Listen: Nine Inch Nails drop ‘God Break Down the Door’

A week after finally confirming the release of the final installment of their current trilogy, Nine Inch Nails have returned with the record’s first single. On Thursday (May 17), the Ohio-founded band headed over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show for Apple Music to premiere “God Break Down the Door.” Listen to “God Break Down the Door” above.

During the premiere of the song, frontman Trent Reznor spoke (transcript provided by Nine Inch Nails’ management) to Lowe about how the song’s sound came to be.

“From the sound of the drums to the kind of frantic drumbeat. To looking around the studio and seeing the untouched baritone tenor and alto sax that are sitting there. They’re there because they remind me that I can’t play them as well as I used to be able to. For 20 years, I’ve been saying I’m going [to] really get my technique back because it would be fun to do. And there they sit, taunting me in the corner.

We pulled them out and we just started fucking around really, led with Atticus arranging. I was just kind of going. An hour performance kind of turned into this thing that felt like we hadn’t been there before and that started to reveal a whole different character. The space changed and then we felt motivated. When it came time to sing, I was really just trying things out just to see. I never had the courage to sing like that, I didn’t know I could sing.”

In the same sit down, Reznor also gave some insight on each of the trilogy’s album. He unveiled how the story evolved from Not the Actual Events and what Bad Witch’s place is among the three records.

“Let me drop some cryptic information on you. The idea of this three EP thing was all to find truth in us; figuring out who we are now and how we fit into the world. The first EP — Not the Actual Events — was meant to be a personal angry, self-destructive reflection on that question and defining how I feel in a world. I feel stranger. Part of that’s aging. Part of that’s because the world is getting weirder…finding your place in a world that looks different every day…little bit changes and reacting to that in the first EP through anger and self-destruction and sitting alone setting a match to your life.

The second EP — Add Violence — was meant to

the same question, but looking for answers externally. Maybe it’s because of this and there’s comfort in that. Maybe there’s a reason things feel kind of crazy and it’s not that I’m insane [but] that I’m in a situation that’s insane.

There was the third EP, which has grown into an LP [Bad Witch]. It was coming [from] one final look at that question from rejecting what the number two says that it wasn’t an easy answer. It’s not..it’s not…we…I can’t point at that as a formula and that’s what it was. And that the entire system has a much more bleak and pessimistic outlook and I[ don’t] want to say too much because it gives away kind of the what the thing is. But it wasn’t necessarily what we thought it was going to be when we started. I thought it was going to go more science fiction. I don’t really want to overwhelm you with cleverness and deep diving and part of that felt like an arms race and it also felt like a cop-out.”

“God Break Down the Door” will be featured on Bad Witch. The third installment of the band’s current trilogy is due out June 22. Bad Witch follows the release of 2016’s Not the Actual Event and 2017’s Add Violence.

In support of Bad Witch’s release, Nine Inch Nails announced plans last week to hit the road during the months September, October, November, and December. The “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour will kick off on Sept. 13 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and conclude three months later on Dec. 12 at the Palladium in Los Angeles. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

The Jesus and Mary Chain will join Nine Inch Nails for the full tour run. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this Saturday, May 19, at each of the venue’s box office.

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Nine Inch Nails announce ‘Bad Witch’ album, massive fall tour

Just when Nine Inch Nails fans thought they would have to shell out a lot of cold, hard cash to see their favorite band in Las Vegas during their residency, the group has put those worries aside. On Thursday (May 10), the Ohio-founded band announced plans to return to the United States for a massive fall tour.

Titled the “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour, the trek will find the band travelling/performing across the United States during the months of September, October, November, and December. The tour will kick off on Sept. 13 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and conclude three months later on Dec. 12 at the Palladium in Los Angeles. Unlike most tours, Nine Inch Nails will have multiple night engagements at many of their stops including New York’s Radio City Music Hall), Boston’s Boch Center, Detroit’s Fox Theater, New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, and Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.

Hitting the road alongside Nine Inch Nails for the full run will be the Jesus and Mary Chain.

In an effort to combat scalpers, tickets for the tour will be sold in person at each of the venue’s box offices on Saturday, May 19. If your closest venue is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., pre-sale tickets will be available at the Denver Coliseum Box Office on Sunday, May 20.

Show tickets will not be available online before or on the dates mentioned above and will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. If you’re planning on camping out the night before, it will also not happen. No one will be allowed to line up before 8 a.m. on the day tickets are to be sold.

