Trent Reznor guides fans to free Nine Inch Nails show footage

Trent gives a gift to fans
Trent gives a gift to fans

Trent Reznor is a rock star who gets it. While other musicians try to steer fans away from unlicensed content, Trent puts a link right on the Nine Inch Nails website as a 'gift.' You gotta love a guy like that.

Writing on the Nine Inch Nails site, Reznor says, "The internet is full of surprises these days. I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights In The Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

"If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

"Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me."

Big-time files

The link Reznor so slyly guides one to contains about 405GB of amazing HD footage of three recent shows: Victoria, BC (from 5 December 2008); Portland, Oregon (from 7 December 2008); and Sacramento, California (12 December 2008).

Be warned, however, these are extremely large files and not all computers are equipped to deal with such a high volume of gigabytes. But if you've been around the block gig-wise and have the time to download, have at it.

It's Trent Reznor's gift to you. He can afford it.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.