After years of hints, clues, and teases, Trent Reznor is reviving Nine Inch Nails, who performed their last live shows in 2009. The trailblazing band will start playing shows with a new lineup this summer, with a U.S. arena tour to follow this fall and global dates on the way into 2014, Reznor said in a statement to Pitchfork.
Along with Reznor, the new lineup includes Jane's Addiction's Eric Avery, King Crimson's Adrian Belew, and Josh Eustis, of the sorely missed Chicago production duo Telefon Tel Aviv. Past NIN cohorts Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin are also on board.
The relaunch isn't totally unexpected. Late last year, the New Yorker reported NIN would release a greatest-hits collection sometime in 2014. The compilation was to include two new songs by Reznor, who reportedly planned to write music for a new record. A tour coinciding with those plans only makes sense, but what's shocking is that this is finally, actually happening. Hold off on those travel plans, though: No information about dates or venues is available yet.
NIN's touring plans also help to explain the abbreviated concert schedule for Reznor's How to Destroy Angels project. His band with wife Mariqueen Maandig and previous collaborators Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross recently added only 11 dates to a docket that also includes sets at Coachella. Welcome Oblivion, How to Destroy Angels' debut full-length, is due out on March 5 via Columbia Records.
Check out Reznor's full note below.
NOTE FROM TRENT:
Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.
I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.
Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.