Posted in music on October 15, 2013

by Doug Moore

Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center - 10/14/13 (via Peg Samuel)
NIN

Last night (10/14)'s Nine Inch Nails/Godspeed You! Black Emperor show was the first time I've ever been to the Barclays Center. For a show-goer who's mostly used to bars and shitty clubs, walking into the Center is a bizarre experience. The combination of its size, its quasi-organic design, and its many flashing lights & screens make you feel like you're boarding a spaceship. Fitting, I suppose, for the lineup in question.

As weird as the Barclays Center itself is, seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor there was even weirder. It's not always immediately apparent from listening to their music, but GY!BE are a deeply political band whose main sources of inspiration are social injustices and the eventual collapse of industrialized civilization. (You may remember their harsh response to winning a Polaris Prize a few weeks back.) Watching any band play a huge arena is surreal, but watching these guys bang out their epic jams in one, despite their loud antagonism towards the establishment, was even odder.

Barclays was still about half empty when GY!BE played, which wasn't really their fault -- the venue publicized an 8pm start time for the show, but had the band begin their set at 7:30. Dick move, especially given how great they sounded. GY!BE always sound big, but in the giant reverb echo chamber that is the Barclays interior, they were truly massive.

NIN's set had no such timing miscues. In fact, aside from a few tiny live sound glitches, it really had no miscues whatsoever. Trent Reznor and the backup musicians he recruits have always leaned towards the slick and polished side of things, but seeing them crank through a full two-hour set in full arena rock mode, complete with an extensive light show, virtually without stopping was quite the big-money spectacle. The set leaned fairly heavily towards NIN's new effort Hesitation Marks, but Reznor threw enough golden-era material (including epic set- and encore-ending renditions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt") to please the mostly late-20s/early-30s crowd.

Reznor's only talking break to speak of came during the encore, when he took a moment to express his gratitude (and disbelief) that his project has continued to do so well for so long. The point was well-taken. Most people never fill a single arena; Reznor's been doing so on and off for 20 years. Talk about living the dream.

The NIN/GY!BE tour continues in NJ tonight (10/15) at Prudential Center (tickets). Some videos from the Barclays Center show, the setlist, and the list of remaining dates below...

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Nine Inch Nails - "A Warm Place/Somewhat Damaged" at Barclays Center - 10/14/13

Nine Inch Nails - "Running" at Barclays Center - 10/14/13

Nine Inch Nails - "In Two" at Barclays Center - 10/14/13

Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center - 10/14/13 Setlist: (via)
Copy of A
1,000,000
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
Piggy
All Time Low
Disappointed
Came Back Haunted
Find My Way
The Frail
The Wretched
Satellite
In Two
Survivalism
Running
A Warm Place
Somewhat Damaged
Wish
Burn
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Encore:
The Day the World Went Away
Even Deeper
While I'm Still Here
Black Noise
Hurt

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Nine Inch Nails -- 2013 Tour Dates
10-15 Newark, NJ Prudential Center ^
10-18 Washington, DC Verizon Center ^
10-19 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center ^
10-21 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena ^
10-22 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena ^
10-24 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena ^
10-25-27 Asheville, NC Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10-30 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
10-31 Orlando, FL Amway Center
11-01-03 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music Experience
11-05 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center *
11-08 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center *
11-09 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center *
11-11 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center *
11-13 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center *
11-15 Las Vegas, NV The Joint *
11-16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint *
11-18 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena *
11-19 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena *
11-21 Vancouver, British Columbia Rogers Arena *
11-22 Seattle, WA KeyArena *
11-24 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place
11-25 Calgary, Alberta Scotiabank Saddledome
* - w/ Explosions in the Sky
^ -w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Comments (65)

Arena SHOW OF THE YEAR. Simple as that. Great on all fronts. The floor was having a huge party. Wish there was a way to pull that party feeling up to the 200's where I'm guessing it wasn't as intense as the floor. Holy Christ was it good though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 5:55 PM

