Cold Cave was the opener and they were alright.
Soundgarden was the loudest band I've ever seen up to that point, damn man, they haven't let up at all after all these years. Chris Cornell was 50 years old and giving it 100 percent, it was really impressive.
NIN came on and I swear to fucking god, despite being seated in the back (not the lawn) it was crazy for me. I've seen all these live videos and heard some live audio ever since I got into the band in 2008 and here I was experiencing it for real. I thought NIN was finished in 2009 but I guess so did everyone else. I knew the static setlist going in and was going to enjoy it anyways, but they changed it up and that was good. Trent was on top of his game during Copy of A, flying around the stage with his guitar. Frail/Wretched happened, I ain't got anything to say because you all know how that goes. Find My Way blew me away in the instrumental section due to the bass being so deep and Trent's guitar additions.
The highlight came when they did The Great Destroyer and then Eraser. I was completely blown away by seeing my two favorite NIN songs of all time. I could've just gone home after Eraser because that shit was too real. TDTWWA was some sort of emotional thing that I cannot describe. Amazing show. The visuals were great and so was the sound. What did suck though was being in the California heat in late August.
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Seen them 3 times and not once have they played Eraser any of those times.
Originally Posted by nooneimportant
september 20th 1995, with mr. bowie.
almost made it to woodstock, but had exams and my prof. would not allow me to bow out (yes, i am the dick who told him i would like to attend a once in a lifetime concert, rather than just going and then getting a sick note from my doctor. yes, i outed myself so then could not go with plan b...especially since the prof. happily informed me that if i did not turn up i would fail, with or without doc note. ugh.)
still, in retrospect, i reckon having the nin/bowie combo was once in a lifetime enough to make up for missing mudstock.
Naturally, I had to look up "Fragiliglade". This may be old news to both of you, but just in case: the one that's officially named that is an FM source that has an incomplete HLAH. Ninlive has a pre-FM version (less crowd noise) and the entire HLAH. Again, you may very well have known that already.
Originally Posted by niggo
The pre-FM version is actually the recording I have already been listening to. But thanks for the heads up, very nice of you.
First of MANY was fragility 2.0 at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Went with 3 other friends, year I graduated HS. Got really stoned, had seats in the way back but it was awesome. I remember when the screens came down it was unreal. Still one of my favorite shows ever. I've seen every Chicago date since and a few in Michigan and Wisconsin. Begged my dad to take me to nin/bowie years before as he's a huge bowie fan but it never happened. Second show was WT club date in Chicago, night 2, which was also a top show. But the wave goodbye (final, ha) Chicago date might be my favorite due to amazing set list with a 4 piece band. Incredible.
March 20th, 1994 - About a week after TDS was released, Nine Inch Nails announced a small a warmup pretour and one of the dates was in Tucson (hometown and where I live now). In a "renovated" old movie theater where I had seen Ghostbusters when it first came out when I was a kid. I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale and showed up 7 hours before the doors opened. No one else arrived for 4 hours other than staff (I arrived before security or the band). The show was amazing. It changed what I would expect from concerts. And set a high water mark that would take years to be met again. I saw NIN twice again on the other US legs of the Spiral tours. But seeing them front and center, in a small venue was an experience which was unrivaled. Until I did it again on the Tension tour, in Las Vegas.
Items of note: having alcohol (my mind is cloudy on whether it was tequila or vodka) poured into my eyes (while he tried to pour it into my girlfriend's mouth) was an experience I would not recommend, but it makes for an interesting story. Though I didn't catch or obtain any broken keys, I did catch a water bottle that Trent tossed into the audience, and used half of it to wash off my face and the other half to drink. It was a crazy crazy experience and I couldn't imagine what my life would have been like had I not seen that show. I have, since then, braved snow, blizzards, etc ( I lived in Chicago for years) while waiting for bands so that I could be up front.
Further Down the Spiral tour (In NY with Jim Rose Circus & Pop Will Eat Itself).
