Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Nine Inch Nails

And so to the last two acts of the day. What better, as the sun goes down and the liver starts to flag, than a good dose of old fashioned industrial rock. And Uncle Trent doesn't disappoint us, blasting us back into life with classics such as "March Of The Pigs" and "Head Like A Hole", intermingled with a selection of tracks from new album "Year Zero" - possibly the most mainstream one they have made, although that isn't hard where NIN are concerned.

Reznor himself doesn't say a lot, pausing occasionally to thank the audience, perhaps reasoning that more talking means less time for abusing guitars and electronic implements, but perhaps also conscious of not repeating his poorly-timed attack on Billy Corgan.

The set ends, of course, with "Hurt" - but done stylishly. As "Head Like A Hole" reaches its climax in an orgy of feedback and instrument trashing, members of the audience start to drift away. They miss the lights dimming until there is just one spot focused on Reznor, alone at a keyboard. It is the perfect ending to a nearly perfect show.


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