Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor has
contacted Kerrang! to apologise to fans for his band's last-minute withdrawal
from The Lost Weekend at London's Docklands Arena on July 1. He
insists that the band will try to play at least one UK show before the end of the year to
make up for it.
Reznor was responding to readers' letters
published last week in Kerrang! 810. He called the Kerrang! office on the
evening of Friday, July 7 to answer criticisms raised in the letters.
"I can understand why they feel
cheated," says Reznor of the fans' outraged response. "And no one
feels worse about it than me. We've taken pride in cancelling very few shows.
Our drummer (Jerome Dillon) couldn't play at The Lost Weekend because he
literally had water flowing out of his ass for two solid days. We tried to find
a way around it, but it couldn't be done.
"I feel band and upset about it. I hate
having to do that. I do my best to put on a great show and I don't want to come
across like Axl Rose, I'm sorry we screwed you over." NIN will try to
bring their 'Fragility V2.0' show to the UK before the end of the year.
"When we get back to the US we may do a string of dates at the
Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, and it may be financially feasible
to do something like that in the UK," says Reznor. "I'd
really like people to see this show. I hope all is not lost and we haven't
angered many people. I'm the last guy to pull the plug. I'm pushing to do at
least one London show to make up for the fuck up."
Reznor then answered specific criticisms in
"Didn't A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese know the set
after touring with NIN for 10 weeks? They could even have had the drums on a
DAT?" Garry Seymour, Andover.
Reznor: "It doesn't work that way. The
reason is that Jerome plays by a click track. I'm not saying Josh couldn't, but
I wouldn't want to do it for the first time in front of a crowd of people who
came especially to see us. This may sound elitist, but I'd rather put on the
best show we can rather than a half-assed one. I'm sure ultimately the fans
would appreciate that. But I'm not on the other side of the coin.
"As for DAT, believe it or not, we play
live. There's nothing on tape drum-wise at all. Again, it would be such a
compromise of the show it would feel like cheating."
"Rumours circulated that Jerome Dillon
wasn't ill, but in fact Reznor had smashed a keyboard into his face during the
previous show." Dan, Portsmouth
Reznor: "No. For once, that's not true.
Jerome was throwing up and 'other things'. He hadn't slept for a week. There
was no physical way he could do it."
"Fair enough Jerome was ill, but hell, you
could have come on-stage and apologised." Pete Withers.
Reznor: "Good point. I had my tail between
my legs. If we come back, it will be more than made up for."
NIN: The Future
Nine Inch Nails have been recording a live
album and DVD on their 'Fragility V2.0' tour. "We'll work on the album for
a month back in the US," says Trent Reznor.
The DVD, Reznor insists, will "make you
feel as though you're there. We hired a bunch of digital video cameras and
filmed the last 15 shows of the tour from seven positions and recorded audio in
a DIY fashion. It's not like an HBO special with Bon Jovi with swooping crane
shots. We're compiling it on Apple Macs". No release date for the live
album or DVD has yet been confirmed.
Reznor also reveals that the next NIN studio
album might be a radical departure for the band. "We did a radio show
where we stripped down the sound," he explains. "I played a grand
piano and Robin played acoustic guitar. We were so pleased with the way it
turned out, we may go into the studio and record that way. I haven't talked to
anybody about this - it may or may not happen."
Reznor has compiled "a bunch of songs that
aren't quite finished. I don't want to make 'The Fragile 2'. The music we're
currently working on is far more brutal than 'The Fragile' was. I'm
going in two directions at once."