Barely offstage from a blistering closing set at Panorama Sunday, speculation quickly began swirling Monday morning as crew members were spotted loading Nine Inch Nails’ gear into Webster Hall – an intimate venue they had last visited on their 2009 goodbye tour. The rumors were soon confirmed as the fan club show was announced, quickly selling out to no surprise.
With a capacity of 1500, Webster Hall was packed from wall to wall with sweat drenched fans who came ready to roar along with every song, some of which had begun lining up around lunchtime. Their fervent enthusiasm could be felt right from the start, as the band opened with “Somewhat Damaged” and “1,000,000,” two songs they had not yet played on their current tour. “I’m sorry for fucking up anybody’s Monday night plans,” frontman Trent Reznor joked (though it’s hard to imagine anyone actually complaining).
Shrouded in strobe lights, and moody hues of fog, the visuals were kept to a minimum as the band blazed through an hour and half long show that catered to newer and older material alike. Their set featured hits like “March of the Pigs,” “Closer” and “Survivalism,” (a song Reznor said they wrote “10 years ago, thinking it was science fiction”), as well as newer songs such as “Less Than” and “The Lovers,” off of their freshly released Add Violence EP. On a night that was nothing short of surprises, Nine Inch Nails threw another one into the mix with the live debut of “She’s Gone Away.”
Nine Inch Nails is surely not showing any signs of slowing down, proving that they can flawlessly command a huge festival just as easily as a small club. “I miss playing in places like this,” remarked Reznor, toward the end of their pristine performance. Monday night’s show was surely a treat for those lucky enough to attend, offering fans a rare opportunity to see the band in a smaller setting and bid a proper farewell to one of New York City’s most beloved venues as it approaches its August 9th closing date.
1. Somewhat Damaged
3. March of the Pigs
5. The Frail/The Wretched
8. Less Than
11. Gave Up
12. She’s Gone Away
13. The Lovers
15. The Loop Closes (How to Destroy Angels cover)
16. The Great Destroyer
17. Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
19. Head Like a Hole
Photos: Alx Bear
Article: Nicole Shyti