Nine Inch Nails Reunites With Former Members Including Guitarist Richard Patrick At Hometown Cleveland Show

Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails reunited with former members at a one-off show in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio this weekend for a belated celebration of their 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

After playing a sprawling set of classics at the Blossom Music Center on Saturday, September 24, including march of the pigs, Heresy, Closer and The hand that feedsNIN’s current lineup called drummer Chris Vrenna, multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner, keyboardist/synthesizer Charlie Clouser, and onstage guitarist Richard Patrick, all of whom played with the band in its early days.

The collective then played a handful of songs from the band’s catalog of the early 90s, including Gum, To wish, Peach and To abandonbefore closing the set with Head like a hole.

In particular, they performed a cover of Hey man, nice shotoriginally by Filter, the band Richard Patrick has managed since his unfriendly exit from Nine Inch Nails in 1993.

The reunion performance came after current and former NIN members attended a “Nine Inch Nails Fan Day” hosted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the day before. Nine Inch Nails was inducted into Rock Hall in 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

During a live Q&A on Sept. 23, Reznor reflected on the “tough decisions” that had to be made to exclude some historic Nine Inch Nails members from induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He said the most important thing was to get “everyone who’s been a part of it together and just have a minute to say, ‘Nice job’.”

“We’ve been friendly over the years and I thought it would be nice for everyone to stand up and acknowledge and feel good about it.”

Richard Patrick, who was not inducted into the Hall of Fame, left NIN in the early 90s due to creative differences with Trent Reznor.

“I couldn’t go on the road and be the guitarist who couldn’t write what he plays,” he said. alternative press (opens in a new tab) in 1995. “It was frustrating because I had to come to this realization. Even though Trent really tried to work things out with me, I couldn’t even face him anymore. It was one of the most difficult times of my life. »

Inducting Nine Inch Nails into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020, Iggy Pop spoke about the depth and scope of the band’s music.

“Listening to Nine Inch Nails music — which is so often called ‘industrial’ — I actually hear a lot of funk,” he said. “On top of that, there’s a focused and relentless process of emotional destruction that paints a picture of pain, pressure and dissatisfaction. It’s the sound of industrial and digital ambition.

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