Trent Reznor appears to be competing with fellow Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Dave Grohl for the title of ‘Busiest Man In Music’.

Not only has Mr. Reznor revealed more extensive details of the Beats Music streaming service, the on-demand subscription based platform that he’s creatively steering to revolutionise the streaming market, but he’s also found down-time (or skipped sleeping) to partake in QOTSA’s forthcoming sixth studio album, as well as release a new EP and full-length album with side-project How To Destroy Angels.

All of which combined would have Nine Inch Nails fans thinking that Reznor hasn’t found time for the project that first brought him to fame, but as the enigmatic musician has been teasing since late last year, he hasn’t forgotten NIN – just ‘re-focusing’.

Despite a string of farewell shows in 2009 as part of the Wave Goodbye Tour, at the time thought to mark the end of NIN, Reznor has confirmed that there was new material and live shows still in the works.

As Pitchfork now confirms, Reznor has big touring plans this year for his pioneering musical project, with extensive dates planned all the way into 2014, with a live lineup that includes regular NIN members Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin, along with Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), and Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv).

A ‘note’ from the NIN main man reads:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with 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. 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.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.


Reznor had previously confirmed the possibility of future NIN touring as far back as November, when he told media, “I never said that that it wasn’t going to happen, just that it couldn’t go on as it was.”

“Having a few years doing other things, I’ve enjoyed [them] and I’m enjoying doing How to Destroy Angels, and there will be a place for stuff that falls in the Nine Inch Nails column,” he said at the time.

Reznor also told fans, in one of Reddit’s AMA sessions last year, that he was developing plans for a sizeable live show: “I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how music is presented live. Lights In The Sky (NIN tour) was probably my favourite live show I’ve worked on so far,” he said.

“This was a real collaboration between myself, Rob [Sheridan], Roy Bennett, and Moment Factory. We set out to make an experience and I really felt proud to put that on every night. Cryptic additional comment: 2013.”

Not so cryptic now that Reznor has confirmed that Nine Inch Nails will return to the road in 2013/14.

Meanwhile, Reznor’s other musical concern, How To Destroy Angels – with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and frequent collaborators Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross – are set to release their full-length debut Welcome Oblivion on March 5th through Columbia Records, and Pitchfork are streaming the entire album ahead of its release on their newly launched streaming platform Pitchfork Advance.

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