Trent Reznor took to the Nine Inch Nails website - not Twitter! - yesterday on Tuesday to offers fans some details about the band's farewell performances. Here is what he had to say:
"Getting right to the point, we're going to play a handful of shows in NYC, Chicago and LA starting August 22nd. They will be informal affairs in medium to small venues with longer set-lists, possible special guests, cool openers and other surprises.
"Upon reflection, the NIN/JA tour felt like we had to rush through sets due to a limited allotted set length and many shows were in daylight - it just didn't feel right to end NIN that way.
"An offer to headline V-Fest in Toronto (being announced soon) set the idea in motion to play some FUN shows to end this up with. If we can get it together we'll film these shows, too."
Small venues planned
Reznor continues: "In NYC we'll be playing Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. In Chicago, the Aragon Ballroom. In LA we'll be at The Wiltern, The Henry Fonda, The Palladium and The Echoplex. These should be cool, unusual and unique shows and I hope you come out - this is it.
"So far, The Horrors will be joining us for some shows in NYC, Mew will be with us at other shows in NYC, Chicago and LA, and perhaps more. Details and ticket info will be announced shortly, so check back. Thanks, Trent"
Although that would appear to be that, it should be noted that numerous artists, from Frank Sinatra to David Bowie, have announced 'last shows' and 'retirement tours.'
Will these last concerts indeed be the final curtain call for Trent Rezor and Nine Inch Nails? Time will tell. But we're betting that we see the band live, in some fashion, sooner or later - and probably sooner.