Hot Band Is No Secret Here
When Nine Inch Nails plays at the Fair Park Coliseum on Saturday, it
will be the band's third show in Dallas in less than a year. It is also
the third time in less than a year that tickets have sold out the day
they went on sale.
The mainstream press (excepting a few music magazines and, of
course, this newspaper) may have discovered NIN leader Trent Reznor
at Woodstock when he ascended to the throne over a mud-caked
nation. But rock's newest hero built his career and his fandom the
old-fashioned way: He has toured relentlessly, putting on the kinds of
shows that people were still buzzing about weeks (months, whatever)
Dallas has always been a hot spot for Mr. Reznor and company to
play, and since Nine Inch Nails has hit _People_-magazine-popularity,
the spectacle has only intensified. A clash of audiences -- first-time
scene-hoppers, hard-core faithful, radio listeners, mosh jocks -- pile
on top of each other. Get there early, as the crowd is its own show
before the show. Surfers ride the floor's sea of heads and are flung
high as those packed into stands cheer them on.
And at some point the coliseum will darken, the stage will burst with
noise and light, and the rest of the world will disappear.
By Tom Maurstad
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