Turns out Trent Reznor isn’t ready to say goodbye to touring just yet. The Nine Inch Nails frontman announced yesterday that the band will delay its hiatus in favor of an intimate U.S. club tour that will start August 22.
Exact tour dates and ticketing information have not been announced yet. However, Reznor’s initial plans will take the small-time tour to just three cities — New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles — though the industrial rock icons will perform multiple shows in each market.
In the Big Apple, NIN will play the Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall and Terminal 5 before moving on to the Windy City’s Aragon Ballroom, presumably for several nights. On the Left Coast, Reznor set aside time for gigs at The Wiltern, The Henry Fonda Theater, The Palladium and The Echoplex.
“These should be cool, unusual and unique shows,” Reznor explained on the NIN Web site, adding, “and I hope you come out — this is it.”
Each performance will feature extended set lists and “possible special guests.” The Horrors will support some shows in New York, while Danish rock crew Mew will open engagements in all three cities and “perhaps more,” said Reznor, teasing a possible tour extension.
Last December, Reznor announced that NIN would begin an indefinite touring hiatus sometime in late 2009. Within a couple months, he confirmed that his band’s last hurrah would be a co-headline tour with reassembled rock outfit Jane’s Addiction.
The NIN/JA tour launched in early May and hit more than 20 cities across North America through its June 12 close at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC.
“The approach to these shows is quite different from last year — much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted,” Reznor originally commented on the stripped-down structure of the summer tour. “Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye.”
So what changed the rock veteran’s hiatus-happy mind? According to Reznor’s recent statement, it was just a feeling.
“Upon reflection, the NIN/JA tour felt like we had to rush through sets due to a limited allotted set length and many shows were in daylight — it just didn’t feel right to end NIN that way.”