Nine Inch Nails Perform Full “Downward Spiral” as Wave Goodbye Tour Gets Underway

August 24th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

Photograph by Matthew Drazin

Nine Inch Nails began their Wave Goodbye tour with a pair of small venue concerts in New York City this weekend, performing Saturday at the Bowery Ballroom and last night at Webster Hall. Yesterday’s performance was especially noteworthy as Trent Reznor and Co. played their entire 1994 classic The Downward Spiral from start to finish, plus nearly a dozen more of NIN’s greatest hits. As Rock Daily previously reported, these 11 shows represent the last time Nine Inch Nails will perform live.

Rolling Stone was crammed up near the side of the stage Saturday night at the Bowery Ballroom near an army of crazed NIN fans. Highlights of the two-hour set included a cover of Joy Division’s “Dead Souls,” a crowd sing-along on “Hurt” and a super rare performance of NIN’s 1989 debut single “Down In It.” Before that track Trent addressed the crowd. “This is fucking tiring up here man,” he said. “Usually I have a stunt double fill in and robots. I’m too old for this shit. Seriously, these being the last shows with the band, it’s an honor to be here with you guys tonight. It’s funny being in New York. Back in the beginning of Nine Inch Nails we played some terrible shows in New York. I don’t know if anybody is old enough to have been at those shows. You know it sucked. We’ve done some sucking in our day. Glad to be here right now.”

Check out photos from the launch of NIN’s last official arena tour with Jane’s Addiction.

Prior to both concerts, diehard fans slept outside both venues in order to ensure prime spots for the shows, reports Brooklyn Vegan, who have video and photos from both performances. The Webster Hall show marked the first and last time NIN performed The Downward Spiral in its entirety. That gig als...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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