After LITS, there was the Live: 2009 Australia/New Zealand tour and NIN/JA 2009 tour. Back to big basics, but there were no elaborate lighting set-ups for these tours, probably due to the fact that NIN had to share and quickly turnaround their stage with Jane’s Addiction and other bands. Still, there were big LED light column panels, and large rows of hanging stage lights over the band:
Even when NIN does it “small”, the final result is rather huge. Juggernaut. Intense. Kind of in my face, even though I’m sitting in the nosebleed section.
So when Trent announced the retirement of the touring, live NIN band, and selected small club venues in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to Wave Goodbye to…many of us wondered: How the HELL is NIN going to fit into ANY of these clubs?
Well, NIN fit into all those club venues rather well. Trent was able to share a small stage, when he usually had at least 12’x12′ of his own space. At the Palladium and Echoplex, the band didn’t seemed crammed at all. But they did explode every small venue they performed in, with sheer loudness and crowd swelling. Every show in NYC, Chicago and LA had reviews of being “dark, cramped and sweaty”, teeming with elated fans and music heads. Outfitted with their now well-known LED panels, NIN also threatened to happily blind us all with the bright lights and smoke and insanity.
Hollywood Palladium, 09.02.2009
All Palladium & Echoplex photos by LA Weekly
To quote LA Weekly’s Randall Roberts – I did lose my proverbial shit, at both shows. Though I expected an intense experience, I was impressed that Nine Inch Nails could shed its magnanimous stage design, cram onto small, punk rock stages and churn out the same high energy and stage presence that Trent and all his band mates have always been known for.I appreciate NIN’s flexibility in stage performance, for the band to adapt to high-end productions and to small stages.
Still, NIN provided some of the best live shows because of the overall commitment to original visual art and presentation. That type of dedication and expertise is rare, and the NIN stage presence will be missed very much.
Look at uber-fan here. SO jealous of her.