The Nine Inch Nails world tour might be one of
this year‘s biggest, and for NIN bassist Jeordie White that‘s something to
celebrate. But forget the raucous backstage antics, if you bump into him and he
asks you to pull his finger, just back away slowly...
How‘s the tour going?
Jeordie: “Really well. I‘ve been really
surprised with the reception we‘ve been getting and the attendance. It‘s totally overwhelming. People
who haven‘t seen us are going to get an amazing show.“
Are you still alternating your set lists every
Jeordie: “Yeah, we‘ve been playing a lot of
double-nights, so we‘ve been very keen on mixing it up. It‘s partly for the
crowd but mostly for us, because it gets boring playing the same songs every night. We don‘t want this
turning into a Job.“
Do you ever get tired of playing ‘Head Like A
Jeordie: “Not at all. That‘s an extremely popular
song so it‘s totally natural for us to play it. That‘s what you‘re supposed to
What do you get up to when Trent‘s playing the
solo part of ‘Hurt‘?
Jeordie: “I wait for about two minutes and we
play the last 40 seconds of the song. It‘s not really long enough for the Xbox
so I tend to grab my PSP.“
What have been the high-points of the tour?
Jeordie: “I don‘t know that there‘s been any
single high-point, but it‘s been a lot different playing this time around, and
getting together with Trent after many years. It‘s almost a way of reconnecting
with my past and moving on all at the same time.“
How is playing for NIN different from your time
with Marilyn Manson?
Jeordie: “Very different but both equally fun.
Playing with Marilyn Manson was an unbelievable
part of my life, but that part is over and this is much different.“
Jeordie: “Touring with Manson we were just on a
fucking self destructive rampage... destroying everything, destroying
ourselves. The art-project side of things just totally overtook my life. But I think
it was really playing with A Perfect Circle kind of prepared me for doing this.
It made me a better player too.“
Why don‘t you wear dresses anymore?
“I kind of left that behind with
Marilyn Manson. It doesn‘t make sense to wear it anymore because I was
in-character. It‘d be like Kiss wearing their make-up, which is fun to see but
kind of a parody of itself.“
Aaron North (guitar) is very animated onstage —
how‘s he fitting in?
Jeordie: “Great! He‘s got a great personality
and he‘s like a little hurricane onstage. He just does what he does. You can‘t
even hope to compete with that guy.“
It‘s well-documented that Trent‘s cleaned up —
has that made touring more business-like?
Jeordie: “I wouldn t call it a business like
atmosphere but its been a lot healthier than it has been in the past. Trent‘s
the same guy he always has been, he‘s just not as self-destructive.“
So what do you do when you‘re not playing
Jeordie: “I play a lot of video games. I also
sit on the tour bus and fart. I‘m on the Nintendo and playing games on the
Computer quite a bit, but mainly it‘s about farting and drinking Diet Coke“
SUPPORTED BY: Saul Williams.
TOUR INFO: London Brixton Academy July 4 and
5, Glasgow Barrowland 7, Birmingham Academy 8, Manchester Apollo 10 and 11, London Brixton
Academy 13 and 14.
MORE INFO: www.nin.com