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Nine Inch Nails not touring again "for the foreseeable future"

The music industry might not be making much money from album sales, but we’re repeatedly assured that bands are doing okay thanks to the revenue generated from touring. But the recession is starting to hit bands on the road. Just ask Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who can’t have been pleased to see these photos surface in November.

Reznor has now announced that he’s taking Nine Inch Nails off the road, barring a few dates in the early part of 2009, for the foreseeable future. A statement from the singer on the band’s website says their most recent tour “was an amazing tour and production - certainly the best thing I've ever been involved with.” He also adds that it is “likely the final tour for NIN on this scale.”

He also talks about a proposed 3D film of the lavish set of shows, which unfortunately fell apart due to production difficulties. However, Reznor is inviting fans to bring camcorders to the band’s show in Sacramento on December 12, which forms part of a tour that he describes as “FOR SURE the best show of the year and any bullshit end-of-the-year poll you may read in the next few weeks that says otherwise simply has it wrong.” [NME]
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It's because his fans no longer consist of the wide-ranging demographics that a really popular hit album will get you. In my experience, his audience is tapering off into diehard NIN fans. Everytime I hear a discussion of a new NIN album, it ends up being defended by the superfan in the room as a work of art, and simply accepted as more NIN by everyone else.

Not that having your audience shrink is a bad thing. Playing small clubs to energetic fans is really superior to any larger arena show, imho. And they tend to be really loyal, so the fanbase lasts a while.

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