The wait is over for Nine Inch Nails fans that have waited since 2008 for a new album from the iconic rock band. The group’s new release, “Hesitation Marks,” was released on Sept. 3 and features the same innovative characteristics that fans of Trent Reznor and Co. have become accustomed to.
In advance of the new album, Nine Inch Nails hit the road to give fans a taste of its latest material as well as chart-topping hits of the past, performing at several festivals this summer, most notably headlining sets at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and the Made In America Festival. But the main course is yet to come, as the band is set to kick off a major North American comeback tour this fall. The trek, dubbed Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013, is scheduled to begin at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 28 before hitting dozens of other North American venues through November.
Like “Hesitation Marks,” the tour is also the band’s first since 2008, which is when the GRAMMY-winning group embarked on a worldwide Wave Goodbye Tour with Jane’s Addiction. The newest incarnation of Nine Inch Nails—which consists of group founder Reznor alongside Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin, and Josh Eustis—is preparing to put on a show to remember for the band’s loyal followers this fall. The exciting creative process of inventing a theme for the comeback tour is being detailed in a series of documentary-style videos being released on Vimeo, the first of which was released at the end of August. The “Tour Exposed” series is intended to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the ingenuity and inventiveness behind the elaborateness of Nine Inch Nails live stage shows. With the first episode revealing the blueprint for the video content and stage setup, it seems apparent that the legendary rock band will be producing some epic performances in the coming months.
The forthcoming venture will cap off what has been a very busy year for Reznor in particular, who in addition to spearheading NIN also released the first studio album for his side project, How to destroy angels. Established in 2010, the group is comprised of Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig, Rob Sheridan, and Atticus Ross. “Welcome oblivion” dropped in March, and was followed by a limited tour in April, which included a stop at Coachella. Next, the group will play at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in October and the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in November.