Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nine Inch Nails - Lights in the Sky Over North America Tour 10.29.08

Last night I got to see one of my favorite bands, Nine Inch Nails, in Jacksonville at the Veterans Memorial Arena. I wanted to get in the car and follow them to Nashville for tonight's show! I'd never seen them live before... I'm definitely hitting the Orlando AND Jacksonville shows next time around! They are probably my third favorite band, in line behind Tool and A Perfect Circle. So it's awesome that Josh Freese is NIN's tour drummer, as he was the drummer for A Perfect Circle!

I have a few pictures from the show now, and will probably post a few more later as I get them from Greg's camera. We were passing the camera back and forth between the whole set so there are plenty more to be gone through. These were with a little Samsung point and shoot, so pardon the lower-res quality. ;) Not too bad for a little pocket camera though. I have no clue how we passed security with this thing! (Nevermind, I somehow got through security at Ozzfest last year with a DSLR!)

Trent Reznor on a touch screen laptop sound mixer and Robin Finck on keyboards

Justin Meldal-Johnsen on bass, Trent Reznor, and Robin Finck on guitar far right

Justin Meldal-Johnsen on a Gibson Melody Maker

Justin Meldal-Johnsen far left, Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle drummer) on drums, Trent Reznor on a Gibson Les Paul (black version of the red one tattooed on my leg!) and Robin Finck on a Gibson Les Paul far right

The light show was amazing; they used three huge stage-width screens of mini LED lights that were sensitive to heat and movement. In one song, the entire band was behind the screen that was bright white at the time. Trent was walking toward the screen and back and forth while he was singing and the white would fade from the screen the closer he got, so you could see him through the screen.

If you have five minutes and nothing to do, watch this youtube video from their show in Seattle this summer. The sound is not the best quality so you may want to turn it down a bit, but the light show completely correlates with the music, so if you can stand it, just watch it. It gets good about halfway through.

And last but not least, a little NIN trivia for ya!

* Trent Reznor and my faaaaaaavorite man eeeevvvvveeeeerrr (besides Gavin Rossdale, hehe), Maynard James Keenan, singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle, were involved together in a band called Tapeworm between 1995 and roughly 2004. The band was started by Reznor and two others musicians that were part of NIN's live band lineup in 1995, and the three were joined by Keenan and a few other musicians in the late 90's to work on recording material. The "Tapeworm Project", as it's now referred to, never released any material, and only performed one song live as a group. The only material ever released in any form was the group's song "Vacant", which was performed live by A Perfect Circle, and eventually recorded by A Perfect Circle and renamed "Passive". (A favorite APC song of mine!) Reznor announced the end of the project in 2004.

The Tapeworm Project as of 2002, including Keenan (left) and Reznor (right).

* Trent Reznor's birthday is May 17, same as mine. :)

* And he also has a sister named Tera!

OK, I'm done being a geek now!

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