Nine Inch Nails came to Charlottesville VA last night. They’ve been one of my favorite bands for a long time, but I’ve already seen Van Halen, Smashing Pumpkins, and Miranda Lambert this year, so I wasn’t going to spend the money.
Friday though I ran into a good cheap ticket deal, so I went. Amazing show. Band sounded great, Trent sounded great, and the stage show was amazing. They had these huge LED curtain/screen things, one behind the stage, one in the middle, and one in front. They raised/lowered them during different parts of the show. Anyway they used the screens to show all sorts of psychadelic effects in time to the music, or a wall of snow with a clear area that followed Trent around, or simulated rain. Very bright, colorful, and mesmerising.
I couldn’t find any videos to do it justice, but this is one with the front screen down and the break in the snow following Trent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIjeMVotKgU&feature=related
The band mixed it up a lot, started off with new music, then played plenty of their older songs. Changed the stage around 2 or 3 times, they played quite a few different instruments. On many of the hard rocking songs like Head Like a Hole they basically played straight rock without screens and special effects. A bit too many strobe lights though.
Anyway, if you get a chance to see this tour, GO! Even if the music isn’t your favorite the stage show is worth it.