Fragility Tour

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Fragility
Tour by Nine Inch Nails
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A promotional poster for Nine Inch Nails' concert in London on November 29, 1999 as part of their Fragility v1.0 tour.
Associated album The Fragile
Start date November 14, 1999
End date July 9, 2000
Legs 2
No. of shows 75
44 in North America
20 in Europe
6 in Oceania
5 in Asia
2 cancelled
Nine Inch Nails concert chronology

The Fragility Tour was a concert tour in support of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile album, which took place in late 1999, running until mid-2000, and was broken into two major legs, Fragility v1.0 and Fragility v2.0 respectively. Destinations included Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and North America. [1]

Concert tour series of concerts by a single artist in different venues

A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.

Industrial rock music genre

Industrial rock is a musical genre that fuses industrial music and rock music.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band that was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988. The band consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, as well as English musician Atticus Ross. Over the course of their three-decade existence, the band has signed with several major labels, the most current being Capitol Records, under the name The Null Corporation.

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The tour featured increasingly large production values, including a triptych video display created by contemporary video artist Bill Viola. [2] The images displayed on the triptych focused on storm and water imagery. "I don't want to do the standard 'rock band in a hockey arena' show", said Trent Reznor. "I want to up the par a little bit. I think our stage show has had a lot of thought put into it. It's not like a Korn or Rob Zombie show where they just go into the prop cupboard and pull out as much shit as they can. I hope, when people see our shows, they go, 'Fuck, that was smarter than that Korn tour I saw, but not in a pretentious way – it kicked ass.' On our previous tour the audience was our enemy but, this time around, we're best friends with the audience at the end of shows. Everyone's connected." [3]

Triptych three-part polyptych

A triptych is a work of art that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels. The form can also be used for pendant jewelry.

Bill Viola American video and installation artist

Bill Viola is a contemporary video artist whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness.

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, primary musician, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock project 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.

Rolling Stone magazine named Fragility v2.0 the best tour of 2000. [4]

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

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The Fragility v2.0 North American leg was filmed and recorded for the live album and double DVD tour documentary And All that Could Have Been , which was released in 2002.

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On May 20, 2000, Nine Inch Nails performed their 500th gig (in count) at the Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta. [5]

Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

Atlanta is the capital of, and the most populous city in, the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States. The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of Fulton County, the most populous county in Georgia. A small portion of the city extends eastward into neighboring DeKalb County.

Before several of the later performances, Recoil's 2000 album Liquid was played over the PA system.

Recoil is a musical project created by English musician and former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder. Essentially a solo venture, Recoil began whilst Wilder was still in Depeche Mode as an outlet for his experimental, less pop-oriented compositions. Once he announced his departure from the group in 1995, Recoil became Wilder's primary musical enterprise.

<i>Liquid</i> (Recoil album) 2000 studio album by Recoil

Liquid is the fifth studio album by Recoil, released by Mute Records on March 21, 2000. It was recorded at Alan Wilder's home studio, The Thin Line, in Sussex, during sessions that lasted from July 1998 to June 1999. The album was produced by Alan Wilder, with production assistance and co-ordination by Hepzibah Sessa, and additional production and sound design by PK. Liquid is Recoil's fifth album release.

On July 9, 2000, the rest of the tour was cancelled due to "band illness". The most notable "illness" was eight days earlier when the band went to London for a concert, and Reznor almost died from a heroin overdose, mistaking the heroin for cocaine, which he was addicted to at the time. He went into and completed rehab in 2001.

Band line-up

Tour legs

Europe ("Fragility v1.0")

Typical setlist

  1. "The New Flesh" / "Pinion"
  2. "Somewhat Damaged"
  3. "Terrible Lie"
  4. "Sin"
  5. "March of the Pigs"
  6. "Piggy"
  7. "The Frail"
  8. "The Wretched"
  9. "No, You Don't"
  10. "Gave Up"
  11. "La Mer"
  12. "The Great Below"
  13. "The Way Out Is Through"
  14. "Wish"
  15. "Into the Void"
  16. "Down in It" or "Get Down, Make Love"
  17. "Head Like a Hole"
  18. "The Day the World Went Away"
  19. "Starfuckers, Inc."
  20. "Closer"
  21. "Hurt"

"Something I Can Never Have" was played once in Europe. "Reptile", "Please" and/or "Even Deeper" were added at some shows.

Support act

Dates

DateCityCountryVenue
November 14, 1999 Barcelona SpainPabellon de la Valle Hebron
November 17, 1999 Milan ItalyAlcatraz
November 19, 1999 Munich GermanyColosseum
November 20, 1999 Vienna AustriaLibro Music Hall
November 22, 1999BerlinGermanyColumbiahalle
November 23, 1999 Copenhagen DenmarkKB-Hallen
November 25, 1999ParisFranceZénith de Paris
November 26, 1999 Düsseldorf GermanyStahlwerk
November 28, 1999 Tilburg Netherlands013
November 29, 1999LondonEngland Brixton Academy
December 1, 1999

Asia

Typical setlist

Same as above.

