After a four-year hiatus, Trent Reznor is returning to his roots — the pioneering musician who played a huge role in bringing industrial music to the mainstream just announced that a revamped Nine Inch Nails will return to the stage this summer. As reported by Pitchfork and announced via Reznor's Twitter account, the band's first shows will take place this summer, with a full arena tour planned for the fall and worldwide dates set for 2014. The plans sprung from work and discussions between Reznor and famed King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, which quickly snowballed into the idea of playing a show, and then "a lot of shows."
We're back. p4k.in/15ejToz— Nine Inch Nails (@nineinchnails) February 25, 2013
The new band will feature Reznor, Belew, Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction, Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, and previous NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin. It's not yet clear how exactly the band will be re-invented — there's no word on when NIN might release new music or whether the new shows will be in a style notably different than the band's previous incarnations. Reznor frequently changed bandmembers over the years, so it's not exactly a surprise to see NIN return to the stage with yet another new lineup. However, Reznor went so far to say that "the band is reinventing itself from scratch," so a combination of new material and reworked classic cuts is probably a safe bet.
While NIN has been on the backburner for a while, Reznor hasn't had trouble keeping himself busy. He composed the Oscar-winning sountrack to The Social Network and the Grammy-winning soundtrack to The Girl WIth the Dragon Tattoo with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross and started How To Destroy Angels with Ross, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and Rob Sheridan (another longtime NIN cohort). That band is releasing its first full-length album next week and planning a tour for the spring, so Reznor has quite the busy year ahead of him. And that's not even mentioning his Beats-backed Daisy music streaming service, which is set to launch this fall. Reznor's worked at a frantic pace ever since getting sober in the early-2000s, so it seems like 2013 will just be more of the same.
Nine Inch Nails returns! p4k.in/15ejToz— Trent Reznor (@trent_reznor) February 25, 2013