Trent Reznor’s revamped Nine Inch Nails lost bassist Eric Avery and guitarist Adrian Belew earlier this year. So with the “Tension 2013” tour launching this Saturday in St. Paul, Minnesota, Reznor has unveiled a new lineup. Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck, Lisa Fischer, Sharlotte Gibson, Pino Palladino and Ilan Rubin will join the Nine Inch Nails mastermind as he heads out behind his latest album, Hesitation Marks.
Cortini is no stranger to Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, having toured with the band from 2005 to 2008. The keyboardist leads the band SONOIO and also records as blindoldfreak. Fellow keyboardist Eustis is the co-founder of the electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv and he’s also worked with Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan in Puscifer.
The new lineup will also benefit from two veteran vocalists. Fischer, who won a Grammy in the early Nineties with her single “How Can I Ease the Pain,” has sung backup for Tina Turner and Luther Vandross. She’s also been a regular onstage with the Rolling Stones, recently appearing on their “50 and Counting” anniversary tour. Gibson has served as a backup singer on American Idol and has also sung on the show Duets.
Reznor has found some solid replacements for Avery and Belew, as well. Bassist Palladino was famously chosen by the Who to replace John Entwistle on tour and he also plays with the John Mayer Trio and has recorded with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, D’Angelo, Adele and more. Guitarist Finck joined Nine Inch Nails in May, returning to the band after playing with Reznor’s crew for their 2009 pre-hiatus tour. The longtime NIN collaborator goes way back Reznor, working with the group since 1994. Drummer Rubin is a fresher face for NIN, contributing to Hesitation Marks; he’s played with Lostprophets and Tom DeLonge’s Angels and Airwaves, and also played drums on Paramore’s latest album, Paramore.
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After the St. Paul show, Nine Inch Nails’ “Tension 2013” will hit Kansas City, Missouri, on September 30th and run until the end of November, wrapping up November 25th in Calgary, Alberta.