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Nine Inch Nails

October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - October 27, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

Nine Inch Nails at the Aragon Ballroom, October 25-27

Nine Inch Nails:Cold and Black and Infinite North America 2018

  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain
  • Gabe Gurnsey

@Aragon Ballroom
Thursday, October 25-27
7:00 pm
Tickets = 99.50

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch NailsPulling the harsh sounds of industrial rock into the mainstream, Trent Reznor and his band Nine Inch Nails became the face of industrial music in the ’90s with hits “Head Like a Hole,” “Closer,” and “Hurt” gaining radio and television airplay as the band rose to the top of the charts with influential releases The Downward Spiral (1994) and The Fragile (1999). Nominated for over a dozen Grammys, NIN won a pair of Best Metal Performance awards in 1992 and 1996 for two tracks — “Wish” and “Happiness in Slavery” — from their metallic EP Broken. Extending longevity into the 2000s, NIN evolved while maintaining chart success with 2005’s With Teeth, 2007’s Year Zero, and 2013’s Hesitation Marks, even as the band’s style shifted to incorporate more atmospheric electronic elements influenced by frontman Reznor’s Oscar-winning film score composition. In 2016, after decades as the only official member of the band, he welcomed English producer Atticus Ross — his longtime film scoring partner and bandmate in side project How to Destroy Angels — as NIN’s first official second member.

Michael Trent Reznor was born May 17, 1965, in New Castle, Pennsylvania and raised in Mercer, a small town outside Pittsburgh. His parents divorced when he was six and he was raised by his maternal grandparents. As a child, Reznor had already developed a keen interest in music. He learned to play piano, tenor sax, and tuba, playing in his school’s jazz and marching bands while also acting in high-school productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Music Man. Outside of the classical sphere, his biggest rock influence was Kiss, whose theatricality and live shows would later inform NIN’s acclaimed stage production. While studying music and computer engineering at local Allegheny College, he was a fleeting member of new wave outfit Option 30, contributing vocals and keyboards before parting ways with the band when he dropped out of school to pursue music full-time. He packed up and moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his friend Chris Vrenna, who later became a founding member of the first incarnation of NIN. (Source)

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Jesus and Mary ChainLike the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the Scottish group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback that served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr. Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. In the Jesus and Mary Chain, which the Reids formed outside of Glasgow in 1984 with bassist Douglas Hart and drummer Murray Dalglish (quickly replaced by Bobby Gillespie), these two polarized aesthetics converged; equal parts bubblegum and formless guitar distortion, their sound both celebrated pop conventions and thoroughly subverted them. (Source)


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1106 W Lawrence Ave
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