|Tour by Nine Inch Nails|
Reznor performing during the Self-Destruct tour, circa 1994–1995.
|Associated album||The Downward Spiral|
|Start date||March 9, 1994|
|End date||September 8, 1996|
|Nine Inch Nails concert chronology|
The Self Destruct Tour was a concert tour in support of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' album The Downward Spiral , which took place in early 1994, running until mid-1996, and was broken into eight legs.
The tour was filmed for the Closure tour documentary, a double-VHS set that documented live performances of the tour as well as the band from 1989–1991, and an extra VHS tape featuring the band's music videos, which was released in late 1997. A 2 DVD package featuring additional bonus content was planned for 2005. However, licensing issues forced an indefinite delay of an official release of the set. An alleged "prototype version" of the DVDs eventually leaked to torrent websites in 2006. This release has been attributed to Reznor himself.
This was Nine Inch Nails' first tour since the early 1990s shows for Pretty Hate Machine. During this time, Nine Inch Nails' music became angrier and more aggressive with releases like Broken and The Downward Spiral , which led to the concerts being often very violent and personal, with band members often injuring themselves. The stage set-up consisted of grungy curtains which would pulled down and up for visuals which might be played during songs (such as 'Hurt'), or pulled up for live performances of more aggressive songs. The back of the stage was littered with darker and standing lights, with very little actual lights.
Trent Reznor overhauled the band line-up and image for the tour; guitarist Robin Finck joined to play guitar while Danny Lohner joined on to play bass guitar. However, Chris Vrenna and James Woolley were brought back from the Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series. Image-wise, instead of the sloppy, low-budget style for previous tours, the band often dressed in black leather smothered in cornstarch, with band members often changing their hairstyles to radical hair styles for every concert. Robin Finck used makeup to hide his eyebrows, and Reznor would often don his 'fishnet gloves' (as they would come to be known) for the show. The band's showy yet intense tour style gave the band comparisons to David Bowie, whom Reznor was a big fan of. Later in the tour, Bowie and Reznor's protégé, Marilyn Manson, would often join the frontman on stage to sing their songs—as evident in the Closure tour documentary.
The tour included a set at Woodstock '94 broadcast on pay-per-view and seen in as many as 24 million homes. The band being covered in mud was a result of pre-concert backstage play, contrary to the belief that it was an attention-grabbing ploy, thus making it difficult for Reznor to navigate the stage: Reznor pushed Lohner into the mud pit as the concert began and saw mud from his hair going into his eyes while performing. Nine Inch Nails was widely proclaimed to have "stolen the show" from its popular contemporaries, mostly classic rock bands, and its fan base expanded. The band received considerable mainstream success thereafter, performing with significantly higher production values and the addition of various theatrical visual elements. Its performance of "Happiness in Slavery" from the Woodstock concert earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1995. Entertainment Weekly commented about the band's Woodstock '94 performance: "Reznor unstrings rock to its horrifying, melodramatic core--an experience as draining as it is exhilarating". Despite this acclaim, Reznor attributed his dislike of the concert to its technical difficulties.
The main leg of the tour featured Marilyn Manson as the supporting act, who featured bassist Jeordie White (then playing under the pseudonym "Twiggy Ramirez"); White later played bass with Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2007.After another tour leg supporting the remix album Further Down the Spiral, Nine Inch Nails contributed to the Alternative Nation Festival in Australia and subsequently embarked on the Dissonance Tour, which included 26 separate performances with co-headliner David Bowie. Nine Inch Nails was the opening act for the tour, and its set transitioned into Bowie's set with joint performances of both bands' songs. However, the crowds reportedly did not respond positively to the pairing due to their creative differences.
The tour concluded with "Nights of Nothing", a three-night showcase of performances from Nothing Records bands Marilyn Manson, Prick, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Pop Will Eat Itself, which ended with an 80-minute set from Nine Inch Nails. Kerrang! described the Nine Inch Nails set during the Nights of Nothing showcase as "tight, brash and dramatic", but was disappointed at the lack of new material. On the second of the three nights, Richard Patrick was briefly reunited with the band and contributed guitar to a performance of "Head Like a Hole".After the Self Destruct tour, Chris Vrenna, member of the live band since 1988 and frequent contributor to Nine Inch Nails studio recordings, left the act permanently to pursue a career in producing and to form Tweaker.
