Nine Inch Nails To Celebrate 20 Years By Touring With Jane’s Addiction, Taking Hiatus

Trent Reznor announced on Nine Inch Nailsofficial Web site that in honor of Pretty Hate Machine‘s 20th anniversary, he’d be embarking on one last tour around the world that would be “much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted” than last year’s Lights In The Sky excursion—and to get back to his roots, he’d bring Jane’s Addiction, who invited him to be on a little package tour called Lollapalooza back in the day, along for the ride in the United States. It’s all coming full circle! Which may be why Trent will put NIN on break immediately following the tour, because who knows what ghosts of 20 years ago will be summoned. Trent’s full statement after the jump.

Towards the beginning of my career in Nine Inch Nails, our biggest break came in the form of an invitation to perform a series of shows with Jane’s Addiction. These performances essentially created and defined the term “alternative” rock in the US, created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving (Lollapalooza), set the stage for Nirvana to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really fucking FUN to play and attend – truly the best times I’ve had. The shows were epic. So epic, they propelled NIN to the “next level” (whatever that means), but caused Jane’s to implode. The band broke up at the end of that tour.

Fast forward to the present. Corporate rock STILL sucks. A friend tells me they saw the original Jane’s lineup play a tiny show in LA that was unbelievable. I break out my Jane’s records and am amazed by how vital they sound. These guys were the real deal and in this current climate mostly dominated by poseurs and pussies it was refreshing to hear something that sounded dangerous, volatile, beautiful and SINCERE.
Emails were sent, phone calls were made, dinner was arranged, ideas were discussed and the next thing I know we’re in the studio experimenting. We laugh, we get to know each other, we cry, we yell, we almost quit, we record LOTS of guitar solos, we discuss, we actually begin to all communicate, we yell some more, we become FRIENDS, we laugh again and we do some great things. I get to see first hand why they broke up all those years ago but I also get the chance to see four distinct personalities that become an INCREDIBLE band when they’re in the same room.

In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year’s “Lights in the Sky” tour was something I’m quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year. The approach to these shows is quite different from last year – much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye. I reached out to Jane’s to see if they’d want to join us across the US and we all felt it could be a great thing. Will it work? Will it resonate in the marketplace? Who knows. Is there big record label marketing dollars to convince you to attend? Nope.
Does it feel right to us and does it seem like it will be fun for us and you? Yes it does.
Look for tour dates soon and I hope to see you out there.

Trent [Official site]

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    “Corporate rock still sucks. That’s why I want to go on a tour with the guy who hosted ‘Rock Star Supernova’.”

  • unperson

    I attended the first Lollapalooza tour (Stanhope, NJ). I was in line for food during NIN’s set, so all I saw was huge clouds of dry ice wafting across a dusty field. Didn’t get to actually watch the band perform until the second leg of the 2000 Fragile tour. Might go see this tour.

  • dyfl

    Hats off to Trent, Lights In The Sky was AMAZING — one of the better concerts I’ve ever seen — so if he needs a break after that, I’d more than understand. Hopefully it won’t last too long. It never does with compulsive types like him. (Fingers crossed, anyway.)

  • Anonymous

    uhg as much as I enjoy NIN I’m not excited about this at all. I’m pretty sure I’ll be at this because they’re nearly confirmed as headliners for Sasquatch this year. Seriously, who is excited for another disastrous reunion from a 90′s alt band that hates each other?

  • Anonymous

    @Christopher R. Weingarten:

    I prefer Living Colour’s catalog.

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    Yes. But their output in the last 15 years? That’s what I’m saying. You don’t get Time’s Up and Vivid then.

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    If you’re gonna say Stain is better than any of the NIN albums released after 1994, you are a braver man than I.

  • tigerpop

    I’d prefer another Eric Avery solo record, thanks.

  • Ned Raggett

    If they really want to capture the feeling of the first Lolla tour, they’ll have NIN go on at 5 pm in the afternoon when the sun is still high…and still use fog machines.

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    Y’know, nine out of the 10 bands on the original Lolla are still active. Just sayin’

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    And as much as you make fun of Trent. Look at this list

    Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes, Fishbone, Emergency Broadcast Network

    and tell me that he hasn’t made the best music of ALL of them in the last 15 years

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Christopher R. Weingarten: Hell, I’ll take the Pepsi Challenge and take him career-wise over more than half of them. Ice-T and Body Count? Yeowch!

  • Anonymous

    Question here is of course…will this be the real reunion of Jane’s Addiction? Or will there be support people…

    Eric where are you?

  • spankyjoe

    @Audif Jackson Winters III:

    That was my big complaint about Strays: as fantastic as it was to hear a new Jane’s record, the whole thing had completely lost the sense of danger you used to get while listening to them. Not predictable, per se – there were still some pretty tasty musical moments – but… mature? Is that the word?