List of Nine Inch Nails concert tours

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Tour posters from the Performance 2007 tour.

Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock act, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1988, Nine Inch Nails has performed throughout the world, including tours in North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. During its earliest incarnations, Nine Inch Nails as a live band acted as supporting acts on tours for bands and musicians such as Skinny Puppy, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Peter Murphy, and Guns N' Roses. Subsequent tours have featured Nine Inch Nails as the headlining act, with support from bands such as Unkle, Marilyn Manson, Atari Teenage Riot, and A Perfect Circle.

Nine Inch Nails' live performances contrast with its in-studio counterpart.[1][2] Reznor writes and performs nearly all Nine Inch Nails studio material, with occasional instrumental and vocal contributions from others artists. However, Reznor has typically assembled groups of backing musicians to interpret songs for tours and other live performances. The live-band lineup has changed constantly throughout the band's history, with front man Reznor remaining the only constant on vocals and guitar. Notable musicians who have contributed to live performances include Richard Patrick, Chris Vrenna, Jeordie White, Robin Finck, Josh Freese, Alessandro Cortini, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Ilan Rubin, and Pino Palladino.

Pretty Hate Machine Tour Series (1988–1991)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Skinny Puppy's
VIVIsectVI Tour
North America
(10 dates)
Headliner: Skinny Puppy [3][4]
Pretty Hate Machine
promotional tour
North America
(9 dates)
Jesus and Mary Chain's
Automatic tour
North America
(34 dates)
Headliner: Jesus and Mary Chain [3][4]
Peter Murphy's
Deep tour
North America
(30 dates)
Headliner: Peter Murphy [3][8]
Lee Mars
Hate tour North America
(35 dates)
Support: Meat Beat Manifesto, Die Warzau, Pure, Cold Front [9]
RevCo Tour North America
(14 dates)
Revolting Cocks with Reznor [10]
Dec 1990–
Feb 1991
Sin tour Richard
Jeff Ward Lee Mars North America
(31 dates)
Support: Die Warzau, Chemlab [9]
Gub Tour North America
(5 dates)
Pigface with Reznor [11]
Lollapalooza Richard Patrick Jeff Ward James
North America
(28 dates)
With: Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes [9][12]
European tour Europe
(14 dates)
Headliner: Guns N' Roses, The Wonderstuff, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine [14]

Self-Destruct (1994–1996)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Self-Destruct Robin Finck Danny Lohner Chris Vrenna James Woolley North America, Europe
(53 dates)
Support: Marilyn Manson, Type O Negative, Fem2fem, PIG, Die Krupps, Treponem Pal [9][15]
Aug 1994–
Feb 1995
Further Down the Spiral tour North America
(82 dates)
Support: Marilyn Manson, Jim Rose Circus, Pop Will Eat Itself, Hole [9][17]
Charlie Clouser
Apr 1995 Alternative Nation Festival Australia
(3 dates)
With: Faith No More, Ice-T & Body Count, Lou Reed, Violent Femmes, Primus, Tool, L7, The Tea Party, Ween, Live, The Flaming Lips, Pennywise, Pop Will Eat Itself, Powderfinger [18]
Dissonance/Outside tour North America
(26 dates)
With: David Bowie

Support: Prick

Club Tour North America
(11 dates)
Support: Helmet [21]
Nights of Nothing tour various North America
(3 dates)
With: Marilyn Manson, Meat Beat Manifesto [22][23]

Fragility (1999–2000)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Nov 1999–
Jan 2000
Fragility 1.0 Robin Finck Danny Lohner Jerome Dillon Charlie Clouser Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia
(26 dates)
Support: Atari Teenage Riot, Skingame [24][25]
Big Day Out 2000 Australia
(6 dates)
With: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Atari Teenage Riot, Blink-182, The Chemical Brothers [26]
Fragility 2.0 North America, Europe
(43 dates)
Support: A Perfect Circle [27][28]

Live: With Teeth (2005–2006)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Spring club tour Aaron North Jeordie White Jerome Dillon Alessandro Cortini North America, England
(30 dates)
Support: Carre Callaway, The Dresden Dolls [29][30]
Summer international tour Europe, Japan, Australia
(22 dates)
Support: The Dresden Dolls, Saul Williams, Eagles of Death Metal, The Bird Blobs, The Follow [29]
Sep – Dec
Fall arena tour North America, South America
(46 dates)
Support: Queens of the Stone Age, Autolux, Death from Above 1979 [25][34]
Alex Carapetis
Josh Freese
Winter arena tour North America
(33 dates)
Support: Moving Units, Saul Williams [36]
Summer amphitheatre tour North America
(31 dates)
Support: Saul Williams, TV on the Radio, Bauhaus, Peaches [37]

Performance 2007 (2007)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Feb–Mar 2007 Spring European tour Aaron North Jeordie White Josh Freese Alessandro Cortini Europe
(63 dates)
Support: The Popo, Ladytron, Serena Maneesh [38]
Aug–Sep 2007 Summer / Fall international tour Europe, Asia, Australia, Hawaii
(28 dates)
With: Foo Fighters, Silversun Pickups[I]

Support: Intacto, Theodor Bastard, Serena Maneesh, The Dandy Warhols, Ladytron, Alec Empire, Unkle, The Lovesong, White Rose Movement

^ I Dublin, August 22, 2007.

