Thursday, November 21, 2013

Concert Review: Nine Inch Nails Destroys Los Angeles

Nine Inch Nails recently played the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  I'm a huge fan of Trent Reznor's music from the very beginning, and have long said that Trent is the Mozart of the 21st century.  And, if Mozart were alive today, other than clawing at the inside of his coffin, he'd be listening to NIN.  I've seen most of Trent's concert evolutions over the years, and even saw him front row in Las Vegas on the "With Teeth" tour.  I can tell you first hand that when Trent locks eyes with you, while thrashing through his sweet melodies, it's quite intimidating.  It's like looking at the Terminator (so I'm told), or a great white shark--just lifeless eyes, like a doll's eyes, of infinite darkness and majestic beauty.  When listening to NIN (with headphones), his music tickles a part of my brain that's reserved only for my most creative efforts, like writing, editing, or eating spaghetti.

HESITATION MARKS is Trent's new music, and it's great.  While some bands with a twenty year career ride their early hits into the vapor, Nine Inch Nails continues to evolve with fresh sounds and themes, without losing his edge.  From the LA show, I've never seen Trent perform so passionately.  Gone were the front stage scrims, replaced with raw Trent, fog, biceps, combat boots and a Pink Floyd-style light show.  He gave us everything he had that night.  "Copy Of A," "Satellite," "In Two," "Wish" and "The Wretched" were highlights.  His backup singers were truly amazing, and his drummer shreds.  As always, "Head Like A Hole" and "Hurt" brought down the house.  I was convinced he cried during "Hurt," which is a song he's played thousands of times, yet still found his emotional wellspring to bring integrity to the lyrics.  The mark of a true genius.  Until next time, my friend…


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