The industrial music world’s heart stopped yesterday with the announcement from Trent Reznor that Nine Inch Nails (NIN) would be getting back together in a new incarnation. Though the biggest part of that announcements was that legendary guitarist, Adrian Belew (King Crimson) would be a part of the band for both a new album and tour in the future.
Reznor had put NIN on indefinite hiatus almost 4 years ago and had been devoting his time and energy to the band, How To Destroy Angels, with his wife. The news of the Nine Inch Nails reformation comes within a week of Reznor’s announcement that How To Destroy Angels would be performing a handful dates in the near future in conjunction with the release of it’s debut album, Welcome Oblivion.
As for the explanation as to why he was putting a new Nine Inch Nails together, Trent replied, “I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.”
Belew released his own statement, informing fans that this was a secret that he had kept under his belt for awhile and that he would be re-locating to Los Angeles for 3 months of rehearsals before heading into the studio and then out on the road. He also mentioned that he would also still be working on his latest solo project, which has been in development for the past 3 years.
This new NIN line-up also includes Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis and Ilan Rubin, which gives fans an inkling that this fresh new cadre of musicians could see a new sound or at least approach to Reznor’s and NIN’s music of the past. Dates will be soon announced for a number of shows this summer, with a large arena tour in the fall leading into dates for a worldwide tour in 2014. If this tour and stage show is anything like Nine Inch Nail’s final Lights In The Sky Tour, before their hiatus, fans excitement at this news is well-warranted.