Bowie and Reznor were close friends and collaborators – touring with each other in the ’90s as well as well working together on ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’. Reznor also turned to Bowie for help overcoming drug addiction.
Then last night at the first show of their current tour at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California, NIN delivered a sombre cover of ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away’ – the closing track on Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar‘.
“We didn’t release it,” Reznor told the crowd, “but we will play it for you tonight.”
As well as a huge set loaded with classics including ‘March Of The Pigs’, ‘Closer’, ‘The Hand That Feeds’, ‘Head Like A Hole’ and ‘Hurt’, Nine Inch Nails also gave the live debut to new songs ‘Branches / Bones’, ‘Burning Bright (Field On Fire)’, ‘Less Than’, and ‘The Lovers’.
Nine Inch Nails played:
Branches/Bones (Live debut)
Copy of A
Less Than (Live debut)
March of the Pigs
Parasite (How to Destroy Angels cover with Mariqueen Maandig)
I Can’t Give Everything Away (David Bowie cover)
The Lovers (Live debut)
The Great Destroyer
Burning Bright (Field on Fire) (Live debut)
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
While David Bowie’s estate this week announced the release of ‘A New Career In A New Town‘, Nine Inch Nails release their new EP ‘ADD VIOLENCE’ tomorrow – the second in a trilogy of new material.