• Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

Another Successful Album, and Tours of Europe and Asia Under Their Belt- Nine Inch Nails Head Across North America Cold, Black, and Infinite

                 Nine Inch Nails hit the road this Fall for the North American leg of the Cold, Black and Infinite Tour 2018 


The first time I covered a Nine Inch Nails show was for another periodical at the time.  Scope was in print back then, and I thankfully was able to cover the show for them at the Thomas and Mack that tour as NIN returned to Vegas once again, having played The Huntridge Theater for 2 nights earlier in the year.  That was now some 24 years ago.  I have since covered other NIN shows along the way both here and elsewhere around the country and interviewed members of the band on a few occasions for other periodicals I have been affiliated with as well.

NIN on stage in Berlin on the European leg of the tour this summer

I definitely have no issue in travelling to see the band anywhere as most who know me will attest to.  Now, with the release of Bad Witch, an album I really enjoy for both its technical and song crafted splendor,  Trent Reznor and company are readying to launch a North American tour entitled Cold, Black, and Infinite with former tour mates from 1990, The Jesus and Mary Chain in tow, only with them in the supporting role this time around.

The European shows have met with great éclat- audiences singing the praises of the shows and the photos and video clips that have been posted from fans truly make one wish they could grab their passport, hop on a plane, and head over to catch even one show across the big pond known as the Atlantic (I personally would have LOVED to have caught the Mad Cool Festival show-  Depeche Mode and NIN both on the same night? Talk about amazing!) or even the shows in Asia were fantastic by all accounts. Now, the band are back on home soil, and if you follow any of the threads or fan groups on the internet, it is definitely a buzz of what shows people will be attending (it would seem like Lays, ya can’t eat just one or in the case of NIN attend only one), what songs they are hoping to hear from the catalog of NIN music from the past 28 years, or just what they want to hear from the new record.

The man behind Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor

I fully admit, not only am I going as a journalist, to give you all a report of what to look forward to (of course, without giving it all away), but also as a fan of the music.  I have been since the first strains of track one of PHM filled my home when it came out-  that hasn’t changed.  I caught the Vegas shows and was stopped dead in my tracks walking up an aisle that last night as the first strains of “Reptile” filled The Joint; so I am wondering what I will be surprised to hear this round!  Will I attend other shows on the tour? Possibly.  It isn’t unheard of- at least I wouldn’t be braving the snows of an Indiana winter and a possible flight delay back to the desert if I did this time as I did further down the spiral.  And it does seem the set list isn’t entirely the same every night-  so it will be interesting to see what goodies Mr. Reznor has up his synth this trip…

              NIN in Las Vegas last June


Like the unending spiral-  the loyal fans, some young and some old, and even some of us on the journalistic end who have been around for awhile, follow that pied piper from Pennsylvania happily through all the musical turns that he takes us on. Quite frankly, looking in our own personal shit mirrors-  it really does feel alright.  I really would love to hear them do “Ringfinger” (oooo with the original “Twist” lyric!) sometime … or maybe just once, “Kinda I Want To”… Yeah I know, won’t happen, but it would definitely be unexpected!  One can always wish…  I just hope if it ever were to happen, and I am not at the show, someone catches it on video and posts it.  As tech savvy as a good many NIN fans are, I imagine they would.

Tickets are still available in select cities but I wouldn’t sit on my hands and wait… go to NIN.com NOW before it’s too late.


OK, Time to pack…    I have a flight to catch…


Photo Credits:  Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails (pro shot)-  © The Null Corporation-  For Promotional Use Only

Nine Inch Nails in Berlin and in Las Vegas-  screen captures from video-  for promotional use only 

By Sylvia Lee

Editor/ Staff Writer and Co-Founder of ZRock'R Magazine. Sylvia has worked in and around music since she was 16, though it has always been a part of her life. In radio ( her last radio job was in the mid-90's at KKLZ before departing for other pursuits) , as part of various tour support/production crews, in promotion of both bands and even clubs (recipient of the Climax/Plan C Entertainment Blackberry Award in 2007 for her work as production manager of the Las Vegas MC Jin show ) and in rock journalism with a music column in the late 80′s called MusicLine in the Independent News in central Illinois. Sylvia has also has written articles and reviews for SCOPE, The Reader, Las Vegas Music Scene Magazine, Vegas SoundZ (she was PR director for LVMS where she helped push a little known and upcoming at the time Vegas photographer then known as Shane O'Neil Dobbs ( he later dropped the Dobbs), landing him his first concert shoot for a publication with Nine Inch Nails at the Thomas and Mack in '95) and she also did PR for Vegas SoundZ when they were in print). She also was a contributor to LA’s FIX Magazine. Sylvia credits her love of rock journalism and working in and around it to the person she calls the “First Lady of Rock n Roll Journalists” The legendary Jaan Uhelszki who co-founded influential music publication CREEM Magazine, but also gives a nod to the women who were also involved in the early days like Lisa Robinson and photographer Lynn Goldsmith. Sylvia's eye for talent and ear for great music have never failed her. Ever sarcastic with a love for Metal, Grunge, Punk, and Industrial Music; the occasional glass of fine wine; enjoying some classic movies (the original Universal horror films are a favorite) or binging episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Good Omens or all 4 seasons of Stranger Things - she is the fearless leader of this bunch of talented lunatics.

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