As a product of the 90’s I have a certain adoration for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. The music was aggressive, angry and extremely addicting. Yesterday, after a four year hiatus, Reznor announced that he is reinventing NIN with a new lineup and heading back on the road for an extensive, “full-on arena tour” that will start this summer and go through 2014. The new band will have members of King Crimson and Jane’s Addiction in the mix.
So just who is in the new lineup you ask? The new Nine Inch Nails will include Reznor, legendary guitarist Adrian Belew, bassist Eric Avery (formerly of Jane’s Addiction), Telefon Tel Aviv’s keyboardist Josh Eustis and long-time band mates keyboardist Alessandro Cortini and drummer Ilan Rubin. Even though the major part of the world tour won’t begin until 2014, NIN will begin playing concert dates this summer and according to Billboard Magazine, one of the group’s first shows will be at Lollapalooza.
I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked — which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.
Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.
In the meantime, Reznor is hitting the road with his OTHER band, How to Destroy Angels. THIS group features his ravishing wife, Mariqueen Maandig, composer Atticus Ross and designer Rob Sheridan.
They will make their grand entrance into the mainstream at April’s Coachella and will release their debut album, “Welcome Oblivion,” on March 5 via Columbia Records. (On a side note, I think it needs to be mentioned that their cover of Bryan Ferry’s Is Your Love Strong Enough for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack was incredible.)