Support act

  • Skingame

Dates

DateCityCountryVenue
January 10, 2000TokyoJapan Tokyo Bay NK Hall
January 11, 2000
January 12, 2000
January 14, 2000 Yokohama Pacifico Yokohama
January 15, 2000 Osaka Castle Hall

Oceania ( Big Day Out 2000 festival dates)

Typical setlist

These shows featured shorter and more aggressive setlists.

Accompanying acts

Dates

DateCityCountryVenue
January 21, 2000 Auckland New Zealand Ericsson Stadium
January 23, 2000 Gold Coast Australia Gold Coast Parklands
January 26, 2000 Sydney Sydney Showground
January 30, 2000 Melbourne Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
February 4, 2000 Adelaide Adelaide Showgrounds
February 6, 2000 Perth Bassendean Oval

North America ("Fragility v2.0")

Typical setlist

New York ticket The Fragile Ticket.jpg
New York ticket
  1. "The New Flesh" / "Pinion"
  2. "Somewhat Damaged"
  3. "Terrible Lie"
  4. "Sin"
  5. "March of the Pigs"
  6. "Piggy"
  7. "The Frail"
  8. "The Wretched"
  9. "Gave Up"
  10. "La Mer"
  11. "The Great Below"
  12. "The Mark Has Been Made"
  13. "Wish"
  14. "Complication"
  15. "Suck"
  16. "Closer"
  17. "Head Like a Hole"
  18. "The Day the World Went Away"
  19. "Just Like You Imagined" or "Even Deeper"
  20. "Starfuckers, Inc."
  21. "Hurt"

"The Big Come Down", "Get Down, Make Love", "Reptile" and "The Fragile" made a number of occasional appearances.

Support act

Dates

DateCityCountryVenue
April 3, 2000Los AngelesUnited States Grand Olympic Auditorium
April 12, 2000 Cleveland, Ohio CSU Convocation Center
April 14, 2000 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
April 15, 2000 Columbus, Ohio Schottenstein Center
April 17, 2000 Minneapolis Target Center
April 18, 2000 Milwaukee U.S. Cellular Arena
April 20, 2000 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
April 21, 2000 Chicago UIC Pavilion
April 22, 2000 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Expo Center
April 25, 2000 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
April 26, 2000ChicagoUIC Pavilion
April 28, 2000 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
April 29, 2000 Buffalo, New York United States HSBC Arena
April 30, 2000 Montreal Canada Molson Centre
May 2, 2000 Worcester, Massachusetts United States Centrum Centre
May 3, 2000 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
May 4, 2000 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
May 6, 2000 Philadelphia First Union Spectrum
May 7, 2000 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Star Lake Amphitheater
May 9, 2000New York City Madison Square Garden
May 12, 2000 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 13, 2000 Raleigh, North Carolina Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
May 14, 2000 Charlotte, North Carolina Blockbuster Pavilion
May 17, 2000 Miami Miami Arena
May 18, 2000 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Center
May 20, 2000 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheater
May 22, 2000 Houston Compaq Center
May 23, 2000 Dallas Starplex Amphitheater
May 25, 2000 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
May 27, 2000 Maryland Heights, Missouri Riverport Amphitheater
May 28, 2000 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
May 30, 2000 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
June 2, 2000 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
June 3, 2000 San Diego Cox Arena
June 4, 2000 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena
June 6, 2000 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
June 7, 2000 Daly City, California Cow Palace
June 9, 2000 George, Washington The Gorge Amphitheatre
June 10, 2000 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena
June 12, 2000 Spokane, Washington Spokane Arena
June 13, 2000 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada General Motors Place
June 15, 2000 Wheatland, California United States Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
June 17, 2000 West Valley City, Utah E Center
June 18, 2000 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center

Europe (Festival dates)

Typical setlist

These shows featured shorter and more aggressive setlists.

Dates

DateCityCountryVenue
June 23, 2000 Somerset England Glastonbury Festival
June 24, 2000 Scheeßel Germany Hurricane Festival
June 25, 2000 Tuttlingen Southside Festival
June 29, 2000 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
June 30, 2000 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
July 4, 2000 Kristiansand Norway Quart Festival
July 7, 2000 Belfort France Eurockéennes
July 8, 2000 Wiesen AustriaForestglade Festival
July 9, 2000 Monza ItalyMonza Rock Festival

Canceled dates

DateCityCountryVenueNote
May 10, 2000 Uniondale, New York United States Nassau Coliseum
July 1, 2000LondonEngland London Arena Date canceled due to "band illness".

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