'90s rock bands Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden co-headline a summer tour. Special guest Death Grips opens.
Nine Inch Nails:
Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction. NIN's music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him; this live component is a separate entity from Nine Inch Nails in the recording studio. On stage, NIN often employs spectacular visual elements to accompany its performances, which frequently culminate with the band destroying their instruments.
Underground music audiences warmly received Nine Inch Nails in its early years. The band produced several highly influential records in the 1990s that achieved widespread popularity: many Nine Inch Nails songs became radio hits, two NIN recordings won Grammy Awards, and the band has sold over twenty million albums worldwide, with 10.5 million sales certified in the United States alone. In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Nine Inch Nails at 94 on their list of the 100 greatest rock artists of all time. In spite of this acclaim, the band has had several feuds with the corporate side of the recording industry. Trent Reznor announced in 2007 that Nine Inch Nails would proceed independently of record labels.
In the past, NIN released major studio albums infrequently; remixes and live albums bridged these gaps in the band's catalog. Reznor cites his personal issues as the cause of these delays, and his songs often confront dark explorations of the self. Year Zero, is an exception to the usually introspective nature of Reznor's songwriting and the long gestation between major releases.
NIN continued to explore new directions on their next two albums, Ghosts I-IV and The Slip, before taking a hiatus from touring and recording. After a slew of soundtrack projects, Reznor began working on material for NIN in 2012, which later transformed into the 2013 album, Hesitation Marks. After a lineup change, Reznor and Nine Inch Nails once again began touring, including a tour with the newly reformed grunge giants Soundgarden.
As one of the pioneering grunge bands to come out of Seattle in the early 90s, Soundgarden has had a huge impact on modern rock. The band's 1994 album, Superunknown, helped popularize grunge music and gained the group international fame. Over the years, Soundgarden's tour dates have entertained audiences around the world with blistering energy, and, after years apart, reunited to keep that legacy alive.
In the early 80s, Chris Cornell played in a cover band called The Shemps, which featured a bassist by the name of Hiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto soon left the band as was replaced by a high school friend of his from Chicago, named Kim Thayil. After some small tour dates, The Shemps disbanded and Cornell, Thayil, and Yamamoto began playing together; thus, Soundgarden was born. Aiming to accentuate Cornell's vocal talents, the band soon hired drummer Scott Sundquist, who was replaced by Matt Cameron in 1986. In 1988, Soundgarden released Ultramega OK, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance and led to high profile tour dates. Shortly after the release of Louder Than Love in 1989, Yamamoto left the band to go back to college and was replaced by Jason Everman, who was in turn replaced a few months later by Ben Shepherd.
With Shepherd, Soundgarden released Badmotorfinger in 1991, but it was overshadowed by the release of Nirvana's Nevermind. After extensive tour dates, grunge fans took notice upon the release of Superunknown in 1994. The album debuted at the very top of the charts and was supported by the hugely successful singles "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", and "Fell on Black Days". Cornell wanted to experiment more and 1996's Down on the Upside featured a more acoustic sound and more positive lyrics. Tensions increased on the following promotional tour dates, and in 1997, Soundgarden announced that they were breaking up. In 2010, thirteen years after disbanding, Soundgarden began playing small, exclusive, sometimes secret concert dates for diehard fans.
It wasn't until 2012 that Soundgarden released their first album in 16 years, King Animal. It was a triumphant return, with critics praising the album and the band's devout fans scrambling to purchase it. After so many years apart, Soundgarden dove back in head first, embarking on a massive tour and chomping at the bit to record another album. While some questioned whether the reunion was just a one-off stunt, Soundgarden is clearly here to stay.