Nine Inch Nails Fans Unearth an Hour of Intense, ‘The Fragile’-Era Live Video
Trent Reznor mixes old and new material circa 1999-2000
“OHHH my gawd!!!! TREEEENTTT!!!” It’s impossible to over-emphasize the rapt, hoarse devotion in the voices of the fans passed a microphone during Nine Inch Nails’ set at Sydney, Australia’s Big Day Out Festival in January 2000. As Antiquiet points out, the concert’s professionally shot video is one of two recently dug up by users on NIN fan forum Echoing the Sound. The other is NIN’s December 1999 Fragility 1.0 TV special, which compiled footage from Trent Reznor and company’s European tour in support of that year’s double-album The Fragile. Though Reznor has said that “I was certainly not at my best” during this era of touring, the performances are still urgent, writhing things, enough to put most contemporary bands to shame. And the set lists feature such NIN classics as “Head Like Hole,” “Terrible Lie,” and “Hurt” along with then-new material — plus, NIN’s cover of Queen’s “Get Down, Make Love.” At the very least, let this cleanse Alicia Keys and Maroon 5’s Grammys set from your palate.