Nine Inch Nails Begin Tour In The Dark
Industrial-rock band takes to stage for first time in five years.
It had been five years since Nine Inch Nails toured the
United States, but at their kickoff show in Cleveland on
Wednesday, they decided to make fans wait just a bit
The industrial band played the first song of the set,
"Somewhat Damaged" (RealAudio excerpt), shrouded
entirely by a black curtain covering the stage.
"It was just a little more suspense," said Bryan Carney,
an 18-year-old fan from Cleveland. "A lot of people were
there who'd been waiting for five years. There was so
The show at Cleveland State
University's Convocation Center
lasted about two hours. It launched
a 10-week tour that continues into
June, with its second stop Friday,
An otherwise plain stage featured
three video screens of varying
sizes that moved throughout the
show, concert-goers said. The
screens showed short films of
such things as flowing water during
"La Mer," a song that featured
band mastermind Trent Reznor
"It was what I call the typical
fantastic Nine Inch Nails show,
with phenomenal sound and
phenomenal lighting," Marty Bechtold, the venue's
general manager, said. "The lighting had that great
industrial feel and went along with the beat of the music."
Dubbed Fragility v2.0, the outing is Reznor's first attempt
to bring the music of last year's The Fragile to U.S.
concert audiences. While the double CD was praised by
critics for its sonic textures and Reznor's unusual
tenderness, music buyers have been slow to embrace it.
The band honored its past by playing such modern-rock
hits as "Head Like a Hole" (RealAudio excerpt) and
"Closer," but some fans said they were just as
impressed by new work, such as "The Frail" and "The
"The new songs sounded great live, better than I
expected," Mike Woellert, 23, of Cleveland said. "The
songs definitely sounded different. They weren't as
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