"Heresy" made its live debut at Las Vegas, on March 14.
|March 9, 1994||Los Angeles||United States||Probe (Helter Skelter)|
|March 10, 1994||San Francisco||Temple (Oasis)|
|March 11, 1994||Palo Alto, California||The Edge|
|March 14, 1994||Las Vegas||Huntridge Theater|
|March 15, 1994|
|March 17, 1994||Phoenix, Arizona||The Foxy|
|March 18, 1994|
|March 20, 1994||Tucson, Arizona||Buena Vista Theater|
|March 26, 1994||Honolulu||After Dark|
|March 27, 1994|
Reeling from the success of Pretty Hate Machine and Broken as well as the band's departure from TVT Records, the nearly immediate success of The Downward Spiral led to Nine Inch Nails playing larger venues. This debuted the band's new grungy and messy image in which band members would often come out in ragged clothes slathered in corn starch. They would often destroy their instruments at the end of concerts, attack each other, and stage-dive into the crowd. This led to Nine Inch Nails's notoriety as a live act. The shows often consisted of songs from Pretty Hate Machine , Broken, The Downward Spiral , as well as songs such as "Get Down Make Love" and "Dead Souls", which were formerly staples of their live show.
"Burn" made its live debut on the second to last show of the tour.
|April 19, 1994||Seattle||United States||Moore Theatre|
|April 20, 1994|
|April 21, 1994||Portland, Oregon||La Luna Club|
|April 23, 1994||San Francisco||The Warfield|
|April 24, 1994|
|April 26, 1994||Los Angeles||Hollywood Palace|
|April 27, 1994|
|April 30, 1994||San Diego||San Diego State University|
|May 1, 1994||Phoenix, Arizona||Mesa Centennial|
|May 3, 1994||Dallas||The Bomb Factory|
|May 4, 1994||Houston||International Ballroom|
|May 5, 1994||New Orleans||State Palace Theatre|
|May 7, 1994||Chicago||Riviera Theatre|
|May 8, 1994||Detroit||State Theatre|
|May 9, 1994||Cleveland||Agora Theater|
|May 11, 1994||Boston||Cyclorama Building|
|May 13, 1994||New York City||Webster Hall|
|May 14, 1994||New York City||Roseland Ballroom|
|May 15, 1994||Upper Darby, Pennsylvania||Tower Theater|
|May 18, 1994||Dublin||Ireland||SFX Center|
|May 20, 1994||Wolverhampton||United Kingdom||Wolverhampton Civic Hall|
|May 21, 1994||Glasgow||Barrowlands|
|May 22, 1994||Manchester||Manchester Academy|
|May 24, 1994||London||London Forum|
|May 28, 1994||Ghent||Belgium||Vooruit|
|May 30, 1994||Paris||France||Le Bataclan|
|May 31, 1994||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Paradiso|
|June 2, 1994||Frankfurt||Germany||Live Music Hall|
|June 3, 1994||Berlin||Huxley's|
|June 7, 1994||Hamburg||The Docks|
|June 8, 1994||Düsseldorf||Tor 3|
|June 9, 1994||Munich||Charterhalle|
|June 11, 1994||Vienna||Austria||Summer Arena|
|June 12, 1994||Prague||Czech Republic||Lucerna Hall|
|June 15, 1994||Katowice||Poland||Spodek|
|June 16, 1994||Warsaw||Stadion Dziesięciolecia|
|July 29, 1994||Atlanta||United States||Fox Theatre|
|July 30, 1994|
|August 3, 1994||Poughkeepsie, New York||Mid-Hudson Civic Center|
|August 6, 1994||Barrie, Ontario||Canada||Molson Park|
|August 11, 1994||Fairfax, Virginia||United States||Patriot Center|
|August 13, 1994||Saugerties, New York||Woodstock '94|
An incident occurred at the tour's Delta Center stop on October 18, 1994 in Salt Lake City. Manson was prohibited from performing after the venue owner took offense to Manson's merchandise which included a band t-shirt with the satirical message, "Warning: Heavy Metal Music contains satanic messages that will KILL GOD in your impressionable teenage minds. As a result, you will be convinced to KILL YOUR MOM AND DAD, and eventually, in all act of hopeless, suicidal, 'rock and roll' behaviour, you will KILL YOURSELF. Please, burn your records while there is still hope." During Nine Inch Nail's set, Reznor invited Manson on stage who ripped apart a Book of Mormon then threw it into the audience asking, "Do you let Him [God] run your lives?"
