According to Billboard Magazine, Nine Inch Nails blew quite a few minds during one of the final stops on their farewell “Wave Goodbye” tour, when they performed the entire classic The Downward Spiral live in the small New York venue of Webster Hall. The surprise end-to-end performance of the acclaimed album – from “Mr. Self Destruct” through fan-favorite “Hurt” – came as a complete surprise to the 1000-plus attendees (who packed an auditorium built for half that many), since band founder Trent Reznor had never pulled this off before, even when the band toured to promote the album in 1994. More details below...
According to the article, Reznor reportedly told the audience “I've always wanted to play that whole record, and this seemed like the time to do it." He followed the album set with classic tracks like “Head Like a Hole,” “Suck” and “The Hand That Feeds.”
The Webster Hall show is one of the last stops on Reznor's farewell tour for Nine Inch Nails, who will be officially calling it quits – at least for the time being – after the final set at LA's Echoplex on September 6th. Reznor has not indicated what he'll be doing after the band closes up shop.