Nine Inch Nails performed the first of what were to be four final shows in Los Angeles last night (September 2), but have now dwindled down to three because they cancelled tonight’s gig at the Henry Fonda Theatre due to frontman Trent Reznor‘s illness.
The band kicked off the final leg of their ‘Wave Goodbye’ tour at the Hollywood Palladium by performing their landmark 1994 album ‘The Downward Spiral’ in its entirety. Reznor didn’t let on that he was feeling ill until mid-way through the band’s two-hour set.
“I’m really sick and I can’t hear anything, but fuck it. We’re gonna rock it,” he said. The capacity crowd filled with long-time loyal fans sang along to nearly every word and pumped their fists in the air throughout the night.
After running through ‘The Downward Spiral’, Nine Inch Nails played several crowd-pleasers including ‘Terrible Lie’ and ‘Gave Up’.
Toward the end of the evening, Reznor introduced a surprise guest. “Way back when, when I was an artist shaping my sound, this man very was influential and it’s my honour to introduce him tonight,” he said before Gary Numan took the stage. The electro-pop veteran performed two songs with the band, including ‘Metal’, which Nine Inch Nails covered on their 2000 remix album ‘Things Falling Apart’, as well as Numan‘s new wave hit ‘Cars’.
Nine Inch Nails concluded the evening with a one-two punch of ‘The Hand That Feeds’ and ‘Head Like A Hole’.
Danish band Mew, who were hand-picked by Reznor as the support act for several tour dates, delivered a powerful, mesmerizing set replete with cinematic soundscapes and surreal video images before Nine Inch Nails took the stage.
The band hardly said a word, focusing instead on creating a haunting atmosphere, performing a handful of tracks from their new album ‘No More Stories…’ as well as a smattering of older material.
Nine Inch Nails played:
‘Mr Self Destruct’
‘March Of The Pigs’
‘I Do Not Want This’
‘Big Man With A Big Gun’
‘A Warm Place’
‘The Downward Spiral’
‘Lights In The Sky’
‘The Hand That Feeds’
‘Head Like A Hole’
Nine Inch Nails said that they plan to announce ticket refund details for tonight’s cancelled show at the Henry Fonda Theatre on their website within the next 24 hours. They have two more remaining shows scheduled at the Wiltern Theatre on Saturday (September 5) and the Echoplex on Sunday (September 6), which will be the final dates of the band’s farewell tour.
–By our Los Angeles staff.