Methinks this show would've sold out if there wasn't a Prudential Center date tonight (which I imagine will be not even half full). Either way, killer show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 5:59 PM

that show was nuuuuuts, that is all.

incredible sound, too. sober body orgasms.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:06 PM

Thank you for taking time away from your seeing obscure bands in shitty bars to enlighten the masses on what a NiN show is like. Now go back to the bar and see a band nobody but you will give a shit about in 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:30 PM

Place looked totally full, and there are very few tickets left on stubhub tonight, so yeah, Reznor has got his crowds. Show was fucking wild. Lights were amazing, and frankly looked pretty cost effective. This is the tour of the year by far.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:30 PM

"Thank you for taking time away from your seeing obscure bands in shitty bars to enlighten the masses on what a NiN show is like. Now go back to the bar and see a band nobody but you will give a shit about in 20 years."

Now where'd that come from?

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:33 PM

those screens are fucking amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:50 PM

my ticket said 7:30, not 8.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:57 PM

I hate it when someone is taping while standing in front of me, but thanks for these vids

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 6:57 PM

6:57: The Ticketmaster website listed the wrong set time—and my ticket said 8, not 7:30. It was just a clusterfuck of a scheduling issue, which was a shame becuase GY!BE were unbelievable. The whole show was AMAZING, but getting to see GY!BE in that environment was absolutely breathtaking. They sounded so so so good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 7:04 PM

Not sure what's funniest/saddest: that 6:30 only goes to see arena bands, or that he's proud of this or the fact that despite these two truths he still hangs out and comments on Brooklyn Vegan.

Sad there's no real Godspeed show happening.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 7:05 PM

that snake is still haunting me...

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 7:18 PM

those fucking lightttsssssss

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 7:23 PM

NIN was, is, and always will be a hyped up piece of aural shit.

Techno/industral/electro/synth for the masses - McTechno/Industrial/Electro/Synth.

It's all about image, sensation, sets, props, and lighting with this band because look at the dorks above going on about everything but the music.

"Oh the lights, the screen, so cost effective" blah blah blah.

WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC AND WHAT'S BEING SAID TO IT?

Congrats on Trent for getting his "hit" song in "The Fan" back in 1997.

Posted by D | October 15, 2013 10:16 PM

Just kidding.

Posted by D | October 15, 2013 10:35 PM

^ Shut the fuck up and stop posting as me you obsessed fuckwad.

So what numbnut are you that I bitchslapped on here?

Posted by D | October 15, 2013 11:16 PM

anyone know the songs GY!BE played at the end. I know after "Hope Drone," it was Behemoth." then another drone. then...? Or was that all part of "Behemoth?"

Was massive, incredible, their set suffered nothing from being opening act or in an arena, except I wanted to hear them play longer.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2013 11:52 PM

Excuse me, everyone, I'm going through something today. Just ignore everything I've said.

Posted by D | October 16, 2013 12:32 AM

Hey stupid fucking writer. My ticket said 7:30, and so did the Barclays calendar page. Idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 12:39 AM

11:52- that was all 'behemoth'. so far their sets have just been 'hope drone/behemoth'.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 12:41 AM

people are commenting on the lights because they were better than any lights they've ever seen before. that doesn't mean the music wasn't also incredible (it was, i came).

Just watch that 'Running' video; how can you have a problem with that?

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 1:04 AM

glad I skipped this one. all of those lighting effects can't hide the fact that NIN fucking sucks

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 1:25 AM

best show ever

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 1:34 AM

NIN's new stuff is pretty good. The old stuff sounds pretty amateur by comparison.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 1:41 AM

I go to see a lot of shows from bars, jazz clubs etc to arenas. I saw 3 shows at Barclays just last month. Last night was about as good as it gets. Incredible. It blew away the Depeche Mode and Atoms for peace shows. 26 songs and not one minute of filler. Bravo Trent for showing how it's done! The songs off his new album, one of his very best fit side by side with his classic 90's material. having the female singers really added a new dimension to their sound. The best part was I bought a ticket off Ticketmaster right by the stage at 6pm. They were also selling GA's but section 7, 5 rows off the floor was even better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 2:15 AM

