CLEVELAND — Nine Inch Nails is set for a homecoming in Cleveland later this year.
For the first time since being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020, the band will take the stage in Northeast Ohio for two shows at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on September 21 and September 23.
Pixies will serve as the opening act for both concerts.
Tickets for the two shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 14. You can click here for more information.
As our Ryan Haidet wrote in his profile of the band, Nine Inch Nails began in Cleveland in the late 1980s as a studio project for Trent Reznor but blossomed onstage with his live band during the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991, which found them laying waste to its instruments in the afternoon sun as dismayed fellow musicians and converted fans looked on. The 1994 breakthrough album The Downward Spiral combined the mechanized funk and discordant noise of industrial rock with Reznor’s belief in melody and song structure. It debuted at number two on the Billboard album chart and spawned the Top 40 hit “Closer” — with its promises of animalistic sex as a way of being nearer to God — as well as “Hurt,” later covered by Johnny Cash.
A mud-splattered, star-making performance at Woodstock ’94 delivered Nine Inch Nails to the arena level. A series of carefully wrought tours — including a co-headlining trek with David Bowie in 1995 — followed, accompanied by visuals as transformative as they were simple. In recent years, Reznor’s penchant for futurism has included distributing music for free on the Internet as well as working for Beats Music to find a way to restore value to purchasing music. Nine Inch Nails returned in 2013 with Hesitation Marks and reissued new instrumental versions of The Fragile and With Teeth as exclusive Apple Music streams. The creativity of Trent Reznor has penetrated myriad aspects of the entertainment world. From music to film to management and streaming, NIN continues to be an influential force in our world.
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