"Physical", "Get Down, Make Love" and "Terrible Lie" made a number of occasional appearances.
|August 27, 1994||Rochester, New York||United States||Auditorium Theatre|
|August 29, 1994||Cleveland||Nautica Stage|
|August 30, 1994|
|September 2, 1994||Detroit||Pine Knob Amphitheater|
|September 3, 1994||Chicago||UIC Pavilion|
|September 5, 1994||Saint Paul, Minnesota||Roy Wilkins Auditorium|
|September 7, 1994||Milwaukee||Riverside Theatre|
|September 10, 1994||Muncie, Indiana||Ball State Arena|
|September 11, 1994||St. Louis||Fox Theatre|
|September 13, 1994||Nashville, Tennessee||Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym|
|September 14, 1994||Memphis, Tennessee||Cook Convention Center|
|September 16, 1994||Springfield, Missouri||Abou Shrine Temple|
|September 17, 1994||Kansas City, Kansas||Memorial Hall|
|September 19, 1994||Omaha, Nebraska||Omaha Civic Auditorium|
|September 24, 1994||Seattle||Center Arena|
|September 27, 1994||Vancouver||Canada||PNE Forum|
|September 30, 1994||Sacramento, California||United States||ARCO Arena|
|October 1, 1994||San Jose, California||San Jose State Auditorium|
|October 3, 1994||Los Angeles||Universal Amphitheatre|
|October 4, 1994|
|October 6, 1994|
|October 7, 1994|
|October 10, 1994||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena|
|October 11, 1994||Phoenix, Arizona||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|October 14, 1994||Oakland, California||Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center|
|October 16, 1994||Las Vegas||Thomas & Mack Center|
|October 18, 1994||Salt Lake City||Delta Center|
|October 20, 1994||Denver||McNichols Arena|
|October 26, 1994||El Paso, Texas||State Fair Coliseum|
|October 28, 1994||Austin, Texas||Frank Erwin Center|
|October 29, 1994||Dallas||State Fair Park Coliseum|
|October 31, 1994||Houston||The Summit|
|November 2, 1994||Oklahoma City||Lloyd Noble Center|
|November 3, 1994||Tulsa, Oklahoma||Expo Square Pavilion|
|November 5, 1994||Carbondale, Illinois||S.Illinois University Arena|
|November 6, 1994||Iowa City, Iowa||Carver–Hawkeye Arena|
|November 8, 1994||Madison, Wisconsin||Dane County Coliseum|
|November 9, 1994||Champaign, Illinois||UIUC Assembly Hall|
|November 12, 1994||Louisville, Kentucky||Louisville Gardens|
|November 13, 1994||Columbus, Ohio||Convention Centre|
|November 18, 1994||Jacksonville, Florida||Jacksonville Coliseum|
|November 20, 1994||Miami||Miami Arena|
|November 21, 1994||Tampa, Florida||Expo Hall|
|November 23, 1994||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|November 25, 1994||Hampton, Virginia||Hampton Coliseum|
|November 28, 1994||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena|
|November 29, 1994||Buffalo, New York||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium|
|December 1, 1994||Toronto||Canada||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|December 3, 1994||Boston||United States||Boston Garden|
|December 4, 1994||Albany, New York||Knickerbocker Arena|
|December 6, 1994||Baltimore||Baltimore Arena|
|December 7, 1994||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|December 8, 1994|
|December 9, 1994|
|December 11, 1994||Philadelphia||CoreStates Spectrum|
|December 28, 1994||Cleveland||The Odeon|
|December 29, 1994||Dayton, Ohio||Hara Arena|
|December 31, 1994||Detroit||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|January 3, 1995||Montreal||Canada||Theatre Du Forum|
|January 5, 1995||Worcester, Massachusetts||United States||The Centrum|
|January 6, 1995||New York City||Nassau Coliseum|
|January 8, 1995||Cleveland||CSU Convocation Center|
|January 9, 1995|
|January 12, 1995||Kalamazoo, Michigan||Wings Stadium|
|January 13, 1995||Toledo, Ohio||Toledo Sports Arena|
|January 15, 1995||Chicago||Rosemont Horizon|
|January 16, 1995|
|January 18, 1995||Milwaukee||MECCA Arena|
|January 21, 1995||Indianapolis||State Fair Coliseum|
|January 22, 1995||Evansville, Indiana||Roberts Arena|
|January 24, 1995||Atlanta||The Omni|
|January 25, 1995||Columbia, South Carolina||Carolina Coliseum|
|January 27, 1995||Orlando, Florida||Amway Arena|
|January 30, 1995||Murfreesboro, Tennessee||Murphy Center|
|January 31, 1995||Little Rock, Arkansas||Barton Coliseum|
|February 4, 1995||Minneapolis||Target Center|
|February 5, 1995||La Crosse, Wisconsin||La Crosse Center|
|February 7, 1995||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Sioux Falls Center|
|February 8, 1995||Topeka, Kansas||Kansas Expo Center|
|February 11, 1995||Dallas||State Fair Park Coliseum|
|February 13, 1995||Omaha, Nebraska||Omaha Civic Auditorium|
|February 14, 1995||St. Louis||Kiel Center|
|February 18, 1995||New Orleans||UNO Lakefront Arena|
The leg was a part of the Alternative Nation Festival.
|April 13, 1995||Brisbane||Australia||Chandler Sports Complex|
|April 15, 1995||Sydney||Eastern Creek Raceway|
|April 16, 1995||Melbourne||Olympic Park|
The band co-headlined with David Bowie on the North American leg on Bowie's Outside Tour in 1995.
Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie:
|September 14, 1995||Hartford, Connecticut||United States||Meadows Music Theatre|
|September 16, 1995||Mansfield, Massachusetts||Great Woods Arts Center|
|September 17, 1995||Hershey, Pennsylvania||Hersheypark Stadium|
|September 20, 1995||Toronto||Canada||SkyDome|
|September 22, 1995||Camden, New Jersey||United States||Blockbuster Center|
|September 23, 1995||Burgettstown, Pennsylvania||Star Lake Amphitheater|
|September 27, 1995||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Meadowlands Arena|
|September 28, 1995|
|September 30, 1995||Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio||Blossom Music Center|
|October 1, 1995||Tinley Park, Illinois||New World Music Theatre|
|October 3, 1995||Detroit||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|October 4, 1995||Columbus, Ohio||Polaris Amphitheater|
|October 5, 1995||Bristow, Virginia||Nissan Pavilion|
|October 7, 1995||Raleigh, North Carolina||Walnut Creek Amphitheatre|
|October 9, 1995||Atlanta||Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|October 11, 1995||Maryland Heights, Missouri||Riverport Amphitheatre|
|October 13, 1995||Dallas||Starplex Amphitheatre|
|October 14, 1995||Austin, Texas||South Park Meadows|
|October 16, 1995||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena|
|October 18, 1995||Phoenix, Arizona||Desert Sky Pavilion|
|October 19, 1995||Las Vegas||Thomas & Mack Center|
|October 21, 1995||Mountain View, California||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|October 24, 1995||Tacoma, Washington||Tacoma Dome|
|October 25, 1995||Portland, Oregon||The Rose Garden|
|October 28, 1995||Inglewood, California||Great Western Forum|
|October 29, 1995|
|November 4, 1995||Houston||United States||Numbers|
|November 6, 1995||New Orleans||House of Blues|
|November 10, 1995||Pensacola, Florida||Bayfront Auditorium|
|November 11, 1995||St. Petersburg, Florida||Jannus Landing|
|November 12, 1995||Orlando, Florida||The Edge|
|November 13, 1995||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||The Edge|
|November 15, 1995||Miami Beach, Florida||Glam Slam|
|November 27, 1995||Corpus Christi, Texas||Cantina Santa Fe|
Nights of Nothing was an industry showcase organized by Reznor of his vanity label, Nothing Records', talent roster. It ran from August 30, 1996 to September 8, 1996 and spanned three shows. The shows featured performances by his band, Meat Beat Manifesto, Marilyn Manson, Filter and other "special guests."
Following the conclusion of the arduous recording sessions for Marilyn Manson's sophomore album Antichrist Superstar, acrimony between the band, Reznor, and Nothing Records was at its peak.The band nevertheless grudgingly agreed to fulfill their contractual obligation to promote the record a little over a month prior to its release by performing on the second evening of Nights of Nothing, at the Irving Plaza on September 5 1996. While performing the final song of their five-song set, "1996", Manson picked up a weighted microphone stand and proceeded to smash the drumkit. Drummer Ginger Fish kept playing what remained of his disintegrating equipment until Manson accidentally struck him on the side of the head with the weighted base, sending him face first to the floor unconscious. Manson then walked offstage while the crowd looked on to see whether or not the drummer was alright. Fish managed to crawl a few inches before he collapsed and was carried away by road crew to the hospital. Fish's injury necessitated five stitches and a brief rumor spread the incident was a deliberate assault. Fish later recounted that had he not turned his head at the last moment the stand would have hit him directly in the face and said of the incident, "we just get a little carried away sometimes."
