NIN assemble! That's the gist of Trent Reznor's announcement today on Pitchfork.com (linked directly from the title page of band's official site, shown above), wherein he revealed that the legendary electro-rock phenomenon would be “reinventing itself from scratch” and returning to the stage this summer in its new incarnation. The most significant part of Trent's new post was the revelation of the band's lineup, which will include some past collaborators as well as new core members. The band's last stage incarnation was the “Wave Goodbye” tour, which was chronicled in the amazing concert film Another Version of the Truth, which made FEARnet's best-of list for 2010 (viddy some excerpts from that show at the end of this article).
“I was working with [guitarist] Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show,” Reznor explains. “Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked... which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.” Belew (King Crimson), who worked on the NIN experimental album Ghosts I-IV, will join Reznor for the new team, along with Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin, also NIN alumni, will be returning as well.
“The first shows will begin this summer,” Trent revealed, “followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.” He added that more details and tour dates would be posted soon. In the meantime, stay tuned for our review of Welcome Oblivion, the full-length album debut from Trent's current band How to Destroy Angels, which drops on March 5th.