I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Nine Inch Nails last night at the Music Box at the Fonda in LA. I've never really been a HUGE NIN fan, but I've always paid attention to most of the 'hits'.....my roommate is a NIN fanboy so I've heard more and more of the music lately. I know it's a big deal that Trent Reznor is hangin' it up after tomorrow's show at the Wiltern "forever", in order to be family man and all that.
Well, last night's show was amazing. The sound at the Fonda was excellent...I don't know if NIN had their own soundsystem or if that was the normal sound that the venue has, but everything was so crisp and clear it was incredible. I survived in the pit for the first 3 songs or so, but then moved to the side to be able to breathe and not be caught up in the relentless sway of big sweaty dudes in black t-shirts.
While I was up front I managed to snag a pretty good video of 'Head Like a Hole', which opened the set in badass fashion:
Trent had a lot of friends come out during the set, including Danny Lohner, Gary Numan, some piano player who was really good, and the singer of Dillinger Escape Plan. Here he is with NIN performing "Mr Self Destruct":
and here's NIN and Gary Numan covering Numan's awesome 80's hit "Cars"
I was really glad I managed to go to this show. It was my first and last time seeing NIN, and I was blown away. Trent is the man and really knows how to play a show. it went on for about 3 hours and 31 songs. I probably only knew about 13-15 of those, but it didn't matter.
1. Head like a Hole
2. Terrible Lie
4. March of the Pigs
8. I'm Afraid of Americans
10. Head Down
12. Letting you
14. Gave Up
16. Just like you Imagined (w/ badass Pianist Mike Garson)
17. The Becoming (w/ Mike Garson)
18. I do not Want This (w/ Mike Garson)
19. Down in the Park (w/ Mike Garson & Gary Numan)
20. Metal (w/ Mike Garson & Gary Numan)
21. Cars (w/ Mike Garson & Gary Numan & Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction)
22. Anthrax (w/ Gary Numan, Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction & the four members of HEALTH)
23. Heresy (w/ Danny Lohner)
24. Get Down, Make Love (w/ Danny Lohner)
25. Mr. Self Destruct (w/ Danny Lohner & Greg Pusciato of Dillinger Escape Plan)
26. Wish (w/ Danny Lohner & Greg Pusciato of Dillinger Escape Plan)
27. The Hand that Feeds
29. Dead Souls
30. The Day the World Went Away