"Dead Souls" was played at the Atlanta show.
|August 30, 1996||New Orleans||United States||Jimmy's|
|September 5, 1996||New York City||Irving Plaza|
|September 8, 1996||Atlanta||The Masquerade|
|March 31, 1994||Melbourne||Australia||The Palace|
|April 1, 1994|
|April 3, 1994||Adelaide||Heaven|
|April 5, 1994||Canberra||ANU Refectory|
|April 6, 1994||Wollongong||Waves|
|April 7, 1994||Newcastle||Workers Club|
|April 9, 1994||Sydney||Selinas|
|April 10, 1994||Brisbane||The Roxy|
|April 12, 1994||Auckland||New Zealand||The Powerstation|
|May 10, 1994||Toronto||Canada||Palladium|
|June 6, 1994||Stockholm||Sweden||Gino|
|February 2, 1995||Lincoln, Nebraska||United States||Pershing Auditorium|
|February 10, 1995||Lubbock, Texas|
|February 13, 1995||Columbia, Missouri||Hearnes Center|
|February 16, 1995||Pensacola, Florida||Pensacola Civic Center|
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.
Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Trent Reznor was the only permanent member of the band until the addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016.
Nothing Records was an American record label specializing in industrial rock and electronic music, founded by John Malm Jr. and Trent Reznor in 1992. It is considered an example of a vanity label, where an artist is able to run a label with some degree of independence from within a larger parent company, in this case being Interscope Records.
Broken is the first extended play (EP) by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It was released on September 22, 1992, by Nothing, TVT, and Interscope Records. The EP was produced by frontman Trent Reznor and Flood.
"March of the Pigs" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994). It was released on February 25, 1994 as the album's lead single.
Closure is the first video album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released on November 25, 1997. The double VHS set consists of one tape of live concert and behind-the-scenes footage from their Self-Destruct and Further Down the Spiral tours and one tape of music videos.
Chris A. Vrenna is an American musician, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, remixer, songwriter, programmer, and founder of the electronic band Tweaker. Vrenna played drums for the industrial/rock band Nine Inch Nails from 1989 until 1997, and was the keyboardist and drummer of the American rock band Marilyn Manson from 2004 until late 2011.
Sean Beavan is a musician, record producer, and audio engineer best known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Guns N' Roses, God Lives Underwater, and Slayer. His production style is typically heavy, with heavily saturated guitars, but his work is diverse and wide ranging as exemplified by bands like No Doubt to System of a Down, to indie bands like Thrice, Envy on the Coast, Hypernova (band) and 8mm.
"Happiness in Slavery" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their debut extended play, Broken (1992). It was released in November 1992 as a promotional single from the EP. The song takes its title and refrain from Jean Paulhan's preface to Pauline Réage's 1954 erotic novel Story of O. "Happiness in Slavery" peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Nine Inch Nails, an industrial rock band fronted by Trent Reznor, has toured all over the world since its creation in 1988. While Reznor—the only official member until adding Atticus Ross in 2016—controls its creative and musical direction in the studio, the touring band performs different arrangements of the songs. In addition to regular concerts, the band has performed in both supporting and headlining roles at festivals such as Woodstock '94, Lollapalooza 1991 and 2008, and many other one-off performances including the MTV Video Music Awards. Prior to their 2013 tour, the band had played 938 gigs.
Gary Talpas is an American art director and photographer. Talpas worked as designer and art director for Nine Inch Nails on Pretty Hate Machine, "Head Like A Hole", The Downward Spiral and Further Down the Spiral. He also played keyboards for several early shows during the Pretty Hate Machine tour after Chris Vrenna switched to drums.
Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series was a series of concert tours in support of Nine Inch Nails' debut album Pretty Hate Machine. The series took place over much of North America and Europe from 1989 to 1991. During this time, the band's line-up mainly consisted of Trent Reznor on vocals and guitars, Richard Patrick on back-up vocals and guitars, Chris Vrenna on drums, and a hired musician usually to play keyboards. The series consisted of eight tours, spanning Skinny Puppy's VIVIsectVI tour to a tour of Europe for the band.
Wave Goodbye Tour was a 2009 concert tour by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.
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.
Live: With Teeth Tour was a concert tour in support of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth album, which took place in early 2005, running until mid-2006, and was broken into five legs.
"Mr. Self Destruct" is a song by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails. Written by frontman Trent Reznor, co-produced by Flood and recorded at Le Pig in 1993, it is the opening track of The Downward Spiral (1994), and predicts the album's "ugly" aesthetic and mostly "angry" tone. The song also gives a lyrical background of the album's protagonist. Its title is a reference to the Soft Cell song of the same name.
"Piggy" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994). It was written by Trent Reznor, co-produced by Flood, and recorded at Le Pig. It was released in December 1994 as a promotional single from the album. The song is known for being Reznor's only live drumming performance.
The Twenty Thirteen Tour was a concert tour by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails to support the album Hesitation Marks. It marked the return of the band for live performances after a four-year touring hiatus. It began on July 26, 2013 and ended on August 30, 2014.