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NIN: We Shouldn’t Have Left

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Posted by admin On August - 4 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Chicago, IL I knew I’d regret this decision no matter what I did. I wanted to see Kanye introduced by Obama. I wanted to boycott Kanye so there would be less people at his show. I wanted to see “Closer.” I wanted a ride home. In the end, that won out.Trent Reznor is a great front man and the lights were quite the spectacle.

Robby and I watched the first four-five songs of NIN, ending with “Closer,” the only song he and Andy like by them, and figured that was enough. We’d catch Kanye, who we all know well and (despite thinking he’s a pompous shmo) like.

I got two F-bomb heavy texts from friends asking if I was “F-ing seeing this?!?”The lights often gave cool effects against Reznor’s animated performance.

As Electra from Q101 put it: “I feel like I witnessed a groundbreaking, interactive, musical art installation. Trent Reznor did things I’ve never seen at a live show before: it’s hard to describe, but his crew manipulated their instruments and video and lighting system in a way that transformed the experience into something more than just a concert.”

Ahhh! I missed the best show of the night! I blame Kanye. Though, to be fair, I blame Kanye for everything. I’M SO F-ING MAD I’M GONNA BREAK MY DELL PC!!

5 Responses

  1. Rob Said,

    It’s not that it was so bad I wanted to leave, I’m just not that big of a NIN fan. I don’t care what any radio DJ says, those lights could not have been better than the crazy light rig Radiohead had to offer.

    Posted on August 5th, 2008 at 9:32 am

  2. Shore Said,

    To be fair, you were the one that suggested we leave to go to Kanye. I know you enjoy the trendy Kanye hating nowadays, but you sang along the whole time we were there.

    I’m glad I saw some of NIN, but like Rob said, they’re just not one of my favorite bands. Perhaps if I had listened to them more than once or twice in the last 15 years, I would have been more inclined to stay.

    Posted on August 5th, 2008 at 9:40 am

  3. hacocacyb Said,

    way to call Zack out on kanye hating/kanye loving.

    His Kan article doesn’t jive so well with ” just watched kan desecrate kid charlamagne. Steely dan must be spinning in their graves “

    Posted on August 5th, 2008 at 10:32 am

  4. Teibs Said,

    i have a love-hate relationship with Kan. what can i say

    Posted on August 5th, 2008 at 10:50 am

  5. Hodgkinson, R Said,

    Radiohead had lights, thats it. NIN had movie theater size screens, that he could manipulate with his hands. He produced beats by touching the screens behind him, making it more than just a “light rig”, it was a interactive experience. There was a different background/light setup for each song, and when a new song started the crowed would “oooh” and “aaahhh” like it was magic show. No one was “ooohing” and “aaahhhing” at Radiohead. Lets be honest, Trent is a musician, rappers are just people who steal real musicians music, then talk in slang over stolen beats. People who saw NIN were at a concert, people who saw kanye just went to the club.

    Posted on August 5th, 2008 at 11:52 am

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