Posted in music on September 11, 2009

"This is it... but I'm not gonna break down in tears just yet." -Trent Reznor on stage

NIN @ the Wiltern - Sep 10, 2009 (bloodandheadlines)

Last night (September 10th) was the rescheduled final stop on NIN's "last" ("Wave Goodbye") tour. The show was at the Wiltern in L.A. and ran over three hours and featured many of the same guests that appeared at the previous LA show which took place at Henry Fonda Theater in LA two night earlier. Nine Inch Nails played four LA shows total, two in Chicago, one in Toronto, and four in NYC. Peter Murphy was a special guest at the last two NYC shows at Terminal 5, and at the two in Chicago. Show openers changed along the way, and were either The Horrors, Mew or HEALTH.

Gary Numan (who played at all four LA shows), Mike Garson, Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman (of Dillinger Escape Plan), and NIN producer Atticus Ross all played with the band at The Wiltern. Eric Avery, who was there at the Henry Fonda, didn't return, but fellow Jane's Addiction (who co-headlined the first leg of the Say Goodbye tour with NIN) member Dave Navarro showed up to help perform three songs at the Wiltern. Speaking of porn stars (he seems like one anyway), Ron Jeremy didn't join the orgy on stage, but did take it in from the audience.

In one clip, posted below, Trent (again) explains that he and the band will still be making music, they're "just not going to tour as Nine Inch Nails" (he also said he wouldn't perform The Downward Spiral again).

The setlist, and a bunch of videos from the show, below...

(pic by supahcute)

Trent Reznor talks about NIN plans for the future. Live at Wiltern 09-10-09

Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds - live Wiltern (farewell show), September 10, 2009

Nine Inch Nails - Down In It - live Wiltern (farewell show), September 10, 2009

Nine Inch Nails "Down In It" Live at Wiltern 09-10-09

BAD SOUND: Nine Inch Nails "Piggy" Live feat. Dave Navarro At Wiltern 09-10-09

Nine Inch Nails - Burn - live Wiltern (farewell show), September 10, 2009

Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole - live Wiltern (farewell show), September 10, 2009

Nine Inch Nails-Wish w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan live at the Fonda L.A., CA 9/10/09

Nine Inch Nails 2009/09/10 Los Angeles, CA setlist
1. "Home"
2. "Somewhat Damaged"
3. "The Collector"
4. "Discipline"
5. "March Of The Pigs"
6. "Something I Can Never Have"
7. "The Frail"
8. "The Wretched"
9. "Ruiner"
10. "Head Down"
11. "Burn"
12. "Just Like You Imagined" (featuring Mike Garson)
13. "La Mer" (featuring Mike Garson)
14. "Eraser" (featuring Mike Garson)
15. "The Becoming" (featuring Mike Garson)
16. "Down In The Park" (featuring Gary Numan)
17. "Metal" (featuring Gary Numan)
18. "I Die: You Die" (featuring Gary Numan)
19. "1,000,000"
20. "Letting You"
21. "Survivalism"
22. "Suck"
23. "Down In It"
24. "The Hand That Feeds"
25. "Head Like A Hole"
26. "Me, I'm Not" (featuring Atticus Ross)
27. "The Warning" (featuring Atticus Ross and Dave Navarro)
28. "Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)" (featuring Atticus Ross and Dave Navarro)
29. "Gave Up" (featuring Dave Navarro)
30. "Mr. Self Destruct" (featuring Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman)
31. "Wish" (featuring Dillinger Escape Plan)
32. "Atmosphere" (Joy Division)
33. "Dead Souls" (Joy Division)
34. "The Good Soldier"
35. "The Day The World Went Away"
36. "Hurt"
37. "In This Twilight"



Comments (22)

"Ron Jeremy took it in"

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 11:47 AM


Posted by TXn | September 11, 2009 11:48 AM

seems pretty genuine.

Couldn't bust out any powdered sugar or makeup for the final show?

No happiness in slavery surprise?

ahh, nice show.

I bet this was the most grueling tour ever. Trent looks like he dropped about 15 lbs. since the Bowery show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 12:12 PM

Nine Inch... Jeremy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 12:13 PM

bravo, 12:13

according to his book, he claims to actually be 9"+ but I guess the "+" part of that is just splitting hairs (pun intended) at that point

Posted by Funderburgh | September 11, 2009 12:29 PM

Thank god it's over

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 12:37 PM

Live Audio mp3 of "Reptile" is posted here:

Posted by Avalanche | September 11, 2009 12:42 PM

Trent just seems so sincere and honest about what he does and what he wants to do. It's cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 1:08 PM

I went to all four and despite the never ending length, the Fonda was the best one, followed by this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 1:10 PM

Ron JereMEH

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 1:14 PM

can BVers go back to spewing over crystal castles now?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 1:16 PM

You mean cwystal castles?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 1:26 PM

It was cornstarch, b.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 1:45 PM

i guarantee those fuckers will be back when the money runs out in 5 years.

Posted by m manson | September 11, 2009 2:04 PM

i hope those fuckers will be back when the money runs out in 5 years.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 2:55 PM

i heard trent is going to join alice in chains

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 3:48 PM

No casual fans were in attendance. Because you couldn't get a ticket. And why would you want to?

