Trent Reznor has just posted a whopper of an update on the Nine Inch Nails official site... he begins by paying tribute to the glory days of alt-rock icons Jane's Addiction and the birth of Lollapalooza – the legendary rock-fest founded by Jane's frontman Perry Ferrell and the shows that Reznor says were “so epic, they propelled NIN to the next level (whatever that means)... but caused Jane's to implode.”
Reznor then explains that he was struck by a sudden inspiration to join forces with Ferrell and company: "E-mails were sent, phone calls were made, dinner was arranged, ideas were discussed and the next thing I know we're in the studio experimenting... I get to see first-hand why they broke up all those years ago but I also get the chance to see four distinct personalities that become an incredible band when they're in the same room."
Then he gets to the part we all kinda knew was coming: “2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases [and] I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while."
As we'd theorized a month or so ago, the band's “Lights in the Sky” 2009 tour may be NIN's last hurrah for the foreseeable future. “After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year,” Reznor explains. “The approach to these shows is quite different from last year... much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye.”
Sounds like Jane's Addiction will be coming along for the ride too: “I reached out to Jane's to see if they'd want to join us across the U.S. and we all felt it could be a great thing,” Reznor reports. “Look for tour dates soon and I hope to see you out there.”