Watch Nine Inch Nails Perform on Upcoming 'Austin City Limits' Show

Trent Reznor also discusses "utter waste of time" Grammy performance

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs in Chicago, Illinois.
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February 18, 2014 11:25 AM ET

Nine Inch Nails' hour-long set at Austin City Limits will premiere on April 5th on PBS as a prelude to the concert series' 40th anniversary season. Filmed last November, the concert was NIN's first for Austin City Limits, and to mark the occasion, Reznor reportedly told the crowd, "We didn't want to make ACL a NIN show. We wanted to be out of our element."

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During a Reddit AMA, Reznor elaborated, saying: "I have a lot of respect for ACL and I wanted us to be a guest on THEIR show, not to convert their show into our concert. It was unusual to perform in that environment, and ended up being one of the best shows I think we played." If you miss the April 5th broadcast, you'll be able to catch the full episode online after it airs. Nine Inch Nails' set will also air again when Austin City Limits' 40th season kicks off this fall.

The group recently helped close the 2014 Grammy Awards, taking the stage with Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, though Reznor had some choice words for the Awards and CBS after their finale was cut short. In a new interview with New Zealand's 3 News, Reznor called the performance "an utter waste of time," before detailing his reservations about performing at the Grammys in the first place.

"I can look now and say I should have expected something like that, you know?" Reznor added. "But, more than anything, it was just insulting. I invite my friend Lindsay Buckingham to come up on stage and it's just 'You know what, you've invited me into this place, fuck you. Fuck you guys,' you know? So, lesson learned."

Amidst NIN's busy schedule, Reznor has still found time to indulge in other projects: As Beats Music's chief creative officer, he helped design the recently launched Beats Music streaming service, and director David Fincher has tapped the musician and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross to score the upcoming film, Gone Girl

After a sprawling North American tour last year that found a revamped NIN hitting festivals and arenas, the group is now trekking across Japan with dates in Australia, Latin America and Europe scheduled for spring and early summer. In a recent interview with Rolling StoneReznor said that NIN will take any spare time on their upcoming tour to work on a new recording project and that new music could see release this fall.

Check out a preview of the group's ACL performance below, which finds Trent Reznor and Co. playing "Came Back Haunted" off the band's latest album, Hesitation Marks.

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