At the juncture of art and commerce, for one slim moment in the nineties, an act playing less than mainstream music could make a video so riveting, enhancing the underlying sounds, that MTV could air it and a career could be jettisoned from nowhere into the stratosphere.

This was prior to Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger. There were pockets of fans, but MTV blew Nine Inch Nails up. And then Trent and his roving band of backup musicians blew people's minds. Most notably at a Woodstock reunion, where turf was thrown and there was a palpable excitement not seen since the sixties. This was a scene. Which David Letterman wanted a part of. But Nine Inch Nails never did do his show. Why? Dave could look hip, but what would it do for the band? Who'd already reached many more people than they'd originally anticipated. Who would seem positively small on television. Whereas their music was so big!

You wouldn't drop the needle on a NIN album at a party, certainly not a club, unless it was inhabited by misfits, who felt the mainstream had rejected them. But now, the mainstream barely exists. Instead of being an outsider, Trent Reznor is a leader, a beacon, telling all in attendance, all paying attention, to do it your own way.

Imagine being in a relationship where you never had to compromise, where you were loved for the way you are. A job where you could tell off the boss. This world doesn't exist, except in art. That's the privilege of the artist, an ability to create in his own exact vision. A charge which Trent Reznor embodies, blazing a path in his own unique direction, willing to make mistakes along the way, worried not a whit what some overlord might think.

And what results is music made for few. But these few, they adore him. For expressing all their frustration, for being who they want to be, uncompromised.

Just before the houselights went down, Tony Hawk came over to say hi to Jim. Guerinot told me he'd learned tons from working with the skateboard king. In the music business we sucked at the tit of the label, we were beholden to the company to both make us and direct us. Whereas Tony had had to cobble it together himself. Take chances. Tony was what the music business became. Sure, he ultimately got lucky with his video game, but its success was not foreseen. Tony's an artist, not only on four wheels, but in business, willing to take chances, to do it a different way, only by taking risks can you get a surprising result.

The audience was not pretty. These were not scenesters. I saw so much black, you'd think we were at a wake. Which, on one hand, we were, the final NIN performance. But so many of these people believe they're at a permanent wake, that the odds are stacked against them, they look to the music for a release.

And there was tons of music. Three encores and thirty nine songs.

Things started to heat up twelve numbers in. When Mike Garson took the stage.

Shouldn't it have been Benmont Tench? No, diss to Mr. Heartbreaker, but when you're in Los Angeles, your special guests are Hollywood stars, not an avant garde pianist whose one fling with the mainstream was thirty odd years ago on David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane".

But Mike added a new element. Prior to this, the music had been an assault. Suddenly, it had texture, mood.

Then came Gary Numan. Yup, the guy with the slick 'do who sang "Cars". But although a novelty on MTV, a one hit wonder, Mr. Numan was not in it for the fame, but the sound. Trent considers him to be a progenitor. Gary, looking little less for wear, not having gone under the surgeon's knife, but having been hermetically sealed in a basement, continuing to play music, stood at the mic with authority and dealt out the lyrics. Then tapped on a keyboard at the front of the stage. In this world, Les Pauls and synthesizers co-exist.

Encore one featured Atticus Ross and Dave Navarro.

Encore two was performed with the Dillinger Escape Plan. An act I'd never heard of, but I'll never forget. A complete band, a NIN doppelganger, who took the stage with such energy that you could feel it blasting in your face. The drummer pounded, then they kicked around his big bass drum, threw it in the air. The guitarist twirled his guitar around his body, again and again. And the lead singer jumped into the audience. Rick Mueller said it was the most exciting act he'd seen all year, Jim said he wanted to see them again. All I'll say is they got my attention!

The final six song encore was more melodic. It's like after beating you in the head, taking you on an aural mystery tour, Trent wanted to soothe you, let you know it was going to be all right, that he'd be back.

And he will. Or so he said.

So, I believe you'll get another chance to experience mindblowing staging. Supposedly stripped down, the flashing lights, the strobes, created an otherworldly atmosphere. Like the sixties, but even darker. Like the survivors of Altamont regrouped and started making their own music.

Will you get another chance to hear this band? The drummer who never let up, who pounded like Keith Moon, albeit harder and slower? Robin Finck? The bass player who could manipulate a double acoustic in addition to his electric?

I'm not sure. But whatever concoction he comes up with, we'll be interested. Because Trent Reznor is a true artist. Testing limits, doing it his way. Watching him perform, all the executives got small, retreated in the distance. Although singular, not leading any mass charge, Trent is doing it for us. Illustrating that you can do it your way and not only survive, but thrive. I'm not telling you to buy an album, download a track. I'm just saying when you watch acts develop in the future and wonder where they got their ideas, look to people like Trent Reznor and Radiohead. It's not about making music that sounds like theirs, but coming from the same place. That the art is king. And that NO ONE is going to tell them what to do!

Posted by Bob Lefsetz | September 11, 2009 4:25 PM

Re: 2:55
Me too. Come back :(

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 4:26 PM

ron jeremy is still doing porn. would you believe at his age he still banging 18 and 19 year old chicks! i guess he loves the fresh meat!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 5:02 PM

Trent should spend some of his new free time doing some sit-ups.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2009 6:11 PM

Thank god it's over

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2009 11:36 PM

navarro. what a joke. who called that shot?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2009 11:37 PM

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