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Nine Inch Nails Roars Back to Life at Lollapalooza 2013

Nine Inch Nails, Lollapalooza 2013
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Nine Inch Nails, Lollapalooza 2013

Trent Reznor returns to the stage after a four-year hiatus with a set that embraced NIN's past and pushed towards its future

On Nine Inch Nails’ latest single "Came Back Haunted," Trent Reznor snarls, "I am not who used to be.” And there was no better place for him to prove that point than on the main stage of Lollapalooza, the now-stationary incarnation of the once-traveling festival where Reznor first made his mark 22 years ago.

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Few who witnessed those shows would have imagined that Reznor would mature into the 48-year-old, Oscar-polishing, critically acclaimed and happily married father of two that took the stage Friday night. But while much has changed for Reznor the man, Nine Inch Nails’ first U.S. show in four years proved that many things about Reznor the musician have remained fiercely intact. The band that once threatened to fly off the rails at any turn remained in careful control for the entire performance. But instead of dulling the blade, the performance managed to sharpen it in ways that allowed the music to make deeper and more precise cuts.

Setlist

Copy of A
Disappointed
Sactified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
The Frail
The Wretched
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Help Me, I Am in Hell
Me, I’m Not
Find My Way
What if We Could (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross cover)
The Way Out Is Through
Wish
Survivalism
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole
Hurt