A Hint at a Light of Optimism
Loyal Nine Inch Nails fans may want to brace
themselves for a slightly more optimistic experience, as
the alternative music gems of tormented rock hit The
Lakeland Center's stage Thursday.
Lead guitarist Robin Finck hinted at the addition of a
few more optimistic songs to be included on the band's
first U.S. tour in five years to promote the new CD,
"There are moments on the new record that die-hard
fans will really appreciate and there's also some
moments in songs such as 'We're in This Together' and
'Fragile,' " Finck said during a phone interview. "They
hint at a light of optimism, which I think is new for
The U.S. "Fragility v2.0" tour began April 12 in the
band's hometown of Cleveland after a sold-out tour of
Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, bringing
together the dynamics NIN has always had of "high
highs and low lows," Finck said.
"This tour is a bit more sleek, streamlined and tightly
fitted," Finck said. " 'The Downward Spiral' Tour
(promoting NIN's last album) was dilapidated, falling
apart and blowing up."
Throughout the years, NIN has been known for Trent
Reznor's aggressively dark lyrics and riveting stage
performances, complete with the destruction of
The "Fragility v2.0" tour consists of Reznor, Finck,
keyboardist Charlie Clouser and drummer Jerome
Dillon, playing among giant projection screens for
"A lot of thought went into the set and presentation of
the material. We've taken with us what we've known
and felt worked in the past," he said, adding that he
hopes the band can begin to reach a new audience.
Once a staple only on college radio, NIN crept into
Top 40 playlists during the late 1980s and early 1990s
with the singles "Head Like a Hole," "Down In It" and
"Closer." Reznor has also gained recognition as a
producer of movie soundtracks including "Natural Born
Killers" and "Lost Highway."
But that was the past -- Nine Inch Nails is now looking
toward the future.
When compared with the band's previous albums,
Finck said "The Fragile" is "further down the
And "The Fragile" is not "The Downward Spiral" Part
Two, Finck said.
"It comes from the same place 'Pretty Hate Machine'
(1989) was born, and has evolved into what it is now,"
he said. "It's just dynamically more high and more low,
it's richer and intricately textured."
While the new tour may have a tinge of optimism, the
band will not alienate faithful fans and will continue
rely on its strengths: "integrity and sincerity of music
lyrics," Finck said.
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