Nine Inch Nails Makes Its US Return At Lollapalooza


Yesterday was Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2013 and for me, there was only one band on the agenda … Nine Inch Nails. My friend Monique and I got to the fest early enough to enjoy some other bands beforehand (Imagine Dragons, New Order – who were spectacularly good) and eat and drink some (surprisingly, Lolla features a lot of really tasty, fairly inexpensive food options — like homemade potato chips covered in BBQ sauce, for example) before NIN closed out as the headliner last night. Due to the lack of cell service, I was unable to share any photos during the day/night and because of that fact, I didn’t take many photos at all. My phone stayed in my pocket and for the first time in a few years, I actually spent all of my time watching and enjoying the concert. I have to say, it was a nice change of pace to be able to give my total attention to a show without feeling the need to report along the way. As a result, I had the best time ever! Still, other people took video of the NIN show last night and I have collected a few of them for your viewing pleasure below.

Truth be told, had there been cell service, I would’ve been compelled to take photos and share all night long but because I was hindered, I ended up jumping, dancing and screaming along to NIN’s live performance instead … and it was glorious. Here are some videos from the NIN performance last night:


Came Back Haunted:

Terrible Lie:


The setlist last night gathered songs from all of NIN’s albums … from their debut album to their as yet unreleased new album Hesitation Marks:

Copy of A
Came Back Haunted
March of the Pigs
The Frail
The Wretched
Terrible Lie
Gave Up
Help Me, I Am in Hell
Me, I’m Not
Find My Way
What if We Could (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross cover)
The Way Out Is Through
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

The show had a huge build up from beginning to end … the last songs of the night were the hardest, the most fun to jump around to … and then the final song was Hurt, the quintessential NIN song that had the entire crowd singing along with Trent Reznor. It was amazing to be a part of. The light show that is featured during this festival portion of the NIN tour is NOT to be missed. Once NIN hits the road on their solo tour, the live show will be completely different so if you get the chance to see one of NIN’s festival performances, I urge you to do so. They’ll be playing San Francisco next weekend … and I wasn’t planning on going but … I may go after witnessing how amazing the band’s new show is.

Here are some of the photos I took yesterday, one NIN photo, a photo of Monique and me and a photo I got to take with PITNB reader Dana:

I also got to meet Eric in the crowd so it was a pleasure running into them both. I was feeling a lot of feels last night … it was really so amazing to see and hear NIN back on stage again. I truly thought that NIN was over when TR closed up shop back in 2009. I’m so glad he’s back because it’s so great to see him so happy. I know his life is really different than it was just a few years ago and those changes have made him a better musician, a better live performer and a better man. This new era of NIN is much more refined. I am very much looking forward to more great shows like this in the very near future.

During the show, Mo and I met up with my friend Kanani and then afterward, we met up with Sergio and Chris for a night of aftershow drinks. All in all, it was a very successful festival day for me :)

Not sure what the plan is for today … I think we’re going back to the festival at some point but I know I’d love to spend time with Monique and Jay just hanging out with them. Chicago feels so homey to me … it must be the Midwestness of it all. I’m having a blast, I hope YOU are having an amazing Saturday, too :)

  • mandylala

    I watched the stream last night. Oh. My. God. It was incredible. It’s like they never left. And Trent sounded amazing. Ilan is a beast!! I won’t be seeing them at a festival but I will see them twice on the arena tour.