Nine Inch Nails Had a Secret 2020 Tour Booked, Is Now Donating Merch Profits to Charity

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs onstage on day 3 of FYF Fest 2017 at Exposition Park on July 23, 2017 in Los Angeles.

And all that could have been ... Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor revealed on Tuesday (May 19), that the tour he had hinted at in December 2019 had actually been booked -- and then the global coronavirus pandemic hit.

"I suppose I can let you know we HAD a tour booked this fall that continued and expanded Cold and Black and Infinite [tour]," Reznor captioned a black-and-white photo of the band performing. "We were excited. I'm bumming myself out right now."

In addition to what would've been the North American tour dates with Jehnny Beth opening, Reznor also revealed that NIN already had merchandise in production for the upcoming tour. Instead of letting it go to waste, it's going to do some good. The merch will be available for purchase on the band's website, "with all of NIN's profits going to local food banks in the cities we were going to play," the musician shared.

With much of the country still sheltering in place, Reznor explained that though he's no longer hitting the road, he won't be sitting idly by either. "The current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music for you live in 2020," he wrote. "In the meantime... listen to Jehnny's record ... continue to listen to Bowie, and don't be too hard on yourself."

This year had been shaping up to be a big one not just for Reznor, who welcomed his fifth child in January and turned 55 on May 17, but also for the celebrated band. Nine Inch Nails unexpectedly dropped Ghosts V-VI in March for free, and had been set to be inducted into the Rock Hall's class of 2020 on May 2 along with Depeche Mode, T. Rex, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, and the Doobie Brothers. Due to the global health crisis, the ceremony has been rescheduled for Nov. 7.

Read Reznor's full announcement below:

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I was just reminded today marks the two year anniversary of when we made you show up in person for the Cold and Black and Infinite tour. Strange to think about with the world the way it is now. I look forward to the day we can once again safely be in the same space and share the experience of screaming at the top of our lungs at each other. . Speaking of which, I suppose I can let you know we HAD a tour booked this fall that continued and expanded Cold and Black and Infinite. @jehnnybeth was coming along with us.  We were excited. I’m bumming myself out right now. The what-could-have-been dates are below and we had some merch for that tour in production that we’re putting in the store (link in bio) with all of NIN’s profits going to local food banks in the cities we were going to play. . The current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021. In the meantime… listen to Jehnny’s record (comes out June 12), continue to listen to Bowie, and don’t be too hard on yourself. . TR 5.19.20 . If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the incredible fan-made full length concert film at link in bio. . P.S. How in the fuck did you pull this off? . Sep 15 + 16  San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre Sep 19  Los Angeles, CA - LA State Historic Park Sep 22 + 23 + 24  Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sep 26 + 28 + 29  Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre Oct 1  Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre Oct 8 + 9  Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre Oct 11 + 12  Minneapolis, MN - The Armory Oct 15  Grand Rapids, MI - Deltaplex Oct 17  Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Farmers Coliseum Oct 19 + 20 + 21  Philadelphia, PA - The Met Oct 23 + 24 + 26 + 27 + 29  Toronto, ON - Venue TBA . Photo: @jimlouvau

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