Guitarist Adrian Belew Quits Nine Inch Nails


In the wake of the exciting release this week of the new Nine Inch Nails single Came Back Haunted, we learn today that new NIN guitarist Adrian Belew (of King Crimson) has decided to leave the band. Belew posted a message on his official Facebook profile that announced his departure from NIN but that message has since been deleted from the page. He posted a follow-up message that is much shorter but still announces his departure from the band. As you may recall, we learned last month that bassist Eric Avery (of Jane’s Addiction) decided to leave the band due to the time commitment required from touring and has since been replaced with former NIN band member Robin Finck. Click below to read Adrian Belew’s statements regarding his decision to quit NIN.

Nine Inch Nails guitarist Adrian Belew has quit the band. Belew – best known as the frontman of King Crimson – joined the band’s line-up in February but announced on his Facebook page yesterday that his time with Trent Reznor and co. has come to an end. In a post that has since been deleted, he wrote: “I greatly respect trent and the music he makes. no one is at fault. we both agreed it just was not working.” He later posted the following shorter message, which remains on his Facebook page: “concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: it didn’t work.”

Trent Reznor has yet to comment on Belew’s decision to leave the band nor has a replacement player been announced. I suppose we can assume all sorts of things about Belew’s departure from Nine Inch Nails but his statement that it just “didn’t work” seems to tell us pretty much everything we need to know. Whether the decision came from conflict or from a mutual decision, if things aren’t working … they’re not working. Better to find out now while the band is in rehearsals rather than after they’ve already begun the tour. I suspect Reznor is already hard at work going thru his roster of musician friends to find a new guitarist … that is, if he hasn’t found a replacement already. The Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013 tour will get underway in mere weeks so I’m sure TR is feeling the pressure but I have no doubt that he’ll find the right person to help him bring NIN back to the masses. Stay tuned …

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  • Bern Smith

    I had fun reading this post, maybe he is meant to do something.