Review: Nails Fire Up Packed House
To 17-year-old Jacyn Smith, it was more than just an
empty water bottle.
It was Trent Reznor's water bottle.
Smith, who plans to
bottle on his dresser or
have it bronzed,
was among the nearly 6,300
Nails fans who packed the
Auditorium last night for
the Nails' first
Omaha appearance in five
The band, especially the
newest Nails member Jerome
impeccable, and Reznor was
"It was everything I could have expected," Smith said
after the show. "It was like a
fantasy. I'm not gonna sleep for three days."
A Perfect Circle, led by Maynard James Keenan of the
band Tool, opened the show
promptly at 8 p.m., with a 40-minute set that
concluded with their current
modern-rock hit single, "Judith."
"We're really here to see Maynard, but we like Nine
Inch Nails, too," said
20-year-old Melissa Young, who drove to Omaha from
Sioux City, Iowa, with friend
Cory Nickles, 21.
As heavy cigarette smoke wafted to the rafters of the
arena, baseball-cap and
Nike-wearing frat boys mingled with brooding Goth
girls clad in their best imitation
leather pants and black mesh shirts.
The mostly teen-age and twentysomething crowd were
not the only fans who
yelled, clapped and cheered during the Nails'
ambitious performance of
industrial-flavored art rock.
Jim Goeken, who would only say he was "middle-aged,"
said he's been a Nine
Inch Nails fan since he caught their raucous
performance at the Woodstock music
festival in 1994.
"Their music sounds creative compared to other music
these days," Goeken said
as he waited for the Nails to take the stage.
The Nails began their set at 9:20 p.m. opening with
"Terrible Lie." Other highlights
included "Head Like a Hole," "Wish," "Closer" and
"The Wretched," from the band's
1999 double-CD release, "The Fragile"
The show ended at 10:30 p.m., but the screaming fans
beckoned Reznor for more
by clapping furiously and chanting "Nine Inch Nails,
Nine Inch Nails" over and over.
To the audience's delight, the band graced the stage
again with Reznor
proclaiming his Omaha fans "the best audience so
The encore included songs from "The Fragile,"
including "The Day the World Went
Away" and the band's newest single, "Starsuckers,
A single spotlight shone on Reznor as he ended the
show with the song "Hurt,"
which capped a raging concert with an intimately
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