A college buddy was supposed to go with me, but came down with the flu the night before, so I went alone. Before the show, I sold his ticket outside the concert venue for face value. Adam Ant came on stage for the encores and did Physical, Red Scab, and Beat My Guest with NIN. I was seated in the back, but snuck upfront during short period before the encores. While up front in the pit, I got knocked to the floor. I saw the crowd surrounding me start closing in. It looked like i was droning (The hole of light above was shrinking. Then this one goth guy put his arms out and shouted to everyone to step back. He extended his arm and helped me up. NIN fans are very cool.
I got into NIN just as they wrapped up the Wave Goodbye tour so at the time I thought "FUCK I'M NEVER GOING TO GET TO SEE THEM LIVE :C"
Flash forward roughly 4 years later and they announce the Australian QOTSA+NIN leg of the 2014 tour. Got tickets as soon as they were available.
Sat through the Queens Of the Stone Age set not knowing what to expect since at the time I only had heard like 3 or 4 songs by them. Ended up enjoying themselves immensely and buying copies of Era Vulgaris, Like Clockwork and Songs For The Deaf the next day.
Anyway after a brief break NIN opened with Copy Of A which imo works really well as a opener - builds up and gets everyone hyped. Setlist was pretty average since it was a co-headlining tour which usually tend towards the more well known songs with less rarities and there were a few songs I wish they had played like The Great Destroyer or Somewhat Damaged which they had played at previous nights but March of the Pigs (without the extended outro oddly enough. They only played the album version which from what I understand almost never happens) going into The Line Beings To Blur made up for all of that. At the time that was probably my favorite Nine Inch Nails song and was a bit of a rarity since the With Teeth tour I think so I never expected to hear it live. I had been singing along all night but the verses along with the I DON'T KNOW I DON'T KNOW bits in the second verse had started to hurt my throat a bit so I took it easy until The Wretched about halfway through the set a few songs later lol
Mariqueen came on to do a few HTDA songs which I'm OK with in theory - I really like their songs but the ones they chose weren't ones I particularly fond of (On The Wing and Parasite) plus I feel a bit selfish saying this but as much as I like HDTA I felt a little robbed of NIN songs (even though it was only two). I think if the songs chosen were ones I actually liked I would have felt differently.
1,000,000 and Letting You got everyone hyped again because it felt like the momentum kind of got lost a bit with the mini HDTA set as I don't think a lot of people there seemed to be familiar with them. Then the opening synth sounds of The Hand That Feeds came on and in the back of my mind I knew the concert was going to end soon - THTF > HLAH > Hurt is a pretty standard concert closer isn't it? THTF was a solid performance, nothing special but Head Like A Hole ended up a highlight of the show - something about hearing the crowd singing along in the arena to chorus made me feel like part of something much bigger than me in a way. You could almost feel the energy in the room. Also at this point I lost my voice completely in the final chorus and could barely talk for a few days but was totally worth it.
Concert concluded with Hurt which I expected but hearing that song live - hearing all of the songs performed live that night in person for the first actually - was so special. Hurt hits me pretty hard emotionally and the climax at the end has such a final feel to it. I guess that's why it works pretty well as a setlist closer.
I hope I get to see them again live. Once isn't enough. Ideally I wish they'll come back to Perth but Western Australia almost always gets neglected when bands to 'Australian' tours. At least this time around if it comes to it i'll be able to afford to see a show on the east coast.
So well jealous of everyone who saw 'em back in the nineties. I've been a fan since '93, but for some reason it then took me 14 years to make it to a show.
Of course then it should have been an epic occasion, making it up to Brixton for the 2007 tour. Just to show how underwhelming an experience it was, I can't actually remember which date it was. I'm guessing the 11th (http://www.nin.wiki/2007/03/11_London,_UK) just on vague memories of what was played.
Damn! What a setlist huh? It should have been awesome, but I think I was in a bad mood generally, and the people I was with were annoying me. On top of that the crowd was made up of a mixture of sweaty devil horns throwing metal 'dudes' and too cool for school nu-goth posers (I'm such a snob). Just to finish things off - I've honestly never been able to get down with that era band. Of course Freese is a legend, and Cortini is close to a legend, but the North / White axis up front just leaves me cold, and I'm glad neither stuck around for too long.