Since BV didm't get pics-check out some great ones here...
http://www.stereogum.com/1521742/photo-nine-inch-nails-barclays-10142013/concert/attachment/nine-inch-nails-nin-barclays-14/
A fantastic (arena) show! trent still has it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 5:53 AM

it's rare when only one or two people go off on something being shitty while the rest of everyone is still in awe two days later

show of the year

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 7:23 AM

Godspeed played Mladic and Sad Mafioso in Newark. Nice move...that's four songs and 90 mins in big rooms over two nights. Rare rare rare.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 7:26 AM

2:15pm Wow it's the Barclays Center/NIN Superfan!

Soooo cool you bought a Ticketmaster ticket AT THE SHOW! OH WOW! Was it only a $12.50 fee or $17.50.

Go back to wherever you came from that isn't NYC, hipster.

I'll say it again: NIN is McTechno/Industrial/Electro/Rave and it's all about the show and lights, no substance.

To the dickwad who said "only two people" think NIN sucks: there are millions of people who think they suck. Just because they have sold millions of records doesn't mean they suck - see Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and countless others.

Go listen to some Ministry, Prong, and Swans the three bands NIN owes their career to the most.

Posted by D | October 16, 2013 8:51 AM

Prudential Center show was very good too!

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 9:02 AM

I'm not sure what GYBE played at the end. Though I will be whistling them at the end of industrialized civilization.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 9:16 AM

Pretentious D is 43. Lol.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 9:33 AM

"Go listen to some Ministry, Prong, and Swans the three bands NIN owes their career to the most."

I can't stop laughing at this one; pure unadulterated hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 9:48 AM

New to the thread. Not into NIN but happy you are 9:48 but... dismissing a guy who likes Ministry, Prong and Swans as 'hipster' is fucking retarded and suggests NIN fans are only a little better than Nickelback fans.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 9:53 AM

D + keyboard = Headcheese

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 9:55 AM

Agree with 9:53. D is many, MANY ridiculous and stupid things. Hipster is not one of them.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:27 AM

late-20s/early-30s ? More like late 30s/early-40s. It's a 25 yr old band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:37 AM

8:51- Actually (different poster, here) Godflesh and Ministry are my favorite industrial bands (and have seen them multiple times), but I still like NIN and enjoyed the show. I guess the universe just folded upon itself.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:42 AM

"Godflesh and Ministry are my favorite industrial bands" LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

Posted by EN, and any number of actual industrial bands. | October 16, 2013 10:52 AM

Living Color is my favorite black metal band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:53 AM

8:51 let me guess, you had no clue who any of those bands were yourself until you heard NIN? HIpster snob is butthurt that people enjoyed a concert at a big commercial arena.

Easily the best snow I've been to all year. I'm not a big fan of the new record but I might have to give it a second chance, it all sounded amazing live. Trent's still got it. A lot of these younger guys will be lucky to make it half as long as he has.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 11:03 AM

I saw nin in 94 when it mattered. j/k Did really see in 94 great show. Not into nin anymore but happy people are enjoying the new shows and music.

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | October 16, 2013 11:08 AM

NIN in '94 was such a different experience. Marilyn Manson opened most of that tour. Great documentary of the entire tour at: http://vimeo.com/61998095#

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 11:18 AM

^Yup! it is. Still own that on double VHS. hehe

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | October 16, 2013 11:42 AM

The Prudential show was so empty. Great show though. But between it being 2013, and those ticket prices I can't imagine it selling much better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 11:55 AM

NIN > Ministry, Prong, and Swans. No comparison. None of those other bands can do what I saw at Barclays on Mon night. Amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 12:33 PM

851 my ticket cost $119. Easily woth it. Hipster? I'm 54 you moron. "Just because they have sold millions of records doesn't mean they suck" Good point. They were great! But you suck! Why even bother clicking on to a post of a band you obviously don't like?

