I recently saw Nine Inch Nails at Nottingham Arena and Manchester Arena. Both gigs were visually spectacular, something we’ve never really had from NiN in the UK before, and also something that I don’t usually go for at a gig. That being said, the current line-up (Trent Reznor, Ilan Rubin, Robin Finck and Alessandro Cortini) are, in my opinion as a long-time fan, their strongest yet. Reznor seems to have his mojo back, sounding great and commanding the attention of the audience at all times.
Rather than give you a very biased review (read: I love them, I love them, I love them…), I thought better to give you some snaps from the night.
Both nights saw set lists spanning the bands entire back-catelogue (I’m not too proud to say I squealed with delight when Burn got an airing in Nottingham), and right there, in front of us, was all the confirmation we needed that Nine Inch Nails are still progressing, still relevant and still able to surprise and delight after more than 25 years. I’ve been listening to them since the mid 90’s, and post-gig recently have not been able to stop delving into every single record, remix album and EP again and again – especially Hesitation Marks and The Slip (which is great as I’d previously dismissed a lot of it, you know when you see a gig and certain songs just make sense afterwards? This absolutely had that effect on me).
As you can probably tell from these photos, this was definitely the most challenging gig I’ve ever had a photo pass for! Not that’s a bad thing, it looked jaw-dropping at parts, but my skills, well, they’re not up to much. Red lighting, smoke and strobing were not my friends! I think I got a couple of decent shots though. Enough to look back on, and remember a couple of awesome nights.
If you’re a fan of the band, then you’ll probably already know that Rob Sheridan takes the most amazing pictures – I had a little fangirl moment stood next to him at one point, and had to stop myself saying hi (how sad). Anyway, if you want to see some great pictures, you can find them over at Nine Inch Nails site, and their Instagram.
What’s your next gig? (I’m hoping mine is Pixies!).