Anyway, it wasn't all that bad of course, and maybe after so long I had built up my expectations so high that reality had no chance of comparing. I feel like an ungrateful git for not having as good a time as I should have, but that's how it goes I guess. Maybe there are a bunch of people who saw NIN in '94, or at the '09 TDS shows (dream come true) and didn't have an amazing experience either.
In contrast though my second NIN show was a belter - 2014 at the O2. A much suckier venue, with a fairly generic setlist in comparison, but I really felt I was seeing a much better band, and I had a hundred times more fun. There's probably a life lesson in there somewhere.
I'm the opposite - as awesome as Robin and Alessandro were when I saw the band live I would have loved to see a With Teeth/Performance 2007 show. Saying that I would have been like 13 the experience would have been wasted on me but still a man can dream.
My first show was back in 2014 when NIN toured with QOTSA all around Australia, the first Sydney gig. I couldn't believe it when the tour was initially announced, I had a chance to see two of my favourite bands on the same night! When March came around, I was so excited. I had been obsessively watching videos from the 2013 tour, and loved how much energy and creativity Trent and co brought to the stage.
It was so awesome when A Warm Place unexpectedly boomed out from the speakers and signalled that NIN were first up. I remember wondering what song they would play first, and when it turned out to be Somewhat Damaged, I freaked out! I loved how the intro was reworked, and how it exploded in intensity. It was such a cool way to open the show, and from then on, it just got better and better. Seeing the different, groovier version of Sanctified for the first time was great... pretty much the whole setlist was brilliant! The entire show was such a fun and exciting experience, and since it was my first time seeing a band live, it was even more special!
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Tuesday May 23, 2000 in Dallas. At that time I wasn't a huge fan, only familiar with the radio hits. I had just graduated high school the previous weekend and we drove to the amphitheater, not having tickets, looking to see how cheap we could get in. Easily found two lawn tickets for $10 each and made our way inside. A Perfect Circle opened, this was the day their 1st album came out. Had only heard Judith on the radio a couple times so I wasn't really sure what to expect...thought they were great. I vividly remember the scene as NIN hit the stage: It was twilight as the screen dropped down in front of the stage and Terrible Lie just blasted through me as we lit up a joint. Security chased a guy through the crowd and tackled him directly in front of us. I was completely blinded by the strobe lights pulsating from the stage as he was dragged away. The rest of the evening was life changing, I swear I can remember the lighting configuration of every song. The three screens behind the band were displaying the most amazing images I had ever seen. The music was inside me, it was a completely visceral experience. The next day I went out and bought The Fragile and have seen NIN 20+ times since then. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.
I wanted to start my post with a photo by Rob, but it's buried in who knows which hard drive and while not impossible to find online (I'm sure there's a readily-available archive of Spiral photos somewhere I don't have bookmarked).
My first NIN show was 3_7_06 in Erie, PA. And it was the best show I've ever been to. And not just for the "oh man it was my first show" reasons, though yes, there's that. But because if Rob had been on Trent's right instead of on his left when he took the photo I wanted to show, you would see me (one back from the rail, center stage) holding Trent's hand singing nothing can stop me now at the end of Piggy. The setlist was awesome, as I learned that Trent's "hometown shows" are the best shows, I met a lot of awesome people in The Spiral line (even though we didn't get a sound check... I never got a sound check actually...) including my best friend and NIN show buddy, and I still wish I had taken up her offer to go to the Rochester show the next day since she caught Trent's tambourine at that show.
I don't have the best memory, but there are certain parts of that day that will live in my mind forever. I remember the excitement of this being my first "real concert" (at the time I didn't count my first concert, Weird Al at the local college in like 2001 with my mom) and getting there as early as possible because I knew I wanted to be as close as I could when Trent came on stage. I didn't know what to expect at all beyond watching AATCHB over and over and over from the time it came out until years later as I left to go experience that for myself. I even listened to AATCHB on my cheap not-iPod MP3 player, because it was 2006 and I was way behind on tech.
