After crafting the stunning stage show for Nine Inch Nails‘ several festival dates this summer, frontman Trent Reznor figured that the prep for his band’s first official tour since 2008 would be a breeze. Then his own ambitions got in the way. “Let’s push ourselves into feeling reinvention. Let’s get uncomfortable,” Reznor tells the troops in the band’s episode of Vevo’s Tour Exposed series. A second later, he adds, with a slight smile, “I may have screwed myself here.”
The 15-minute clip offers a unique look at the band’s use of new technology, as well as NIN creative director Rob Sheridan’s process for creating the wild video content projected behind the band. He and Reznor had a tough road; everything they originally concocted for the festival circuit (as chronicled in Episode One) went out the window, and Reznor also decided to shake up the band’s setlist and lineup, adding a handful of back-up singers and bassist Pino Palladino (who’s all over NIN’s comeback record, Hesitation Marks).
In this part of the episode, you can watch Reznor, as he puts it, “trying to expand this band into something bigger than it is,” while showing Palladino the ropes and coming up with new vocal arrangements.
As Reznor made a slew of last-minute changes on the final day of rehearsal, everyone agreed that the show was far from perfect – or even really finished – and that they’d have to continue to adapt on the road. Still, neither Reznor nor Sheridan appear to regret their decision to completely revamp the tour. “The worst thing that a band as old as Nine Inch Nails can do is just be a nostalgia act,” says Sheridan in the clip.
“I’m only here because I’ve kept on that edge of trying to stay ahead of things,” echoes Reznor. “And the idea we had for this tour was a cop-out, and it had to change.”
Nine Inch Nails just wrapped the North American leg of their Tension tour. They’ll go overseas for the international leg from March to June of next year.