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If so, how is it? Going to Cardiff on Wednesday. Only been wanting to see them for 16 years, like
Don't have pedigree as a fan, but MsWza does, and I've always liked what I've heard , and tickets were going for half price and I've not seen owt at the Hydro yet. Should be reet.
Seen them 5 times in all. Last time at the O2 with Jane's Addiction in 2009. One of the all time great live bands for Me. All their gigs have been in the top 5 of the year and I go to 150-200 gigs a year.
I also saw them in 2009 with Jane's Addiction (was annoyed I missed nearly all of Mew though!). The only other time I've seen them was at Leeds festival a couple of years before that, which seeing as I've been a fan since Pretty Hate Machine is quite poor!
They are an incredible live experience!
I just tallied up from ninwiki.com and I've seen them 10 times over the years, been meaning to do this for a while. Every time was amazing, the best was maybe the Barrowlands gig though I'm not sure...
1999/11/28 - Brixton Academy
2000/06/23 - Glastonbury Festival
2005/03/31 - London Astoria
2005/07/07 - Glasgow Barrowlands
2007/02/28 - O2 Academy Glasgow
2007/03/01 - O2 Academy Glasgow
2007/08/21 - T on the Fringe, Edinburgh
2007/08/24 - Leeds Festival
2009/07/11 - T in the Park
2009/07/15 - O2 Arena
2009/08/02 - Sonisphere Festival
Fairly sure I don't know a single song by them, but watched a whole show of the current production and it looks mega, so am excited.
Bloody love a big pompy arena show.
thought they were good but something didn't quite click into place for me. think i preferred the heavier rock format of the '09 tour to this one. got a lovely rendition of burn though which is a plus.
First off, Cold Cave had a good punt at it. Slightly incongruous seeing them play the Hydroenormodomearena after seeing them play the Captain's Rest (i.e. a sweaty shoebox basement). But a decent set.
But, yeah, NIN played what was easily one of the best live shows I've seen. Great sound. Amazing amazing stage show. Mesmerising at times. Surprisingly engaging, considering we were way up on high at the back. Tracks unknown to me (more electronic and, I guess, newer) sounded awesome alongside the more well-known (older, more band-centric) stuff. Did I mention the sound? Proper full volume stuff that filled the mahoosive space without being just 'loud'. Great atmosphere, too, considering the fact that the venue is basically a shiny and modern ruthlessly efficient exercise in human logistics. A++. Would watch again (and pay full price, rather than the £20 well-spent on an offer put on to swell the ranks a little (it wasn't a sell-out - there were a handful of curtained off blocks of seats, which reflects even better on the band for whipping up such a good atmosphere). And Hurt had no right to be so surprisingly affecting. Actually nearly in tears in the middle of that (which usually happens when I hear the Cash version, but not with Reznor singing - so he's claimed back ownership of the track in my mind). Defo caught me off guard by being so good - waaaay way better than when they supported Foo Fighters at Meadowbank. Great bunch o' £50-hoodie selling sods.
But I really cba for Manchester on Sunday. So much on atm, absolutely shattered all the time. The idea of trekking to Manc to wait around for hours, to have to watch Cold Cave, to have no good booze options, to get home at 2 on Monday morning, all to see NIN play lots of the songs I wouldn't choose for them to play...
Knew when I booked my ticket I'd regret it. £50 odd when you can't exchange the ticket no matter what happens is always dangerous territory. Seriously regretting it atm.
Then again it will probably be well good in the end won't it? Maybe I should stop moaning.
was ok i guess (not really a fan generally)
Now I can get there twenty minutes before the show and get out again much easier. Sound.
Don't really know them, but liked the look of the show, so gave it a go. Was alright. Amazing lights, no songs, probably the worst guitarist I have ever seen, Trent giving it some welly, and all in a big arena where everyone was nice, and it was easy and i had a good view.
In short, perfectly enjoyable evening.
a few welcome surprises in the setlist, Ilan Rubin is probably my new favourite musician, think he had a go on everything last night, great spectacle, no complaints from me. Lived up to my expectations. I think Robin Fink might be the new Ed O'Brian, wants to play guitar but ends up doing all the shitty little bits. He has great sideburns though. Real shame there was a 'no glowsticks allowed' policy
They were excellent. The visuals were really good however I'd seen them in Belfast last year when they were doing the first version of this tour and the whole stage show then was simply stunning. The wife was slightly disappointed that they weren't doing the same show again, but even so they are still miles ahead of most bands.
The Glasgow set list was really good too - most of the obvious "hits" plus some rarer stuff (The Warning!!). A quick look at setlistfm shows that they seem to be mixing up the song choices quite a lot.
In short, if you are a fan there will be much to enjoy and even if you are not you can just enjoy the flashing lights and shiny things.
get on that, quick sharp https://www.songkick.com/concerts/18708174-nine-inch-nails-at-o2-arena
would NIN ever come anywhere close to selling out the O2?
Admittedly in a 'one of only two final UK dates before indefinite hiatus + Jane's Addiction' kinda way
SO MANY empty seats in Manc on Sunday. Not sure I've ever seen an arena gig so underpopulated.
I booked 4 tix online with Eventim for the Manchester gig. Cost me £171.50 in total (£31.50 booking fees!!!). Unfortunately, I mislaid my tickets in a recent move, but I didn't think it would be a problem as I had a booking reference and Eventim had pocketed the cash last November when I booked 'em. I sent an e-mail to Eventim Customer Services with my Booking Reference and asked if they would cancel my original tix and reissue 4 new ones to be collected on the night. I was told they can't do that for Standing tix. So I phone them to ask why and pose the scenario, if the tix had got lost in the post, what would happen. They said that they would cancel the tix and reissue!. Eventim said they would contact the venue, as reissues were at the discretion of the venue. Surprise, surprise Eventim never called back. So I phone Customer Services at Phones 4u Arena and tell them my predicament. They said they don't reissue Standing due to Health & Safety. They need to know how many are in the standing area. I said I wasn't looking for 4 more tix, just cancel the old ones. They said they couldn't do that. I proffered the same scenario of tix lost in transit and they replied they would cancel and reissue. So I said your policy is not that you cannot but won't. I also asked if it was a completely sold out show and 4 Celebs wanted to stand and watch would they be let in. The Customer Services Rep said probably. So £171.50 up the swannee due to the Jobsworths at Eventim and Phones 4u Arena, Manc. I will NEVER use either again and in future I'll only order e-tickets for bigger gigs. Sorry for the rant, I was mightily annoyed on Saturday, Sunday was my Birthday too!
I'd love to be able to tell you you didn't miss anything but that would be a blatant lie. ;)
Absolutely outstanding... Completely blown away. I have seen them live several times before but they have never been as good as they were on Sunday. The NIN hiatus seems to have revigorated Reznor...
Opening notes of 'The Frail' is one of my top gig moments. Was utterly unmoved by Cold Cave, though - not sure why, normally my sort of thing.
I mean, even if some kind of 30 Seconds to Mars/NIN/Depeche Mode hybrid was my thing I think I'd have to say they're pretty awful at it
I think that what really irked was just how lazy the drum programming was. And the poor singing. And synths.
Caught them at the O2 it was briliant! They've obviously still got it. Not much opportunity to catch some amazing metal in the heart of London anymore!
Good point about TF being under-represented. On the other hand their last stop in Manchester in 2009 was stacked with TF material.
Yeah it was good, and almost exactly 20 years since the last time I saw them.
Love the sound of the new songs, but still think they lack hooks.
And of course I'm an indie bell-end so I found the venue shit.