Nine Inch Nails has a new record out which is amassing a hugely positive critical reception. This record is Hesitation Marks, and it represents a large portion of Nine Inch Nails current setlist.
The powerful “Copy of A” has opened a majority of the shows. Structurally though, NIN gets a lot of the new material out in the first half of the set. “Disappointed” is a spooky experimental track that appears early, as does Hesitation Marks single, “Came Back Haunted.”
But Trent has a rich catalog to work with. Every single album is accounted for, aside from his four-part instrumental epic, “Ghosts.” He plays a masterful string of three groundbreaking tracks to close the set from three very important records. “The Hand That Feeds” from With Teeth is the angry nu-metal track where “Head Like a Hole” was his major metal breakthrough from 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine. He then unleashes “Hurt” from the sensational and iconic 1994 record, The Downward Spiral.
The rest of the set features material throughout his entire studio album output. Year Zero is represented with “Survivalism” which pops up early on in the set. His independently released record The Slip is represented with “1,000,000,” and “The Frail” from Fragile is an overlooked masterpiece from that mind-bending double album.
Reznor will sometimes shorehorn his Atticus Rose collaboration, “Hand Covers Bruise,” into the set. He may even omit “Copy of A” entirely, and replace it with “Me, I’m Not” from Year Zero. Because of the strong reliance on visuals that coincide with the tracks directly, Trent Reznor show setlists remain mostly the same each evening. Below is a representative look at what you might see on a NIN setlist on the 2014 tour.
Copy of A
Me, I’m Not
March of the Pigs
The Line Begins to Blur
The Great Destroyer
All Time Low
On the Wing
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
What should I expect as far as visceral experience?
Nine Inch nails is an ethereal displayer of theatrics in their live shows, and accompanies the majority of the shows with a massive screen and illuminating lights and videos. The stage antics are kept to a minimum as Reznor accommodates songs with pulsing strobe lights and lasers, as well as bizarre videos with seemingly no narrative sense.
Interestingly, Reznor dialed all this back with his last tour prior to the release of Hesitation Marks. Expect the theatrical aspect to come back in full swing once the band hits the arenas.
How long is Nine Inch Nails’ set?
At a solid two hours, Nine Inch Nails packs a lot of material into their time onstage. This is slightly shorter on the dates with Soundgarden considering they are sharing the headlining slot.
Who is Trent Reznor’s publicist or press contact?
Trent Reznor, front man of Nine Inch Nails, does not work with a single publicist. His track record with management firms and record labels has been inconsistent at best. But his recent signing with a major label again has put him under management with Silva Artist Management.
“I witnessed one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. Trent, being the nerdy computer engineer graduate that he is, decided to create an amazing visual effects show for us. The three screens were placed one in front of the other. Some portions of the front screens were transparent and you were able to see through to the screens in the back. This created a really cool 3D effect and made for some really good ambient visualizer effects.” – UpVenue
“Dressed head to toe in black (of course) and appearing fit and confident like a heavyweight fighter sizing up his combatant, Reznor stalked the stage amid blinding white strobes and smoke, while his group leveled the small-ish, but giddy gathering with the high decibel mayhem of Copy Of A, from the new Hesitation Marks album.” – Gerry Krochak of the Calgary Sun
“Reznor has always been a magnetic performer, seething with pent-up aggression but never cartoonish in his presentation. He radiates energy, and it never comes across as over-rehearsed shtick. Secondly, he has his undiminished skill as a songwriter and composer. “Discipline” from The Slip conveys the frayed nerves of addiction. Songs from The Fragile have astonishing layers of detail in the arrangements.” – Marci of RockHack
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