Nine Inch Nails Working on New Material, Selling Cancelled Tour Merch for Charity
Here’s another massive coronavirus-induced bummer to brighten your day: in a series of tweets yesterday, Trent Reznor revealed that Nine Inch Nails had been planning a tour for the fall, which they have, understandably, now been forced to cancel. The trek, which was scheduled to feature Jehnny Beth as direct support, would have seen the industrial titans playing as many as five nights in each city, which would have been absolutely BONKERS.
There are two separate silver linings, though!
The first silver lining: Reznor says he’ll spend the downtime doing a “deep dive into new NIN material.” A new NIN material is always good news.
The second silver lining: merch for the now-aborted tour had already been printed up when the pandemic began, meaning the band now has a whole lotta t-shirts (one design for men, one design for women) they can’t sell.
But whereas that would be a major problem for many bands, Trent Reznor has the luxury of being quite wealthy. So they’re selling the shirts in the NIN merch store, and donating 100% of the proceeds to food banks in the scheduled tour markets. So the production of the shirts was by no means a total waste. You can get yours here.
Finally, Reznor shared the below “incredible fan-made full length concert film” from the band’s 2018 tour. So. Hey, it’s better than nuthin’!
I was just reminded today marks the two year anniversary of when we made you show up in person for the Cold and Black and Infinite tour. Strange to think about with the world the way it is now. (1/7)— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) May 19, 2020
I look forward to the day we can once again safely be in the same space & share the experience of screaming at the top of our lungs.
Speaking of which, I suppose I can let you know we HAD a tour booked this fall that continued & expanded Cold & Black & Infinite. (2/7)— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) May 19, 2020
The what-could-have-been dates are below & we had some merch for that tour in production that we’re putting in the store w/ all of NIN’s profits going to local food banks in the cities we were going to play. (4/7) https://t.co/Hstqia3QrO pic.twitter.com/TuOwJ4M3xu— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) May 19, 2020
The current plan is to finish up some scoring projects, work on my limited patience skills, deep dive into new NIN material, and hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021. (5/7)— nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) May 19, 2020