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NINE INCH NAILS
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
Friday, April 28, 2000
TORONTO -- It's doubtful that Nine Inch
Nails' Trent Reznor sees his current tour
chance to improve on his latest album, The
But that was precisely what the singer and
mastermind managed to do at Maple Leaf
Gardens last night.
Granted, much of the sold-out concert was
from Nine Inch Nails' back catalogue of
industrial-rock anthems. Reznor and his
wisely tapped their groundbreaking 1989
Pretty Hate Machine, 1992's Broken EP, and
1994's massive The Downward Spiral, which
readily supplied the stomp-along ballast
catchy dynamics that is missing on The
Fragile/Halo Fourteen -- an impenetrable,
over-written and under-edited double-CD of
bilious ballads and synapse snapping
that took nearly half a decade to make.
Still, Reznor separated the cream of the
album and added it to his set, creating a
paced, circular motion for the show.
The bombastic opening assault began while
band were still silhouetted behind a
curtain, which gave way to reveal a stark
eye-catching set-up, including three narrow
screens that occasionally hovered over the
to great effect. NIN's stage get-ups remain
same -- right down to those dusty,
post-apocalyptic black leathers that always
like they've just come from doing some
Considering the full house of 16,000
be a cross-section of latter-day goths,
music enthusiasts and veteran fans, Reznor
His sense of timing was so impeccable, in
deserves a play-by-play: The show coiled
outward from Pretty Hate Machine rocker
Terrible Lie and touched on '94's ripping
Of The Pigs, among other tunes, before
into a section of gentle, moody pieces like
Fragile's La Mer, which were given a
boost thanks to some film clips.
Then it was back into the searing angst, an
funky passage built around the group's
Downward Spiral hit Closer, and a moody
encore that featured Fragile standout The
The World Went Away -- performed, Crazy
Horse-like, in a tight circle -- and the
But, beyond his savvy, Reznor's strongest
may just be his ability to play it all so
"You put me in a good mood," Reznor told
crowd late in the show, obviously sensing
gig was a topper.
"That's a rare thing."
Right down to the last thunk of the
infectious Head Like A Hole , where the
hurled his guitar playfully at
keyboardist/sequencer man Charlie Clouser,
know he meant it.
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