Nine Inch Nails - Gary Numan
Sometime around 1996 I got heavily into Nine Inch Nails and it became an obsession for a number of years. I would study the lyrics and music on a daily basis and was really into the dark sound they had. They opened the door to electronic music for me which I still love today.
Nine Inch Nails started in 1988 by mastermind and lead singer Trent Reznor. Their debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" is one of my favorite albums of all time. Songs like "Head Like A Hole", "Terrible Lie", "Down In It", "Sanctified", and "Sin" were on constant repeat. After their debut they released the "Broken" EP and did some songs for movie soundtracks. I remember it wasn't easy to find the bands more obscure songs back in the days when everything wasn't a click away. It felt good hunting down some rare track or video and then playing it over and over again.
This show was the first time I've seen them live and it was one of my favorites. The lights, sound, and production were one of the very best I've ever seen. The setlist was great and they played a good mix of old and new songs. The opening song was "Copy of A" which is from their latest album "Hesitation Marks", they also played classics like "Head Like A Hole", "Terrible Lie", "Hurt", "March of the Pigs", "Reptile", and others. I was a little disappointed they didn't play "Closer" but overall I was satisfied with the show and the photos I got.
A nice addition to this show was that Gary Numan was the opening act, you might know him from the band The Cars who had hits like "Cars", "Drive", "You're All I've Got Tonight", "Moving In Stereo", and others. He mostly played his solo material which is more electronic and industrial which I wasn't too familiar with but his performance was awesome and he fit the bill.