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The 25 Boldest Career Moves In Rock History

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David Bowie Performs After Nine Inch Nails, Playing No Hits


David Bowie Performs After Nine Inch Nails, Playing No Hits
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In 1990 David Bowie went on a tour that he claimed would be the last opportunity for fans to hear his vast catalog of hits. Five years later he hit the road with Nine Inch Nails. It was a high point in the band's career and a low point for Bowie, yet Trent Reznor insisted that Bowie close the show out each night. Towards the end of NIN's set Bowie came onstage to sing with the band, slowly transitioning into his own set. The trick didn't stop thousands of fans from walking out when Reznor left the stage, and those that stayed didn't hear a single famous Bowie song. He played mainly new songs with a smattering of obscure oldies, like "Andy Warhol" and "Teenage Wildlife." Night after night he walked onto that stage and refused to appease the crowd with "Ziggy Stardust" or "Rebel Rebel." When he hit the road in 1999, however, the hits came back.


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