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Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction plan 2009 tour

February 17, 2009 - Andy Gray
Those with fond memories of the first Lollapalooza tour will be excited by a note Trent Reznor posted to Nine Inch Nails’ Web site on Monday.

According to the post (written about on Pitchfork’s Web site), Nine Inch Nails and the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction are planning to tour together in 2009. NIN was part of the original Lollapalooza lineup in 1991 that Jane’s Addiction headlined and its frontman Perry Farrell founded.

Reznor writes, “These performances essentially created and defined the term ‘alternative’ rock in the US, created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving (Lollapalooza), set the stage for Nirvana to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really … FUN to play and attend - truly the best times I've had. The shows were epic. So epic, they propelled NIN to the `next level’ (whatever that means), but caused Jane's to implode. The band broke up at the end of that tour.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of NIN’s first recordings, and Reznor decided to mark the occasion.

“I reached out to Jane's to see if they'd want to join us across the US and we all felt it could be a great thing. Will it work? Will it resonate in the marketplace? Who knows. Are there big record label marketing dollars to convince you to attend? Nope. Does it feel right to us and does it seem like it will be fun for us and you? Yes it does. Look for tour dates soon and I hope to see you out there.”

No word on how many shows they’ll play or if there will be anything close to northeast Ohio. But NIN’s show at Blossom Music Center on the first Lollapalooza tour remains one of the 10 best performances I’ve ever seen.


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