Nailed! Trent's Posse Pound New York
IT WAS either a moment of pure stupidity, a weak move from a band not known
for their live prowess, or a spontaneous flash of the real rock n' roll
danger so lacking in many of today's bands. Whichever way you look at it,
the sight of Marilyn Manson clubbing drummer Ginger Fish with his mike
stand, swiftly followed by bassist Twiggy Ramirez hurling his instrument at
the poor guy to abruptly end their set halfway through '1996' really set
the crowd buzzing during tonight's show.
The evening is billed as 'Nothing Records Night', although by the time the
show rolls around, it's no secret that the founder of Nothing, a certain
Trent Reznor, is planning a surprise Nine Inch Nails set. It's the job of
fellow Nothing act Marilyn Manson to warm up the crowd with a short blast
of selections from their forthcoming 'Antichrist Superstar' album.
For some strange reason, they begin by playing weaker, thrashier tunes like
'Irresponsible Hate Anthem' and the aforementioned '1996', throwing in
'Burn The Witches' (Gaby-I assume they mean Dogma) for good measure. But
then, suddenly, during the fifth song, Manson wheels around, swings his
mike-stand at Ginger, and then stalks offstage. Twiggy hurls his bass in
the same direction and then follows his singer, leaving the unfortunate
drummer collapsed on the boards, blood pouring from his head, waiting to be
stretchered to an ambulance by the road crew.
After that little display, its up to Reznor and his not-so-merry men to
keep the momentum flowing. And they do. Easily. The five piece come rushing
out in a blur of black energy, and manage to keep up an intense momentum
throughout the 80 minute, 12 song set. Opening with 'Terrible Lie' and an
extended 'March Of The Pigs', Trent soon turns the show into a fast and
loose jam session, as first Kevin from fellow industrialist Prick and the
Clint from Black Country greboes Pop Will Eat Itself hop up for 'She Loves
Me' and 'RSVP' respectively. But the highlight of the evening comes when
Reznor and his original guitarist Rich Patrick-now one half of Filter-are
reunited for a scorching 'Head Like A Hole'.
For a band that haven't played live for close to a year, NIN are tight,
brash and dramatic. There's no doubt that they're an electrifying live
outfit. The night's closer, 'Something I Can Never Have', is the perfect
combination of post-industrial angst and emotional theatrics. The only
complaint is that no new material is aired. But that's a very small
MOST ROCKING MOMENT: Filter's Rich Patrick joining NIN for 'Head Like A
LEAST ROCKING MOMENT: Mr. Manson assaulting his drummer to end their set
BEST ONSTAGE QUOTE: "Goddamn! Good Goddamn!" -Marilyn Manson.
VERDICT: Industrial heaven.
Added to Smashed Up Sanity thanks to Gaby Boffa.
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