It’s summer 2009 and Nine Inch Nails’ days are numbered. With Trent Reznor about to pull the plug on the band (this was the Wave Goodbye tour, after all, and little did we know at the time that they’d be back within four years), Sonisphere is aching to give the band a fond farewell. All they ask in return is a late afternoon rendition of all their old favourites.
Trent doesn’t play ball. We don’t hear Head Like A Hole, Closer or March Of The Pigs. Instead, we get the most melancholy offerings from the band’s back catalogue - basically the ultimate anti-festival set.
Sonisphere is not amused, but this must be remembered as the perfect send off from NIN - it’s intense, somber and packed with incredible musicianship. Nice one, Trent.