Nine Inch Nails Are Coming Back

Trent Reznor says the band is reuniting after a four-year break and “reinventing itself from scratch” for an arena tour this summer.

1. Trent Reznor put Nine Inch Nails on an indefinite hiatus in 2009 after a run of farewell concerts. He never said NIN was over, but made it clear that the shows were the end of some version of the band.

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2. Today he revealed that he’s bringing the band back in a letter to his fans. He says he is “reinventing the band from scratch.”

3. That is a seriously amazing lineup of musicians.


Adrian Belew is an art-rock legend who was a core member of King Crimson and has served as a sideman for David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, and a previous incarnation of Nine Inch Nails. Eric Avery was the bass player for Jane’s Addiction, Josh Eustis was part of the electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv, and Ilan Rubin and Alessandro Cortini have had previous stints as members of NIN.

4. The return of NIN is very exciting, but it’s not as if Reznor hasn’t been very prolific in the past few years. His first full album with his other band, How to Destroy Angels, comes out next week.

5. How to Destroy Angels is a trio featuring Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan.

6. Their music is more pop and less aggressive than NIN, but also far more electronic, with many songs verging on glitchy abstraction.

7. It remains to be seen whether the musical direction of How to Destroy Angels will carry over to NIN, or if the new NIN material will cover completely different ground.

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