In a festival era crammed with broken bands patching up their differences to accept the golden handshake of a reunion show, it shouldn’t be all that surprising to see Nine Inch Nails back on the live circuit a mere four years after their ‘Wave Goddbye‘ tour.
As Trent Reznor and his newest line-up of hired hands take to the stage tonight there’s no notion of this being a mere nostalgia trip in the name of the dollar, but a far more determined affair, marking a new chapter for the US industrial metal Godfathers.
‘Wish‘ and ‘Terrible Lie‘ offer up an opening statement of intent which reminds everyone packed against the front barrier why they were transfixed the first time around but it’s difficult to ignore the lack of passion of those behind the devotees with an unusual allowance of space well within the D barrier for the entirety of the set.
Despite being afforded a simliar set time as tonight’s headliners, Biffy Clyro, NIN still manage to make it feel painfully short as classic after classic is aired with an arsenal of gems kept in storage for future performances.
In-between song banter is non-existent as Reznor and co plough through choice picks of an extinguished past including ‘March of the Pigs‘ and ‘Piggy‘.
‘Head Like A Hole‘ replaces the much-missed ‘Hurt‘ but it doesn’t diminish from a stunning return to the live scene by NIN.