May 6, 2005

Nine Inch Nails Storms Through Chicago ‘With Teeth’

By Randy J. Klodz

Trent Reznor leads the way for industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails on tour in support of “With Teeth,” the band’s first release in six years. The current tour in support of “With Teeth,” which hit stores May 3, stormed through Chicago’s intimate Congress Theater on May 6 and May 7.

Even a 30-minute technical delay following the May 6 set opener “The Wretched” couldn’t derail the Nine Inch Nails touring force. Nine Inch Nails’ multi-talented frontman Trent Reznor began “The Wretched” on piano during the song’s introduction as a single stage light shone upon him.

As the rest of his bandmates took the stage—which included Alessandro Cortini and Ralph Dieter (guitars), Jeordie White (bass), and Jerome Dillon (drums)—Reznor clutched his mic stand mightily, as his long-sleeve white dress shirt clashed with the black worn by all of his bandmates.

Reznor later removed his white shirt mid-set in favor of a black tank top, which gave fans a look at his sculpted arms, the same arms that abused his mic and mic stand, guitar, keyboard, and whatever else was in the way, as the passionate Reznor displayed his fully talented musicianship.

As a stage-level spotlight shone upon Reznor, an ominous 30-foot shadow often flashed along the Congress Theater back wall, as he led his band through a stellar 90-minute set that featured fan favorites “March of the Pigs,” “Piggy,” “Reptile,” “Ruiner,” “Wish” and many others.

The appreciative Reznor wasn’t done, though. Before he and his band demolished the drum kit and guitars upon stage exit, Nine Inch Nails tore through smash hits “Closer” and “Terrible Lie,” while sandwiching the new track “The Hand that Feeds” between a passionate rendition of “Hurt” and the set-ender “Head Like a Hole.”

If the pair of sold-out Chicago shows were any indication of the bonded loyalty Nine Inch Nails fans have for their favorite band, the already mammoth Nine Inch Nails army will no doubt increase exponentially.

The current Nine Inch Nails tour runs through May 31 when the band plays at Soma in San Diego. For more information on Nine Inch Nails log on to www.nin.com.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails Photo: Chapman Baehler