Concert: Nine Inch Nails "Wave Goodbye" Tour
It was the beginning of the end at the Hollywood Palladium on September 2, when Nine Inch Nails played the first of their final batch of tour dates on their “Wave Goodbye” tour. And probing that they should perhaps not be splitting up, the band put on one of the most dynamic, intense, and powerful shows that they’ve ever performed.
The mini-tour of what frontman Trent Reznor claims will be his last ever under the NIN moniker sold out instantly, and also includes shows at the Wiltern and the Echoplex the same weekend.
As the 44-year-old singer/guitarist made his way through the entirety of his epic 1994 album “The Downward Spiral,” a videographer captured every moment, presumably for a future DVD release. Although Reznor confessed to the audience that he was not feeling well (and later canceled his performance at the Henry Fonda Theater scheduled for the following night), the two-hour set was not affected by that fact. Including such classics as “Terrible Lie,” “Gave Up,” “Suck,” “The Hand That Feeds,” and “Head Like a Hole,” the show also featured a surprise appearance from Gary Numan, whose music clearly had an influence on Reznor.
In recent years, Reznor has made every effort possible to eliminate ticket scalping, allowing his fans the chance to obtain tickets through the band’s website (www.NIN.com). So while the show was littered with celebrities including Tatum O’Neal, Jason Lee, Katy Perry, and Jared and Shannon Leto, it was packed from wall-to-wall and overflowing from the balcony with fans who were singing along with every word.
As an added treat, when concertgoers picked up their tickets for the Palladium, on the night of the show, they were even given a limited edition NIN button, to commemorate the night.
Photos by Christina Radish/Agency Photos.