Nine Inch Nails - Webster Hall, New York City

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In town for the Panorama music festival, Nine Inch Nails decided to drop by Webster Hall with Tobacco, fill it with fog, and slowly asphyxiate everyone inside with heat and punishingly loud music. While the size of the venue made it the definition of intimate (about a 1200 person capacity), it was more than that; Reznor forewent the subtle costuming from the festival shows and, right before introducing the band, stated “you know who they are”. And that was true. The show was announced on the Nine Inch Nails Facebook page eight and a half hours before doors, with tickets only available to fans who had a password or to those “loyal nin.com store patrons” via an email from the band.

The show featured the live debut of “She’s Gone Away”* and a few welcome surprises in the form of the tour debut of “Sanctified”, “1,000,000” and “Somewhat Damaged”, that last as the opener. Then there was the odd inclusion of about thirty seconds of How To Destroy Angels’ “The loop closes”. Since all of HTDA was there and on stage except for Mariqueen Maandig, the crowd was expecting a rare treat, but before everyone could really grasp what was happening, they stopped playing it and moved onto the next track. “Gave Up”, “Reptile” and “Burning Bright" were devastating in the confined space and the addition of “Survivalism” had people screaming along and pumping their fists like protestors. The moment when all the lights went out during “Burn" was truly terrifying; I thought Robin Finck was going to leap off the stage and stab me to death with a shard of shattered guitar, which, admittedly, would have been a pretty awesome way to die. Proximity, energy, and setlist aside, my absolute favorite moment of this evening was that, for the first time since I started seeing Nine Inch Nails almost twenty years ago…they did not. Fucking. Play. “The Hand That Feeds”. The simple lack of that overused, cookie-cutter, threadbare-kitchen-rug of a song made this show stand out more than anything in recent memory.
I am truly grateful.
And spoiled.

Nine Inch Nails plans to tour in early 2018 in support of their trilogy of EPs, the third of which is slated for release in late 2017 / early 2018.

* From that episode of Twin Peaks.

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