On Monday night I went to the Metro Nightclub to see Nine Inch Nails play their 2nd of 3 shows. Luckily for me the first one had sold out before I could get tickets. On Sunday night Trent had a tantrum and walked off stage early, and the audience missed seeing a complete show. Fortunately, on Monday night, he played a fantastic show, full of energy and singing strongly throughout.
When I was younger going to concerts was an occasion to celebrate and dress up for; last night I wore a beautiful black and red shirt. By my standards of a decade ago, this was badly underdressed; by the standards of the 20something crowd, apart from a few other old school goths (the subculture I most identify with), this was far overdressed.
We got a great mix of songs, many I assume from the new album, which I have not listened to, but I will now! I still love being at gigs, albeit closer to the back than the front (hence the poor photos), because I can’t be fussed fighting to the front, ear plugs in to save the remainder of my hearing, and moving to avoid being surrounded by smokers. I can’t wait for the new smoke free rules to begin…
There was no encore, and the final song was completed by the guitarists throwing down their guitars, creating feedback, and walking offstage; the stage and house lights came up gradually and NIN had left the building. I last saw them at a desolate sports stadium in Mebourne in 2005 – the With Teeth tour, which was musically brilliant but the show left me emotionally indifferent. In a club I feel part of the event, which is why Trent in 2007 with more guitars and less electronics in a smaller venue equals a memorable experience.