“The promise of a world made better by computers and online connectivity has failed us in many, many ways, particularly when it comes to ticketing,” begins a post made by frontman Trent Reznor on the band’s website. “Everything about the process sucks and everyone loses except the reseller. We’ve decided to try something different that will also likely suck, but in a different way. We’re hoping many of you will be happy with the results, while some may do what they always do and bitch about it.”

According to the band, only a limited amount of tickets will be released online at a later date.

The “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour will be in support of the group’s finally confirmed third and final installment of their current trilogy series. The final installment will be titled Bad Witch and is due out June 22.

Bad Witch will join 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence.

Check out Nine Inch Nails’ complete tour itinerary for the rest of the year which includes their previously announced music festival appearances, their Las Vegas residency, and the newly announced tour dates.

NINE INCH NAILS SUMMER 2018 TOUR DATES:

June 13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 22 – London, UK – Meltdown Festival
June 24 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
June 25 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia
June 27 – Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live
June 29 – St. Gallen, CH – Open Air St. Gallen
June 30 – Prague, CZ – Aerodrome Festival
July 02 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle
July 04 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
July 06 – Belfort, FR – Les Eurockeennes
July 08 – Werchter, BE – Rock Werchter
July 12 – Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive Festival
July 14 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
Aug. 17 – Tokyo, JP – Sonic Mania
Aug. 19 – Osaka, JP – Summer Sonic Festival

COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

Sept. 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre ^
Sept. 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre ^
Sept. 18 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Sept. 19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Sept. 22 – San Antonio, TX – River City Rock Fest
Sept. 24 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater ^
Sept. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ^
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ^
Sept. 29 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater ^
Oct. 09 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^
Oct. 13 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall ^
Oct. 14 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall ^
Oct. 19 – Boston, MA – Boch Center ^
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Boch Center ^
Oct. 22 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater ^
Oct. 23 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater ^
Oct. 25 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom ^
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom ^
Nov. 23 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre ^
Nov. 24 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre ^
Nov. 27 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
Nov. 28 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
Dec. 03 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ^
Dec. 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^
Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^
Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^

* = w/ Black Moth Super Rainbow
^ = w/ The Jesus and Mary Chain

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose score for Showtime docu-series

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross can now add “scoring documentaries” to their lengthy resume. On Monday (April 30), it was announced that the duo will compose the score for Showtime’s upcoming four-part documentary series, The Fourth Estate. The docu-series chronicles the inner workings of The New York Times during President Donald Trump’s first year in office. The series will premiere on Showtime on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The trailer for the upcoming documentary can be seen above.

The Fourth Estate will join Reznor and Ross’ lengthy list of scored films including The Social Network – which earned them the Oscar for Best Original Score – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Patriots Day, and The Vietnam War among others.

As for Nine Inch Nails, which Ross recently joined, the group has a busy schedule ahead of them. The band will reportedly release the final installation of their current trilogy sometime this year, though the name and its official release date have not been given. Nine Inch Nails released the first part, Not the Actual Events, in late 2016 and the second part, Add Violence, in the summer of 2017.

In addition to that, the Ohio-founded act have a lengthy music festival tour slated for the summer months. Nine Inch Nail’s music festival world tour will include performances at London’s Meltdown Festival, Prague’s Aerodrome Festival, Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. Recently, the band was confirmed as one of the headliners for the sixth annual River City Rockfest. River City Rockfest will take place on Sept. 22 at the AT&T Center Grounds in San Antonio. To see Nine Inch Nails’ full tour itinerary, head on over to their website.

Nine Inch Nails add pair of North American shows to upcoming tour

If you had plans on seeing Nine Inch Nails any time this year in North America, then you better act fast. On Monday (March 26), the Ohio-founded band announced a pair of concerts at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The two shows will be the group’s only North American tour stops this summer while the rest of tour will find them performing across Europe.

The two newly added shows will take place on June 13 and June 15 right before they head across the pond for their previously announced tour. According to the band’s website and social media pages, the Vegas dates will be their only North American stops this summer, though there is no word if other dates will be added for the fall months. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. PST.

The Las Vegas shows will jumpstart the band’s massive summertime music festival tour across Europe. Nine Inch Nail’s European music festival itinerary will include performances at London’s Meltdown Festival, Prague’s Aerodrome Festival, Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival.

The upcoming tour will be in support of the group’s third and final installment of their trilogy. The band previously released the first installment, Not the Actual Events, in late 2016 and the second installment, Add Violence, in July of 2017. According to an interview on BBC Radio 6, frontman Trent Reznor confirmed that the third installment will be released before the band embarks on their summer tour in June.

