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Nine Inch Nails Cancels All 2021 Performances Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Nine Inch Nails will not return to the stage in 2021.

Nine Inch Nails will not return to the stage in 2021. Out of health concerns related to the pandemic, the group says they have cancelled all 2021 shows and will perform again next year.  

In a statement released on their website and social media accounts, Nine Inch Nails wrote, “It is with great regret that we are cancelling all NIN appearances for the remainder of the year.” 

The statement continues, “When originally planned, these shows were intended to be a cathartic and celebratory return to live music. However, with each passing day it’s becoming more apparent we’re not at that place yet.” 

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The news means the band will no longer headline Riot Fest or Louder Than Life festivals in September. With NIN pulling out, Riot Fest announced that Slipknot would be headlining Sept. 19, and also added Morrissey to the lineup; Louder Than Life has not yet announced a replacement act. Nine Inch Nails were also scheduled to headline Rockville Fest in November, as well as a two-night run in their hometown of Cleveland at Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica in September.  

“We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment and look forward to seeing you again when the time is right,” the statement concluded.  

The Nine Inch Nails website displays only one upcoming show on their schedule, which is Hellfest set for June 24, 2022.  

The cancellations follow Nine Inch Nails’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. The band also surprise released Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts in 2020.  

The last time Nine Inch Nails widely toured was 2018’s Cold and Black and Infinite tour in support of their trilogy of EPs Not the Actual Events, Add Violence and Bad Witch 

As cases of the coronavirus surge again in the United States due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, numerous acts have been canceling upcoming shows and tours. Among them are Garth Brooks, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Tony Bennett and more.

See NIN’s announcement below: