Boston Herald

May 2000

Reznor's NIN-ergetic band Nails it in Worcester

Nine Inch Nails at the Worcester Centrum Centre, Tuesday night.

The Nine Inch Nails concert on Tuesday night didn't just rock, it electrocuted.

The dark, digital rockers transformed the stage into a giant science fiction flick - with a kicking soundtrack.

Spotlights waved. Strobe lights flashed. A musical and visual thunderstorm surrounded.

The 1989 tune ``Terrible Lie'' broke open the show with raging shouts by electronic music wizard Trent Reznor. His exciting aggression sustained itself until the end. The rest of the band, all looking like black-eyed, white-skinned zombies, was equally wired.

On the floor of the packed Worcester Centrum, black-leather-clad teens raged, thrust their fists skyward and moshed around.

After a handful of old Nails tunes, three long, thin rectangular video screens were positioned above the stage, moving and changing angles, sometimes visible to the audience, sometimes hanging horizontally over the band. They provided a pulsating show of bright colors. Soon the screens locked into place above the musicians, in full view of the audience, and abstract video clips were shown: white splashing waves, someone swimming through water and orange-red fire.

This coordinated well with tracks from the band's new album, ``The Fragile,'' a heavily electronic disc that translated surprisingly well to a live show. The images especially complemented some floaty instrumentals.

The band seemlessly pumped out their old songs with new ones, and it did play quite a few old ones.

A Perfect Circle, fronted by Tool's Maynard James Keenan, opened the show with a batch of heavy-metal tunes that were new but sounded dated - like a darker version of Queensryche. They were tight, but not particularly energetic.

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This article is provided courtesy Keith Duemling and Tracy Thompson from the collection previously located at SUS.