I was between one and two dozen people back in the line when I got there, I had made my own Spiral shirt (since I didn't get the deluxe membership that came with a shirt the first year) but it was Erie in March so I was wearing a black hoodie (to blend in with everyone else). I remember taking a disposable camera (so I wouldn't be upset if it was taken from me) and took photos of stupid things like The Spiral sign, and a group of friends that I had made in line flipping the camera off, and really just anything that kept my mind off the excitement and anxiety of "in a few hours you are going to be AT A NINE INCH NAILS CONCERT".
Doors open. I don't remember the journey to the floor at all. I don't remember anything about pre-show except I asked the person in front of me if I could reach my arms around her to hold on to the rail once it started to try to hold off the surges of people pushing. And then Trent's niece and nephew came down and talked to a bunch of us on the rail for a few minutes, which I thought was really cool. And then Saul Williams came on, and he was awesome... except the people around me in the pit were not. As much of a city as Erie is, there were a lot of rural people at this show, and I could tell, because of the commentary I kept hearing about him. And I'll admit, being young and wanted to be one of the cool kids and fit in, I didn't say anything to them. I regret that, looking back. Other than remembering that I loved his set, and that I knew the words to a few songs thanks to the Voodoo Fest set they played together.
Forward another... what like hour or so? The smoke starts building up. Everyone starts to woo. This is where I disagree with others, I swear I heard a little bit of A New Flesh for the first few bars of Pinion, but whatever, it was Pinion, and that build gets you pumped like nothing else. And then SLAM into Mr. Self Destruct. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, Trent Reznor is in my face, mere feet away, screaming one of my favorite songs at me. It was surreal. A few other songs I specifically remember are The Line Begins To Blur, because I remember I kept going from watching Trent to watching the line scroll across the background branching out and activating the glitch screens. Everyday Is Exactly The Same, watching the repeating background scroll across. The screen slow down time in the middle because you always remember that stuff. And, as mentioned before, Piggy.
I remember as the song started, I knew that he ~used to~ come down to the audience on the AATCHB dvd... so maybe I would be lucky and he would come down again, and I was right there. I saw the crew make sure the stacks of boxes in front of the stage left a clear path for him, and waving him down as he glanced at us and smirked a bit. The lights go down, and Trent is right there, and I just reach out without thinking and grab ahold of his free hand and start singing back as he leans across past me and into the crowd. I held his hand that whole fucking time (I didn't try to hold him in, though, when he started to go back up I let go and just kept singing) and I was so in that moment that I didn't notice the thumb harp he played at the end until I saw a picture of it some days later. I also remember talking about it days later on ETS and someone calling me a liar because THEY held Trent's hand at that show. Whatever, dude.
It was an amazing show, and I know this gets said a lot, but that show actually did save my life.
So, I got that date tattooed with a WT-era NIN logo.
This was my first (and, so far, only) show. I was still a relatively new fan at the time, but the experience was fantastic. I got to hear some of my favorites, as well as some tracks I wasn't as familiar with that later became favorites. My only issue was that they didn't do an encore (one of the few shows on the tour where that happened), but that wasn't the band's fault. The city has a strict noise curfew that, for some reason, applies to large indoor venues. Other than that, it was a great show. I was eager to see them again during the Tension tour, but on the day that I was supposed to see them in Detroit, I had to have emergency surgery. Just my luck. Hopefully they will come through the area...that is, if Trent doesn't decide to quit touring altogether in the near future.
re: that Erie show...Drove out from NY for that as my wife's best friend was in medical school out there at the time. They got into a fight with some dumb chick in front of us who was WAY too active throughout the show and wouldn't stop getting in everyone's personal space with her convulsions. They shut that shit DOWN.
We also all went out to dinner in Erie and apparently it's customary in that part of the country to give everyone their own separate check at dinner? It was a big group of us too...like 10. Odd but helpful.
Well, but i can certainly understand how such an experience could be life saving, you know, if you had been having a rough time.
Originally Posted by sick among the pure
Like fucking vindicating. that moment of communion with someone whose work you related to so much must have been incredible.
Thanks for sharing that story!