Trent Reznor might have chilled with age, but he’s still capable of furious anger when the moment strikes.
The Nine Inch Nails leader was none too pleased that CBS cut off the GRAMMYS finale, which featured NIN, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.
The hard rock "dream team" opened with a rendition of NIN's "Copy of A," then broke into QOTSA's "My God Is the Sun."
Anyone not in the house saw the closing credits fill the screen while "Sun" was still cooking. A host-message dropped in and the performance was prematurely wound-up. It was as though the mighty "supergroup" had been relegated to a GRAMMYS "backing band."
Reznor took to Twitter for voice his response.
Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) January 27, 2014
If CBS had done such a thing to Reznor 20 years ago, his response would have been nuclear. Earlier in his industrial-metal career, Reznor was a brute. By the mid-'90s, he’d earned a reputation as one of the most unpredicatable artists on the planet, one who could strike fear both into his audience, his security and his own bandmates.
He’s not the first tough-guy to take exception to his performance being cut short at an awards ceremony. In 2002, Russell’s Crowe’s performance in “A Beautiful Mind” won him the best male actor award at the BAFTAS. When his acceptance speech was cut short, he physically assaulted TV executive Malcolm Gerrie. Crowe was later snubbed for an Oscar.
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