If we never see Nine Inch Nails live again, it’s been quite a ride

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Nine Inch Nails

When Trent Reznor told Nine Inch Nails fans six years ago that it was “time to make NIN disappear for a while”, no one knew if they would ever have the opportunity to see the industrial rock goliath perform again.

As someone whose musical palette was influenced by such 90’s masterpieces as The Downward Spiral and The Fragile — two albums that will likely go down as some of the best rock music that’s ever been made — but never got to see NIN live, it came as a shocking blow to my psyche.

For me, NIN was always that band whose music felt uniquely original and accessible, yet remained frighteningly dark in image. More than 20 years ago, it was MTV who was forced to significantly censor the music video for “Closer” — still NIN’s most popular song to this day — in which Reznor combined themes of religion…

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