“We’re in the process of finishing this right now and should be out before the shows take place,” Reznor told the host.

No confirmed release date or title has been given for the trilogy’s final album.

NINE INCH NAILS SUMMER 2018 TOUR DATES:

June 13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 22 – London, UK – Meltdown Festival
June 24 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
June 25 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia
June 27 – Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live
June 29 – St. Gallen, CH – Open Air St. Gallen
June 30 – Prague, CZ – Aerodrome Festival
July 02 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle
July 04 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
July 06 – Belfort, FR – Les Eurockeennes
July 08 – Werchter, BE – Rock Werchter
July 12 – Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive Festival
July 14 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
Aug. 17 – Tokyo, JP – Sonic Mania
Aug. 19 – Osaka, JP – Summer Sonic Festival

Listen to Nine Inch Nails’ new tune ‘This Isn’t the Place’

Less than a week after confirming their upcoming new EP, Nine Inch Nails has returned with another new song from the impending release. On Tuesday (July 18), the Trent Reznor-led group unleashed  “THIS ISN’T THE PLACE”; the second song off ADD VIOLENCE. Watch the Alex Lieu-directed clip above.

“THIS ISN’T THE PLACE” will join lead single “LESS THAN” on ADD VIOLENCE which is set to be released later this week. ADD VIOLENCE is set to be released digitally on July 21 while the CD and vinyl versions of the upcoming record will be released on Sept. 1. Pre-orders for the album can be found on Nine Inch Nails’ website.

ADD VIOLENCE is the second installment of Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming EP trilogy. Last year’s Not the Actual Events was the first installment of the trilogy while the name and/or projected release date for the final album has yet to be mentioned. In support of the upcoming EP, the group has a handful of festival appearances scheduled for later this year. Those dates can be found here.

Nine Inch Nails announce new EP with new song

After confirming to fans that new music was on the horizon, Trent Reznor and the rest of Nine Inch Nails have come through. On Thursday (July 13), the industrial icons revealed that they will be releasing a new EP at the end of July. The new five-track record, which has been titled ADD VIOLENCE, will be the second installment of their EP trilogy. At the end of 2016, the band released the first installment, Not the Actual Events. To accompany the ADD VIOLENCE announcement, Nine Inch Nails has also released the lead single from the record, “Less Than.” Watch the Brook Linder-directed clip for the new tune above.

ADD VIOLENCE is set to be released digitally on July 21, but if physically copies are your thing, you will need to wait a little longer. The CD and vinyl versions of the upcoming album will see a release date of Sept. 1. Pre-orders for the record can currently be found on Nine Inch Nails’ website. In addition to the new songs, fans will reportedly receive a “physical component” to the album. The group did the same when Not the Actual Events was released. The physical component for the 2016 release was a mysterious black powder which was packaged with a warning that read: “This will make a mess.” No details have been given about what ADD VIOLENCE’s physical component will be.

ADD VIOLENCE’s release confirmation comes a month after Reznor unveiled that the group will be releasing a trio of EPs with last year’s effort being the first installment. The full track listing for the album can be seen below while the group’s upcoming festival appearance can be seen below that.

ADD VIOLENCE TRACK LISTING:

1. “Less Than”
2. “The Lovers”
3. “This Isn’t the Place”
4. “Not Anymore”
5. “The Background World”

NINE INCH NAILS TOUR DATES:

July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
July 30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Festival
Sept. 15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Oct. 21 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest

Nine Inch Nails to Release ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ Exclusive for Record Store Day

If you’re a hardcore fan of Nine Inch Nails, then this Record Store Day might have the perfect treat for you. On Wednesday (Oct. 28), the complete listing for Record Store Day Black Friday 2015  was announced. On the massive list, it was revealed that the Trent Reznor-led band will be releasing a massive boxset for the music lover’s holiday.

The boxset has been named Halo I-IV and will feature music from the band’s hit, debut record, Pretty Hate Machine. The boxset will feature four vinyls, three of which will feature different takes and remixes of the singles from the record (“Down In It,” “Head Like a Hole,” and “Sin”). As for the fourth vinyl, it will feature Pretty Hate Machine in the configuration that was originally released back in October 1989.

Pretty cool, huh? Check out the complete listing for the release below. For more information about Record Store Day Black Friday 2015, which will take place on Nov. 27, and the other releases head on over to their official website here.