Lights in the Sky (2008)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Over North America Robin Finck Justin
Josh Freese Alessandro Cortini North America
(59 dates)
Support: A Place to Bury Strangers, Boris, The Bug, Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Health, White Williams [40][41]
October 2008[I] Over South America South America
(3 dates)
Support: Vigilante [40]

^ I The North American and South American legs overlapped in mid-October.

Wave Goodbye (2009)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard
Feb–March 2009 2009 Tour Robin Finck Justin Meldal-Johnsen Ilan Rubin Australia & New Zealand
(8 dates)
Support: The Naked and Famous, Jaguar Love [40]
May–August 2009 NIN | JA 2009 North America,
Europe, Asia
(49 dates)
With: Jane's Addiction
Support: Street Sweeper Social Club
August–September 2009 Wave Goodbye New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto (11 dates) Support: The Horrors, Mew, Alec Empire, Health, Queen Kwong, io echo [42]

Twenty Thirteen Tour (2013–2014)

Duration Tour leg Band lineup Location(s)
Other acts Ref.
Guitar Bass Drums Keyboard Backing vocals
July–September 2013 Twenty Thirteen Robin Finck Josh Eustis Ilan Rubin Alessandro Cortini North America,
Europe, Asia
(12 dates)
September–November 2013 Tension 2013 Pino Palladino Alessandro Cortini
Josh Eustis
Lisa Fischer
Sharlotte Gibson
North America (33 dates) Support: Godspeed You! Black Emperor/Explosions in the Sky (31 dates)
Autolux (2 dates)
February–August 2014 NIN 2014 Ilan Rubin Alessandro Cortini North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Latin America (74 dates) With: Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden
Support: Brody Dalle, Cold Cave, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Dillinger Escape Plan

See also


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  2. ^ Busby, Brent (2007-03-23). "DVD Review: Nine Inch Nails Live". Western Courier. Retrieved 2007-04-08. In theory, Nine Inch Nails shouldn't be a great live band. Reznor's music sometimes consists of non-organic instruments thrown straight onto a computer, at times being twisted to the point of not even sounding like the original source. 
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  4. ^ a b "Nine Inch Nails – Full Biography". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Ron Musarra". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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  7. ^ Martin, Steve (1990). "Nine Inch Nails". Thrasher. 
  8. ^ Sanner, Stacey (July 1990). "Portrait of a Nine Inch Nail". Alternative Press. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Sympathy for the Devil". Spin. March 1996. 
  10. ^ NIN Historian + Tour Dates (see "Trent Along With Revolting Cocks (RevCo) Tour")
  11. ^ NIN Historian + Tour Dates (see "Trent Alone with Pigface (Gub Tour)")
  12. ^ "Jeff Ward – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails". Rhythm. March 1997. 
  14. ^ "Nine Inch Nails". Musician. March 1994. 
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  16. ^ Ramirez, Mike (February 2001). "Nothing is Temporary". 2 (1). Blue Divide Magazine. 
  17. ^ "An Interview With Charlie Clouser". Scene. September 1996. 
  18. ^ Murfett, Andrew (2005-08-18). "Nailed it Impressively". The Age. 
  19. ^ Nicholas, Pegg (2004). The Complete David Bowie. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. ISBN 1-903111-73-0. 
  20. ^ Mehle, Michael (1995-10-17). "Nine Inch Nails gives Bowie boost" (fee required). Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  21. ^ NIN Historian + Tour Date (see "Club Tour w/ Helmet")
  22. ^ a b Kaye, Don (September 1996). "Nailed! Trent's Posse Pound New York". Kerrang!. 
  23. ^ Moss, Coret (2001-09-18). "Vrenna Leaves NIN Behind To Explore What's Uncertain". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  24. ^ Mancini, Robert (1999-09-28). "Nine Inch Nails Line Up European Shows, But States Must Wait". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  25. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (2006-05-21). "Ex-NIN Drummer Welcomes You To His Nightmare — Reznor Responds". Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  26. ^ 182 (1999-09-23). "Chili Peppers To Join NIN, Chems, Blink-182 At Big Day Out; New Video On Tap". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  27. ^ Basham, David (2000-03-13). "UPDATE: Nine Inch Nails Sets Full "2.0" Tour Schedule". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  28. ^ Manning, Kara (2000-03-09). "Nine Inch Nails Taps A Perfect Circle For U.S. Tour". Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  29. ^ a b "Nine Inch Nails: Live: With Teeth 2006 (3_05 - 8_05)". Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  30. ^ Cohan, Jillian (2006-05-24). "Two tryouts nailed down band spot: Alessandro Cortini is touring with industrial-strength rock act Nine Inch Nails, coming to Wichita on Monday". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
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  34. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Live: With Teeth 2006 (9_05 - 12_05)". Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  35. ^ Harris, Chris (2005-10-10). "Nine Inch Nails Recruit Replacement Drummer". Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  36. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Live: With Teeth 2006 (2_06 - 4_06)". Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  37. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Live: With Teeth 2006 (5_06 - 7_06)". Nine Inch Nails. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  38. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Performance 2007". Nine Inch Nails. Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  39. ^ "Nine Inch Nails: Performance 2007". Nine Inch Nails. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
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  42. ^ Nine Inch Nails announce dates of final 10 shows | NME.COM
  43. ^ Minsker, Evan (2013). "Nine Inch Nails Announce Massive Tour With Godspeed You! Black Emperor". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  44. ^ Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age Close Out Australia Trek: Live Review
  45. ^ Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Go Hard for First Hollywood Bowl Headlining Gig: Concert Review

External links

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