fragile).
MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Closer" at # 17.
The video "Into The Void" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video. The video for "Starf****rs, Inc." was nominated for a Billboard Music Video Award for Best Modern Rock Clip of the Year.
2008 Ghosts I-IV was released in stores. Nine Inch Nails topped the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart with Ghosts I-IV.
Rolling Stone: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time included Nine Inch Nails at # 94
Gave away their next LP The Slip free off their website (www.NIN.com) with a statement by Reznor saying "Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me." Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included The Downward Spiral at # 81.
released With Teeth with the first single "The Hand That Feeds." topped the Billboard 200 LP chart and Top Internet Albums chart with With Teeth - selling over 272,000 copies its first week of release in the US.
Began touring in April in Ohio. A new track, "The Day The World Went Away" was released. The Fragile was released. Reznor appeared on cover of Rolling Stone. The Fragile topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a week and the Billboard Internet Album Sales chart for a week. The Fragile was certified platinum.
Released Ghosts I-IV through there official website. The set consists of 36 instrumental tracks.
The Fragile was certified 2x platinum.
Nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist.
Released a live LP And All That Could Have Been Pretty Hate Machine was certified 3x platinum.
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male ("Into The Void").
VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years includes "Closer" at # 93. Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 200: The Downward Spiral.
topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart with "The Hand That Feeds." Nine Inch Nails were to perform at the MTV Movie Awards, but cancelled after wanting to use George Bush's image in the background as the performed "The Hand That Feeds" but being told not to by MTV. Reznor performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief - a benefit program shown on music video channels to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Nine Inch Nails topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart with "Only."
Nine Inch Nails were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("The Hand That Feeds"). Nine Inch Nails topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart with "Every Day Is Exactly The Same." Nine Inch Nails topped the Canadian singles chart with "Every Day Is Exactly The Same." Nine Inch Nails topped the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart and Hot Dance Singles Sales chart with "Every Day Is Exactly The Same." Nine Inch Nails topped the Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Hot Dance Single Sales ("Every Day Is Exactly The Same").
The Slip was released. Nine Inch Nails topped the Billboard Top Electronics Albums chart with The Slip.
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Every Day Is Exactly The Same"). Topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart with "Survivalism." Nine Inch Nails released Year Zero. Topped the Billboard Internet Albums chart with Year Zero. The remix LP Y34RZ3ROR3MIX3D was released. Topped the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart with Y34RZ3ROR3MIX3D. Topped the Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Hot Dance Single Sales ("Every Day Is Exactly The Same").
Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster was released. Reznor was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for his work on the film The Social Network
Reznor won an
Academy Award for Best Original
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance ("34 Ghosts I-IV").
Score for his work
Reznor was also nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (Ghosts I-IV with Rob Sheridan).
on the film The