Return of Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails is back and has plans to start touring this summer followed with arena tours this fall. According to Pitchfork.com, front man and founder Trent Reznor released a statement saying, “The band is reinventing itself from scratch.” This would be their first tour since 2009.
As many might be unaware, Nine Inch Nails does not have a set lineup of members. Reznor is the band’s only permanent member, and will often find members to play live shows alongside him. During the 2006 tour, “Beside You In Time” former A Perfect Circle members Jeordie White and Josh Freese filled into the lineup. This year will be no exception. Reznor announced that this year’s lineup would include bassist Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, Alessandro Cortini, and drummer Ilan Rubin, who has been a part of the band since 2009.
The Nine Inch Nails, known for “Closer,” “The Hand That Feeds,” and “Hurt” are also known for a distinct Industrial-like dark style that few bands have been able to match. Reznor is able to blend a vast array of emotions in every album providing a very unique experience for listeners. “March of the Pigs” on The Downward Spiral holds a frantic pace, with brief piano interludes before picking up again. The reverse is “Hurt,” (later covered by Johnny Cash) which is somber throughout. The style of Nine Inch Nails can be compared to Tool, which also has a just the right amount of vocals combined with well-composed instrumentals.
During the band’s hiatus, Reznor has proven to be a master composer. At the 2011 Academy Awards, Reznor won an Oscar alongside Atticus Ross for their musical soundtrack for The Social Network. They also won Best Original Score for The Social Network at the Golden Globes that year. In 2012, Reznor and Ross were nominated at the Golden Globes for their composition for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Early this year, Reznor and Ross eventually won Best Score Soundtrack at the Grammy Awards for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Tour dates for the United States have not been announced yet on the Nine Inch Nails official website, (nin.com).