Nine Inch…Nah.

Playing a two-night stand to a sold out house at The Congress Theater this past Friday, Trent and his boys gave perhaps the most lackluster performance I’ve seen in 15 years of photographing the band. While the set list played out like a “Best of NIN”, the rest of the production was lukewarm. The lighting seemed like an afterthought, the tepid band flanking an unusually gym-buffed and *tan* Trent Reznor, while providing spot-on musicianship, were obviously more studio players than onstage performers as they timidly stood their ground, witness to the typical destructive stage antics of their front man.

One song in, they suffered the blow out of a soundboard, leaving a rather anti-climactic 20-minute gap at the beginning of the set. Once things were rolling again, it took a good 3/4 of the set to get the energy levels back to where they had been.

It’s my understanding that this is merely a dress-rehearsal tour preceding a full national production in the fall. Let’s hope that won’t be more of the same, but more of the abusively intense performances that we

3 Comments so far

  1. roderick (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 11:33 am

    That’s a disappointment. Did Dresden Dolls open for them? If so, how were they?

  2. Alana Waters (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

    The Dresden Dolls, from what I could hear, were fabulous. They didn’t pull the photogs into the theater until just before NIN went on, so I didn’t get to see the show. However, there was a lot of very enthusiastic buzz about the Dolls in the theater just after their performance.

  3. Bill V (unregistered) on May 11th, 2005 @ 12:40 pm

    I have grown rather tired of NIN, I think they are probably a little past their prime, the last couple of releases were full of filler, but the good songs rock so good.

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