Another Version of the Truth

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Another Version of the Truth
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ReleasedDecember 25, 2009
RecordedDecember 5, 2008 – December 13, 2008
Genre Industrial rock, industrial metal, dark ambient
Length134 minutes (Las Vegas)
137 minutes (The Gift)
Label Self-released
Director "The NIN fan community"
Nine Inch Nails chronology
Beside You in Time
'''Another Version of the Truth'''

Another Version of the Truth was an independently released live concert video documenting Nine Inch Nails' 2008 Lights in the Sky tour made available throughout late 2009/early 2010 on Blu-ray, DVD, and various other online formats. Another Version of the Truth is also the title of an instrumental track on Nine Inch Nails' 2007 album Year Zero . The video is a 3-disc set bringing together numerous editors, designers, and web programmers to create a professional digital film, followed by a physical release created "by fans for fans".

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the only permanent member until the addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016.

<i>Year Zero</i> (album) 2007 studio album by Nine Inch Nails

Year Zero is the fifth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released by Interscope Records on April 17, 2007. Conceived while touring in support of the band's previous album, With Teeth (2005), the album was recorded throughout late-2006, and was produced by frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It was the band's last album for Interscope, following Reznor's departure the same year over a dispute of overseas pricing.


The project is supposed to be "strictly not for profit" and shared for free.


This One Is On Us [1] is a global multimedia organization that inspires the public to document, and create lasting mementos of their live music experience.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor had originally intended to film the entirety of three shows of the Lights in the Sky Tour in 3-D, using James Cameron's 3-D team, for release on what would have been the act's last live album. Due to Interscope Records pulling out at the last minute, the project could not be completed., [2] and thus This One Is On Us decided to create its own single DVD release of the band's final performance in Las Vegas on December 13, 2009. [3] However, footage of over 400 GB worth of video from the band's following shows in Victoria (December 5), Portland (December 7), and Sacramento (December 12) was nevertheless shot by "a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives" and unofficially distributed via BitTorrent on January 7, 2009 as a Christmas/New Year gift from Reznor to fans for them to do as they wished. [4] In an immediate response to Reznor's announcement of his abandoned project, This One Is On Us quickly downloaded the data and had begun to assemble the footage into a full-length concert film, to twin with the previously made Vegas disc. After a round of voting, Another Version of the Truth was chosen to be the project title. [5] continuing the tradition of naming Nine Inch Nails concert videos after a certain song for its associated album ( And All That Could Have Been , and Beside You in Time ).

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

James Cameron Canadian film director

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who currently lives in New Zealand and the United States. After working in special effects, he found major success since directing and writing the science fiction action film The Terminator (1984). He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens (1986); three years later he followed up with The Abyss (1989). He found further critical acclaim for his use of special effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After his film True Lies (1994), Cameron took on his biggest film at the time, Titanic (1997), which earned him Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing.

Interscope Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M imprint. It was founded in late 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field as a $20 million joint venture with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records. At the time, it differed from most record companies by giving decision-making authority to its A&R staff and allowing artists and producers complete creative control. It had its first hit records less than a year after it was founded, and achieved profitability in 1993. Iovine served as chairman and CEO until May 2014, when he was succeeded by John Janick.

While this particular project was well underway for a year, the group also worked on several other releases in the meantime, including The Downward Spiral: Live, [6] a very popular release documenting of the first out of two ever live performances of The Downward Spiral in its entirety, played on August 23, 2009, at Webster Hall in New York City. This specific project earned the group the attention of the band members themselves, who all tweeted about the release, impressed by its quality. The band's art director Rob Sheridan also posted about it on the official Nine Inch Nails website on October 23, 2010. [7]

<i>The Downward Spiral</i> 1994 studio album by Nine Inch Nails

The Downward Spiral is the second studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on March 8, 1994, by Nothing Records and Interscope Records in the United States and by Island Records in Europe. It is a concept album detailing the destruction of a man from the beginning of his "downward spiral" to his death by suicide. The Downward Spiral features elements of industrial rock, techno and heavy metal music, in contrast to the band's synthpop-influenced debut album Pretty Hate Machine (1989), and was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Flood.

Webster Hall nightclub, concert venue and recording studio in East Village, Manhattan, New York City, USA

Webster Hall is a nightclub and concert venue located at 125 East 11th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, near Astor Place, in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. It is one of New York City's most historically significant theater and event halls, having hosted social events of all types since the club's construction in 1886 as a "hall for hire". Its current incarnation was opened in 1992 by the Ballinger brothers, with a capacity of 1,400, providing its traditional role as well as for corporate events, and for a recording studio.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Las Vegas

Filmed entirely by fans, this release saw the community fly in from around the world, donate technology, skill, and even airfare to document the final performance of Nine Inch Nails' 2008 tour. Over 200GB of audience-recorded footage was collected, which was meticulously edited together by a team of people from all over the world. [8] The video was released to the public as a free digital download in variety of formats including DVD and iPod (MP4).