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 12:40 PM

this is mediocre entertainment for mediocre consumers.

you attended a "rebellious" rock show at a building draped in corporate international bank conglomerate logos. ick.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 1:34 PM

1:34 spouts mediocre cliches from a mediocre poli-sci textbooks

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 1:49 PM

9:48 Idiot #1. Hipsters don't like and could never comprehend Ministry, Prong, and Swans. Instead they'd bitch about the absence of recognizable hooks and melody, and criticize how the bands are dressed.

10:51 Please. NIN doesn't exist thus you don't exist to type your psychobabble without the bands I listed.

12:33 Idiot #2. They're all crap now, but Ministry, Prong, Swans, and Godflesh ruled the Earth in their heyday. NIN was just a lucky dance band who ripped off those four and hit paydirt.

12:40 Sad you're a 54 year old hipster who acts like a 14-year old NIN superfan. You were born in 1959 yet you like NIN - it doesn't add up.

1:49 is a sheep and NIN is for wannabe ravers and club kids like him/her.

Posted by D | October 16, 2013 3:03 PM

The Snake!!!!!! The Snake!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 3:11 PM

D is the Snake

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 4:44 PM

One of these times I'm going to get to hear Sanctified live...

Posted by Funderburgh | October 16, 2013 5:09 PM

yooo, that snake though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 5:54 PM

D-wrong. godflesh was never crap. you're just a bitter old asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:15 PM

i mean, jesus christ D. you fucking do nothing but pontificate and insult people and what they listen to while acting like you're packed with some sort of deep musical insight and the "last true individual". people feel the need to mock you, not because they're insecure and you've exposed everything they listen to as the work of frauds, but because you're an obnoxious, bitter crank. you're everything i've always hated about the punk/hardcore/metal/alternative/indie community in one convenient grouchy package. you were good for a few laughs once, but the act has gotten stale and you should stick to getting ready for a lifetime of yelling at kids from your porch or calling the cops because they "won't turn that racket down". you're not edgy, defiant or ahead of the curve. you're just a cliche.

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 10:23 PM

^ das sum gud copypasta rite dere, mang

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2013 11:48 PM

nin albums have blown for the last 20 years. Monday's show was undeniably great. SWANS always were and still are brilliant. Hoping the same holds true for godflesh in april

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 12:19 AM

10:23 - one correction: there's no porch on a woodshed in someone's back yard,

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 6:31 AM

6:31 never had to go get more wood in the middle of a rainstorm, obviously. Probably not even a real vegan.

Posted by brooklynShedPorch.com | October 17, 2013 6:43 AM

I first heard Ministry on a video called 'just say yes' from Rough Trade records, 'the land of rape and honey' was the track, wild song

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2013 12:52 PM

Reznor killed it! Saw porn star Summer Brielle at the show. Got some good shots of her feet!

Posted by The Kiss Machine | October 17, 2013 10:36 PM

don't be a tease brozymandius

Posted by Toe Kisser | October 18, 2013 12:32 AM

How is the view from that high horse?

As someone who did music reviews for almost a decade, I'm confused about several aspects of your article.

The first being how you justify judgment while sitting up in the cheap seats. It's a hard rock, intense tech, borderline metal show. You don't get the real feel of it in a chair, looking through an iPhone, or whatever it is that you used to spend at least (and I bet a whole lot more that didn't come out well) 16 minutes not actually watching the show.

I'm not going to comment on the specific content, despite the bait that you laid with "(including epic set- and encore-ending renditions of "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt") to please the mostly late-20s/early-30s crowd." It's pretty tempting considering that you got the playlist from someone else, indicating you didn't even know the song names nor took the time to look them up in your wi-fi -capable perch.

Confusion aside, I have a suggestion:

My main advice to you is to take a real stance on your next review. This pseudo-clever sarcastic thing is just not panning out.

Posted by TheKm | October 19, 2013 4:01 AM

a few weeks later…. holy fuck that show was good.
Was my 14th time seeing NIN and they're still fresh. They've become a classic rock act as opposed to a band that's cutting edge.. but shit… they're the best.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2013 4:55 PM

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