Nine Inch Nails in Victoria – Friday, December 5, 2008

Let me give you a list of the songs I was listening to last night while I was in Heaven…

1. 999,999
2. 1,000,000
3. Letting You
4. Discipline
5. March of the Pigs
6. Head Down
7. The Frail
8. The Wretched
9. Closer
10. Gave Up
11. The Warning
12. Vessel
13. Ghosts 21
14. Ghosts 28
15. Ghosts 19
16. Ghosts Piggy
17. The Greater Good
18. Wish
19. Terrible Lie
20. Survivalism
21. Ghosts 31
22. Only
23. The Hand That Feeds
24. Head Like A Hole

25. Echoplex
26. The Good Soldier
27. God Given
28. Hurt
29. In This Twilight

Yes, Nine Inch Nails managed to blow me away! They are a band that can be good on albums, although their real beauty is in the energy of their live performances. Trent Reznor is a true performer — he really knows what he is doing. Last night’s show was probably the best show I have seen them play even though I am not a fan of a lot of the newer stuff (I love Broken and Pretty Hate Machine the most) because of a few factors. Mainly, the live show was insane, so many lights, cool effects, and just general coolness. They had a great set list with a mix of new and old songs. I also was on the floor with some good friends and managed to get a spot super close to the front, but on the side right by the barrier, so I was up on the barrier the whole time with a WICKED view, I could see right over every single person’s head. Note to self: get 8 inch platforms for all future shows.

Okay now a few details…. the only part of the show that I was not impressed with was when they played some of the songs off of Ghosts, it was just too freaking tame and we actually spent the time telling stories and chatting rather than paying attention to the band, yeah the lights were pretty and there was really cool imagery, but not enough to keep our attention. That is not what people want to see live, although I am sure the band needed a bit of a break, as did Trent’s voice probably. They had these crazy LED screens that encased the band and sometimes it was a cool shot of Trent’s face as he sang into some small camera that then showed his face mangled on the screen, other times it was raining around them, or everything was fuzzed out except there was a hole where the band was so you could see them.. I am not doing a very good job of explaining, photos do it better justice.

Here this video shows a bit of everything… although being there and experiencing it yourself is really the only way for it to be as cool as it was, watching this video makes me realize how awesome it was to actually be there.

WOW. That is really all there is to say. I don’t really want to write anything more because it won’t do it justice. Just know that if you weren’t at the show, you missed out – big time!



  1. Wow! Their light show looks amazing! Looks like it was a great show. 🙂

  2. mark gibbard

    You’re missing “the big come down” from the set list. But I think that was NIN’s best, that being my 5th time seeing them… and I never see bands twice (minus Deftones, Jakalope and Slipknot). I got a chance to meet the guitar player after the show, which was cool. Plus partying in Victoria afterwards was just freaking sweet. I loved the opening to “Only”, I had no idea what song was being played at frist, lol.
    Aren’t you glad you made your way out?

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