Trent Reznor opens up about guitarist Adrian Belew quitting Nine Inch Nails

The King Crimson guitarist joined the band's lineup in February but quit earlier this month

Trent Reznor has opened up about the shifting line-up changes of Nine Inch Nails.

The band’s guitarist Adrian Belew (of King Crimson) quit the band earlier this month after joining in February, commenting on his Facebook page: “Concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: it didn’t work.” Belew was the second band member to leave Nine Inch Nails in less than a month. Bassist Eric Avery announced his departure on May 15, saying he had felt “overwhelmed” by “all the intensity that Nails demands”.

Speaking to, Reznor admitted the shifting lineup had been “disruptive”. He added: “You can spend a lot of time hypothesising, imagining and projecting what it’s gonna be with this chemistry and this recipe of people in a room playing music, and in reality it rarely is that.”


After changes in the line-up, Reznor revealed that the band had turned into “something different”. “It’s felt like a wrench in the works at times, but at the same time it’s made me rethink a lot of how we put this together, and I think where we’re ending up at is a place that’s much truer to what Nine Inch Nails should be and better in the long run,” he said.

On June 6, Reznor announced that Nine Inch Nails will release a new album called ‘Hesitation Marks’ on September 3. The band also confirmed details of a massive tour stretching from the end of July to the end of November, which mainly consists of North American dates but includes sets at Leeds Festival on August 23 and Reading Festival on August 25. The album was produced by Trent Reznor alongside Alan Moulder and Atticus Ross. In statement, the frontman wrote: “I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.”

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac will appear on the album, it was confirmed recently. David Lynch has directed the video to their new single ‘Came Back Haunted’.

The ‘Hesitation Marks’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘The Eater of Dreams’
‘Copy of A’
‘Came Back Haunted’
‘Find My Way’
‘All Time Low’
‘Various Methods of Escape’
‘I Would for You’
‘In Two’
‘While I’m Still Here’
‘Black Noise’