Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Says Upcoming Tour with Soundgarden is a Good Fit

2014-06-06

Story by Anne Erickson

Trent Reznor says that although Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden aren’t similar in style, the two are a great fit on tour

Grunge behemoths Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are set to embark on a co-headlining tour this summer, and it’s the first time the two ’90s rockers have shared a co-headlining tour. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor says that he remembers well when Soundgarden first came on the scene and also remembers a rivalry between the bands.

“I was a fan of theirs back when I was first aware of them in the early ‘90s,” Reznor told Entertainment Weekly. “And then I remember their big album came out the same day that ‘The Downward Spiral’ came out in ’94, and they beat us, so I put them on the list. (Laughs) Then we crossed paths over the years—occasionally we’d hit the same festival, that sort of thing.”

Reznor added that although he doesn’t know the guys of Soundgarden personally, he respects that they, like the members of Nine Inch Nails, are still around 20-plus years later.

“When we were talking about this cycle of touring, and we set out to make each leg feel like it’s its own thing, and we do that either through who we go out with or the type of production we take,” Reznor said. “It’s mainly to make sure everything has its own identity… So when we were thinking about this last leg, we liked the idea of co-headlining with somebody that was complimentary but not necessarily expected, with music that could fit together.”

Reznor added that although Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails make sense on a tour together, he doesn’t think the two bands are similar in style. “That makes it a challenge for it to come off as a cohesive show and also for two bands to play together,” he said. “We’re up for that. That kind of getting uncomfortable helps keep things from becoming a little bit too routine.”




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