The band began the new run of dates at Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre, where they performed a set featuring a handful of tracks that have been omitted from their live show for years.
The Trent Reznor-led group began the concert with all eight tracks from the ‘Broken’ EP, which have all been performed live before but never together. Before last night, ‘Happiness In Slavery’ hadn’t been played in 23 years, while ‘Last’ and ‘Help Me I Am In Hell’ were last aired in 2009 and 2013 respectively.
Meanwhile, the EPs covers were also given their first airings in years. The band played ‘Physical (You’re So)’, originally by Adam And The Ants for the first time since 2009 and Pigface’s ‘Suck’ for the first time since 2013. They also gave ‘This Isn’t The Place’, from their own 2017 EP ‘Add Violence‘, its live debut.
Nine Inch Nails played:
‘Pinion’ (intro music)
‘Help Me I Am In Hell’
‘Happiness In Slavery’
‘Physical (You’re So)’
‘March Of The Pigs’
‘Ahead Of Ourselves’
‘This Isn’t The Place’
‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’
‘The Hand That Feeds’
‘Head Like A Hole’
‘The Day The World Went Away’
The band will continue their tour with a second night at the Comerica Theatre tonight (September 14).
They released their ninth studio album, ‘Bad Witch‘, in June. In a five-star review, NME wrote: “A triptych of a record, ‘Bad Witch’ spans all of NIN’s many sides. From clattering industrial sonics to expansive, soaring soundscapes, via free jazz and mutating electronica, it’s the sound of a band bolstering their already formidable palette.”
Last month (August 22), it was reported that Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails bandmate Atticus Ross would score Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s. The film, which is set for release in October, follows Steve (Sunny Suljic), a 13-year-old boy in 1990s LA who forms a deep friendship with a group of skaters as he attempts to escape his tumultuous home life and an abusive older brother.