It may have taken Nine Inch Nails a quarter of a century, but the industrial rock pioneers played the first television-specific concert of their career last week on Austin City Limits. The full, hour-long concert is now streaming here. The band's set list drew tracks from its 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine, as well as Year Zero, The Fragile and The Downward Spiral, but it weighed most heavily on the group's most recent album, 2013's Hesitation Marks. In fact, the group played 19 songs at Austin, Texas' 2,750-person-capacity Moody Theater for the taping, 11 of which were from Hesitation Marks, but only 10 songs made it to air. The show also put one outtake, Hesitation Marks' "Satellite," online.
Prior to the taping, Austin City Limits released an impossibly short comment from frontman Trent Reznor about the taping: "We've waited a long time to do anything like this." But now the show has also posted a 15-minute interview with Reznor, viewable below. "I've shied away from really any television, live or otherwise, because I think a lot about the context in where you hear the performance and the experience that the audience goes through," he said. "And we spent a lot of time thinking about that before tour, how we're going to present it, and a lot of emphasis goes into production and the right setting. So you're coming into our place and we're framing the music in an experience that's special. It's an event, it's a thing."
Here is the set list that aired from Nine Inch Nails' Austin City Limits performance:
"All Time Low"
"Came Back Haunted"
"Copy of A"
"The Frail"/"The Wretched"
"The Big Come Down"
"In This Twilight"
"While I'm Still Here"
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