HALO I-IV TRACKLIST:

Halo I:
Side A:
01. Down In It (Skin)
02. Down In It (Shred)
Side B:
03. Down In It (Singe)

Halo II:
Side A:
01. Head Like a Hole
02. Terrible Lie
03. Down In It
04. Sanctified
05. Something I Can Never Have
Side B:
06. Kinda I Want To
07. Sin
08. Thats’ What I Get
09. The Only Time
10. Ringfinger

Halo III:
Side A:
01. Head Like a Hole (Slate)
02. Terrible Lie (Sympathetic Mix)
03. Head Like a Hole (Clay)
Side B:
04. Head Like a Hole (Copper)
05. You Know Who You Are
06. Head Like a Hole (Soil)

Halo IV:
Side A:
01. Sin (Long)
02. Sin (Dub)
Side B:
03. Get Down, Make Love
04. Sin (Short)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Nominees Announced

It feels like it was just yesterday that we were announcing the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015 and now, the class of 2016 nominees have been unveiled. On Thursday (Oct. 8), the official list of nominees which includes 15 potential inductees was released. Making it onto this year’s list are Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Cars, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Janet Jackson, and more.

Other potential inductees include Chic, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, Yes, Los Lobos, The Spinners, The J.B.’s, and season 21 Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaka Khan.

This year’s list marks the second year both Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while it’s the first year Janet Jackson, The Cars, and Cheap Trick can rightfully be nominated. In a twist, this year marks the tenth time that Chic has been nominated for this honor. (Can we just give it to them already?)

N.W.A.’s nomination comes on the heels of the success of their biography-based film, Straight Outta Compton, while Jackson released her new album, Unbreakable, earlier this month and is currently in the middle of touring in support of the new record.

In order for an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago. But, being nominated is just half the battle for this honor. From now until Dec. 9, a group of artists, historians, and music industry members will get to decide who gets entry to the museum in April 2016.

Recently, fans have been given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists by using the “fan’s ballot.” The “fan’s ballot” will count as one of the more than 600 ballots used to determine who gets inducted next spring. Currently, fans can head on over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s official website to cast their votes. The polls will officially close on Dec. 9 with the top five artists being announced later that month.

Last year,  Green Day, Lou Reed (posthumously), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band were inducted into the iconic Cleveland museum.

Apple and Beats in the Midst of Developing Music Streaming Service

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Remember how last year when Apple purchased Beats for $3 million speculation began that the two mega companies would be forming a new music streaming service that could “rival Spotify”?

Well, it sounds like that time is coming closer.

In a recently published article in The New York Times, it appears that not only is Apple working on a new music streaming service, it will also be saying good-bye to the Beats name, something that they promised back in September would not happen.

One thing that has remained a constant since the announcement of the merge is that Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor will be playing a part in the creation of this streaming service. Reznor, whose previous title was Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music before the acquisition, previously revealed he would be part of this new project, but what he would be actually doing has remained a secret.

“Beats was bought by Apple and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can’t go into details, but I feel like I’m in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that’s not directly making music, but it’s around music.”

Sadly, according to NYT, this new streaming service will not have a free tier. The free tier has become a staple in luring customers to shell out big money for more music choices and no commercials.

Reznor had also voiced his opinion on this new era where people want music for free as opposed to paying to get the music that they want.

“I think paying for music is a relic of an era gone by. And I’m saying that as somebody who hopes you pay for music. I’ve spent my life trying to make this thing that now everyone thinks should be for free.”

Another difference between the current streaming services of the world and this new project? The pricing, at least that’s what Apple was trying to do.

Apple attempted to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs resulting in Apple being able to sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month; the standard for services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and yes, Spotify is $10 a month. But that did not pan out the way they wanted. As the article points out, it reflects just how far behind Apple is in the music streaming game.

As for now, nothing is concrete on what Apple is trying do with this new music streaming service, but if people have to pay for it without a free trial, do you really think the consumer give it the time of day?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

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It’s that time of year again; the time when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the nominees for the class of 2015.

Among the 15 artists being considered for inclusion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic, War, and Bill Withers.

In order for a musician to be considered for a nomination into the Hall of Fame, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

For Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, this is the first year that either band have been eligible for consideration. Green Day’s debut record 1,000 Hours and Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Unlike Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, The Smith have been eligible for years now, but this is the first time they have been nominated. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as N.W.A have been nominated a total of three times now, while Kraftwerk have been nominated one time before.

Lou Reed was previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground while Sting was inducted as a member of The Police.

Ballots will now be sent out to an international voting body of over 600 rock experts which include artists, historians, and music industry members. The top five nominees with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Fans can also vote on their worthy nominees with the “fan’s ballot” which accounts for one of the 600 ballots. Fans have until Dec. 9 to put in their votes over at RollingStone. com.