NIN + Jane's Addiction = Alt Rock Wet Dream Come True In 2009



Don't call it a farewell tour -- Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are going to get back to their roots with Jane's Addiction this year, and then ride off into the sunset. Allegedly.

Reznor announced the collaboration in the forums on NIN's web site yesterday.

Towards the beginning of my career in Nine Inch Nails, our biggest break came in the form of an invitation to perform a series of shows with Jane’s Addiction. 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 fucking 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.

Fast forward to the present. Corporate rock STILL sucks. A friend tells me they saw the original Jane’s lineup play a tiny show in LA that was unbelievable. I break out my Jane’s records and am amazed by how vital they sound. These guys were the real deal and in this current climate mostly dominated by poseurs and pussies it was refreshing to hear something that sounded dangerous, volatile, beautiful and SINCERE. Emails were sent, phone calls were made, dinner was arranged, ideas were discussed and the next thing I know we’re in the studio experimenting.

Reznor said that with 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the first NIN releases, he's been "thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while." And though that does sound a little bit like a death threat from the mob, who knows if NIN really will sleep with the fishes. Reznor refers to last year's "Lights in the Sky" tour as a sort of culminating effort, but here we are culminating again -- following the studio time, NIN decided to book a "last" run of shows for 2009 with Jane's Addiction sharing the bill.

In the post, Reznor said dates for the tour should be up soon. We can't deny that it'll be pretty sick to see them together again; we're just holding out some skepticism on the end of the road for NIN.

NIN + Jane's Addiction = Alt Rock Wet Dream Come True In 2009