DVD Optical disc

DVD is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is widely used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD players. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than compact discs while having the same dimensions.

This particular show is notable for being the final Nine Inch Nails performance with drummer Josh Freese.

Josh Freese American musician

Joshua Ryan Freese is an American session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer. He is the son of tuba soloist Stan Freese and the older brother of musician Jason Freese.

The Gift

Filmed in Victoria, Portland, and Sacramento by the Nine Inch Nails team, edited and produced by their fans, The Gift is presented in 1080p high-definition video with 5.1 surround sound, multi-language subtitles, and artistically-driven ethics. [9] The video was released to the public as a free digital download in variety of formats including Blu-ray, DVD, MOV, and iPod (MP4).

Bonus content

This release includes: [10]

  1. Making-of featurettes donated by Moment Factory (the company and crew responsible for the Lights in the Sky technology).
  2. Exclusive rehearsal footage, and alternate visuals to several performances.
  3. Rarely performed songs from the USA and South America including 32 Ghosts IV and "Down in It" (much of this material comes from the makers of other fan-made releases The Downward Spiral: Live, After All This Time (Live in Chile), and Your World On Fire (Live in Kansas City).)
  4. A photo slideshow of the images donated by fans via Flickr, this also features the remix In This Twilight - Guild Remix by Samuel Trim (Bosley Beats) and Richard Evans II of Guild.
  5. Highlights of Internet coverage from the era, including an Echoplex Drum Simulator and Trent Vanegas's end-of-tour interview with Reznor.

(Approximate running time for bonus material is 3 hours. Due to the variety of sources for this disc, video quality ranges from high to low resolution depending on the feature.)

Promotion and release

"And as we're being told how awful BitTorrent is and how various torrent trackers and search engines need to be shut down...people are being told that they 'are encouraged to seed for as long as possible.' ...Once again, we're seeing why those who embrace what technology allows will do just fine moving forward."

Techdirt [11]

On December 18, the group released the final trailer [12] for Another Version of the Truth. It was then released as three separate torrents (including PDFs) respectively on December 25, 2009, January 25, 2010 and February 25, 2010, followed by an eventual physical release in June 2010.

The initial 3-disc physical set included a 16-page booklet (including credits and project documentation), and a themed sticker and postcard. Initial demand for the 3-disc configuration far exceeded supply and the original run of 5,000 sets quickly sold out by October. In response, an affordable, single disc version (housed in a six-panel digipak), solely focusing on the band released, fan edited show (The Gift) in both DVD and Blu-ray formats is readily available. [13]

In early December 2013, [14] This One Is On Us announced a "limited quantity" repressing of the 3-disc set as a triple DVD digipak, [15] which is the first time the 3-disc set has been available together and the bonus disc has been available in a non-download "pressed" format since the initial first pressing release in June 2010.


To date, the group and the project has received significant attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Rolling Stone, Techdirt and Pitchfork TV, and holds the support of both the band and its fan community with theatrical screenings being held all over the world. [16] Sheridan noted that "this is yet another example of a devoted fanbase and a policy of openness combining to fill in blanks left by old media barriers. The entire NIN camp is absolutely thrilled that treating our fans with respect and nurturing their creativity has led to such an overwhelming outpour of incredible content, and that we now have such a high quality souvenir from our most ambitious tour ever," [17] whilst Reznor simply tweeted "Nine Inch Nails fans kick ass. Blown away." [18]

Track listing


3."Letting You"3:55
5."March of the Pigs"4:01
6."Head Down"4:14
7."The Frail"2:07
8."Closer (The Only Time interpolation)"4:33
9."Gave Up"4:35
10."Corona Radiata"1:27
11."The Warning"3:53
12."The Great Destroyer"4:33
13."21 Ghosts III"2:54
14."28 Ghosts IV"5:08
15."19 Ghosts III"2:43
16."Ghosts Piggy"6:20
17."The Greater Good"4:46
20."Terrible Lie"5:03
22."The Big Come Down"4:02
23."31 Ghosts IV"2:31
25."The Hand That Feeds"3:32
26."Head Like a Hole"7:47
29."Trent's Speech"3:43
30."The Good Soldier"4:01
32."In This Twilight (Zero-Sum outro)"5:56


3."Letting You"3:54
5."March of the Pigs"4:03
6."Head Down"4:05
7."The Frail"2:14
8."The Wretched"5:36
9."Closer (The Only Time interpolation)"4:32
10."Gave Up"4:38
11."Corona Radiata"1:26
12."The Warning"3:44
14."21 Ghosts III"3:05
15."28 Ghosts IV"5:05
16."19 Ghosts III"2:42
17."Ghosts Piggy"6:08
18."The Greater Good"4:46
21."Terrible Lie"5:05
23."The Big Come Down"4:03
24."31 Ghosts IV"2:30
26."The Hand That Feeds"3:33
27."Head Like a Hole"7:31
28."Echoplex (Trent's Speech appendaged)"6:59
29."The Good Soldier"3:41
30."God Given"4:25
32."In This Twilight (Zero-Sum outro)"5:58


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