1.Nine Inch Nails Say "Goodbye" in NYC

1/8

Despite kids camping out in the rain on Manhattan’s Delancey Street, and a flurry of complaints online about the inefficiency of ticket sales, Nine Inch Nails’ first show of their “Wave Goodbye” tour on Saturday -- at the 500-capacity Bowery Ballroom -- was a fairly workmanlike affair.

Playing 27 songs in just over two hours, Trent Reznor (above) and crew jammed a tractor trailer’s worth of gear onto the relatively small Bowery stage, including several towers of strobes, and bludgeoned the fist-pumping faithful into gleeful submission. Highlights included a refreshingly chaotic thrash through early hip-hop-influenced track “Down in It” and a dramatic reading of “Something I Can Never Have,” with Justin Meldal-Johnsen on upright bass, as fans chanted along with every word. -- Charles Aaron

Read Aaron's full show review here .

2.Nine Inch Nails Say "Goodbye" in NYC

2/8

Despite kids camping out in the rain on Manhattan’s Delancey Street, and a flurry of complaints online about the inefficiency of ticket sales, Nine Inch Nails’ first show of their “Wave Goodbye” tour on Saturday -- at the 500-capacity Bowery Ballroom -- was a fairly workmanlike affair.

Playing 27 songs in just over two hours, Trent Reznor (above) and crew jammed a tractor trailer’s worth of gear onto the relatively small Bowery stage, including several towers of strobes, and bludgeoned the fist-pumping faithful into gleeful submission. Highlights included a refreshingly chaotic thrash through early hip-hop-influenced track “Down in It” and a dramatic reading of “Something I Can Never Have,” with Justin Meldal-Johnsen on upright bass, as fans chanted along with every word. -- Charles Aaron

Read Aaron's full show review here .

3.Guitar Hero

3/8

Robin Finck grinds away, dreads awhirl, as Reznor gets in breakdown position, and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen doubles on synths.

4.Nailing It

4/8

A startlingly buff Reznor leads the eager crowd in one of many moments of chanting and clapping.

5.Riff Raff

5/8

Finck fingers furiously, though his solos throughout the night were kept to an economical minimum.

6.Lighting It Up

6/8

Amid blinding strobes, Reznor and friends "burn this whole world down" one more time.

7.Bottom Line

7/8

Meldal-Johnsen manned the upright bass on the ballad "Something I Can Never Have" and instrumental interludes "La Mer" and "Gone, Still"

8.Goodbye, Bowery Ballroom!

8/8

Reznor straps on a guitar and induces some devil-horned appreciation from the throng. NIN plays its final show ever in Los Angeles early next month.

Read Charles Aaron's full show review here .