Flashback to October 13 and 14, 2018. Nine Inch Nails played two sold out shows at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. It was apart of NIN Cold and Black and Infinite tour. Other major stops included Red Rock in Colorado, and the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
The 26 date tour concluded in December 2018 with four nights at The Palladium in Los Angeles. The tour came in support of the new NIN album Bad Witch, which was the third and final instalment in a trilogy series that began in 2016.
The Jesus and Mary Chain opened the show. Back in the day, JAMC had taken NIN on the road as openers. This time Trent and co returned the favor. Their set was awesome. A killer lightshow, and great sound highlighted their career span on songs “Just Like Honey” and “Some Candy Talking.” It was cool to see them with NIN all those years later, especially at Radio City.
NIN switched up their set considerably from night one. The first four songs were from The Fragile. On October 13, no songs from the album were played. They also drew from The Downward Spiral including “Piggy,” “Closer,” and “The Becoming.” It was strange they didn’t play anything from their newest album “Bad Witch,” flashing back to their archives only.
Another highlight was “Burn,” a song from a great movie and soundtrack, Natural Born Killers. NIN did not disappoint with favorite “Help Me I’m in Hell” as part of the encore. The only similarities between night one and night two was – “Head Like A Hole” closed the pre-encore set and “Hurt” closed the entire show.
One of the first concerts I ever attended was NIN at Nassau Coliseum in 1994. It is amazing to see how much this band has evolved over the years, especially at Radio City Music Hall. Their music is still ahead of its time now as it was back then. Although industrial music started sometime in the 1970’s, bands like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry were credited for making the genre popular, bringing it into the mainstream.
Setlist: Somewhat Damaged, The Day The World Went Away, The Frail, The Wretched, The Beginning of the End, Survivalism, Piggy, Burn, La Mer, Closer, The Becoming, I Can’t Give Everything Away, The Lovers, The Great Destroyer, Burning Bright, Head Like A Hole.
Encore: Help Me I’m In Hell, Happiness In Slavery, Even Deeper, Hurt