Nine Inch Nails Farewell Show Cancelled, But Tour Soldiers On With Special Guests, Surprises

By Cara Alwill

With just two shows now left on his farewell tour, Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor has canceled tonight’s concert at Los Angeles’ Henry Fonda Theater. In a very brief statement on the band’s official Web site, the group says, “We’re very sorry to announce that Trent is ill, and on his doctor’s orders we will not be able to perform tonight’s show at the Henry Fonda Theater. We wish this wasn’t necessary and we’re very sorry for the inconvenience.”

After a wave of instant-classic performances on the band’s “Wave Goodbye” tour, today’s news comes as quite a disappointment to fans who have no doubt been anticipating the concert based on the rave reviews of all the dates so far. Reznor blazed through four nights in New York, and made good on all the promises of beefed up setlists and a “few surprises.” The Newsroom already reported some of those surprises after the first two shows, including the playing of the classic 1994 album The Downward Spiral in its entirety.

Though the New York shows finished with a series of dramatic spectacles (including Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy vampire bat-esque entrance during the final show at Manhattan’s Terminal 5), the next two shows in Chicago were a bit more low-key. Though scaled back slightly, the performances lacked nothing in intensity, as Trent and company thrashed through songs like “Head Like a Hole” and “Closer” while gracefully presenting unruffled ballads like “Hurt” and “Something I Can Never Have.”

Their next show in Toronto took on a different tone. After pounding through hits like “Terrible Lie” and “Discipline,” Reznor took out some rage on a few instruments, namely a guitar and keyboard. Reznor mentioned that he had been sick and was losing his voice, but persevered to finish the show. He graciously thanked fans for their support throughout the years and closed out the set with a one-two punch of “Head Like a Hole” and “The Hand That Feeds.”

Those scheduled to attend the next two shows in Los Angeles, on September 5th and 6th, can only hope that Reznor is getting his rest and will be ready to power through the remainder of the tour (especially considering last night’s set featured a cameo by New Wave godfather Gary Numan, who performed “Cars” with Trent). If these are indeed the last opportunities to see Nine Inch Nails play live, let’s hope the end comes with a bang and not a whimper.